• Health
    The Week

    Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity

    Harvard University epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch is predicting the coronavirus "will ultimately not be containable" and, within a year, will infect somewhere between 40 and 70 percent of humanity, The Atlantic reports. But don't be too alarmed. Many of those people, Lipsitch clarifies, won't have severe illnesses or even show symptoms at all, which is already the case for many people who have tested positive for the virus.That's precisely why he doesn't think the virus can be stopped. Viruses like SARS, MERS, and the avian flu were eventually contained in part because they were more intense and had a higher fatality rate. In other words, if you were infected by the virus that caused SARS, chances were you weren't out and about. But because the current coronavirus, known as COVID-19, can be asymptomatic, or at least very mild, there's a better chance people will likely go about their day as normal. The down side, though, is that it becomes harder to trace and prevent. In that sense it's similar to the flu, which can also be deadly, but often passes without the infected person seeking medical care.The Atlantic reports Lipsitch is definitely not alone in his prediction. There's an emerging consensus that the outbreak will eventually morph into a new seasonal disease, which, per The Atlantic, could one day turn "cold and flu season" into "cold and flu and COVID-19 season." Read more at The Atlantic.More stories from theweek.com The coronavirus recession? The real third way in 2020 Top member of Trump's coronavirus task force asks Twitter for help accessing map of virus

  • Celebrity

    Who Is Star Brim? Meet Cardi B's Incarcerated, Very-Pregnant BFF Who Allegedly Leaked Blac Chyna's Sex Tape

    In 2018, after speculation that police arrested Star Brim, Cardi B confirmed the news on Instagram. Who is Star Brim? Brim is Cardi's best friend and was reportedly arrested for wire fraud. She could spend up to 15 years in prison if she's convicted.The rapper confirmed it by posting a photo of her and Brim with the caption, "Miss her already." The shocking news first came after Azaelia Banks took to Twitter and wrote, "lol Cardi B's friend Star Brim tired threatening and harrassing [sic] me via Instagram a while back and now she's in federal prison for wire fraud." Rumors of Star Brim's arrest followed quickly after that. RELATED: Who Is Cardi B's Sister, Hennessy Carolina?Cardi took to Instagram again in June 2018 to explain exactly what happened to her friend. “For two and a half years Star been out on bail. She got caught by the Feds and lost a lot of s***," she wrote.After rumors circulated that Brim got nabbed by police, Cardi B set the record straight and said she willingly turned herself in to serve the rest of her time, saying, "Shorty been prepare for this and turn herself in early cause she just want to get s*** over with and do her time. I mean why wouldn’t she? after she finish her bid no more probation, can travel everywhere and she can live a normal love life!" When news of her arrest spread, there was speculation online that Brim might "snitch" on Cardi to reduce a possible lengthy sentence. Who is Star Brim? She and Cardi have been friends since they were both working in strip clubs, and have supposedly been open about committing multiple crimes together in the past. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAR BRIM (@star_brim5) on Aug 27, 2019 at 12:28pm PDTCardi has opened up about her past with the Bloods gang. In 2018, she revealed that she was pressured to join by members she was hanging out with when she was 16, but was scared for her future when she realized it was a "lifelong commitment." She's mentioned the Bloods a few times in her songs as a nod. She said she still wants to "rep" them because you "don't leave your people behind." RELATED: Who Is Rah Ali? Why Cardi B And The 'Love And Hip Hop' Star Are Feuding Over Cardi's Best FriendThe last time Star Brim had made headlines was when she was accused of leaking Blac Chyna's sex tape. She said she retweeted the tape because she found it "entertaining" but denied actually leaking it in a video. “I hate the internet. I miss the good old days when I could just post and it wasn’t, like, reflected on my friends, like, ‘Cardi’s friend’... like stop saying that... cuz at the end of the day, I have my own mind. I post what I want to post,” Brim said. It's still not clear who leaked the video. Now, Brim has finally been charged with different crimes — and not just her, but also 18 other members of the Bloods gang.Last week, Brim, along with 18 others, was named in an indictment. Brim's charges include racketeering and slashing someone. She's accused of being the "Godmother," or the highest ranking female member in the gang.The indictment also revealed that Brim was the one who ordered her gang members to attack two sisters who worked at a night club in Queens after it was believed that one of them may have had an affair with Cardi B's husband Offset. The court documents also revealed a lot of other alleged crimes committed by the gang including fraud, narcotics, conspiracy, firearms, and also feuding with a rival gang, in which they conspired to murder some of the members. Star Brim was also involved in another attack on a bartender at a night club who reportedly disrespected the gang. The attack was allegedly recorded. The United States attorney released a statement about the arrests, saying, “The 5-9 Brims is a violent criminal organization that has terrorized residents of Brooklyn and Queens by committing brutal acts of violence in public places, trafficking narcotics on the streets and defrauding victims through financial schemes.”However, there's somewhat of a catch. Brim has not been arrested yet, and that's because she is due to give birth soon and won't be arrested until after the baby comes. In November 2019, Brim announced the news to her Instagram followers that she was seven months pregnant. Cardi B, of course, also wrote a post revealing her excitement for her best friend's happy news. "I’m so happy for you. This will be a never ending beautiful chapter in your life," she said.Prosecutors in the case are reportedly currently in discussions with Brim's attorney regarding a date for when she will self-surrender to the arrest charges. RELATED: The Complete Timeline Of Cardi B And Offset's On-Again Off-Again Relationship And MarriageEmily Blackwood is a YourTango editor covering news, crime, celebrity and love. Keywords: crime, criminal, gangs, gangster, Cardi B, entertainment and newsread more

