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    China strategic bomber gala possible H-20 silhouette

    • Chinese media reported on Monday that Beijing would unveil its H-20 nuclear stealth bomber next year during the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
    • But the reports have not been officially confirmed by the Chinese military.
    • These reports came after a "morale-boosting gala" held by China's strategic bomber division in which "the silhouette of a mysterious aircraft appeared" in a logo displayed on a big screen.

    Chinese media reported on Monday that Beijing would unveil its H-20 nuclear stealth bomber next year during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).

    But the reports have not been officially confirmed by the Chinese military, according to Defence Blog, which first spotted the Chinese media articles. 

    These reports came after a Global Times article last week that quoted a Chinese military analyst saying the H-20, or Hong-20, would soon make its maiden flight

    Two days before that article, the Global Times also released a report about a "morale-boosting gala" held by China's strategic bomber division in which "the silhouette of a mysterious aircraft appeared" in a logo displayed on a big screen, Defence Blog reported. 

    As the Global Times notes, the bomber silhouette has "angled winglets" unlike China's known H-6 bomber. 

    China may have also teased the Hong-20 back in May, when it released a possible video of the bomber under a sheet, which looked eerily like a B-21 Raider.

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    The Hong-20 is often compared to the US's B-2 stealth bomber, but its specifications are still relatively unknown.

    A researcher working with the US Air Force previously told Business Insider that the Hong-20 is a four engine stealth bomber and that the details have not been "revealed except it is to have a dual [nuclear and conventional] role."

    The Hong-20 will also probably carry CJ-10K air-launched cruise missiles, have a range of 5,000 miles and a 10 ton payload, The War Zone previously reported.

    The Asia Times, citing a previous Global Times article, previously reported that Fu Qianshao, a Chinese aviation pundit, said the goal was for the Hong-20 to have about a 7,500 mile range and a 20-ton payload.

    While the latter estimates may very well be exaggerated, The War Zone reported that a range of 5,000 miles would certainly bolster Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, and pose a threat to Taiwan and even US aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

    SEE ALSO: 9 photos of the J-31, China's copycat version of the F-35 stealth fighter — here's how it stacks up

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    Blake Fischer on his hunting trip posing with a giraffe

    • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer resigned this week after facing criticism for a recent hunting trip to Africa. 
    • Following his trip, he sent an email boasting about the hunt and sharing photos of dead animals. 
    • Fischer resigned on Monday in a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

    An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigned this week after facing criticism for a recent hunting trip to Africa that he boasted about in an email to more than 100 people.

    Blake Fischer shared photos of the hunt, posing with numerous animals he and his wife killed on a trip to Namibia.

    The trip was his wife's first to Africa, and in the email, obtained by local media, Fischer said she wanted to watch him hunt and "'get a feel' of Africa," according to USA Today.

    "So I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she got the idea quick." the email read. "After we left all of the animals in Africa that were still alive we pretty happy we were on a plane headed home!"

    One photo featured Fischer smiling as he posed with four dead baboons, KTVB reported.

    Other animals killed include a giraffe, leopard, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, kudu, warthog, gemsbok (oryx), and an eland.

    Fischer resigned on Monday in a letter to Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

    In his letter of resignation, Fischer said his actions were out of character for him, but he still accepted the responsibility for what he did.

    "I apologized to the hunters and anglers of Idaho who I was appointed to represent and I hope that my actions will not harm the integrity and ethic of the Idaho Fish & Game Department moving forward," he wrote.

    Fischer was first appointed to the Idaho Fish and  Game Commission in July 2014 and was reappointed in June 2018.

    His resignation is effective immediately, according to the governor's office. 

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    A $150 billion investment chief breaks down a ticking time bomb in markets that traders are foolishly ignoring

    With the market fresh off one of the more difficult and volatile weeks in recent memory, one might assume that all negative scenarios have been covered.

    After all, when the market is hit in such hard and swift fashion, people are usually quick to point fingers. The process can unearth all sorts of dormant headwinds.

    Which is why it's so surprising that no one seems to be talking about the precarious and potentially damaging situation that exists in the US credit market.

    But it's not lost on Brad McMillan, the chief investment officer of the $150 billion Commonwealth Financial Network. He's specifically worried about the effect that higher interest rates — one of the primary culprits of this past week's wreckage — will have on corporate debt.

    Goldman Sachs's bond trading unit is still trying to find its way — and it represents a key challenge for new CEO David Solomon

    If Goldman Sachs' third-quarter results are any indication, the bank's investors may be hoping that the firm can bring its investment banking playbook to its struggling fixed income division.

    The bank reported $1.3 billion in revenue fom the unit, missing analyst estimates and leaving some to wonder how the division, once a Wall Street darling, would again find its footing. Meanwhile, the investment banking division that Solomon ran before becoming president in December 2016 exceeded estimates and helped the firm beat profit forecasts.

    Chris Kotowski, an analyst at Oppenheimer, said fixed income trading was his "main complaint" about Goldman's earnings. "Peers reported mixed results too, but this is a bit below average," he said in an analyst note.

    The challenge for Solomon will be to bring his winning formula over to the securities division. Goldman insiders say Solomon is likely to take a more client-friendly approach within the trading unit, which has often preferred complex, more episodic transactions for hedge funds that command higher fees rather than more vanilla products that are lower margin and preferred by corporations.

    BlackRock is banking on a business that could reach $12 trillion in the next five years, according to its CEO

    BlackRock is betting on the explosive growth of exchange-traded funds, an asset class that has already propelled the firm to become the world's largest asset manager.

    The ETF market, which includes $4.7 trillion worldwide in assets, could jump to $12 trillion in the next five years, CEO Larry Fink said on the firm's earnings call on Tuesday.

    Fink echoed these remarks from a report published by the firm earlier this year.

    BlackRock's booming iShares exchange-traded fund business helped boost the firm's earnings during the quarter, as institutional investors, meanwhile, pulled money out of the markets.

    Wall Street research firm Autonomous is embroiled in a lawsuit over claims of gender-pay discrimination and retaliation — and it's getting uglier

    The boutique equity-research firm Autonomous Research is embroiled in a lawsuit by a high-ranking female partner over claims of gender-pay discrimination and retaliation.

    Erin Baskett, a managing partner as well as CFO and chief compliance officer of the firm's US office, alleges she was paid significantly less than male peers.

    Baskett, who continues to work at the firm, also claims that when she raised these complaints, as well as concerns regarding what she alleges were regulatory and compliance lapses, senior executives retaliated against her.

    Autonomous denies any wrongdoing in the matter.

    After contentious legal arguments, in which a court dismissed some of Baskett's claims, the case is now moving forward to the next phase of litigation.

    Both parties have sent firm-wide emails since the latest court decision conveying their side of the story.

