Start your Monday smart: NATO, Japan, Chicago, Brexit, college scam, Final Four

(CNN)Here’s what you need to know toStart Your Week Smart. TODAY March Madness: The Business Behind the Bracket MONDAY • It’s April Fools’ Day — your once-a-year chance to pull off the prank of the century. Who is Japan’s Emperor Akihito? (2016) • Let the Brexit ‘playoffs’ begin. Parliament is expected to vote on a short list of options for how the UK could abandon the European Union, including perhaps one that combines a customs union pact with a second referendum. Minus a deal, Britain is set to crash out of the EU on April 12 with dire financial consequences forecast. Trump isn’t the first to ask NATO to pay more • The Justice Department faces a Mueller report deadline. …

Barclays funds climate breakdown. We are determined to make it stop | Seema Syeda

The bank is a huge backer of the fossil fuel industry and attendant climate catastrophe. Direct action is vital, says Momentum activist Seema Syeda From Saddleworth Moor, while where I live in Brixton, 100 companies have been responsible for over 70% of the worlds carbon emissions since 1988. The fossil fuel industry has wrecked the planet, while enacting violence and devastation across the global south. They brought about this crisis, and they should be the ones to pay for it. But fossil fuel companies arent the only ones to blame here. These companies are only able to finance their mines and oilfields with the help of banks. And believe it or not, these banks are increasing their financing for fossil …

John Rich speaks out on Lil Nas Xs Old Town Road after Billy Ray Cyrus hops on remix: Let the fans decide

“Let the fans decide. I mean, country music – I go back to guys like Johnny Cash when he showed up in Nashville, they said that is not country music,” the Big & Rich crooner told Kilmeade. “The guy made his records in Memphis where rock and roll was happening – he’s got his hair slicked back, he’s singing about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Johnny Cash, most hardcore lyrics anybody had ever heard – he’s not country – now Johnny Cash, a pillar of country music.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Lena Dunham Gets A Massive Neck Tattoo That Says ‘Sick’

Lena Dunham shared a photo of her brand-new ink with Instagram followers on Wednesday.  “Sometimes the thing you’re most scared of being called is the best thing you can call yourself,” Dunham View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Apr 2, 2019 at 9:35pm PDT in which the endometrium, the tissue that lines the interior of the uterus, spreads beyond the organ.  total hysterectomy in 2017 in hopes of finding relief from the painful symptoms that accompany endometriosis. Last year, she “My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself,” she …

Bill Maher and guest slam George Clooney over call for Beverly Hills Hotel boycott: ‘It’s chickensh– tokenism’

BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL BRACES FOR FRESH CELEBRITY BOYCOTT AFTER GEORGE CLOONEY CRITICIzES SULTAN OF BRUNEI OWNER FOR SHARIA LAW “Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” Clooney wrote. But during a “Real Time” panel discussion, Maher said Clooney’s call for a boycott “really bothered” him. “It’s chickens**t tokenism,” Maher said. “What about Saudi Arabia? If you really want to get back to them, stop driving, don’t use oil.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Russian academic linked to Flynn denies being spy, says her past contact was used to smear him

Michael Flynn is pictured at a 2014 dinner at the University of Cambridge. (Courtesy of Svetlana Lokhova) “I’m not a Russian spy and I have never worked for the Russian government,” the 38-year old historian and academic said, in an interview first broadcast on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “I believe that General Flynn was targeted and I was used to do it.” Lokhova said the U.K. academic group behind the dinner included American Stefan Halper. The professor, who did not return emails from Fox News seeking comment, is widely reported to be a confidential source in the FBI’s original probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Halper also reached out to Trump campaign aides …

30 Hilariously Adorable Photos Of Goldendoodles

#2 Before Deployment… After Deployment #3 Just A Furry Human, Nothing To See Here Goldendoodles are wonderful playmates because of their congenial nature, but they also have wat it takes to fill a more serious role. A mixture of the intelligent poodle and obedient Golden Retriever, Goldendoodles make wonderful service dogs. Whether is be a guide dog or a therapy dog, they can do it all, plus this breed is ideal for hospital patients and people in nursing homes. #8 Golden Doodle Puppy To Brown Bear 9 Months #9 What A Difference Six Months Make This breed of dog is extremely high energy which means they need plenty of exercise and play. They weight around 50 to 100 pounds on …

Nigerian Brothers’ Lawyer Speaks Out On Jussie Smollett’s Team’s Claims That They Could’ve Been Wearing ‘Whiteface’ During Alleged Attack – Perez Hilton

As we reported, the Empire star She said on NBC’s Today: When it was discovered Smollett’s alleged attackers were black, not white, Glandian claimed she searched the names of the Brothers It was a bizarre explanation that ignited “oh no she didn’t”-style responses from many — including the brothers’ lawyer. Slamming Glandian’s whiteface theory, Schmidt said last night: Explaining how she was arranging for her clients to testify against the actor days before the shock decision, the lawyer recalled: Same, gurl. Watch a clip of her CNN interview (below). Gloria Schmidt, an attorney who worked with the Osundairo brothers, calls Jussie Smollett's lawyer's suggestion the brothers may have worn 'whiteface' during the alleged attack "atrocious" saying it adds to the …

