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What if COVID-19 happened in 1990, before the internet?!

We spent a little time thinking through how things would have been different if COVID-19 took place, not in 2020, but in 1990 - before the internet, and how it would have impacted our daily lives, our work, our politics and so on.

The Reverse Side Hustle: a Better Way to Chase Your Dreams

Why the 'reverse side hustle' will not only increase your chances of success, but also give you your life back.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 17 September 2020

As we move towards the pointy end of the season, only four teams remain in the championship hunt. The playoffs have thrown us a few upsets so far, none bigger than the Denver Nuggets coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. The Denver triumph has been making waves in the NBA world and it is only fitting we kick off this week's wrap with it.Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

What if COVID-19 happened in 1990, before the internet?!

We spent a little time thinking through how things would have been different if COVID-19 took place, not in 2020, but in 1990 - before the internet, and how it would have impacted our daily lives, our work, our politics and so on.

The Reverse Side Hustle: a Better Way to Chase Your Dreams

Why the 'reverse side hustle' will not only increase your chances of success, but also give you your life back.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 17 September 2020

As we move towards the pointy end of the season, only four teams remain in the championship hunt. The playoffs have thrown us a few upsets so far, none bigger than the Denver Nuggets coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers. The Denver triumph has been making waves in the NBA world and it is only fitting we kick off this week's wrap with it.Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

Why fake news is real, and how to cut through the noise

Today, the scale and influence of fake news is like nothing we’ve seen before. And it has the potential to result in similarly devastating consequences as the Holocaust. 

The death of the two-party system? Unlikely

Is the two-party system dying? As an individual who so desperately wishes it would, I'm here to offer you a resounding and emphatic... No. Why? Didn't the founding fathers despise political parties? Didn't George Washington consider political parties the enemy of democracy? Well, yes. Alexander Hamilton called political parties "a most fatal disease", James Madison denounced parties lest we fall victim to the "violence of faction'', Washington feared overly successful parties would create "frightful despotism". 

Celebrities in the Firing Line: When Fan Backlash Turns Toxic

One should never underestimate the power of a frustrated fan with an active internet connection. Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler experienced this first-hand, when the wrath of Sonic fans worldwide descended upon his head the second the first trailer for his film hit the web.

Cancel Netflix? Why 'Cuties' is Causing Uproar

The #cancelnetflix hashtag has been trending on Twitter this week, because of Cuties, a French movie directed by Maïmouna Doucouré that critiques society’s sexualization of girls.

The Social Dilemma: An Important Warning Shot That Falls Short

The Social Dilemma is a 90-minute docudrama which brings tech addiction to the attention of a much larger audience. The film raises awareness of the threats posed by big tech not only on our personal lives, but also on democracy and society at large. 

What if Steve Nash was Black?

This week, Steve Nash, the former 8-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA MVP, was appointed Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets, despite not having any coaching experience. ESPN’s NBA analyst, Stephen A Smith, was quick to fall victim to the simplified if-then view of the world. “This is one of the toughest positions I’ve ever had to take,” Smith said on the air. “Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no way around this. This is white privilege. This does not happen for a black man.”

Weekly NBA Wrap: 10 September 2020

The team with the best win-loss record this year has officially been eliminated from the playoffs. Based on recent NBA history, a favourite usually ends up winning the championship, but this year is like no other. If there was ever a year that an underdog could win the whole thing, this is it. Miami destroying Milwaukee in 5 games is proof. Could Miami win the championship? Only time will tell - but in the meantime here is everything you need to know about the past week in the NBA! Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

5 Reasons Why Self-Help Books Don’t Work — and why you should read them

Tyler Cowen, the decorated economist, author, and host of the Conversations with Tyler podcast, recently asked his guest, Nicholas Bloom, why self-help books don’t work. I think they do work, but that any tool is only as good as how you use it. In my case, I’ve learned to be more deliberate about how I respond to stimuli from the Stoics. I’ve learned to rapidly build prototypes and test my business model assumptions from the Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup (which led me to raise capital for my first startup on the back of a $2,000 MVP).

How Bad is Tech Use for Kids, Really?

It feels impossible to tell if the technology our kids use should be celebrated or feared. A few years ago I wrote a book, Hooked, about how technology can be used to change our habits. I intended the book to teach startups how to build healthy habits, but now I’m not so sure. With headlines telling us technology is hijacking our brains, I started second guessing the impact of our devices, especially when it comes to our kids.

