Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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Facebook adds badges so your politicians know who you are

June 8, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard's commencement in May 2017.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Facebook is turning into more and more of a Town Hall. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style The social network introduced three features Wednesday that are meant to help elected officials better connect with their constituents and vice-versa. The products provide a way for politicians to identify local constituents and…

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Could Labour’s love be lost in Mansfield after 94 years? – BBC News

May 29, 2017

His long allegiance however changed when he backed UKIP in 2010. He voted for the party again two years ago, but now plans to back the Conservatives. “Brexit has absolutely been the biggest issue here, which is why I’m going [to vote] Tory – I think they think will sort out the hardest Brexit,” the 79-year-old said. “They would vote for a goat if it was Labour here before, but…

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Pete Souza’s most legendary Donald Trump trolls

May 28, 2017

In an internet world where trolls lurk around every corner, one has loomed above the rest: Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s former staff photographer. An unlikely troll for unlikely times. Souza has stood out for the blunt savagery of his Instagram posts, but more than that, for the sheer amount of them. It’s seemed that for every Donald Trump action, there is an equal, opposite, and wistfully melancholy reminder of how…

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Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one…

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…

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Election 2017: People turn to Google ahead of election – BBC News

May 18, 2017

The data reveals “who should I vote for” was more popular in Willesborough in Kent than anywhere else between 9 May and Tuesday. The area comes under the Ashford constituency, which was last won by the Conservatives in 2015. Second on the list is Chorley in Lancashire, which was last won by Labour. Election 2017: All you need to know What do new voters make of the election? The maps…

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the…

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