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Trump's big EPA website change should make you furious

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Yet another fear among scientists and climate activists has become reality in the era of Trump.

Years of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website by the Trump administration Friday as the climate change webpage goes under “review.” 

Adding insult to injury, this comes on the eve of the People’s Climate March

Climate change activists have been wringing their hands ever since Inauguration Day, fearing that the new administration would do something just like this. The EPA has been chipping away at climate change mentions on its website since January, but Friday’s takedown seems to be the biggest step yet.  Read more…

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This dad makes the most amazing Disney princess costumes for his daughter

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This is one dad that’s definitely making his daughter’s fairytale dreams come true.

Nephi Garcia, a father of three, is snipping and sewing his way to Instagram stardom, with incredible Disney costumes he makes for his kids.

From Belle to Snow White, he’s pretty much got them all covered.

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His dresses don’t just look incredible, they actually transform. Check out his version of Belle’s village outfit, that with a rip, turns into the iconic yellow gown that she wears to dance with Beast. Read more…

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Venmo is still growing like crazy

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Venmo’s rapid growth isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

As mobile payments as a whole struggle to gain widespread traction, the amount of money exchanged on the Paypal-owned app doubled last quarter from the same period last year.

The app’s total transaction volume reached $6.8 billion in the last three months, according to Paypal’s earnings call Wednesday.

Paypal had an otherwise rosy quarter as well, reporting one of its best performances since splitting from Ebay two years ago. 

Venmo is also starting to answer some nagging questions analysts have had about its future — namely, how will it make money? Read more…

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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The author of 'The Fault in Our Stars' explains Pokémon perfectly

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John Green has a way with wordsObviously. He only wrote The Fault in Our Stars, nbd.

Here, Green describes his discovery of Pokémon. His son Henry is obsessed, so Green shares — in his own, hilarious words — what the fiction and the phenomenon are all about… as he understands it.

Pokémon is weird, especially when it’s filtered through the lens of someone who only understands it as a spectator. This is some good internet right here. Read more…

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Pope Francis just gave this TED talk and what are you doing with your life

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We already knew that Pope Francis was a great communicator, but this is something new. 

The pontiff made a surprise recorded appearance at a TED talk conference calling on the world’s powerful leaders to “act humbly” and urging solidarity to overcome a “culture of waste” that has left people behind. 

“The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly,” Francis, seated at a desk in Vatican City, said.

“You will end up hurting yourself and those around you, if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness.” Read more…

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Jeff Goldblum's handing out free sausages in a 'Chef Goldblum's' truck

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After news spread he’ll be in the Jurassic World sequel (yay!), Jeff Goldblum hit the streets of Sydney, Australia to celebrate…well we assume so, anyway. 

He was found casually handing out free sausages to people from a food truck on Wednesday afternoon, which just so happens to be called “Chef Goldblum’s.”

No, we’re not making this up.

And unsurprisingly, there were plenty of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of Dr Ian Malcolm/Mr. Goldblum, as his truck made its way from Wynyard Station to Circular Quay. Read more…

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'We Bare Bears' is a kids' show tackling modern millennial anxieties

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Popular Cartoon Network show We Bare Bears is the story of three bears living a modern human life in San Francisco. 

But at its heart, it’s also a parable about the charms and perils of an increasingly connected society.

The show’s creator, Daniel Chong, said he tries to pick modern references for the show, to reflect his audiences. “We do like to make fun of trends, but we have to be very careful that they’re not things that we know are going to go away quickly,” he said, during a visit to Singapore.

His three protagonists, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear always seem to be chasing internet fame, and the script works in trendy references, often to hilarious effect: Read more…

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A group of 4 drones grounded 60 flights in a day, leaving 10,000 passengers stranded

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An illegal flying stunt of a group of four drones caused more than 60 flights to get disrupted on Friday — the third such incident in a week.

More than 10,000 passengers were left stranded, as a result.

According to a report by China News Service, Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport received reports of four drones flying within the protected zone of the airport, with one even passing below an incoming flight.

Some 58 flights ended up getting diverted to other nearby airports, with four others forced to return, and more than 10 cancelled, on the day. Read more…

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Why Prince Harry and Prince William are truly the millennial royals

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For centuries, the British royal family has been watched, respected and revered from afar. The monarchy remained fiercely tight-lipped on all matters personal and private, and royal announcements were reserved for print newspapers.

But the digital realm now breaks down the barriers that have long stood between the royal family and the people. Through their social sharing, the younger royals are coming across as relatable, relevant and human to a millennial audience. 

Over the past decade, the royal family has gradually stepped up its online presence, establishing large followings on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Read more…

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Man returns home to overjoyed mom after biking around the world for 7 years

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Englishman Leigh Timmis set off on a wild adventure seven years ago.

And by wild we mean he was determined to ride his bike for two years around the world. That ambitious timeline quickly fell to the wayside as he realized how daunting the challenge would be to actually traverse the globe.

Timmis’ journey came to an emotional end Saturday when he arrived home in Derby, England, hopped off his bike, and jumped into a sweet embrace with his mom, who he hadn’t seen since 2014. 

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The Missouri mother tried offering her daughter more conventional birthday themes, but Audrey’s resounding desire was “poop.”

Realizing she wasn’t going to change her mind, Rebecca embraced the quirky request and threw Audrey the ultimate poop-themed party. Read more…

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Policeman's safe cycling demonstration goes very wrong, very fast

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You know exactly what’s going to happen in the clip below the minute you start watching it.

All the elements are there: the crowd of onlookers, the steep flight of concrete steps, and the policeman in the helmet and the high-vis yellow jacket, who was apparently on hand to demonstrate cycling safety to children. It was only ever going to go one way.

“Police were staging a safe way for kids to go down the stairs on their bikes and the policeman failed miserably,” said a man named Derek, who uploaded the clip to Twitter, was quoted as saying in the Daily Record. Read more…

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Google's new AutoDraw wants to make drawing easier for everyone

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Your doodles are about to get a whole lot better.

Part of Google’s new A.I. Experiments collection, AutoDraw is like an AI-powered Microsoft Paint. The app combines conventional doodling with art from professionals to enhance your doodles and help create better art. 

The app works by trying to guess what you’re drawing and then offering alternatives for you to build on. 

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Google calls AutoDraw “a drawing tool for the rest of us;” that is, people who aren’t professional designers. What it really does is recognize what you’re trying to draw and replace that with a version drawn by an artist. The tool turned my terrible doodle of a cake that really could have been anything, and offered me this great cake instead.  Read more…

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Fitbit's smartwatch is reportedly not coming along very well

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Fitbit’s primed to finally break out of the fitness tracking vertical with a smartwatch built for mass appeal — but the company’s apparently having a hard time even bringing a device to the starting line. 

A Yahoo Finance report claims that Fitbit’s had so much difficulty developing the smartwatch that its launch was pushed from spring to later in the year, most likely the fall, according to “sources familiar with the matter.”

The report says the smartwatch will be made of aluminum with a built-in GPS chip, heart-rate monitoring, the capacity for touchless payments, Pandora music compatibility, and up to four days of battery life. The design is, according to one source, “definitely not sexy,” and takes its cues from the company’s attempt at a fitness smartwatch, the Blaze. Read more…

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These hyperrealistic handmade dogs will bend your mind

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Much wow. These felt doggos appear to have pulled the wool over our eyes.

A Japanese artist, @yomoko888‘s super realistic handmade felt dogs are going viral on Twitter for obvious reasons.

Yomoko888 often churns out realistic Corgis, Shiba Inus and Dachshunds: 

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One kitty's cuddly nature proves that not all cats are total jerks

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Cats can be man’s best friend too, okay?

A Texas teen named Hope recently tweeted out a picture of her cat, Holly, acting rather un-catlike. Instead of acting mean and surly, as is the unfounded reputation with most cats, Holly seemed to not only want human affection but demand it.

 

 

she grabs my hand and puts it to her face like this pic.twitter.com/BR9a7owKoQ

— healthgoth cleancore (@fish_size) April 5, 2017

Hope told Mashable that Holly is, “the most affectionate and loving cat I have ever seen in my life, really! She is not satisfied unless she’s constantly in my personal space, licking on my hands or sleeping sprawled out across my body.”  Read more…

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People are quitting LiveJournal in droves after Russian owners ban political, LGBTQ talk

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Venerable blog platform LiveJournal is now saying goodbye to some of its biggest users, after announcing it’s taking steps to comply with Russian law.

The platform, which moved its servers to Russia in December last year, updated its terms of service last week, Gizmodo reports.

Under the terms, content deemed as “political solicitation,” or that “contradictory to the laws of the Russian Federation” will be banned.

Russian law gives censors sweeping powers to ban political and pro-LGBTQ content under the guise of national security. But critics say the law has been used as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Read more…

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'Tragedy' on the Great Barrier Reef as coral bleaching devastates for second year

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Little of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has now been left unscathed by coral bleaching.

A recent aerial survey by scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has found the phenomenon leaving vast stretches of corals bone-white for the second year in a row.

A global bleaching event in 2016 saw an average of 67 percent of corals lost in the north of the reef, and scientists hoped 2017 would offer the delicate ecosystem a reprieve. The survey showed the opposite.

In 2017, scientists found the middle reef worst hit, leaving only its southern reaches untouched. This means two thirds of the reef’s corals have now been impacted by coral bleaching in a zone stretching for 1,500 km (900 miles).  Read more…

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This newscaster's terrified reaction is all of us getting caught daydreaming at work

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Any good employee spends at least 50 percent of the work dreaming they were somewhere else, and another 30 percent trying not to get caught doing it. 

