Thailand election 2019: Princess disqualified from prime minister bid

(CNN)Officials have disqualified a Thai princess from running for prime minister in next month’s general election after her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, said her nomination would be “inappropriate.” Thai law stipulates that once a name is submitted, it cannot be withdrawn — though the Electoral Commission has the power to decide the legitimacy of candidates. The March 24 election is widely considered to be a vote between a form of democracy and legitimized authoritarian rule, following a military coup in 2014. Coup leader turned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha announced his own candidacy Friday. The commission revealed on Monday that Prayut was among 45 candidates it said was eligible to contest the vote Ubolratana gave up her royal status when she …

Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars

New York (CNN Business)Facebook on Tuesday removed 22 pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe right-wing website InfoWars. In late January, Facebook announced it had tightened its recidivism policy, aiming to prevent repeat offenders from using other pages they manage to continue behavior that violates the social media company’s rules. “We’ve long prohibited people from creating new Pages, groups, events, or accounts that look similar to those we’ve previously removed for violating our Community Standards,” Facebookexplained ina January 23 blog post. “However, we’ve seen people working to get around our enforcement by using existing Pages that they already manage for the same purpose as the Page we removed for violating our standards.” “To address this gap, when …

Turns out almost everyone loved that ‘controversial’ Gillette ad about toxic masculinity.

(Ad photo via Procter & Gamble Co.) The social media outrage index isn’t a very accurate way judging how everyday Americans feel about events in the news. Social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, are great places for the most closed-minded, opinionated, thin-skinned, and angriest among us to vent their frustrations. But, while those people are foaming at the mouth, most people are going about their day, worrying about making ends meet and thinking about how to care for their families and friends. They’re probably happier, too. If you were on Twitter in the weeks before the Super Bowl you probably would have thought conservatives everywhere were irate over the “controversial” Gillette “Best Men Can Be” advertisement. The nearly two-minute …

How 1MDB finally caught up with Najib Razak

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN)On Tuesday, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will appear in court — facing years in prison if convicted on corruption charges which seemed impossible less than a year ago. What is 1MDB? Political son Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Former PM arrested Scoops and scandal In early 2015, journalists from the Sarawak Report and Wall Street Journal began reporting that millions of dollars had been siphoned off the fund after allegedly securing a series of leaked documents. At first it seemed like the scandal might spell the end of Najib, as opponents — and even some within his party — demanded an investigation and called for him to resign. Behind the scenes, there were efforts to smother the …

25 Awesome Teachers That Decorated Their Classroom Doors For Black History Month

#3 #4 #5 From Ida Shuler: “All I do is think about how brave this little girl was, how this little girl managed to hold onto her dreams despite the challenges she faced! I use to be selling sugarless kool-aide and old halloween candy on Alexander St in Newark! Playing school in my best friends’s basement because teaching made me happy and it suppressed my reality temporarily…I would literally cry out to GOD… #6 #7 My older cousin is an elementary school teacher and this is how he decided to decorate his door for Black history month! This is so dope! #9 #10 #11 #12 Our classroom door is complete. My first graders read and learned all about Brave Ruby …

Virginia governor’s medical school found a pattern of inappropriate yearbook photos

(CNN)The president of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school said that other yearbooks had a number of photos that were “shockingly abhorrent” and inappropriate, including as recently as 2013. Northam initially apologized for the photo and said he was in it, but in a news conference Saturday, he denied that he was in the image and said he would not resign as governor. “I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo,” Northam said. However, he did admit that he had put shoe polish on his face to resemble Michael Jackson in a dance contest in 1984. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an …

The dark side of music: Using sound in torture

(CNN)General Augusto Pinochet’s authoritarian regime, in Chile from 1973 to 1990, was known for its kidnappings, imprisonments and torture. One prisoner remembers it all too well. But for some — like Jiménez — there was one more element of torture: music, Chornik says. The Valech report says music was used as a background to torture in eight detention centers, but Chornik’s work shows that the use of music was more widespread; she found evidence of its use in 30 centers. Common songs of choice in Villa Grimaldi were “Un millón de amigos (A Million Friends)” by Roberto Carlos and “Gigi l’amoroso (Gigi the Ladies’ Man),” made popular by Dalida, according to Chornik. The lyrics of “Gigi l’amoroso” praise the male …

Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez’s relationship timeline, from secret romance to ‘power couple’

From gracing magazine covers to attending events on behalf of their significant other, the pair have quickly grown to be known as one of Hollywood’s biggest “power couples.” ALEX RODRIGUEZ SHARES SIGNED JENNIFER LOPEZ PHOTO FROM ‘ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO’ Here’s a look back at the couple’s flourishing romance. 2nd-anniversary, February 2019 Arod and JLo marked two years together in February. On Feb. 4, the day after they officially became a couple, Rodriguez posted a romantic tribute to his love. “I can’t believe it’s been two years. Only 730 days, which have flown by, but it feels like we have been together forever. We are meant to be, and how much you mean to me cannot be put into words,” he …

Ariana Grande Rewrites Her Own Happy Ending On Powerhouse ‘Thank U, Next’

When we last heard from The arrival of her fifth studio album “thank u, next” on Friday, which dropped a mere six months after “Sweetener,” finds Grande in a spot likely she nor her fans could’ve anticipated: liberated from both romantic and musical attachments. depending on who you ask ― The opening track “Imagine,” which hews closer to her previous album in sound and substance, serves as a bridge between the two works, in which Grande puts forth a vision of a love story as beautiful as it is unattainable.  “I admit that I’m a lil’ messed up / But I can hide it when I’m all dressed up,” she sings on the second track. “I’m obsessive and I love …

What the Japanese know about eating that keeps them healthy and long lived

Have you ever wondered why so many Asians, the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese in particular seem to age well? Why so many of these folks are fit and healthy throughout their long lives? Sure, many Japanese who live stressful city lives might not fare as well as those who live in more rural areas, just like over here… yet even so, it always seems like they look younger than they truly are, doesn’t it? Recent studies have shown that the residents of Okinawa are some of the longest lived people on the planet. Not only do they live well past 100 with remarkable regularity… they don’t look like they’re that old either. On top of that, these long-lived Japanese …