The best stuff we bought on Amazon this year

While costlier items with household names tend to steal the Prime Day spotlight, there is a world beyond them. Oftentimes, the most random of Amazon purchases end up becoming the thing you realize you cant live without. Weve rounded up the best things we bought on Amazon this yearnote, we said best, not most exciting. Prime Day: The best stuff we bought on Amazon this year AmazonBasic Wired Keyboard ($13.99)a cheap, boxy, and black office keyboardRamon Ramirez, News Director WeMo Mini Smart Plug ($17.99)Lowes Iris techMonica Riese, Director of Production AV to HDMI Video Audio Converter Adapter ($14.99)ClerksSwingersJosh Katzowitz, Senior Writer Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder, Medium ($49.95), Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce ($72.95)Game of …

The #IceBae Meme Captures the Worst of 2019 So Far

IceBae is not the frozen water equivalent of Salt Bae, sending ice cubes cascading stylishly into cups across the internet. She's a US Customs and Border Protection officer, identified as Kiara Cervantes, who provided security during Vice President Mike Pence's recent visit to a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center. On Sunday, a Twitter user encountered a photo of Cervantes standing in front of a crowded pen of migrants. This user found the image sexy, and shared it. Other users followed suit, and soon #IceBae—the most 2019 of thirst hashtags—was born. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme Emma Grey Ellis Why the Momo Challenge Film Might Beat the Meme …

No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech

At a recent postmortem for the so-called Twitter tax break, the divisive San Francisco policy that drew tech companies to a beleaguered stretch of downtown, the tone at City Hall was chilly. Tech offices—the likes of Twitter, Zendesk, and Uber—had indeed arrived as promised, but residents of the city’s Mid-Market neighborhood told officials that little uplift came with the logos. “I’ve seen the number of people who are sleeping on the street increase. We’ve seen a lot of displacement … affordable restaurants close,” said Sam Dennison, a local resident who served on a citizen advisory board for the tax break. “We felt like we were going to be annihilated, and in a lot of ways we weren’t wrong.” In the …

Daddy Bernie Sanders Admits He Has Spoken With Cardi B

Cardi B recently tweeted: I been reading about interview, Cardi B said that she was still surveying options in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field but added: Imma always go with Bernie. This is the thing, right? Bernie dont say things to be cool. Like, theres pictures of him being an activist from a very, very, very long time [ago]. At the time she also reportedly indicated that she was interested in long-shot Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). A spokesperson for Sanders did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the nature of his conversation with Cardi B. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Kamala Harris might be surging but her record will soon catch up with her | Bhaskar Sunkara

A leftward moving party is hungry for change. Just like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris past will prove to be a liability writes Bhaskar Sunkara The first pair of Democratic presidential primary debates showed how wide open the field is. Former vice-president Joe Biden came in with a comfortable lead, but stumbled during the debates and has one poll, shes now within two points of him. Joe Biden had a couple things going for him: he was connected to a popular Obama administration and he is still widely perceived as being electable. For stalwart Democratic voters, preventing a second term for Trump and an ever-rightward moving Republican party is a key priority. Biden might have stood out with his relatively conservative …

Is the US nudging Britain into dangerous waters with Iran?

The UKs shipping looks vulnerable since it seized a tanker after a US request A chain of events has been triggered that is increasingly exposing the UK diplomatically and militarily in the Gulf. The UK has put British shipping seized Grace 1, an Iranian-owned oil tanker, off the straitgradually reducing its commitments under the deal, in a calibrated effort to force Europe to do more to challenge US policy. Lord Howell, a former Conservative cabinet minister and chairman of the Lords international relations committee, asked his government on Thursday whether it was such a good idea to raid the Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar in the first place. He said: Obviously we want to stop oil getting to President Assad, …

‘His only tool is racism’: why Trump’s bigoted tirade could be a vote winner

The president seems to regard divisive, nativist rhetoric as his best chance of staying in the White House. Analysts say he may be right It was foul and repugnant. But was it a vote winner? Donald Trumps bigoted tirade against four congresswoman of colour, telling them to go back to the countries they came from, prompted widespread revulsion the comments tweeted: Trump launched his political brand eight years ago saying the first African American President was born in Africa. It has always been about racism, and the fact that this has ever been a controversial thing to say is part of the problem. Trump is a minority president after winning 46% of the popular vote in 2016, less than Hillary …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Honors KKK Grand Wizard With Proclamation

