Donald Trump’s July 4 spectacle just keeps getting more and more absurd

(CNN)When President Donald Trump initially announced his plan to take over the usually non-partisan July 4 celebration in Washington way back in February, I wrote a piece with this headline “The utter absurdity of Trump’s July Fourth bash.” “Big 4th of July in D.C. ‘Salute to America.’” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. “The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!” With the festivities now only days away, the full picture of what Trump has planned is coming into focus. And boy, oh boy, is it over the top. Among the …

Ball, Winkleman and Feltz among top BBC earners

The stars’ salaries are published as part of the BBC’s Annual Report and covers the period from April 2018 to March 2019. BBC star salaries 2018-19: Who earned what? What else did we learn from the annual report? However, as usual the list is not a fair or complete reflection of what all celebrities at the BBC earn. Actors and some entertainment presenters who work for the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Studios are not included. As a result, the stars of some of the BBC’s biggest programmes – like Top Gear and Doctor Who – are absent from the list. In the past 12 months, Chris Evans has left for Virgin Radio, replaced by Zoe Ball. As a result, his …

Brexit backstop ‘has to change or go’, says Hunt

How PM hopefuls view Brexit and the Irish border Tory leadership: Compare the candidates Who chooses the next PM? Hunt sets 30 September ‘no-deal deadline’ Boris Johnson backtracks over Scottish funding The backstop – the most controversial part of the deal Theresa May negotiated with the EU – is a position of last resort to prevent any new checks or controls on the Irish border after Brexit. The UK and EU would prefer to maintain the border status quo through a comprehensive trade deal. The Conservative Party’s 160,000 members will begin voting next week and Mrs May’s successor is expected to be announced on 23 July. Backstop Mr Hunt was first to take to the stage at the event. “We …

There is a rottenness at the heart of the Border Patrol

(CNN)As progressive members of the House of Representatives traveled to Texas to see immigrant holding facilities for themselves Monday, ProPublica published a news story about a highly offensive Facebook group made up of current and former Border Patrol agents. A slap on the wrist won’t do here. Any agent making comments this vile is a danger to migrants and should be fired immediately. Agents who are members of this group and failed to report coworkers, or simply observed and laughed along, should also face professional consequences. But beyond the surfacing of the social media account, it’s the culture of the entire agency that has been exposed here, and this was all predictable. This is an agency, after all, staffed by …

First Openly Non-Binary Senate Candidate Seeks To Make Politics More Inclusive

Say what you want about Bre Kidman. They’ve heard it all before.  At 31, the political newcomer is jumping into one of 2020’s most highly anticipated elections ― the Senate race in Maine ― and “flipping the bird to the notion of electability” along the way.  non-binary person to run for Senate and, if elected, they would be the first openly It would be an understatement to say winning the Democratic Party’s nomination and defeating Republican incumbent Sen. their campaign website. “I am not slick or polished, but I am smart and passionate.” Earlier this month, while electronically filing their financial disclosure forms for the race, Kidman Natalie Josephine Jones Kidman was one of dozens of Mainers to fly down …

To spite Putin, come visit Georgia

(CNN)Dear travelers, wine drinkers, hikers and beachgoersDear epicureans, romantics and historiansDear anybody looking for an adventure or wanting to spite Russian President Vladimir Putin. The country of Georgia needs you. If you’ve ever considered visiting this small Black Sea nation nestled between Russia and Turkey, now is the time. For those of you who have already been, it is time to return. It was not. But because of Putin’s actions (and a previous Soviet strategy to divide and conquer the region) 20% of this country is occupied by Russian forces. The truth is complex, but it’s not hard to understand: Georgians want their country back. And they want to share it with visitors because they are proud of this land. …

Lil Nas X’s Pride tweets mean exactly what most people think they do

(CNN)Lil Nas X closed out Pride month with some tweets that had people thinking he’s made a declaration about his sexuality. His single “C7osure” begins with the lyrics “True say, I want and I need to let go, use my time to be free.” “Ain’t no more actin’, man that forecast say I should just let me grow/No more red light for me baby, only green, I gotta go,” the lyrics continue. “Pack my past up in the back, oh, let my future take ahold/This is what I gotta do, can’t be regrettin’ when I’m old.” He also tweeted a picture of the 7 EP cover artwork, zooming in to highlight a building lit up in rainbow lights. “Deadass thought …

Period pain linked to nearly 9 days of lost productivity a year

(CNN)The real impact of menstruation on women and society is underestimated, researchers say, as a new study suggests period pain is linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity a year in workplaces and schools. “Women said that they weren’t as productive as they could be while at work — they needed to go to the toilet every hour or they had a headache and couldn’t concentrate,” said Theodoor Nieboer, an author of the report and a gynecologist at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He added that women under the age of 21 were around three times more likely than older women to say they had taken time off because of their menstrual symptoms. Still a taboo …

Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress

(CNN)Activism takes different forms, whether it’s marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society’s fringes. Marsha P. Johnson: The defender of transgender rights Marsha P. Johnson’s name isn’t in most American history books, but it should be. When a judge asked her about the “P” in her name, she responded that it stood for “Pay it no mind.” The judge laughed and dismissed the charges against her. Her persistence and advocacy made her one of the most significant figures in LGBTQ and AIDS activism. The term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used in Marsha’s lifetime, but she identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen and used she/her pronouns. “I …

Boots rolls out paper bags after plastics row

The bags will cost 5p, 7p and 10p – the current plastic ones come in two 5p and 10p sizes – and, as is the case now, profits from the bags will go to BBC Children in Need. The paper bags in England are not subject to the carrier bag levy, but they will be in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Plastic or paper: Which bag is greener? Boots warns of possible store closures Boots UK signed up to the UK Plastics Pact last year and said at the time it was “committed to reducing single-use plastic”. It said it had been looking for ways to change its use of plastic before last month’s stories about the use of plastic …

This Death Row Lawyer Says Americans Wont Be Free Until We Face Racist History

Civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson wants Americans to look hard at the nation’s long, ongoing history of “,” a new HBO documentary coming out June 26, digs into Stevenson’s work with the Montgomery, Alabama-based , fighting racism in the Just Mercyracismcriminal justice systemThe film argues that unless Americans look at these issues square in the eye ― and unless people in power, including law enforcement and politicians, acknowledge them publicly ― the  will endure. “I get frustrated when I hear people talk about ‘If I had been living during the time of slavery, of course, I would have been an abolitionist.’ … Everybody imagines that if they were in Alabama in the 1960s, they would have been marching with Dr. …

Johnson and Hunt make pitch to be PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Hunt: “We are democrats who want to deliver Brexit”. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have made their pitch to be the next prime minister at the first of 16 Conservative Party hustings. The two contenders for Number 10 laid out their vision for the country at a conference in Birmingham. Mr Johnson said these were “dark days” for his party, but insisted he could turn things around. But his rival warned members not to elect the “wrong person” and risk “catastrophe”. Mr Johnson said the most important thing was to “get Brexit done”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Hunt insisted he would leave the EU with no deal if …

Giant Squid Caught On Video In Gulf Of Mexico For First Time Ever

But unlike the horror fantasies imagined time and again in pop culture, this giant A team of researchers on an expedition funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research captured the video earlier this week at a depth of 759 meters (2,490 feet), 100 miles southeast of New Orleans: In For perspective, the “The old maps often showed serpents at the edge, with the warning ‘here be monsters,’” Johnsen and Widder wrote. “However, the ‘monsters’ are here, in our own backyard.” A team of Japanese researchers recorded the Download Join HuffPost Plus Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Why Jessie J felt ‘misunderstood’

“I’m actually very protective,” Jessie, whose real name is Jessica Cornish, tells BBC News. “Kids that young need to be protected. And they’re going to create these kinds of shows, whether I’m involved or not, right? But I want to be as involved as I can be, because I love to be able to have some sort of responsibility with what they’re learning and what they’re seeing. Image copyright Koury Angelo Image caption Jessie J says more artists are doing intimate gigs for better “connection” with the audience Even though she could fill a much larger venue, she says artists value opportunities to keep things more intimate. The British leg of Madonna’s new tour, for example, will see her performing …

‘Batman’ turns 30: How a superfan got Hollywood to redefine the Dark Knight

(CNN)Three decades after director Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” film became a box office blockbuster and pop culture phenomenon, the decision to bring the Dark Knight to the big screen seems like it should have been a no-brainer. But in the years leading up to the film’s release, it was as hard to breach the barriers to Hollywood as it was to break into the Batcave.

Vatican cancels football match with Vienna over anti-abortion protests

Rome (CNN)The Vatican canceled a friendly football match between its new women’s team and a club in Vienna, after a number of Austrian players protested against the Catholic Church’s stance on abortion. “During the Vatican’s anthem, some Austrian women raised their shirts, displaying writing on their stomachs and backs in favor of abortion, then sending pro-LGBT messages in opposition to the church’s stance,” the agency said. It added that politically charged banners were displayed in the stands. The news agency described the team’s welcome as “truly unexpected,” and noted that they decided to abandon the game “with great sadness.” “The protest caught the Vatican players by surprise, who were expecting a simple sporting event, and together with their manager, took …