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How Christian Siriano Went From Project Runway’s Fiercest Contestant to World-Renowned Designer

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Bleus control: France never went full-speed

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How a School-Shooting Videogame Almost Went on Sale

A popular videogame-download store lowered its bar last year to make it easier for developers to hawk their creations. It ended up letting in a game that involved shooting up a school.
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How This Mom Lost 105 Lbs. with Intermittent Fasting: ‘I Went Into it Kind of Skeptical’

Watch the full episode of People Features: How We Lost 100 Pounds! streaming now on PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite device.

For years, Nissa Graun was an extreme yo-yo dieter.

After trying her first diet at age 12, the mom from Mesa, Arizona spent years gaining and losing anywhere from 20 to 50 lbs., over and over again.

“That was a while ago, so the diets were about counting your fat grams, making sure you were eating very low fat and a lot of processed foods,” Graun, 38, tells PEOPLE for the 2018 “How We Lost 100 Lbs.” issue.

Graun would compound her improper diet with overexercising, and then question why she didn’t feel healthy.

“For years I would eat very low calories while working out six to seven days a week, for probably two hours a day,” she says. “So I would get to the point where I would restrict so much, and then I would keep restricting and feel deprived, and then I would over eat the junk food that put on the weight.”

Graun weighed around 180 lbs., but then she got pregnant with her first child in 2014, and gained 65 lbs., and developed gestational diabetes.

“I was told if I didn’t get control of my diet, it could turn into regular diabetes,” she says. “So for the six months following my pregnancy, I tried desperately to lose the weight with everything I had tried before — counting calories, over exercising — and none of it really helped me.”

Then Graun learned about a plan that was the opposite of what she was doing, one that focused on a high-fat, lower-carb diet.

“That actually worked for me, by cutting out a lot of the processed carbohydrates and adding in healthy fats like coconut oil or butter,” she says. “It actually started to move the scale, which nothing else would up until that point.”

For more on Graun and four more women who lost 100 lbs., pick up a copy of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

She also started doing intermittent fasting, where she wouldn’t eat for 14 hours a day.

“I wouldn’t eat after dinner, and then I would wake up, do a fasted workout and then I wouldn’t eat my breakfast until maybe eight o’clock or nine o’clock … It really helped bring my blood sugars into a better range, and I was no longer considered diabetic.”

And though Graun was “kind of skeptical” when she started intermittent fasting, it quickly worked for her. She dropped 90 lbs. after her pregnancy, and when she got pregnant again two years later, she no longer had gestational diabetes.

Graun stuck to the same plan after her second pregnancy, with some slight adjustments — she now fasts for 16 hours a day — and is down 105 lbs.

“This is the first time that I’ve really eaten real food,” she says. “My body is getting what it’s designed to get, and it really loves that.”

And Graun, who naturally spends most of the year in shorts, T-shirts and swimsuits, thanks to Arizona’s heat, now feels good in her body.

“From season to season, I used to keep all of my bigger clothes because I always thought I would need them,” she says. “Now it feels good to just be able to maintain the same size season after season, year after year.”


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Reporter’s Notebook: I Went Naked to a Museum, and It Was … Revealing

In association with a French nudist association, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris held a special tour of exhibits for nude visitors only.
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Adrienne Houghton Reveals Why She Thinks Fifth Harmony Went on Hiatus

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Where it all went wrong for Seahawks’ legendary defense

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Nonfiction: She Didn’t Own a Birth Certificate or Go to School. Yet She Went On to Earn a Ph.D.

In her memoir, “Educated,” Tara Westover recounts her extraordinary journey from her survivalist family in Idaho to the lecture halls of the Ivy League.
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How John Boyega Went From ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper to Sci-Fi Producer

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How Josh McDaniels went from Patriots to Colts and back again

While Colts GM Chris Ballard believed Josh McDaniels was set to become his head coach, the Patriots rallied late behind the Krafts and Bill Belichick.
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What’s the Future of Men’s Fashion? I Went to Italy to Find Out

At Pitti Uomo, the world’s largest clothing trade show, buyers and brands from around the world dictate what clothes you’ll find in store next year. WSJ’s men’s fashion columnist got a preview.
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The day Johnny Cash went to prison

Fifty years ago, Johnny Cash walked through the gates of Folsom Prison. Not because he’d shot a man, but because others might have.
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Taylor Swift’s bodyguard: ‘His hand went under her skirt’

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Kim Kardashian Returns to the House Where All Your Favorite Keeping Up Moments Went Down: ‘This Is So Nostalgic’

Kim Kardashian toured some serious Beverly Hills real estate on Wednesday, but she’s not house shopping.

