Food Network star Guy Fieri wants you to tip big today in honor of his late friend Carl Ruiz.
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Mali's transitional government aims to review mining conventions signed with companies by the previous administrations, interim President Bah N'daw, said late on Friday following recommendations from the country's auditor general. Mali is one of Africa's largest gold producers. Companies operating in the country include Barrick Gold Corp and AngloGold Ashanti and Resolute Mining.
23-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate founded Youth for Future Africa and the Rise Up Movement in 2019, and she's amassed a huge following on social media. When heavy floods hit Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda in September 2020, she felt a new sense of urgency to make her voice heard. 'People are being left with nothing,' she says. Nakate says countries like the U.S. aren't doing enough to fix the environment they had a hand in damaging. 'I want a president who is going to value the lives of the people and the planet over the profits,' she argues. '[The U.S.'s] urge to take action is too limited.' This video "Ugandan Activist Calls Out U.S. for Its Role in Global Climate Change", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com/.
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A third suspect is in French custody Saturday in connection with an Islamic extremist knife attack that killed three people in a Nice church, as the family of the suspected Tunisian assailant demanded to see video footage of what happened. Investigators in France, Tunisia and Italy are trying to determine the motive of chief suspect Ibrahim Issaoui and whether he acted alone and whether he premeditated Thursday’s attack on the Notre Dame Basilica. Issaoui, who transited through Italy last month en route to France, is in critical condition in a French hospital after being wounded by police as they arrested him.
After the first snow of the season in parts of the Tri-State, everyone will feel the effects of a wintry blast. It's the chilliest Halloween since 1992!
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Online-investing app Robinhood, which you might know for its commission-free trades, fractional-share investing, and gifting of free stock to new members, has seen its membership skyrocket this year. What's notable about Robinhood's member base is that they're young and somewhat inexperienced. The average age of a Robinhood investor is only 31, and they've gained quite the reputation on Wall Street for chasing whatever stock is the flavor of the week.
Lewis Hamilton set the pace for Mercedes in the sole Formula 1 practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on Saturday, edging out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
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Lewis Hamilton set the pace for Mercedes in the sole Formula 1 practice session for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, edging out Red Bull's Max Verstappen
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Two rutting stags got a little bit carried away in London’s Richmond Park, as seen in this video uploaded to Facebook on October 28.Lander Esparza Zudaire was recording as the two deer when head to head. “I thought I was safe keeping enough distance… but clearly I was wrong,” he wrote on Facebook, as his video went on to show one of the deer break away from his foe, only to crash into the side of a car.Zudaire told Storyful the deer seemed “isolated from the surroundings, just focused on fighting”. Credit: Lander Esparza Zudaire via Storyful
For some people, poor heart health comes from a lack of access to good information, and getting on the right track is a matter of education. Many of us, however, know what we should be doing to keep our hearts healthy—getting aerobic exercise, staying away from certain foods, maintaining a healthy sleep schedule, and so on—but we still have trouble making the necessary changes. If this sounds like you, it might not just be your habits that are the problem. You might want to look at your partner's lifestyle too.A recent study of over 5,000 couples found that, in almost 80% of the relationships, participants shared poor or "non-ideal" heart health with their spouses. Even more striking: members of couples' dietary habits overlapped 95% with one another, and their smoking habits overlapped 86%. So if you're in a couple and your heart's at risk, it might be time for some teamwork."Rather than thinking about interventions for individuals, it may be helpful to think about interventions for couples or whole families," Samia Mora, M.D., one of the study authors, told the Harvard Gazette.Of course, if your partner's not as motivated as you are, the change might need to start with you. Be the inspiration. As Mora explains, "It's important for people to think about how their health and behaviors may influence the health of the person(s) they are living with. Improving our own health may help others."Consider setting aside time for you and your partner to sit down and make a plan for developing heart-healthy routines together, such as exercising and eating the right foods on a regular basis. After all, when it comes to wellness, your significant other can be your greatest obstacle or your greatest ally. For more on how to keep your twosome as healthy as possible, be sure to check out 10 Surprising Ways Your Relationships Are Influencing Your Health.
Madden NFL 21, this year’s iteration of the only major football video game in the world, has an average Google user rating of 1.4 out of 5. On Metacritic, it’s .2 out of 10. At CGMagazine, Brock McLaughlin writes that “This game is much like 2020, a giant disaster” and urged those interested to buy it if and only if “you wanna pay $60+ for what should be a free roster update.” Ricky Frech calls it “a mess of lazy modes, bad gameplay, and a continued descent into a focus on over-monetized offerings” and “it’s own bizarro version of the sport we watch on Sundays [sic].” Gamesradar’s Mark Delaney compares Madden 21 to “the perennially doomed Browns, Lions, and Jets” while bemoaning that the game’s flagship “Franchise mode” was “all-but-ignored” by developers.“All-but.” Despite the disastrous initial reception to the game from laymen and critics alike, Madden did its best to redeem itself a week and a half after its release date when it added Colin Kaepernick, First of His Name, King of Nike and all its holdings, Kneeler of Levi’s Stadium, and Wearer of Radical Socks to the game’s free-agency pool. Announcing Kaepernick’s entrance into its universe, Electronic Arts asserted that Kaepernick, who played his last NFL game in 2016 and last playoff game in 2013, “is a starting-caliber NFL quarterback” and expressed a desire “to make Madden NFL a place that reflects Colin’s position and talent, rates him as a starting QB, and empowers our fans to express their hopes for the future of football.” Okay.It comes as a surprise to this Madden player — I’m one of the useful idiots who buys the game every other year or so for the roster update — that the game’s developers feel so strongly about Kaepernick’s abilities as a player. They have, after all, excluded him from the last several Maddens prior to this one. Only now, after four years of Kaepernick’s being out of the league, have the game’s talent evaluators decided that he is qualified to play in the National Football League -- and even to start in it. In addition to being rather lazy in their commitment to putting together a halfway decent game, have they been cowardly? Have they, until now, been setting aside their duty to accurately assess the talent level of players in an effort to appease a right-wing outrage mob? That seems unlikely, given the lengths to which they go to please the narrow sliver of players who might have demanded virtual justice for the former quarterback in Madden 21.For what it’s worth: I don’t think it is totally outrageous to include Kaepernick in the game. He worked out for a few teams as recently as November 2019, and could conceivably be signed to an NFL roster at some point in the near future. But the over-the-top celebration of Kaepernick is not only ham-fisted, but downright creepy.The game does not simply rate Kaepernick as a “starting-caliber QB.” He’s also a high-end one. With an overall rating of 81, Kaepernick is tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger — who has two Super Bowl rings — and the Raiders’ Derek Carr — who has the fifth-highest QBR in the league this year — as the 14th-best best signal-caller in the entire game! That’s better than the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, who actually has the 14th-highest QBR; better than Jimmy Garoppolo, whose 49ers went to the Super Bowl last year; and better than Carson Wentz, who is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, despite a slow start to his 2020 season. Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, and Teddy Bridgewater are all also worse than Kaepernick per Madden 21 -- but absolutely no one else.Should you visit the neglected Franchise mode and attempt to sign a free agent, you will be asked, “Are you sure you want to sign player x to team y?” That is, you will be asked this of any free agent except for Kaepernick. But once you have indicated that you’d like to sign him, the game is far less cautious. Of course you want Colin Kaepernick on your team. “Congratulations!” it says. “You’re about to sign C. Kaepernick to team y! Hit Yes to confirm.” What with all of the pomp and circumstance, you’d half expect an achievement notification.One of the beautiful things about Madden is that players can build teams the way they want. For fans of hapless teams such as the New York Jets, this is a particularly enticing feature. When the NFL Draft rolls around in Franchise mode, I feel none of the pressure to pick a mediocre interior defensive-line prospect that Jets’ general managers typically do. Kaepernick’s inclusion and celebration mark a departure from this philosophy. Odds are, if you start a franchise with your favorite team, Colin Kaepernick will be better than your team’s starting QB. And if you do consider signing him, the game will literally congratulate you -- not just for being a smart would-be general manager, but for being a good person, unlike those brainless professional talent evaluators who have supposedly left Kaepernick on the market at the behest of racist team owners.Madden’s clumsy attempts to cater to a particular political perspective by including a man who has worn clothing depicting cops as pigs and responded to the death of terrorist Qasem Soleimani by writing that “America has always sanctioned and besieged Black and Brown bodies both at home and abroad” in its product are irritating. But its betrayal of its mission in the pursuit of pandering is what frustrates me most. Madden is supposed to be a game, an escape, and an opportunity to exercise control over your favorite team’s decisions. With its Kaepernick-specific grade inflation and “Who’s a good boy?” pat on the head should you decide to bring him onto your squad, the game is not only failing in its most basic duty, which is to accurately update the league’s roster. It is also putting a thumb on the scale, not only for questions of silly in-game roster management, but for moral ones as well.John Madden, the NFL coach and commentator for whom Madden is named, once said that “the only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.” Madden’s developers would be wise to spend the next year putting together a quality product instead of overstating the abilities and virtue of Colin Kaepernick.
Liberals are expanding the definition of racism to silence their political opponents and justify their expansive claims on power. Despite America’s penchant for comeback stories and apology tours for celebrities and politicians -- especially those involving sexual and financial scandals -- racism remains one of the few political mortal sins. Mainstream politicians recoil at the charge and defend themselves vigorously, anticipating the accompanying widespread condemnation. Liberals have thus found a powerful weapon in critical race theory, whereby they view society’s problems through the lens of race and presume structural racism.Starting with the disparate impact theory -- which can identify racism even in the absence of intent -- liberals have now expanded racism to include microaggressions individuals are not even aware they are committing because of implicit bias. Rather than first eliminating the far more real and harmful effects of explicit bias, proponents claim a majority of Americans evidence inherent bias. Shifting the focus from the evil acts of individual racists, liberals now assign culpability to society at large and millions of unwitting Americans. They’ve even changed the definition of racism to include recently lauded behaviors (e.g., rewarding effort in a meritocracy), allowing liberals to keep their political opponents in a constant defensive crouch and demand increasingly intrusive remedies such as reparations, mandatory corporate training sessions, and repressive speech codes.The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture created an online portal discussing how America has normalized whiteness, where minorities are seen as inferior and white people enjoy privilege. The Smithsonian responded to the resulting controversy by removing a chart defining aspects of white culture and whiteness. Among these defining characteristics were rugged individualism, self-reliance, the nuclear family, “children should be independent,” the scientific method, “hard work is the key to success,” delayed gratification, “progress is always best,” and majority rules.Sandia National Laboratories sent its white male executives to mandatory taxpayer-funded training at a luxury resort to counter their “white privilege,” “male privilege,” and “heterosexual privilege.” Participants learned a “can do attitude,” “hard work,” and “striving towards success” are “devastating” “white male traits.” Poor white families trapped in multi-generational poverty might wonder what privilege they enjoy over liberal wealthy academics and diversity consultants. This lab tests and designs the nation’s nuclear weapons; it’s the last place one wants this political correctness nonsense. Thankfully, President Trump recently signed an executive order ending federal funding for such training in critical race theory.Imagine the rightful condemnation of any white supremacist who claimed that hard work, the scientific method, and self-reliance as inherently white attributes. While rich white liberal protesters decry delayed gratification and nuclear family in theory, they teach these universal values to their own children. This is yet another example of liberal hypocrisy hurting the very people they claim to champion. Liberals fought in the 1960s and 1970s against traditional family structures, but since the 1980s college-educated liberals have embraced family stability and “intensive parenting,” and exhibit declining divorce rates. Families with lower incomes and education attainment levels were the ones most hurt by the liberal assault on marriage. Today liberals demand smaller police forces, confident that their neighborhoods won’t be the ones impacted by rising crime rates.Black Lives Matter serves as both a radical slogan and anodyne corporate branding. The problem of course is that many merely see the organization as highlighting the self-evident need to address African Americans’ poorer health, incarceration, education, income, and wealth outcomes. A smaller contingent, though, takes seriously the fact two of the three top BLM organizers are “trained Marxists,” and that BLM’s stated core beliefs include disrupting “the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure,” fostering a “queer-affirming network,” dismantling “cisgender privilege” and uplifting “Black trans folk.” The movement describes itself as decentralized, with the D.C. chapter calling for defunding the police, no new jails, decriminalizing sex work, and ending cash bail. The common theme is a belief in systemic racism that delegitimizes American society and requires structural changes.Following the lead of BLM protesters defacing statues across the country, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser formed a committee to re-examine the names of local schools, statues, and parks. Later, the panel recommended removing Franklin, Jefferson, and other founders from the nation’s capital. Rather than judging individuals in the context of their times or overall accomplishments, liberals insist on evaluating America’s statesmen’s worst acts against modern liberalism’s ever-shifting standards. Franklin was known for many things, including becoming a leading abolitionist; condemning him denies the possibility of moral growth. Liberals insist on seeing the worst in America, justifying their efforts to tear down and replace society rather than striving to improve it.The 1619 Project, developed by the New York