After a week of actresses speaking out against the predatory actions of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful Hollywood men, actress Mayim Bialik published an op-ed for the New York Times in which she wrote about her experiences as a woman in the industry.
Having entered the TV world as an 11-year-old, she said she wasn’t surprised by the Weinstein allegations. The Big Bang Theory star also wrote about her experiences of “constantly being teased” over her looks and that she always made conservative choices as an actress, in part, because her parents were skeptical of the industry. She then went on to link her appearance and her choice in clothing to her having had almost no experience with “men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms.”
“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.
“I am entirely aware that these types of choices might feel oppressive to many young feminists. Women should be able to wear whatever they want. They should be able to flirt however they want with whomever they want. Why are we the ones who have to police our behavior?
“In a perfect world, women should be free to act however they want. But our world isn’t perfect. Nothing—absolutely nothing—excuses men for assaulting or abusing women. But we can’t be naïve about the culture we live in.”
It is this passage that many women have found problematic. On social media, she has been taken to task for her perceived victim-blaming, her condescension, and her seeming lack of awareness that you can be sexually harassed or assaulted no matter what you wear or how attractive you are.
"I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly." This is disgusting. @missmayim is placing blame on victims and forgetting that rape and assault are about power, not about desire. https://t.co/gVFoct2QyQ
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) October 14, 2017
Mayim Bialik's NYT op-ed is 🚮. The "Pence rule" is 🚮. Blaming women's or victim's choices for Weinstein or any predator is 🚮.
— Jessica Luther (@scATX) October 14, 2017
— Google is free (@seelolago) October 14, 2017
Mayim Bialik’s trash NYT op-ed shouldn’t be a surprise if you remember this pic.twitter.com/s6QeSIfaKe
— Ira Madison III (@ira) October 14, 2017
.@missmayim I have to say I was dressed non provocatively at 12 walking home from school when men masturbated at me. It's not the clothes.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 14, 2017
Mayim Bialik missed the perfect opportunity to call out men in Hollywood. Instead she blames women. https://t.co/kBJPGXhwI1
— Ines Helene (@inihelene) October 14, 2017
The Big Bang Theory is one of the most misogynistic things on television. Just bc the predators are nerd men, doesn't make it less egregious
— 🎃 witch bitch 🎃 (@NicoleFroio) October 14, 2017
Long story short, if you haven’t been harassed and think it’s because of your looks, it isn’t. You’re just very lucky.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 14, 2017
While Bialik considers herself a feminist, it is her narrow definition of what constitutes one that that has left many to see her as pompous and judgmental of other women. In the past, she has called attachment parenting the “normal” way to mother and has shut down those who question Zionism’s place in feminism.
On Saturday night, Bialik responded to the controversy, writing that her words had been taken out of context. She also vowed to continue the discussion.
I'm being told my N.Y. Times piece resonated with so many and I am beyond grateful for all of the feedback. I also see a…
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Yamaha is bringing a radically-designed electric motorcycle to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Called the MOTOROiD, technical details on the futuristic bike have not been fully revealed, but it features cylindrical batteries marked “Caution: High Voltage” where the engine is typically located and thick orange cables connected to a rear hub motor.
There’s also a unique rear suspension with the shock mounted below the swingarm and a pistol grip steering system with an unclear connection to the front fork. Its scant bodywork includes a faux gas tank cover for the rider to lean on and a wraparound rear seatback.
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According to Yamaha, technology allows the bike to interact with its rider like a living creature.
Along with the MOTOROiD, Yamaha is also bringing a tandem two-seat, four-wheel vehicle to the show that can lean into turns like a motorcycle.
The MWC-4 is powered by batteries, but has a range-extending gasoline generator for long trips. Yamaha says its design was inspired by motorcycles and musical instruments, which the company also makes.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2017/10/13/yamaha-reveals-wild-electric-motorcycle-concept.html]]>
You fear getting hurt like you did before. You’re more guarded.
You associate caring with pain.
You associate love with fear.
You think back to a long list of people and stories that led to another dead end.
You push people away but at the very same time you want and need that connection. We all do.
Part of you wants to jump into things while the other half of you fears every step you take anticipating it being the wrong one.
You lay awake at night wondering if you’re doing this to yourself. If you’ve become so tainted expecting the worst of people suddenly manifests itself into bringing out the worst of everyone.
