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Government shutdown delays flights on the East Coast

2023-04-19 02:15:06

Government shutdown delays flights on the East Coast

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Another day, another tangible impact of the government shutdown on the American people.

On Friday morning, the FAA began delaying flights into major East Coast airports(opens in a new tab) -- LaGuardia, Newark, Reagan (D.C.), and Philadelphia -- due to air traffic control staff shortages in centers in Washington and Florida.

SEE ALSO: Delta CEO says the government shutdown will cost them $25 million this month

The disruptions come a day after several airline executives expressed concern(opens in a new tab) about the shutdown's impact on their industry and as the public is starting to blame Trump(opens in a new tab) more and more for the shutdown.

Of the all the Friday delays, the biggest reaction(opens in a new tab) was around LaGuardia, mostly because of its reputation(opens in a new tab) and location in New York City. However, JFK, Newark, and Philadelphia are all ranked(opens in a new tab) as busier airports than LaGuardia.

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Uh oh. Credit: FAA/US Gov

That didn't stop travelers from going into meltdown mode on Twitter, though, cracking jokes and lamenting in general.

If things are bad now, though, just wait. The chain-reaction of just these delays is sure to cause a horrendous mess heading into the weekend. Additionally, Atlanta's airport is consistently ranked as the busiest in the (opens in a new tab)world(opens in a new tab), and it's expecting an influx of travelers for next week's Super Bowl. Things may get whole lot messier.

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    2. Sweden

    3. UK 

    4. Canada

    5. Switzerland


    6. Germany

    7. France

    8. Australia

    9. Netherlands

    10. Argentina

    Tinder has given all its Olympic Village users free access to Tinder Gold during the games, which allows them to match with swipers from around the world. So, those of you swiping on your fave athletes might not have to fork out for a ticket to South Korea just yet.

    Happy swiping!

  • Courtney Barnett joins #MeNoMore campaign against sexual abuse in the music industry

    Courtney Barnett joins #MeNoMore campaign against sexual abuse in the music industry


    It's the music industry's turn to unite against systemic sexual abuse.

    Musician Courtney Barnett is one of hundreds of women in the Australian music industry to join a campaign against sexual harassment and assault.

    SEE ALSO: Time Person of the Year poll honors the women who broke the silence with #MeToo

    Over 300 Australian women have signed an open letter slamming sexual discrimination and abuse in the music industry. Dubbed #MeNoMore(opens in a new tab), the new movement and open letter has been inspired by Tarana Burke's #MeToo campaign collecting personal stories of sexual harassment, which gained new attention following the accusations against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

    The letter, published by Australian B2B news publisher The Industry Observer(opens in a new tab), has been signed by hundreds of women in the music industry, from artists and musicians like Barnett, Sarah Blasko, and The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, along with managers, lawyers, booking agents, record label employees, publicists, journalists, and more.

    "It’s become clear that the magnitude of #MeToo extends to our own shores and to our own industry," says the #MeNoMore statement.

    "We have listened to our friends. We have names of perpetrators. We know the same names that are repeated in unrelated circles. It saddens us that the people who hold us in fear and keep us silenced are people we work with, people who many of us have aspired to work under, and people who some of us have known as friends. These people need to be held accountable."

    Along with the petitioned names, the #MeNoMore site contains anonymous firsthand accounts of sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault.


    "We all have our own stories, or know someone who does. We are not whingers or vibe-killers. We are passionate people dedicating our lives to music," the statement reads.

    "In the face of uncountable discrimination, harassment, violence, and the general menace of sexist jargon, we have gritted our teeth and gotten on with the job. But today we say, no more."

    The hashtag is gaining traction on Twitter, where the Australian music industry is posting it as both a battle cry and motion of support.

    Expect the movement and signatures, like #MeToo, to grow in the coming days. Australia's music industry has a lot of work to do here.

  • 9 of the best moments in Black Twitter history

    9 of the best moments in Black Twitter history


    UPDATE: Jun. 19, 2022, 1:25 p.m. EDT This story has been updated for clarity and sensitivity

    Black Twitter is the beating heart of Twitter overall. If you have a favorite meme, joke, or even way to use Twitter, it most likely started on Black Twitter.

    There is no Twitter — at least not the version we know — without Black Twitter. Since it's Juneteenth — an important holiday in American and Black history, seen by many as the real day of emancipation for slaves — we decided to celebrate Black Twitter.

    The social media giant, for better or worse, is a major part of our world. It has an outsized effect on the news and the discourse at large. And that means Black Twitter can shape so much about what happens in our culture. That in mind, we collected a mix of funny, serious, and important moments in Black Twitter history.

    1. Crying Michael Jordan

    No meme had as long a life as Crying Michael Jordan. The world-famous basketball player wept at his 2009 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. It became a meme around 2012(Opens in a new tab) and Black Twitter especially kept it going until at least 2018 or so. There was just something so funny about the GOAT's face superimposed where it wasn't supposed to be. And it worked for so many different occasions. The meme that wouldn't quit. It's so creative and has never disappointed.

