Sorry, but some ‘Seinfeld’ classics feel every bit of 30 years old

(CNN)I was always more of a “Friends” person. In the World Series of series known all over the world, “Friends” would be my Most Valuable Player every single time. Suddenly, my trusty ticket out of a conversation about TV I don’t want to talk about became a ticket into an assignment revisiting some of the show’s classic episodes as someone who has not watched a lot of “Seinfeld.” I never had anything against the show in particular, other than I was simply too busy to be bothered to watch a show famously about nothing when there was so much TV out there about something — and “Friends” on Netflix. For my mission, I opted to revisit six episodes considered among …

The True Origins Of The Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol. Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian …

Like Taylor Swift, every woman faces a Justin Bieber

(CNN)It’s easy to argue that, in 2019, women are more powerful than they’ve ever been in United States history. A record 117 women won office in the 2018 midterms. A record number of women are vying for the presidency in 2020. The youngest billionaire in history is a woman (Hi, Kylie Jenner!). The number of women CEOs in Fortune 500 companies hit a record high. But even at a time when “something is happening” with women, we’re constantly reminded that even the most powerful among us have to fight for what’s theirs, whether it be reproductive justice, a seat at the proverbial table, or creative license. And we cannot deny that, far too often, behind these powerful women are men… …

Tom Holland Would ‘Of Course’ Be OK With Spider-Man Coming Out As Gay

The “Britain’s Sunday Times that he’d “of course” be on board with his character identifying as gay in a future film.  Avengers: Infinity War” and “ “The world isn’t as simple as a straight white guy,” “We haven’t been shy about saying that that’s coming,” Feige also opened up about the debut of a Given the scarcity of openly LGBTQ characters in blockbuster films, the appearance of Grieving Man was heavily mixed Esquire’s Justin Kirkland deemed it “a half-baked attempt at diversity,” while But Feige said Grieving Man was “never meant to be our first focused character” and was intended simply as “a matter of fact and a matter of life and a matter of truth.” he added. “I guess it’s the …

Brexit ‘hitting school language learning’

It warns of growing concern that GCSEs and A-levels in modern foreign languages are seen as harder than other subjects. Some academics have recently written to Ofqual asking it to look again at the marking of language exams. The British Council report also describes a shift in attitude, with some parents saying languages are “little use” as the UK is due to leave the European Union. Theresa Tinsley, the report author, says secondary schools in poorer areas are reporting a very definite Brexit effect, which could lead to an even sharper decline in language learning. She fears if languages become the preserve of the better-off, or privately educated teenagers, those from less privileged backgrounds will be even further left behind. …

Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmn Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Joaqun Guzmn, otherwise known as “El Chapo,” a Mexican drug lord who has repeatedly broken out of prison. He was recaptured in January 2016 and later extradited to the United States to stand trial on federal charges. Father: Emilio Guzmán Bustillos, subsistence farmer Mother: María Consuelo Loera Pérez Marriages: Believed to have been married at least three times, the most recent being Emma Coronel Aispuro (2007-present) Children: Is purported to have fathered between 12 and 13 children Other Facts:The nickname, “El Chapo,” means “Shorty.” Guzmán stands 5’6″ tall. Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which the US Justice Department describes as “one of the world’s most prolific, violent and powerful drug cartels,” moving billions …

Corbyn target practice film soldiers disciplined

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFour soldiers appear to fire shots in a video posted on social media Soldiers filmed using a Jeremy Corbyn poster for target practice have been disciplined, but not sacked. The video showed servicemen from the Colchester-based Parachute Regiment in a shooting range, believed to be in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the behaviour was “not fitting of the high standards we expect”. When the footage was posted on social media, Mr Corbyn said he was shocked and called for an investigation. The short clip showed four paratroopers in uniform firing before the camera panned to the target, a large portrait of the Labour leader. Image caption The picture of …

Gloria Estefans show not a jukebox musical

“Queen had a show here in the West End, We Will Rock You, before anything ever happened [in film], so it makes for a great story because it’s things that have actually happened, they’re actual people. And I think it’s expanded into film because people are interested in seeing how these careers happened.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emilio and Gloria Estefan received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama In 1975, Gloria met Emilio Estefan, and she began singing with his band, Miami Sound Machine. Her vocals helped propel the group to global success, and she became a star in her own right. But her tour bus was involved in a crash which almost killed her …

