The Kochtopus: sprawling network keeps David Koch’s legacy thriving

The billionaires long reach and deep wallet reached the highest echelons of the right wing. His influence will long be felt In September 2010, David and Charles Koch, the fabulously rich brothers who turned an oil and manufacturing empire inherited from their father into a cash cow for rightwing causes that would change American politics, sent out a letter to conservative power brokers inviting them to Palm Springs. They were staging an event that was to become known as Freedom Partners: a twice-yearly gathering, convened in utmost secrecy, of some of the most wealthy and powerful rightwing players in the country. To attract their guests they included a brochure from a previous Koch gathering in Aspen, where the elite attendees …

Its 2019 we need to talk about why most bras are still so terrible

Women are walking around in bad bras because the focus is on sexiness not function who cares if women are uncomfortable? Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. what actually happens next is that the woman sits on the couch, bra-less breasts still covered by her shirt, and takes happy sips of beer by herself. On-screen text declares Coors Light the official beer of being done wearing a bra. As far as Im concerned Coors Light is the official beer of people who enjoy drinking dishwater nevertheless Ive got to admit that I find their bra-themed ad refreshing. The beer industry may slowly be waking up to the fact that more …

Trump’s chilling plan punishes children

(CNN)When all else fails, lock up children. That’s the message from the Trump administration, which on Wednesday announced a regulation allowing it to indefinitely detain migrant families who arrive at our southern border.The new rule would replace a court agreement known as the Flores settlement, which sets minimum standards for migrant children in government custody, and limits their detention to 20 days. What the rule won’t do is help solve the humanitarian crisis at the border. The new rule is legally and logistically suspect.  The only thing it guarantees is that more children will suffer greatly. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Trump’s attack on the Flores settlement is an attack on children.  His administration’s …

Father Asks Strangers To Suggest Interesting Facts He Could Tell His Daughter, Gets 40 Responses

u/ExpiringFrog asked people to share tidbits of information that could do the trick. His post quickly went viral, generating nearly 100k upvotes and over 20.5k comments, with interesting facts about pretty much everything you could think of. From guinea pig owning laws in Switzerland to the time it takes a snowflake to reach the ground, I think it’s safe to say that the father is covered! The best part, however, is that you can enjoy these snippets even if you’re not a little girl trying to fall asleep. You might say collecting random facts don’t really translate into anything useful. However, experts believe that playing trivia games can provide a dopamine rush much like gambling, just without the negative effects. …

People Make Fools Of Themselves For Bullying A 16-Year-Old Activist Who Chose To Travel For 13 Days Instead Of Flying 10 Hours

The reason the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl is traveling by sea is that she loves the environment so much, she refuses to fly on airplanes. This is just plain awesome. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so and lambasted her because they don’t agree with the message she’s sending. Some made fun of her because they think she just wants attention, while others think there’s nothing wrong with flying and rubbed their opinions in her face. Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post to read Bored Panda’s interview with Marc Moran, who defended Thunberg on Twitter. Facebook | Instagram Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is ‘making a splash’ by sailing to New York from Plymouth, England …

40 Times People Had No Idea What They Were Looking At, But The Internet Knew What It Was Right Away (New Pics)

The internet is a veritable treasure trove of knowledge. And there are hundreds, and thousands of detectives online, all willing to give you a helping hand. Reddit #1 I Found This Ring In My Backyard While Doing Gardening. After Cleaning It, It Doesn’t Look Like A Normal Ring. Any Ideas ? Answer: It’s a Georgian/early Victorian mourning ring. The initials belong to the lost loved one. They were typically made from gold (18k+) and enameled in black. Yours looks like it was made around 1820s-40s. #3 What Is This Big Hole That Is Usually Found On Milk Cartons? Answer: It’s a pressure relief hole. If you dropped it, instead of exploding, the hole would pop out. #4 This Weird Wrapped Car. …

A North Carolina woman took her three dogs to a pond to play. Within hours, her pups had died from toxic algae

(CNN)A doggy play date in a North Carolina pond turned tragic after three pups died from toxic algae. Now, their owners say they hope their loss will educate fellow dog lovers about the dangerous blooms.