“Can anyone guess where I’m at? You guys, this is so nostalgic,” the reality star says in a video posted to Snapchat, showing the Mediterranean-style facade of a very familiar home.

Longtime Keeping Up With the Kardashians viewers should recognize the comparatively modest Beverly Hills mansion. “My old house! Do you remember this?” Kardashian, 36, says, giving her followers a full tour of the property, which she found with the help of Million Dollar Listings’ Josh Altman.

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It seems whoever purchased the home was a KUWTK fan, too. Kardashian points out that all of her furnishings, which were included in the sale, are still perfectly undisturbed, down to her personal logo on the mirrors in her glam room. “They kept all my old furniture, every last piece of mine. Everything is exactly the same,” she says.

Kardashian also takes fans down memory lane with a tour making stops at each location in the house where a memorable TV moment went down.

“Do you remember the episode where Rob was sitting right here eating all the food?” she points out a spot at her kitchen island, which is of course right next to the double fridge where she and mom Kris Jenner got in a cupcake food fight at her welcoming party.

Heading upstairs she pauses at the site of a significant purging. “Do you guys remember cleaning out all of my shoes and they all ended up here?” she notes, pausing for a glam shot in the “same mirror.”

Things get a little weird in the master bedroom, where Kardashian notes, “This is my same exact bedding, you guys, and my home phones.” Unfazed, the beauty maven moves on to the master bath where she says she once dropped sister Kourtney’s son Mason — “it was no big deal, I caught him,” she notes — and, according to sister and co-tour guide Khloe, 33, she “had a bad reaction to botox.”

Before heading out she adds, “That shower . . . Don’t even want to tell you what’s gone on.”

“ glam room was everything to me,” she says. “This is where I would glam every single day. . . This is legendary.”

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Back out front, she recalls two less pleasant memories. “You guys, this is where they TP-ed my house. Do you remember?” Cutting to her grassy driveway she adds, “This floor and heels never went together,” before saying “Bye to my gorgeous old house, where . . . a lot of my Keeping Up memories with my sisters were made.”

Pulling away with Khloe she pulls out one last fun fact: “This house next door was the house I grew up in with my mom and Bruce. Fun Keeping Up fact.”

Kardashian and husband Kanye West, 40, lived with Kris Jenner in Calabasas after their daughter North, 4, was born and moved into a Bel Air home they’d been renovating for three years after the birth of their son, Saint, 1. The first purchased the $ 11 million home in 2013.


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30m people went to a live gig last year

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How JAY-Z’s new album went ‘instant’ platinum

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How Alonso went from a guy to THE guy for A's

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Nonfiction: How the Dark Web’s Dread Pirate Roberts Went Down

In Nick Bilton’s “American Kingpin,” the former boy scout who started the Silk Road is brought down by federal agents in a dizzying manhunt.
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Paris Hilton Went Brunette, And We Don’t Even Know What To Think

When Paris Hilton isn’t blonde, it feels like our “Simple Life” has been turned upside down. 

The 36-year-old reality star debuted her new brunette locks a few days ago in an Instagram that left her fans reeling. It’s unclear if she dyed her hair, or if Hilton is fooling all of us with a very convincing wig. 

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Hilton’s followers mostly reacted positively to her new hair. 

“You look amazing as a brunette. I am glad you decided to try the dark side,” one commenter wrote. Another added, “I love the brunette on you!!!” 

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When Paris first got a glance of herself in the mirror, we predict she said something along the lines of: 

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The Duchess of Cambridge Went Full Jackie O For Easter

The British royal family celebrated Easter together on Sunday, but if we didn’t know any better we might think the Duchess of Cambridge was dressed as a first lady for Halloween.

The media phenomenon formerly known as Kate Middleton gave us major Jackie Kennedy vibes in a cream dress coat, pillbox hat and matching pumps.

The sweet hat, which she wore over a rare updo, was adorably adorned with a bow in the back. 

Seriously, the similarities are pretty uncanny. 

Swoon. Check out the rest of the family below. 

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Jared Kushner Went To Iraq And Couldn’t Have Looked More Out Of Place

Jared Kushner is something of a Renaissance man ― he’s President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, chief negotiator, infrastructure guy, opioid crisis point-man, and now, apparently, Middle East policy specialist.

During a brief jaunt to Iraq earlier this week, photographers snapped Kushner checking in on the government happenings: flak jacket, blazer, khakis and all.

And Twitter had a LOT to say about the flak jacket/blazer combo:

It’s unclear why Trump thought Kushner was the best person to handle this particular job, seeing as he has zero foreign policy experience, but no matter!