Trump Dismisses Bad Conditions In Detention Centers Amid Jarring Reports

President U.S. detention centers at the southern border, saying that if migrants are “unhappy” there, “just tell them not to come.”  “If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come,” Wednesday. “All problems solved!”    In earlier tweets, he said that are not hospital workers“living far better now horrific conditions “dangerous overcrowding,” DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL Inspectors observed families crowded into the Border Patrol’s McAllen, Texas, station on June 10. Earlier this week, Rep. (D-N.Y.) and other members of Congress visited migrants held in detention centers in Texas. The congresswoman said that women inside a CBP facility in El Paso were in cells …

Yoko Ono’s bells ring for peace in Manchester

Ono, 86, has been unable to travel to Manchester, but will appear on screens to lead the attendees through a series of instructions from 18:00 BST before the massed ring-a-thon. She told BBC News by email she wanted to be involved “because Manchester has strength and energy”. The event would have “an incredible vibration” that “might just change the world”, she added. ‘Peace is not passive’ Bells For Peace co-ordinator Emily Lim said the artist and musician “didn’t want this to feel like something people were passive in”. Lim said: “She doesn’t feel or think of peace as a passive thing. She wants this moment to feel like something that is really active and energised, and that people feel like …

Border Patrol Head Condemns Agents’ Sexually Explicit Facebook Posts About AOC

The existence of the group was reported by ProPublica as roughly a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Democrats Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Veronica Escobar of Texas, toured border facilities where attorneys said they had found migrant children living in fetid, filthy conditions. Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn’t surprised by the posts, especially after the treatment of migrants she said she witnessed at the facility. The revelation about the Facebook posts only added to the vitriolic atmosphere surrounding immigration and the treatment of tens of thousands of migrants who have crossed the border, vastly straining the system that has been struggling to keep up amid Trump’s hardline rhetoric. The Democrats delivered an emotional denunciation of what they saw …

The firm with 900 staff and no office

Saving costs Her employer is one of a small but growing number of businesses that are choosing to have no central office. Faster internet connections, messaging and video apps, and the rise of collaborative and monitoring software are allowing some firms to do away with their offices entirely. Instead, they hire staff from multiple locations and ask them to work from home or from shared working spaces near where they live. How to stay focused when working from home How to cope with email overload Automattic’s staff work across 70 different countries and, instead of paying for a central office, the company pays to fly staff to regular meet-ups throughout the year. It also pays workers to equip their home …

Joe Biden explained opposition to desegregation busing in 1981 CNN interview

(CNN)Joe Biden said in a 1981 CNN interview that he opposed busing to desegregate schools and that he supported efforts to cut back on courts’ ability to order busing. “What I have argued as one who grew up in the civil rights movement and ran for office as a public defender and a member of an active participant in civil rights cases, I have argued that the least effective remedy to be imposed is the busing remedy,” Biden said at another point in the interview. In a statement to CNN, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates reiterated that the former vice president always supported voluntary busing and federally mandated busing to end “de jure” segregation. “He has also always been an …

Pope Francis Praises Trump And Kim Jong Un’s ‘Significant’ DMZ Meeting

Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hours after the two leaders’ Addressing thousands at St. Peter’s Square in Italy’s Vatican City, Francis said he “salute[d]” Trump and Kim for taking the step to meet. The Catholic leader said he hoped the “significant gesture” would be a stepping stone to the resolution of conflicts in the Korean peninsula and worldwide. central teachings about the need to reach across physical and political boundaries to build friendships with others.  according to Reuters. The pope has not always spoken favorably of Trump and his foreign policy actions.  builders of walls,” saying such leaders would “end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”  Trump and Kim met for the third time …

MAD Magazine Is Winding Down And Fans Are Devastated

MAD Magazine, the iconic comic that taught generations of kids to laugh at the absurdity of the world around them, will no longer publish monthly new content, according to reports.  In what may be a small silver lining, publisher DC plans to produce end-of-the-year editions with new material, MAD books and special collections, THR reported.    “After issue #10 this fall Publisher William M. Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman launched MAD in 1952. Over the years, the magazine earned a reputation for its unforgiving satire of authority figures, especially politicians (and presidents in particular), and its pop culture parodies, including send-ups of movies and TV shows. It was also known for regular features, including Spy vs. Spy, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions …