‘This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state’ – The Washington Post

‘This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state’ – The Washington Post

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Miami Beach residents brace for Hurricane Irma as the powerful category 5 storm barrels towards southern Florida. (Zoeann Murphy,Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post)

MIAMI — Florida officials urged residents in flood-prone coastal communities to get out while they can, ordering evacuations in the face of oncoming Hurricane Irma, which could make landfall Sunday and inflict massive destruction not seen in the state since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Hurricanes have lashed South Florida many times, but officials here at the National Hurricane Center said this is shaping up as a once-in-a-generation storm. Forecasters adjusted their advisory late Thursday, projecting Irma to hit the tip of the peninsula, slamming the population centers of South Florida before grinding northward. Hurricane warnings were issued Thursday night for South Florida, with the hurricane center warning that “severe hurricane conditions are expected over portions of the Florida peninsula and the Florida Keys beginning late Saturday.”

“This storm has the potential to catastrophically devastate our state,” Gov. Rick Scott (R) said in a late-day news briefing. Earlier, he implored people to evacuate. “If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave.”

[Category 5 Irma stays on perilous path toward Florida]

The state’s highways were jammed, gas was scarce, airports were packed and mandatory evacuations began to roll out as the first official hurricane watches were issued for the region. Irma, which has been ravaging the Caribbean islands as it sweeps across the Atlantic, is expected to hit the Florida peninsula with massive storm surges and crippling winds that could affect nearly every metropolitan area in South Florida.

The hurricane center said Thursday afternoon that should Irma’s eye move through the center of the state, extreme winds and heavy rains could strafe an area that has millions of residents, from Miami in the east to Naples on the Gulf Coast. Because the eastern side of the storm is the most powerful, numerous cities along the east coast could face extreme conditions.

Miami-Dade County ordered some mandatory evacuations, including for Key Biscayne and Miami Beach, as well as for areas in the southern half of the county that are not protected by barrier islands.

“EVACUATE Miami Beach!” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine tweeted, later noting in a news release that once winds top 40 mph, first responders will no longer be dispatched on rescue missions here.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said evacuations in coastal areas were slated for Thursday. Lee County, on the Gulf Coast, announced Thursday afternoon that all the barrier islands — Sanibel, Captiva, Pine Island, Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach — will be under mandatory evacuation orders Friday.

Scott on Thursday night ordered that all state offices, public schools, state colleges and state universities be shut down from Friday through Monday “to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging.”

Scott has declared a statewide emergency and warned that in addition to potentially forcing large-scale evacuations, Irma could batter areas that last year were flooded by Hurricane Matthew. States of emergency also were declared in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) expanded his declaration from six coastal counties to 30 total counties, issuing a mandatory evacuation for some areas.

Residents in Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., began to barricade their homes and flee the coast Thursday. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) warned South Carolinians that a mandatory evacuation of the state’s coastline will probably come Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Such an evacuation would come with a reversal of all eastbound lanes of four major roadways, including Interstate 26, which would be converted for a westbound escape from Charleston to Columbia.

Irma on Thursday remained a Category 5 storm, with 175 mph sustained maximum winds, and it is a big storm, with hurricane-force winds extending 60 miles from its center. If the eye does not make landfall, many of the people who haven’t evacuated from South Florida could find themselves in hurricane conditions anyway, forecasters say.

A line of vehicles waits to dump trimmed trees and other refuse in a West Miami-Dade County disposal area near Miami on Thursday. Weak tree limbs, patio furniture and other large objects likely to be driven by the wind are being removed as Hurricane Irma is predicted to arrive Sunday. (Andrew Innerarity/For The Washington Post)

Residents are closely watching “the spaghetti” — the dozens of computer models showing possible storm tracks, which vary widely. Computer models say that by Sunday, Irma will make a hard right turn, heading due north into Florida.

The timing of that turn will make all the difference.

If sooner, the storm’s center could stay offshore, between Miami and the Bahamas. If later, it could blow through the Florida Keys and come up the southwest side of Florida. Or it could find a middle path straight up through the Everglades and the central spine of the peninsula.

“The wild card here is the turn. Anytime a hurricane makes a turn, it introduces uncertainty,” Mark DeMaria, acting deputy director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told The Washington Post in the center’s headquarters in west Miami-Dade County. DeMaria noted that the computer models have fluctuated modestly, with adjustments in the consensus track of 50 miles or so every day. “But 50 miles onshore versus right of the coast makes a huge difference in impact,” he said.

The combination of Florida’s geography, the pattern of urban settlement in narrow bands along the coasts and the projected northerly path of the hurricane presents a particularly ominous picture.

“This is a large storm coming from the south,” said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the hurricane center. “That’s the worst-case scenario, because it takes in the entire Gold Coast population, and you have the greatest impact from storm surge from that direction.”

Irma’s sustained winds were the strongest recorded for an Atlantic hurricane making landfall, tied with the 1935 Florida Keys hurricane.

“Look at the size of this storm,” Scott said. “It’s powerful and deadly.”

Many Floridians were heeding warnings to escape but found themselves sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in an effort to reach points north.

A little after 10 a.m. at the National Hotel on Miami Beach, a manager announced in four languages — English, Spanish, Portuguese and French — that guests needed to evacuate because of a city order. At the front desk, guests were given a sheet listing the locations of emergency shelters, none of which were likely to be as nice as the beachfront Art Deco hotel, which was restored a few years ago.