Because Kushner is a key foreign policy adviser and the point-person in charge of helping to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace, we have these quirky photos for the internet to make fun commentary about!

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Howard Stern’s ‘Private Parts’ at 20: How it Went From a Raunchy Memoir to a Crossover Hit

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Vanderpump Rules’ Scheana Marie Shay Reveals What Went Wrong in Her Marriage to Mike Shay

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The Kardashians Canceled Their Christmas Card, But Went Full Speed Ahead With The Festivities

If you’ve been patiently waiting for the annual Kardashian Christmas card, it’s just not happening this year. Christmas has officially come and gone without the first family of reality TV releasing a traditional holiday photo. 

Of course, since Kim Kardashian is still adjusting after she was robbed in Paris this past October, and Kanye West was only recently released from hospital ― not to mention all the drama between Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna ― we can’t say we’re surprised the family skipped what was really just another excuse for yet another elaborate photoshoot. 

Still, this isn’t the first year, the family has skipped the sending out the card. Following their most over-the-top Christmas card ever, shot by David LaChapelle in 2013, Kim told Glamour UK that they “ran out of time” in 2014. 

So while a card isn’t in the cards this year, that doesn’t mean the Kardashians didn’t keep up with their other holiday traditions.

On Saturday night, the family gathered together for matriarch Kris Jenner’s annual Christmas Eve party, where guests wore their sparkliest attire and were treated to performances by John Legend and Babyface, according to The Daily Mail. 

Though Kim has yet to make a real return to social media herself, she was spotted enjoying herself in her sisters’ Khloe and Kylie’s Snapchat stories. 

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Avaya: How an $8 Billion Tech Buyout Went Wrong

Avaya, a telephony company bought by private-equity firms TPG and Silver Lake in 2007 for about $ 8 billion, is weighing a chapter 11 bankruptcy filing to slash its $ 6 billion debt load.
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I Went to My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Room.

I barely listen to classical music, so how did a live string quartet end up in my apartment on a Saturday night?
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How One Widow Went From Mourning The Passing Of Her Husband To Being A Successful Sex Instructor

“In a nutshell, we do it all! I employ 60 fetish masters so it isn’t hard to find someone for a session. Just like that” says Leona snapping her finger, “The session is paid for and scheduled!” This is Leona, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, and she runs an adult fetish service in which very few things are not on the menu.

Leona says that her online fetish menu was specifically designed to expand the sex lives of people in stale relationships, something she knows little about as there wasn’t anything neither she nor her husband wanted to try, that they DIDN’T try. “When we first met it was seriously the hottest sex I had ever had! The bathroom, the car, in a reception hall BEFORE guests were seated. YES I said a reception hall! We were running late to my cousins wedding and we thought, why sit in the church during the ceremony when we could be the first to the reception! We crept into the venue WHILE the ceremony was going on around the corner one street over and christened it as only the 2 of us could!” Leona describes her married sex life as something they both looked forward to at least 7 times a week.

“He was the love of my life and when he passed, I was devastated. It took some time for me to come around because although our life together wasn’t built around sex, sex was a huge part of it!”
Leona says that a year into mourning was when she came up with the idea to help people in relationships in which the one thing that was missing was an uninhibited sex life. “That’s where I come in OR I send one of my associates in for a session. We specialize, across the board, in pretty much everything. BUT” says Leona, “I draw the line at ANYTHING having to do with children or animals! Anyone comes to me with THAT type of a fantasy or fetish and I REPORT THEM! But let’s say your partner wants to try anal, double penetration maybe bringing in a third party into bed with the two of you, all these things can be scary to someone if the wrong people are brought in. We on the other hand are the right people to incorporate into your sex lives because we teach you how to do it right!” She emphasizes that she isn’t running a brothel and that “you can’t hire us to come out and have sex with you, we’re hired to teach you how to try new things safely.”

Leona says that nine times out of ten, when your partner comes home and wants to try something new, the other person in the relationship automatically wonders WHERE they got this new idea, “Aren’t you turned on anymore?” seems to be THE most common question. “You know, men talk with their friends and we women talk with ours. It’s not that either isn’t happy in the relationship, but it’s like if every week you have spaghetti on Wednesday and grilled fish on Thursday…you know what you’re getting and how it’s going to taste right? But what if you didn’t have that every week, you’d look forward to it that much more when you did have it!”
She goes on to say that so long as 2 consenting adults agree on trying something new, that’s the first step to spicing up their sex life. And, she’s one click away. Literally scheduled for sessions online, one can click on Leona to service your fetish privately in the locale of your choice.

