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2023-05-22 12:49:21 author:sh419

Dua Lipa graced us with new rules to get through the holiday season

Dua Lipa graced us with new rules to get through the holiday season(图1)

Dua Lipa just solved all your December problems with some brand new rules. She just might have rescued your bank account.

A fan (@idealising(opens in a new tab)) asked the British singer for advice to get through December without going bankrupt. The "Scared to be Lonely" singer provided the fan with three simple rules to help in the most festive (and expensive) month of the year.

Move over Santa, Dua Lipa is gracing us with early gifts - whether we're naughty or nice.

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The "New Rules" singer had three basic things to keep in mind: 1. Throw away your calendar. 2. Break up with him so it's one less gift. 3. Marry the grinch.

It's a holiday hit in the making. Just imagine it, New Rules: Holiday Edition.

Dua Lipa graced us with new rules to get through the holiday season(图2)

Fans praised the performer for her rules of wisdom and ask her to bless us with her own holiday album.

While we wait for the new Christmas song of the 21st century, we'll just settle with these three rules to get through the next month.

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    "There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face," Biden wrote on Twitter shortly after taking office. "That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families."

    Biden was officially handed the @POTUS(Opens in a new tab) handle on Wednesday. The Trump administration's archival posts were migrated over to @POTUS45 just like former President Barack Obama's tweets were sent to @POTUS44. Other such accounts, like @WhiteHouse(Opens in a new tab), @VP(Opens in a new tab), @FLOTUS(Opens in a new tab), and @PressSec(Opens in a new tab) were handed over to the Biden administration as well.

    Twitter transfers, of course, wouldn't typically be such a big deal. But former President Donald Trump was the most capital-O Online world leader in history. He lived on Twitter up and until the platform banned him for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol.

    Biden, on the other hand, posted a simple message about tackling the numerous crises the U.S. faces. Boring in the sense that it wasn't an attack on a foe or some kind of unhinged commentary on cable news? Sure. It was definitely nothing like a post from the now-defunct @RealDonaldTrump account. But wow, was it refreshing.

    In somewhat of an odd choice, however, Twitter didn't let Biden inherit the followers from the POTUS account despite the fact that Trump got Obama's followers. Instead the followers from @PresElectBiden(Opens in a new tab) were migrated to @POTUS. Biden's digital director wasn't happy about the decision when it was announced.

    "Twitter is starting us at zero...but recommended the President of the United States tag other accounts to encourage growth," Rob Flaherty wrote on Twitter.

    No matter, Biden's @POTUS account has already racked up 1.4 million followers and counting.

    Not for nothing, Vice President Kamala Harris actually tweeted from her new @VP account before Biden broke his in.

    "Ready to serve," the account posted as Biden delivered his inaugural speech.

  • For one beautiful night, #fartgate actually united all of Twitter

    For one beautiful night, #fartgate actually united all of Twitter

    There is so much that divides us. Science has somehow become partisan; truth itself is up for debate; America is split down the middle when it comes to deciding whether or not literally asking a foreign leader to interfere in an election is an impeachable offense.


    But there is one thing we can all agree on: Farts are funny.

    And on Monday night, Twitter users from every point on the political spectrum were delighted to find themselves engrossed in #fartgate(Opens in a new tab).

    During a live cross on MSNBC's Hardball, where host Chris Matthews was discussing the latest impeachment hearing developments with Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman and briefly a presidential candidate who made so little impact on the race that I typed his name as Tim even though I've been watching this video of him for the last 45 minutes.

    As Swalwell was mid-sentence, there was a noise.

    That kind of noise is usually followed by someone saying "Excuse me" or "That was the chair" or "Nice, bro" or "Babe, did you buy the wet food again? You know what the vet said."

    Yes, it sounded very much like a fart.

    The response to the above video was nearly instantaneous. Within an hour #fartgate trended #1 on Twitter, with people at first assuming it was Swalwell, but then pivoting to pointing the (pulled) finger at Matthews.

    The Hardball social media team had a weird night — at first reportedly tweeting, then deleting, the perfect response:

    And then offering an official explanation (and merch) that absolutely nobody was buying:

    Whether Swalwell heard it or dealt it or neither, he barely missed a beat, but there certainly seemed to some like there was a distinct beat.

    A journalist from BuzzFeed, who has no doubt been nominated for several Pulitzers already, slid into Swalwell's DM to ask for comment, and was richly rewarded.

