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Do Taylor Swift And Drake Have A Song On The Way?

In a move that can only now be described as “Swift-ian,” Taylor Swift has been re-recording her first six albums. Her shrewd attempt to maneuver around the fact that Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, bought all of her masters (without Swift’s knowledge) and then sold them to the highest bidders, has yielded two (Taylor’s Version) editions of albums in Red and Fearless. Now as Swift is getting to work on the Reputation (Taylor’s Version) recording, she has allegedly released a collaboration track with Drake and it’s especially juicy.

Do Taylor Swift And Drake Have A Song On The Way?

But Drake and Taylor Swift recording a song together? Could this be true? According to The Sun, Swift has dug into her vault of recordings as she prepares to release Reputation (Taylor’s Version) next year, following the release of Midnight this October 21st. One of the track’s from the vault, is reportedly a collaboration with Drake that was left off of Reputation, as Swift didn’t want to fuel the fire of her beef at the time with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian — following Kanye’s “I made that b*tch fmous” lyric. Drake and Kanye had a notoriously tepid relationship as well and this factored into the decision to hold off back then. But this new song could be on the way as The Sun quotes a “music insider” with direct knowledge of the situation:

“Taylor has pivoted her focus to re-recording Reputation and she has come across this song she made with Drake, which never saw the light of day. She knows that everyone is going to think it is about Kimye because it was her row with them which inspired a lot of Reputation. But this one is far more direct than the other songs, which was why they didn’t decide to release it in the first place. It’s no secret that both Taylor and Drake have had tumultuous relationships with Kanye, so they didn’t hold back when it came to recording. Obviously she is totally over the whole thing now but this is one which fans will want to hear.”

Time will tell if a collaboration song from Drake and Taylor Swift ever comes to fruition, but this seems like a pretty juicy one if it does drop.

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There Is A Fishing Scandal That Involves Two Dudes Stuffing Weights Into Fish

A lot of sports that don’t get nearly as much attention as your footballs or your basketballs have been engulfed in controversy lately. There is a gigantic chess scandal in which the No. 1 player in the world, Magnus Carlsen, alleges that he has been on the other side of cheating by Hans Niemann. And earlier this week, poker has seen allegations of cheating pop up, too, during a Hustler Casino Live stream that featured an all-in decision that made little sense.

And now, the world of fishing is getting in on the fun. The following video, which shows arguments over weights being placed inside of fishes, began circulating on Twitter on Saturday. Things are obviously testy, and then, someone pulls out a knife, cuts the fish open, and some weights do, indeed, come out. At one point, it was discovered they stuffed a walleye fillet into one of the fishes to add weight.

Pretty crazy, eh? Well, let’s turn to a source for information on the internet every time we need more context to things: a message board. This time, the allegations come from the site The Ohio Outdoors, which tells us that a pair of fishermen, Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan, were found to have cheated at “one of the biggest- if not the biggest Lake Erie walleye tourney.”

“Sounds like they’ve won some big money and a boat fishing these ‘eye tournaments, and have been accused of cheating numerous times and even failed their polygraph test after they won the fall brawl a year or two ago, but their attorney saved their asses from the sounds of it,” the poster wrote. “I’m sure more details will be shared over the next week or so, but this is crazy.”

We will, like you, wait with bated breath for the next sport with a huge cheating scandal.

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The Los Angeles City Council Just Declared October 1st To Be ