These side-by-side photos show exactly how Fox News controls Trump’s thoughts.

One of the most alarming aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is the flippant way he handles his daily intelligence briefings. His most important job is commander in chief of the world’s most powerful military, but he prefers a pared down oral briefing over the full daily document outlining the most pressing information from hot spots around the globe. Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary for President Barack Obama, highlighted the potential danger caused by Trump’s approach to intelligence. “Something will be missed,” Panetta told the Washington Post. “If for some reason his instincts on what should be done are not backed up by the intelligence because he hasn’t taken the time to read that intel, it increases …

Human atrocity doesn’t start with violence. It starts with prejudice and propaganda.

Not very many things scare me, but extremism in every form does. We hear a lot about the extremism of radicalized Islamic groups, and yes, such groups are worrisome. But labeling an entire religious group with more than a billion followers as dangerous because of the heinous actions of its most radical minority element is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. We hear about child traffickers trying to smuggle children across the border, and yes, those people are worrisome. But making sweeping generalizations about migrants from south of the border and putting asylum seekers into the same category as human traffickers is also extremism and needs to be called out as such. When we don’t recognize …

A Tinder troll called her out on an ‘ugly dress.’ The tables turned so quickly you’ll get whiplash.

The internet dating scene is a minefield. On one hand, you could meet someone who’s awesome and kind and exactly who you’re looking to spend the next two hours to twenty five years with. On the other, sometimes you get scammers and liars. And worse yet, sometimes you just get a jerk who’s out to ruin your day for reasons that are neither apparent or important. In other words, a troll. That’s exactly what happened to Thea Lauryn Chippendale, a 20-year-old looking for friendship (and more?) on the stormy seas of Tinder. Instead of saying “hello” or trying to open with a corny pick-up line, one guy she matched with tried a different tack: Insulting her photos. “Not gonna lie, …

She met women living on the street. She gave them a home and they built their future.

Becca Stevens is no stranger to poverty. All images by Stand Together and Upworthy. When she was five-years-old, her father was killed by a drunk driver. Impoverished both emotionally and economically, Stevens’ family had to work hard to make ends meet. Poverty became a defining aspect of her childhood. That was a big part of what drove Stevens to help others, especially the women she saw on the streets. So, as she grew into an adult, she started helping women who had been victims of violence, trafficking and prostitution by feeding them and bringing them to shelter. “I just felt sick for them,” Stevens says of the women she worked with on the street. But there was much more behind …

Jason Momoa shaved his beard and people are losing their minds.

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images When Jason Momoa shaves, people take notice. The Aquaman actor recently shaved his beard to raise awareness on the importance of recycling aluminum. And spoiler: his chin is just as chiseled as we all thought it would be. Normally, changing facial hair would be the very least someone could do to raise awareness for a cause. (Wasn’t No-shave November supposed to help out cancer research in some way?) But people are freaking out about finally being able to see Momoa’s chin, so shaving is the best way he could have raised awareness for recycling. Everyone noticed. We’re all listening now. 75% of aluminum is still in circulation even though 100% of it is recyclable, as …

A Scottish guy got wasted and passed out in the wrong house. The residents were awesome about it.

Comedian Jim Jefferies put it best when he said, “If you don’t drink then all of your stories suck and end with, ‘and then i got home…’” A hungover Scotsman is going viral for telling a story about how he didn’t make it home after a night of drinking and it’s hilarious. Obviously, getting so wasted that you break into a stranger’s house, cook a meal, and then pass out on their couch means you should reevaluate your life. But it’s cool to see there’s some people in this world who are cool enough not to call the cops on you for having a hard night out. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

Former WH photographer just revealed how Obama dealt with an anti-immigration heckler.

via Gamaliel / Wikimedia Commons Former White House photographer Pete Souza has earned over 2.1 million Instagram followers for sharing his beautiful and revealing photos of the Obama family during his two terms in office. In the Trump era, he’s often used his social media platform to compare and contrast the two presidents. After Melania Trump refused to hold the president’s hand, he shared photos of Michelle and Barack in a loving embrace. View this post on Instagram Holding hands. A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on May 23, 2017 at 7:53am PDT After Trump’s disrespectful bullying of “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, Souza shared a series of photos highlighting Obama’s respect for women. View this post on Instagram …

NBA player Kyle Korver wrote a must-read essay on what he’s learned about white privilege in America.

Kyle Korver’s thoughtful essay on race—and his role as a white man in today’s America—is a must read. Utah Jazz basketball player Kyle Korver is making waves with his Players Tribune essay in which he lays out what he’s learned about race and racism and his personal role in it all. Korver starts with his reaction in 2015 to finding out that the NYPD had arrested his black teammate and friend, Thabo Sefolosha—and broken his leg in the process. Sefolosha was eventually found not guilty on all charges and the city of New York paid him $4 million in a wrongful arrest settlement. Korver describes how his initial response to news of the incident has gnawed at him: “On the …

A historically violent man shot and killed the mother of his son. This is why we need ‘red flag’ laws.

