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Giuliani: Nothing Wrong With Getting Political Dirt From Russians
News ImageREUTERS/Ronen ZvulunThe Trump campaigns attempt to solicit political assistance from agents of the Russian government was perfectly legal, the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Sunday, calling it was a completely defensible political move.Theres nothing wrong with taking information from Russians, Giuliani told CNNs Jake Tapper in an interview on Sunday morning, referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner solicited dirt on Hillary Clinton from people they believed to be acting at the behest of the Russian government.Pressed by Tapper on whether its okay to use information stolen by adversarial foreign governments in the service of a presidential candidacy, Giuliani replied, it depends on the stolen material.The investigative report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller released this week reviewed evidence that Don Jr. and Kushner may have violated campaign finance laws by enthusiastically taking that Trump Tower meeting in anticipation of receiving opposition research from two Russian attorneys with ties to the countrys government.Mueller concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to charge anyone on the Trump campaign with soliciting an illegal in-kind contribution from a foreign national.In the interview, Giuliani sought to shift the focus from whether the conduct was ethically defensible to whether it violated the letter of the law.Were gonna get into morality? Thats not what prosecutors look at, morality, Giuliani said. This didnt become an international scandal because of immorality. It became an international scandal because the president was accused of violating the law, falsely.The line of questioning was prompted by a statement this week from Mitt Romney, a senator from Utah and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Romney said he was appalled that fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia.Pressed on the question of morality, and whether such conduct was defensible even putting aside legal questions, Giuliani compared the acceptance of information stolen by a hostile foreign government to any other immoral conduct by a political campaign.Id like to take a good look at Romneys campaign and see if there were any immoral or unethical things done by the people working for him that he didnt know about, Giuliani said. If there werent than it was the only campaign in history because hes maybe holier than the holiest one.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:46:50 -0400
Previous deadly attacks at Easter
News ImageOn April 9, 2017 two churches are bombed on Palm Sunday, killing 45 people. The attacks are in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria, where Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been leading a service. On March 27, 2016, 75 people including many children are killed and hundreds are injured when a bomb packed with ball bearings explodes near a popular park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:59:33 -0400
Islamic State behind attack on Saudi security north of Riyadh: Arabiya TV
News ImageThe assailants who attacked a state security building northwest of Riyadh on Sunday are Saudi militants who belong to Islamic State, Saudi-owned Arabiya TV said in a tweet, citing its own correspondent. Saudi state media said authorities thwarted the attack by four militants targeting the Mabaheth (domestic intelligence) station in Zulfi, a small city about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital Riyadh. There has been no Islamic State claim of responsibility for the attack so far, and the authorities did not officially identify the assailants.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:14:15 -0400
110 Kosovars, mostly children and women, returned from Syria
News ImagePRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) Kosovo authorities announced Saturday they have brought back from Syria 110 Kosovar citizens, mostly women and children, with the assistance of the United States.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:34:18 -0400
Doves, heartbreak and hope on 20th anniversary of Columbine High massacre
News ImageAddressing hundreds of people gathered at Saturday's service in a park next to the school, Dawn Anna, mother of slain student Lauren Townsend, spoke on behalf of all the families of the victims about their sense of loss. Patrick Ireland, whose fall out of a school library window into the arms of firefighters, which became one of the iconic images of the massacre, spoke of his long physical and emotional recovery. "You're a victim only if you allow yourself to become one," Ireland said.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 02:11:19 -0400
North Korea: US Marine arrested in connection with violent raid of embassy in Madrid, sources say
News ImageA former US Marine who was allegedly involved in a raid of the North Korean embassy in Madrid has been arrested, according to sources familiar with the case.Christopher Ahn was arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident, when a group of at least 10 people stormed into the embassy, restrained and physically beat some personnel and held them hostage for hours in February.Spanish investigators have said the group stole computers and hard drives before fleeing to the United States, where they shared the stolen material with the FBI.US federal agents also reportedly raided the apartment of Adrian Hong, the leader of self-styled human right group Cheollima Civil Defence, this week in relation to the investigation.Cheollima Civil Defence, which is seeking to overthrow North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has claimed responsibility for the incident but denied that they used violence.Mr Ahn is thought to be the first person arrested in relation to the raid.A Spanish judicial source said the stolen material has been returned to the North Korean embassy, two weeks after the FBI sent it to the Spanish court investigating the raid.The incident came just days before the second summit between Donald Trump and Mr Kim, which resulted in a failure to come to agreement about the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.North Koreas foreign ministry denounced the incident as a grave terrorist attack and suggested that the FBI was involved.The US State Department has denied that accusation.Cheollima Civil Defence has said the incident was not an attack and claimed it had been invited into the embassy.We were invited into the embassy, and contrary to reports, no one was gagged or beaten, the group wrote on their website.Out of respect for the host nation of Spain, no weapons were used. All occupants in the embassy were treated with dignity and necessary caution.The group also claimed that the US government was not involved with the incident until after the event.However, a judge for Spains National Court has accused the group of violently beating embassy officials and putting them in shackles and flanges.The judge also said three members of the group took an official into the embassy basement and tried to persuade him to defect from North Korea.Although documents released by the Spanish court said several members, including Mr Hong, had fled to the United States, their whereabouts are unclear.The court is seeking their extradition.Agencies contributed to this report
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:27:00 -0400
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this Sunday
The 8 best deals and sales you can get online this SundayWhat better way to relax and recharge than with some retail therapy?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:32:53 -0400
The Army Passed on This Glock Gun (And It Could Be Your Gain)
News ImageThe ultimate Glock?The Army may have chosen Sig Sauers P320 for its Modular Handgun System program over Glocks offerings, but that doesnt mean you have to: Glock plans on releasing a civilian variant of its 9mm Glock 19 pistol to civilian buyers this month, the company announced today.(This article by Jared Keller originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Glocks commercial pistol, dubbed the 19X, is the companys first stab at a crossover model, combining the Glock 17 frame with a Glock 19 barrel. With a marksman barrel and ambidextrous slide-stop levers, the pistol is designed to be as versatile as it is powerful, almost like a [1911] Commander-style situation where youve got the shorter barrel with the full-sized grip frame, as national sales manager Bob Radecki told Army Times on Jan. 2.The new 9mm Glock 19X from Glock
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0400
Authorities say investigation into murder of two Indiana schoolgirls is going in 'new direction'
News ImageIndiana State Police say they will announce new information about the deaths of Abigail Williams and Liberty German who were found dead on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana in 2017.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:13:22 -0400
Sri Lanka bombings put Christians on frontline of religious divides
News ImageThe Easter Sunday attacks on three churches in Sri Lanka mark a devastating escalation of violence against a Christian minority that has been targeted in the past, but never to such brutal and deadly effect. Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels that claimed 100,000 lives and an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims. The US State Department's most recent report on religious freedom said the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka had documented "97 incidents" of attacks on churches, intimidation and violence in 2017.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:56:36 -0400
Giuliani rails against Mueller report as Democrats mull Trump impeachment
News Image* Trump lawyer: Nothing wrong with information from Russians * Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law and won * Opinion: Moral squalor, not impeachment, will remove TrumpDonald and Melania Trump arrive at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea church for Easter services in Palm Beach, Florida. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesAs the White House mounted a furious assault on the Mueller report and critics of a president not found to have conspired with Russia but not cleared of obstruction of justice, the chair of the House judiciary committee said obstruction, if proven, would be [an] impeachable offence.Trumps personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani toured the Sunday talk shows, arguing with interviewers in a series of chaotic encounters.On Fox News Sunday, he claimed Robert Muellers 448-page report, which was released with redactions on Thursday, was full of calumny, lies and distortion.On CNNs State of the Union, the former New York mayor called one of Muellers lawyers a hitman and claimed the special counsels team came close to torturing people in questioning and confining Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was convicted and sentenced on financial charges.Asked on NBCs Meet the Press why Trump was so angry at Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key witness, Giuliani replied: Because they tried to frame him.&> Theres nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from&> &> Rudy GiulianiThe first volume of Muellers report concerns Russian election interference and the Trump campaigns warm reception to offers of assistance including an infamous June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.Giuliani told CNN: Theres nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from.On ABCs This Week, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who previously called the inquiry a a political proctology exam, took a different tone, saying: The campaign I managed in those last few months did not welcome help from Russia. In fact, I dont recall getting, being offered help from Russia. It would have been a ridiculous prospect.In his second volume, Mueller considers potential obstruction of justice by Trump or his campaign, of which 11 instances are listed. He passed judgment on the issue to Congress.House judiciary committee chair Jerrold Nadler told NBC that if evidence shows Trump obstructed justice, some of this would be impeachable, yes. He added that Democrats plan to go where the evidence leads.Democrats remain split on impeachment, which would begin in the House they control but almost certainly fail in the Republican Senate. Some fear it would galvanise Trumps supporters and win him sympathy among independents.On Fox, House intelligence chair Adam Schiff said to impeach or not to impeach was going to be a very consequential decision and one Im going to reserve judgment on until we have a chance to fully deliberate on it.Oversight chair Elijah Cummings told CBSs Face the Nation he could foresee [impeachment] possibly coming. But he said: We have to be very careful here. The American people, a lot of them clearly still dont believe that President Trump is doing things to destroy our democracy and has done a lot of things very poorly.He also said he thought history would smile upon us for standing up for the constitution.&> The American people, a lot of them clearly still dont believe President Trump is doing things to destroy our democracy&> &> Elijah CummingsGiuliani fiercely attacked McGahn, who is cited by Mueller in descriptions of orders from Trump to fire the special counsel, which McGahn did not do.McGahns recollections were wrong, Giuliani said on CNN, claiming the experienced lawyer was confused [and] cannot be relied upon. Mueller depicts McGahn taking notes of meetings with Trump, a practice Trump is said to have questioned. The Trump campaign has severed links with the law firm to which McGahn returned.An incensed Giuliani made the hitman claim about Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor Trump allies claim is too close to the Clintons.I have no problem with investigating Russian interference in the election, Giuliani said, adding: The reality is, you think this is the first time the Russians have interfered with a presidential election?Special counsel Robert Mueller and his wife Ann Cabell Standish leave St Johns Episcopal Church in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/APGiuliani was pressed on criticism of Trump by the 2012 Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, who said he was sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president.Stop the bull, stop this pious act, Giuliani said, adding: Who says [taking information from Russians is] even illegal? And then does the information turn out to be false, by the way?Referring to Democratic party emails hacked by Russia and obtained by WikiLeaks, he said: The information that was gleaned and disseminated, every newspaper printed it. Why did the Washington Post print the information that came from a foreign source, when they knew it was hacked? Arent they just as wrong for doing that as the campaign wanting to use it?Of Giulianis claim there was nothing wrong with taking information from Russians, former US attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump in 2017, told CNN: Thats an extraordinary statement and I would hope he would retract it.Giuliani ran against Romney for the 2008 Republican nomination, both losing to John McCain. Asked if he would have accepted such information, Giuliani said: I probably wouldnt. I wasnt asked. I would have advised, just out of excess of caution, dont do it. He also accused Romney of doing things very similar, although he did not elaborate.Asked if Trump thought Russian interference helped him win, Giuliani told NBC: Whether he did or he didnt, I think its quite clear that there are a lot of factors that go into any election and the reality is he was elected president.Conway told ABC Trump didnt need WikiLeaks. We had Wisconsin. He won because he was the better candidate.Trump has repeatedly claimed Muellers investigation exonerated him, which it did not, and called the inquiry a hoax. He continued to tweet on Sunday, from his club in Florida.Attending church, the president was asked if he felt betrayed by staffers who spoke to Mueller. According to the White House pool report, he clearly heard the question but just smiled and turned away.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:11:03 -0400
Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution
News ImageJERUSALEM (AP) Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 02:13:36 -0400
This tiny RC car could absolutely destroy your car in a race
News ImageA 0-to-60 mph time of under three seconds is something that all but the most wealthy supercar owners are ever likely to enjoy. A 0-to-100 mph time of just over five seconds? Well now we're in territory that few production automobiles have ever dared tread, but it's all in a day's work for RC enthusiasts who seek to achieve the most ludicrous speeds with their high-tech toys.A recent video posted by YouTuber Innovation RC clearly demonstrates just how insane RC cars can be, with one of the pint-sized speed demons hitting an absolutely absurd speed of 124 mph in less than eight seconds, all while hauling a not-super-light action camera and traveling over what seems to be a fairly rough surface.Radio-controlled vehicles used to be near the top of every kid's wishlist, and perhaps some of them still are, but these aren't your grandfather's RC toys. These tiny cars are built with performance in mind, and enthusiasts regularly modify them in an effort to push the hardware to its absolute limit. They can set you back several hundreds of dollars, and that's without any additional tuning or upgrades. But they're fast... really, really fast.Just check this out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpdRrPYcEVsThat's 124 mph while hauling a camera that, if I had to guess, doesn't look like the most aerodynamic thing in the world. Not to mention the fact that the pavement being raced on here appears to be anything but smooth. It's easy to imagine this little car topping out at much higher speeds under ideal conditions, but it's still an incredibly impressive run considering the circumstances.In fact, in a subsequent video the same car can be seen hitting a top speed of 133 mph, though without a GoPro on board it's a little bit less interesting to watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo_oCzCHCxMI want one. No, no. I need one.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:27:51 -0400