    "It was not me!!!!!" Salwell wrote(Opens in a new tab) back. "And I didn't hear it when I was speaking."

    The camera was off Matthews, so we don't have his reaction — but there are those who are firmly in the Matthews camp.

    Truly, this is the Yanny/Laurel of televised flatulence.

    And of course, there are the party poopers who insisted no cheese was cut at all:

    But in a way, it matters not at all who actually dealt it, or if it was dealt at all. Because the jokes are good either way.

    It is as simple as this: If it's a fart, it's a really great fart. Fat, noisy, satisfying; it sounds like it took a bit of effort, but only enough to make the final product all the more satisfying.

    The beauty of #fartgate is in the perfectly bipartisan way the internet leapt and grabbed this moment with both hands. It's something everyone could enjoy in a week, month, year, administration, of division and sniping. It is as pure as it is puerile.

    I mean, what else could get Ben Shapiro and Alyssa Milano on the same page?

    Like the impeachment hearings themselves, we may never uncover the full truth — all we know is there is left, right, and a noisy asshole at the center of it all.

  • Love is Blinds live reunion crashed Netflix. The internet reacted.

    Love is Blinds live reunion crashed Netflix. The internet reacted.


    Netflix's first-ever live reunion did not got to plan. Like, not at all.

    Viewers were clearly excited to watch the Love Is Blind live reunion, which was slated to air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday. It was a fantastic season of the reality TV show, and folks were hyped-up to see a reunion play out live.

    What happened to the reunion livestream?

    Unfortunately, Netflix's tech wasn't able to deliver. Something went wrong, and the company could not get the reunion to air. The livestream crashed... Well, it never really even got going to be honest.

    "To everyone who stayed up late, woke up early, gave up their Sunday afternoon… we are incredibly sorry that the Love is Blind Live Reunion did not turn out as we had planned," Netflix said(opens in a new tab) in a tweet. "We're filming it now and we'll have it on Netflix as soon as humanly possible."


    Some folks — like yours truly — stuck it out and were somehow able to watch the reunion on Sunday. But for everyone else the reunion will finally hit the streaming service at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

    But until then, people reacted online exactly how you'd expect. They produced some fantastic memes and jokes.

    The internet reactions

    There were the typical jokes you might see online — you know, the pile-on where everyone has to chime in.

    But there were also some jokes specific to the show, which, by the way, had a truly wild and dramatic season — even for a show based around the idea of getting engaged to someone you've never seen and only known for a few days.


    The reunion will finally be available to the general public on Monday and we'll likely get even more memes. As someone who was somehow blessed with watching it early, I can say it was a good reunion after the wait.

    How to watch the Love Is Blind reunion

    According to a tweet from Netflix, the reunion will be available to stream on its platform at 3 p.m. ET on Monday (April 17). "Promise," the streaming service added.

  • UK government says it will ban the rough sex defence. Heres why that needs to happen.

    UK government says it will ban the rough sex defence. Heres why that needs to happen.

    Content warning: This article contains details of violence against women, sexual violence, and murder.


    UPDATE: July 1, 2020, 9:54 a.m. BST The government has now published(Opens in a new tab) a new clause banning the ‘rough sex defence’ in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

    On 2 Dec. 2018, Grace Millane's parents David and Gillian sent a message wishing their daughter a Happy 22nd Birthday from the other side of the world. They never received a reply. That absence of response turned into a missing person's report and tragically ended in a murder trial.

    Millane, from Essex, UK, had been travelling in New Zealand when she went on a date with a man she met on Tinder. She died on 2 Dec. 2018 by manual strangulation during sex in the man's hotel room in Auckland. Her body was found in a suitcase in a shallow grave in the mountainous Waitākere Ranges a week later.

    During the trial, the man, who has not been named for legal reasons, claimed(Opens in a new tab) Millane died accidentally as a result of "rough sex." Her horrific injuries told another story, however. Three medical experts confirmed that Millane's death would have required unrelenting physical pressure and strength for five to 10 minutes. Because this defence was used, Millane's parents were forced to listen to graphic claims about their daughter's private life in court. Her mother cried and held her head in her hands(Opens in a new tab) as details of Millane's sex life and the night of her murder were read out and analysed in court.

    This claim made Millane the 59th woman whose murder was labelled a "sex game gone" — a defence that's become increasingly normalised in the killings of women. Jurors later dismissed this claim, and the man was found guilty(Opens in a new tab) of murder and sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.