Sometimes you think it’s you and not every person which is why something goes wrong. It has nothing to do with the person you’re choosing.
When the common factor is you alone, every time something goes wrong you point at yourself fixating upon flaws and things you shouldn’t have said. Maybe if you acted differently. Maybe if you said something else. Maybe if you didn’t make it so easy.
But love and relationships and giving your best are what comes easily to you.
With every disappointment, you swear you’re going to be more careful next time. You’re going to make it a bit harder to get you. You swear you won’t try so hard or care too much. You’ll do everything that doesn’t come naturally. You won’t wear your heart on your sleeve. You’ll finally be the one that cares less. You won’t be the one that gets hurt this time. You won’t be the one who gets disappointed. You won’t sit staring at your phone wondering when you made yourself this option they could choose. You swore the next time you wouldn’t sit here pointing the finger of blame at the person looking back at you in the mirror.
But here you are doing just that. Here you are rereading texts, replaying scenarios, wondering exactly at what moment did this person change their mind about you.
Alone you think you’ve made progress. You think I’m ready for someone new to enter my life. You think, okay I can do this. Then someone comes and it feels like one step forward and three back because here you are in the same relationship circle just with a different person playing the main role.
You hope this is the person who accepts you for it. You hope this is the person who adds confidence to every person who ever left you with doubt. You hope this is the person who looks at you and realizes everyone else made a mistake but they won’t. You hope just maybe this time it’s a different outcome.
Because the truth is all you need is one person to do that for you.
One person to show you, you’ve done nothing wrong.
One person to show you, there is nothing wrong with you.
One person to show you, everything you look at as a flaw is what someone else sees as beauty.
You think you are to blame for all the baggage in your past but all it takes is one person to show you, you didn’t need to hold onto that so tightly.
When you’re tired of getting hurt and all you’ve known is pain but you’re the type who can love deeply and give your best regardless of that, maybe the relationships you pine after and the people you think you want are less than you deserve. Maybe you deserve more than anything you’re aiming for.
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Scientists have announced a breakthrough with an ion thruster that could one day take humans to Mars.
It’s called the X3 thruster, a type of ion propulsion known as a Hall thruster. This technology is alluring because it can theoretically achieve higher speeds than conventional chemical propulsion.
In a series of tests at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, researchers said they had now achieved a record power output for a Hall thruster, opening up new avenues of research.
“We have shown that X3 can operate at over 100 kW of power,” Alex Gallimore, the project’s lead, told Space.com. “It generated 5.4 Newtons of thrust, which is the highest level of thrust achieved by any plasma thruster to date.” (The previous record was 3.3 Newtons.)
Ion thrusters are alluring because they promise high thrust with little fuel input. With little propellant needed, they can theoretically operate for much longer than conventional thrusters, achieving much higher speeds.
We’ve tested out quite a few, too. The longest-running is on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is currently in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres and launched in 2007. However, that has a thrust of just 90 microNewtons (0.00009 Newtons). Hall thrusters offer a much higher thrust.
They involve accelerating plasma at extremely high speeds. Electrons are used to bump into atoms, normally of xenon gas. This knocks off more atoms, producing positive ions and thrust. Slowly, over time, this continually increases the speed of a spacecraft.
In theory, a Hall thruster could get a spacecraft up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per second, eight times faster than a chemical propulsion spacecraft with a top speed of 5 kilometers (3 miles) per second.
Thus, they are hugely promising for spaceflight. If used on manned missions to Mars, for example, the spacecraft could require less propellant and thus more easily be launched into orbit. However, Gallimore noted such an engine would need a lot of power, which is why the X3 thruster is so promising.
By using a bigger thruster, the team said they use multiple channels of plasma rather than just a single channel – called a nested channel. This could allow for these high speeds to be achieved.
This is not the only ion thruster research being conducted. NASA has several other projects on the go, to try and improve methods of spaceflight. Maybe the first humans that go to Mars will have a revolutionary ion thruster to thank.
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Washington (CNN)In a terrific Washington Post piece published Tuesday that paints Donald Trump as a tea kettle about to blow, there’s a remarkably telling paragraph about how the President views politics and his role in it. Here it is:
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/trump-applause-north-carolina/index.html]]>
The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trumps threat to world peace even implying he was an American Hitler but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling towards a Syrian airfield. Now he has unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard of Afghanistan and he wants Britain to follow suit. His latest military escapade must be resisted.