What Each Character Of ‘Friends’ Would Earn In 2019 Betches

FriendsAnyway, as an English major, I was trained to genuinely believe that characters live past the end of the story, so I’m really hoping that 15 years after the last episode aired, the have all been promoted many, many times and can now afford their multi-bedroom apartments in one of New York’s most expensive neighborhoods. Friendsa set in L.A.Monica is my favorite. She’s loud, she’s pushy, and she’s clean af. Yep, she’s a Jewish mom, alright. In the last episode, she, Chandler and their twin babies moved upstate to Westchester County. If you’ve ever been there, you know that it is a beautiful place with absolutely nothing to do. Before she moved, Monica worked hard for her head chef position …

Woman Who Pushed Friend Off 50-Foot High Bridge Sentenced To TWO DAYS In Jail! – Perez Hilton

A 19-year-old woman has been sentenced to TWO DAYS of jail time after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment for pushing her former friend off a bridge and down to a 50-foot fall into the water below. Tay’lor Smith (pictured in court, above) pled guilty to the misdemeanor earlier this month; the incident itself took place back on August 7 in Vancouver, Washington when Smith surprised 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson by coming up behind her and pushing her off the bridge at a popular swimming area. Holgerson fell more than 50 feet into the water below, and sustained serious injuries, including fractured ribs, severe bruising, and a punctured lung. Both women spoke in court on Wednesday ahead of Smith’s plea agreement, as reported by …

Driver stabbed to death in ‘vicious’ attack

The force is trying to track down three male suspects, “all of slim build”, who were seen leaving the area immediately after the attack at about 14:30 GMT, he added. Skip Twitter post by @LambethMPS In response to the fatal stabbing in #Clapham on Friday and the fatal shooting in #WestNorwood on Wednesday, a Section 60 Stop & Search power has been authorised by DAC Pearson for use between 1400hrs today & 0200hrs on Mon 1st April 2019. Attached map details area covered. pic.twitter.com/6dL1YntTzI — Lambeth MPS – Central South Command (@LambethMPS) March 31, 2019 The Met also urged any witnesses or people with dashcam footage to get in contact. A section 60 order granting police in the area extra …

Someone Realizes This Monkey Looks Like Every Journalist And Real Journalists Confirm With 24 Pics

Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: bumble HBO mariaspinella gabodieguez The earliest portraits bare a striking resemblance to the headshots you see today, with subjects seated against a plain backdrop, aided by some natural light. Portraits rapidly gained their place in print media, not for the reporters themselves, but so readers could see the faces of politicians, entertainers, and other pop culture figures. JimMFelton JennieLatson Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: rod_torrejon mollyjaaaaaa KrisReports THETonyMorrison MikeHamad JoannaWane BAHjournalist vikkie Image credits: Image credits:

Woman Reveals Before-And-After Pictures Of Her 141-Pound Weight Loss, And Shes Completely Transparent About It

Ariana Omipi is one of those people who refuse to give up despite all of the hate that’s coming their way. She has started her weight loss journey in 2012 and has continued fighting the good fight even when toxic low-lives were attacking her online. The results, however, speak for themselves. Not only the numbers are down, Ariana’s glowing! Image credits: Image credits: eatswithari But internal factors aside, Ariana has also had the ‘privilege’ of dealing with trolls. You see, she has been posting her journey on Instagram, and there were a few people who wanted to bring her down. “Online criticism and sharing my weight loss journey publicly was definitely difficult at times. There’s a lot of jealousy or …

Most Americans Agree On One Thing About The Mueller Report

Americans’ first reactions to the end of special counsel . But amid those divisions, there’s one broad point of consensus: A significant majority say they want to see the full report released. Mueller announced last Friday that he’d completed his report on the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia. Mueller’s full conclusions have not been made available to the public or even to Congress. In a four-page summary of the report, Attorney General William Barr wrote that What do people think the report means? In the HuffPost/YouGov poll, 18 percent of Americans who’d heard at least something about Mueller’s report said it found that Trump committed crimes, with 29 percent saying it found that others in his campaign committed crimes, and …

Mexican Rocker Armando Vega Gil Found Dead Following #MeToo Accusation – Perez Hilton

Armando Vega Gil, a Mexican musician, bassist, and co-founder of rock band Botellita de Jerez, has died by suicide on Monday following an accusation he sexually abused a 13-year-old. Reports say his body was found by local authorities at his Mexico City home. Prosecutors only confirmed a body was found, though the 64-year-old posted a note about his death on his Twitter. He penned it entirely in Spanish, fiercely defending his innocence against the anonymous allegation, which was made on the @MeTooMusicaMX Twitter account. In part, the English translation of his caption reads: “Do not blame anyone for my death.” Armando also wrote that he would have no way of clearing his name: “Let me make it clear that my death …

A group of high school girls put a stop to the boys who made a list ranking their appearance.

What do you do when you’re reduced to your looks? If you’re one of the students at Bethesda-Chevy ChaseHigh School in Maryland, you take a damn stand and show the people who objectified you that you are, in fact, a person who has very real feelings. Male students created and distributed a list ranking 18 of their female peers based on their looks. The list rated the girls from a scale of 5.5 to 9.4, but when the girls found out about it, they refused to be reduced to a number. The list was created last year, but was recently recirculated. When some of the girls found out that they had been ranked, their first impulse was to feel badly …