    Now, the UK's justice minister says the government will ban the use of the "rough sex" defence in new domestic abuse legislation. The news comes after a tireless campaign by a group called We Can't Consent To This(Opens in a new tab) (WCCTT), who catalogued the murders of women and girls killed by men who claimed their deaths happened as a result of a "sex game gone wrong" — sometimes referred to as the "50 Shades defence."

    Fiona Mackenzie, founder of WCCTT, has catalogued(Opens in a new tab) the murders of 60 UK women who've been killed by men using the words "rough sex" or "sex game gone wrong" as a defence. In the last five years, the rough sex defence was successful in seven of 17 killings which went to trial, resulting in defendants being found not guilty or convicted of manslaughter. The use of this defence is tantamount to saying "she asked for it" and suggests that women consented to their own death — something that's technically legally impossible(Opens in a new tab) under UK law.

    As the use of this defence continues in court, the number of deaths by strangulation is also rising(Opens in a new tab). In the past decade, the number of women dying as a result of strangulation during sex has increased(Opens in a new tab) by 90 percent in the UK. Following Grace Millane's death, the campaign to ban the rough sex defence has gathered steam, and popular magazine Grazia joined forces with campaigners to create a petition(Opens in a new tab), which has been signed by 66,000 people. In July 2019, MPs Harriet Harman and Mark Garnier vowed(Opens in a new tab) to take action over the use of "rough sex" defences. This year, the Home Office said it would be looking into the inclusion of "rough sex" laws in the new Domestic Abuse Bill(Opens in a new tab) for England and Wales.

    The possibility of legislation coming into force to prevent this defence being used is now looking hopeful. At the Public Bill Committee in parliament, MPs discussed amendments to the Domestic Abuse bill to end rough sex defences, which have gained the cross-party support of over 80 MPs. Earlier this month, Conservative MP Laura Farris brought up the defence during Prime Minister's Questions, stating it was "an ugly dimension that remains unresolved." Johnson responded: "We are committed to ensuring that the law is made clear and that defence is inexcusable."

    Alex Chalk MP, a justice minister, told MPs the government will outlaw this defence, and that measures will be set out in the bill's report stage(Opens in a new tab) — the next stage of the legislation being considered, which gives all MPs the chance to discuss and amend it. In two weeks, we'll see the government's amendments on this matter — whether those amendments go far enough to protect women will then become clear.

    Chalk also said it was "unconscionable for a defendant to say that the death of a woman — and it is almost invariably a woman — is justified, excusable, or legally defensible, because that woman had engaged in violent and harmful sexual activity, which resulted in her death, simply because she consented." Citing his own experience as a defence and prosecution barrister, he said "your job as a defence advocate is to exploit whatever wiggle room there is in the law – our job here is to close that down."

    Jess Phillips MP spoke during the committee of the ordeal families go through when they have to listen to the graphic details of how their loved one was killed when the "rough sex" defence is used. "Bereaved mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters [are] having to listen to the vicious abuse, listen while somebody takes to the stand and says 'she wanted it,' that 'she loved it,'" said Phillips.

    SEE ALSO: 'I May Destroy You' is a defining moment for on-screen portrayals of consent and sexual violence

    During the discussion, MPs spoke of the killing of Natalie Connolly, a 26-year-old woman from Worcestershire, England, who died(Opens in a new tab) after sustaining serious internal trauma, including vaginal arterial bleeding, and 40 separate injuries. Her partner claimed she had died as a result of consensual "rough sex" and he was convicted of manslaughter, and given a sentence of three years, eight months.

    WCCTT founder Fiona Mackenzie said in a statement that the outcome of the committee "gave us real belief that the government may be ready to do this – but they must be bold enough and not take half measures." Following the news, Harriet Harman said it was encouraging to see the government paying attention to the concerns of women's groups. "But the important thing is for them to close the loophole which allows men to get away with murder by using the 'rough sex gone wrong' defence," she said in a statement. "Only a change in the law will do that. We must see that at the Bill’s next stage."

    Prior to the committee discussion, Mackenzie told me why this bill is so needed. "In every case the surviving women say they didn't consent, and in the killings the women can't speak for themselves," she said. "But these claims too often work — the men's claim gets a lesser charge, lighter sentence, or no prosecution at all."