“First of all, you have to be 18 years old or older to navigate my site. Once you’re in, you’re invited to peruse the menu and make your selections. Let’s say you and your significant other want to try anal, you click on that fetish, then click on the instructor of your choice, male or female then you schedule your session on our calendar and finally pay our fee and wala! You’re done!”

Leona says that believe it or not, not everyone knows what they’re doing when trying a new fetish and that’s the reason why they shy away from trying something new. “It should never be about your partner wanting to beat you up in order to get off! It has to be enjoyable for everyone involved!” Leona says that one of the most popular requests is for women to turn the tables on their partners who enjoy marital rape. “Listen, rape is rape! Just because you’re married doesn’t make it your own personal sex buffet. Unless, that’s something you two agree upon. But you should NEVER agree to something because you’re afraid of losing your partner. Sex should be something you look forward to, you shouldn’t be afraid of it!”

Leona says that she only employs sexually open minded people who work with her service on a full time basis. “My fetish masters are just that, masterfully skilled sex operatives who know EXACTLY how a fetish should be enjoyed. There are some fetishes that sincerely need to be spaced out before enjoying too often. Every orifice we have isn’t meant for penetration and once it’s been enjoyed, it may need at least 21 days or so before it can be penetrated again.”

I wonder if Leona is in a relationship and her answer is no. She says that her husband was the love of her life and she doubts she’ll ever meet anyone like him again and she’s ok with that. She also says that she enjoys the sessions she’s incorporated into because it gives her the opportunity to impart a little wisdom upon her employers. “Never take each other for granted and be open to new things. So long as no one is in danger and the main objective is to have a great time sexually? Do it, enjoy it! You only have one life to live!”
I couldn’t have said it better myself Leona! Bravo!

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Jon Stewart Finally Went Long About The Election And Donald Trump

How do you stay positive during a Trump presidency? In the words of Jon Stewart, “F**king buckle your seatbelt and get ready.”

The former “Daily Show” host shared these thoughts and more at a TimesTalks conversation that featured Stewart and journalist Chris Smith, author of the new book, The Daily Show: An Oral History

“It is odd to be in a position of knowing that the leader of the free world tweeted that you were a pussy at 1:30 in the morning,” Stewart said while discussing the president-elect.  

Stewart echoed thoughts he shared on a recent episode of “CBS This Morning,” that the divisions in the U.S. go beyond party lines.

“Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist,” he said at one point. “I don’t give a fuck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly.”

He brought up a conversation with another person who argued that “by saying that [Trump supporters] are not all racists, they are giving tacit support to a man of racist language.” Stewart then pointed out that many of Americans are complicit in exploitative and damaging systems, asking the person to pull out his iPhone.

“I was like, ‘Guess how those are made, guess who makes them?’” Stewart said. “’Oh yeah, but that’s … ‘ What, what is it? It’s not different, we all do that. All of our shit stinks and getting beyond that takes incredible work.”

He didn’t let Trump off easy either, remarking that, as portrayed by Trump’s campaign, Hillary Clinton “was an unqualified Secretary of State because the way she handled classified material. His selection for Secretary of State will be David Petraeus, who pled guilty to mishandling classified material. He said she was unqualified because she gave a speech to Goldman Sachs. His Secretary of the Treasury is somebody from Goldman Sachs. We’re in post-accountability.”

“Let’s look out for the losers,” Stewart said. “Having somebody you agree with have greater control over the levers of power might be a comfort, but it’s not a solution. Unfortunately, I think our expectation now is, ‘Oh, great, one of our team is in charge. I don’t have to think about this anymore.’ And I think it’s never actually been the case.” 

During the talk, Stewart had much more to say about the election, Donald Trump, Barack Obama and the media. For posterity, HuffPost transcribed a few of his best remarks.

The quotes have been occasionally condensed for clarity. It should also be noted that Stewart often characteristically undercut his points with jokes about masturbation and dildos to lessen the self-seriousness.

In a long, poignant response, Stewart explained he believes the length of the presidential campaign is largely to blame for our divided country.

How long is the campaign? A year and a half? I assume [television media is] talking right now about whose running in 2020. They don’t give a flying fuck about governance, they care about campaigns and that’s where the fun is for them. That’s devastating. And not only is it devastating news-wise, it’s devastating to all of us.

Because if a campaign is too long, the fault lines between different tribes in our societies solidify. A campaign is 18 months long and you’ve got to choose a side for 18 months and then a disagreement becomes an argument and an argument becomes a fight and a fight becomes a feud and a feud becomes a war.