The war in Afghanistan is a monumental and in comparison to the more notorious Iraqi quagmire little-discussed calamity. More than 2,400 US soldiers have died there; the British death toll is over 450. As Joan Humphreys who lost her 24-year-old grandson private Keith Elliott to the disaster puts it, the war represents a total waste of British lives, Afghan lives, American lives. All families were proud of their sons, but many felt they had died for nothing, she said in 2014. It has been a senseless conflict, says Ann McLaren, who lost her 20-year-old son Scott. What did we achieve? Nothing. It was all a waste of time.
Donald Trump may not heed these voices, but we must. Pressure must be exerted on our own government. There is already the danger of mission creep: defence secretary Michael Fallon responded to Trumps announcement by boasting that Britain had hiked the number of its military advisers. The danger of Britain being embroiled again in the Afghan morass is real. Our government has made a strategic decision to toady up to the bigoted reality star currently occupying the White House. Britains own failed conflict in Helmand province was part of the blood price, as Tony Blair infamously described it. After humiliation in southern Iraq, the British government was determined to prove its worth to the US administration. That must not happen again.
Consider the outcome of 16 years of direct western military involvement in Afghanistan. The Kabul government has control of just 57% of the country. Four in 10 Afghans are unemployed. Opium production has soared since the western invasion. A 2014 report found that both Iraq and Afghanistan had cost British taxpayers more than 29bn, with the British offensive in Helmand stirring up both violence and opium production.
Remember how a quick, easy victory was promised in 2001, foreshadowing the later and more notorious bloodbath in Iraq? Only a total sucker would trust Trump to succeed where others have failed, and at such a high human cost. Here was a man who some naively believed was a dove in contrast to the militarist Hillary Clinton: he is, in truth, a more naked and honest exponent of American imperialism. He is undoubtedly keen to deflect attention from his imploding ratings with bloody military ventures.
An unforgivable number of Afghans, Britons and Americans have already died needless deaths. We cannot, sadly, travel back in time to stop the disastrous military adventures of the past. We can, however, learn from our history, and demand no further return of British soldiers to the bloody battlefields of Afghanistan.
Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/afghanistan-conflict-bloody-deaths-uk-us-trump]]>
MEXICO CITY – Warm lighting would enhance the wood floors’ natural glow, the developer promised, so when all the custom lightbulbs burnt out, Anahi Abadia and her husband grudgingly drove to Home Depot to replenish supplies for their chic new flat in central Mexico City.
They had just reached the register when the earthquake hit, shaking the store so fiercely the structure screeched. Minutes later, a text came in from their neighbor: The elegant apartment they had purchased only six months earlier had collapsed, rendering their new home a pile of crushed concrete.
They were among the fortunate: Two women working in their building and dozens more perished on Sept. 19 in structure failures that several prominent engineers now say could have been prevented. Nearly two-thirds of the 44 buildings that fell in Mexico City were designed with a construction method called flat slab — in which floors are supported only by concrete columns — now forbidden in parts of the United States, Chile and New Zealand according to data compiled by a team of structural engineers at Stanford University and obtained by The Associated Press.
Mexico City officials were widely lauded for tightening their building codes after thousands died in the 1985 earthquake. But they left out one crucial reform: a prohibition on the building technique that caused 61 percent of the building collapses in last month’s magnitude 7.1 quake, which killed 369 people and blanketed tree-lined avenues in rubble.
“I keep thinking about what would have happened if I had still been in bed that afternoon.” said Abadia, 26, who was in her bedroom that morning recovering from thyroid cancer, dreaming of furnishing the home she and her husband moved into in March. “That was where we used to feel safe.”
The concrete slabs used to build floors and ceilings can be cast to include some rebar for reinforcement, and give builders greater flexibility in room layout and allow for higher ceilings.
But in an earthquake, without reinforced concrete walls or lateral bracing to resist forces pushing structures sideways, buildings with that design can move too much. The columns, and connections between the slabs and columns, can easily break, prompting collapse, as was the case at a school where 26 people died, most of them children.
“We have known for 30 years that this system killed lots of people, so why are we still using it?” asked Eduardo Miranda, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford and global expert on earthquake-resistant design who compiled the data. “The right decision after `85 would have been to completely ban this kind of construction. We could have saved lives.”
