- Mashable 22:07November 21, 2019Watch a Bernie Sanders impersonator interview the real Bernie SandersBernie Sanders sat down with Bernie Sanders for a tutorial on how to properly rumple a good suit.
"It's good to have you here. I might be from an alternate universe, I don't know," Bernie tells Bernie. "But what I said to myself was we don't get a fair shot in the mainstream media, so I said what the heck... what the hey."
"What the hell," Other Bernie interjects.
"I would interview myself!" Bernie concludes, hands waving.
The Bernie vs. Bernie interview comes from the latest episode of Forever Dog's podcast The Underculture. The fake Bernie, played by comedian James Adomian, sat down with the real Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Read more...More about Viral Videos, Bernie Sanders, Culture, Politics, and Web Culture
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- The New Yorker 21:42November 21, 2019Maisie Cousins’s Visceral Images of Desire and DecayCoralie Kraft on the photographer Maisie Cousins, who captures jarring images of body parts and food products, and her place in feminist photography.
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- Mashable 21:35November 21, 2019Chance the Rapper chugs milk and fails to make it through 'Hot Ones'Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper took the Hot Ones challenge this week, munching on an array of increasingly spicy hot wings while fielding questions from host Sean Evans.
The two talked Chance's Netflix competition series Rhythm + Flow, baseball, and being a fan of your own work.
The rapper had a hard time coping with the spice, visibly struggling only about halfway through when he almost drained his glass of milk and then took Evans' without a second thought.
"I'm a real fuckin' man, but that shit is insane," he said to Evans. "Gimme your milk."
After draining the milk, Chance moved on the ice cream he had brought in himself, which appeared to do little to stop the sweating. And that was before the show's most notorious sauce, Da Bomb. Read more...More about Chance The Rapper, Hot Ones, Da Bomb, Culture, and Celebrities
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- Business Insider 21:12November 21, 2019Kamala Harris has more billionaire donors than any other Democrat running for presidentPhoto by Alex Wong/Getty Images More billionaires have donated to Kamala Harris than any other Democrat running for president, an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by Forbes published Monday found.
Taking campaign donations from the ultra-wealthy has become a taboo in the Democratic presidential primary, largely because of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Harris' campaign is the subject of widespread speculation that it may be nearing its end, Politico's Christopher Cadelago reported.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaires may be "really, really fearful" of Elizabeth Warren, but they seem to like Kamala Harris.
The senator from California has received more donations from billionaires than any other Democrat running for president, an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by Forbes published Monday found. The analysis tracked Federal Election Commission data from January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019, and included all itemized donations over $100.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:5 things millionaires can't afford — that truly wealthy people canTrump's childhood home in New York City isn't selling. Take a look inside the 5-bedroom house that was listed for $2.9 million earlier this year and just failed to sell at auction.Bill Gates is once again the richest person in the world. Here's how he spends his $110 billion fortune, from a luxury-car collection to incredible real estate.SEE ALSO: The top 25 Americans who funded politics in 2018
DON'T MISS: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both proposed taxes on the ultra-wealthy. Here's how much poorer America's 10 wealthiest billionaires would be under a moderate wealth tax.
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- The Daily Beast 21:03November 21, 2019Chris Cuomo Called His Mom on Live TV to Debunk Trump. It Embarrassingly Backfired.CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday called his mother on live TV to debunk a Trump claim. Cable news, everyone!Ahead of diplomat David Holmes' testimony that he overheard President Donald Trump’s July 26 phone call with U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, Trump took to Twitter to claim that it was impossible to overhear a full conversation if it wasn’t on speakerphone.And during a break in impeachment testimony on Thursday, Cuomo attempted to give a live on-air demonstration to debunk the president’s assertion. And it completely backfired on him.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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- The Daily Beast 20:50November 21, 2019USA Today Harassed and Fired Pregnant Employee as She Grieved for Infant Son’s Death: LawsuitREUTERSSupervisors in USA Today’s advertising sales department harassed and ultimately fired a newly pregnant employee, berating her for “a negative attitude” as she grieved for an infant son who had died eight months earlier, a federal lawsuit alleges.In a complaint filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York, former New York-based digital ad sales director Serena Bhaduri claimed that two of her supervisors—Estee Cross and Anna Riddle, along with co-defendants USA Today and the national newspaper’s parent company Gannett—violated federal and state employment laws in their alleged mistreatment of her.“In August 2019,” the lawsuit alleges, “USA Today fired Ms. Bhaduri, a top-performing digital sales director, after she disclosed her pregnancy. USA Today engaged in this horrific discrimination knowing that earlier this year Ms. Bhaduri suffered a personal tragedy that no parent should have to endure. Ms. Bhaduri and her family welcomed a baby boy in November 2018. Tragically, her son died in January 2019.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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- Guardian 20:00November 21, 2019Mia Wasikowska on Judy & Punch and gendered violence: 'How do you break that cycle?'The actor’s new film – a feminist take on the puppet show – is a dark revenge tale for the #MeToo ageMia Wasikowska is distracted. Her eyes flicker between me and the doorway at the boutique cinema where we meet in Sydney, as patrons bustle out. She’s hyperaware of the flurrying chaos; it’s clear she feels more comfortable in the quiet.“I always find it trippy when I do press at home … I feel almost too relaxed and I’m not in the mode of doing this,” the Canberra-born actor says, waving her hand at the general surroundings. “You know,” she pauses. “It’s nice.” Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 20:00November 21, 2019The Mysteries of “Baby Shark”Lizzie Widdicombe on the children's song “Baby Shark,” which has been transformed into a viral video and live tour.
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- Guardian 19:31November 21, 2019Sax, riots and racism: the radical jazz of Soweto KinchThe saxophonist-rapper faces constant racism – and has also been accused of it. He explains the black cultural celebration of his new album, and why he defended a Labour activist accused of antisemitismIt’s rare to see Soweto Kinch without his saxophone. Six foot tall and most often dressed in black, he can usually be found, sax in hand, at his jam night in his hometown of Birmingham or at a session at Ste am Down in London, although I saw him last in May at 2am in a hotel bar in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, joining vocalist Gregory Porter for an unexpected set. “You never know when you might need to play,” Kinch says, tucking his saxophone case under the table between us.Over the past 15 years, he has played a lot. Now 41, Kinch has released six albums, on themes ranging from austerity to maths, and curated an annual festival. A lyrically dextrous MC as well as saxophonist, he has long been championed as the future of British jazz. Yet, when a jazz revival bubbled into the mainstream three years ago, American players such as Kamasi Washington and younger Brits such as Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia were at the forefront. “I’ve just had my head down, honing my craft,” Kinch says. “Black British music has always been beautiful and powerful, and now the younger generation are getting some recognition.” Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 19:29November 21, 2019How many millennials can actually afford to buy a home in 16 of the biggest US metro areasIvan Hunter/Getty Images Only 13% of millennial renters in the US can afford a standard 20% down payment on a median-priced home in the next five years, according to a new Apartment List survey.