“This morning as I walked to work, I could see the things that could become projectiles,” said Natalya Garus, 35, lead concierge at the National. “Street signs. Coconuts. All the trash cans. Smoking stations. All the decorations.”

As she spoke, workers used a ladder to dismantle a decorative light fixture hanging over the hotel entrance.

Ruben Vandebosch, 28, and Wim Marten, 26, both of Belgium, and Jim Van Es, 24, of the Netherlands, said their plan is to drive to Atlanta.

“Atlanta has a nice ring to it,” Vandebosch said. “It sounds cool.”

Among those evacuating: Forty dogs from the Miami-Dade County animal shelter. They’re being flown to New York on a private plane owned by a dog lover named Georgina Bloomberg, according to Lauree Simmons, president and founder of the Big Dog Rescue shelter in Loxahatchee, Fla.

Big Dog staff went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey, rescuing 60 dogs from the floodwaters. Those dogs are awaiting adoption at the no-kill shelter. Simmons’s 33-acre rescue center has 457 dogs and puppies living in air-conditioned bunkhouses. Staff members were working frenetically Thursday packing up the contents of offices trailers. The dog bunkhouses, meanwhile, are fitted with hurricane impact glass built to withstand 200-mile-an-hour winds, Simmons said.

“The dogs will be very comfortable,” she said. “We’ll stay here with them through the storm and just keep hoping for the best.”

Lauren Jackowiec, adoptions manager for the Jacksonville, Fla., Humane Society, loads crates of cats into the Humane Society’s van for an evacuation trip to Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday. (Bob Self/Florida Times Union via AP)

Popular shopping and dining areas of Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, were nearly completely empty, the businesses buttoned up with metal curtains and new plywood protecting their front windows.

At the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Waterway, General Manager Jay Wallace and Greg Bennett, the club’s president, were walking up and down its docks making sure all the vessels, including some 90- and 100-footers valued at $2 million or more, were securely tied down. The club decided Tuesday to cease regular operations — meetings, lunch, dinner and a popular Wednesday happy hour — so that many employees would have time to evacuate.

“Just making sure everything is okay,” Wallace said. “We’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. You have to.”

Less than a mile away, Fort Lauderdale’s mostly spotless sandy beaches were virtually deserted, despite the green flags attached to all its lifeguard stands indicating “low hazard” for anyone wanting to take a dip in the ocean. The water was dead calm, not a wave in sight, and the shimmering sand was desolate on a postcard 90-degree day.

In Orlando, four Stetson University students prepared to fly out of town on cheap tickets bought Monday, before prices skyrocketed and seats vanished. One of the students, Draven Shean, is a freshman who has been at school for three weeks and is heading home to Houston, where his family had evacuated in advance of Hurricane Harvey.

“I keep making this joke that God keeps sending hurricanes after me,” said Shean, who was wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt with black block letters that said “EVAC.” He picked it up two days ago at a thrift store. “I thought it was appropriate.”

Others were preparing to ride out the storm. Some were fully prepared, others seemed to have only a vague plan, or none at all.

Shelves that once held bottled water are empty as the city prepares for approaching Hurricane Irma. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At a Costco in Naples, in southwest Florida, almost every morning shopper left the store with a flat or two of bottled water. At Costco’s gas station, vehicles jammed the six lanes for fuel. Several customers said the 24 cars waiting at 11 a.m. were nothing compared with the lines during the past two days. Some customers were on their third or fourth gas station seeking to fill up.

“As soon as they said you should consider evacuating, things got way worse,” said Michelle Anderson, who was waiting for gas in her Volvo. “I’m from Southern California, where earthquakes get you at random, so the fact that you have the ability to prepare for this is pretty awesome.”

Vicki Sargent, a Florida resident since 2003, lives in an RV park in Venice and had driven miles in search of gas Thursday. She said she has to ride out the storm because she takes care of about 70 units owned by people gone for the summer. She won’t stay in her own trailer, though.

“Only a fool would do that,” she said, saying she’ll stay with a friend. “I’m more worried about flooding than the hurricane. We have had rain and were about at saturation point.”

Tatiana Wood, 33, a waitress at a restaurant in Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road Mall, said she has a friend of a friend who lives in Oklahoma, but she was unclear of the distance or whether she would try to get there.

“If you try to escape, you may lose money,” Wood said. “If you stay, you might lose your life.”

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The National Hurricane Center’s acting director, Ed Rappaport, is seen during a televised interview at the National Weather Service’s facility in Miami, where they track and predict Hurricane Irma’s advance. (Andrew Innerarity/For The Washington Post)

Read more: The latest forecast from Capital Weather Gang

It’s not a Category 6: Debunking viral myths about Irma

Dispatch from Key West: Preparing for Irma’s wrath

Sullivan reported from Naples, Fla., and Berman reported from Washington. Kimberly Kindy in Orlando, Lori Rozsa in Palm Beach County, Dustin Waters in Charleston, S.C., and Leonard Shapiro and Perry Stein in Fort Lauderdale contributed to this report.