Abadia’s trendy, ecofriendly apartment building with its wood-paneled balconies and solar-paneled roof collapsed when a corner column failed, and the flat-slab structure pancaked, Miranda said. There, the construction method was only the start of the problems: The units were designed by an architect whose license lapsed, and approved in a borough where auditors previously found illegal construction occurred unchecked.
Experts concur that the devastation caused by last month’s earthquake in the city of 8.9 million people could have been much worse had the building codes not been so strong, but it also has forced an uncomfortable conversation about their shortcomings. Now, as experts race to toughen standards to retrofit hundreds of damaged buildings, they are grappling with the reality that corruption has allowed hundreds of structures to be built outside the rules atop the soft soils of Mexico City’s ancient lakebed.
After the quake, Abadia and her husband made their way home to find their flat in ruins, concrete and rebar tangled in the parking lot, pieces of Styrofoam filler used in the slabs floating in the breeze. Frantic neighbors gathered to search for a missing mother and daughter-in-law they knew cleaned an apartment down the hall, but the builder never appeared, so residents were left to sketch out their own graphs of the building’s structure for rescue crews seeking a safe entry point.
“The two people working in (hash)404 couldn’t get out,” said Abadia, the scars from her operation still fresh at the base of her throat. “How is it possible that after less than a year after it opened, the building was completely demolished?”
The day after the earthquake, the builder, Canada Building Group, sent residents an email saying that the company was not responsible for the collapse because the earthquake was a “fortuitous event” out of its control.
Little did residents know that the private engineer who designed the building had been working under a license that expired in July 2015, online records show. City officials and the engineer did not return calls seeking further details about the expiration.
And the borough official who heads the department that signed off on the plans the engineer submitted, including the waffle slab construction, reportedly had been suspended for illicit enrichment after an investigation by Mexico City’s controller found he failed to report a home and two cars on his income statement. Neither the builder nor the official, Nicias Rene Aridjis, responded to AP’s calls or messages but Aridjis has disputed the claim on Twitter.
An audit performed by Mexico City’s controller in 2015 shows that the same borough, Benito Juarez, had been rubber stamping construction drawings, allowing unpermitted and illegal construction to sail through its offices.
“It was found that the department of public works and urban development does not have a specific program to administratively verifyáconstruction drawings,” the audit said.
Borough officials did not return calls seeking comment, but previously announced they were investigating possible sanctions against the developer of Abadia’s apartment building and planned to file a criminal complaint.
“It will need to be investigated ,” said Renato Berron, head of the Institute for the Security of Constructions of Mexico City, a city agency. “It can’t be that something so new fell down.”
In the crisis following the 1985 quake, a group of academics, building officials and engineers worked day and night to draft emergency recommendations to strengthen Mexico City’s seismic codes, which were swiftly passed into law.
The committee was under pressure to analyze what caused the collapses and quickly issue new norms, and some architects and builders were opposed to an outright ban on flat slab construction, said Miranda, whose work at the time was to write reports that informed the committee as they crafted tougher rules.
“There were lots of builders and owners who were not going to be happy that you just stopped their construction,” said Miranda, who later went on to serve on Mexico’s code committee in the 1990s, as well as on committees funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. “These things start as technical conversations but then you run into policy and politics very quickly.”
The new codes allowed flat slab construction if developers designed the building to be seismically stronger than structures with beams or concrete walls.
Authorities did not focus enough on evaluating if existing flat slab structures needed a seismic retrofit after 1985, Miranda said.
“It would have been better to have insisted very much about not using flat slab, or using it only it in very special cases,” said Roberto Meli, a renowned structural engineer who served on the code committee in 1985, and went on to head the federal Center for Disaster Protection founded after that quake. “There should have been more of a public information campaign to designers and builders that this was not a good solution.”
The new codes gave more responsibility to a network of private engineers who are hired and paid by developers, and who submit structural plans to borough authorities. In practice, that means private engineers — not government experts — vet projects’ structural safety, and even city officials say the process can be vulnerable to corruption.
“Corruption can come in many forms, from the moment someone accepts a bribe to when someone falsifies documents, or fails to present the right structural plans to borough authorities,” said Berron. “If the construction rules were implemented as they are written, then this could be avoided. But that hasn’t always worked out.”