What Daniel Andrews Gets Wrong about Science

Dan Andrews, the divisive Premier of Victoria, triggered a collective sigh amongst his state’s 6.4 million constituents recently when he announced that Victoria’s lockdown restrictions would be extended for yet another two weeks, bringing the total term of the state’s strict Stage 4 restrictions to at least 10 weeks.At the commencement of his 90-minute press conference, below, Andrews played the science card.

Djokovic Disqualified From U.S. Open After Judge-Hitting Accident

Most professional athletes personally regret losing their cool and lashing out in the middle of official games but this time, officials of the U.S. Open literally gave Novak Djokovic something to deeply regret. Reuters reports that the World No. 1 tennis player has been disqualified from the tournament after his little outburst sent a ball flying straight to a line judge’s throat. It was a tough match on Sunday between Djokovic and Spain’s unseeded Pablo Carreno Busta. The three-time U.S. Open champion could feel the first set of his match slipping away after he gave away three set points before suffering a fall. Having squandered serve to fall back 5-6, he took a ball and smacked it toward the backcourt, inadvertently hitting a lineswoman considerably hard.

NBA 2K21 Drops

NBA 2K21 is finally here, and it packed a fair amount of buzz on Day 1. One Twitter user obviously had a wonderful launch day, tweeting “I ain’t gonna lie, I’m loving NBA2K21.” Hours after that ecstatic tweet was sent out, another one came in. It read: “1st day of @NBA2K and I’ve come to the conclusion it is the worst 2K I’ve ever played.” Others claimed they got the Dame version despite ‘paying for the Mamba Forever Edition.’ Meanwhile, developer Mike Wang is busy handing out tips to those who can’t figure out the new shooting mechanism: 

The BATMAN Covid 19 Delays

2020 keeps delivering!! The movie going world was absolutely floored by the David Fincheresque look and feel of the new BATMAN trailer that premiered at DC Fandome in late August. We also learned from the filmmakers that only 25% of the film had been shot on the London based set and a very precarious release date appeared at the end of the trailer reading ?0?1. No doubt just a bit of fun regarding the fact that this COVID Virus assures that NO EVENT IS SET IN STONE. 

BLM Takes Centerstage in New Public Enemy Video

31 years ago, Public Enemy released ‘Fight The Power,’ a track that quickly became an anthem for the anti-establishment movement. Fast forward to the year 2020, and the hip-hop band just came out with a new video and proved that the anthem remains as relevant as it was in 1989, amid the social unrest sparked by police-civilian hostility. Variety reports that the updated track actually made its debut at the opening of the BET Awards in June. However, the new music video gave the iconic song a fresh texture as it featured the group performing while footage and images from recent protests play in the reel.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Will Now Make Netflix Shows

Former Hollywood star Meghan Markle and her husband Prince Harry have signed a deal with streaming giant Netflix to make new shows, some of which the Royal Couple may appear in. Six months after formally and dramatically leaving royal life to resettle for private, married life in California, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have fixed their eyes on chasing new dreams and unveiling the start of their Hollywood careers as producers.

6 Ways to Reinvest Office Space Savings into Your People

Six months into the global remote work experiment, it is becoming increasingly clear that some of us love remote work, some of us hate it, and most of us are somewhere in the middle, opting for a mix of both remote and on-premise work. Many people would love the option of working from a central space for just two to three days a week, as it offers them an opportunity for a change of scenery, and to connect and collaborate with other human beings.

Joe Rogan Makes Spotify Debut Without His Most Controversial Episodes

The Joe Rogan Experience has pranced over to Spotify, but fans were disappointed to find out that not all of Rogan’s episodes made the cut. Notably, the episodes that were considered fan favorites were missing from the newly-released Spotify channel. As listed down by Entertainment Weekly, interviews with far-right personalities Owen Benjamin, Gavin McInnes, Charles C. Johnson, And Milo Yiannopoulos, among others, have not migrated to Spotify.

Russian Trolls Peddling Fake News To Derail U.S. Polls Again

Back in 2016, an army of Russia-backed PR firms trooped to social media to shrink progressive and minority support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Now it seems they’re back with more fake accounts and diversionary tactics to tilt the November polls in favor of President Donald Trump’s reelection. According to the New York Times, both Facebook and Twitter have come forward with evidence to prove something that intelligence agencies have been flagging for months: that Russians are trying to meddle in U.S. politics once again.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 3 September 2020

A week is a long time in sport and this week in the NBA has been no exception. Less than a week ago, the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against Orlando leading to three days of postponed NBA games. Thankfully, players decided to stick it out for the rest of the season after having positive discussions with the NBA and team owners. Even Barack Obama got involved.Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

Messi Agrees To Sign 5-Year, €700m Contract With Man City

So it seems Lionel Messi can’t stand spending another minute with Barcelona. According to Give Me Sport, the Argentine star has agreed on signing a five-year deal to work with Pep Guardiola and the rest of Man City -- as soon as he can find a way out of his current contract with Barcelona, which has a year left to run. While showdown talks have yet to conclude, though, Messi no longer thinks himself beholden to Barca’s schedule. In fact, he was reportedly slapped with a huge fine for missing the team’s training session and COVID-19 testing last Monday.