NCI’s Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller to receive 2017 Lasker Award | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NCI’s Douglas R. Lowy and John T. Schiller to receive 2017 Lasker Award | National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Two scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will receive the 2017 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for their significant research leading to the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The award is the country’s most prestigious biomedical research prize, and will be presented to John T. Schiller, Ph.D., of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), and Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., also in CCR and acting director of NCI. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Lowy’s and Dr. Schiller’s collaborative work to understand and prevent HPV infection has led to the approval of three preventive HPV vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“I’m incredibly proud of this much-deserved honor bestowed upon John and Doug for their foundational discoveries that led to the creation of HPV vaccines,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “Thanks to their extraordinary efforts, we have the potential to eliminate cervical cancer and greatly reduce other HPV-associated cancers. This award reinforces the critical importance of basic research in the development of medical breakthroughs like the HPV vaccine.”

Efforts to develop these vaccines were spurred by an urgent public health need. Infection with certain types of HPV causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. More than 500,000 women around the world are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, many of them at relatively young ages. More than 275,000 women die from the disease annually, and most of these deaths occur in developing regions of the world. Without successful interventions, the worldwide incidence and mortality from cervical cancer is projected to increase indefinitely. HPV infection also causes anal, vulvar, vaginal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers.

While working to address the need to prevent HPV-caused cancers in the 1990s, a team led by Drs. Schiller and Lowy discovered that the proteins that form the outer shell of HPV could form virus-like particles (VLPs) that closely resemble the original virus but are not infectious. They found that these VLPs could trigger the immune system to produce high levels of protective antibodies that can neutralize the virus in a subsequent infection. The VLPs ultimately became the basis of the three current HPV vaccines: Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix.

Drs. Lowy and Schiller say this breakthrough was possible because of earlier discoveries, and that it demonstrates the importance of long-term, publicly supported basic research.

“People have known since the 19th century that cervical cancer behaved as a sexually transmitted disease, but it wasn’t until the discoveries of Harald zur Hausen and his colleagues that HPV was found to be the cause. Development of the vaccines built upon decades of publicly supported research,” said Dr. Lowy. “We’re honored to be included with the other luminaries who have received this prestigious award.”

It is estimated that widespread uptake of current HPV vaccines could reduce the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer by more than two-thirds. Researchers are currently working to find ways to encourage uptake of the vaccines by lowering costs and simplifying the logistics of vaccination, especially in the developing world where most cervical cancers occur.

“This year’s Lasker Medical Research Awards illustrate the power of biomedical investigation to advance human health, whether scientists probe basic questions that reveal unforeseen truths or pursue goal-directed projects,” said Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D., chairman of the Department of Molecular Genetics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and chair of the Lasker Medical Research Awards Jury. “Douglas Lowy and John Schiller discovered that a single protein from the capsule of papillomaviruses can self-assemble into virus-like particles, paving the way for HPV vaccines that prevent cervical and other cancers.”

Drs. Schiller and Lowy have co-authored more than 150 papers over the last 30 years, and have been recognized frequently for their work. They received the Federal Employee of the Year Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service in 2007, and the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award from the Sabin Vaccine Institute in 2011. In November 2014, President Barack Obama presented them with the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Both researchers have noted how important it has been to their work to be part of the NCI intramural program, where scientists can do long-term, high-risk research that has the potential to have a major impact on human health. The program also encourages collaboration with specialists in many different scientific areas.

“When we started this research, we didn’t have a background in immunology or vaccinology, or clinical trials, so we greatly benefited from having access to scientific specialists who freely shared their expertise in these areas,” Dr. Schiller said. “These advances would not have happened without the many outstanding people we have worked with throughout the years.”

Since 1945, the Lasker Awards have recognized outstanding contributions to basic and clinical medical research and public service. Eighty-seven Lasker Award recipients have won the Nobel Prize, and more than 40 have done so in the last three decades. This year’s awards will be presented on September 15 in New York City.

About the National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI leads the National Cancer Program and NIH’s efforts to dramatically reduce the prevalence of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI website at cancer.gov or call NCI’s Contact Center (formerly known as the Cancer Information Service) at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

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Trump says military action against North Korea not ‘inevitable’ | World news | The Guardian

Trump says military action against North Korea not ‘inevitable’ | World news | The Guardian

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During a press conference the US president said he would prefer not to go the military route with the rogue regime

Donald Trump said military action against North Korea was not “inevitable” in a foreign policy focused press conference with the Emir of Kuwait.

Trump also told reporters “we have very little to do in Syria but kill Isis” and expressed caution about success in the push for the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Just a few days after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, Trump made clear again that “military action would certainly be an option” to deal with the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. However, he said “nothing’s inevitable” and stated: “I would prefer not going the route of military.”

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How does a hydrogen bomb differ from an atomic bomb?

The difference lies in the heart of the bomb. Atomic bombs rely on nuclear fission to produce a blast: atoms of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium are split by neutrons, releasing energy as well as more neutrons – triggering a chain reaction.

Hydrogen bombs incorporate nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. As in an atomic bomb, fission generates neutrons and energy. This energy is used to kick off the fusion of "heavy” types of hydrogen in another part of the bomb. The fusion reaction also releases energy and neutrons, which then trigger further fission reactions. The upshot is a far more powerful blast.

A boosted atomic bomb is a sort of hybrid of the two approaches, using a small quantity of fusion material together with an atomic bomb core. It is not as powerful as a hydrogen bomb.

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Trump did make clear that if military force was used “it will be a very sad day for North Korea”.

The comments came as Trump has continued diplomatic efforts to encourage China, North Korea’s number one trade partner, to pressure the rogue regime to end its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as its nuclear program.

However, when asked if he was willing to tolerate a nuclear but contained North Korea, Trump said he would not negotiate with reporters .

Trump also expressed caution about prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Although he boasted about the “tremendous talent working on that particular transaction”, he once again called it the world’s most complex and difficult deal.

In Trump’s opinion there was some hope for a deal. “I think the Palestinians would like it happen and the Israelis would like to see it happen and when you have two groups that would like to see things happen, good things happen.”

However, he then added: “I think there is a chance there could be peace but then again, I say that a little bit reluctantly.”

The president also weighed in on several other Middle Eastern conflicts during the East Room press conference. Of the ongoing Syrian civil war, Trump said “we have very little to do with Syria other than killing Isis”. He went to brag that his administration had been more successful in the conflict against Isis in eight months than Barack Obama had in years.

Trump also proclaimed his willingness to personally mediate the ongoing crisis between gulf countries and Qatar. “I will be a mediator here in the White House,” Trump said of the ongoing conflict, which has led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with Qatar.

Question: A person suffering from leporiphobia would fear which cartoon character?

Question: A person suffering from leporiphobia would fear which cartoon character?

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Answer: Leporiphobia, is an abnormal, debilitating, and often paralyzing fear of bunny rabbits. It is among the most common phobias in the Western hemisphere. People with leporiphobia will, by any means necessary, stay away from any area they believe to be inhabited bunnies. If they see a bunny they will refuse to enter the general vicinity until they overcome the severe panic attack that is always associated with it. Leporiphobia begins at a young age for most, and usually lasts until death. Tennis star Andy Roddick is rumored to have a fear of bunnies.

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Mickey Mouse

Daffy Duck

Yogi Bear

Destiny 2 Is Crashing Repeatedly for Some Unlucky PS4 Pro Users

Destiny 2 Is Crashing Repeatedly for Some Unlucky PS4 Pro Users

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Destiny 2’s launch hasn’t been totally void of problems.

Destiny 2’s launch hasn’t gone smoothly for some unlucky players. Individuals running the game on PS4 Pro have reported repeated crashing and freezing, in some cases, blocking their progress entirely.

PS4 Pro players have joined a thread on the Bungie forums complaining of crashes when playing on PS4 Pro. Bungie immediately responded to the thread, reassuring with the following statement:

“Hello all,

Thank you for your reports! We are aware of reports of some PS4 Pro players encountering crashes and are working with our partners to investigate the issue.”

Crashes have been reported across several different missions and, in the worst instances, with a frequency of every 3-4 minutes. Several players have stated a particular issue when introduced to Zavala in the opening tutorial mission. The error code that pops up is “Error Code CE-34878-0”.

Interestingly, some players mention that this was a crash code that was reported during the Destiny 2 beta.

As of yet, there is no official fix for the crash/error code. Several players have listed different attempts at fixing the issue without success. We have put together a compilation of potential fixes.

Bungie forum user TilmenDASH has made a video log of the crashes experienced while playing on the PS4 Pro. You can check it out below:

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Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

Question : Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

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Sirhan Sirhan
Leon F. Czolgosz
Jack Leon Ruby

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Leon F. Czolgosz

On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died eight days later of an infection which had spread from that wound. He was the third American president to have been assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. Czolgosz was executed just over seven weeks later.

American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 1 Review – AHS Cult “Election Night” Recap

American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 1 Review – AHS Cult "Election Night" Recap

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Even though Ryan Murphy claimed American Horror Story: Cult would be about the 2016 election, every trailer and video clip leading up to its release featured knife-wielding clowns, ominous people in hazmat suits, and creepy bugs. But the first episode proved that Donald Trump’s win in the November 2016 election is instrumental to the new season of Ryan Murphy’s show. From the characters’ disparate reactions to the horror movie events which occur in the wake of Trump’s win, the election is AHS: Cult‘s inspiration, and that’s exactly why the first episode is so scary.

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Here’s everything we learned from the premiere:

1) AHS: Cult is very much set in our world, right now.

The episode opens with real-life footage of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during their respective campaigns. The news clips end with Clinton saying, "You can’t just say whatever pops into your head if you want to be the president of the United States of America." While Trump has disproven this theory on multiple occasions, it’s an indication that the shock and disbelief Clinton voters have felt since election night is this season’s inspiration. A reporter says onscreen, "There is a real, palpable fear out there today," and it’s this instability that sets the mood for the rest of the episode.

2) This season follows two very different factions.

Sarah Paulson’s Ally stares in disbelief at the television as Clinton concedes the race. Meanwhile, in a basement elsewhere, Evan Peters’ Kai announces that "the revolution has begun," and proceeds to aggressively thrust his body against the television. Even if AHS: Cult manifests its horror in clown-like murderers, it seems its purpose is to show the tension between Clinton and Trump supporters.

3) Evan Peters’ Kai, this season’s antagonist, models himself on Trump.

Aside from humping the TV screen when the winner is announced, Kai attempts to physically emulate Trump in a very specific way: by putting cheese puffs into a blender and rubbing them all over his face to get the president’s orange glow. He also styles his hair into Trump’s signauture quiff. The look (in all its horror) is complete.

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4) Billie Lourd’s Winter lives with Kai but has very different politics.

