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  • I’m a ‘Passport Bro’: We Want ‘Traditional’ Wives, Not ‘Mail Order Brides’

    06/02/2023 4:08:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 92 replies
    New ^ | June 2, 2024
    Eligible bachelors in the US dubbed “passport bros” are flocking to foreign countries after ditching the American dating pool in search of love overseas — much to the disgust of women on the internet. On TikTok, the tag #passportbros has scored more than 422 million views, featuring clips of men parading their far-flung lovers online while advertising the growing trend. The draw of dating abroad, according to unsatisfied singletons in the US, is finding a “traditional” wife. That is, women who are “raised to be good wives,” dress modestly and submit to their partners. Austin Abeyta is just one of...
  • 'You're keeping our life savings hostage!' Apple customers struggle to access their cash - one month after the tech giant launched its competitive savings account with Goldman Sachs

    06/01/2023 8:54:02 PM PDT · by algore · 12 replies
    Apple customers have complained they are struggling to access their savings - just over a month after it launched its high-yield account. The tech giant unveiled its new savings product in partnership with Goldman Sachs that offers a 4.15 percent interest rate - around 10 times the average yield offered by mainstream banks. Reports suggest it attracted as many as $1 billion in deposits four days after launching. But now savers are reportedly having trouble accessing their funds - or transferring cash between accounts. Nathan Thacker, who lives outside Atlanta, told the Wall Street Journal he had been trying and...
  • Tech CEO Says San Francisco Techies, Venture Capitalists Are Afraid of ‘Sex’

    05/31/2023 1:13:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    SFgate ^ | May 31, 2023 | Joshua Bote
    The founder of a fledgling app says that San Francisco’s tech scene is afraid of sex, or at least the word “sex.” Elizabeth Dell, the founder and CEO of the romance and sex app Amorus — an app that gamifies sexting for long-term couples — is accusing Andreessen Horowitz (also known as a16z) — the wildly influential tech venture capital firm based in Menlo Park — of hiding her successful sex tech mixer during San Francisco Tech Week. For the uninitiated, Tech Week is a series of luxe workshops, happy hours and parties like Dell’s wrapped under the guise of...
  • ‘Bed Rotting’ Gen Z Is Destroying Their Future: ‘Never Be at Home’

    05/30/2023 3:17:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 30, 2023 | Jeanette Settembre
    It’s time for Gen Z to stop “bed rotting” and leave the house. Working from home could stunt career growth and romantic relationships, Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit last week. “You should never be at home. That’s what I tell young people. Home is for seven hours of sleep and that’s it,” Galloway dished in a clip posted by the Journal on TikTok. “The amount of time you spend at home is inversely correlated to your success professionally and romantically. You need to...
  • Virus you’ve never heard of infected record number of Americans this year — and it could explain why you kept testing negative for Covid and flu

    05/29/2023 8:09:47 PM PDT · by algore · 60 replies
    A deadly virus that few people even know exists is causing misery across intensive care units and pediatric hospitals, doctors warn. High rates of Covid, flu and even RSV during winter led to hospitals overflowing during winter during a situation dubbed a 'tripledemic'. But cases of human metapneumovirus (HMPV), which can cause bronchitis and pneumonia, shot up to record levels in spring, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s respiratory virus surveillance systems. It may partly explain why so many people tested negative for flu and Covid in recent months despite showing symptoms. Dr John Williams, a pediatrician...
  • China plans to land astronauts on moon before 2030, expand space station, bring on foreign partners

    05/29/2023 1:33:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2023
    China’s burgeoning space program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030 and expand the country’s orbiting space station, officials said Monday. Monday’s announcement comes amid against the background of a rivalry with the U.S. for reaching new milestones in outer space, reflecting their competition for influence on global events. That has conjured up memories of the space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, although American spending, supply chains and capabilities are believed to give it a significant edge over China, at least for the present. The U.S. aims to put...
  • Jan. 6 rioters are raking in thousands in donations. Now the US is coming after their haul

    05/28/2023 11:11:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2023 | Michael Kunzelman
    Less than two months after he pleaded guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol, Texas resident Daniel Goodwyn appeared on Tucker Carlson’s then-Fox News show and promoted a website where supporters could donate money to Goodwyn and other rioters whom the site called “political prisoners.” The Justice Department now wants Goodwyn to give up more than $25,000 he raised — a clawback that is part of a growing effort by the government to prevent rioters from being able to personally profit from participating in the attack that shook the foundations of American democracy. An Associated Press review of court records shows...
  • Walmart to pay $500k over illegal sale of brass knuckles to Californians