Frustrated Madden 21 Users Call on NFL To Drop EA

Right alongside VMA-related hashtags like #CongratulationsBTS and #Gaga, calls for NFL to drop EA trended early on Monday. This comes two days after ‘Madden NFL 21’ launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Apparently, the game has not improved in years, and gamers are getting increasingly fed up. In fact, according to Sporting News, it has become almost impossible for EA Sports to sweep criticism of its annual football simulation game release under the rug, in spite of its rockstar PR team and sky-high sales.

Sydney FC Wins 5th A-League Crown

Sydney FC took home its fifth A-League Championship to confirm what we already know: this is Sydney’s golden A-League era. As pointed out by ABC, this is the third crown for Steve Corica’s side just in the last four years. It was a wildly entertaining grand final against Melbourne, too, filled to the brim with controversial calls, near-misses, and some good old extra time. In the end, it was a strike from Rhyan Grant 10 minutes into extra time that ended it all. Erick Mombaert’s side could only watch in disbelief as their total dominance in the first phase, coupled with an overturned goal early in the match-up, all came to a losing halt.

The UFC owes its business model to the WWE

The UFC owes a lot to the trailblazing and visionary Vincent Kennedy Mchamon the founder and CEO of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and I’ll tell you why. Formed in 1993, the UFC has come a long way, becoming the most dominant MMA promotion in the game. Ted Turner (owner of the TNT cable station in the U.S) once called McMahon shortly after purchasing a rival wrestling promotion (WCW) to let him know he was getting into the pro wrestling business, to which McMahom replied “That’s great Ted, but I’m in the entertainment business”

Ted Wheeler Blames Trump For Portland Riots

Last week, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler all but told President Donald Trump to get lost when the latter offered federal aid to put an end to the violence in Portland. Now, Wheeler is blaming Trump after a right-wing protester was murdered in light of the escalating riots and burgeoning violence in the city. “Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence?” Wheeler said in an address broadcast by NBC News. “It’s you who have created the hate and division. It’s you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have, and it’s you who claimed that white supremacists are good people.” 

Elon Musk Unveils Neuralink With Chip Implant on Pig's Brain

It’s one of those days that feel more like an early episode of Black Mirror. Today, Elon Musk unveiled more details about his startup -- Neuralink. The tech entrepreneur showed off a pig whose brain activity was uploaded to a Neuralink device. As Gertrude the pig snuffled around a pen, munching on snacks, and mostly ignoring the scientists ‘studying’ its brain, Musk again explained the idea behind Neuralink: a digital link between brains and computers. Ideally, it will pave the way for computers to use data culled from a person’s neural activity to communicate back to the brain.

FBI Nabs Russian Hacker Who Tried To Steal Tesla Secrets

In fairness to Russian hacker Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, it wasn’t such a bad plan to try and bribe a Tesla employee to help him steal company secrets. After all, how hard can it be to find an overworked, disillusioned engineer who would love a chance to stick it to Elon Musk and get $1 million in the process? According to Mashable, the plan was for Kriuchkov and his co-conspirators to give the employee malware to be installed on one of the company’s computers while the Russian mob presumably runs a standard DDoS attack to distract the firm’s security teams. 

42 Business Lessons from the Music Industry

42 business, creativity and life lessons from Alan B Krueger's Rockonomics.

The UFC’s DANA WHITE DGAF ATTITUDE ON SUPPORTING TRUMP

In full DGAF mode, speaking recently to the media in anticipation of his political appearance, UFC President Dana White stated unequivocally that he still supports the President and does care one iota what people think.