And those lines harden to the point where you can’t get past that … Because what you become is just teams. And the campaigns are just too long. Have you ever been in a parking lot after, like, a Giants game and it’s between a guy in a Giants jersey and a guy in, like, a Cowboys jersey? They will fight. They will punch each other. What is that fight? Like, “Hey! Your shirt, it’s got a star on it. It’s supposed to have an NY. I’m going to have to punch you in the face.” There’s no reason for that, other than basic human primitive nature, and if we turn our discourse into that, then that’s what it will become.

Stewart wanted to stress that satire doesn’t change government — political activism will.

We [at “The Daily Show,” speaking facetiously] were the destroyers of men. And creators of empires. I think that generally is satire’s role and has always been. The rise and fall of civilization at our whim.

[If Stewart still had his show] I would have probably allowed Hillary to come a little closer in the Rust Belt, but I still think I would have given Michigan to Trump. I had a little something going on where i was going to give Gore Florida. There was a bit we had planned that was going to hand Florida to Gore.

I think of one of the lessons of this book and what we’re talking about is to put satire and culture in its proper place. That controlling a culture is not the same as power. And that while we were all passing around really remarkably eviscerating videos of the Tea Party ― that we had all made great fun of ― [they were] sitting off a highway at a Friendly’s taking over a local school board.

And the lesson there is, as much as I love what we did and I liked it, there is a self-satisfaction there that is unwarranted, unearned and not useful. 

He expanded on his thoughts about one side’s demonization of the other.

You’ll read about it in the book, I had a really hard time getting over my defensiveness and blind spots about sexism and racism and diversity and all those things. Not because I think I’m an ignorant, racist, sexist person ― I just think I’m a person. And I’m a fucking idiot sometimes.

This has to stop. This idea that we’re all … that our team is perfect and the other team is demons. And this is not like a Kumbaya, let’s all get along.

Let’s fucking fight, but let’s fight with precision and integrity, and not with just demonization.

And I’ll say this, I know a lot of first responders. I spent a lot of time in that community. A shitload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the fuck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, “OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.” I get mad about this stuff.

He pointed out that Obama wasn’t a perfect president.

There are more people in this country that voted for the thing that you like than the thing that you’re afraid of, but the thing that you’re afraid of is not a monolith anymore than the thing that you like is a miracle cure. It’s not a panacea. And Obama has been in office for eight years and I don’t know about you, but it seems like there’s still shit to do.

And there’s a lot of shit that I didn’t agree with. I thought they were terrible for press freedom. I still am not quite sure I understand a centralized policy of spying and droning. Like, I don’t know.

There will be real victims of the policies over the next four years, but there were real victims, like Barack Obama’s administration deported more people than any in history. That was real and whether we took comfort in the fact that he was one of the good guys that did that, real people paid a price for that. And you have to care about that, even if it’s one of your guys that did that.  

Here’s his response after a member of the audience asked how Stewart would remain optimistic during Trump’s term. 

Let me ask you this ― so eight years ago all branches of government were controlled by the Democrats ― were you [optimistic] then? [Audience member says yes.] Was it perfect? [Audience member says, “Nothing is ever perfect.”] So, on the flip side of that is anything ever ― what you need to do in this situation is rally the troops for those most vulnerable.

In this time that’s difficult, the way you get [optimistic] is, I think, sort of in the way when I was in the show and I was not feeling it. You’ve worked any place for 16 years, some days you come in and you just don’t have it and you suck. And you hope that other people will pick you up. I was very fortunate, at the show, that we had really great people and when I didn’t have it, they did. 

But there will be real ramification to this election. [Find] who are the vulnerable people, where are the vulnerable societies. And not in tweets, in practice. In reality.

If [Trump] tries to deport dreamers, then that’s where everyone has to go, to protect them. If he tries to make a Muslim Registry, then everyone has to go there and help them. You have to find the people that are going be most in jeopardy, I think, and put your attentions on them because now it’s about reality.

But the only thing I would tell everybody to hearten is we’re still the same country. Obama didn’t change and fix everything and Trump can’t ruin everything. If we’re that vulnerable to one guy, that guy — that’s how we’re going out? This incredible experiment in liberty and democracy that we fought and died for is going to go out ― with that guy.

That can’t be how this story ends.

 …

Maybe I’m naive or idiotic, but I feel like ― when has this been easy?

Fucking buckle your seat belt and get ready.

… 

[Responding to another audience member with a similar response]

I’m optimistic because, I cant believe how much better this country is than it was when it started. It’s always up and back.

And you [the audience member] said something interesting, you said we’re all going to go back to our liberal bubble. I’m like, yeah, that’s a shame.

Because it does create this idea that, in the same way that I hated ― Sarah Palin used to do this all the time ― “Out here in real America.” There’s no real America. It’s just, it is what it is. Generally people are just trying to get to work.