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    • A social-media analysis from Talkwalker made for Business Insider showed that people had a stronger negative reaction to Disney firing James Gunn from "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" than when Warner Bros. hired him for "Suicide Squad 2."
    • This is also the first time in over a year that "Suicide Squad" has dominated online conversation more than "Guardians of the Galaxy."
    • The analysis showed that top social posts related to Gunn and "Suicide Squad" expressed interest in or admiration for the move.

     

    In a bold move, Warner Bros. snagged James Gunn from Marvel last week to write, and possibly direct, its follow-up to the 2016 DC Comics-movie "Suicide Squad."Disney fired Gunn from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" in July after old offensive tweets from Gunn resurfaced.

    And analysis from social-research company Talkwalker suggests public sentiment toward Warner Bros. puts it ahead of Disney in the Gunn controversy.

    Talkwalker uses technology to monitor online conversations in real-time. The analysis, made for Business Insider, showed that for the first time in the last 13 months, "Suicide Squad" dominated online conversation more than "Guardians of the Galaxy."

    But was that a bad or good thing?

    While Talkwalker found a slight dip in public sentiment for "Suicide Squad" when the Gunn news broke, it was nowhere near the large dip that "Guardians of the Galaxy" saw when Disney fired him.

    And a Talkwalker representative said the negative sentiment for "Suicide Squad 2" actually stemmed from posts that questioned Disney's decision to fire Gunn from "Guardians of the Galaxy" in light of his new gig at Warner Bros. Overall, the online reaction suggested that hiring Gunn has generated a lot of excitement for "Suicide Squad 2," according to Talkwalker.

    In the graph below, the blue line represents "Suicide Squad" while the red line is "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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    The top five social posts mentioning James Gunn and "Suicide Squad" expressed interest in or admiration for the move. The number one post is below, in which "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor Dave Bautista expressed interest in joining Gunn on "Suicide Squad 2." 

    Gunn was beloved by fans for his work on the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, which grossed a combined $1.6 billion worldwide. But he'll still have his work cut out for him on "Suicide Squad 2."

    The first "Suicide Squad" was critically panned, and while it grossed $746 million worldwide, it saw a sharp decline in the weeks following its release in the US. That was bad news for a sequel.

    But Warner Bros. has been rethinking its superhero film strategy, and is focusing on standalone stories rather than a shared universe after "Justice League" disappointed at the box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, Gunn's "Suicide Squad 2" will be a "whole new take" rather than a traditional sequel.

    With "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" now on hold, and "Suicide Squad" in the hands of a director like Gunn, Warner Bros. could have struck gold with its latest hire.

    Read more of Business Insider's coverage on James Gunn:

    SEE ALSO: The Flash solo movie is reportedly being pushed back because the script is getting overhauled

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    • Google is a dream job for many workers in the tech industry.
    • We spoke to former Google employees to find out why they decided to leave the company.
    • Their answers ranged from frustration with company politics to a desire to take the next step in their career, whether that's learning new skills, building a new company, or becoming a social-media influencer.

    Google is routinely rated one of the best places to work in the US.

    It's no surprise that with a median salary over $160,000, generous benefits packages, and perks like free gourmet food, massages, and music lessons, Google is considered a dream job by so many people in the tech industry.

    So why would anyone ever want to leave?

    We spoke to several former Googlers to find out why they left the company, compiling their responses with those of other former employees who have spoken publicly.

    Their reasons include everything from frustration with company politics to simply wanting to feel more freedom at a smaller company. One former Googler even quit to become a social-media influencer.

    Read on to see the reasons 15 former Googlers gave for leaving the company.

    SEE ALSO: 3 former Google execs explain why they left a company where just about everyone wants to work

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    Liz Wessel, cofounder and CEO of WayUp

    Former position at Google: Product marketing manager

    Why she left: Wessel told Business Insider she knew it was time to leave Google when she couldn't stop thinking about her next career move.

    "If you can't do a good job at your job anymore because you're spending all of your time thinking about another job opportunity, that's probably a good sign," she said.



    Tyler Breisacher, software engineer at Hustle

    Former position at Google: Software developer

    Why he left: Breisacher was one of about a dozen Googlers who left the company in April to protest Google's controversial collaboration in which it provides the US Department of Defense with artificial-intelligence technology.

    After thousands of employees signed a petition, Google announced it would cease work on the project next year.

    "This is obviously a big deal, and it's very encouraging, but this only happened after months and months of people signing petitions and [internal debate] and people quitting," Breisacher told Business Insider.

    Breisacher said his decision to leave was also influenced by Google's sponsorship of a conservative political conference and its failure to act decisively after YouTube videos related to LGBT issues were flagged as inappropriate on the site.

    "When I started, Google had a reputation as a pro-gay, pro-trans company," Breisacher, who is gay, told Business Insider. "I guess I'm disillusioned. I know that Google is a for-profit company and you shouldn't expect it to do things purely for the good of the world. But in the past, we would expect leaders to listen to the employees and to think carefully about issues and not to cross certain lines.

    "Things have changed at Google."



    Krystal Bick, social-media influencer

    Former position at Google: Product Marketing Manager

    Why she left: Bick left her six-figure job at Google in 2015 to pursue her side hustle: being a social media influencer.

    She knew it was time to leave after she recognized that influencer marketing was seeing an influx of advertising dollars. Now, she earns as much as four figures for a single sponsored post and five figures for brand ambassadorships. More importantly, she said being an entrepreneur is liberating.

    "There's 90% certainty and there's 10% of, 'this could really fail miserably and then I don't know what I'm going to do,' but I think I was comfortable enough with the fact that even if I fall flat on my face, at least I tried it and I tried it at a moment where I feel like it really was an opportunity to try it," Bick told Business Insider.



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    President Donald Trump has had deep business ties to the Saudi Arabian court for more than two decades. 

    And those ties are now being called into question over his lack of a tough response to Riyadh since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared and was possibly killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 

    "Having a President with global business ties means we've got ongoing worries that policy is going to be affected by his business interests," Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which tracks potential conflicts of interest in the Trump administraition, recently told CNN.

    "We know that historically the Saudis have spent huge money on Trump properties and we know that since he became a candidate and was elected they have targeted discretionary spending at his hotels," Weissman added. 

    Here are some of Trump's ties to Saudi Arabia. 

    SEE ALSO: The meteoric rise of Saudi's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is now suspected of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

    In 1991, Trump sold his 282-foot yacht named "The Trump Princess" to a Saudi billionaire for $20 million.

    At the time, Trump was almost bankrupt and looking to make some fast cash, reportedly selling the yacht to Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal for one third less than he paid for it. 

    In 1995, Trump also sold New York City's Plaza Hotel to Alwaleed and Singaporean investors for $325 million. In turn, they sold it nearly a decade later for $675 million. In July, Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding Company re-purchased the Plaza along with a New York-based firm.  

    In November 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, launched a supposed anti-corruption purge largely seen as a consolidation of his power, arresting several Saudi princes and business leaders. 

