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About Me

All American born and raised and not on any kind of visa or stealing your jobs or whatever. Americans are more diverse than you think. I'll never let you forget it. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Hasan Learns What It's Like To Grow Up Desi In 2019

45 Photos Which Are Hard To Believe Aren't Photoshopped


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, some photos are so astounding that a thousand questions bubble to the surface of our thoughts the moment we see them. In the 21st century, one of the first questions usually is: “Was this photoshopped?”

Whether you think that Photoshop should never be used to edit pictures ever or you believe that it’s an inseparable part of a photographer’s existence in the digital age, the fact is, more and more pictures are being post-processed than ever before. Simply because of how easily accessible cameras and editing software is nowadays. However, once in a blue moon some very intriguing photos pop out from the woodwork. Photos that look photoshopped, but that aren’t.

We love collecting stunning eye-candy for you to gaze at all day long. And today’s no exception. We’ve gathered the finest examples of fascinating pictures that definitely weren’t photoshopped. Grab a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa, get your scrolling finger ready, and enjoy what our team of hard-working Pandas prepared for you. Upvote your favorite photos, share this post with your buddies, and let us know in the comments what you think of each picture. And check out our previous posts about incredible photos that weren't photoshopped right here and here.

Scroll down for Bored Panda’s exclusive and in-depth interview with professional photographer Anna Chii about the ‘morality’ of editing pictures, her take on ‘all-natural’ photos, her philosophy of photography, what clients usually expect, as well as the importance of trust between a photographer and their clients.

Many more amazing photos and descriptions at the link above. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Warren CNN Equality Town Hall

Elizabeth Warren Went WILD After Being Reminded Mitch Mcconnel: 'I will take him down'

Trump's base is smaller than he thinks


The debate over impeaching President Trump reveals an irony: Those who favor it have far more respect for the president’s supporters than those who oppose it.

Critics of impeachment argue that the effort to remove Trump from office over his open invitations of foreign meddling in our elections will only ignite the Trump “base.” Those who say we should let this all go see his backers as an excitable immovable bloc of people closed to reasoned argument or new information.

Thus are roughly 40 percent of our fellow citizens cast as an unthinking blob that will embrace anything Trump says and turn out in droves in 2020 to beat back the elitist fake-newsers and deep-staters no matter what the facts are.

Those of us who support impeachment don’t deny that there is a “Trump base” but insist that mountains of polling evidence show that it amounts to 25 to 30 percent of voters at most. The rest of the 46 percent who voted for Trump have real doubts about who he is, how he behaves and what he is doing to our country. Even those of us who disagree with them on a variety of issues see this substantial part of Trump’s constituency as made up of rational and engaged citizens open to persuasion.

The article is claiming that Trump's opposers feel more strongly about opposing him than his supporters feel about supporting him and provides polling evidence. Impeach the MFer!
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 12:40 PM (7 replies)

'Alcoholic Tide Pods': Everyone is very confused about the newest way to drink whisky


They’re wrapped in seaweed. They’re filled with whisky. And they’re now drawing a collective groan from the Internet, thanks to their suspicious resemblance to a laundry detergent pack-turned-meme-turned-public health hazard.

That’s right: They’re alcoholic Tide Pods.

Well, sort of.

In what is either a highly successful marketing scheme or a inadvertent attempt to launch itself into millennial relevancy, a 195-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky distillery has rolled out three kinds of limited-edition “glass-less cocktails,” available through Sunday at a posh London bar.

These alcoholic amuse-bouche pouches provide “the perfect flavour-explosion experience,” the Glenlivet claims.

But as hundreds of baffled commenters online immediately wanted to know: How do you “drink” them?

“Enjoying them is simple,” said the distillery in a 53-second video last week. “The capsules are popped in the mouth for an instant burst of flavour.”

Then, “the capsule is simply swallowed.”

“Surely this is a sick joke,” said Julia Macfarlane, a foreign affairs reporter with ABC News, asking the Scottish prime minister to intervene. “This is an abomination. What is going on. Somebody do something.”

“Oh dear lord no,” wrote the Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who has announced plans to launch his own (non-capsuled) line of whisky.

Now they've done it. Millennials have killed Scotch.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:11 AM (7 replies)

Weekend Update: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Fundraises for Her 2020 Campaign

Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:23 AM (0 replies)

4 Levels of Steak: Amateur to Food Scientist Epicurious

I'm a solid level 2 here. I learned the important stuff a while back from watching cooking videos from Gordon Ramsey and other professional chefs. Searing doesn't seal in juices but can still be tasty if people are into that or want to make a pan sauce. Lodge cast iron also has useful videos on how to cook it and finish in the oven.