And I think the key for us is to be like, who needs a ride?

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Where Keynes Went Wrong: And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts

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In responding to the financial crash of 2008, both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration have relied on prescriptions developed by John Maynard Keynes, the most important economist since Marx. But should we be relying on Keynes? What did Keynes actually say? Did he make his case? Hunter Lewis concludes that he did not. If Keynes was wrong then so are the economic policies of virtually all world governments today.
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In responding to the financial crash of 2008, both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration have relied on prescriptions developed by John Maynard Keynes, the most important economist since Marx. But should we be relying on Keynes? What did Keynes actually say? Did he make his case? Hunter Lewis concludes that he did not. If Keynes was wrong then so are the economic policies of virtually all world governments today. Now with linked endnotes and index.
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The Cat Who Went up the Creek (Om) By Lilian Jackson Braun (Paperback)

The Cat Who Went up the Creek (Om) By Lilian Jackson Braun (Paperback)


Overview Jim Qwilleran is enjoying his stay at the Nutcracker Inn in Black Creek. His two Siamese, Koko and Yum Yum, don’t seem quite as pleased with the accommodations? though Koko does enjoy keeping a keen eye on the squirrels and other local wildlife. Then, while Koko’s eagerly watching some jumping trout, he spots something else: a body, floating downstream. When it’s revealed that the victim was a guest at the inn?and had nuggets of gold hidden in his shoes?Qwill dives into the case. And if he and the cats don’t solve it soon, they’re going to be up the creek without a paddle? Product details Isbn-13: 9780515134384, 978-0515134384 Author: Lilian Jackson Braun Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc Publication date: 2003-02-27 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all UK orders, and competitively priced international delivery. #HappyReading

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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

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Meet The Lovable Couple Who Got Married And Went Viral On The Same Day

A day before their wedding, an emotional video of Kristie Scherrer and Tavis Doucette aging 70 years in six minutes (thanks to makeup and prosthetics) hit the Internet. The collaboration between YouTube channels Cut Video and Field Day quickly became a viral sensation with more than 14 million views.

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“We realized it was released when we were on our way to our rehearsal,” Scherrer told The Huffington Post. “When we got to the dinner, we told a few of our friends who knew about it that it released and they all admitted that they had seen it. By then the local news had even picked it up. At the wedding everyone had seen it but us. We really wanted to watch it together and there was no time the day of the wedding.”

So 12 hours after their big day, the newlyweds watched the video for the first time at a screening with family and friends. A crew from Field Day was there to capture their tender reactions.

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“Like [Kristie] said in the film, we couldn’t be more sure of the person that we’re with,” a misty-eyed Doucette says after viewing the finished product.

Although you don’t get to see or hear much from the couple’s family in the reaction video, Scherrer told HuffPost that their entire family was “deeply moved” by it.

“We don’t live anywhere close to our family and never have as a couple, so I think it showed them a more intimate side of our relationship than they are used to seeing when we visit,” she said. “They laughed and cried and were really proud of us.”

The adorable couple first met at a cafe on their second day of school at Wagner College back in 2006. They were introduced by a mutual friend and stayed close friends until their senior year, when their friendship blossomed into something more serious.

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The couple moved from New York City to Los Angeles last year. Scherrer is an account executive at a marketing firm and Doucette is an actor.

“Which means I am a very experienced bar tender,” he joked.

Doucette and Scherrer said that neither of them anticipated the massive and overwhelmingly positive reception to the original video, but feel honored to have been part of the experience.

“Tavis asked if I cared if he submitted us for it and I said sure,” she said. “We went to the audition during my lunch hour and I really didn’t think anything of it. Then we got cast and started to learn more about the project and who was behind it. The director told us we could ‘expect some people to see it.’ But this kind of reaction, the responses and messages we have received, it’s been incredible.”

Watch their reaction video above. To see more photos from the couple’s wedding and from throughout their relationship, check out the slideshow below.

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Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 50 Years Since Bob Dylan Went Electric

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — This year’s Newport Folk Festival plans to pay tribute to the moment when Bob Dylan made rock history by going electric 50 years ago.

The festival, noted for introducing performers who later became big stars, will have a secret lineup of musicians billed as ’65 Revisited. Festival producer Jay Sweet said on Tuesday that nearly a dozen contemporary musicians are included in an “all-star lineup,” but the audience won’t know who they are until they take the stage to close the festival with a “massive” set celebrating Dylan’s 1965 performance.

Dylan first appeared at Newport as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963. His three-song electric set two years later — including “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Maggie’s Farm” — is widely viewed as one of the most pivotal moments in rock ‘n’ roll history. It marked Dylan’s break with the folk movement and spurred others to go electric as well.