Times Magazine, centers American history and its founding around the arrival of the first African slaves in Virginia, as opposed to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The project frames American capitalism and slavery as inherently intertwined, and recasts the American Revolution as a fight to “protect the institution of slavery.” Prominent historians have pointed out numerous factual errors, but accuracy is beside the point to the project’s many establishment promoters. The radical Left rejects a view of America as an imperfect nation striving to live up its founding ideals of equality for all. Whereas previous civil-rights leaders saw the abolition of slavery and the passage of civil-rights laws as evidence of progress, and appealed to the nation’s conscience to live up to America’s promises, today’s liberals see America as irredeemably founded in slavery and racism. Yesterday’s liberals fought America’s hypocrisy; today’s liberals fight its very nature. Their goal is not simply to fight for inclusion within the existing paradigm, but to level it, and entirely restructure the nation’s economy, laws, and politics.Conservatives must recognize liberals’ radical race rhetoric as the power grab it is -- which allows them to enact otherwise unpopular policies and demand lucrative diversity training contracts -- and also condemn actual racism that persists in the United States. Conservatives should continue challenging liberals to work across party lines on policies such as school choice, bipartisan criminal-justice reform, and pro-growth economic policies that actually benefit disadvantaged Americans of all races.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, first published in 1897, was not the first entry in literary vampire fiction. In 1820, John Polidori published “The Vampyre: A Tale,” a product of the same contest out of which also arose Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. After Polidori’s, other forays also preceded Stoker’s. But his remains the most famous, and tends to get most of the credit, surely in part because it has been so well-adapted. Just to say “Dracula” invokes for many the image of a black-and-white, cape-clad, fang-bearing man moving slowly yet surely toward his next feed. (For that, we can also thank Tod Browning, director of the 1931 film adaptation, and Bela Lugosi, its star).But given what came before and what has come since, does Stoker’s novel deserve the renown it has earned as the essential vampire tale? Having come to it for the first time this Halloween season after an unavoidable steeping in vampire pop culture, I think the answer is yes -- and no. For while it undoubtedly collected and popularized much of the then-extant vampire folklore, set the template for much of what came after, and bears an ultimately redeeming message, it is also somewhat inconsistent, limited by its presentation, occasionally achingly a product of its time, and in some -- though not all -- senses outdone by its children of the night.The best case for the merits of Dracula comes in its opening section, which in itself presents many of the tropes and lore we now associate with vampires. It depicts the journey of English solicitor Jonathan Harker into the gothically rendered, mysterious land of Transylvania, wherein he must do business with the eponymous count. Herein, the advantage of decades of awareness of the import of the mere name Dracula serves only to heighten the dramatic tension. To see Harker correspond by letter with Dracula, to interact with him casually, only drives in the helpless horror one feels as Harker gradually becomes aware of his plight. The hints are doled out in escalating fashion, sketching out the nature of the horrible Beast in a manner familiar to us now but still somewhat novel -- despite existing antecedents -- to readers in 1897. As local peasants bestow upon Harker garlic and crucifixes en route, as Dracula innocuously reveals his strength and then not-so-innocuously betrays his blood lust, we both know what to expect and fear for the man who does not. Even a line born in the novel, but now nearly ubiquitous to the language of horror, serves simultaneously to informed-but-new readers of Dracula as a kind of fan-service and simultaneously a worrying discovery: When Dracula, referring to the wolves -- over which he, of course, has sway -- rapturously intones: “Listen to them — the children of the night. What music they make!”First-time readers of Dracula see in this section and throughout the book the introduction of forms and formulas from which much of not just later vampire fiction but horror generally draw. Aside from establishing a pat example of the classic horror-film three-act structure -- described by National Review’s Rob Long, among others, as: “(1) What is it? (2) Oh, there it is. (3) How do we kill it?” -- the novel’s innovations and popularizations also come to the level of specific forms and characters. The vampiric aversion to Christian iconography, the post-death transformation of one smitten by a vampire’s bite, the method of vampire destruction -- all are seen in Dracula, together and subtly executed for the first time. We also get the old, wise vampire hunter (Van Helsing), the doomed female vampire victim (Lucy Westenra), the vampire’s familiar, and, of course, the count himself, to whose presence and charisma -- proceeding largely from Stoker’s basing the count off