NBA Wednesday Cancelled Due To Slew Of Player Boycotts

It was all systems go for the Game 5 triple-header on Wednesday night, but zero NBA action took place as players staged a boycott protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Police officers shot at Blake, a black man, multiple times as he was getting into his car in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. It was the Milwaukee Bucks that first decided not to emerge from their locker room for the continuation of their playoffs series against the Orlando Magic. According to CBS Sports, this move by the Bucks prompted the NBA to postpone all three games slated for the night. That includes games between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Defensive Player Of The Year By A Mile

The Greek Freak continues to amaze as he bagged the 2019-2020 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. According to nba.com, this is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first KDPoY award after finishing as a runner up for the recognition last season. The 6’11” forward is only the fifth player in NBA history to clinch both the NBA Defensive Player of Year award and the NBA MVP plum in a career. He joins the prestigious list previously exclusive to Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Kevin Garnett. Giannis led the Milwaukee Bucks to the league’s best defensive outing so far, allowing only 96.5 points per 100 possessions when he’s on court.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 26 August 2020

Only 13 teams remain in the championship hunt! The brooms came out and Philadelphia, Indiana and Brooklyn were swept in the first round of the playoffs. This week has been jam-packed with news stories from inside and outside the bubble including a buzzer-beater, another coach getting the sack and the NBA Draft Lottery. Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

KFC Shelves 'Finger Lickin' Good' Slogan Because Of The Pandemic

KFC has announced that it is retiring its Finger Lickin’ Good slogan because it doesn’t seem like the kind of message people should be hearing at a time like this.

Lebron James Condemned For 'Destroying' The NBA

While fans and other adoring analysts are heaping praises at LeBron James for bringing the NBA to greater heights, OutKick’s Clay Travis is calling him out for his questionable principles and advocacies off-court.

Extreme Success with a Balanced Life — is it possible?

Can you achieve extreme success whilst living a balanced life?This question was posed to Olympic medal-winning speedskater, Apollo Ohno, by Shane Parrish, on The Knowledge Project recently.“Nobody comes to mind”, said Parrish. I beg to differ.

Nike Launches Powerful Week-Long Birthday Tribute To Kobe

Entitled ‘Better,’ the short ad continued a lesson taught best by the Black Mamba himself: to commit to excellence in every endeavor, to have laser-focus on the things one wants to achieve, and ultimately -- to be better.

Drake To Produce Quibi's '48 Laws of Power'

In case you missed it, Drake is executive producing a new show called ‘48 Laws of Power.’ Along with Future Nur, Dreamcrew’s Jason Shrier, Anonymous Content’s Zack Hayden, and author Robert Greene, the Chicago Freestyle hitmaker is going into business with new streaming service Quibi. This follows the Canadian rapper’s successful revival of British crime drama ‘Top Boy’ for Netflix.

Asteroid Headed For Earth To End Year With A Bang

Ready for 2020 to end yet? Well first, we have to survive the planet getting hit by an asteroid in November. Way to end the year with a bang, eh? NASA scientists confirmed to news.com.au an asteroid named 2018VP1 is currently hurtling towards the Earth and will directly collide with the planet a day before the November 2 presidential elections in the U.S. The 6.5-foot-diameter asteroid was first spotted by the Palomar Observatory in California two years ago.

Tiktok Hits Back At Trump's Ban With Lawsuit

In a statement released to reporters, the company alleged that ever since the U.S. government announced that it will ban TikTok in the country, they have “sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution.

Australian Watchdog Shaking Down Google and Facebook for Its Money

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is downplaying Google’s concerns over the agency’s proposed News Media Bargaining Code, insisting it does not pose a threat to internet users in Australia.

Facebook Purges 790 QAnon Groups In Conspiracy Crackdown

790 QAnon groups have been removed from Facebook, as the social network launched its latest and broadest moderation sweep on the platform.up

Goodyear Under Fire For Banning 'Blue Lives Matter'

Goodyear is under fire for preaching about equity in a seminar that explicitly promoted discrimination. Listed under acceptable messages are ‘Black Lives Matter’ and LGBT Pride. Meanwhile, the ‘unacceptable’ column included Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, MAGA attire, and other ‘Political Affiliated Slogans or Material’.

Lewandowski Posts Unbelievable Stats In Bayern's Win Over Lyon

Robert Lewandowski’s 88th-minute goal in Bayern Munich’s Champions League victory against Lyon is nothing short of poetic. Aside from sweetening the win to a 3-0 outing over the gritty underdogs of Lyon, the textbook goal solidified the Bayern forward’s claim as one of his generation’s finest, right after the Germans’ 8-2 thrashing of Messi’s Barcelona last week. It was the perfect redemption for having missed an easy one at the 33rd minute, which paved the way for Serge Gnabry’s second strike of the game.