Hearing the news that Trump is president, Winter asks a friend over the phone, "What if I get pregnant now? Where will I get an abortion?" Her concerns are the concerns of women all over the country. However, despite having an allegiance to Clinton, Winter lives with Kai, and as the episode progresses, it becomes clear that she might not be immune to committing acts of violence.

5) Twisty is back, but not in the flesh—yet.

As the trailer already revealed, AHS: Freak Show‘s Twisty is back, but only in comic book form. Though he appears in a slasher-esque scene and murders a couple who are about to have sex, it turns out that Ozzy, Ally and Ivy’s kid, is just reading a comic book about Twisty and imagining the story in his head.

However, as clowns appear to roam the streets post-election, it wouldn’t be surprising if the real Twisty appeared…

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6) This season is about "trigger warnings," and the lack of them.

Ozzy’s Twisty comic book triggers his mom’s coulrophobia. When Ozzy has night terrors, Ally is concerned. "My phobias are starting to affect our son," she says. But clowns aren’t her only worry; she tells her therapist she also hates "confined spaces, the blood particles in the air, the dark, that coral thing that’s been staring at me since I came in here."

When Winter announces that CNN should have had a trigger warning before calling the election results, it’s an important pre-cursor to the season. Some horrors we can’t avoid—particularly in a post-election world we have zero control over.

7) Mediocre white men are the most terrifying monsters of all.

In a town council meeting, Kai suggests having less police officers on the streets is better—a way to encourage a society of fear. In response to his outlandish requests, Ally’s friend Councillor Chang says, "I appreciate that a lot of you 4chan guys feel empowered to join the rest of us in civil society now that papa bear Trump is telling you it’s okay. But let me send you a message: This is a blip." His words are eerily resonant given the events of Charlottesville just a few weeks ago.

Kai’s response is key: "There is nothing more dangerous in this world than a humiliated man."

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8) Cheyenne Jackson is Ally’s ridiculously good-looking therapist.

His name is Dr. Vincent, and he’s suspicious for three reasons:

1) He gives her medication for her anxiety. In the real world, this would be a totally normal, non-suspect thing for a doctor to do. However, in American Horror Story, this might be an example of sinister behavior (remember the Addiction Demon from Hotel?). And when the doctor is kind of hot, it’s even more suspicious.

2) When Dr. Vincent recommends that Ally work out, as that’s how he’s been dealing with the political upheaval, Ally takes a closer look at his body. There’s a totally flirty moment, in which she remarks, "You do look good." Ally is happily married to her wife, Ivy, but could an affair be on the horizon?

3) Dr. Vincent knows all of Ally’s phobias. Has he been feeding this information to whoever is responsible for the clowns that keep appearing?

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9) Ally’s coulrophobia manifests in an intensely creepy way.

In the supermarket, the cashier’s "Make America Great Again" cap starts a chain reaction. Ally sees two clowns having sex on the watermelons in the produce section. A man wearing a mask with three faces and riding a scooter chases her down. From the car, she calls her wife Ivy, but as the camera pans, it’s clear a masked creature is sitting on the back seat. In reaction, she crashes her car. Still, no one believes her.

"They knew my fears. They wanted to murder me," Ally says, adding weight to the theory that someone she knows is deliberately sabotaging her life.

10) Ally didn’t vote for Hillary.

She thanks her wife for not telling anyone that she didn’t vote for Hillary, but her choice to vote for an independent is clearly a major source of contention.

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11) Winter might be the nanny from hell.

After revealing to Kai that she hates children, Winter applies for the job as Ozzy’s nanny and is hired almost immediately. She’s also terrified of Kai, and he might be the reason she’s taken the job. Later on in the episode, she shows Ozzy snuff videos on the Dark Web. It’s clear she’s about to cause trouble for Ally and Ivy’s family.

It’s also worth noting that her surname is Richards, while Ally and Ivy share the surname Mayfair-Richards. Could she be a relation?

12) There was a Lena Dunham shout-out ahead of her appearance in the season.

Winter proclaims, "My proudest moment was when Lena Dunham retweeted me," regarding her work on the Clinton campaign. Dunham will appear later in the season, as Valerie Solanas, the woman who made an assassination attempt on Andy Warhol.

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13) Winter doesn’t call the police when Ozzy witnesses a murder.

Instead, Winter takes Ozzy across the street and makes him look inside a house, where he witnesses a group of clowns murdering Councillor Chang (who wronged Kai earlier in the episode) and his wife. Winter tells the police and his moms that Ozzy imagined the clowns. Is she just covering for them?

Detective Samuels, played by Colton Haynes, rules the crime a murder-suicide. Is he in on the crime, too?

14) Ivy might be gaslighting Ally.

When Ally sees a clown masturbating in the restaurant, Ivy is short with her, and requests that she starts taking her medication. She blames Ally for their dwindling sex life, and she gently, on several occasions, suggests that Ally is ruining their family. Is she gaslighting Ally, a nod to the way the term went viral following Trump’s election?

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Clearly, American Horror Story: Cult is going to be filled with references to the election, but it’s going to be every bit as gory and twisty, as every other season of the show so far. Stay tuned for more mayhem.

Review in progress: Destiny 2 is ready to take over your life again | Metro News

Review in progress: Destiny 2 is ready to take over your life again | Metro News

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

11:42 AM

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Destiny 2 – the launch is only the start

GameCentral takes a look at the opening hours of Bungie’s mega sequel, including the story campaign and co-op play.