of his actor friend Henry Irving -- almost all vampires in later fiction owe some kind of debt. Even the simultaneously alluring, frightening, and profane sexuality of the vampire begins with Dracula, whose title character seems to have a special preference for female victims.Alas, for as many of the useful forms Dracula introduces, it also bequeaths to us some of the more annoying horror tropes. You ever find yourself watching a horror movie, beholding some incredibly asinine decision by the main character, and then yelling at the screen, begging him not to go down to the basement or up to the attic or into the woods alone? Well, these movies are firmly in Dracula’s company. For even in the opening section, of which I spoke so highly, these tendencies are evident. Though Dracula has dark designs on Harker, for a time he is under the count’s protection against other evils; thus he warns Harker not to enter into places in his castle forbidden to him. So what does he do? Bored one night, he wanders. “The Count’s warning came into my mind,” Jonathan admits, “But I took a pleasure in disobeying it.” Promptly he lands himself in a situation somehow worse than merely being Dracula’s prisoner. In a later part of the book, as Van Helsing leads a desperate effort to keep Lucy from turning, he finds his plans stupidly thwarted by the ignorant charity of others, ultimately leading to Lucy’s demise. Lamenting this turn of events, Van Helsing cries out: “Oh, how we are beset! How are all the powers of the devils against us!” No, Van Helsing -- you’re just in a horror movie.Other flaws of Dracula are rooted in its time. Epistolary in structure, the novel’s narrative proceeds mostly by hopping from one journal of a main character to another. As a result, those characters without journal entries not only tend to lack much definition, but also the nature of the story seems warped by its method of conveyance. Much of its proceedings revolve around one character reading another’s journals, or writing his own. And because the epistolary format denies a sense of immediacy -- by definition, it is hard to write about something while it is happening to you, so virtually all of what we hear is after the fact -- this method both reduces suspense and strains credulity. Jonathan, for example, while in the final throes of his struggle to escape the count, apparently spent valuable time frantically providing a well-written account to us of what he was doing up to the moment he attempted an egress. That this is one instance where suspense is maintained does not excuse the weirdness of this presentation elsewhere, and points to another defect of the novel: It is not all that scary.Nor does it excuse some of the more unbearably Victorian attributes of the novel. Forget the various characters constantly fainting or suffering from brain fevers, and accept the benefits of the Victorian style -- it is the women, particularly Mina Harker, who suffer the most in this regard. Throughout the second half of the novel, the men who take it upon themselves to slay Dracula constantly vacillate as to the level of involvement Mina should have in their plot, here wishing to protect her delicate constitution, there worrying that she might be made vulnerable in their absence (which does in fact happen). It is maddening almost the point of unintentional hilarity. Even those, such as myself, who try to remain circumspect when apprehending the mores of fictional representations of other societies, cannot help but notice the Victorian self-own this depiction constitutes.It is for this reason that other vampire fiction has, in some ways, outdone Dracula. They do it in part by standardizing or refining some of the things Stoker left unclear or that seemed problematic for story construction: e.g., that, in Dracula, the title character can walk about during the day, but only in human form, whereas at night his powers seem almost unstoppably immense (he can teleport and control the weather and foul beasts, among other things). Or that the first vampire bite is not necessarily the sign of doom -- it is possible to undo the curse. They also simply expand upon Stoker’s imagination, such as by realistically depicting a truly mass vampirism only hinted at in Dracula. Stephen King does this and many other things in his modern Dracula update Salem’s Lot (1975) (my Halloween read last year). King’s climactic showdown with his Dracula, Kurt Barlow, also runs circles around the almost anti-climax of Dracula.Yet vampire fiction still owes much to Bram Stoker. For in addition to supplying much of the raw material from which later efforts were fashioned, Dracula provided the redeeming moral barometer by which vampire fiction ought to be judged. The vampiric aversion to Christian iconography hints at it, but simply stated, it is that Dracula resides in a clearly moral universe. Its heroes act on the side of good -- and God -- whereas Dracula and his minions are clearly diabolical. Subsequent vampire fiction, by emphasizing some aspects born in Dracula and downplaying others, often muddy this distinction. But this is a mistake. As frightening as these gothic horror tales are, many of them can, do, and ought to point to the reality of good implied by their depiction of evil. That Dracula does this, and did it well, is to its credit. And may well prove that Dracula remains immortal -- even as we fervently pray that Dracula himself does not.