    2. December 21, 2020

    The meme first began with a tweet from @lottidot, who connected the date with the timing of the Coronavirus vaccine. After making claims about the disease(Opens in a new tab), the Twitter user said the COVID-19 vaccine was being created so that the U.S. government could change Americans’ genetic codes. When asked how the government would benefit from doing that, she replied:

    There's just never been a funnier thing to imagine as Black Twitter joked for weeks about their incoming superpowers.

    3. Plate roasting

    All I can say is: Black Twitter is doing good deeds by roasting people who do not season their food. Thanksgiving, especially, is a hell of a time. Black Twitter will let you know if your plate needs some work.

    If you want to see this work in action, just check the replies to this infamous tweet. Tom Rodgers learned about seasoning this day.

    4. Redefining citizen journalism and activism through #BlackLivesMatter

    Black Twitter forever changed Twitter, how it is used, and its power. Twitter, and its now-defunct service Vine, served as a clearinghouse and platform for video evidence during the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri after police killed a teenager named Mike Brown. People on the ground were able to show how things were and not how authorities wanted you to believe they were. The Black Lives Matter movement, in many ways, was formed online. It obviously physically began in the real world, on the streets, but the ability to organize and document the movement online was huge.

    And since Ferguson, pretty much every major protest and news event is covered live by normal folks on the ground.

    5. Dismantling Kendall Jenner's Pepsi commercial

    Remember the awful commercial where Kendall Jenner solved institutional racism(Opens in a new tab) and police brutality by giving a cop a Pepsi? Yikes.

    Black Twitter immediately blasted the ad as trivializing and tone-deaf. And how the real fight, as Ferguson and elsewhere showed, was extremely serious and dangerous.

    6. The Lemonade release jokes

    The release of Beyoncé's seminal work Lemonade brought together a lot of what makes Black Twitter great. There were jokes and thoughtful reviews and even more jokes.

    The 2016 visual album had overt references to alleged infidelity by Jay Z. It was not a good time to be the Brooklyn-born rapper online.

    7. Meet me in Temecula

    This might be my favorite moment in Twitter history, period. NBA Twitter stalwart @SnottieDrippen(Opens in a new tab) (real name James Holas) got a dude named @MyTweetsRealAF to drive nearly an hour(Opens in a new tab) to Temecula, California in an effort to fight him over an argument about Kobe Bryant. Of course, Snottie was in Arizona at the time and just leading this very angry person on.

    It was the best-ever representation of how silly(Opens in a new tab) Twitter fights get — there was a whole freaking diss track recorded over it. Meet me in Temecula has since kind of become a shorthand way to reference an incredibly dumb online fight.

    8. #OscarsSoWhite

    In January 2015, the Oscars, for the second year running, all 20 best actor nominations were white people. The New York Times does a good job showing that(Opens in a new tab), in that moment, Black Twitter changed the prestigious awards show forever. One person in particular, April Reign, started the hashtag that helped the world see how biased it could be.

    9. The Verzuz revolution

    Verzuz, formed by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, first aired on Instagram Live. But it was on Twitter where the debates and commentary took place. Born during the quarantine era of the pandemic, Verzuz pitted great, Black artist's discography's against one another: Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu, Gladys Knight vs. Patti LaBelle, Nelly vs. Ludacris, etc. They go song for song, trying to outdo one another with their work and their energy. It's entertaining and fun as hell.

    Honorable Mentions

    It's not a 'best of Black Twitter' list without at least honoring some all-time tweets from recent memory. Some of the few bright spots we have currently are Black people joking about WW3 or the pro-bono law work Black Twitter has done for a very petty elephant.

  • 9 Christmas tree alternatives for tiny apartments

    9 Christmas tree alternatives for tiny apartments

    Tiny apartment-havers face a unique dilemma during the holidays: How do you set up a Christmas tree when your home is smaller than one?


    That's when it's a useful time to consider some Christmas tree alternatives. Wreaths, branches, a big leftover pumpkin that you've wrapped in tinsel (don't do that one) ... rest assured you can make your space festive without also making it unlivable.

    Please note that none of these items are intended to replace a Christmas tree. Nothing can replace a Christmas tree! These are simply fun alternatives for those whose living rooms can't accommodate a full pine.

    And if it's the smell you're after, just light a pine-scented candle.

    1. A wreath

    Looks like it smells good. Credit: LL Bean

    Here's an easy one. If you get a real wreath (the one above is from L.L. Bean and costs $39.95(Opens in a new tab)), it'll even make your home smell like pine — one of the primary advantages of having a Christmas tree.

