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Stephen Colbert calls BS on Trump's 'fix' for humanitarian crisis

21 June, by Shannon Connellan[ —]

Following public outrage and immense pressure, Trump finally signed an executive order on Tuesday to stop the separation of migrant families crossing the U.S. border.

But don't let Trump's executive order fool you. For one, it hasn't fooled Stephen Colbert.

The Late Show host took his opening monologue to call BS on the president's infuriating move, which essentially changes, but doesn't fix, the humanitarian crisis his own administration created. 

TONIGHT! Trump tries to fix the humanitarian crisis he started with an executive order that...doesn't fix the humanitarian crisis he started#LSSC pic.twitter.com/Xz3PkzFyWH

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 21, 2018

More about Separation, Stephen Colbert, Immigration, Trump, and Trump Administration

Giant rainbow crossing returns to Sydney after its controversial removal

21 June, by Shannon Connellan[ —]

Sydney's beloved rainbow crossing was both a symbol of LGBTQ pride and a popular tourist attraction before the State Government controversially covered it up without warning.

Now, the rainbow is being permanently reinstated.

Sydney's getting a new rainbow crossing, to be installed five years after it was covered up in 2013 under a layer of asphalt in the middle of the night by the NSW Government. 

Their excuse? The painted, flat road feature was deemed a safety hazard

Marking a centre point of Sydney's LGBTQ capital, and installed by the City of Sydney council for the 2013 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the original rainbow crossing ran down Oxford Street, through Taylor Square, in the suburbs of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.  Read more...

More about Australia, Lgbtq, Sydney, Pride, and Culture

Bad Lip Reading of Trump-Kim summit is more believable than what really happened

21 June, by Morgan Sung[ —]

Bad Lip Readings are back and they're better than ever. 

The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore had a plethora of cringey moments, from the bizarre movie trailer released by the White House to when Trump suggested that North Korea build condos instead of exploding cannons in the ocean. But there were parts of the summit that the general public didn't get a glimpse of — so Bad Lip Reading imagined what we couldn't hear during Trump's bonding session with the North Korean dictator.

Gems include Kim calling Trump "buddy" and "homie," while Trump responds, "That's pretty weird." 

In the spoof, Trump also admits to reading Kim's diary, putting him on the spot for "wanting to grow up and get in a rocket ship." Trump also experiences some gastrointestinal distress, burping out "hey, look at the tiny little zucchini."  Read more...

More about Memes, Trump, Kim Jong Un, Culture, and Web Culture

Don't let Trump's executive order fool you — family detention is also inhumane

21 June, by Rebecca Ruiz[ —]

Donald Trump finally yielded to public outrage Tuesday and signed an executive order to halt the separation of migrant parents and children crossing the border. It ended one chapter of a crisis created by his own administration and began another phase that should elicit the same level of public fury.

First, that executive order makes no mention of government efforts to reunite more than 2,000 children with their parents. Many advocates fear such reunions will never happen given what they're hearing from detained parents who cannot locate their children and have been given no information about their whereabouts. That alone should provoke swift, impassioned demands of accountability from those who opposed family separation.   Read more...

More about Social Good, Immigration, Trump Administration, Social Good, and Politics

Chrissy Teigen trolls John Legend with an adorable Arthur meme reference

21 June, by Morgan Sung[ —]

Chrissy Teigen, Twitter goddess and cookbook queen, just posted the sweetest picture of her daughter and husband. 

Sort of.

In the adorable photo that Teigen captioned "Luna and daddy," her daughter chills on on some bright pink lawn furniture while holding a stuffed Arthur doll. Can it get any cuter?

Luna and daddy

A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on

Answer: yes. 

In an comment on the Instagram post, Teigen said that the doll is actually her own childhood toy, which her mom kept this whole time.  Read more...

More about Memes, Chrissy Teigen, Culture, and Web Culture

Lawmakers send bipartisan letter to Google asking it to end partnership with Huawei

21 June, by Diamond Naga Siu[ —]

Google's got mail.

Lawmakers from the Senate and House sent a letter today to Google boss Sundar Pichai asking him to reconsider the company's relationship with Chinese smartphone company Huawei.

The letter argued that the relationship posed a serious national security threat. "Chinese telecommunications companies, such as Huawei, have extensive ties with the Chinese Communist Party," reads the letter that has bipartisan signatures.

"The concerns of the Intelligence Community are well founded: recent reports indicate that a former U.S. intelligence officer charged with spying for the Chinese government used Huawei technology to communicate with his handlers." Read more...

More about Google, Congress, Marco Rubio, Huawei, and Partnership

Dad cons his way into getting a nice table at a booked restaurant

21 June, by Martha Tesema[ —]

Legal or not, sometimes all it takes is a quick catfish to get what you want. 

After trying to book a table at a restaurant and being told there were no availabilities, a father did the only logical thing: He pretended to be a prime minister of a foreign country. And apparently, it worked.

"My dad wanted to make a reservation at a restaurant and they told him that they were completely booked, minutes later he called back claiming to be the prime minister of Morocco ...," @Ihab8knicks tweeted on Tuesday.  Read more...

More about Twitter, Impersonator, Culture, and Web Culture

How to download Instagram's new IGTV app for iOS and Android right now

21 June, by Karissa Bell[ —]

Instagram's YouTube competitor is finally here.

The company has officially launched IGTV,  a new way for Instagram users to create YouTube-like channels that host longer videos within Instagram.

But even though IGTV channels will exist within the main Instagram app we all know and love, the company has also created dedicated apps for iOS and Android to host the new, longer videos. Unlike YouTube, all the videos are vertical and videos in the IGTV app will start playing as soon as you launch it.

Both apps are available for download now in the App Store and Google PlayRead more...

More about Tech, Instagram, Apps And Software, Tech, and Social Media Companies

Trump told Apple CEO Tim Cook that the U.S. would not levy tariffs on iPhones

20 June, by Rachel Kraus[ —]

There's a big question mark over how President Trump's trade war with China will impact iPhone lovers. And things just got even murkier.

President Trump continued to escalate his trade war with China on Monday when he threatened to levy tariffs on an additional $200 million worth of Chinese goods — which in turn prompted retaliatory threats from China. That should have Apple very worried, considering that iPhones depend on importing and exporting in both directions. 

But apparently, President Trump recently reassured Apple CEO Tim Cook and told him not to worry. An anonymous source told the New York Times that Trump told Cook that the tariffs would not apply to iPhones. Phew! Read more...

More about Apple, China, Tim Cook, Trump, and Trade

Guy at World Cup lights his cigarette with a literal flaming wallet

20 June, by Morgan Sung[ —]

aThere's something admirable about the fiery passion that World Cup fans have. 

In some cases, it's literal fire. 

A fan at the World Cup lit his cigarette with a FLAMING WALLET. Yes, you read that right. He lit a cigarette with a whole wallet that lights on fire

To quote the Fox Sports commentator, "Oh good lord, son!" 

The commentator continued: "That is so unhealthy for you on multiple levels."

As the Independent points out, lighters would probably be confiscated at stadium security checkpoints. There's no written policy on flaming wallets — the same kind that magicians usually use for tricks — so this guy slipped through.  Read more...

More about Memes, Wtf, World Cup, Culture, and Web Culture

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