In recent decades, middle-class enclaves close to the city’s professional center have experienced vertiginous growth, and a dizzying array of unpermitted helipads and illegal, multi-floor garages have sprouted up between historic neoclassical homes. In the last 15 years, residents of Abadia’s Benito Juarez borough and two others nearby have sent in the highest number of complaints about land-use violations to a city watchdog agency.
Now, those same boroughs are home to dozens of damaged buildings that may need to be demolished or require emergency retrofitting, according to data from the Mexican Society of Structural Engineers. Miranda, whose team compiled the data on the 44 collapses through in-person visits and detailed structural analysis, estimates that hundreds of damaged buildings were built with flat slab systems, including some built relatively recently. Some 57 percent of the collapsed buildings had a soft story, a garage or other similar opening on the ground floor, Miranda’s data shows.
Meli said he and others on the expert committee will seek to strengthen retrofitting standards first, and by early next year he said they may reexamine flat slab, although he is not convinced prohibiting the method outright would have worked.
Abadia, who is living temporarily at her mother-in-law’s apartment on the other side of the vast city, said she hopes shoddy builders will be held responsible.
“We lost everything,” she said. “We know an earthquake is an unexpected event. But a new building should not fall down.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/09/lives-lost-in-mexico-quake-could-have-been-saved-engineers-say.html]]>
Pepper will be joined by the family’s other dogs, Penny, Pippa, and Puddy, further proving that this is the cutest family in America. Chrissy spent the weekend
healing America sharing adorable Pepper videos with her Insta audience and we gotta say: We’re in love. Just look at her:
She has the perfect amount of little French bulldog rolls! Not to mention the fact that any photo containing baby Luna in her diaper is a literal ovary melter.
Omg stoooopppp. Listen to her trying to bark! This is why I’ve always said I need the Legends to adopt me ASAP. Look at all the sweet little puppers! Seriously, are they looking for a dog sitter or anything? I will literally leave my job. They don’t have to pay me. I’ll live in the basement. IDGAF.
Read more: http://www.betches.com/chrissy-teigen-new-puppy]]>
But out of everything, this is hands down the most valuable piece of info I’ve learned:
JK, that one I actually did learn from my own friends’ mistakes. But something I was forced to learn the hard way was that spending weekday afternoons in a coffeehouse bitching to my friends about being ghosted doesn’t result in me coming home to my comfy downtown loft with takeout (the ‘90s term for Seamless) every night. Not that shacking it in a studio apartment with three other people plotting ways to divvy up the remaining $12.35 balance on my debit card isn’t my definition of fun, but it’d be cool if someone gave me a heads up that life was gonna be this way, ya know? Anyway, I know your job’s a joke, you’re probably broke, and your love life… wellppp… but the friends would’ve been much worse off had their apartments been IRL-priced, so grab a bottle and chill the fuck out.
Address: 90 Bedford St., #19 New York NY
I won’t discredit the size of Joey and Chandler’s apartment located across the hall from Monica’s, but I will discredit Joey’s acting career, which was comparable to gas station sushi. After being killed off early on, he went flat broke (as do most acting wannabes). Luckily, Joey had Chandler to save him from being a full-time dumpster diver, but Chandler was forced to provide for Joey and two farm animals on a
transponster whatever-the-fuck-he-does’s salary for at least five seasons, which makes no sense.
A 2-bed/1-bath apartment in West Village that’s big enough to fit a foosball table and two Barcaloungers isn’t as shocking as the $4,200/month rent Chandler put down, which is like $2,850/month 18 years ago (yes, you’re old af), and that’s on the lower end of the spectrum, assuming the place hadn’t yet been tampered with during a game of “Hammer Darts” or “Extreme Fireball.” That rent also doesn’t include the utility bills and other shit Chandler had to pay for, like Joey’s health insurance and will to live, but honestly thank god for Joey, or Chan would prob still be half a virgin by now.
Address: Somewhere across the street from Monica’s place
If it wasn’t for Ross pulling the No. 1 fuckboy move and
mixing up his hoes in different area codes almost marrying that British bitch with a scone up her ass, he’d still be living in a typical NYC shithole. Instead, he found an apartment with a bird’s-eye view of his sister’s and best friend’s sexcapades every night (EW). But out of every character’s living situation, the only believable one just so happens to be Ross’s, thanks to his career as a doctor paleontologist/college professor who sometimes fucks his students.