    Alwaleed was one of those MBS had detained, forced to stay at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton for 83 days. You can read more about that here

     



    In 2001, Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump Tower to the Saudi court for $4.5 million. In 2008, the floor became part of the Saudi mission to the United Nations.

    The New York Daily News revealed the sale in September 2016 after Trump had attacked Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail for the Clinton Foundation accepting money from Saudi Arabia.

    "Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate," Trump wrote on Facebook in June 2016. "I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!"

    But earlier, at a 2015 rally in Alabama, Trump had said: "Saudi Arabia — and I get along great with all of them. They buy apartments from me.

    "They spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much," Trump added. 

     



    After announcing his presidential candidacy, Trump incorporated several companies with names indicating that they may do business in Saudi Arabia, such as "THC Jeddah Hotel Advisor LLC." Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia.

    After he was elected, Trump's company, the Trump Organization, announced that it had shut down those companies. 

    Source: Buzzfeed News, CBS



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    • Tamra Judge, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star, has abandoned the keto diet.
    • Judge started the popular diet in August and quit after a month, citing she "fell off the wagon" and experienced the "keto flu."
    • The keto flu, a well-known side effect of the regimen, occurs when dieters experience influenza-like symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, and constipation.

    From Whole30 to Paleo, these days there's a diet for everyone's taste. The latest fad to sweep audiences is the Ketogenic diet, which is a low-carb regimen high in proteins and fats. 

    The popularity of the keto diet has transcended to popular celebrities, with everyone from LeBron James to Halle Berry endorsing its effects.

    Most recently, in August, Tamra Judge, star of BravoTV's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and serious health and fitness enthusiast, was the latest influencer to become a keto diet advocate. Sharing with her 1.4 million followers, Judge posted on her Instagram stories the news.

    "Hey guys [I'm] walking to the gym, but I wanted to say something. So many people ask me about the keto diet, and I just started it, so if anybody has any good recipes, please send them my way. I'm curious to see if this diet really works."

    A month later, however, Judge denounced the keto diet, claiming that it made her sick.

    Judge quit the diet after developing what's called the "keto flu"

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    For one month, Judge said she stuck to the rules of the keto diet. But she bailed on the regimen when it caused her to develop symptoms of the all too common "keto flu."

    Speaking again to The Feast, she said, "They say there's this keto flu you get, and I just I fell off the keto wagon."

    Keto flu is when individuals suffer from the same symptoms as the common flu: a headache, fatigue, body aches, and dizziness. As the body adjusts to your new diet, it can leave you feeling unsettled and nauseated.

    After some time, your body will adjust and enter ketosisa mode in which it's forcing itself into breaking down fatty acids for functioning rather than burning carbs and sugars for fuel. Judge, however, said that if your body isn't in ketosis, you're just eating "a s--- load of calories."

    "The problem is it doesn't work. You have to put your body in ketosis and if you don't, then you're just eating a s---load of calories. You have to put your body into ketosis for it to work, and then you burn the fat. But if you're eating carbohydrates with that and sugar — all you're doing is eating a whole lot of calories. You know what? It's not gonna work. I think people don't quite understand how the keto diet works."

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    • On Monday night, Lady Gaga attended ELLE magazine's Women In Hollywood Celebration.
    • The star wore an oversized Marc Jacobs suit.
    • During the event, Gaga gave an emotional speech in which she not only confirmed her engagement to Christian Carino but also spoke at length about power dynamics in Hollywood, and how her experiences as a survivor of sexual assault and living with chronic pain impact her life.
    • She said she wants to push back against power structures, and she's starting with how she dresses.
    • "I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever," Gaga said. "To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice."

    On Monday night, Lady Gaga attended ELLE magazine's Women In Hollywood Celebration wearing an oversized Marc Jacobs suit.

    During the event, Gaga gave an emotional speech in which she not only confirmed her engagement to Christian Carino, but also spoke at length about power dynamics in Hollywood. She detailed how her experiences of sexual assault and chronic pain have shaped her made her reconsider the entertainment industry. 

    Gaga told the audience that as she got ready for the event, she started to think about what it truly meant to be a woman in Hollywood.

    "We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pitted against one another for the pleasure of the public," she said, per ELLE. "We women in Hollywood, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced."

    Lady Gaga said she "tried on dress after dress today getting ready for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beaded fabrics," but nothing felt right — until she saw the suit.

    "So, after trying 10 or so dresses, with a sad feeling in my heart, that all that would matter was what I wore to this red carpet, I saw an oversized Marc Jacobs suit buried quietly in the corner," she said. "I put it on to a resounding view of eyes glaring at me in confusion."

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    Lady Gaga said that when she put on what she described as "an oversized men's suit made for a woman," she started to cry because she "felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut."

    "As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back," she said. "Today I wear the pants."

    She continued: "I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever. To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice."

    Read a portion f her speech, focusing on her decision to wear the suit below, per ELLE:

    "I tried on dress after dress today getting ready for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beaded fabrics and the most beautiful silks in the world. To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach. And I asked myself: What does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood? We are not just objects to entertain the world. We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people's faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pitted against one another for the pleasure of the public. We women in Hollywood, we are voices. We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.

    So, after trying 10 or so dresses, with a sad feeling in my heart, that all that would matter was what I wore to this red carpet, I saw an oversized Marc Jacobs suit buried quietly in the corner. I put it on to a resounding view of eyes glaring at me in confusion. 'But the Rodarte was so beautiful!' one said. 'But the Raf Simons for Calvin Klein was so stunning on you!'said another. 'But what about the Brandon Maxwell? What about the Dior?' Lots of questions. They were all dresses. This was an oversized men's suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me.

    As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.

    In an age where I can barely watch the news, I gasped at the unjust men, and some women quite frankly, that I see running this country. I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever. To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice."

    If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Former FBI Director James Comey talks backstage before a panel discussion about his book 'A Higher Loyalty' on June 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Comey is in Berlin at the invitation of the American Academy in Berlin. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

    • Former FBI Director James Comey donated the maximum legal amount to Democratic US House candidate Jennifer Wexton.
    • Comey has typically donated to Republicans, including the presidential campaigns for Mitt Romney and John McCain.

    WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey has broken his streak of donating to Republicans, giving the maximum legal amount to one of the most competitive House races in the country.

    According to Federal Election Commission filings, Comey gave $2,700 in September to Jennifer Wexton's campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th congressional district.

    Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired early into his presidency, has traditionally donated to Republican candidates. He donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012 and John McCain's in 2008, as did his wife, Patrice Comey.

    Comey revealed during a congressional hearing in 2016 that he is no longer a registered member of the GOP, but had been for most of his adult life.

    During his book tour earlier this year, Comey said the Republican Party does not reflect his values anymore.

    "I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump's values," he said in an interview with ABC News. "It doesn't reflect values at all. It's transactional, it's ego-driven, it's in service to his ego."

    "I can't imagine a circumstance of me voting for President Trump, given what I think he reflects in terms of values," he added. "If we don't get that right, we can waste all the time we want to waste on fighting about policy. We're losing something that is essential to America."

