Trump’s tweets were so sexist even Fox News was appalled


After President Trump’s awful Twitter tirade against Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski in the wee hours of Thursday morning, one surprising outlet stepped forward to condemn his actions — Fox News. 

Several presenters on the channel spoke out against the sexist tweets during the course of the day and the network even focussed on the issue instead of the daily White House press briefing.

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While CNN and MSNBC (where Morning Joe airs) were broadcasting live footage of the briefing, Fox cut away to an interview with Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. And boy, did they let her have it. Read more…

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The key to getting gender equality in the Constitution may be … memes?


If you love gender equality and can’t get enough of clever internet memes, then the #passtheERA campaign is perfect for you.  

The digital initiative wants to wipe the dust off an old idea and make it feel fresh to a generation that may not realize gender equality isn’t enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. It plans to do this by appealing to younger Americans in their native language: memes. 

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One image features Supreme Court justice and feminist hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a small asterisk in the corner that reads: “is not equal to men in the eyes of the law.” Another image simply presents the text: “Dear Thomas Jefferson, you forgot something.”  Read more…

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EPA chief under fire for allowing Dow pesticide after meeting with the company’s CEO


A U.S. senator is demanding answers after news broke that Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), met privately with the CEO of Dow Chemical in March — just weeks before Pruitt rejected a petition to ban the company’s pesticide.

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Chlorpyrifos  — which is sprayed on U.S. crops like corn, wheat, and strawberries — can potentially cause impaired brain function in children and lead to acute poisoning of farm workers, according to the EPA’s own scientists. Dow Chemical says the science is inconclusive. Read more…

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Why a company is recycling old coffee grounds to make bed sheets


Take your coffee to bed.

The Australian bedding company Ettitude takes coffee grounds from local cafes to upcycle your morning jolt into their bamboo-coffee sheets.

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The company launched a Kickstarter this month to get the bamboo-coffee blend tucked onto your bed by next month. They claim the coffee blocks odors, wicks away moisture, and keeps your bed fresh. 

Not bad for used coffee grounds.

Based on the company’s calculations, we drink 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day around the world. But most of the grounds to make those drinks go to waste. That’s where this company steps in and embeds the would-be wasted coffee grounds into yarn fibers made from recycled plastic water bottles. Read more…

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Ron Howard’s first Han Solo set photo is utterly Star Wars pun-proof


Han drank first?

Han Solo … moisture farmer?

That’s about all we’ve got for Ron Howard’s first photo (below) from the London set of the untitled Han Solo movie, which he’s taking over as director after Lucasfilm fired the directing duo of Chris Miller and Phil Lord for being too “improvisational.”

And those two just aren’t good enough to count. We tried. (Which is to say, we did not.)

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Howard tweeted this image on Thursday after arriving at Pinewood studios, and we’re stumped. 

This is utterly Star Wars-pun proof stuff right here: Read more…

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It’s time for Twitter to ban Donald Trump


On Thursday, a 71-year-old white man tweeted something sexist and cruel. 

He referred to Mika Brzezinski, cohost of MSNBC’s weekday show Morning Joe, as “I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” this past New Year’s Eve. 

It was a hateful, direct attack. It was clearly harassment.

You probably already guessed the abuser in this situation: the president of the United States. The vitriol dripping from his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, just isn’t surprising anymore. What remains shocking, though, and what has become inexcusable is Twitter’s role in spreading hate by not banning him like they have other high-profile abusers.  Read more…

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Instagram users applaud new filter for blocking hurtful comments


Facebook has been criticized for building echo chambers, and it appears they aren’t done with it. The latest example is a new filter on Instagram that allows users to block hate speech, or what Facebook’s algorithms detect to be inappropriate or offensive comments. 

SEE ALSO: Instagram will now let you hide offensive comments automatically

Here we have the intriguing case study where the echo chamber — a black box of no hate — is being applauded by power users of the app. The update gives the user full control over this new echo chamber, where they can choose to let algorithms filter out potentially hateful comments.  Read more…

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An Iranian city hit 129 degrees, one of hottest temperatures ever seen on Earth


There’s hot, and then there’s 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit hot. 

Ahvaz, Iran, which is a city of 1.1 million people in the country’s southwest desert region, appears to have set not only Iran’s hottest temperature on record Thursday, but also set a record for June heat in all of mainland Asia. It also may have tied the all-time global heat record.

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A temperature reading of 53.7 degrees Celsius, or 128.7 degrees Fahrenheit, was reported in Ahvaz by Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist at MeteoFrance. Kapikian posted a tweet saying that level of heat was a “new absolute national record of reliable Iranian heat” and that it was the hottest temperature ever recorded in June across mainland Asia.  Read more…

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iPhone 2020 roundtable: Dissecting the future of Apple’s ‘one device’


It’s pretty remarkable that, 10 years after the iPhone first debuted, that it’s still recognizably an iPhone.

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Put an iPhone 7 on the table next to an original iPhone, and, while it would be clear that one is more advanced and sophisticated than the other, you can easily see they share the same DNA. Apps, multi-touch, the home button — the overall design and the platform it enables has been very consistent through the decade of its existence.

The iPhone & Me, 6/29/2007 vs. 6/29/2017

— Pete Pachal (@petepachal) June 29, 2017 Read more…

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Sick of nightmarish flight neighbors? This airline lets you bid on the seats near you


Flying can be stressful, especially when you have disruptive seatmates invading your personal space, striking up awkward conversations, or getting in the way of your super long nap.

Etihad Airways — the second largest airline in the United Arab Emirates —gets that, and has come up with a solution: a “Neighbour-Free Seat.” 

The concept allows a passenger to bid on up to three empty seats (!!!) on their flight, provided they’re adjacent to the already booked seat. Who needs first class when you’ve got an entire row to yourself, right?

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