One particularly Australian newscaster wasn’t so lucky. While waiting to introduce a new segment on Australia’s ABC24, she got interrupted while examining her nails at her desk, something all of us have done at least once before (please don’t try and deny it).

Unfortunately, this particular newscaster got caught while on live television.

Enjoy.

We’re confident that this viral moment is way better than whatever she was planning to introduce next. Read more…

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Alec Baldwin plays both Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly in searing 'SNL' skit

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Alec Baldwin played two problematic, white American men on this week’s Saturday Night Live. 

He first appeared as President Donald Trump in the show’s cold open and later pulled double duty, playing both Trump and Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly in a scathing sketch addressing the sexual harassment allegations against the O’Reilly Factor host.

Baldwin’s O’Reilly opened the segment by promising to address “the scandal everyone’s been talking about all week.”

“The scandal no one thought I’d have the guts to address head on,” he added, “about the shocking allegations of abuse of power that have been leveled against … the Obama administration.” Read more…

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Cold beer and tons of free crab: Friday night at a 1938 Louisiana roadhouse

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During the Great Depression, the photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration assigned photographers to crisscross the country and record how people lived and worked throughout the nation.

In September 1938, while traveling through Louisiana documenting sugar plantations, rice farmers, and oyster fishermen, photographer Russell Lee stopped off at Danos’ Nightclub, a roadhouse off Highway 1 in the tiny community of Raceland.

As it happened, he showed up on a Friday night, just in time for Danos’ free weekly crab boil

Grabbing his flash, he snapped photos as locals from around Bayou Lafourche smashed open piles of crustaceans, put away cases of Jax Beer, and blew off some late-summer steam. Read more…

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So much for Equal Pay Day: Google accused of 'very significant' pay discrimination

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The Labor Department claimed Friday that Google has fostered an “extreme” gender pay gap across its entire workforce.

The bombshell accusation stems from an ongoing investigation into the search giant’s payroll practices, The Guardian first reported. It also comes three days after the company sang its own praises on Equal Pay Day.

A department official testified in a San Francisco courtroom this week that enough “compelling evidence” had already been found to make a case for systemic discrimination. The agency first filed suit against Google in January in a bid to force the company to turn over salary data in accordance with anti-discrimination laws. Read more…

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Jake Johnson wants you to watch 'Win It All,' but only if it makes you happy

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“I love this movie,” Jake Johnson tells Mashable in a phone interview about his upcoming Netflix feature Win It All. “I’m not positive everyone’s gonna love it because we all have different tastes…but if I sat down to watch a Netflix movie and I watched this movie, I would be happy I clicked on it.”

It may seem like a no-brainer for the co-writer of a movie to give it his endorsement, but it’s rarer than you’d think in Hollywood and important to Johnson and director Joe Swanberg.

“I don’t want to have a thing where I go ‘I’m selling this movie trying to get people to watch it and I think it’s dog shit, and I just want people to watch it so a studio can make a lot of money,’” Johnson adds. “Fuck, pass.” Read more…

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India's first workplace with 'pawternity' leave is here

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Pets require a lot of attention when you first get themLike, a lot

Sometimes you, as an adoptive parent, are compelled to bunk work and tend to your fur babies. Very few workplaces though understand this need to allow “pawternity” time.

But, now there’s one from India, and possibly the country’s first.

Publishing giant HarperCollins India has announced pawternity leave for its pet-adopting employees. Starting this year, they will be entitled to a week’s — or 5 working days’ — paid leave if they have just adopted a pet, HuffPost India reportedRead more…

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This man makes amazing surreal animations from famous artwork

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Famous pieces of artwork are fun to look at, but it turns out they’re even more fun to animate.

Kajetan Obarski (a.k.aKiszkiloszki) is an Amsterdam-based animator who specialises in turning artistic masterpieces into spectacularly surreal short animations.

“I just collect objects, paintings, pictures from the public domain and then I create animations,” Obarski said. “I do my own photos and my own digital works for animations too.”

As you can see, the results are glorious:

Although Obarski began playing with animation software around 10 years ago, he only started putting his creations online last year. Read more…

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This '90s music video predicted Kendall Jenner's terrible Pepsi ad and it's eerie

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It is safe to say that Pepsi’s latest ad, which seemed to suggest a sugary artificial beverage is all you need to solve police brutality, caused an overwhelming wave of outrage on social media. 

The cringeworthy video — from the buzzword-happy march of stock-photo-looking millennials to a random subplot about a Muslim photographer — reaches its grotesque climax when privileged, white Kendall Jenner acts as a peacemaker between police and cheering demonstrators by handing a riot cop a can of Pepsi. 

Pepsi is all you need, apparently.  Read more…

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