Twenty years since the Columbine massacre and America is still failing its young people
News ImageTwenty years ago, at a school in Littleton, Colorado, as students prepared for lunch, their lives were irrevocably changed in one of the most distressing school shootings America had ever seen. Now, it's not even amongst the ten worst mass shootings in modern American history. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were twelfth grade students at Columbine high school. Armed with homemade bombs and guns they stormed their school, killing twelve fellow students and one teacher before turning the guns on themselves. The USA went into mourning and for a time, Columbine became the most famous school in the world. The attack sparked debate over gun culture and gun control. The influence of the internet, violence in video games, social isolation, the use of antidepressants by teenagers and even metal music were all called into question. The the days after the massacre, as candles left in memorials burned down to the wick and flowers began to wilt, promises were made. Promises by politicians, state officials, school and community leaders that things would change. Some things did. Schools across the country introduced new security measures such as see-through backpacks, metal detectors, security guards and practice drills for students. The police also reassessed how they respond to school shootings after criticism over their slow response during the attack. They now enter buildings where they there is an active shooter, previously theysetup a perimeter around the building before even thinking about moving on the suspect. In 2000 a loophole in the state of Colorado was changed that had allowed people to buy guns at gun shows without background checks. (This is how Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris acquired the weapons they used at Columbine.) But comprehensive debate and changes to gun control were hard fought by the NRA and in the years that have followed, despite further mass shootings at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech andMarjory Stoneman Douglas, America appears to have made no significant steps towards tightening federal law on gun control. Watch our video above to see how America continues to struggle with school shootings.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
UPDATE 2-Syria's Assad discusses peace talks, Tartus port with Russians
UPDATE 2-Syria's Assad discusses peace talks, Tartus port with RussiansBEIRUT/MOSCOW, April 20 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks, renting out Tartus port and trade between the two countries, state media in Syria reported. Russia has helped Assad's forces to take back most of the country but the eight-year-long war continues. Swathes of the northeast and northwest are out of his control, while sanctions and a fuel shortage are constricting the economy.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:44:20 -0400
Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering children
Meghan McCain goes after anti-vaxxers, slams their 'stupidity' for endangering childrenMeghan McCain isn't mincing words when it comes to her take on anti-vaxxers, taking to Twitter Friday to send a message about their "stupidity."
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:48:58 -0400
SpaceX test accident in Florida sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky
News ImageA SpaceX Crew Dragon experienced an "anomaly" during ground tests that manifested as a column of smoke rising from the spacecraft's thrusters. The Crew Dragons were expected to fly with astronauts aboard later in the year, and it is currently unclear whether recent tests could delay that.&> Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers anomaly at Cape Canaveral https://t.co/W4Cj2bcN6y via @Florida_Today&> &> -- Code Tripping (@Code_Tripping) April 21, 2019Though few details are available, SpaceX did release a statement to SpaceNews confirming the incident."Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a spokesperson told SpaceNews. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand."Images from Cape Canaveral show a column of smoke visible from local beaches. The ground test anomaly came from an engine test, specifically the SuperDraco engines which provide power for astronauts to get to safety during an aborted launch.Beyond fire and smoke, the anomaly even showed up on radar:&> Dragon's static fire anomaly was big enough to show up on radar! SpaceX CrewDragon FLwx LowCC (Non-meteorological radar signature) pic.twitter.com/WpebHEo6Az&> &> -- Jabes (@GISRockstar) April 20, 2019NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also shared a statement to Twitter:&> NASA has been notified about the results of the @SpaceX Static Fire Test and the anomaly that occurred during the final test. We will work closely to ensure we safely move forward with our Commercial Crew Program. pic.twitter.com/yE2J5yGzA7&> &> -- Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 21, 2019 WATCH: NASA's Administrator Jim Bridenstine warns India's anti-satellite test could be dangerous for the ISS
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:08:37 -0400
Army Vet Sues Company That Made 'Defective' Earplugs for the Military
News ImageA Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.(This article by Haley Britzky originally appeared at Task & Purpose. Follow Task & Purpose on Twitter. This article first appeared in 2018.)Sgt. Scott D. Rowe, who served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004, told the Houston Chronicle that he's "never at peace" from the "high-pitched frequency" he hears every day, as a result of the earplugs he received from 3M Company. Rowe told the Chronicle that 3M "lied," and "took our well-being for jeopardy while we're out there protecting the country."Rowe says in his lawsuit that 3M was aware of the defects in earplugs when it acquired the company that originally developed them, Aearo Technologies, in 2008. He says, according to the Chronicle, that the earplugs were made too short, which makes them difficult to be put deeply into the ear canal, causing the earplug to loosen and sound to get in around them.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:00:00 -0400
IS claims deadly attack on Afghan ministry
News ImageThe Islamic State group Sunday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 10 people and trapped around 2,000 for hours inside the communications ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day. Four IS jihadists detonated explosives near the ministry, then entered and "battled Afghan security forces with machine guns and hand grenades for numerous hours", the group said in a statement on its social media channels. The attack in central Kabul killed seven civilians and three members of the security forces, the interior ministry said on Sunday, in a new toll after three people died of their wounds.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:36:06 -0400
Sri Lanka Imposes Curfew After Easter Sunday Bombings Kill 207
News ImageThe government imposed an island-wide curfew as security forces try to maintain law and order and investigate the attacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the six coordinated explosions that took place at 8:45 a.m. local time mainly in the capital Colombo, and separate blasts later in the day. Sri Lanka had previously received warnings of possible church attacks, but not on hotels, Defence SecretaryHemasiri Fernandosaid on Sunday, noting some of the explosions were suicide bombings.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:06:53 -0400
Protesters punch Turkish opposition leader at funeral
News ImageANKARA, Turkey (AP) Protesters assaulted the leader of Turkey's main opposition party during a funeral held Sunday for a soldier who was slain during clashes with Kurdish rebels. The politician was not hurt, party officials said.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 10:03:25 -0400
Is 4/20 on the way to becoming marijuana's Hallmark holiday?