A 2-bed/1-bath, 700-square-foot apartment in the same West Village neighborhood as Monica averages to about $4,500/month, which would’ve been about $3,054/month back in ‘99. And considering Ross threw a bitch fit (when tf did he not?) about his fucking apothecary table that one time, I’d assume his bougie dino cave was equipped with an updated interior and (prob) fossilized foliage preserved in the wood flooring or some shit. Therefore, it’d likely be at the more expensive end of this rent spectrum.
Address: 90 Bedford St., #20 New York NY
Monica illegally subletting her grandma’s old apartment for 10+ years is the kind of savagery I strive to reach one day. But you seriously have to be a verified idiot to think that a ‘50s diner cook with flame-retardant boobs and a barista with waitressing skills as abominable as Blake Lively’s acting career would live comfortably in a 1,500-square-foot apartment, and not to mention while also feeding four other mooch-y parasite friends who apparently enter and eat and leave as they please.
She and Rachel were only paying $300/month living in their 2-bed/1-bath open floor plan apartment with a balcony that’s been rent controlled since apparently 600 B.C. Yeah, I said $300, like one pair of Khloé’s stupidly priced denim line, or a weekend bar tab. I already mentioned that 700(ish)-square-foot apartments in West Village average $4,200/month, so just double the rent for double the floor plan and maybe pop a Xanny immediately after.
Address: 5 Morton St. # 14, New York, NY
Actual Rent: $3,400/month
First off, I’m calling bullshit on Phoebe and this whole freelance masseuse thing which, looking back, was def a fancy term for the upscale West Village prostitute, Regina Phalange. You heard it here first. This brings me to my next issue. Phoebe might’ve also inherited her 1-bed/1-bath apartment from her grandma, but I’d rather believe the blatant lie that is Trump’s latest tweet than believe that a freelance masseuse, who literally cancelled on and fucked over 90% of her clients every episode, made a comfortable living in Manhattan.
Her decent-sized 1-bed/1-bath pad, which was later turned into a 2-bed when Denise lived with her (K WHO TF WAS DENISE?!), was located four blocks from the rest of the friends’ apartments with an average monthly rent of $3,400 ($2,300 in the ‘90s), but there’s still no fucking way she’d be able to make rent while also doing this thing called LIVING. And do NOT even think about bringing the loose pocket change and occasional condom tips from Phoebe’s open mic days into this equation. #ItsNotSmellyCatsFault
Address: Probably some alleyway in Hunts Point
Ok, so we never really saw Phoebe’s life pre-friends (or we did if you count watching ), but we do know that she lived a fucking badass/hard-knock life by living in a rundown Buick LeSabre on the streets of New York growing up. I mean, she mugged prepubescent goober Ross who collected rocks instead of Hot Wheels, and that in and of itself is iconic.
Based on the cost of gas to keep her car warm in the winter, the medical costs from getting Hepatitis after a pimp spit in her mouth, the shared funeral costs for her mom who killed herself, and the priceless cost of living to tell it all, Phoebe is a fucking legend and a probable alien, but mostly a complete mystery that I will dedicate the rest of my life to cracking the case on.
Read more: http://www.betches.com/how-much-each-friends-apartment-would-cost-today]]>
Wild elephants trampled sleeping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the early hours of Saturday, killing three children and a woman in the second such incident since the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar in just a few weeks.
Many trees on the forested hills of Balukhali in southern Bangladesh, where the incident took place, have been chopped down to house the massive influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in neighbouring Myanmar.
Tarpaulin and bamboo shelters have been built on elephant walkways in some areas, sparking environmental concerns, as the country struggles to accommodate an unprecedented number of people.
Besides those killed, four refugees from neighbouring tents were injured and were in critical condition at Sadar Hospital in Coxs Bazar, the towns additional superintendent of police Afrujul Hoque Totul told Reuters.
At the refugee camp, cooking utensils the family had brought from Myanmar lay crushed under a jumble of bamboo sticks and clothes.
Abdul Sukoor, 30, whose tent on the edge of the camp was also trampled, said he and his family managed to escape when they heard the screams of other refugees as the elephants approached.
He is now moving to a tent further inside the camp, but said he was still worried. We have to be constantly alert at night, he said.
More than 530,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the last two months since attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts triggered a Myanmar army operation that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/14/rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-trampled-to-death-by-wild-elephants]]>