The Fender Stratocaster guitar Dylan played in the performance sold at auction in 2013 for nearly $ 1 million, the highest price paid for a guitar at auction.

Dylan is not playing at this year’s festival, although Sweet said he’s invited to play every year. If there’s any year Dylan wouldn’t come, it’s Sweet’s guess it would probably be this one.

“Having him back would be the least Newport way to celebrate it,” he said.

Dylan last played Newport in 2002.

“Trying to recreate that moment is a fool’s errand,” Sweet said. “We’re about the future, not about reliving the past.”

But Sweet said without that moment, when Dylan struck out a new path for music, the Newport Folk Festival probably would not be celebrating its 56th anniversary this year.

“Every once in a while, you have to acknowledge, that allowed us to be here,” he said.

The festival runs July 24-26. Tickets are sold out for the last two days, but a few are available for the first day. Other headliners include Roger Waters and The Decemberists.

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When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II

When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II


When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescueThe Great Gatsbyfrom obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author ofA Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon.When Books Went to Waris an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.
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Universal Orlando went by the book when creating live shows for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

When it came to creating authentic live entertainment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the folks at Universal Orlando Entertainment really went by the book.

“Which book?,” you ask. “Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret.” A single sentence from that 1998 J.K. Rowling novel, to be exact. Where — as The Boy Who Lived was exploring “The Burrow” (i.e., the Weasley family home) — Harry noticed that …

… the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was “Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.”

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And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project. Which was how to naturalistically add a live entertainment element to this ambitious expansion of Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World.

“Whenever we’re developing new lands for our theme parks, we always look for ways to turn streets into stages. Give our guests the chance to come around a corner and suddenly stumble upon this seemingly spontaneous moment of entertainment,” Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort, explained during a recent interview. “That’s why Jake and Elwood regularly roll through Universal Studios Florida in their Bluesmobile. So that the Blues Brothers can then be seen presenting a live street show out on our New York backlot. Or why the Whos carol around Seuss Landing whenever we’re celebrating Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.”

But when it came to Diagon Alley, Aiello and the Universal Entertainment team were presented with a unique challenge. Given that this expansion of The Wizarding World was supposed to authentically recreate what had previously been seen in the Harry Potter films and described in J.K. Rowling’s fiction, they were now dealing with a full-scale environment that was going to be so rich & hyper-detailed that it could potentially upstage any attempts at live entertainment.

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“But once we came across that line in ‘Chamber of Secrets’ which revealed that Molly Weasley was a Celestina Warbeck fan, that was our get-out-of-jail-free card. Here was a character that J.K. herself had dreamed up, this famous singing sorceress. And wouldn’t it make sense that — at some point in her fabled career — that Celestina would drop by Diagon Alley, the place where all of the witches & wizards of London went to do their shopping?,” Aiello continued. “So we took this idea to J.K. And she was so supportive of this idea that she actually provided us with the titles of several songs that Celestina could possibly perform while she was doing a live remote from Diagon Alley for the Wizarding Wireless Network.”

Mind you, once Rowling had provided Aiello and the team with titles like “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and “Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here,” it was then up to Universal Entertainment to turn these Potter-centric concepts into musical numbers that singers could actually perform. Which is why they then turned to Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, the talented team behind Broadway’s “First Date.”

“And from the moment we told Michael and Alan that J.K. saw Celestina as this Shirley Bassey-like performer who worked with three back-up singers, they immediately knew what to do with the songs for this character,” Patrick Braillard, Diagon Alley’s show director, recalled. “They wrote us these great jazz-fusion numbers that only a true diva like Lena Horne or Bette Midler could pull off. Which is why — when people are wandering around Diagon Alley and then happen upon Celestina performing with her Banshees — they’re completely blown away. This show just knocks their socks off.”

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Of course, if you’re looking to wow an audience with a seemingly impromptu live show, you first need a proper stage for your performers to appear on. Which is why — as Universal Creative was initially designing Diagon Alley — they deliberately created a corner in Carkitt Market where Celestina and her Banshees could then make a dramatic entrance by coming down this long staircase.

“That space really serves this Wizarding Wireless Network broadcast well. Which is kind of ironic, given that Celestina and her Banshees wasn’t actually the first live show that Universal Entertainment wrote for Diagon Alley,” Aiello said. “We had this concept that we’d originally pitched for Hogsmeade. One where we wanted to establish this troupe of tale tellers who would wander about The Wizarding World and tell Universal Orlando visitors about The Boy Who Lived. But since there were no characters like this in either the Potter books or movies, it just didn’t seem authentic to go ahead with this particular entertainment idea – which is why this creative concept kind of fell off the table for Hogsmeade.”