News ImageOnce an underground celebration of weed smoking, the annual event is turning into big business in the era of legalizationTyler Shumway of Aurora, Colorado, lights up a joint at 420pm in Civic Center Park on 20 April 2012 in Denver. Photograph: Marc Piscotty/Getty ImagesToday may be the day that marijuana officially loses its cool. April 20, 4/20, the once underground national holiday for dope smokers, appears to have sold out to The Man.The origins of 4/20 are as disputed as the last pack of gummy bears after a long smoking session. Some say it was once police code for marijuana smoking in progress apparently untrue and others claim it was invented by high school stoners in Marin county, California, who would meet at 4.20pm to get high.No matter what the origins its big business for a rapidly growing industry the Black Friday of getting high.Sign up for the US morning briefingThis years 4/20 falls on a Saturday and is expected to be the biggest sales day yet for legal marijuana, exceeding an 111% sales spike record last year. Stoners will gather at Denvers Civic Center Park to celebrate, with clouds of marijuana smoke drifting over the crowds, some still in tie-dye and preaching cosmic one-ness.4/20 doesnt have a Hallmark card yet but it cant be far off. Of the hundreds of tie-in promotions this year, Lyft is offering a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the US and Canada. The fast-food chain Carls Jr is using a Denver outlet to test a hamburger infused with CBD oil.But there is a serious side to it. This year the ice-cream maker Ben & Jerrys is calling on consumers to pressure lawmakers to expunge prior marijuana convictions for anyone arrested for smoking pot. Considering those arrests are four times more likely to affect African Americans, the social justice implications are clear.According to Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University, 4/20 is on its way to becoming a mainstream national holiday and thats largely a function of the booming marijuana business. Arcview, a cannabis investment and market research firm, estimates US retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5bn last year, a threefold increase from 2017.Its still a celebration of marijuana but the conversation has been expanded by brands that tie into the cannabis industry and for marketers to tie into something that has a coolness to it, Yarrow says. That conversation, she adds, is increasingly focused on people wondering what role cannabis may play in their life.The stoner dude mentality is still there but there is another that is more focused on marijuanas medicinal properties and thats growing in stature, said Yarrow.The marijuana business could soon be dwarfed by the market for products using CBD, a cannabis compound from the hemp plant that supposedly has health benefits but doesnt get you high.CBD, which is not listed as a controlled substance, can now be found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap.Gus Dabais stands outside his Sidewalk Wellness store in San Francisco, where CBD oil-infused products are popular items. Photograph: Eric Risberg/APAccording to Louis Zerobnick, a veteran Colorado cannabis promoter, the CBD industry has the potential to become a far larger business than an industry based on THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. As it is, he says, the marijuana industry has moved far beyond its hippie-stoner roots and is increasingly dominated by big industry and big banking.A lot of the old hippies arent going to make it in this new industry. Although theyre responsible for it, and did the activism to make it happen, you find that marijuana companies want to bring in people who have worked in other government-regulated industries. Thats the level of professionalism thats now required to turn it into a real business, said Zerobnick.Zerobnick thinks 4/20 could one day exceed the size of other semi-official holidays, including Valentines Day and Halloween. Its a national, non-denominational, non-racial holiday mostly celebrated by getting high, Zerobnick said, reeling off events scheduled in Florida, Chicago and the High Times Cannabis Cup in California. For people who use cannabis 4/20 is as big as Christmas.And in the meantime Big Business is moving in to harsh the original stoners buzz. John Boehner, the permatanned former Republican speaker of the House, is a director of one of the USs largest cannabis businesses, Acreage Holdings. Coca-Cola has joint venture with a cannabis company that could lead to Coke High. Big tobacco is waiting in the wings.The 4/20 the counterculture pioneers who campaigned for legalization may well be wondering if there is a high price for a legal high.We dont necessarily like it but everybody knows it, says Zerobnick. At the same time that a lot of old hippies wont make it, he says, many could become billionaires when theyre bought out and their strains turned into commercial success.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 01:00:16 -0400
Roman Polanski sues the Academy after being kicked out of the Oscars 'without warning'
News ImageRoman Polanski is suing the Academy after being kicked out of the Oscars organisation. The Chinatown director was ejected from the Academy along with Bill Cosby in 2018. A lawyer for the long-time fugitive filmmaker said that he was expelled "without warning" and with no chance to respond. Polanski's lawyer filed a writ at the Los Angeles Superior Court and will pursue legal action against the film institution on grounds that the famed director's expulsion was unfair. But the Academy responded hours later and said in a statement its removal of Polanski from its ranks was "fair and reasonable" and it will not reverse the decision. It said in a statement: "The procedures taken to expel Mr Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate." Polanski, who has been on the run for decades following a sexual abuse case, was told of his ejection in a letter citing the need to respect "human dignity". Representing the long-time Academy member, lawyer Harland Braun has also written to the Oscars overseers on behalf of Polanski. Documents say the intention of legal action is to "redress the Academy's improper administrative action" to "summarily expel" Polanski. Braun told the Press Association: "If you notice, we are litigating the fairness of their procedure. "They threw him out without warning and without giving him a chance to respond.There was not even any notice of why, after 40 years, on the same day as Cosby. "Give me a break." Polanski was voted out of the Academy in May of 2018, receiving an unsigned letter from the organisation. The director has been a fugitive from US justice since 1978, following accusations of a sexual offence. A letter, made available by to the court, cites the need to uphold respect for "human dignity" as the motivation for the action taken in 2018. It states: "The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect and human dignity, and is categorically opposed to any form of abuse and harassment." Braun claims in his writ that: "The Academy failed to comply with its own rules, polices, and regulations" when it ejected Polanski. The director fled to France in 1978 after being arrested and charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl in the US.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:57:46 -0400
