20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is The Best Kind Of Feel-Good Movie

Kate Hudson has a line in “Almost Famous” that is cheesy, overwrought and perfect. I think about it often. Her character, aptly named Penny Lane, says to fledgling 1970s rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) while driving around San Diego one night, “I always tell the girls, ‘Never take it seriously.’ If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, just go to the …

Joe Biden’s Wisconsin Coalition Tries to Catch a Glimpse of Their Candidate

As Joe Biden met with community leaders in a Kenosha church on Thursday, roughly four dozen of the voters he needs to win Wisconsin waited on the street outside, several layers of brick away from the man running to be their President. The crowd on the street outside Grace Lutheran Church represented the coalition that Biden is counting on to win the White House: moderate suburban women and disaffected Black voters, union workers and remorseful Donald Trump supporters, first-time voters …

The Funniest Tweets About Married Life To Get You Through This Week

And somehow, the spouses of Twitter continue to find humor in the minutiae of married life and sum it up perfectly in 280 characters or fewer. Every other Monday, we round up the funniest marriage tweets of the previous two weeks. Read on for 25 relatable new ones that will have you laughing in agreement. After many years of marriage, the one piece of advice I can give is this: For some reason they just really like the towels folded …

Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria records 73 new cases and 41 deaths as NSW records 10 new cases

I did a spot check on a bus I was next to and everybody had a mask except one person. If I was catching a bus or a train today I would 100% be wearing a mask. You shouldn’t be catching a bus or train and not wear a mask. It is not more simple than that. We have to put our response of the pandemic into good comparison to what we’re experiencing in the community. If you look at …

A British Skin Care Brand Pressured Asian Influencers To Promote Its Skin Whiteners. They Fought Back.

Courtesy Kinita Shenoy Kinita Shenoy LONDON — Kinita Shenoy ignored the first package. But then a second one arrived at her home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Inside were skin lightening creams made by Pond’s, the cosmetics brand owned by consumer product giant Unilever. As the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sri Lanka edition from 2017 to 2018, Shenoy was used to freebies. But the gift box, sent in December 2017, left her confused. She had told Unilever marketers weeks before that …

Video Games May Be Key to Keeping World War II Memory Alive. Here Are 5 WWII Games Worth Playing, According to a Historian

The 75th anniversary of Japan formally surrendering to the U.S. aboard the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, arrives at a moment when the question of how the war is remembered feels more necessary than ever. Veterans’ stories, books, movies and TV shows have kept memories of the war alive for the last 75 years, but how will those stories be told when there are fewer people around who lived through those era-defining years? Recently, some people in younger …

UK coronavirus live: government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row

7.45am EDT 07:45 Hi. Caroline Davies here, taking over the blog for a while. You can get in touch on caroline.davies@theguardian.com 7.42am EDT 07:42 Government falls short of contact-tracing target for ninth week in row The test and trace figures released earlier – with 75.5% of close contacts reached through the NHS system – represented the ninth week in a row where the government has fallen short of its 80% target. Dido Harding, the interim executive chair of the National …

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Already Back For 2020

While the first day of fall isn’t until Sept. 22, Starbucks‘ release of its Pumpkin Spice Latte feels like an unofficial end to the summer season. The iconic drink returned to coffee shops for its 17th year in a row on Tuesday, Aug. 24, along with a few other pumpkin drinks and treats. If you need a refresher, the Pumpkin Spice Latte (aka the PSL) mixes Starbucks’ signature espresso with steamed milk and a combo of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and …

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Cringe-Worthy Hearing Stokes Partisan Tensions

One thing was clear after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s hearing before Congress on Monday: the partisan brawls over the United States Postal Service—once among the less politicized agencies in the federal government—will almost certainly continue through Election Day. The five-hour hearing was punctuated by cringe-worthy moments as DeJoy, who appeared unprepared to answer Democrats’ basic questions about the agency he has led since mid-June, appeared squirm in his seat. Experts on the Postal Service say DeJoy’s wobbly testimony validates at …

Google is investing $100 million in telehealth provider Amwell, which will use Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Alphabet’s Google Cloud, speaks at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2019. Michael Short | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google‘s cloud division is investing $100 million in Amwell, formerly known as American Well, a company that builds technology for virtual doctors’ visits. The company has filed to go public, and Google’s investment will be a concurrent private placement at the IPO price. As part of the partnership, Amwell will move parts of …