Brian Kennedy had been threatening to kill his ex-wife for years. Two weeks before he shot her at point blank range in a Wawa convenience store outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kennedy legally purchased a gun. On March 28th, Stephanie Miller walked into the Wawa convenience store where she was scheduled to pick up her son from her ex-husband. As part of a custody agreement and because Kennedy had threatened to kill her in the past, the two had agreed to exchange the boy in a public setting. However, instead of bringing along their boy, the 34-year-old was armed with the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he had purchased. According to an affidavit of probable cause, he “said nothing” as he entered the store …

This is what happens when people meet cleaning challenges head on.

Remember the last time your house felt clean? It felt good, right? Everything back in the right place and your floors smelling like they’ve just been aired out in a garden can give you a deeper sense of relaxation and wellbeing than you might realize. For instance, did you know that a clean space can make you more productive? If you’re a parent — a clean home can help your kid do better in school. But that’s still only the tip of the iceberg: Researchers have also found that people who work in neater spaces are healthier, that those who have a clean home sleep better and eat healthier.  All that leads to you being an all around friendlier person, …

A group of high school girls put a stop to the boys who made a list ranking their appearance.

What do you do when you’re reduced to your looks? If you’re one of the students at Bethesda-Chevy ChaseHigh School in Maryland, you take a damn stand and show the people who objectified you that you are, in fact, a person who has very real feelings. Male students created and distributed a list ranking 18 of their female peers based on their looks. The list rated the girls from a scale of 5.5 to 9.4, but when the girls found out about it, they refused to be reduced to a number. The list was created last year, but was recently recirculated. When some of the girls found out that they had been ranked, their first impulse was to feel badly …

A boxer grabbed a female reporter and kissed her mouth during an interview. It’s as bad as it looks.

There’s only one type of professional who can expect to get kissed as part of their job, and it’s not a sports reporter. And yet, many female sports reporters have found themselves subject to unwanted gropes and kisses by athletes. After a recent fight, Bulgarian heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev kissed Vegas Sports Daily contributor Jenny Sushe during an interview. The boxer, “elated” from his win, grabbed Sushe’s chin and planted one square on her mouth. The reporter nervously giggled, then muttered “Jesus Christ.” The kiss was caught on camera.   When Sushe was asked about the kiss on Twitter, she called the moment, “(A little) embarrassing. Strange.” Iil embarrassing. Strange — SuShe Art (@SuSheArt) March 25, 2019 Pulev refused to …

Being arrested is terrifying. This nonprofit can help you make your one call count.

When Jelani Anglin was a teenager, he was arrested for a minor infraction. Photo courtesy of Robin Hood. When he was taken to central booking, Anglin recalls how terrifying it was and how helpless he felt. He realized the experience was something that thousands of other people go through on an annual basis. “In the precinct, you’re nervous, you’re seeing folks coming in and out in handcuffs, you’re being fingerprinted, all your items are being taken away and there’s not much conversation with the police officers,” says Anglin. Even though it was only a minor infraction, and he was let go at the arraignment, being arrested was something Anglin never forgot. But rather than turn against “the system,” the helplessness …

Homophobic couple wrote ‘Dear Abby’ for advice. They got a lesson in not being a**holes.

via Shutterstock Oftentimes when people write into Dear Abby it’s with the secret (or not so secret) hope that Abby will justify their longheld beliefs. Whether someone is writing to rag on their messy ex, or laying out complex family dynamics, it’s only human to hope that she will confirm that you are the one in the right, and everyone else is crazy. However, this is definitely not how it always goes down, and for those of us reading and not writing, the letters that get called out often prove the most entertaining. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

For the first time, the biggest prize in mathematics has been awarded to a woman.

Photo by Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study For the first time since the award was first presented in 2003, math’s most prestigious award has been given to a woman. Modeled after the Nobel Prize, the Abel Prize is awarded by the King of Norway to people who have greatly influenced their field of mathematics. It comes with a cash prize of 6 million Norwegian kroner ($700,000). This year’s honoree is Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas. She also hold the titles of Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University and Visiting Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Uhlenbeck is best known for her work with partial differential equations, but has worked in multiple …

New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern is the strong, compassionate leader the world needs right now.

Jacinda Ardern is writing the playbook for stellar leadership following a mass murder in her country. New Zealand’s prime minister was unique in many ways before the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 50 of her people. At 38 years old, Jacinda Ardern is one of the youngest heads of state in the world, and one of just two world leaders who have given birth while in office. She is a Mormon-turned-agnostic who ran a “relentlessly optimistic” campaign—her own words—and who found out she was pregnant only a month after being elected Prime Minister in 2017. Her meteoric rise to political power and popularity, dubbed “Jacindamania” by the media, put her under a pretty bright spotlight. She has solidly held her …