    05/23/2023 10:12:08 PM PDT · by algore · 28 replies
    “Illegal weapons have no place in California,” said Bonta. “The settlement we have reached with Walmart makes crystal clear that online retailers are responsible for what they are allowing to be offered for sale in our state.” A Walmart representative provided a statement, saying “We are committed to being the most trusted retailer. While we believe our policies and procedures comply with California law and admit no liability or wrongdoing, we believe this agreement is in the best interest of all parties.” NOW: CA Attorney General @AGRobBonta @RobBonta announces that @Walmart has agreed to pay $500,000 via a settlement. It...
  • Woke NYC college professor is FIRED after hurling foul-mouthed abuse at students over pro-life stand - as it also emerges she sued NYPD for 'abusing' her during George Floyd protests

    05/23/2023 7:04:39 PM PDT · by algore · 5 replies
    A professor at a New York City art college has been fired after she aggressively challenged pro-life students on campus, then pulled a machete on a reporter. Shellyne Rodriguez, 46, was an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. Earlier in May she angrily confronted students manning a pro-life stand inside the college, swearing at them furiously - then destroying the display. When asked about the incident at her home in the Bronx, Rodriguez drew a machete and held it to the throat of the reporter at her door, threatening to 'chop' him up. When New...
  • Groom Blasts Bride for Cheating With Best Man in Scathing Wedding Speech

    05/23/2023 1:10:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2023 | Emily Lefroy
    A groom who revealed his newly wedded wife had been cheating on him with his best man got the ultimate revenge — revealing her disloyal ways to their guests during his wedding speech. The shocking wedding drama was shared on the Unfiltered Bride podcast, hosted by Gloucestershire wedding planners Georgina and Beth, who were in disbelief over the tale, which they heard through a third party. According to the podcast hosts, the furious groom announced his wife’s infidelity to all the guests by handing out photos of the bride having sex with the best man. “Groom stands up and says...
  • Woman Runs Over Cheating Husband, Mistress: Video

    05/23/2023 12:54:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2023 | Frank Chung
    Footage of the moment a car being driven by a Queensland, Australia woman crashed into her cheating husband and his mistress on a quiet Brisbane street has been revealed for the first time. Christie Lee Kennedy, 38, avoided serving any jail time for dangerous driving of a motor vehicle after her car was seen plowing into David Larkin and his mistress Zowie Noring. The court was told the woman saw them kissing in the Brisbane suburb of Wavell Heights in March 2021. She had tracked him using the Find My Phone app installed on his phone after he’d told her...
  • NYC woman who stored her eggs for 15 years at clinic says they’re now lost

    05/22/2023 4:03:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 20, 2023 | Kathianne Boniello
    A Manhattan woman waited 15 years to become a mom with the eggs she froze at a fertility clinic — only to learn they’d been lost by the time she was ready to use them at the age of 57, according to a lawsuit. Paula Cervoni was 42 and single in 2006, when she decided to preserve 11 of her eggs at Advanced Fertility Services on the Upper East Side, paying more than $21,000 for the procedure, she said in a Manhattan Supreme Court filing. Cervoni then shelled out $600 each year for the next decade to store the eggs,...
  • Dear Abby: I Want a Real Relationship But Guys Only Want One Thing

    05/22/2023 4:00:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 22, 2023
    DEAR ABBY: I’m a 32-year-old woman. My 20s were spent in a serious long-term relationship. It was a lot of firsts for me. After we split, I took a couple of years to sow my wild oats and find out who I am as an individual. I’m now looking for something more than “friends with benefits.” However, the last few men I’ve met and gone on dates with, as wholesome as they seemed on dating sites (which have been my main source of meeting men), were really just looking for hookups. I want to find a life partner. I have...
  • Biden gets low ratings on economy, guns, immigration in AP-NORC Poll

    05/22/2023 1:08:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2023 | Aamer Madhani and Emily Swanson
    As President Joe Biden embarks on his reelection campaign, just 33% of American adults say they approve of his handling of the economy and only 24% say national economic conditions are in good shape, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Public approval of Biden’s handling of the economy remains low in a time of high inflation, a difficult housing market and concerns about a potential U.S. government debt default. American opinion is also gloomy about Biden’s efforts on gun policy and immigration, with only 31% saying they approve of the president’s performance...
  • Vets issue urgent warning over spike in virus that kills up to 90 PERCENT of dogs – with rates rising in New York, Washington DC and Missouri

    05/18/2023 2:18:03 PM PDT · by algore · 48 replies
    Pet owners have been urged to look out for a virus that is spiking in some parts of the US and is lethal in dogs. Parvovirus, often referred to as parvo — a highly-contagious disease that kills up to 90 percent of pooches — is above average levels in at least three parts of the country, New York state, DC and Missouri. The most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. The virus is not tracked, so the total number of dogs to have died is not known. Veterinarian Dr Hannah Lau told WNBC: 'Any breed of dog...
  • Joe Rogan Mocks ‘Woke’ Miller Lite Campaign: ‘How Many Women Are Involved in Making Beer’

    05/17/2023 10:52:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 17, 2023 | Ariel Zilber
    Joe Rogan mocked Miller Lite after the brand’s months-old ad — in which “Broad City” actress Ilana Glazer touts women beer-makers — resurfaced on social media this week. “I’d like to see a pie chart of how many women are actually involved in making beer or drinking beer,” Rogan said on Tuesday. In the ad, which ran during “Women’s History Month” in March, Glazer shares a “little-known fact” that “women were among the very first to brew beer — ever.” Centuries later, how did the industry pay homage to the founding mothers of beer? They put us in bikinis,” Glazer...
  • The hot-mic insult aimed at fellow anchor that got ABC7’s Ken Rosato ‘immediately fired’

    05/15/2023 11:00:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 15, 2023 | Carlos Greer VIEW AUTHOR ARCHIVE FOLLOW ON TWITTER GET AUTHOR RSS FEED May 15, 2023 | 3:05pm
    Local New York anchor Ken Rosato was axed from ABC 7 for allegedly referring to his co-anchor Shirleen Allicot with a four-letter word, sources exclusively tell Page Six. The longtime local “Eyewitness News This Morning” anchor was “immediately fired” after “he called her a -” on a hot mic, a source said. Rosato was off the air when he allegedly uttered the phrase, we were told, but insiders previously said his remark was picked up “on an open mic” and that he was “immediately let go.”
  • Call for Ireland to formally recognize state of Palestine

    05/15/2023 5:27:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Monday, 15 May 2023 10:21 | Juliette Gash
    This is not a job. It’s a mission. A calling. That’s how Dr. Amal Jadou Shakaa, Palestinian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, describes her role. You might roll your eyes at a politician describing their job as a vocation. But perhaps not with Dr. Jadou. Firstly, young, female politicians are relatively rare in the Arab world, but also Dr. Jadou, who was a graduate fellow at Harvard Law School, was born in a refugee camp. […] Dr. Jadou is calling on Ireland to formally recognize the state of Palestine, as agreed on by both houses of the Oireachtas. “We want...
  • Woman sues Rudy Giuliani, saying he coerced her into sex, owes her $2 million in unpaid wages

    05/15/2023 3:53:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2023 | Michael R. Sisak
    A woman who says she worked as an off-the-books employee for Rudy Giuliani during his stint as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer alleges in court papers that the former New York City mayor coerced her into sex and owes her nearly $2 million in unpaid wages. Noelle Dunphy said in the lawsuit that she was Giuliani’s business development director and public relations consultant from 2019 to 2021. She initially made her allegations public in January, but she detailed her claims further in a 70-page legal complaint filed Monday in New York. Messages seeking comment were left with Giuliani and a lawyer...
  • Manet’s ‘Olympia’ Will Travel to the United States for the First Time This Fall

    05/12/2023 3:11:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    ARTnews ^ | May 11, 202 | TESSA SOLOMON
    This fall, Édouard Manet’s famed 1863 painting Olympia will travel from Paris to New York for the first time. Olympia, among other works by Manet, will be on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning September 24. The show, aptly titled “Manet/Degas,” pairs Manet with his fellow Frenchman, one-time friend, and rival, the enigmatic Edgar Degas. The show, which comes to New York after a run at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, examines a radical period of French painting through the lens of the artists’ tempestuous bond. Related Articles Two images of chandeliers that appear to be made of...