It was obvious from the moment it was announced that Destiny 2 wouldn’t be doing anything fundamentally different to its predecessor. Despite its enormous success the first Destiny earned a mixed reception upon its launch and was heavily criticised throughout its lifetime, even and especially by those that dedicated dozens of hours a week to playing it.

So while the sequel may seem unambitious, and relatively miserly in terms of new features, it will still prove more than worthwhile if it manages to streamline the original experience and add more content. And judging by the opening hours alone, it seems to have done exactly that.

As with any online-only game there was no way to properly review Destiny 2 before launch, especially considering that the first raid doesn’t go live until next Wednesday evening. The rest of the game switched on yesterday, at around 1pm in the UK, ahead of the official midnight launch. How smoothly that goes we’ll have to wait and see, but there were no major problems with the first one and the Destiny 2 beta seemed to go well.

The other problem with reviewing Destiny 2 is that we’ve already played the opening campaign level twice now, and you’ve probably watched it even more times via the official gameplay videos (not to mention all the streamers that leap upon the game the second the severs went live). But as overfamiliar as the opening has already become it is still a useful statement on just what developer Bungie is trying to achieve with Destiny 2.

Their stated priorities are improved storytelling, given there was almost none in the original; expansion, particularly of the open world patrol zones; and reinvention of flawed elements such as character progression and the competitive multiplayer.

Considering developer Bungie was previously best known as the creator of Halo it always seemed bizarre that Destiny never featured any coherent plot or characters, but the new campaign is almost falling over itself trying to rectify that oversight. The thrust of the story is that Earth has been invaded by a new faction of Cabal invaders, who destroy the Citadel and rob all Guardians of their ability to use Light. In other words they press the reset button on everyone’s character, so every player has to start again from scratch.

All of this is illustrated by much more structured set pieces than before, that immediately feel a lot more like Halo than anything in Destiny 1. The plot and characters are fairly bog standard sci-fi clichés though, where everyone is either a wannabe comedian (Cayde-6 is already almost unbearable) or stoic hardass whose every utterance seems more portentous than the last. There’s a certain sense of desperation in the game’s attempts to add more personality to its world, and while that’s preferable to nothing at all it hasn’t really grabbed us so far.

Destiny 2 – not exactly what you’d call all-new

Where Destiny 2 shows unequivocal improvement though is in its open world areas. These were always impressively large but also largely empty – with only some dull fetch quests and the occasional public event to liven things up. Destiny 2 adds two important new aspects in the form of Adventures and Lost Sectors. Adventures are basically proper side quests, with not only more varied objectives but also more snippets of storytelling and characterisation. Which come across as a lot less heavy-handed than the main campaign.

Lost Sectors have been billed as the first person shooter equivalent of a dungeon crawler, although they’re a little underwhelming so far in terms of size and loot harvest. They’re hidden in plain sight in the open world, and you can replay them as often as you want, but they’re not very difficult and basically just involve wiping out every bad guy in the area.

But of course the main appeal of Destiny, and the real reason for its success, is playing with other people. Something that’s not emphasised by the campaign but has become increasingly important for the open world areas. As a result public events have evolved from the simplistic boss battles of the first game into much more complicated group activities, with multiple objectives – including a hidden one that unlocks a higher difficulty version of the event.

The simplest way to play co-op remains a strike, which so far seems to be the least altered element of the game. Although raids will now have a kind of matchmaking, in the form of the guided games option. What has seen significant change though is the Crucible’s competitive multiplayer. Every play mode is now limited to four vs. four, and one of the main new ones uses Counter-Strike for inspiration, as you alternately try to plant a bomb and defuse it.

Destiny 2 – are you ready to get addicted all over again?

The Crucible was always the least distinctive part of Destiny’s design but the new Survival mode is an interesting new addition, in that you have to share respawns with your team and once you run out you can’t rejoin the match. We’re not sure the lowered player count was really necessary to make that work, but it’s fun nonetheless.

The nuances of Destiny 2’s new modes and options will become clearer over the coming days but it’s the little improvements that are going to be most obvious when you first start. Like the fact that the open worlds now have a proper in-game map, that lets you track public events, add waypoints, and use fast travel. Things that seem blindingly obvious now, but for some reason were never in the original game.

There’s a long list of reasons to be disappointed by Destiny 2. There are no completely new races, relatively few new worlds, and little change to the types of weapons available – even if they have all been recategorised. There’s no new class types either, just new subclasses that are sadly lacking in any real kind of novelty.

It’s not hard to imagine a much more ambitious version of Destiny 2, but it’s also hard to deny that the mixture of perfectly tuned action and endless loot farming works just as well as ever. Destiny 2 is a refinement, not a revolution, but everyone knew that months ago. And if you weren’t put off by that prospect before you certainly won’t be once you get your hands on the final game.

Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, and PC
Price: £54.99
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 6th September 2017 (24/10 on PC)
Age Rating: 16

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Poppy Delevingne flaunts her ample cleavage at GQ Awards | Daily Mail Online

Poppy Delevingne flaunts her ample cleavage at GQ Awards | Daily Mail Online

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

8:56 AM

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It’s one of the most illustrious awards ceremonies of the year in the British event calendar, drawing in the biggest names in fashion, music and film to the Tate Modern.