GnR Or Nirvana? Kanye West Sparks Great Internet Debate

Kanye West has sparked a debate among rock fans on Twitter. “Guns n’ Roses or Nirvana?” was the question he asked that kept fans arguing all weekend long. Ye said both are his favorites and couldn’t pick just one, so he’s letting fans do all the talking. Unsurprisingly, things got a little intense. Apparently, Yeezy’s the only one who’s still on the fence. Everyone else seems to have made up their mind a long time ago.

Bombshell Photos Show Bill Clinton Enjoying Massage from Epstein Victim

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is seen enjoying a massage from Jeffrey Epstein accuser Chauntae Davies in a series of never-before-seen photos obtained by The Daily Mail. One of the photographs showed Clinton dressed in a light yellow shirt and beige trousers, while Davies was working his shoulders while kneeling on a chair behind him. Davies, who has accused the dead ‘Filthy Rich’ Epstein of raping her numerous times, revealed that she was “shocked” upon seeing Clinton boarding Epstein’s infamous private jet during a humanitarian trip to Africa back in 2002.

Stocks Hit New Highs As S&P500 Wipes Out Pandemic Losses in Just Five Months

The benchmark S&P 500 closed at 3,389.78 points on Tuesday, marking a new record-high for the index and effectively gaining back everything it lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Fox Business, better-than-expected earnings from the retail sector and strong housing data drove this surge in stocks. After sinking to bear market territory that bottomed out on March 23, the broadest measure on Wall Street completed a full turnaround, recuperating about 55 percent and sparking a brand new bull run, right smack in the middle of the world’s worst crisis in decades.

Internet Explorer, Exploring No More

To say that it’s the end of an era might just be the understatement of the year. The days of Internet Explorer bravely asking Microsoft users if they want to switch default browsers are coming to an end. In a statement, Microsoft explained that the Teams web app will no longer be available as of November 30. Furthermore, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support the browser starting August 17, 2021. This latest nail on IE’s coffin is hammered down just seven months after the release of Chrome code-based Microsoft Edge.

Tesla-Sized Asteroid Almost Hit Earth Without Anyone Noticing

Over the weekend, an asteroid the size of a Tesla flew within 3,000 kilometers of the Earth, marking the nearest fly-by the planet has ever recorded. According to CTV News, the asteroid, which has been nicknamed ‘2020 QG’, would have been less than 3,000 kilometers above us at its closest brush with Earth -- lower than pretty much any other artificial satellites in orbit. Still, the biggest news of the day was the fact that scientists didn’t even know the asteroid was coming.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 19 August 2020

The NBA needs to be applauded for the success of the bubble so far. While many thought we would never restart the season, we have now finished the seeding games and are heading into the playoffs. There have been no positive tests in the bubble and most importantly, teams have produced some high quality and entertaining basketball. It has been a jam-packed week in the NBA so let’s get straight into the Weekly NBA Wrap.

Episode 12: Healthcare Is Sick-Care? A Discussion About Women’s Health With Holly Sinclair

In this episode, Lucas invites Holly Sinclair from @thewomenseries, to discuss the current issues with the healthcare system and how preventative medicine is being neglected. Holly talks about her first-hand experience with clients that she has worked with and explores mindset, habits, nutrition and blood test analysis. This episode is gripping and filled with amusement too.

Messi Wants Out of Barcelona - Off to Man United?

An 8-2 quarterfinal loss in the Champions League couldn’t have felt good for anyone, but some FC Barcelona players are taking it worse than others. Lionel Messi, for one, wants out of the club. According to journalist Marco Bechler, the Argentine superstar doesn’t even want to wait until his contract with Barca expires next summer -- he wants to leave right now. Messi’s frustration is understandable: aside from the humiliating loss to Bayern Munich, Barcelona has gone trophy-less this season -- something that hasn’t happened to the club in more than a decade. The team stumbled early in Copa del Rey, before succumbing to Real Madrid in La Liga and once again suffering heartbreak in UCL.

How to Build Trust with Remote Teams

Trust-based company cultures don’t lock people up in what Basecamp’s Jason Fried calls a ‘presence prison’. People aren’t required to signal their productivity by showing their face in the office, or on Slack and Zoom. These are poor surrogates for actual productivity and can paradoxically also have a negative effect on it. Trust-based cultures, like the ones epitomized by Amazon and Netflix, give their people autonomy. They communicate asynchronously instead of in realtime because this gives their people time to actually think — what they were hired to do in the first place.