Ah, but all that changed in 2007 with the publication of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” For in the foreword of this collection of Wizarding World fairytales, J.K. revealed that there was a Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.

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“And once we came across that reference in ‘Beedle the Bard,’ we were like ‘A-ha! Let’s latch onto that. Let’s figure out how we can expand upon this idea and then somehow make it work for Diagon Alley,’ ” Michael continued. “And in the end, what we decided to do was invent this traveling troupe of players who had trained at the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts who now do street theater. And to then connect this new piece of Diagon Alley entertainment with the book that had inspired it, we decided to have these traveling players perform selected stories from ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard.’ Which is kind of The Wizarding World’s version of Grimm’s Fairytales or Aesop’s Fables.”

What made this particular entertainment concept somewhat hard to pull off was that most Universal Orlando visitors only knew ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Which had featured a stylized animated version of one of this book’s stories, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”

“And since — whenever possible — we want to create some sort of visual continuity between the Harry Potter films and our theme park version of The Wizarding World, we decided to have those visiting members of the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts present a troubadour version of ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ using puppets that looked just like the animated characters had in Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” Aiello explained. “Thankfully, Michael Currey Design was up to the specific design challenges of this project. They created these terrific-looking, lightweight, hand sculpted puppets that the performers could just pull out of a trunk and then manipulate right there in front of the audience.”

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And to insure that this group of traveling players would have then a selection of tales to tell whenever they next appeared in Diagon Alley, Universal Entertainment decided to turn another story from “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” into a piece of street theater. And this performance piece — “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” — also features some beautifully-detailed, Michael Curry-designed puppets.

“This is what we’ve tried to do with the entire Wizarding World project. Find these kernels of content that J.K. has written that we can then expand in full-sized pieces of entertainment that are just as rich and vivid as the fiction she created,” Aiello concluded. “That — in a nutshell — is what I think the Universal difference is. That — when we work with other people’s intellectual property — we’re just as passionate, enthusiastic & dedicated to these characters and their stories as the original creators are. Universal Orlando always strives to put these IPs we’ve been entrusted with in the best possible light.”

And speaking of dedication: Tomorrow, the most dedicated Wizarding World fans in the world will be descending on Universal Orlando for the 2nd annual “Celebration of Harry Potter.” Hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros., this three day-long event will feature Q&A sessions with Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) and other stars of the Harry Potter films. Not to mention a live duelling demonstration led by the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Plus the “Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, which features interactive exhibits from Warner Bros., Pottermore, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, where Universal Orlando guests will then have the opportunity to try on the Sorting Hat.

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But given that this will be the first time that many Harry Potter fans will have the chance to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (which officially opened to the public back on July 8, 2014), just be aware that there will probably be record crowds in Carkitt Market all weekend long. As these J.K. Rowling fans check out the live stage shows that Universal Entertainment built around Celestina Warbeck & her Banshees and the Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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Theater Review: SMOKE

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Of course I was a voyeur in the audience in the snug surroundings at the Flea Theater which can make one feel that they might as well be onstage with the characters. That being said, I was Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered by “SMOKE,” written by Kim Davies and directed by Tom Costello.

I was Bewitched by the subject matter: the sexual escapades of two people, each looking to fulfill their psychosexual desires through the other, each hoping the other will be the first to “go for it.” Like two battling avatars, they game it out. While watching, I felt that the characters were watching themselves, plotting their moves, pitching to win something they were both struggling hard with. Davies and Costello successfully bring us into this world while giving us a peep at the rumpled and neurotic world of an artist we never meet, the man with whom these two characters are deeply connected, and it almost seems are playing out their sexual manias for on some covert level they are both unaware of.

I was Bothered by Adelind Horan’s portrayal of Julie, the 20-year old college student full of all sorts of sporting strategies. The character was believable, but unfortunately I did not believe the actress, whom I felt was too self-conscious; resolutely letting us know that she was about to do something or say something contrary to the innocent girl she wanted to pretend to be. Right off the bat there was no question she was up to something, and in fact just being there was enough of a message, no need to pretend. Might it have been better if the set-up suggested something more accidental than what was presented? No need to put on the slot machine crazy eyes to let us know that the character is off kilter.

Her counterpart John, played by Ivan Dolido, was right on target like a spring in a stapler, successfully keeping the tension just taught enough for each moment to snap out another interesting nuance. He was steady; easy to watch and listen to.

As for Bewildered, I am not so much by the play, but more by the times in which we live…the language of psychosexual games is so much more elaborate than it has ever been.
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