    "Boris Johnson and his government have promised to end the 'inexcusable' rough sex defence — but we haven't seen proposals from them yet, and they must make change to law and every stage of the criminal justice system," Mackenzie added.

    This is undoubtedly a huge step forward in banning the rough sex defence and the campaigners are hopeful and optimistic about the most recent update. But there remains a note of caution in that optimism. The government's track record with the Domestic Abuse Bill has not been great. This legislation was first introduced to the House of Commons a year ago, and back then it was hailed as a life-saving, landmark bill. But, when parliament was prorogued because of Brexit, the bill was put on hold.

    After tireless campaigning from WCCTT, Harriet Harman, and Mark Garnier, it's now over to the government to ensure this legal loophole is closed once and for all, ending the use of this indefensible defence.

  • Yep, the feds grow and sell marijuana. Heres how.


    Yep, the feds grow and sell marijuana. Heres how.

    Is the government really growing weed?

    In the 2008 stoner staple Pineapple Express, a secret military facility experiments with growing marijuana in the 1930s. A euphoric soldier, high off what the lab calls "Item 9," says he feels like a "slice of butter" and then exclaims, "This is the bee's knees!"

    SEE ALSO: Police fired after claiming mice ate half a ton of missing weed

    But when the soldier rants about how much he hates the army, a high-ranking official shuts down the whole experiment and deems cannabis "ILLEGAL!"

    Did the federal government ever actually experiment with growing marijuana? As Mashable's new YouTube series Weedwise explains, the answer is yes.

    Via Giphy(opens in a new tab)

    Dr. Jeff Chen, director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, confirmed it: The University of Mississippi has been the site of government research into bud for the past 50 years.

    "They have the one and only license ever issued by the DEA to grow cannabis for research purposes," Dr. Chen tells Weedwise.

    In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse pays this university to grow weed, and then distributes it to registered researchers. But don't think that the federal government is putting money into improving cannabis. A majority of funding is dedicated to researching the plant's negative side effects and potential abuse of the drug. And since cannabis is still a Schedule 1 drug, a researcher who wants to work with it can only access the University of Mississippi's supply, even if it's legal in their state or region.

    Does the government actually grow weed for its citizens, though? Yes to that, too! At least, they do for a minuscule number of citizens. In 1978, Robert Randall was suffering from glaucoma and sued the U.S. because he wasn't allowed to treat his condition by using cannabis. He won. His use was determined a "medical necessity," and as a result of that case, the government created the Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program.

    "There were dozens of American citizens who got approval from the federal government to use cannabis to treat their debilitating medical conditions," Dr. Chen says, "The government would mail them cartons of cannabis cigarettes or joints for them to consume."

    The program stopped adding new patients in 1992, but some of the original recipients are still alive today. And yes, they still get government-issued weed.

    Interested in learning more about the government's weed program — or in finding out the answers to even more intriguing questions, like is weed addictive and can it kill your brain cells? Watch Mashable's Weedwise on YouTube(opens in a new tab), featuring new episodes every other week.

  • How to grow scallions in water, because we know youre considering it

    How to grow scallions in water, because we know youre considering it

    A sprinkle of fresh chopped green onion makes lots of pantry meals, from ramen to stir fry to even plain rice, feel a little fancy. Luckily for you, green onions (or scallions) are also one of the easiest vegetables to regrow while staying at home.


    Start with the vegetable's white end, which is the part you usually trim off before chopping. Place each end root-down in a glass or mason jar filled with enough water to cover the bulbs completely. (You can use any glass receptacle, really. Feel free to break out the fancy drinking glasses to add some visual interest.) Then put the jar near your sunniest window and wait.

    You may never buy scallions again. Credit: Getty Images / EyeEm

    Within a few days, you should start to see green regrowth. Congratulations! Your precious allium children are coming in. In another week or so, you'll probably have enough length to snip off and chop up. Congratulations again: Your sad scrambled eggs will be sad no longer.

    Feel free to put multiple bulbs in the same container. (How many, of course, depends on the size of your cup.) If the scallions get too crowded, simply move them to a larger container and change out the water. If you notice the water level getting low, just refresh it a bit. There are truly no tricks to any of this!

    SEE ALSO: Best indoor plants for people who suck at taking care of plants

    Stored properly in the fridge, your scallions will last for at least a week. The conventional wisdom here is to place them in a jar filled with a few inches of water, then cover the whole thing with a Ziploc-style bag.