Sri Lanka bombings: 'Several' Americans among 200+ killed in blasts at churches, hotels
News ImageNine bombings rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the deadliest violence the country has seen in a decade.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 23:23:23 -0400
Church apologizes after video shows cleric inviting kids to spit, slap and cut him for Easter lesson
News ImageAn associate pastor at Impact City Church in Pataskala, Ohio, invited abuse from youths, including spitting, slapping, and allegedly cutting.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:58:37 -0400
British woman killed, three other people kidnapped in northern Nigeria
News ImageKidnappings are rampant in Nigeria, where both locals and foreigners are targeted mostly for ransom. The British High Commission named the woman as Faye Mooney and said it was aware of the incident that happened late on Friday but added it would not speculate on the motive or nature of attack. Mooney was employed in Nigeria by a non-governmental organization called Mercy Corps.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:34:23 -0400
Converse introduces trans-themed shoes for Pride and Twitter is happy for once
News ImageBrands sometimes go too hard during Pride season. Every once in a while, however, they get it right.The year 2019 has already brought us one *actually good* example. Converse recently introduced its LGBTQ Pride sneaker line, which now includes sneakers modeled after the Transgender Pride flag.This is the first time Converse has ever had a trans-specific sneaker.SEE ALSO: Mapping state-by-state tech trends: Most popular dating appsThe trans-specific sneakers currently retail for $80. Customers can also customize their own rainbow Pride shoes and add Trans Pride flair.Regardless of how you feel about corporate participation during gay Pride, this is a huge symbolic step forward. Advocates for the trans community have long complained that gay and lesbian people dominate the LGBTQ movement.Recognizing the trans community as a separate -- though equally sneaker-worthy community -- is emblematic of a larger cultural shift.Trans people are clearly moving into the public spotlight, and they can show that (if Converse is their thing) on their feet.Twitter was largely enthusiastic about the move.&> TransIsBeautiful &> Thank you @Converse for making a trans PRIDE shoe this year! &> My 11 year-old-son is ECSTATIC! pic.twitter.com/E6lcqIEvfA&> &> -- Rachel Q. Lyons (@RachelQLyons) April 15, 2019&> CONVERSE HAS A NEW PRIDE COLLECTION THAT INCLUDES TRANS PRIDE SNEAKERS FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!!!!!! &> &> SHOP HERE: https://t.co/afn0Gc9nwy (affiliate link) pic.twitter.com/TptVcjY87E&> &> -- Alysse Dalessandro (@readytostare) April 19, 2019&> I thought "which of my trans friends would rock Converse decked out in the colors of the trans flag," and then immediately realized the answer was "all of them." pic.twitter.com/E5NPDfPgMY&> &> -- Aram Vartian (@vartian) April 19, 2019&> Me, looking at the chuck taylor pride collection for this year: *not super impressed* &> Converse: we have trans shoes now &> Me, out loud: DAMMIT pic.twitter.com/oqzpDUqaOD&> &> -- Rowan Adventurezone (@politebotanist) April 20, 2019&> Y'all let me know when @converse lets me put trans flags on these (and they come in my size). pic.twitter.com/3ZOq9Y6rss&> &> -- Xan (@AlexandriaDVine) April 20, 2019&> Look! You can make them with the pride base but then add trans pride touches. I'm in love! pic.twitter.com/bGtajM2QjF&> &> -- We'll Have A Gay Old Time (@IssaMeBrianO) April 19, 2019This Twitter user perhaps said it best.&> Fuckin converse put the Trans flag on some shoes like.....yes fine I will buy them you stupid brand, ill bow to capitalism just this once&> &> -- Thank you gay dad (@Darius_lives) April 19, 2019Happy incredibly early Pride, everyone! WATCH: Meet the 10-year-old drag kid shaping the future of drag youth
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:19:48 -0400
Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria
News ImagePope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be helped to return home. Francis noted how in Libya violence has flared up again as strongman Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army attacked Tripoli, seat of the UN-backed government. "May conflict and bloodshed cease in Libya, where defenceless people are once more dying in recent weeks," Francis said.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:33:48 -0400
Take a Look at the SW1911 Gun: Smith & Wessons Very Own 1911 Pistol
News ImageOne of the oldest gun companies in America produces its own take on one of the most exemplary handgun designs in U.S. history.Smith & Wessons series of handguns based on the 1911 platform stays true to the guns roots while adding in a number of features desirable to modern firearms enthusiasts. The company produces a full line of 1911s, from traditional to contemporary, catering to collectors and duty carriers, in a full range of sizes.The 1911 pistol was invented by prolific small arms designer John Moses Browning in the early twentieth century. Browning paired the pistol with his new .45 Automatic Colt Pistol cartridge, a large, heavy subsonic cartridge that delivered upwards of 400 foot-pounds of energy on target. The pairing of a semi-automatic pistol capable of holding eight rounds with the .45 ACP manstopper round was in response to reports that U.S.-issue revolvers in .38 Long Colt often failed to stop Filipino insurgents in close quarters combat.Although the 1911 missed the Philippine Insurrection, it was well positioned to enter World War I on the side of the U.S. military. The American Expeditionary Force issued the 1911 in large numbers where they fought in the trenches of World War I. Minor changes in the design resulted in the 1911A1 designation during the 1920s. More than a million pistols were produced for U.S. and allied forces during World War II, enough that the armed services kept the 1911 in frontline service well into the 1980s.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:37:00 -0400
Mueller report: Elizabeth Warren becomes first 2020 candidate to call for Trumps impeachment