Veep Creator Armando Iannucci Says These Times Call for Charles Dickens

In 1837, Charles Dickens moved into a narrow terraced house north of Central London. 48 Doughty Street was the novelist’s home for only 2½ years, but they were productive ones–he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby there.   Today, the building is a museum dedicated to the author and his work, and it was here in February that TIME met Armando Iannucci, the screenwriter and director whose newest film is an adaptation of Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield, …

An Algorithm Determined UK Students’ Grades. Chaos Ensued

Results day has a time-worn rhythm, full of annual tropes: local newspaper pictures of envelope-clutching girls jumping in the air in threes and fours, columnists complaining that exams have gotten far too easy, and the same five or six celebrities posting worthy Twitter threads about why exam results don’t matter because everything worked out alright for them. WIRED UK This story originally appeared on WIRED UK. But this year, it’s very different. The coronavirus pandemic means exams were canceled and …

From Ellen DeGeneres to Tom Hanks, QAnon Has Infiltrated the Hollywood Rumor Mill

Hello, new friends! My name is Kate Knibbs, and I’m a senior writer at WIRED covering culture and media. I’ll be your substitute Plaintext guide this week, as my colleague Steven Levy has generously lent me his newsletter. “You can write about anything you want, as long as it doesn’t start with an anecdote that is rude to Tom Hanks,” he said, if I’m remembering correctly. I’m sorry for what I’m about to do, Steven.   The Plain View My …

Struggling to Focus? How to Improve Your Attention Span When ‘the World Is Sick’

If your mind wanders off before you finish reading this sentence, you’re not alone. Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still learning to live with an ambient thrum of stress, anxiety, fear, grief and anger. For many people—especially those recovering from the virus or juggling work and child care—brain fog and inattention have been collateral damage. In a recent survey of 300 American workers, about 40% said they feel less productive than usual during the pandemic.   …

How The Eviction Crisis Could Compound Voter Suppression Come November

Over 20 million Americans could be evicted by the end of September due to the current economic crisis, with 30 to 40 million facing eviction by December. Somewhere in the middle, one of the most highly anticipated presidential elections in recent history will take place. That eviction crisis could make it harder for people to vote ― and, in turn, harder to hold politicians accountable for failing them in the midst of a pandemic that has now killed over 150,000 …

Hong Kong lawmaker says, “I don’t know how I can protect myself”

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan answers the questions from media outside Hong Kong’s High Court on October 31, 2019. Hong Kongers are deleting social media posts and making plans to emigrate because of China’s new “national security” law that came into effect earlier this month, one prominent pro-democracy lawmaker told CBS News. The law, which came into force on July 1, outlaws a variety of vaguely defined offenses like “sedition,” which can be tried in mainland Chinese courts and carry sentences of life …

Radical or Moderate? Trump Campaign Struggles to Define the Democratic Party Ticket

(WASHINGTON) — A former prosecutor trying to hide her crime-fighting past — who is also weak on crime. The most radical pick for vice president ever — but too moderate to energize the Democratic base. President Donald Trump’s campaign is struggling to define Sen. Kamala Harris, Democrat Joe Biden‘s newly announced running mate. Biden’s decision to choose Harris — who ran for president last year in the same pragmatic vein as Biden did and is now the first Black woman …

Coronavirus live news: EU health agency calls for new lockdowns as Greece ‘formally’ enters second wave | World news

Spain’s government defended its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday after official data showed the country had overtaken the UK to register the highest total number of cases in western Europe. “Appropriate measures are being taken to control the pandemic in coordination” with the regions, the government said in a statement, after experts questioned its policies. The data shows that we are being very active in tracking and detecting the virus. Health ministry data showed 1,486 new cases were …

The Onion’s Guide To QAnon

The increasingly popular conspiracy theory QAnon was recently the target of a Twitter crackdown, and several of its adherents are running for office across the country. But what is QAnon, exactly? The Onion breaks down the conspiracy theory with its guide to QAnon. Q: What is QAnon?  A: A conspiracy theory that posits world leaders are secretly evil rather than openly so. Q: What do QAnon supporters believe?  A: That by working together, they can discover a renewed sense of …