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    • ShopRite and Stop & Shop are two grocery chains with a large presence on the East Coast. 
    • ShopRite has just under 300 stores and is owned by a private company, Wakefern Food Corp. 
    • Stop & Shop has more than 400 stores and is owned by Ahold Delhaize, which also operates Giant, Hannaford, and Food Lion. 
    • Both stores offer online ordering and grocery delivery services. But after shopping at both stores, we found that one offers much better deals than the other. 

    ShopRite and Stop & Shop are two grocery chains with a large presence on the East Coast. 

    ShopRite, with just under 300 stores in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, is owned by Wakefern Food Corp. According to Wakefern, which is a privately owned company that doesn't release sales information, most ShopRite stores are family-operated stores. 

    Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores throughout New York, New Jersey, and New England, and it is owned by Ahold Delhaize, the Dutch company that also operates Giant, Hannaford, and Food Lion. In its second-quarter earnings release, Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller said, "In the United States, comparable sales growth excluding gasoline was -0.1%, or 1.0% adjusted for the timing of Easter. Volumes at Hannaford and Food Lion remained positive but were challenged at the other US brands." 

    ShopRite and Stop & Shop both offer online ordering and grocery delivery, through the ShopRite from Home and Peapod delivery programs, respectively. 

    When we visited both stores, we found that although one was more difficult to shop at, it actually offered better deals.

    See which grocery store we thought was better: 

    SEE ALSO: We visited Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joann to see which was a better arts-and-crafts store, and there was a clear winner

    The first store I visited was a ShopRite location in Scarsdale, New York.



    Produce was at the front of the store.



    There were apples for $1.29 ...



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    • MoviePass' parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, has postponed its special meeting of stockholders regarding the vote on a 1-for-500 reverse stock split to November 1.
    • The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday.
    • MoviePass investors have voiced their displeasure with Helios and Matheson about the proposed reverse split on Twitter.

     

    MoviePass' owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, announced in an SEC filing on Tuesday that it was postponing the special meeting of stockholders regarding the vote on a proposed 1-for-500 reverse stock split. 

    Originally scheduled for Thursday, it will now take place two weeks later on November 1.

    Helios and Matheson (HMNY) stated in the SEC proxy that the reason for the delay was so "our stockholders have more time to consider and vote upon the proposed reverse stock split."

    HMNY stock was trading at around $0.02 on Tuesday.

    In September, HMNY announced the special stockholders meeting to approve an amendment for a one-time reverse stock split of up to 1-for-500 shares. Then yesterday, two independent proxy advisory firms — Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC — both recommended that stockholders vote “for” the proposed reverse split.

    But that doesn't seem to be giving investors much confidence. 

    Business Insider spoke to one early investor of MoviePass this week who said they were not planning to attend the originally scheduled meeting, saying plainly "it doesn't look like I'll ever make money from HMNY." 

    Meanwhile, stockholders have taken to social media to voice their frustration towards HMNY, including some pushing for a "no" vote:

    The 1-for-500 reverse split is the latest attempt by HMNY to revive the stock, which if it continues trading below $1 could be delisted from the Nasdaq by mid-December. If that were to happen, it would make things even more challenging for the cash-strapped company.

    In August, HMNY's 1-for-250 reverse stock split shot the stock up before it crashed back down below $1 again. So historically speaking, reverse splits for HMNY have not helped its stock.

    Business Insider contacted HMNY for comment but did not get an immediate response.  

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    Brett Kavanaugh

    • The FBI has investigated allegations that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was just confirmed to the court earlier this month, sexually assaulted two women in the 1980s.
    • For women who came of age in the 1980s, it's bringing back some painful memories about the prevalence of sexual assault, and how survivors weren't always believed or supported when they came forward. 
    • Business Insider interviewed three people who attended Yale University at the same time as Kavanaugh and Ramirez who shared their recollections.

    The controversy and FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was just confirmed to the nation's highest court earlier this month, has dominated the headlines for weeks.

    For many women who came of age and went to college in the 1980s, it's bringing back some painful memories of their own experiences of sexual assault — and of not always being supported in coming forward.

    Deborah Ramirez, one of Kavanaugh's classmates in the Yale University class of 1987, has accused Kavanaugh of crudely exposing himself to her during a drinking game during their freshman year in the fall of 1983. Her allegation was investigated by the FBI, which conducted a supplemental background check into Kavanaugh. 

    Female students interviewed by Business Insider who attended Yale in the '80s said the issue of sexual assault, and the stigma around it, were much bigger than the specific allegations against Kavanaugh, pervading both Yale's campus and American culture in the early '80s.

    One of Ramirez's acquaintances at Yale, who spoke to Business Insider on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the matter, said they believed Ramirez's allegations based on their experience knowing her, and given the climate at the time.

    "Three words I think describe Debbie as I experienced her were: guileless, genuine, and friendly, she was also shy, not attention-seeking or dramatic in any way," the person said, adding, "I just feel very strongly that Debbie did this out of a sense of duty and obligation and not out of political motivation. If I had any way to know the actual truth, I would bet my house on it."

    According to her lawyer, Ramirez spoke to the FBI about the alleged incident as part of Kavanaugh's supplemental background check, and provided the bureau with a list of witnesses who could confirm it. But a subsequent report in The New Yorker accused the FBI of "ignoring" several key witnesses who could corroborate her story.

    "Anyone who was a teen or a young woman in those days had experiences like that," Ramirez's friend continued. "Was it confined to Yale? In my experience, no. I think it's taken a lot of us a long time to realize that things that occurred were misconduct. The concept of date rape, for example, was considered cutting-edge at that time."

    Julie Heller, who graduated from Yale in 1988 and also knew Ramirez, told Business Insider that while Yale wasn't "a breeding ground" for sexual assault in her experience, she didn't have any reason to doubt Ramirez's allegations or the characterizations other former Yale students have made of Kavanaugh as being a heavy, aggressive drinker. 

    "I didn't see any bad behavior by [Brett Kavanaugh] personally, but it's hard for me to imagine all the things people are saying aren't true," she said. "I knew many people who drank at Yale, and most of them didn't get belligerent, or sexually assault anyone."

    In the wake of the Kavanaugh controversy, survivors around the world have gone public with their stories of why they didn't initially report their assaults, and in many cases, of being re-victimized or shamed when they did. 

    Heller said that she believes many people who survived sexual assault in the early '80s didn't report them because she and her peers "didn't have the verbiage" to describe incidents of assault that weren't rape. When she herself was assaulted after a party during her freshman year, she said, she recalled not believing that what happened to her was serious enough to bring to the police.

    "I didn't go to the police because I didn't think what had happened to me rose to the level of what a police officer would handle," she said, adding, "I thought to myself, 'Well, at least I wasn't raped.'"