Trump Joins TikTok Rival and Gets 1.2M Views For First Video

TikTok rival Triller has gained a new influencer, and it’s none other than U.S. President Donald Trump. “I’m a professional at technology,” Trump can be heard saying in his first-ever Triller video. “Nobody can do it like me. Nobody.” The account’s debut video has racked up over 4,000 followers for the new and verified account in just 24 hours. The video itself has nearly 1.2 million views as of press time. The creation of Trump’s Triller account on Saturday followed his release of an executive order giving TikTok parent ByteDance 90 days to either sell or spinoff its operations in the U.S. 

Popovich Applauds Move To Defund The Police

The San Antonio Spurs have missed out on the NBA Playoffs for the first time in 23 years. Coach Gregg Popovich obviously does not want to talk about it, so he’s going on yet another political rant instead. Donning the ‘Vote, Your Life Depends on It’ shirt he’s worn all throughout the Spurs’ bubble run, Popovich praised Austin’s efforts to slash the budget of its police department. When asked to explain his stance, Pop resorted to calling Trump a ‘racist.’ “I think that’s the key, very frankly,” he said, referring to moves to defund the police. “Obviously, nothing’s happening from the top. We have a president who is obviously racist by any measure, so the local grassroots politicians have to take the lead, and I’m thrilled at the notion of the two actions that have just been taken.”

Scientists Can Now Make Seawater Safe to Drink In Minutes

In a world that’s 71% water, it seems like a cruel, cosmic joke that millions die of thirst everyday. It is known that a billion people still don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water even with all these vast oceans of water just sitting idly around us. Scientists have been working for years to improve this ridiculous situation by trying to develop technology that makes brackish, highly-saline water safe to drink. Now, a technological breakthrough by scientists in Australia is emerging as the most promising one so far. By harnessing sunlight to purify seawater in just about 30 minutes, the PSP-MIL-53 is poised to be the cheapest, most stable, and reusable material that can make salt water potable.

Epic Games Portrays Apple As the Evil Tyrant In '1984' Parody Ad

Your move, Apple. Fortnite creator Epic Games has escalated its rift with tech titan Apple by releasing a parody of the latter’s iconic ‘1984’ ad. In the original version that introduced the original Macintosh, Apple was portrayed as the gritty underdog attempting to overthrow the Goliath of the time -- IBM. In place of the menacing Goliath speaking to minions through a black-and-white screen, Epic Game’s version depicts Apple as the Big Brother, while the hero is a Fortnite gamer who hurls a scepter at the screen.

Nick Cave Says Political Correctness Is ‘Unhappiest Religion In The World'

Nick Cave is worried that political correctness is quickly descending into something that closely resembles religious tyranny. In the olden days, people who had unpopular opinions and deviant beliefs that didn’t quite please the majority were publicly humiliated, stoned to death, or burned at the stake. Nowadays, they’re cancelled by the woke -- people who believe those who are unlike them do not deserve an opinion. In the latest edition of his newsletter ‘The Red Hand Files’, the Australian singer-songwriter said political correctness has become, “quite literally, bad religion run amuck.”

Akon Urges Black Americans To ‘Let Go’ Of The Past

For most of the developed world, slavery has been outlawed for more than a hundred years. International singer and humanitarian advocate Akon thinks this is reason enough for Black Americans to finally move past the bitter history. In an interview with VladTV, the West Africa-raised mogul said people from his country have completely liberated themselves from the inferiority complex bred by holding on too much to the past. “In Senegal, we’ve kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don’t even think about it,” said the ‘Locked Up’ singer. “People have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept idea and mind state.”

Comparing Apples with Pears? Tech Giant Threatens Legal Action Against Small Business Owner

Can you actually compare apples with pears? Well, tech giant Apple certainly believes so. The trillion-dollar company has threatened legal action against a small business because of their pear logo.

PSG Crushes Atalanta's Champions League Dream With Late Goals

Paris Saint-Germain troops to the Champions League semis for the first time in 25 years after staging a Cinderella win against Atalanta. For most of the evening, Mario Pasalic’s goal in the first half appeared to be everything Atalanta needed to deal another heartbreak for PSG on European club football’s largest stage. The Guardian reports that it took 90 minutes and at least £400M worth of talent for Thomas Tuchel’s boys to turn things around. First, Marquinhos equalized the game at injury time. Then, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, off the bench as a 79th-minute reinforcement, slid the winner less than 150 seconds after.

Florida Sheriff Bans Masks Just As His County Breaks New Death Toll

There’s a running gag on social media that involves googling the words ‘Florida man’ plus your birthday. Nine times out of ten, it will pull up a ludicrous headline like ‘Florida Man Asks Walmart Employee For ‘Anything That Would Kill 200 People’. A few years from now, a bored schoolboy might google ‘Florida Man’ + August 13, and pull this article right up. Only this time, it’s no ordinary man but a county sheriff making headlines for his antics. CNN reports that Sheriff Billy Woods has released marching orders that wearing of face masks will not be tolerated inside his office in Marion County.