Apartment List broke down the percentage of millennial renters who can afford to buy a house in 16 of the biggest US metro areas.
In three California metro areas, less than 10% of millennial renters could put down 20% if buying a house in five years.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Homeownership is looking ever more like a pipe dream for millennials.
Only 13% of millennial renters in the US can afford a standard 20% down payment on a median-priced home in the next five years, according to a new Apartment List survey. The survey polled over 10,000 millennials, defined as those ages 23 to 38. For a 10% down payment, that jumps to 25%; for a 5% down payment, it's 39%.
But those numbers vary depending on where you're buying a home. Apartment List broke down the percentage of millennial renters who can afford a 20%, 10%, and 5% down payment within the next five years in 16 of the biggest US metro areas.
To estimate how long it would take each renter to save, Apartment List compared millennials' current savings levels, (adjusted for inflation and wage growth) against median metro-level condo prices from the National Association of Realtors (adjusted for historical home price appreciation).
Turns out, California is a hard place to save for a home. Only 7% of millennial renters in San Francisco can afford a 20% down payment in five years — and they don't fare much better in Los Angeles or San Diego.
Here's where else millennial renters are struggling to save for a home purchase. Note that all median home prices provided are from National Association of Realtors.The median home price in Atlanta, Georgia, is $238,100.
20% down payment: 16%
10% down payment: 24%
5% down payment: 39%
The median home price in Boston, Massachusetts, is $507,400.
20% down payment: 8%
10% down payment: 20%
5% down payment: 37%
The median home price in Chicago, Illinois, is $269,700.
20% down payment: 16%
10% down payment: 29%
5% down payment: 37%
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Student-loan debt and skyrocketing housing prices have become so bad that more millennials are planning to rent foreverTrump's childhood home in New York City isn't selling. Take a look inside the 5-bedroom house that was listed for $2.9 million earlier this year and just failed to sell at auction.More millennials are preparing to rent for the rest of their lives, and down payment saving is the biggest barrierSEE ALSO: Student-loan debt and skyrocketing housing prices have become so bad that more millennials are planning to rent forever
DON'T MISS: 8 ways American millennials are changing homeownership, from moving to commuter towns to wiping out the starter home
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- Guardian 18:22November 21, 2019A 50p cuppa and a £2m flat: how one London street captures the divisions of BrexitFilmed over four years, The Street documents the ‘hyper-gentrification’ of Hoxton Street in east London, where locals depend on soup kitchens, £2m penthouses are for sale and you can wash down pie-and-mash with a craft beerThe pie-and-mash shop proprietor gazes out of his window at the craft beer store across the road. Outside the art gallery opening, a soup kitchen serves meals to locals in need. Billboards advertise new luxury apartments with concierge and gym while an old man beds down for the night under the footbridge. The baker closes after 150 years, while a media startup suggests sitting in a bathtub full of coloured balls to improve creativity.The Street is a new documentary that captures the textbook contrasts of the shabby old East End and the new influx of hipsters, property speculators and entrepreneurs in the area. Filmed over four years in a single location – Hoxton Street in Hackney, a stone’s throw from Shoreditch – the film reflects a much wider picture. It is not just about gentrification, but all that feeds into it: history, economics, politics, urbanisation, immigration – how changes in national policy register on the human scale, decades later. It is Brexit Britain in microcosm. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 18:11November 21, 2019The 15 US states where hourly employees have to work the most just to get byShutterstock A recent study by personal finance platform GoBankingRates found the average number of hours those making the median hourly wage need to work in order to earn a comfortable salary in each US state.
GoBankingRates looked at the cost of living in each state and doubled it to determine the comfortable living salary for that state, then divided that amount by the state's median hourly wage.
In some states, those making the median hourly wage need to work, on average, over 70 hours a week.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In some states, a 40-hour workweek at the median hourly wage won't earn you enough to live comfortably.
A recent study by personal finance platform GoBankingRates found the average amount of hours — in each US state — that those making the median hourly wage need to work in order to earn a comfortable living salary.
In some states, like South Dakota and New Jersey, those making the respective state's median hourly wage need to work, on average, over 70 hours a week.
To gather this information, GoBankingRates looked at the average annual cost of living in each state (which includes the most recently available data for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, and healthcare costs from the Missouri Economic and Research Center's 2019 second quarter cost of living data series). When determining the salary needed to live comfortably, the researchers assumed the following budget: 50% is spent on necessary expenses, 30% is spent on nonessential items, and 20% is put into savings.
In order to then find the average number of hours someone making the state's median hourly wage would need to work in a week to live comfortably, GoBankingRates divided the annual salary needed to live comfortably by the state's median hourly wage.
You can read more about the study's methodology and data sources here.
Keep reading to find out the 15 states where employees making the median hourly wage have to work the most just to get by, ranked in increasing order.15. In Massachusetts, those making the state's median hourly wage of $23.40 need to work an average of 68.56 hours a week to earn a comfortable salary.
Total annual cost of living: $41,713.84
Salary needed to live comfortably: $83,427.68
14. In Florida, those making the state's median hourly wage of $16.62 need to work an average of 69.2 hours a week to earn a comfortable salary.
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Total annual cost of living: $29,902.22
Salary needed to live comfortably: $59,804.93
13. In Alaska, those making the state's median hourly wage of $23.09 need to work an average of 69.32 hours a week to earn a comfortable salary.
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Total annual cost of living: $41,615.90
Salary needed to live comfortably: $83,231.80
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 things millionaires can't afford — that truly wealthy people canQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 72 years of marriage today. Here's where the couple — and all the other most prominent royals — live.The world’s first all-carbon superyacht is on sale for over $30 million — take a peek inside the flashy gold vesselSEE ALSO: The 15 best states for America's middle class, ranked
DON'T MISS: 13 mind-blowing facts that show just how expensive New York City really is
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- The New Yorker 18:00November 21, 2019How George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” Resonates in the England of 2019Rebecca Mead on reading George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” two hundred years after the author's birth, and its significance in Brexit-era U.K.