    2. A plant

    Little guy. Credit: The Sill

    My favorite millennial-oriented plant website The Sill has a lovely little holiday collection, including a small Norfolk Island pine(Opens in a new tab) ($62) that would look very nice on a bar cart or kitchen table. Put it in a bright red planter(Opens in a new tab) for maximum cheer.

    3. Lights only

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    If your favorite part of the Christmas tree is the lights, we get it. Put some Christmas lights up inside, then leave them up til January like Taylor Swift (and everyone else. Taylor, everyone already does that).

    4. A wall hanging

    Bare bones, but fine. Credit: Target

    This cute little twig tree from Target(Opens in a new tab) hangs flush with the wall, so you won't have to worry about it taking up floor space. Bonus: It's only $31.

    SEE ALSO: Christmas gifts that give back to a great cause

    5. Branches

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    Decorating your walls or mantle with found branches is a great way to achieve a rustic, homey look. It's also a great way to prove to your friends that you can do crafts.

    6. A Washi tape tree

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    If you're in love with the shape of tree (Ed Sheeran, 2017), consider outlining one on the wall using Washi tape. It doesn't have a super tacky adhesive, so you won't have to worry about ruining your paint when you pull it off come January.

    7. A big fucking bow

    The big bow industry is booming, and by that I mean there are many big bows available online. You can also make your own. (Please see the tutorial above, which is deeply extra.) Thanks, car commercials!

    8. Put a holiday accessory on your dog

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    Would you rather clean up pine needles for a month or look at your dog? That's what we thought.

    9. Jar of bells

    Bulk bells! Credit: Amazon

    Get a big jar, then fill that thing up with bells. (Buying bells in bulk(Opens in a new tab) is easy.) If you feel a dearth of the holiday spirit within you, simply give the jar a shake. Hear that? It's the bells.

  • Cancel culture is named Macquarie Dictionarys word of the year

    Cancel culture is named Macquarie Dictionarys word of the year

    Macquarie Dictionary's word of the year is actually two words.


    Two rather hotly debated words, at that: cancel culture.

    The word itself is pretty contentious. Some have declared that cancel culture does not exist(Opens in a new tab). Some have argued that it doesn't work(Opens in a new tab). And some have even asserted that it has "gone too far."(Opens in a new tab)

    But Macquarie Dictionary believes it is a word that sums up the past year.

    "A term that captures an important aspect of the past year's attitude which is so pervasive that it now has a name, society’s cancel culture has become, for better or worse, a powerful force," wrote(Opens in a new tab) the Macquarie Dictionary committee in a blog post.

    In case you're unfamiliar, the term cancel culture is, per(Opens in a new tab) Macmillan dictionary, "the practice of no longer supporting people, especially celebrities, or products that are regarded as unacceptable or problematic."

    SEE ALSO: Barack Obama speaks out against online cancel culture

    Honourable mentions for word of the year included eco-anxiety, which edged out flight shaming, ngangkari, a Pitjantjatjara word for healers, and body positivity term thicc.

    The committee is no stranger to picking two words as its word of the year. In 2018, it picked Me Too, and 2017's word was milkshake duck.

    Why have one word of the year when you can have two?

  • When no one comes to dads art show, his daughter makes sure people see his work

    When no one comes to dads art show, his daughter makes sure people see his work


    Your parents will look out for you, but it's up to you to make them go viral.

    As a youngster, Gerado Saenz, realized his love of art when he began to draw stick figures and sunsets during school. Now a 47-year-old husband and father, he continues to bring his passion for art and music to life with 'TAPEstry Art(opens in a new tab),' wherein he creates abstract art on old cassette tapes.

    SEE ALSO: Forget body painting—body marbling turns your skin into a psychedelic work of art

    Unfortunately, not every talented artist is appreciated in their own time.

    According to a Twitter post(opens in a new tab) shared last week by his daughter, Tatianna, Saenz's excitement about hosting his first ever art exhibit soon turned sour when no one was available to attend.

    "One day the Weslaco Bicultural Museum gave me an opportunity to display my work. Unfortunately the weather was [so] bad that no one was able to show up," Saenz told Mashable. "I was down about it but the volunteers and I made the best of it."

    The tweet went viral and soon Saenz began receiving likes and compliments from complete strangers intrigued by this work. At the time of this writing, the tweet has received over 190,000 likes and over 76,000 retweets.

    Requests for his artwork were pouring in and the talented dad began selling his work on in a new tab). His works have inspired people across the world, including Hawaii, Dubai, France, Brazil, Canada, and Denmark.

    Saenz said that he owes most of his success to '80s music, cassette tapes, and the beautiful sight of sunsets.


    "I realized that growing up in the '80s, it brought many memories of when I would sit and watch the sunset while listening to music on various cassette tapes," said the artist. "Now I envision those memories and experiment with different paints creating swirls on the tapes as if the echoes of music and memories ran through me."

    What's next for Saenz you ask? Maybe an art tour? Who knows!

    "I am so excited for the future and so thankful for everyone who has shown support," said Saenz.