Forget What’s Trending and Write For You

My publicist beckoned me to write for the masses, to hijack whatever topic was popular at the time, and write derivative pieces about it. She wrote to me in response to a blog I had just penned that arguably had little in common with the Google Trends of the day, and little in common with my forthcoming book — Time Rich — a book I had engaged her to help promote for me. While there is no doubt truth and relevance to her argument — especially if the purpose of our work is to generate awareness for my book, as a writer, writing about whatever the hell I want to write about is a form of therapy, it’s rewarding and it fuels my desire to keep writing and gradually improve over time.

Kamala Harris Supports Men Who Want To Dominate Women's Sports

In accepting Joe Biden’s invitation to be his running mate, California senator Kamala Harris made history by being the first Black woman to have her name on a majority party ticket. While feminists are undoubtedly excited to see a woman serve as the nation’s standard bearer for once, some are worrying that Harris might be on her way to the wrong side of history, after all. Looking back at her track record, one cannot look past her co-sponsorship of the Equality Act in March 2019. Among other things, the measure wants to force public schools to allow biological males to compete in female-only sports, as long as they identify as transgender bills.

Mask-Less Woman Choked By Victoria Police For Resisting Arrest

“Get off me. You’re choking me!” These chilling words could be heard echoing in a now-viral footage of Victoria Police violently arresting a 21-year-old Melbourne resident. ABC notes that the male police officer approached the civilian because she was not wearing a mask. However, the standard police accost turned violent when the male police officer held the woman around her neck before pinning her to the ground, as several other officers responded to the scene. Another video of the same incident ended up on Youtube. Here, the panicked woman can be heard yelling “Get off me!” as the male police officer sat on her torso.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 12 August 2020

The Trailblazers, Suns, Grizzlies and Spurs all still have a mathematical chance of making it to the playoffs. As we watch in anticipation, a few other stories are doing the rounds in the NBA world. Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.

Pheonix Rising to 5 and 0, Grizzlies Out

The Eastern Conference has locked in its cast for the postseason. Milwaukee has bagged the top seed, and the Bucks will be marching into the playoff field with Orlando, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Indiana, Miami, Boston, and Toronto. Out west though, the playoff picture is still a little too blurred to call. The Lakers may have secured the top seed, but seeds 2-7 are still fair game so far. As pointed out by CBS Sports, Damian Lillard’s pair of missed charities down the wire in Portland’s loss against the Clippers is huge and potentially pivotal for the Trail Blazers. After the loss, Portland trails eighth-seeded Memphis, while holding on to the inside track on the 9th spot. The Suns are moving in to force a play-in, though. Phoenix has remained undefeated in the bubble, and has moved to 5-0 after defeating Miami on Saturday.

Seth Rogen Wants To Hire Fewer White People

Hollywood director and actor Seth Rogen wants in on the hottest trend of 2020: pandering to the overtly woke. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the ‘famous white guy’ was asked what he thought of general efforts to make the movie industry more inclusive. Rogen said he’s trying to get aboard the wokewagon -- by hiring fewer white people. “I mean personally, I think I am just actively trying to make less things starring white people,” Rogen said. “So that’s how I’ve been trying to deal with it, is just to actively take as they would say, anti-racist measures to assure that some work is doing done to acknowledge that Black people are very marginalized in American society.”

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Blog Posts That Rank in Google’s Top 10

It’s hard – if not impossible – to succeed at content marketing without creating blog posts on a regular basis. Every successful blog is built on a solid foundation of content, but it’s consistency that’s the real key to successful search engine rank. According to HubSpot, marketers who are consistent with blogging are 13 times more likely to get a positive ROI. For example, if I hadn’t been consistent with my strategy, you probably would never have heard of Quicksprout.com, let alone this blog. I wouldn’t have shown up in any search result.

How To Avoid Burnout While Working Remotely

One of the most interesting things that happened in 2020, has been the way that COVID-19 pushed most of us to work from home. On January 1st of 2020, most company leaders would have said that working from home and managing remote teams is too cumbersome. But now, by July 1st, more than 50 percent of knowledge workers are working from home and every day more company leaders realize that they’re not just going to come back to the office willingly. Working remotely works—but keeping remote workers engaged works a little differently.