    'Yale's apparatus was there to protect Yale'

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    Beth Almore, a schoolteacher in Virginia who also graduated from Yale in 1988, told Business Insider that since the Yale administration didn't do enough to address sexual assault on campus in her experience, women had to take their safety into their own hands. 

    “During my freshman year, a group of women had made flyers on how to keep yourself safe from sexual assault on the Yale campus, and distributed them around the dining halls, which was the best way to reach people before cell phones," she recalled. "It named frats you shouldn't go to, and what is likely to happen if you go to certain parties on campus, and which ones to avoid."

    Almore remembered Yale at the time as "saturated in alcohol," with parties every night of the week and both hard alcohol and drugs freely available. She also recalled that despite the stigma around discussing it, "sexual assault was more common than it should have been."

    "Everywhere we went, we had to worry about our safety," she said. 

    Heller said that her own experience showed that sexual assault could, and did, happen even to survivors who took those extra precautions to ensure their safety on campus. 

    "He offered to walk me home from a party when it was late and I knew I shouldn't be walking by myself," she said of her assailant. "The ironic thing was that accepting a walk back to my dorm, which seemed like the smart thing to do, is actually what resulted in my getting assaulted."

    Heller remembered feeling "demoralized" when she went through the process of reporting her assault to the Yale administration.

    "I started to go through Yale's grievance process, which at the time was incredibly demoralizing. I did not feel supported at all," Heller recalled. “The professor I met with told me that since it was a he-said-she-said situation, he and I could each bring three witnesses to back up our stories to the panel, but ultimately the worst thing that might happen to him was being put on academic probation."

    "It was mind-blowing to me. I was so traumatized, and hearing that completely demoralized and re-victimized me. So I didn’t pursue it," she added.

    Almore described her and her friends as not only having protection plans for parties, but making a pact to go straight to the New Haven police and not Yale if  they were victims of a violent crime.

    "Yale's apparatus was there to protect Yale, and Yale's reputation, and to limit their own liability," she said, adding that while she herself didn't have direct experience with the Yale police, she recalled based on the experiences of many of her peers when she was a student that, "women — or anyone who went to the [Yale] police with any type of reporting, not just potential sex crimes — felt unheard, silenced, or ignored."

    A spokesperson for Yale said that while they could not comment on specific students' experiences and memories, they said that "the policies, procedures, and resources we have in place today reflect a great deal of experience, research, consultation, and input from our community, including our students."

    "As our response to sexual misconduct continues to evolve, we are committed to being a community free of sexual misconduct and providing resources and support that encourage everyone with a concern or complaint to come forward," they added. 

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    You May Put Yourself at Risk for Pre-Diabetes

    If you don't have it, you may be confused about what exactly diabetes is and what can cause it. Generally, diabetes is a condition where the body has chronically high levels of sugar in the blood.

    There are two types of diabetes: type 1, which is an immune disease diagnosed earlier in life, and type 2, which develops in adults and is usually a result of modifiable risk factors.

    But what exactly increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes? Here are 10 things you might not know can increase your risk.

    Smoking can increase your chances of developing diabetes.

    Add this to Healthline's list of adverse effects of smoking: smoking can make your body more resistant to insulin (the hormone which keeps blood sugar levels normal), according to studies by Ronnemaa and Gunton and colleagues. Even if you don't have diabetes already, smoking can reduce blood sugar control.

    For helpful resources and information on quitting smoking, check out the National Institutes of Health SmokeFree website.



    Chronic use of some recreational drugs can increase diabetes risk.

    The Global Diabetes Community notes that certain stimulant drugs can increase your blood sugar. If these drugs are consumed on a regular basis, the resulting high blood sugar levels can lead to insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes.

    Amphetamines ("speed"/amphetamine, meth/methamphetamine), MDxx compounds (ecstasy/molly/MDMA), and ADHD drugs used as concentration aids (Adderal/"Addy"/Vyvanse) can all increase blood sugar levels and put you at risk.



    Some medications can affect your risk.

    Steroids, anti-ADHD medications, anti-psychotics, some asthma medications, and other drugs may increase blood sugar, according to GlobalRPH. Generally, the benefits of these medications to treat health conditions outweigh their effects on blood sugar, so speak with your doctor and pharmacist for more information.



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    Google Pixel 3

    If you wanted, the Pixel 3 could be the last phone you ever buy. 

    Is that dramatic? Maybe so. After all, we've been conditioned to upgrade our phones every two years now — or, for some people, every year. 

    At this point, though, I have to assume that we've gotten about as far as we will for the foreseeable future in terms of technological advancements. Future smartphones might be slightly faster, might have slightly longer battery life, or maybe they'll have slightly improved cameras. The design might change a bit — see: the notch — and tech companies might remove features you thought were a given, like the headphone jack. 

    But will the smartphone really be revolutionized anytime in the next few years? Or will we just keep seeing similar iterations on the same idea until the smartphone is replaced altogether? If you ask me, it's the latter. 

    Which is why you could buy the Pixel 3 today and tune out for the next two years, or the next five years. This phone is about as good as it's going to get. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's how Google's new $800 Pixel 3 compares to the $750 iPhone XR

    Let's start with the design, which is probably the least exciting thing about the Pixel 3.

    Design-wise, the Pixel 3 is just about the same song-and-dance as the Pixel 2, and the Pixel 1 before it — with a few notable exceptions. 

    The most immediately obvious design change is the coating on the back, which has a softer feel this year. I don't know any other way to describe it other than silky, and sort of pleasing. It was the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box, and I'm still loving it. 

    Otherwise, the rest of the design alterations are less thrilling. This year's model has a shiny finish along the outer edges, and it comes in slightly different colors: all black, white with an aqua power button, and a pale pink that Google is calling, for whatever reason, "Not Pink" (for what it's worth, Not Pink is easily the best color and the one I would choose).

    The overall size of the Pixel 3 isn't much different from the Pixel 2, and for that, I am grateful — it's the perfect size for my hand.



    There are two other new aspects of the Pixel 3 that are worth mentioning: wireless charging and USB-C earbuds.

    Google added wireless charging to the Pixel 3, and it feels like the final necessary change to make the device your long-term phone. 

    Google built its own wireless charging stand for the Pixel, but it's an extra $80 and, to be honest, feels like an extravagance. It's nice-looking, it works well, and it enables some nifty Google Assistant features, but you can also just ... use a phone charger? Still, I appreciate that Google is being forward-thinking here, and if you're passionate about wireless charging, you'll be pleased with the Pixel 3 and the Pixel Stand. 

    The second change — or, should I say, addition — is USB-C earbuds. Google now includes them in the box when you buy a Pixel 3. They look great, and they fit significantly better than the Pixel Buds — in fact, they're actually pretty similar to the wired EarPods that come with an iPhone. They don't sound particularly amazing, but they don't need to — they're the perfect earbuds for taking a phone call or just walking around. And not for nothing, but they really stay in your ears.



    The Pixel 3 has a gorgeous OLED display that perfectly showcases Android 9.0.

