Amid renewed interest in UFOs following a series of articles detailing strange sightings by U.S. military pilots—and recognitions of those concerns by the Navy—over 1.2 million have signed up for a “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” Facebook event slated for Sept. 20, 2019. Attendees are asked to breach security at the highly classified Air Force facility in Nevada and “see them aliens.” And the Air Force is not amused. The branch has warned those who signed up in a statement to NPR that it is “aware” of the event and that “Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.” In a separate statement to the Washington Post, it hinted that any attempts to get into the compound could be met with force: “... We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.” But fear … [Read more...] about How to Infiltrate Area 51 Like a Pro
Morning Spoilers If there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here. The Barbie movie has found some very interesting writers. Filming has begun on A Quiet Place 2. Melissa Benoist will slip into the director’s chair for Supergirl’s next season. Plus, what’s to come on Agents of SHIELD and Legion, and a new look at the direct-to-video Doom movie. Spoilers now! Barbie Indie darlings Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach have been hired to write the live-action Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie for Mattel Films and Warner Bros. Gerwig is also reportedly “eyeing the director’s chair,” according to THR. Deadpool 3 In a recent interview with Comic Book, director David Leitch provided a dubious but enthusiastic update on a third Deadpool movie following the Fox/Disney merger. In everybody’s world, everybody wants to make it. So, if I was ever approached to make Deadpool 3, my … [Read more...] about Updates From Doctor Who, Deadpool 3, and More
Although we’re wiping them out with little consideration of it, big herbivores matter. Hippo poop helps Africa’s largest lake flourish; bison wallowing can enhance insect diversity in the prairie. And Africa’s imperiled forest elephants might just have a role to play in the fight against climate change. That, at least, is the takeaway of a new modeling study published Monday in Nature Geoscience, which looks at the role that forest elephants—officially a subspecies of African elephant, but with distinctive physical characteristics and habitat compared with their savannah-dwelling cousins—play in shaping the rainforests of the Congo Basin. The research suggests the recent and precipitous decline in forest elephant numbers might have already caused the world’s second largest rainforest to lose billions of tons of sequestered carbon. “[C]entral African forests have on average higher carbon stocks than Amazonian forests, and one big difference … [Read more...] about How Elephants May Help Africa’s Rainforests Fight Climate Change
E. Jean Carroll, who in June wrote in a New York Magazine essay that Donald Trump allegedly raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago, is rethinking her stance on pressing charges. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Carroll said that she is now “thinking about hiring a really smart attorney” to take legal action against the president. Though the alleged incident happened before New York eliminated its statute of limitations against rape, she said she’d still be willing to entertain the thought of giving it a try: “I hadn’t thought about pressing charges, but now people are convincing me that it’s smart,” she told The Daily Beast. “If I get a really smart attorney, we might be able to get around [the statute]. I’ll be exploring it.” In an interview on The Daily that aired shortly after the article was published, Carroll was asked if she thought coming forward would change anything. At the time, she said: … [Read more...] about E. Jean Carroll Might Take Legal Action Against Trump After All
Rapper, pop star, and FDR superfan Cardi B was a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election and Cynthia Nixon in 2018. On Tuesday, she articulated a view of social democracy as a force for good that is rarely heard, if ever, from national politicians. First Cardi took a trip down memory lane: Then someone replied to Cardi on Twitter, pointing out that in the past, she’s complained about taxes. Conservatives, including everyone’s favorite right-wing debate club child, have jumped on these complaints as evidence that Cardi is actually fiscally conservative, but it’s clear in her response that Cardi’s beef is more with the fact that our taxes go to useless bullshit with little in the way of material benefits for the average person: She’s right: even though we pay comparatively little in taxes compared to other OECD countries, we still pay a lot in them, and see little in the way of benefits. Our infrastructure is crumbling, student loan borrowers … [Read more...] about Cardi B Is Right!