News ImageElizabeth Warren has become the first 2020 election candidate to make a clear call for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of special counsel Robert Muellers redacted report.The Massachusetts senator tweeted that it would be damaging to ignore a presidents repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behaviour and would allow future presidents to act in the same way. She added: The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.Mr Mueller, who examined whether Mr Trumps campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election and whether the president tried to interfere with the inquiry, made no clear verdict on obstruction of justice.His report did, however, lay out 11 possible attempts to influence the investigation although he indicated the president was mostly unsuccessful because his aides refused to carry out orders.Other Democrats running in 2020 have been more cautious on impeachment than Ms Warren in their response to the publication. Julian Castro said it would be perfectly reasonable for congress to open up those proceedings.Both Jay Inslee of Washington and Eric Swalwell both of whom have recently launched presidential campaigns said only that the idea should not be taken off the table.Other Democratic candidates, including senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, suggested it was too soon to start impeachment proceedings.&> The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.&> &> Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) &> &> April 19, 2019We dont have an unredacted version of the report. We dont have the underlying materials that that report was written upon. We havent had yet an opportunity to have hearings where we interview Mueller, said Mr Booker said during a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada.I think thats there definitely a conversation to be had on that subject, but first I want to hear from Bob Mueller and really understand what exactly is the evidence that supports the summary that weve been given, said Ms Harris on impeachment hearings.Pete Buttigieg, the Indiana mayor also running for the White House, suggested it was not the best way to get rid of Mr Trump.He told NBCs Late Night with Seth Meyers: If we really want to send Trumpism into the history books, the best thing we can do is defeat it decisively at the ballot box in 2020.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while not running in 2020, has signed on to an impeachment resolution from fellow Democrat, Rashida Tlaib.The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, has issued a subpoena for the full Mueller report and expects the Justice Department to comply by 1 May. Attorney general William Barr is to appear before the committee on 2 May, while Mr Nadler has also summoned Mr Mueller to testify by 23 May.The only Republican who had declared he will run against Donald Trump in 2020 said on Friday he was horrified by special counsel Robert Muellers report, but said he could not back impeachment for political reasons.The former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld told ABC News: Its very unlikely that he would ever be convicted in the Senate where you need a two thirds vote.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 06:26:00 -0400
Casualties after several explosions hit churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
News ImageSeveral blasts hitchurches andhotels inSriLankaon Sunday, injuring at least 80 people as worshipers attended Easter services, police and health officials said. "Eighty people have already been admitted, and more are still coming in," an official at the Colombo National Hospital told AFP on condition of anonymity. Police said the blasts hit churches in the north of the capital and in the town of Negombo, just outside Colombo. The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear. Sources from two leading tourist hotels in Colombo also confirmed the explosions but did not give any details. "A bomb attack to our church, please come and help if your family members are there," read a post in English on the Facebook page of the St Sebastian's Church at Katuwapitiya in Negombo. Only around six percent of mainly BuddhistSriLankais Catholic, but the religion is seen as a unifying force because it includes people from both the Tamil and majority Sinhalese ethnic groups. More to follow...
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 01:48:28 -0400
Facebook Has Assembled aSmall Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.
News ImageThis is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebooks efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during Indias elections. Based on the early tallies, more than 60 percent of Indias 900 million eligible voters are expected to cast ballots between now and May 19, as the center-left Congress Party tries to seize power from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party. As in other elections around the world, paid hacks and party zealots are churning out propaganda on Facebook and the companys WhatsApp messenger, along with Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and other ubiquitous communication channels.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 19:00:00 -0400
Pakistan says Iran-based group carried out deadly attack
News ImageISLAMABAD (AP) A group of militants crossed the border from neighboring Iran earlier this week and carried out a deadly attack against Pakistan armed forces in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 14, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:02:23 -0400
Target's car seat trade-in event returns April 22 with a discount for bringing in old seat
News ImageTarget's popular car seat trade-in event returns April 22. For bringing in an old car seat, get a coupon for 20% off baby items.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 17:15:58 -0400
'House of horrors': California couple sentenced to life in prison for torturing their children
News ImageDavid and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty in February to torture and false imprisonment, are eligible for parole after 25 years.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 13:49:38 -0400
Score an entire suite of creative design apps for only $40
News ImageWe're not about to make assumptions here, but we'd wager that the starving artist myth is partially perpetuated by the fact that design programs are so darn expensive. A subscription to a single app alone can sometimes require you to fork out hundreds of dollars you don't have. We don't know about you, but that's plain robbery.You don't have to put yourself in the red just to score apps that will help you perform a variety of design jobs. The Corel Creative Mac Bundle includes an entire creative design app suite from one of the leading software makers with a few surprise bonuses. And you only have to pay $40 to get the whole set.Check out what's in store: Toast 17 TitaniumThe ultimate DVD burning software, Toast 17 Titanium lets you turn videos into professional-looking discs. It comes equipped with a feature-rich digital media suite that includes screen recording, movie editing tools, and media browser. AfterShot Pro 3RAW images aren't the easiest things to edit and manipulate, but this app makes the process feel like a cakewalk. On top of converting RAW files into editable images without inflicting damage, it also boasts a medley of editing tools you can take advantage of to enhance your shots. Painter Essentials 6Create lifelike artworks with this app that features a selection that's chock-full of realistic painting tools and effects. With just a few clicks, it can help you transform a photo into a painting infused with realism. WinZipNobody has the time to wait for hours when sending files. WinZip compresses data with bank-level AES encryption so you can send and receive files faster and more securely. ParticleShopThis powerful brush plugin for Photoshop and AfterShot 3 breathes new life into your masterpieces with fluid, artistic strokes that are a breeze to use. It features 11 different custom brushes, all of which you can incorporate on your creations to take them to the next level.Usually valued at $309.95, grab the Corel Creative Mac Bundle on sale for only $39.99 -- a savings of 87%. Image: Pexels The Corel Creative Mac Bundle -- $39.99 See Details