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- Guardian 17:24November 21, 2019Aretha Franklin's 30 greatest songs – ranked!The queen of soul’s imperious late-60s, early-70s output was unsurpassed, but through the eras of disco, hip-hop and house, she always offered something specialIn one sense, United Together is symbolic of what went wrong with Franklin’s career in the early 80s – it’s a high-gloss MOR ballad, a world away from the music that made her name. But you can’t get away from the fact that she sounds amazing, investing the lyric with undeniable power. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 17:21November 21, 20195 things millionaires can't afford — that truly wealthy people canJohn Walton - PA Images/Getty Images Low-level millionaires aren't as rich as you think.
They may be able to buy penthouses or private school educations, but some things are out of their reach.
Only the truly wealthy can afford things like superyachts and private jets.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Being a millionaire can only get you so far.
Low-level millionaires might be able to buy a nice penthouse or a private school education, but superyachts and private jets are out of the question. Thanks to an increased cost of living, $1 million, or even a few million, just isn't what it used to be. You have to have millions and millions — or billions and billions — to really buy everything you want.
Even a billion isn't what it used to be. Consider this: When Forbes started keeping track of the richest Americans in 1982, the richest person in the US, Daniel Keith Ludwig, had an estimated net worth of $2 billion. Flash forward 37 years to Forbes' 2019 ranking, and a $2 billion net worth doesn't even land you a spot on the list. That's right: The richest American in 1982 wouldn't even make it onto the list of richest Americans today. Instead, each of the 13 people tied for 400th place has a net worth of $2.1 billion.
Business Insider rounded up five things only the truly wealthy — think multimillionaires and billionaires — can afford, and that are out of reach for mere millionaires.
You may not be able buy these things, but hey, neither can the low-level millionaire.Superyachts end up costing much more than their multimillion-dollar asking price.
Some older yacht models around 80 feet may sell for six figures, but a superyacht will most likely set one back by at least a few million.
An 84-foot yacht built in 2002 and refitted in 2015, for example, can cost $1.3 million, while a 270-foot yacht built in 2013 can cost $132 million.
But that's just the beginning. From yacht crew salaries and dockage to fuel and maintenance costs, owners can expect to spend about 10% of the purchase price annually on operating and maintaining a yacht. That's $1 million a year for a $10 million superyacht, although specific pricing varies.
So do private jets, thanks to upkeep costs.
Like yachts, private jets also cost much more than their (already high) purchase price. Jeff Bezos' Gulfstream G650ER jet cost an estimated $65 million, and Mark Cuban spent $40 million on a Gulfstream V jet back in 1999, Business Insider's Paige Leskin reported.
But paying for fuel, maintenance, and pilot salaries can total to more than $1 million per year, Chris Battaglia, the director of charter sales at Meridian Aviation at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, previously told Business Insider's Katie Warren. Pilot salaries can add up to $750,000 per year and hangar fees can run around $200,000 per year.
"Having an airplane is not for millionaires," Battaglia said. "It's for guys worth $50, $60, $100 million."
Buying a professional sports team can cost billions.
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In 2014, Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, nearly four times the team's perceived value at the time. It's helped reset the market for what franchises are worth, reported Business Insider's Cork Gaines.
Since then, pro sports team sale prices over $1 billion have become more common, he wrote, but relative deals still exist. They've sold for anywhere from $25 million to $2.2 billion, depending on the league and franchise.
According to Darren Geeter of CNBC, it can cost over $1 billion to buy an NFL team today.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Trump's childhood home in New York City isn't selling. Take a look inside the 5-bedroom house that was listed for $2.9 million earlier this year and just failed to sell at auction.Bill Gates is once again the richest person in the world. Here's how he spends his $110 billion fortune, from a luxury-car collection to incredible real estate.The top 15 tax havens around the worldSEE ALSO: Only 13% of millionaires think they're rich
DON'T MISS: A woman who studied 600 millionaires discovered that most of the superrich have surprisingly affordable homes. Here's what some of those look like.
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- WIRED Business 17:00November 21, 2019Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking InnovationDisabled folks like Vint Cerf and Joybubbles helped birth today’s digital world. But a lack of ADA compliance thwarts the innovators of tomorrow.
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- Guardian 16:53November 21, 2019Clint Eastwood Atlanta bombing film criticised over 'sex-for-tips' reporterNewspaper says portrayal of reporter in Richard Jewell film undermines confidence in media and law enforcement agenciesClint Eastwood’s new film Richard Jewell has been criticised for its portrayal of one of the key journalists involved in reporting on the 1996 Atlanta bombing case on which the film is based.Jewell was a security guard who discovered the bomb and led bystanders away; he was investigated by the FBI for several weeks but never charged. After two further bombings, Eric Robert Rudolph was identified as a suspect, and convicted in 2005. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution controversially named him three days later. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:40November 21, 2019Noah Hawley must boldly go back to Star Trek's originsThe Legend director is to write and direct the next film. It must be something that fans of the original TV shows, and of JJ Abrams, can embraceIf hardcore Star Trek fans do not much like the current series of movies introduced by JJ Abrams a decade ago, we should wonder what they do want to see. Amid reports that Fargo and Legend’s Noah Hawley is to write and direct the next film, this is surely a critical stage for the saga if it is to survive in its current incarnation. Hawley simply must make a Star Trek movie that fans of the original series and its successors can embrace, and retain the dynamism, thrills and spills of the Abrams years.If he cannot, Star Trek has a problem. These films are relatively big-budget affairs – all three movies in the trilogy so far have cost at least $150m in production bills alone – but they do not make the big bucks that would be expected of similar productions. No film since Abrams’s 2009 reboot has so far made more than $500m at the global box office – which given that these movies have all been critically acclaimed should be all the more shocking. During the same period, dozens of Marvel and DC superhero flicks have beaten that figure, while every Star Wars film (bar the middling Solo) has hit $1bn or more. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:32November 21, 2019Coldplay: Everyday Life review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week(Parlophone)The band’s new double album mixes more of their melodically watertight stadium pop with dabblings in the genres they are least suited to dabble inThe internal psychology of rock bands is a tricky thing for outsiders to fathom but, 21 years on from their debut single, it’s pretty clear Coldplay are driven by two often conflicting impulses. The first is to be the biggest band in the world, a desire that was evident from the start in their amenable, uncontroversial songs dealing in generalities and emotions expressed so vaguely that anyone could relate to them. This instinct made them impressively adaptable, and when guitar rock’s currency crashed, they slipped easily into co-writes with Avicii and pop super-producers Stargate, and arranged guest appearances from Rihanna and the Chainsmokers.The other is an impulse to experiment. One suspects it’s not something to which Coldplay are naturally suited – invited to compile a streaming service playlist of influences, they opted for pub jukebox crowd-pleasers by Bob Marley, Oasis and REM – but they keep giving it a go, tapping up electronic auteurs Brian Eno and Jon Hopkins for ideas, and releasing concept albums and pseudonymous dabblings in African music. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 16:24November 21, 2019Dick & Dom in da place! How the kids TV weirdos became drum'n'bass godsThey once filled our screens with scenes so bizarre they had to be defended in parliament. Then Dick & Dom disappeared ... until a clip of them at a drum’n’bass rave turned up. Bogies! It’s hard to meet Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood – better known as children’s TV presenters Dick & Dom – without a sense of apprehension. Specifically, I’m worried people might spot us and start screaming the word ‘bogies’.For the uninitiated, ‘bogies’ was a game popularised by the duo where each takes it in turn to say the word in increasing volume until someone chickens out. Some of the more memorable televised renditions include bogies in a library in Glasgow, bogies among old people or – my personal favourite – bogies at a yummy-mummy yoga class in Primrose Hill. It became the signature skit of Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow, the Saturday morning children’s television show known for its chaotic improvisation, pointless world-record attempts (sadly Wood no longer holds the record for putting on the most pants in one minute) and toilet humour so extreme it is hard to believe now it was ever aired. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 15:28November 21, 2019Eco-Visionaries review – the salt flats will die and the jellyfish shall riseRoyal Academy, LondonA mixture of dystopia and daydream, this show lets artists, architects and designers look to the future. It’s bad news for sacred lands and rhinos – but a great time to be a jellyfish‘We power our future with the breast milk of volcanoes,” whispers a seductive voice. On a big screen in the Royal Academy, dreamy aerial drone footage pans across the endless white expanse of the Bolivian salt flats, while a tank of eerie green battery juice bubbles in the corner of the room.The narrator is recounting the poetic myth of how the Salar de Uyuni salt plain came to be. According to Aymara legend, the great white desert was formed by the breast milk and tears that flowed from Tunupa, a goddess in volcano form, who wept when her baby volcano was taken away from her.The mountain might have another reason to weep now. The world’s tech companies have set their sights on extracting one of the planet’s largest lithium reserves from beneath the salty crust of the Salar. “Resources begin their life in sacred landscapes,” the narrator continues. It is “the lifeblood of our technological dreams … to power the global green energy revolution”.This strange mix of poetry, science and narrative speculation sets the tone for an exhibition that is thought-provoking and frustrating in turns. Eco-Visionaries brings together artists, architects and designers whose work is inspired by our current environmental crisis. Rather than offering critical analysis or practical measures, it mostly occupies the realm of fictional scenarios and dreamy futures, veering towards climate emergency as immersive entertainment. There are some powerful moments, but overall the mood feels less visionary than plaintive, as if the problems are so far beyond our control that all we can do is make elegiac installations about them.“We wanted to make the topic accessible to as broad an audience as possible,” says curator Gonzalo Herrero Delicado. The exhibition began life at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon last year, and extra works have been added in an attempt to please the wider RA audience, including pieces by fashion hype-priest Virgil Abloh and enviro-art darling Olafur Eliasson. Abloh’s contribution is one of his new designs for Ikea, a wooden farmhouse-style chair with one leg propped up by a doorstop – only here it is cast in bronze. It is apparently a comment on rising sea levels and the precariousness of our makeshift solutions, but it reads more like a gilded monument to the Swedish furniture giant’s PR stunt (the launch of Abloh’s furniture collection saw people camping outside stores overnight). Eliasson, meanwhile, has brought his familiar photographs of melting ice, which feels like an invitation to head to Tate Modern to see the rest. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 14:31November 21, 2019Strictly Come Dancing's first same-sex routine sparks almost 200 complaintsThe groundbreaking performance on the BBC ballroom smash has garnered 189 complaints for being ‘offensive’Strictly Come Dancing has received 189 complaints following the “offensive” broadcast of its first ever individual same-sex routine this month.On the 3 November edition of the hit BBC ballroom show, professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prima danced together during a performance by the singer Emeli Sandé. Radebe – who is gay – told Hello! magazine that the groundbreaking routine made him feel that “for the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am” and that being able to perform with di Prima, who is in a heterosexual relationship, “says so much about the people of this country”. In a post on Instagram, the 32-year-old, who joined the show in 2018, added that “love knows no boundaries”. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:00November 21, 2019Nino Haratischvili: 'I never understood how Georgians could be proud of Stalin'At 936 pages, The Eighth Life is the novelist’s first book to address her nation’s history. She explains why ‘the Georgian War and Peace’ is not yet complete“People are starting to realise that in return for the sovereignty they so desperately wanted, they’ll have to change their lifestyle,” says one character in Nino Haratischvili’s third and latest novel, The Eighth Life. You could be forgiven for believing this is a dig at Britain’s present moment. In fact, the year is 1991, the country, Georgia, and the scene, the turbulent aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It was a time of civil war: Soviet loyalists and Georgian nationalists were at loggerheads over the direction of the country; uprisings in the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia were being backed by Russia; the first leader of the newly independent Georgia was forced to flee. The rule of law had been all but abandoned: shootings in broad daylight and overnight queues for bread were everyday events.When Haratischvili set out to describe the Tbilisi of the 90s that she remembered from her childhood, she quickly discovered that she needed to address everything that had led the country to that point. “I didn’t plan to write such a huge story,” says Haratischvili, who moved to Germany in 2003 and has been living there since. But the resulting 936-page novel, so hefty that her English publishers gave all staff a day off to read it, goes much further back. It chronicles the story of one Georgian family from 1917 to the present day, time-stamped by the Russian Revolution, the second world war and the Prague Spring, and is full of Soviet trappings: white Ladas, Mishka Na Severe chocolates and Red Moscow perfume. Though it is narrated by Niza, a Georgian émigré living in Germany in 2006, it is not autobiographical; Haratischvili describes the novel as personal, an extension of a reality she experienced. The Eighth Life, taking a numerical figure that resembles an infinity sign for its title, is largely about the inescapable patterns of history. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:00November 21, 2019What happened when a gay choir toured America's Bible beltDavid Charles Rodrigues’ documentary, Gay Chorus Deep South, follows the group through a region fully entrenched in Trumpism The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has always been profoundly political. Founded in 1978, the 300-strong group, widely regarded as launching the gay choral movement, had its first public performance at city hall after the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00November 21, 2019David Attenborough on the Variety and Resiliency of NatureCarolyn Kormann writes about Sir David Attenborough, the ninety-three-year-old British naturalist and the host of “Life on Earth,” “Blue Planet,” and other nature-focussed programming.