And leading the head-turning style at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 was Poppy Delevingne, 31, Anna Friel, 41, and Jourdan Dunn, 27, in equally figure-flaunting ensembles for the exclusive bash in London on Tuesday night.

In its 20th year, model-turned-actress Poppy was sure to command attention in her sheer haute couture Reem Acra gown which managed to barely cover her modesty with a number of embroidered stars across the chiffon bodice.

Scroll down for video

The full-length number attempted to deter attention from her bust with its high-neck silhouette and frill-detailed sleeves which added to the Gothic vibe of the ensemble as she made her way up the carpet alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Offsetting the sheer fabric, her skirt flared to the ground in a sea of grey and black tulle with matching ruffle accents and star embroidery.

Having narrowly missed out on completely freeing the nipple, Poppy – who made her acting debut in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – continued her skin-flashing display as she showcased her high-waisted black underwear.

Teaming the look with a matching black clutch, the blonde beauty balanced her dramatic ensemble by styling her hair behind her ears to display her fetching drop-earrings.

British actress Anna was sure to lead the fashion charge in her striking semi-sheer lurex Dhela gown which showcased her sensational frame as she stopped for photos along the carpet.

The richly coloured number – which featured hues of purple, maroon, gold, navy and hot pink – oozed seventies vibes as she cascaded to the ground while the fabric gave a glimpse to the silhouette of her undergarments and slender pins.

Stylishly pushing her sleeves, Anna’s retro-inspired dress boasted a plunging neckline which accentuated her ample cleavage and decollatage.

While she highlighted her narrow waist with a eye-catching hot pink belt that wrapped around her petite figure.

The Marcella star added inches to her diminutive height with a pair of platform heels, opting to forgo accessorises for the evening and letting her striking dress do the talking.

Anna finished her head-turning number with a slick of vibrant red lipstick and styled her tresses into a loose chignon while her fringe famed her face.

Elsewhere, supermodel Jourdan Dunn, 27, looked sensational in a strapless velvet black gown which highlighted her enviable figure for the star-studded evening.

Pin-up worthy, the striking fashion star’s sweetheart neckline ensemble complemented her flowing raven locks and strappy stiletto.

Echoing her stylish display, Hole frontwoman Courtney was every inch old Hollywood glamour in her mint-hued slinky number.

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The famed rocker poured her womanly curves into the silk full-length gown which skimmed her figure in all the right places while she worked her way up the carpet.

Courtney’s bardot-inspired dress featured thick shoulder straps before wrapping around her back into a caplet that fell stylishly to her pert derriere.

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Storm Keating proved she’d had no problems snapping straight back to her pre-pregnancy weight as she attended the awards.

Showing off her sensational figure in a sheer black gown, the 35-year-old model dazzled as she walked the red carpet with her husband Ronan.

Flaunting every inch of her incredible physique, the blonde bombshell donned an entirely sheer gown with lace panels over her underwear.

Ensuring she didn’t flash too much, Storm – who was named Sharyn by her parents for fear ‘people might make fun of her growing up’ – donned a pair of high-waisted briefs to protect her modesty with her skimpy bra.

Wearing her golden locks in loose waves, Storm sizzled as she cuddled up to Ronan – who looked dapper in a tuxedo.

Turning the style brigade’s attention to the men, Jared Leto, 45, didn’t disappoint as he made a showstopping entrance to the awards, donning a flamboyant scarlet tweed suit for his turn on the red carpet.

Adding a whimsical twist, the Oscar winner’s quirky Gucci outfit featured oversize ebony lapels, decorated with a vibrant floral print.

He paired the look with a red fitted shirt with a white collar and navy tie, with black brogues completing the stylish sartorial ensemble.

The stylish Dallas Buyers Club actor rocked a heavy beard and wore his chestnut locks swept away from his face into a stylish bun, drawing attention to his piercing blue eyes.

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Also making a dashing appearance at the celeb laden affair, was McFly rocker Dougie Poynter, 29, who looked typically handsome in an edgy teal suit, paired with an open-necked fitted black shirt.

His tousled blonde locks were worn in a stylish side parting and the star kept his trademark stoic expression as he posed for snappers.

The GQ Awards, now in its 20th year, celebrates more than 400 men, and a selection of women, who excel in the fields of film, music, sport, TV, books, politics and more.

Last year former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri took home the coveted Outstanding Achievement award after he coached his team to Premier League glory.

This year’s glittering event, held in London’s Southbank will be hosted by acclaimed actor Mark Strong, who has starred in The Imitation Game, ZeroDarkThirty and RocknRolla.

The highly coveted goody bags for guests include a bottle of whiskey from event sponsor Copperdog, L’Oreal moisturiser and a £500 PrivateFly discount voucher while winners will receive luxuries including a hotel stay, a monogrammed scarf from award sponsor Hugo Boss and a spa treatment.

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Poppy Delevingne flaunts her ample cleavage at GQ Awards | Daily Mail Online

Poppy Delevingne flaunts her ample cleavage at GQ Awards | Daily Mail Online

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

8:56 AM

Playstore Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.brainyexam.thinktrivia&hl=en

It’s one of the most illustrious awards ceremonies of the year in the British event calendar, drawing in the biggest names in fashion, music and film to the Tate Modern.