The Trump Administration Just Made It Harder To Apply For Green Cards And Visas

The Department of Homeland Security officially published a change to what’s known as the “public charge” rule on Monday that would make it much harder to apply for a green card or earn a visa. The new policy, which is set to go into effect in mid-October, expands the definition of what would make an applicant like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), when evaluating applications for visas and legal permanent residency. Currently, people are generally only considered public charges if they use cash assistance or long-term institutional care the government is funding. The rule change also creates other factors to be weighed in consideration of the “totality of circumstances” aspect of the rule when evaluating green cards …

Woman admits posting revenge porn pictures

Mother-of-three Davies, of Snowden Road, Ely, then uploaded the photos of Mr Aquilina in the bath to the website with a message saying: “Those who laugh last will laugh longest. You are a laughing stock.” ‘More protection’ for revenge porn victims Files had revenge porn from ‘every UK city’ Prosecutor Andrew Kendall said Mr Aquilina received a request on Facebook from an account in his name and the photo was the same that had been used on the Plenty of Fish profile. Facebook deleted the account after it was reported but Davies set up two more profiles in his name and also uploaded the photos to Snapchat, the court heard. Davies was arrested by police and said: “I didn’t know …

After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

JD Salinger estate finally agrees to ebook editions

Authors son explains that wish for accessibility has persuaded trustees to look past his fathers dislike of digital media After years of refusing to allow publishers to digitise his works, the estate of JD Salinger has announced that the authors famously small body of work will be published as ebooks for the first time. Salingers son Matt said that the author had always valued accessibility, but preferred the experience of reading a physical book. The Catcher in the Rye author, who died in 2010 at the age of 91, also hated the internet; Matt And in 2009, Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury told the New York Times: They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what …

It’s official. Watching soccer can be good for your health

(CNN)With every painstaking second that ticks by you get that bit closer to the edge of your seat. This could be it, this could be the week your beloved soccer team wins that all-important three points. The recent study, due to be released soon, suggests watching your beloved soccer team romp home to victory has a positive impact on your health, with spectators experiencing physical stresses equivalent to going for a brisk 90-minute walk. Results also found that a win lifts a spectators mood for a whole 24 hours after the game has finished. “Ultimately supporting your team at a football match gives you a moderate cardiovascular workout and depending on the result of the match, a psychological boost or …

Guy With Depression Shares The Hidden Messages His GF Leaves For Him, And 292k People Love Them

AshciR’s incredible story touched a lot of internet users’ hearts and it went viral. It racked up over More info: AshciR AshciR AshciR His girlfriend is very kind-hearted and has a good sense of humor AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR AshciR explains that SAD is a “subtype of depression or bipolar disorder that occurs and ends around the same time every year.” While SAD mostly starts in autumn, there are cases when people suffer from it even in spring or summer. Around 1 in 20 people living in the United States experience seasonal depression; and around 80% of those affected by SAD are women. This type of depression occurs when you get very little sunlight. Naturally, …

What set Northern Ireland’s Troubles alight?

How Derry rioting led to Army deployment Exhibition marks Battle of Bogside Watch more: ‘Ulster at the crossroads’ Royal Ulster Constabulary officers (RUC) moved in and became involved in a pitched battle with nationalist rioters around the nearby Rossville flats. Image copyright Peter Ferraz/getty images Image caption The Apprentice Boys parade in Derry on 12 August 1969 Retired school teacher Terry Wright was one of the Apprentice Boys on parade that day. He had been involved in the early civil rights movement, but became disillusioned with the campaign when some leaders started calling for the “smashing of the British state”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArchive footage shows how some people were burnt out of their homes …

Person Shares A Conversation With An Aggressive Vegan Who Accused Them Of Appropriation Just Because They Enjoy Tofu

Fear me, non-vegans, for I am the mighty tofu gatekeeper, and no meat-lovers shall feast on this delicious food! This is what one internet user nearly sounded like when they started having a go at an omnivore, who’d complimented their tofu recipe. Talk about being rude to someone acting nice. “Tofu is strictly for vegans.” That’s what the self-proclaimed guardian of tofu declared after receiving praise from a beef-eater, who adored the tofu-lovers ‘tofurkey’ (tofu turkey) recipe. What followed was a back-and-forwards exchange that showed just how condescending and arrogant this particular vegan is. uploaded to the ‘Gatekeeping’ subreddit, which has over 654,000 members. According to this online community, gatekeeping is “when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who …