Each year, according to state law, the governor is supposed to sign six such proclamations for days of observation, three of which are in honor of the Confederacy, “I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law,” Lee told The Tennessean on Thursday. panned by the media. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie tweeted: “Very cool that Tennessee has a day honoring a confederate war criminal and founder of America’s oldest and deadliest terrorist group.”  bloodthirsty slave trader and the KKK’s very first grand wizard. In 1864, he led Confederate soldiers to commit what’s known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, according to The Washington Post. Three hundred Union soldiers, …

Joe Biden Lays Out Foreign Policy Plan To ‘Repair Trumps Damage

NEW YORK ― Former Vice President Joe Biden used an expansive foreign policy speech on Thursday to assert that President As part of an attempt to improve the country’s relationships with other democracies, Biden said that early in his presidency he would host a “global summit for democracy to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the Free World.”  “Donald Trump’s brand of ‘America first’ has too often led to ‘America alone,’” he said. Tacitly acknowledging recent criticism that he isn’t taking the threat of China seriously, Biden repeatedly mentioned that country’s growing worldwide influence and described pulling together a united front of countries wary of Beijing’s authoritarianism. “We are the United States of America and we …

Trump, Clinton, & The Billionaire Pedophile: The Biggest Scandal You’re Not Following! – Perez Hilton

Politics has become such a depressing cesspool, we absolutely understand if you’ve retreated into the world of pop culture. The Donald Trump presidency has undergone so many investigations, Carrie from Homeland would need the Great Wall of China to map it out. 1 Sexual Predator Pyramid Scheme 3 Potential Co-Conspirators 5 A Scandal Reborn Sexual Predator Pyramid Scheme Epstein, a money manager to the ultra wealthy, was accused by a woman in 2005 of molesting her stepdaughter. This lead to an investigation by detectives in Palm Beach, Florida, which uncovered several underage girls who claimed Epstein abused them. Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown was personally able to track down 80 women who said they were sexually abused in some way by the billionaire. Prosecutors were …

Kim Darroch: Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

Fellow Tory Michael Fallon had suggested journalists should be subject to Official Secrets Act Boris Johnson has come out in defence of the right of the press to publish leaked diplomatic dispatches sent by the former British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, saying it would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate. Johnson criticised the police over a warning to journalists that they could face prosecution if they publish any further leaked cables. Speaking at a Tory leadership hustings at Wyboston in Bedfordshire, he said that while it was right the perpetrator of the leak was hunted down and prosecuted it was wrong for police to target the media. It …

Mike Pence Cant Account For Photo Of Dismal Migrant Detention Conditions

Mike Pence said he “can’t account for that.” tour of a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Pence applauded Customs and Border Protection for “doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a difficult environment,” calling out “slander against” the agency. With that, Brown showed Pence a photo of migrants sitting practically shoulder to shoulder. The image was included in a May alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s “When you look at that, what do you see?” she asked. “What I can account for … is the facility that you saw today represents the level and the standard of care that we are working to bring to all those caught up in this crisis,” he said. Continuing, Pence said …

Why the wooden Melania Trump statue should run for president

Some were more perplexed and asked whether the statue was meant to be taken as a joke or a tribute. Melania's hometown erected a wooden statue of her, and I am still not sure if it was meant to be a joke or a tribute. pic.twitter.com/OMvSWLvakh — Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) July 6, 2019 And so, I present to you, my most compelling reasons why the Melania statue should run for president in 2020. She cares about the environment running list83 waysThe Melania statue is a return to nature. She was carved from a tree, by a simple man named Maxi, who has worked with wood for many years in ways that do not damage his native Slovenia. She is green. …

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

Several decades into the age of digital media, the ability to leave one’s childhood and adolescent years behind is now imperiled. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is evident that a majority of young people with access to mobile phones take and circulate selfies on a daily basis. There is also growing evidence that selfies are not simply a tween and teen obses­sion. Toddlers enjoy taking selfies, too, and whether intentionally or unintentionally, have even managed to put their images into circula­tion. What is the cost of this excessive documentation? More spe­cifically, what does it mean to come of age in an era when images of childhood and adolescence, and even the social networks formed during this …

D.C. Intel Exec Nabbed in Feds Narco Money-Laundering Sting

The founder of a Washington private intelligence company is in deep trouble with the feds for his alleged willingness to take on a risky new client: a Mexican drug cartel. On Wednesday, federal law enforcement raided the house and seized the electronics of executive Michael Bagley in connection with a money-laundering investigation. Federal prosecutors charged Bagley with money laundering after he allegedly helped confidential FBI sources posing as narco cartel representatives hide what he thought was more than $250,000 in illicit proceeds, according to court documents. Bagleys attorney declined a request for comment from The Daily Beast. Bagley is the founder of the Washington, D.C., private intelligence firm Jellyfish Partners, which big-name clients like Philip-Morris. According to the FBI, Bagley …