  • Politics
    The Daily Beast

    Donald, Melania, Ivanka, and Jared Visited the Taj Mahal. Their Poses Spoke Volumes.

    Melania Trump stood in front of the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a symbol of devotion to his wife, Mumtaz, and watched her open-mouthed husband bellow to photographers.Her high-necked, ivory jumpsuit matched the exterior of the famed marble mausoleum (CNN’s Kate Bennett identified the one piece as made by Trump’s stylist, Hervé Pierre). It came with a moss green sash made of “vintage Indian textile” that slightly clashed with her husband’s canary yellow tie. Still, the First Lady—known for looking absolutely miserable when out with her husband—appeared happy, or at least flashed a few more step-and-repeat smiles than normal. One tabloid described the pair as “loved-up,” which is as big of a stretch as the notion that burger-loving Trump enjoyed his meatless Monday in India. Still, the Trumps were able to hold hands for a while, and they stood close while watching a flock of birds fly away, like two characters from a gothic poem. Trump Taj Mahal Slashed Security. Then the Murders Started.Ivanka, too, arrived with Jared Kushner in tow, though she kicked her husband out of her own picture. In a poppy-patterned turquoise dress, which matched the reflection pool she stood in front of, Ivanka mugged with her vacant-eyed but determined smile.If you have any doubts about any future political aspirations for this “presidential adviser,” then (take a deep breath and) look at her Taj Mahal photo op. Despite all those "Unwanted Ivanka" detractors, just like the building itself, she endures. In Ivanka’s words, such resilience is “awe inspiring.” Others might call her seemingly ceaseless, free vacations (thinly) disguised as diplomacy, a horror scenario. The Taj Mahal was completed after ten years of construction in 1653, outlasting threats from the Japanese Air Force in World War II and Pakistan’s bomber pilots in the late '60s. But the historic site, frequently referenced as a Wonder of the World, has succumbed to one thing: the rich and powerful using it as a backdrop to make coded statements to the world. The tradition began in earnest with the 1992 image of Princess Diana on a marble bench, her body a lithe strip in a cherry red blazer, nearly dwarfed compared to the gargantuan building behind her. She went to the site alone, without her husband Prince Charles, implying a fissure in their not-so-storybook romance. But Diana was not the first celebrity photo op at the Taj Mahal. In 1962, Jackie Kennedy took a solo trip to India and Pakistan, at a time when First Ladies did not often dabble in foreign diplomacy. For her pilgrimage to the spot, she wore a preppy blue and green sheath, projecting the Camelot-era’s sunny confidence. Four years later, George Harrison snapped a selfie in front of the site, looking very anti-Kennedy in his counterculture duds: an unbuttoned cotton shirt and dark sunglasses. Since then, plenty of other young and famous men have come to the mausoleum in search of themselves, or at least a performative version of it.In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the Taj Mahal was an example of “what people can build—and what love can motivate us to build,” using the elegant language of a good copywriter to plug his company after paying respects. That same year, Leonardo DiCaprio visited too, while in the country working on a climate change documentary. It was a “secret trip;” DiCaprio asked tourists not to take pictures, because he was working. In 1995, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton also sat on one of the Taj Mahal’s benches for photographers, sitting close and smiling, visual code for girl power. Five years after that, the first daughter would return with her father, Bill. In wide-angle snapshots of Donald and Melania strolling in front of the Taj Mahal, the yuge building’s scope leaves the pair looking tiny, nearly as tall as the shrubs which line the monument’s grassy aisles. Trump, who’s got a thing for screaming about his own bigness, might not appreciate how tiny he looks. But for a man who views the presidency as just another prize to show off that he’s won, the Taj Mahal visit was a success. The man whose legacy was once a knockoff-named casino now has got his photo in front of the real thing, joining the star-studded ranks of those who came before him. And as we’ve seen from this optics-obsessed administration so many times before, the facade is all that matters.  Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.