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- The New Yorker 14:00November 21, 2019The Art of the Impeachment PodcastSarah Larson reviews a spate of new podcasts devoted to the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry, including the New York Times’ “The Latest,” BuzzFeed News’s “Impeachment Today,” and NBC News’s “Article II.”
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- The Daily Beast 13:39November 21, 2019How the Queen Forced Disgraced Prince Andrew to Step Down From Public LifeJOHN THYSDisgraced royal Prince Andrew is preparing to give evidence to the Jeffrey Epstein inquiry in the U.S., and courtiers at Buckingham Palace believe a demand for testimony may be imminent.Andrew made it clear in his resignation statement that he would cooperate with law enforcement as they investigated Epstein.The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday that Buckingham Palace is braced for U.S. authorities to issue the duke with a subpoena, requesting he gives testimony under oath about his friendship with Epstein.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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- Guardian 13:24November 21, 2019Coldplay pause touring until they can offer 'environmentally beneficial' concertsThe British group are delaying a tour to support new album Everyday Life as they work towards developing concerts that will be carbon neutralColdplay have pledged to make any tour in support of their new album “actively beneficial” to the environment.Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the British group was waiting to tour their new album, Everyday Life, so they can ensure such a tour is carbon neutral. “Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” said Martin. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?” Continue reading...
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- Guardian 11:28November 21, 2019Fresh heirs: how Kamasi Washington gave jazz back to the kidsHe rewrote the jazz rulebook and brought a genre once thought dead to a new generation of music fansThe decade in music: how Sunn O))) made metal for the massesLeimert Park in the early 90s was a unique place to be. South Central LA: the birthplace of west-coast hip-hop, jam centre for the now middle-aged instrumentalists of spiritual jazz, historical home to Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald, the outskirts of so-called Black Beverly Hills. An area also recently infamous for its street crime and gang affiliations, it was here that young saxophonist Kamasi Washington first became versed in jazz.At the age of 11, he was taken by his jazz musician father Rickey to see acts in the many clubs dotted around the area’s backstreets: artists such as saxophonist Pharoah Sanders at the 100-capacity World Stage club and pianist Horace Tapscott, who would perform with his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Tapscott’s work was particularly influential for Washington. He viewed the music he played not as spiritual jazz, nor even jazz, but simply “black music”, and pioneered the use of spoken-word artists who would chant sociopolitically charged lyrics over his compositions. On Why Don’t You Listen?, vocalist Dwight Trible lists jazz musicians from Billie Holiday to Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, interspersed with the titular refrain. Tapscott felt his work had a responsibility to its history and an ultimate emphasis on imparting this culture to younger generations. In his hands, this lineage would never die. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 10:00November 21, 2019Last Christmas may be the worst film of the year – so why is it box-office gold?Written by Emma Thompson, directed by Paul Feig of Bridesmaids, soundtracked by George Michael – and panned by critics. Why are audiences flocking to see it?Last Christmas, this year’s festive schlockfest, is bad. Oh, it’s bad. It looked OK on paper: a Christmas romcom written by Emma Thompson and directed by Paul Feig of Bridesmaids, a catchy George Michael soundtrack, a festive Covent Garden setting, Michelle Yeoh – what’s not to love? But it is bad. It is not only one of the worst films of the year, it’s possibly one of the worst films ... ever?But despite being objectively terrible, it is one of those interesting cinematic phenomenons where audience opinions differ greatly from those of critics. Its user score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently 81% (against a 48% critics’ score). In its first week of release, it has knocked Joker, the first film in a decade to hold the No 1 spot for six weeks, off the top spot at the UK box office. Predictably, given its twee London setting and cute British cast, Americans are cosying up to it, too; Last Christmas has grossed $22m at the US box office. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:20November 21, 2019Why 2019 has been a big year for the big screen whistleblowerFrom The Report to Charlie’s Angels, Hollywood has shown us a string of heroes calling out corruption this yearKarim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s documentary The Great Hack, released directly to Netflix this past summer, opens at Burning Man. It’s there that we find Brittany Kaiser, one-time business director of Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm outed for misusing data harvested from Facebook and potentially affecting the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election and the Brexit referendum. The film gets up close and personal with Kaiser as she flees to Thailand and returns to Europe to testify against her former employer, CEO Alexander Nix. Related: Dark Waters review – Mark Ruffalo v big business in enraging drama Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:00November 21, 2019Simon Armitage: ‘Nature has come back to the centre of poetry’The poet laureate’s new prize for a collection that focuses on the environment highlights a crisis that can no longer be ignored, plus an exclusive new poemPoet laureate Simon Armitage is to use his laureate’s honorarium to create a new poetry prize for environmentally themed poetry, describing the climate crisis as a “background hum that won’t go away” when he is writing. The Laurel prize, which will be run by Poetry School, will go to the best collection of poems “with nature and the environment at their heart”, with the aim of highlighting “the challenges facing our planet”. The first prize, which will be awarded on 23 May 2020 at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, will be judged by Armitage, nature writer Robert Macfarlane and the poet Moniza Alvi.“It’s come about because of the obvious environmental concerns, and in recognition of this growing body of work in poetry addressing climate change and the climate crisis, sometimes directly and sometimes more indirectly,” says Armitage. “It needs more awareness around it. I also think that offering a prize might encourage more of this sort of writing.” Continue reading...
