Al Franken Faces Donald Trump and the Next Four Years

Donald Trump never laughs,” Al Franken said.  This was the senator’s first observation to me on a recent afternoon. It was exactly three weeks from the day the punch line became the president-elect. And Trump’s mysterious absence of laughter had never occurred to me before, even though I’d spoken to him a fair amount and he has lived pretty much nonstop in our faces for 18 months, no end in sight.

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Disney’s Moana tells an emotional, funny story worthy of its luminous heroine

Whether or not Moana (pronounced Moe-AH-na) is the movie we need right now I can’t say definitively, but I think it was the movie I needed. And I suspect I won’t be alone in that feeling.

A tale of a courageous young woman who learns to lead from her ancestors and takes on a lava monster, Moana has a lot things going for it. Its sunny island setting lends itself to magical realism to great effect, similar to this year’s outstanding Kubo and the Two Strings. The film’s imagination runs rampant, and the results are funny and unpredictable. It has a great heroine. It calls for young people to embrace their family and community while also being brave and authentic. And the songs are mostly written by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and whew are they catchy.

All these factors taken together and topped off with a great voice cast means Moana punches way above the weight class typically assigned to children’s movies with a fairly boilerplate plot about figuring out who you truly are. It’s delightful.

Source :http://www.vox.com/culture/2016/11/22/13713820/moana-review-disney-dwayne-johnson-lin-manuel-miranda

A Reminder That Donald Trump Once Thought It Was Funny To Give Poor Students A Fake $1 Million Bill

Donald Trump reportedly once duped poor kids at a New York City school with a fake $1 million bill and then offered to take a few students shopping for sneakers.

In 1997, Trump participated in a principal-for-a-day program at P.S. 70 in the Bronx. The school had a 97 percent poverty rate at the time, David MacEnulty, the former chess coach at the school, wrote Thursday in a Medium post.

Trump stopped by a bake sale the chess team was hosting to raise money to go to a tournament, The Washington Post and The New York Times first reported. As a joke, he handed a fake $1 million bill to the parents running it.

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Elon Musk confirms ‘Tesla Model 3 part 2’ is today’s mysterious ‘product unveil’

Last week, he described the upcoming event as “unexpected by most” which completely made us disregard the possibility of it being about the “Model 3 part 2” since it is an expected event.

Update: Tesla made the announcement: Tesla announces all production cars now have fully self-driving hardware – hardly a full-fledged “Model 3 part 2” but still a major announcement.

Alright. I am officially confused. Tesla CEO Elon Musk just confirmed via Twitter that today’s mysterious ‘Tesla product unveil’ announcement is what he was previously referring to as ‘Tesla Model 3 part 2’:

@elonmusk This is also what I was alluding to by Model 3 part 2

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 19, 2016

Last week, he described the upcoming event as “unexpected by most” which completely made us disregard the possibility of it being about the “Model 3 part 2” since it is an expected event.

But apparently, that’s what Tesla is preparing to unveil today. Some of you didn’t like my use of a cloaked Model 3 as a featured image in my last post, but it looks more appropriate than ever now.

We also now have a much better idea of what the event will be about. Musk already confirmed that the Model 3’s interior and the lack of an instrument cluster will make more sense after the ‘part 2’ of the unveiling.

The ‘Tesla Glass‘, which is expected to be a heads-up display system, now sounds like a more likely possibility. It would certainly be an explanation to the lack of an instrument cluster in the early prototypes unveiled in March:

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‘Blacks are in charge of town’: Popular Bavarian ski resort begs authorities for help

Meierhofer made it plain that she is increasingly worried about “public order and security,” while most of the Garmisch residents believe migrants are responsible for most sexual assaults and petty crime in the area.

Meierhofer made it plain that she is increasingly worried about “public order and security,” while most of the Garmisch residents believe migrants are responsible for most sexual assaults and petty crime in the area.

Bans on migrants entering certain places like the town’s spa park have been imposed in the past few weeks, but “massive problems” are still there, she went on, saying “this is not to be ignored or tolerated.”

In the meantime, police say migrants brawl in the streets and vandalize public property, echoing the mayor’s words.

Thomas Holzer, deputy police chief, told Merkur that migrants are almost “in charge” of the town, adding that officers have responded to more incidents in the past six weeks in and around the Abrams center than in the past 12 months altogether.

“There are brawls, fights and property damage. The blacks occupy the best Wi-Fi spots and choose who sleeps in what room. The situation is a problem for us and causes some concern. In September, we recorded a quarter of our annual operations,” he said.

Repeat offenders have reportedly been moved from the center to other facilities in the area, but the measure did not prove efficient.

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The Founding Of The First Space Nation Today Doesn’t Really Mean Anything

I woke up this morning at 4, to listen in on the founding of an ‘independent space nation.’ I had to wonder if I was still dreaming as I sat in my dark living room, listening to scientist Igor Ashurbeyli explain in Russian how the plan would work, while his English translator muttered simultaneously, resulting in audio so garbled that large portions of the livestream were completely incomprehensible.

Asgardia might become a legit state, but don’t count on it

I woke up this morning at 4, to listen in on the founding of an ‘independent space nation.’ I had to wonder if I was still dreaming as I sat in my dark living room, listening to scientist Igor Ashurbeyli explain in Russian how the plan would work, while his English translator muttered simultaneously, resulting in audio so garbled that large portions of the livestream were completely incomprehensible.

Details are pretty scarce on what the actual plan is, except that whatever it is, it will be named Asgardia, after Norse mythology’s city in the sky, Asgard.

Ashurbeyli is chairman of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee, and founder of the Aerospace International Research Center (AIRC), which has invented Asgardia, the ‘first new space nation’ and ‘future member of the United Nations.’ But as of yet, the group appears to have no concrete plans to send anyone to space. It may try to launch a satellite in 2017 or 2018, but what that satellite’s function is, or how it’s getting to space, are equally nebulous.

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‘Blacks are in charge of town’: Popular Bavarian ski resort begs authorities for help

The mayor of the popular Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has penned a letter to the regional government begging them to tackle the “massive problems” posed by crime rates among refugees, while police say “blacks are in charge of the town.”

The mayor of the popular Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has penned a letter to the regional government begging them to tackle the “massive problems” posed by crime rates among refugees, while police say “blacks are in charge of the town.”

The letter, part warning to regional authorities, part cry for help, has been sent by Garmisch-Partenkirchen Mayor Sigrid Meierhofer to the Vice President of Upper Bavaria’s government Maria Els on Sunday, according to Merkur newspaper which saw the document.

“There has been an increasingly deteriorating situation over the past weeks around the refugee registration center Abrams,” Meierhofer wrote.

The mayor then argued that the very future of her city could be in disarray because of the 250 migrants now living in the Abrams center. 150 of its residents are Africans, and unaccompanied young men make up 80 percent of them, while in previous years the facility mostly accommodated Syrian families.

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