    Like the Pixels before it, the standard-size Pixel 3 has a bright, beautiful (notch-less) OLED display — the better to showcase Google's Android 9.0 "Pie" operating system. 

    I know that hardcore Android fans will probably disagree with me, but I loved the fact that the changes to Android make the Pixel feel more iPhone-adjacent.

    I know, I know — classic iPhone user wanting everything to be more like an iPhone. But there's a reason iPhones are so popular: they're incredibly easy and intuitive to use. The changes to Android make the Pixel feel more approachable, and may even encourage more iPhone users to make the switch. Now, learning a new operating system doesn't feel like such an intimidating proposition. Plus, the version of Android running on the Pixel 3 (which is stock Android and therefore, the best Android) is just plain better-looking than ever before. 



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    Naming a new pet is one of the best parts of gaining a new addition to the family. If you're sick of Spot, Fluffy, and Rover, try drawing from pop culture to name your new best friend.

    Here are some of the best pop culture references for pet names.

    J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series reigns supreme for pet name inspiration.

    Luna was the top pet name for cats and dogs in 2017. Though many of these Lunas might be inspired by the goddess of the moon, many pet owners have also been inspired by the spacey Ravenclaw from the books, Luna "Loony" Lovegood.

    Most of the names of the characters in the Harry Potter series are derived from Latin origins of words relating to their characters. If your dog resembles a wolf, you could name him after the werewolf Remus Lupin. If you have a feisty pet who is only loyal to few, Draco Malfoy might the right name, which translates to "evil dragon."

    You could also go by aesthetics and name your identical tabby cats after the spunky twins, Fred and George Weasley. If you have a black dog, like Ariana Grande, you are nearly obligated to name him Sirius Black, after Harry's godfather/black dog, who is named for the dog-shaped star.

    You also could still get away with naming your dog Fluffy, like Hagrid did with his three-headed pup. The Harry Potter universe has endless names for inspiration.



    Children's cartoon characters often have silly names that are perfect for pets.

    "Adventure Time" has characters with long names and specific personalities like Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline the Vampire Queen, that would perfectly fit your chunky or standoffish cat.

    In "The Fairly Oddparents," the stars, Cosmo Julius Cosma and Wanda Venus Cosma née Fairywinkle make excellent pet names for a male and a female pet adopted together. Cosmo is a strong Greek name, meaning "the universe" and Wanda should be used for a stately heroic lady. Any children's cartoon will often have silly and heightened names.



    If you like human names, turn to fictional human characters.

    Pet Sitters International claims that 47% of pet owners choose human names like "Molly, Sam, Annie, or Max." You could follow their advice and consult a book of baby names for your new furry friend, or turn to your favorite human characters.

    Taylor Swift's two Scottish folds are named Olivia and Meredith, after Olivia Benson from "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" and Meredith Grey from "Grey's Anatomy."



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    • Sears chairman Eddie Lampert reportedly took responsibility for some of the retailer's mistakes during a town hall meeting with 1,000 Sears employees on Tuesday, according to audio obtained by CNBC
    • The department-store chain has been losing money and closing stores for years. Many employees and analysts blame Lampert for the retailer's decline, accusing him of failing to invest in stores.
    • In the past, Lampert has blamed the company's decline on the media, shifts in consumer spending and the rise of e-commerce. 
    • READ MORE: Inside Sears' death spiral.

    Former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert, who stepped down on Monday after five years in the job, reportedly took responsibility for the retailer's downfall while speaking to a crowd of 1,000 employees during a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

    "When Sears and Kmart merged in 2005, I envisioned a company that would be different and relevant for the 21st century. ... These were two, iconic companies that had lost their way," Lampert said in the meeting at the company's headquarters in Illinois, according to audio obtained by CNBC.

    He continued: "As we all know, we haven't capitalized on this opportunity the way I would have liked. Instead of growth and investment, we have faced retrenchment and restructuring."

    The company announced on Monday morning that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and would be closing an additional 142 stores before the end of the year. Lampert will remain on as chairman of the board.

    Sears has been losing money and closing stores for years, and many employees blame Lampert. In interviews with Business Insider's Hayley Peterson in 2016, executives accused Lampert of neglecting Sears' stores and leaving them to crumble in his bid to turn Sears into a tech company. 

    Read more: Inside Sears' death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy

    Between 2013 and this October, Sears' store count dropped from 1,980 to 687, according to the company's bankruptcy filing. The department store stayed afloat thanks to Lampert bailing it out with billions of dollars of loans through his hedge fund ESL Investments.

    "There were mistakes along the way, for which I take responsibility," he said on Tuesday, CNBC reported. "Those failures have affected me in many ways far greater than any successes I have had."

    "We need to show material progress over the next few months to establish to our senior lenders that a reorganization of the company is realistic and to avoid a shutdown and liquidation."

    Read more about Sears' downfall:

    SEE ALSO: Sears, once the largest retailer in the world, has filed for bankruptcy and is closing 142 stores. Here's how it got there.

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    Trump US military

    • President Donald Trump repeatedly portrays himself as a gung-ho supporter of the US military, but a year and a half into his tenure the president has yet to visit American troops in a war-zone.
    • The vast majority of Trump's commander-in-chief predecessors dating all the way back to World War II visited troops in war zones, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
    • Both Bush and Obama met with US troops in combat zones soon into their first terms. 

    President Donald Trump repeatedly portrays himself as a gung-ho supporter of the US military, but over a year and a half into his tenure the president has yet to visit American troops in a war zone.

    Since Trump took office, American troops have been killed everywhere from Somalia and Niger to Yemen and Iraq. In 2018 alone, five US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

    But Trump has yet to visit Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria, among other places where US troops are putting their lives on the line to execute his orders. 

    This is arguably out-of-step for a president who's filled his cabinet with generals, boasted about making the military stronger than ever, called for an expensive (and recently cancelled) military parade in the capital, and lambasted NFL players for allegedly disrespecting the troops by kneeling during the national anthem. 

    In short, Trump has often talked the talk when it comes to the military – barring controversial comments about Sen. John McCain's time as a POW in Vietnam as well as widely criticized attacks against Gold Star families– but will he walk the walk? 

    Trump's predecessors often visited US troops in war zones overseas

    The vast majority of Trump's predecessors dating all the way back to World War II visited troops in war zones, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama. And both Bush and Obama met with US troops in combat zones soon into their first terms.

    Bush, for example, met with ground troops in Baghdad within 10 months of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. By the end of his time in office, Bush made four trips to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. 

    Comparatively, Obama visited troops in Iraq in 2008 while he was still a senator and made another visit within his first three months as president. Ultimately, Obama made four trips to Afghanistan as president. 

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    The war in Afghanistan is over 17 years old and there's no end in sight

    Trump promised to ramp down America's involvement in the war on terror as a presidential candidate. But the realities of the presidency have thus far made it difficult for him to do so and he's even increased US troop presence in some cases. Last year, Trump sent several thousand more troops to Afghanistan, for example. 