    If you happen to grow more scallions than you can use, you can store chopped-up extras in the freezer. I generally store mine in a baggie, but HGTV recommends(Opens in a new tab) storing them in a frozen plastic bottle to create a makeshift scallion shaker.

    Green onions are probably the most iconic edible plant to grow in water — and the only one I've personally tried — but they're far from your only option. You can also try(Opens in a new tab) leeks (which are alliums just like scallions), bok choy, basil, or cilantro.

    Your new life as a scallion farmer may end when social distancing concludes, and that's perfectly fine. But you might find that the pursuit is worth it even in normal times. A windowsill full of bright veggies is a pretty sight, after all — plus, you'll never run out.

  • Woman fell asleep on an Air Canada flight and awoke to find herself alone on the plane

    Woman fell asleep on an Air Canada flight and awoke to find herself alone on the plane


    Most people know that flying can be scary, but it turns out simply sitting in a stationary plane at the airport can be a nightmare, too.

    We know this thanks to Facebook user Deanna Noel-Dale(Opens in a new tab)‎, who shared a post to Air Canada's page on Wednesday on behalf of her friend, Tiffani Adams. The post detailed a terrifying experience that Adams had after she fell asleep on an Air Canada flight and woke up hours later to find that the plane had landed and she was the only person left onboard.

    Apparently, Adams had a row to herself on a flight from Quebec to Toronto that was about a quarter of the way full. She got comfortable and fell asleep less than halfway through the hour-and-a-half flight, only to wake up around midnight, freezing cold and on a pitch black plane. That's when she realized everyone had deplaned without waking her.

    SEE ALSO: Researchers trained seals to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle' and the 'Star Wars' theme song. NBD.

    Adams texted her friend to let her know she was alone on the dark plane, and seconds after the two started a FaceTime conversation Adams' phone died.

    "I’m trying to focus on my breathing and control my panic attack while I attempt to charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could luck bc when they shut the aircraft down there is no power whatsoever," the post reads.


    Unsure of how to exit the plane, Adams ventured to the cockpit and found a flashlight, which she began to wave outside the window in attempt to flag someone down. She said she used the flashlight to illuminate the door and managed to unlatch it, but after opening it she looked down and noticed that she was suspended dozens of feet in the air. Luckily, after some time a luggage cart drove by.

    "When I see the luggage cart driving towards me I am literally dangling my legs out of the plane... he is in shock asking how the heck they left me on the plane," the post read. "Anyway the guy had the ladder dock and I jumped to safety before he was even a foot from the door."

    Umm... OK Air Canada. That's absolutely terrifying. What the heck?

    A spokesperson from the airline confirmed the account to Mashable and said they are still reviewing the matter, "have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her."

    After the ordeal, Adams noted that an Air Canada car drove her to speak with a representative who offered to book her a limo and hotel for the night. She reportedly declined and wanted to go straight home, as she had work in the morning.

    "Air Canada called Monday and Tuesday, both people again ask me to repeat what happened, apologize for my inconvenience and say they will do an investigation bc they have checks in place that should prevent people from being locked on the aircraft at night," the Facebook post explained.

    Adams also added that she hasn't gotten much sleep since the incident, and is experiencing anxiety and night terrors, which is completely understandable.


    File this under, "Travel Nightmares That Must Never Be Repeated," please.

    UPDATE: June 23, 2019, 5:48 p.m. EDT Updated with a statement from Air Canada.

  • Miley Cyrus opens up about Liam Hemsworth in lengthy Twitter thread

    Miley Cyrus opens up about Liam Hemsworth in lengthy Twitter thread


    It's been almost two weeks now since the news broke(Opens in a new tab) that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have separated.

    On Thursday, the singer posted on Twitter about it for the first time. Over an 11-tweet thread, she spoke about the mistakes she's made in the past, while denying that the marriage ended because of cheating.

    "The truth is, once Liam & I reconciled, I meant it, & I was committed," Cyrus wrote. "There are NO secrets to uncover here. I’ve learned from every experience in my life. I’m not perfect, I don’t want to be, it’s boring. I’ve grown up in front of you, but the bottom line is, I HAVE GROWN UP.

    "I can admit to a lot of things but I refuse to admit that my marriage ended because of cheating. Liam and I have been together for a decade. I’ve said it before & it remains true, I love Liam and always will."


    Here's the thread, in full.

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