Anyone who likes their steak well done with ketchup should be impeached and removed from any position of power.

20 Small Ways In Which You Can Help The Environment That Are Too Easy Not To Try


Most of us (orange Cheetos with weird haircuts excluded) care about our planet Earth and want to do a little bit better when it comes to environmentally-conscious decisions. However, to those who've just started their journey towards a greener future, all do's and don'ts can seem a bit overwhelming in the beginning. But as with everything in this life, great things are built by taking small steps. Some of these steps are so small, they seem insignificant - but scientific research proves that every little bit counts when it comes to building a more sustainable future. Therefore, Bored Panda has made a list of twenty small but impactful steps that you can take to be more environmentally-friendly than you were yesterday. Scroll down below to see the list and comment if you have any more tips that you'd like to share!

#1 Shop secondhand

#2 Buy loose leaf tea

#3 Switch to rechargeable batteries

#4 Go for meatless meals once a week

#5 Recycle wire hangers

#6 Wash clothes in colder water

More tips and descriptions at the link. I do most of this. It doesn't take too much effort. It's worth noting that killing trees is arguably better than sending plastic to a landfill.
Posted by IronLionZion | Sat Oct 5, 2019, 10:18 AM (9 replies)

The alarming employment trends that the jobs report won't tell you


The US economy has experienced growth for about a decade. Yet the share of the population that is employed or seeking work has trended down for the last two decades. Many regions within the United States have an alarmingly high percentage of people who are not employed or actively looking for a job. We find this to be troubling, since the labor force participation rate serves as a fundamental marker of the economy's performance. Increasing participation in the labor force can play a critical role in raising living standards of the country overall.

In a new study published by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, we found that some of the decline in labor force participation can be attributed to either the aging population heading toward retirement or young people who are increasingly at school rather than work. However, we are more concerned with the low levels of participation among groups in the 25- to 54-year-old population that face barriers to labor market opportunity: people without college degrees (78%), women (75%) and black men (83%), among others.

Even more alarming, the Hamilton Project's Economic Vitality Index (which measures income, employment, poverty, life expectancy and housing data to determine whether a county is struggling or succeeding) reveals dramatic differences in labor force participation among various parts of the country.

For example, counties ranking in the top 20% of economic vitality — like Chester County, Pennsylvania and Livingston County, Michigan — have an average prime-age (25 to 54 years old) labor force participation rate of about 86%. That's pretty high. Conversely, those counties ranked in the bottom fifth of vitality — like Fayette County, Pennsylvania and Montcalm County, Michigan — have a prime-age labor force participation rate of about 72%, on average. This is a significant difference by any measure, considering that during the Great Recession and its aftermath, the national average labor force participation fell by roughly 3 percentage points to a low of 80.6% in October 2013.

While there have always been large gaps in economic performance across regions of the United States, those gaps have become increasingly locked in place over the last few decades. In the first 80 years of the 20th century, poorer places tended to grow faster than wealthier places, partly because labor productivity rose faster in places that started at lower levels and partly because Americans were more geographically mobile back then. Those without work were able to move to places with more opportunity. While some regions certainly featured more economic opportunity than others, the differences were narrowing over time. However, since the early 1980s, the gaps across regions have become increasingly entrenched.

The key points here are the regional differences. Some cities have all the jobs. Some rural counties are quite the opposite. Some people can't move because of various reasons, and are left out. Having high employment and jobs nationwide hides the local unemployment in many areas across this country.

A related issue is the cost of living. Rents are higher in cities with lots of jobs so workers might be saving less or having multi-hour commutes.
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Oct 4, 2019, 09:59 AM (0 replies)

A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is working

A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say


(CNN)A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday.

The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as "ghost nets," to tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter.
"Today, I am very proud to share with you that we are now catching plastics," Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat said at a news conference in Rotterdam.

The Ocean Cleanup system is a U-shaped barrier with a net-like skirt that hangs below the surface of the water. It moves with the current and collects faster moving plastics as they float by. Fish and other animals will be able to swim beneath it.
The new prototype added a parachute anchor to slow the system and increased the size of a cork line on top of the skirt to keep the plastic from washing over it.

It's been deployed in "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" -- a concentration of trash located between Hawaii and California that's about double the size of Texas, or three times the size of France.

Ocean Cleanup plans to build a fleet of these devices, and predicts it will be able to reduce the size of the patch by half every five years.

Finally, some good news for this planet! It will take some time since there are decades of garbage out there, but it looks like there is progress.
Video at link.
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