    Presidential visits to troops stationed in harm's way boost morale. The war in Afghanistan just had its 17th anniversary, and the roughly 15,000 US troops stationed there could benefit from seeing the president at a time when many Americans have seemingly forgotten about the conflict. 

    Moreover, as commander-in-chief some might say Trump has a duty to visit those he orders into harm's way. Sen. Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, definitely seems to feel this way

    Reed on Wednesday told reporters Trump should honor the sacrifices service members make by visiting troops stationed in combat zones. "I think it should be done," Reed said. "It's not just to get an idea what is going on, but to personally thank the men and women of the United States who are exposing themselves to great dangers for the country."

    The White House did not immediately respond to a query from Business Insider as to whether the president had any plans to make such a trip sometime in the not-so-distant future. But Trump addressed the topic in a recent interview with the Associated Press, stating he didn't think a visit to US troops in a combat zone is "overly necessary."

    "I will do that at some point, but I don’t think it's overly necessary," Trump said. “I've been very busy with everything that’s taking place here…I’m doing a lot of things. But it’s something I’d do. And do gladly."

    "Nobody has been better at the military," Trump added. "I have done more for the military than any president in many, many years."

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    • YouTube stars Jake and Logan Paul are controversial and easy to hate.
    • But both are among YouTube's most talented artists.
    • Their videos have an inventive approach to style and structure.
    • And the Paul brothers are talented performers with Hollywood-level charisma.

     

    YouTube stars Jake and Logan Paul are easy to hate. They’re loud, cocky, and have become incredibly wealthy (according to Forbes, each made over $10 million in 2017) in part by making terrible songs. They’re also two of YouTube’s most talented artists.

    If you don’t watch their videos, you’re most likely to know them from a pair of incidents that got them branded as moral hazards. The first came in July 2017 when Jake, the younger of the two brothers, gave a smug, defiant interview to a television reporter who had spoken with his angry West Hollywood neighbors and climbed the reporter’s van. The second came on December 31, when Logan uploaded a video that featured him and his friends finding a suicide victim in a forest and making shock-induced jokes as a coping mechanism. Logan tried to position the video as an opportunity to discuss mental health, but the line between advocacy and exploitation was blurry, at best.

    The video led YouTube to distance itself from Logan by limiting his ability to earn advertising revenue on the site, removing him from one of its original series ("Foursome"), and halting post-production on "The Thinning: New World Order," the sequel to 2016's "The Thinning," which was also produced by YouTube. On Wednesday, YouTube will release "The Thinning: New World Order" on its YouTube Premium subscription service, Variety reports, suggesting Logan is now on better terms with the site.

    Jake and Logan’s behavior in each video deserves criticism, and many writers have made important points about the collateral damage a platform that rewards sensationalism and allows for immense popularity with limited institutional barriers can cause. But to focus entirely on the Paul brothers’ mistakes is to ignore some of today’s most exciting and innovative popular art.

    The brothers’ video blogs, or "vlogs," resemble reality television made from the perspective of restless millennials who grew up on the internet, where you can flip between viral videos, memes, social media, and any other form of entertainment you can imagine in minutes. Jake and Logan’s approach to making videos is chaotic, but never unintelligible, turning unexciting activities — like shopping for clothes or driving to pick up a customized car — into playgrounds for visual, sonic, and performative experimentation. It’s like mixing avant-garde cinema with Instagram, and it looks and feels like nothing else in similarly popular films, television shows, or YouTube channels.

    They're inventive and charismatic

    The Paul brothers grew up in Westlake, Ohio, and first gained fame on Vine, the now-defunct six-second video platform, where they discovered a philosophy and set of stylistic techniques they would bring to YouTube. The philosophy was that every second must be used to entertain, and their style — fast-paced editing, frequent camera movement, big and energetic performances — grew from it.

    Each brother has performed in more traditional settings, most notably Jake’s former role on the Disney Channel show "Bizaardvark," and Logan’s appearance on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." But both are best suited to the internet, where they’re not bound by traditional narrative structures.

    While the Paul brothers have also made comedy skits and music videos, they’re most effective on their vlogs. If you watch one for the first time, you may find yourself captivated but a little confused, as the videos don’t follow the narrative conventions of any existing genre. It may be difficult to discern, from moment to moment, where the video is headed, and its title may hint at an event that doesn’t quite happen in the way you expect, or that only happens after a series of tangents.

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    But even at their most prosaic, the videos are never dull. You’re never asked to bide your time while waiting for the real excitement, because, like the best screen actors, the Paul brothers have a rare gift for engaging with the camera. Each brother has an unusually expressive face and body and a hyperactive sensibility suited for a platform that accommodates short attention spans. The Paul brothers don’t ask for your attention; they grab it.

    Their charisma is a different kind than most other YouTube personalities have. It’s the movie-star kind, which is not just extroversion, but an awareness of how they will be seen by their audience, the ability to be accessible and a little opaque. At any given moment, each is the most compelling person in his videos. None of the childhood friends and YouTube personalities that appear alongside them present serious competition. They’re accessories.

    Their videos blend genres and styles

    The experience of watching Jake and Logan’s videos mirrors the experience of surfing the internet. Their videos are a frantic, improvisatory mash-up of genres and styles, equal parts reality show, diary, sketch comedy, behind-the-scenes documentary, experimental film, Instagram story, and clothing advertisement (each brother has a branded apparel line). One moment, they’ll address a hand-held camera as if taking a selfie or talking to a friend on FaceTime, the next, they’ll be the subject of an exuberant montage. It can feel like you’re watching several videos in the span of one or, more precisely, multiple videos put into a blender.

    That may sound like a recipe for incoherence, but the Paul brothers have developed a thoroughly modern approach to narrative that holds the videos together, combining the orchestrated spontaneity of reality television with the urgency and immediacy of Snapchat and Vine. They don’t operate as if you’ve committed to watching them for an hour. They work under the assumption that to keep you from clicking to another video, they have to make every second count.

    There are other YouTubers who share that attitude. But what makes the Paul brothers different is the scope of their ambition and the depth of their skill. Their videos are a more difficult balancing act, moving faster and engaging with more visual, sonic, and performative ideas. If other YouTubers are exploring uncharted territory, the Paul brothers are right by their side, juggling torches.

    Logan is more sincere 

    Logan is the more sincere, reflective, and relatable of the two. In a video from April, titled, “The End of Logan Paul Vlogs...,” he suggests that he might retire his YouTube channel, but before he gets there, he puts on a riveting display of performative, stylistic, and conceptual invention.

    In the video’s opening minutes, he addresses the camera from the backyard of his home in Los Angeles, referencing the premise implied by the video’s title without tackling it head-on. Instead, he teases and is teased by his friends and ends up dropping the matter. Though he stays within a small radius, Logan never stops talking or moving. The feeling of activity is visual, too. The camera shakes and zooms, graphics illustrate Logan’s dialogue, and the video’s editing creates the impression that Logan is almost teleporting around the frame.

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    The movement doesn’t stop, continuing with a flurry of visual effects, montages, and audio tricks as Logan picks up his customized Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which he spends much of the video’s middle segment driving. In the video’s final minutes, Logan thanks his fans for their support and reveals that, in classic Paul brother fashion, the "end" he hints at in the video’s title is a misdirect. He is not ending his channel, he says, just the habit of releasing a new video each day.

    So the video’s title is a bit misleading. But, as in many of Logan and Jake’s videos, exactly what happens is beside the point. It’s how it happens that matters. It’s the way they talk and move, and how the camera and soundtrack compound their energy. The cumulative effect of their style is a sense of joy and discovery, even if it’s sometimes hidden beneath juvenile pranks.

    Jake is more outlandish

    Jake creates a little more distance between himself and his audience. He is less emotionally accessible and more prone to absurdist humor. For much of a video he released in April titled, "Jake Paul Yodeling in Walmart!! *Kicked Out*," he uses broad gestures and inflections that don’t resemble traditional human interaction. But rather than pushing the viewer away, he creates a sense of intimacy — the feeling of gaining access to the small group of friends around whom he feels most comfortable acting without inhibition.

    The video begins with Jake and Kade Speiser, a fellow YouTube personality and member of Team 10 — Jake’s label for aspiring social-media stars — sitting in a bedroom in the Team 10 mansion and talking about Jake’s plan to imitate Mason Ramsey, who became a minor celebrity after a video of him yodeling in a Walmart went viral.

    Jake and Speiser act in the way of longtime friends who have developed a kind of second language through inside jokes and common gestures. The video consists of the two planning the stunt, shopping for clothes that resemble what Ramsey wore in his video, performing the stunt, and taking pictures with fans. Like Logan, Jake creates a feeling of constant motion. There are graphics, cartoon sound effects, a distorted frame, a brief clip from "SpongeBob SquarePants," replays, visual filters, and slow motion, stitched together with frenetic (but precise) editing and handheld cameras. The stunt itself is childish, but it’s a Trojan horse for Jake’s boisterous talents.

    The Paul brothers have rare skill sets

    YouTube is full of would-be celebrities vying for your attention. What sets the Paul brothers apart is their rare combination of Hollywood charisma with an ability to translate the structures and rhythms of social media, memes, and internet videos into a coherent form of entertainment. There are other YouTubers, like Markiplier and Lilly Singh, who are magnetic on camera, but they’re often bound by conventional approaches to content and structure. On the flip side, some personalities, like VanossGaming, have an inventive approach to structure without a compelling on-screen presence.

    The Paul brothers have both and have used them to envision expansive careers that take frequent, unpredictable turns. There is precedent for artists who work in two disciplines — television and podcasts, film and literature, music production and music management — less so for those work in five. In addition to their vlogs, clothing lines, music videos, and intermittent appearances in films and television shows, the Paul brothers have also dabbled in amateur boxing. (They fought fellow YouTube stars— and brothers — Deji and KSI in August).

    Sometimes, their ambitions backfire. Their songs are almost unlistenable, and Team 10 appears to be in disarray, possibly due to Jake and his father's alleged mistreatment of some of the group's members. But the Paul brothers’ vision for a new kind of stardom is compelling. In their videos, you can sense a boundless energy ready to escape the frame. That energy can lead to stupid decisions. It can also make you feel like you’re watching the birth of a new medium.

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    • YouTube was inaccessible for two hours on Tuesday evening
    • The inability to log on to the Web's second-most visited site, sent large numbers of people to alternative sources of video.
    • Google Trends provides a snapshot of how people began searching video sites Dailymotion and Vimeo during YouTube's blackout.  

    YouTube's massive sway on the world's attention may be best illustrated when the video-sharing site disappears.

    A glitch caused the Web's second-most visited site, behind Google Search, to go down for about about 90 minutes on Tuesday evening. For Google's rivals, YouTube's outage was like manna from Heaven.

    According to  Google Trends, a glut of people began searching for Vimeo and Dailymotion as soon as YouTube went offline. 

    YouTube outage, Dailymotion, Vimeo

    The blue line in the above graph reflects searches for Dailymotion and the red is Vimeo.

    Some of the terms most searched for during the outage included "YouTube is down,""YouTube down," and "YouTube error."     

     

    Journalists often make fun of how people react in panic when a favorite site goes dark, but YouTube has become a major source of entertainment, news and communication for billions of people around the world. As of May, the site had a staggering 1.8 billion logged-in users.

    And while other video sites exist, none comes close to offering the same breath of content as YouTube. 

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    • The Central Valley is one the main food suppliers in the US, but it now faces a host of environmental concerns. 
    • In the wake of a six-year drought, the region's mega-farms have begun to sink, and pumping groundwater has released toxic levels of arsenic into the water supply. 
    • A package of bills to limit groundwater pumping has already been passed, but the area may have to wait more than 20 years before it's implemented.

    In the center of California lies one of the most important agricultural areas in the US — an 18,000-square-mile stretch of heartland known as the Central Valley. Each year, the region's mega-farms produce about a quarter of the nation's food supply, or around $17 billion worth of crops. Without them, a significant swathe of the US could lose easy access to staple foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

    That's begun to look increasingly likely as the effects of drought poison the water supply and cause the land to sink.

    The problems date back to 2011, when California was hit by one of the worst droughts in its history. From then until 2014, the state was the driest it's ever been on record. Though California Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to the emergency in April 2017, the effects of the drought are long-lasting. 

    The land is now painfully starved for groundwater, prompting farmers to drill wells into the ground and pump the water through aquifers (bodies of porous rock that act as a natural filtration system). When farmers over-pump the water — which they often do, given the arid nature of the soil — it can cause the land to sink at a rate of two inches per month in some areas.

    Sinking poses a danger to nearby infrastructure, causing roads to crack or holes to form in the ground. It can also damage aqueducts, or underground pipes, making it even more difficult to move water between locations.

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    These damages alone are enough to jeopardize food production in the Central Valley. But the area is struggling with yet another environmental concern: poisoned water.

    A new study shows that over-pumping aquifers can release arsenic, a toxic chemical that increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes when present in significant amounts. According to the study, around 10% of wells tested in the San Joaquin Valley — the Central Valley's main agricultural hotspot — have shown dangerous levels of arsenic over the last ten years.  

    In 2016, California set aside $19 million to provide emergency drinking water to disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies. But even these funds aren't enough to make up for the water lost due to toxins. With roughly 100,000 people in the Central Valley lacking access to clean water, homes have been forced to spend as much as 10% of their income to meet this basic need. 

    The one glimmer of hope for residents is a package of state bills that aims to limit groundwater pumping and shut down wells. Local agencies have until at least 2020 to develop the regulations, and another 20 years after that to implement them. That's plenty of time for the water crisis to escalate and the land to sink even lower.

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