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- The Daily Beast 08:26November 21, 2019CNN Political Analyst: ‘There’s a Hectoring Quality’ With Elizabeth WarrenCNNMoments after Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate ended, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has a “hectoring quality” about her.During CNN’s post-game coverage, Gergen first noted that he was “heavily influenced” by watching Wednesday’s dramatic impeachment hearings, stating that they made the debate “seem a little flatter” and took “some of the emotional drama out of the evening.”“I think watching the last few days of these impeachment hearings has made you very, very aware that among Democrats, there are two lanes,” Gergen added. “It’s not just the centrists versus the liberals. It’s the people that put the emphasis on healing and unifying the country versus those who want to fight and have a revolution.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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- The Daily Beast 07:04November 21, 2019‘A Christmas Carol’ on Broadway Is the Gift We Need Right Now, With a Scrooge Who Seems FamiliarJoan MarcusFrom the moment you enter Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, prepare for joy. Very Christmassy joy, even if it is a little early. In the aisles and from the stage, Campbell Scott (Scrooge), Andrea Martin (the Ghost of Christmas Past), LaChanze (the Ghost of Christmas Present/Miss Fezziwig) and their castmates of A Christmas Carol (booking to January 5) throw cookies and clementines from the stage to as many people as they can in every corner of the theater. This is lovely, and sets the tone of a show, adapted by Tony Award-winner Jack Thorne and produced by London’s Old Vic, that invites you (and any children you wish to take with you) into its story in the best way; go see it, and enjoy every fabulous, visually sumptuous second. You will cry a lot, smile a lot, and leave the Lyceum full of the best festive spirit. (How long the streets of New York City will facilitate you maintaining that warm and fuzzy feeling is another matter, of course.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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- The New Yorker 04:31November 21, 2019The Search for Pizzazz at the Impeachment Reality ShowEmily Nussbaum on the spectacle of the televised House impeachment hearings and how narrative and storytelling could impact them.
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- The Guardian 04:00November 21, 2019The Banker: Apple abruptly cancels premiere of its first major filmCompany says there were ‘concerns’ surrounding the film, which was scheduled to premiere ThursdayApple has caused a stir by abruptly canceling the world premiere of its film The Banker at the AFI Festival in Hollywood on Wednesday. Related: Apple hopes its new streaming service will make a splash Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 02:03November 21, 2019These are 10 of the most impactful slides from Netflix's groundbreaking culture deckTen years ago, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings first publicly released his company's culture deck. In more than 120 slides, Netflix broke down its management and cultural philosophy to prepare potential recruits for what it would be like to work with the then DVD-by-mail operation. The presentation offered a peek into the culture of the growing tech operation, which is now worth more than $125 billion and employs about 7,100 people around the world.
Some aspects of Netflix's management philosophy instantly stirred up controversy, like its lack of a formal vacation policy and aversion to "brilliant jerks," but the document also set an example for other employers, who have since adopted some of its aspects. Top Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg once said the deck "may well be the most important document ever to come out of the Valley."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best Kindles and ebook readersQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 72 years of marriage today. Here's where the couple — and all the other most prominent royals — live.The best earbuds
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- Observer 01:40November 21, 2019The Metropolitan Museum of Art Has Hired Star Curator Dr. Denise MurrellMurrell's exhibition 'Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today' earned rave reviews last year while on display at Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
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- Business Insider 00:39November 21, 2019How spending a year 4,600 miles from home on an isolated Russian peninsula brought an American writer's debut novel to the final round of the National Book AwardsGetty Images / Ksenia Ogneva / EyeEm Julia Phillips' debut novel "Disappearing Earth" is one of five titles on the shortlist for the 2019 National Book Award in fiction.
Phillips spent a college semester studying abroad in Moscow before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to spend a year in Kamchatka, the remote peninsula in far-eastern Russia.
The novel is set in the Kamchatka capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where two young girls go missing on a summer afternoon. It is told, over the course of one year, through 12 female characters' points of view.
In a recent sit-down conversation, Phillips discussed the art of writing about shock, what drew her to Russia, and how her time abroad shaped her novel.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When she was a year and a half old, Julia Phillips drowned in the pond in her backyard.
At the time, the Phillips family lived in Montclair, New Jersey. Her dad pulled her out of the pond and yelled to his wife, Julia's mom, to call 911.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:The world’s first all-carbon superyacht is on sale for over $30 million — take a peek inside the flashy gold vesselMillennials might not be buying multimillion-dollar ranches, but Kanye West sure is'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers' home — in one of London's ritziest neighborhoods — just hit the market for over $6 million. Here's a look inside.SEE ALSO: I read the book everyone's talking about by the 28-year-old novelist being hailed 'the first great millennial author,' and I totally understand the hype
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- The Daily Beast 23:18November 20, 2019Sports Illustrated’s Bosses Can’t Figure Out Who to Blame for Massive LayoffsRichard Levine/GettyNo one wants to take responsibility for the layoffs that decimated America’s most iconic sports magazine last month.Sports Illustrated’s new manager, the digital-media network Maven, attributed the cuts to former owner Meredith, which sold the brand to Maven’s partner Authentic Brands Group earlier this year.The comments raised alarm bells among current SI staff, who were told exactly the opposite last month. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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- Business Insider 22:35November 20, 2019Kanye West just scooped up another $14 million ranch in Wyoming. Here's a look inside the growing real-estate portfolio he and Kim Kardashian share.Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images Kanye West topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid hip-hop artists this year, with 2019 earnings of about $150 million and an estimated net worth of $240 million.
Separately, his wife Kim Kardashian West has annual earnings of $72 million and an estimated net worth of $370 million, Forbes reports.
The pair puts much of their wealth toward building up their real-estate portfolio. They currently share a constantly growing compound in Hidden Hills, a luxury condo on Miami Beach, and two sprawling ranches in Wyoming.
TMZ reported on Monday that West bought his second $14 million Wyoming ranch. The new ranch spans 6,713 acres and boasts amenities like heated helicopter pads.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Earlier this year, the world's highest-paid hip-hop artist Kanye West splashed out on a $14 million ranch in Wyoming. The ranch reportedly spans 1,400 acres of land about 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
Now, according to TMZ, West purchased yet another ranch in Cody, Wyoming, for $14.495 million.
Even though no one else is buying multimillion-dollar ranches, West seems to be eagerly adding them to his real-estate portfolio.
A representative for West didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Keep reading for a closer look at the couple's luxurious properties.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West will make a combined $222 million this year alone and are collectively worth over $500 million, according to Forbes. Their high net worths allow them to dabble in the luxury real estate market.
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In September, TMZ reported that West bought a $14 million ranch in Wyoming, 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.
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Known as Monster Lake Ranch, the property is said to span more than 1,400 acres.
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See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A day in the life of the top real-estate broker in Miami, who commutes by ferry to the richest ZIP code in the US and sold more than $189 million of luxury homes in 2018Elizabeth Warren and her husband are worth an estimated $12 million. Here's a look at the lifestyle, finances, and real-estate portfolio of one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates.San Francisco's housing market is so expensive that the median million-dollar home has less than 1,200 square feet of spaceSEE ALSO: Kanye West just bought a $14 million Wyoming ranch. Take a look at the massive property that comes with a saloon, an events venue, and a shooting range.
DON'T MISS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's former Soho apartment just hit the market for $4.7 million. Take a look inside.
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- Business Insider 21:56November 20, 2019Student-loan debt and skyrocketing housing prices have become so bad that more millennials are planning to rent foreverSOPA Images/Getty Images More millennials are planning to rent forever, according to a new Apartment List survey.
Most said it's because they can't afford to buy a home — housing costs have increased, and it's hard to save when their money is going toward student-loan debt and climbing rent prices.
But some millennials prefer to rent for the flexibility and to avoid the added costs of homeownership.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More millennials are planning to rent forever.
Just over 12% of millennial renters plan to "always rent" — more than the 10.7% that said the same last year, a new Apartment List survey found. The survey polled more than 10,000 millennial renters in the US.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:More millennials are preparing to rent for the rest of their lives, and down payment saving is the biggest barrierThe iconic dress Princess Diana wore to a White House dinner in 1985 is hitting the auction, and it's expected to go for as much as $450,000The top 15 tax havens around the worldSEE ALSO: Millennials are making 3 key decisions that are wiping out the starter home — and it's changing what homeownership in America looks like
DON'T MISS: 8 ways American millennials are changing homeownership, from moving to commuter towns to wiping out the starter home
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- Flashbak 21:32November 20, 2019Something’s Going On: Mary Lou Fulton’s Newly Rediscovered Photographs of Punks, Mods, and Rockabillies from the 1980s The radio blasted fast, easy headline news. Punks go on rampage at Huntington Park…$25,000 worth of damage…Police called to quell disturbance… The announcer’s voice wafted out cars gridlocked nose-to-tail on the L.A. freeway. Sweaty, vein-tense drivers, thinking, What’s the hell’s wrong with kids today? Rioting, burning stuff, tearing shit down. Never woulda happened in … Continue reading "Something’s Going On: Mary Lou Fulton’s Newly Rediscovered Photographs of Punks, Mods, and Rockabillies from the 1980s"
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- Business Insider 21:32November 20, 2019A French watchmaker customizes high-end luxury timepieces — like this $110,000 Rolex covered in rainbow sapphires and engraved with an ornate floral designMAD Paris/Browns Fashion French watchmaker MAD Paris creates customized versions of high-end luxury timepieces.
Its latest creation is a Rolex Daytona Rainbow Sapphire watch covered in rainbow sapphires and engraved with a floral pattern.
The watch is for sale at Browns Fashion for $110,753.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. MAD Paris has released a new iteration of its much-loved Rolex Daytona Rainbow Sapphire watch, this time around featuring a smooth leather strap and an engraved buckle.
It follows on from the extremely-limited Daytona Rainbow Sapphire that released back in April with a metal bracelet. This time around, the customized Rolex adopts a slicker look with its new smooth leather strap, which contrasts the detail-heavy body of the watch itself.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Traditional Japanese swords can take over 18 months to create — here's what makes them so specialSee Also:More millennials are preparing to rent for the rest of their lives, and down payment saving is the biggest barrierWatch the disastrous interview Prince Andrew gave about his connection to Epstein and see why the British media is calling it 'car-crash' TVNYC's richest and most expensive ZIP code has an average income of $879,000 and a median sale price of $3.9 million. I spent an afternoon there — here's a closer look at the trendy area.SEE ALSO: The woman who found a $250,000 Rolex in her thrift-store couch 'did all the right things,' according to the expert collector who later bought her watch himself
DON'T MISS: Celebrities from Mark Wahlberg to NBA star Anthony Davis are obsessed with a diamond-studded, $96,900 rainbow Rolex — and its value has tripled since last year's release
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- Business Insider 21:23November 20, 2019Spotify is finally giving millions of free users a crucial feature that paid users have had for years (SPOT, AMZN)Monica Chin/Business Insider Spotify is the world's most popular music streaming service, with over 100 million paying subscribers and over 217 million monthly users.
Spotify's paying users get access to certain functionality that free users do not. One such feature was the ability to stream Spotify music on Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo devices, Sonos speakers, and Bose speakers.
That changed on Wednesday, as Spotify announced support for free users across a variety of devices.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Spotify has over 100 million people paying monthly for its music streaming service. The reason is simple: Ads.
Paying a monthly subscription fee to Spotify means accessing a massive library of on-demand music without having to encounter any advertising. It also infers other benefits: Saving music for offline listening, for instance, and the ability to stream through Spotify on a variety of home speakers — including Amazon's ubiquitous echo devices.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons labSee Also:Amazon now lets you listen to music for free on smartphones and TV, as well as online. Spotify investors are already nervous.How to play music on a PS4 using Spotify or a USB driveGoogle reportedly manipulates search results to hide controversial subjects and favor big businessSEE ALSO: Amazon now lets you listen to music for free on smartphones and TV, as well as online. Spotify investors are already nervous.
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- Mashable 21:20November 20, 2019Trump's ridiculous notes have spawned more Sharpie memesAs the impeachment hearings rage on, President Donald Trump is busy scrawling extremely official statements with a large Sharpie on a pad of paper in all caps.
On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrived on Capitol Hill to give, what's so far been a seriously explosive testimony against the president.
Sondland kicked things off by claiming that Trump and his team were very aware of quid pro quo in Ukraine, and said, "Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret." Meanwhile, Trump spoke to press outside the White House while leaving for Texas, where he read a bizarre-looking handwritten statement to deny once again that he did anything wrong. Read more...More about Memes, Donald Trump, Impeachment, Culture, and Web Culture
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- Business Insider 21:05November 20, 2019Gordon Sondland is a key witness in the Trump impeachment inquiry — and the founder of a boutique luxury hotel chain. Here's how the US ambassador to the EU made his fortune of at least $78 million.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, is testifying before Congress today as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Sondland said Wednesday that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine by conditioning military aid and a White House meeting on Ukrainian president Zelensky carrying out the investigations he wanted.
The 62-year-old diplomat has reported assets worth between $78 million and $185 million.
He is the founder and former chairman of a Portland-based chain of luxury hotels called Provenance Hotels, which has 14 locations in cities like Portland, Seattle, Boston, Palm Springs, and New Orleans.
Sondland reportedly owns homes in Portland and Gearhart, Oregon, and Palm Springs, California.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, has become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In his testimony before Congress on Wednesday, Sondland said that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine by conditioning military aid and a White House meeting on Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky carrying out the investigations he wanted into the Biden family.
Sondland, who had no prior diplomatic experience before Trump nominated him as the ambassador to the EU in May 2018, began his career in commercial real estate in Seattle. He founded a chain of luxury hotels called Provenance Hotels, which has 14 locations in cities like Portland, Seattle, Boston, Palm Springs, and New Orleans.
In financial disclosures to the State Department earlier this year, Sondland reported assets worth between $78 million and $185 million. Sondland's attorney did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment for this story.
Here's a look at the background and finances of the 62-year-old diplomat. Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, is testifying before Congress today as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
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The 62-year-old diplomat said Wednesday that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine by conditioning military aid and a White House meeting on Zelensky carrying out the investigations he wanted.
Sondland didn't originally support Trump's presidential campaign, but after the election, he donated $1 million for his inauguration.
Trump nominated Sondland — who had no previous diplomatic experience — as ambassador to the EU in May 2018.
Sondland has assets worth between $78 million and $185 million, he reported in financial disclosures to the State Department in May 2019.
The disclosures show that Sondland and his wife, Katherine Durant, reported income of between $5.5 million and $9.3 million in 2018 and the first four months of 2019.
Sondland's attorney did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on Sondland's net worth and finances.
Sondland also reported credit card debt of between $75,000 and $165,000.
Sondland and his wife have a charitable foundation, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, which they founded in 1999. It donates to organizations including the Portland Art Museum, OMSI, OHSU, New Avenues for Youth, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Portland Parks Foundation.
According to the foundation's website, Sondland's wife serves on the boards of the Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors at Duke University, the Portland Art Museum Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Jesuit High School Board of Trustees, and the Elevate Oregon Board of Directors.
Sondland has made his fortune in commercial real estate and hotels.
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A native of Mercer Island, Washington, where his parents ran a dry cleaning business, Sondland started his career as a commercial real-estate broker in Seattle before starting a Portland-based hotel company.
According to Axios, he was also a founding partner of Portland- and NYC-based private equity firm Aspen Capital.
Sondland is "a major civic and power player in Oregon," according to the Seattle Times.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Trump's childhood home in New York City isn't selling. Take a look inside the 5-bedroom house that was listed for $2.9 million earlier this year and just failed to sell at auction.How Kylie Jenner became the world's youngest 'self-made' billionaire, from starring in a reality TV show at age 9 to selling a majority stake in her billion-dollar cosmetics empire at 22NYC's richest and most expensive ZIP code has an average income of $879,000 and a median sale price of $3.9 million. I spent an afternoon there — here's a closer look at the trendy area.SEE ALSO: 23 photos show the key moments of Trump's impeachment so far
DON'T MISS: Meet the latest actor in the whirlwind Ukraine inquiry: hotelier turned ambassador Gordon Sondland
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- The Daily Beast 20:17November 20, 2019Fox Anchor Chris Wallace: Sondland Just Ran the Bus Over Trump, Pence, Pompeo, Giuliani and MulvaneyDuring the first break in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings—which featured U.S. Ambassador to the EU and million-dollar Trump donor Gordon Sondland implicating President Donald Trump in a quid pro quo with Ukraine—Fox News anchor Chris Wallace declared that Sondland “took out the bus and ran it over” President Donald Trump and a number of his allies and aides.“I think what Gordon Sondland was trying to do here is protect himself more than he is to protect anybody else,” Wallace said during Fox News’ special coverage. “To a certain degree, he took out the bus and ran over President Trump, Vice President Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani, Mick Mulvaney,” he added. “He implicates all of them.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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- Business Insider 20:14November 20, 2019Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrate 72 years of marriage today. Here's where the couple — and all the other most prominent royals — live.Alamy/Business Insider Kensington Palace, next to London's Hyde Park, is currently home to a number of high-ranking royals. Prince William and Kate Middleton live there among a few other royal couples.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived in a cottage on the grounds but moved out in early 2019 before the birth of their first child, Archie. They moved to Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
New neighbors are expected soon, as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are said to be vacating Apartment 1, where they've lived since 1972.
The Queen and Prince Philip, who just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, live in Buckingham Palace, which is about two miles away from Kensington Palace.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved out of Kensington Palace earlier this year to set up a new home for baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Castle. Now, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are also leaving their Kensington Palace apartment, too.
This means Prince William and Kate Middleton can expect new neighbors.
Kensington Palace, a royal residence since the 1600s, is easily the most bustling of the royal family's many grand homes — but not every royal lives there.Kensington Palace is home to many members of the royal family.
Within its grounds are a host of separate properties, ranging from relatively humble cottages, to the grand 20-room apartment occupied by Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their young family.
As well as royal living quarters, which tend to be modestly decorated, it is also home to lavish state rooms used for grand occasions, like this one:
One of Kensington Palace's many grand interior rooms, which are occasionally opened to the public, is pictured above.
Harry and Meghan left Nottingham Cottage.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lived in a two-bed cottage on the palace grounds before they got married on May 19, 2018, and came back two days after the ceremony to make it their marital home.
The cottage, nicknamed "Nott Cott" and often described as "snug," was Harry's home since 2013.
Meghan moved in just after their engagement was made public in November 2017. Harry proposed to Meghan when they were spending an evening together at Nottingham Cottage, surprising her while they were roasting a chicken.
After announcing their engagement, they gave an interview from the cottage, sitting on its sofa, which is one of the only times the public has seen inside.
They left Kensington Palace behind in early 2019 before they welcomed baby Archie. It's not known who (if anyone) has moved into Nott Cott since their departure.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The top 15 tax havens around the worldNYC's richest and most expensive ZIP code has an average income of $879,000 and a median sale price of $3.9 million. I spent an afternoon there — here's a closer look at the trendy area.Watch the disastrous interview Prince Andrew gave about his connection to Epstein and see why the British media is calling it 'car-crash' TVSEE ALSO: Princess Beatrice is engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Here's everything we know about the property tycoon and single dad descended from Italian aristocracy.
DON'T MISS: The Queen used to have a bar in Buckingham Palace but had to close it down after staff got too drunk
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- The New Yorker 20:10November 20, 2019How “Gogglebox” Became a Chronicle of Brexit FatigueAnna Russell on the British reality show “Gogglebox,” in which the cast watches British TV programming live, including ongoing Brexit coverage.
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