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:00:00 -0400
North Korea slams Bolton's 'dim-sighted' call for sign of denuclearization
News ImageNorth Korea has criticized U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's "nonsense" call for Pyongyang to show that its serious about giving up its nuclear weapons, the second time it has criticized a leading U.S. official in less than a week. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is open to a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but Bolton told Bloomberg News on Wednesday there first needed to be "a real indication from North Korea that they've made the strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:49:05 -0400
Incident on SpaceX pad could delay its first manned flight
News ImageA mysterious but apparently serious incident occurred Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Florida involving the SpaceX capsule intended to carry American astronauts into space late this year, the private company and NASA announced. Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida," a SpaceX spokesman said in a statement.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:06:22 -0400
What the Mueller Probe Really Means
News ImageThe Mueller Report, despite the best efforts of the chief author and hispartisan investigative staff, is a bone-crushing defeat for the presidents enemies. There is not a whit of evidence that any American collaborated with any Russian to alter the results of the 2016 presidential election, and there is extensive evidence that the Trump campaign was the subject of enticements to collaborate and rebuffed all of them at all levels. The laborious bulk of Muellers minute description of completely inconsequential twists and turns in his investigation leaves the reader in no doubt of his thoroughness, and in no doubt of the complete absence of any case that could be made for collusion, let alone cooperation in an actual crime of attempting to influence the election illegally. As there is clearly no excuse for the special counsel to have been established, Mueller devotes the second half of his report to an effort to scratch together a virtual justification for it, by leading the reader through another maze to imply that there might be a conceivable case against the president for obstruction of justice. He acknowledges that he does not have a clear idea of the presidents motives, and so cannot judge if there was a corrupt motive, but cannot exonerate him either.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:04:00 -0400
Land Rover's Unsung Heroes Hit Big Anniversaries For 2019!
News ImageFour anniversaries sure to resonate with Land Rover enthusiasts the world over will be celebrated at the upcoming 2019 Land Rover Legends show. The event is due to take place over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May at Bicester Heritage, a former WWII RAF station in Oxfordshire UK, which has hosted numerous historic motoring events in recent years. Is The Land Rover Freelander A Modern Classic?
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 16:44:52 -0400
Leader of US border vigilante group arrested by FBI
News ImageThe leader of a right-wing militia group which has been detaining migrant families at gunpoint on the US-Mexico border has been arrested by the FBI. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who runs the United Constitutional Patriots, was detained by the FBI on Saturday night, charged with being in possession of firearms despite being a convicted felon. The move comes amid mounting concern over the activities of the vigilante group in recent months as the migration crisis on the US border intensifies. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, N.M., arrested today on federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms& ammunition. FBI arrested Hopkins in Sunland Park w/help of @sunland_park_nm PD. FBI Albuquerque (@FBIAlbuquerque) April 21, 2019 Hopkins, who operates under the alias Johnny Horton Jr, said his group had been working with the US border patrol in rounding up immigrants as they cross the border into New Mexico. However, this was disputed by both the US Border Patrol and State Attorney General Hector Balderas. "This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families," he said. "Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes." On its Facebook page, the group denies acting illegally. "We are here to uphold the Constitution of The United States of America. We uphold this cause against all enemies both foreign and domestic which shall infringe upon the rights of the citizens given by the Constitution." It says it will continue its patrols until the border wall promised by Donald Trump is built and Congress toughens US asylum laws. A Facebook posting urges supporters: "If you want to protect our country, get your butts down here." In an online video, an unnamed member voices regret that they can't use their firearms. "The only problem is if we shoot on the hill, it would be an international crisis. We are too close to the border. But it would save some time, wouldn't it." The group had been raising money via PayPal and GoFund Me, but both companies have suspended its account.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:18:21 -0400
Northern Ireland leaders urge calm as police arrest two over journalist's killing
News ImageLyra McKee, 29, an award-winning journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead on Thursday as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid. Northern Ireland's political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, issued a joint call for calm. "This is a time for calm heads." McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 07:09:06 -0400
These are the restaurants open Easter: Starbucks, McDonald's, Denny's and more
News ImageNational chains includingStarbucks, McDonald's and Dunkin' will be open Easter Sunday along with Waffle House. But it's best to call and confirm.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 15:42:34 -0400
The Secret Is Out: The U.S. Air Force Has Russian MiG-29s To Dogfight
News ImageSoviet-built jets are likely to be expensive to maintain in the United States. But if a contractor is willing to bear the cost and it benefits the Air Force to buy those services, it might be a worthy venture.As the United States Air Force continues its struggle with fielding enough aggressor aircraft for its combat aircraft crews to train against, contractors are stepping up to the plate.(This first appeared in late 2017.)In some cases, contractors are able to field remarkable aircraft that provide an exceptionally authentic replication of enemy aircraft. Such is the case of Air USAthe company has managed to acquire three two-seat trainer versions of the MikoyanMiG-29UBFulcrum.The Air USA MIG 29 fleet was imported directly from a former Soviet Union nation. All aircraft are equipped with authentic former Soviet Union manufactured parts, the company states onits website. Air USA MIG 29 aircraft are capable of performing any air to air mission providing excellent training and flight test opportunitiesRecommended: Uzi: The Israeli Machine Gun That Conquered the WorldRecommended: The M4: The Gun U.S. Army Loves to Go to War With
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:00:00 -0400
Convicted Texas murderer Edward Howard Bell dies while serving murder sentence
News ImageA spokesperson with TDCJ said the 80-year-old convicted murderer died after collapsing at the Pack Unit facility.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 15:53:18 -0400
This pricey CBD sheet mask is a fun skincare one-off
News ImageThe internet is so full of CBD content these days that Lord Jones peppermint tincture is practically oozing from its pores. Now, the (non-psychoactive) cannabinoid is increasingly showing up in beauty products, including mascara, serums, and body soaps.Among the options is the cannabis company Beboe's new CBD line, Beboe Therapies. There's a sheet mask ($78 for a pack of five) and a serum ($148), both of which are available on the Beboe Therapies website. I gave the sheet mask a spin.Before we get started, a quick reminder on CBD: There's a ton more research to be done on its actual effects and benefits, but we do know, as Mashable culture reporter Morgan Sung reported in March, that it affects the body's CB2 receptors. This means it won't give you a "high" feeling, but it is likely to reduce inflammation.Image: Beboe TherapiesSEE ALSO: Aloe Bud is a self-care app for self-care app skepticsThat anti-inflammatory component is the key here: The mask is intended to, according to the company's website, "calm the skin while supporting skin cell renewal, moisturization, brightening, and toning." As someone who struggles with intermittent acne and redness, this seemed like a great proposition. But does it do its job? What's in there?Aside from 50mg of CBD, each mask is formulated with vitamin C, ceramides, plant-extracted AHAs, niacinamide, vitamin E, aloe, glycerin, and algae extract. It does not contain parabens, silicone, preservatives, phthalate, gluten, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, mineral oil, or palm oil -- though it does contain a small amount of lavender and copaiba oils for fragrance. The mask does smell amazing: fresh, soothing, and botanical.The mask itself is made of cloth, which is pleasantly sturdy and easy to apply. Blessedly, it also doesn't instantly slide off like a lot of sheet masks (although this would become a problem down the line). This sets it apart from my favorite face mask ever -- the otherwise perfect Benton Snail Bee mask that I have to secure with my glasses.The instructions did ask that I remove a "liner" before applying the mask, but neither I nor my roommate could find any such liner to peel away. Does "liner" just mean the packaging? No idea, but don't spend your precious time looking for this ghost liner, as it does not exist. The processBeboe recommends wearing the mask for 30 minutes, then massaging excess product into your skin. They suggest using these 30 minutes to "call your mother," which is a nice idea. Unfortunately, my mom was already asleep, so I spent my 30 minutes half-watching Schitt's Creek and using my roommate's Portrait Mode to take mirror selfies. Similar concept!Yes, hi, I'm here for the murder?Image: Chloe Bryan/MashableThe mask stayed on very well for about 15 minutes, then curled away at the sides once its contents had started to transfer from the fabric to the desiccated post-winter sponge that was my face. I had a difficult time keeping it on for the last five minutes. Perhaps next time, I will simply accept my fate and take it off early. The resultsAfter 30 minutes, I removed the mask, patted in the excess serum, then dabbed any remaining product from the mask (there was not very much) onto the backs of my hands (hot tip). Right away, I noticed that my skin appeared slightly less red. It was also extremely dewy, but that was probably because it was covered in fresh, wet lotion. After everything absorbed fully, though, my face felt truly smooth -- like, featuring Rob Thomas smooth. It stayed that way until I went to bed two hours later.The next day, my skin's appearance was pretty much back to normal. It still felt fairly smooth, though.Also worth noting: I have very sensitive skin, but the mask didn't break me out. Everyone's skin has different triggers for irritation, obviously, but I generally stick to a simple four-step routine (cleanser, essence, moisturizer, sunscreen) and this mask didn't instigate acne disaster. Is it worth it, though?So the mask was good. I enjoyed the mask. But that doesn't change the fact that, at $78 for a five-pack, each mask costs about $15.60. That's a steep price to pay for a single sheet mask, especially when there are some very soothing options out there -- full of the great non-CBD ingredients in these masks -- for much less.If there's a CBD enthusiast in your life, these would make a phenomenal and just-luxurious-enough gift. If that CBD enthusiast is you, even better. Beboe recommends using the mask 1-2 times per week, but that's ... a real investment. You're probably better off treating it like a treat.And if it makes you feel a little relaxed? All the better. WATCH: Kim Kardashian wants a 'zen-like CBD-themed' baby shower
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:00:00 -0400
Egyptians vote in referendum to extend Sisi's rule
News ImageEgyptians started voting Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Voters were being asked to back amendments to the constitution to allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life. At a polling station in Manyal, a Cairo suburb overlooking the Nile, Mohamed Abdel Salam, 45, told AFP he fully supported the changes.
Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:51:17 -0400
South Korea to Hold Summit Anniversary Event Without North Korea
News ImageSeouls Ministry of Unification in charge of inter-Korean affairs said in a statement Sunday that the event, featuring artists from South Korea, the U.S., China and Japan, will be held on April 27 at the border town of Panmunjom. The absence of North Korean participation highlights the challenges facing inter-Korean relations.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 05:09:02 -0400
Fancy A Taste Of Your Magnum PI Fantasties? Buy This Ferrari!
News ImageAlthough most collectors appreciate the likes of Ferrari's F40, or even the F355, we secretly long for the Ferrari 308. The model's recognition is immediately assisted by the fact it remains one of Ferraris most successful models in the marque's decorated history, having produced over 12,000 units over the course of its staggering 10-year production run. Released in 1975 at the Paris Motor Show, the 308 replaced the now highly sought after Dino 246 range.
Sun, 21 Apr 2019 08:57:29 -0400
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