And leading the head-turning style at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2017 was Poppy Delevingne, 31, Anna Friel, 41, and Jourdan Dunn, 27, in equally figure-flaunting ensembles for the exclusive bash in London on Tuesday night.

In its 20th year, model-turned-actress Poppy was sure to command attention in her sheer haute couture Reem Acra gown which managed to barely cover her modesty with a number of embroidered stars across the chiffon bodice.

Scroll down for video

The full-length number attempted to deter attention from her bust with its high-neck silhouette and frill-detailed sleeves which added to the Gothic vibe of the ensemble as she made her way up the carpet alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Offsetting the sheer fabric, her skirt flared to the ground in a sea of grey and black tulle with matching ruffle accents and star embroidery.

Having narrowly missed out on completely freeing the nipple, Poppy – who made her acting debut in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – continued her skin-flashing display as she showcased her high-waisted black underwear.

Teaming the look with a matching black clutch, the blonde beauty balanced her dramatic ensemble by styling her hair behind her ears to display her fetching drop-earrings.

British actress Anna was sure to lead the fashion charge in her striking semi-sheer lurex Dhela gown which showcased her sensational frame as she stopped for photos along the carpet.

The richly coloured number – which featured hues of purple, maroon, gold, navy and hot pink – oozed seventies vibes as she cascaded to the ground while the fabric gave a glimpse to the silhouette of her undergarments and slender pins.

Stylishly pushing her sleeves, Anna’s retro-inspired dress boasted a plunging neckline which accentuated her ample cleavage and decollatage.

While she highlighted her narrow waist with a eye-catching hot pink belt that wrapped around her petite figure.

The Marcella star added inches to her diminutive height with a pair of platform heels, opting to forgo accessorises for the evening and letting her striking dress do the talking.

Anna finished her head-turning number with a slick of vibrant red lipstick and styled her tresses into a loose chignon while her fringe famed her face.

Elsewhere, supermodel Jourdan Dunn, 27, looked sensational in a strapless velvet black gown which highlighted her enviable figure for the star-studded evening.

Pin-up worthy, the striking fashion star’s sweetheart neckline ensemble complemented her flowing raven locks and strappy stiletto.

Echoing her stylish display, Hole frontwoman Courtney was every inch old Hollywood glamour in her mint-hued slinky number.

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· Watch video

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·

· Watch video

Loose Women ladies sport 90s ensembles in first ever episode

· Watch video

Daniella Westbrook: ‘I don’t know if I’m pregnant with two’

· Watch video

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· Watch video

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·

· Watch video

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Victoria Beckham reveals her beauty formula with make-up tutorial

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Taylor Swift roasts her best friend in her bridesmaid speech

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The famed rocker poured her womanly curves into the silk full-length gown which skimmed her figure in all the right places while she worked her way up the carpet.

Courtney’s bardot-inspired dress featured thick shoulder straps before wrapping around her back into a caplet that fell stylishly to her pert derriere.

Putting her own twist on her chic look, she carried a snakeskin clutch up the carpet while she decorated her neck with a simple silver chain.

She added to her jewellery display with a number of bangles around her wrist and offset her manicure with an onyx ring.

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Storm Keating proved she’d had no problems snapping straight back to her pre-pregnancy weight as she attended the awards.

Showing off her sensational figure in a sheer black gown, the 35-year-old model dazzled as she walked the red carpet with her husband Ronan.

Flaunting every inch of her incredible physique, the blonde bombshell donned an entirely sheer gown with lace panels over her underwear.

Ensuring she didn’t flash too much, Storm – who was named Sharyn by her parents for fear ‘people might make fun of her growing up’ – donned a pair of high-waisted briefs to protect her modesty with her skimpy bra.

Wearing her golden locks in loose waves, Storm sizzled as she cuddled up to Ronan – who looked dapper in a tuxedo.

Turning the style brigade’s attention to the men, Jared Leto, 45, didn’t disappoint as he made a showstopping entrance to the awards, donning a flamboyant scarlet tweed suit for his turn on the red carpet.

Adding a whimsical twist, the Oscar winner’s quirky Gucci outfit featured oversize ebony lapels, decorated with a vibrant floral print.

He paired the look with a red fitted shirt with a white collar and navy tie, with black brogues completing the stylish sartorial ensemble.

The stylish Dallas Buyers Club actor rocked a heavy beard and wore his chestnut locks swept away from his face into a stylish bun, drawing attention to his piercing blue eyes.

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Also making a dashing appearance at the celeb laden affair, was McFly rocker Dougie Poynter, 29, who looked typically handsome in an edgy teal suit, paired with an open-necked fitted black shirt.

His tousled blonde locks were worn in a stylish side parting and the star kept his trademark stoic expression as he posed for snappers.

The GQ Awards, now in its 20th year, celebrates more than 400 men, and a selection of women, who excel in the fields of film, music, sport, TV, books, politics and more.

Last year former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri took home the coveted Outstanding Achievement award after he coached his team to Premier League glory.

This year’s glittering event, held in London’s Southbank will be hosted by acclaimed actor Mark Strong, who has starred in The Imitation Game, ZeroDarkThirty and RocknRolla.

The highly coveted goody bags for guests include a bottle of whiskey from event sponsor Copperdog, L’Oreal moisturiser and a £500 PrivateFly discount voucher while winners will receive luxuries including a hotel stay, a monogrammed scarf from award sponsor Hugo Boss and a spa treatment.

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