Want a Better Life? Create Better Relationships

I’ll start with what the nurse says when she calls from my children’s school: “Don’t worry, everything is OK.” That’s true here, too. At the time though, I wasn’t sure it would be. I moonlight as a ski instructor on winter weekends and last Saturday, after a three hour lesson, I felt some pain in my left hip. I took the rest of the afternoon off to rest but within a few hours, the pain was so excruciating I couldn’t walk. The next morning was even worse. My sister-in-law, Malaika – the only other adult in our shared ski house at the time – took one look at me groaning my way to the kitchen, put me in her car, and drove me to the mountain’s emergency room. When I arrived, two medics who I’ve known for years, Kevin and Buzz, shone with warmth as they carefully brought me from the car to the facility. I was literally in tears from the pain and so many people I met handled me with care, tenderness, and kindness. Not everyone, by the way. That’s a story I will write about in another article. But most.

Ben Simmons' College Coach Gives His Take On The 76er's Shooting Struggles

NBA fans were hit with a massive blow this week when Philadelphia superstar Ben Simmons injured his knee playing against the Washington Wizards. In a recent statement, the 76ers confirmed that Simmons will be leaving the NBA bubble for surgery "in the coming days to remove a loose body in his left knee." David Patrick, a longtime friend of Simmons and his coach at LSU, recently joined The Alley-Oop Show and shared his thoughts on the 24-year-old's best position and his shooting struggles.

Ren & Stimpy Show Reboot

Ready to be reunited with two of your childhood frenemies? Comedy Central has given its nod to a reboot of the Emmy-nominated ‘The Ren & Stimpy Show.’ under a new creative team. Happy, happy, joy, joy indeed. “We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” said Chris McCarthy, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, in a statement released to Fox News.

Weekly NBA Wrap: 6 August 2020

The NBA is officially back! I’m not talking about practice games, but real games that mean something. We already have some fascinating storylines forming after only a week of seeding games. 

Experts Say The Coronavirus Can No Longer Be Contained

If there was ever a time that the coronavirus could have been contained, it has long passed. If there was ever a time that the coronavirus could have been contained, it has long passed. David Nabarro, special envoy to the World Health Organization, told BBC that COVID-19 is capable of “Surging back really quickly” and has a tendency to return “all the time.” It might be high time to prepare for an entire lifetime dodging an invisible enemy until experts finally develop a vaccine strong enough to shield us all. Even then, a vaccine might be able to weaken, but never completely eradicate the coronavirus.

The Rock, Ex-Wife Buy Bankrupt XFL for $15 Million

The XFL football league is finally getting a white knight -- in the form of The Rock. CNN Business reports that Dwayne Johnson is part of the team who will try to breathe life back into the beleaguered franchise, which had filed for bankruptcy this year, making him the latest WWE personality to take a shot at the league. Vince McMahon tried to revive the league twice to give the NFL a run for its money, but he failed both times. Along with his ex-wife-slash-business partner Dany Garcia and investment firm RedBird Capital, The Rock is confident he’ll have much more luck after buying the league for approximately $15 million.

NFL Star Condemns Leagues For Supporting BLM

On Sunday, protesters took to the streets of Portland to burn Bibles, crosses, and the American flag in a blaze they set in front of a federal courthouse. According to the New York Post, tensions have been rising in the city between federal agents and Black Lives Matter protesters for weeks. After last week’s ‘bonfire,’ though, former Heisman Trophy winner turned NFL star Herschel Walker has seen enough. “For the first time in a long time, I stopped in the middle of my workout because last night I saw something that really, really disturbed me,” he told the Daily Wire.

How To Make Better Decisions with Symmetry in Physical Laws

Symmetry is something that the human mind is innately drawn to, and something we find beautiful. Flowers, starfish, a butterfly’s wings, crystals, planets, human faces. The absence of symmetry on human faces, no matter how subtle, is enough for us to raise our eyebrows and question whether the subject has had some work done. And for a case of not-so-subtle asymmetry that is far from beautiful…we need not look any further than Sloth from The Goonies.

The New 'Bill & Ted' Movie is Here...Excellent!

Leave it to two time-travelers to release another adventure 29 years after their last. Finally, the third ‘Bill & Ted’ movie is headed to its digital release. According to Music Feeds, ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music’ will be released on demand and in theaters on September 1st. It was originally slated to be released in theaters on August 21 but with COVID-19 still getting in the way of our plans, Orion Pictures had to settle to a later date. Set 30 years after the events in ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey,’ film leads Alex Winter (Bill) and Keanu Reeves (Ted) will have adorable reinforcements this time, including their daughters (played by Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving).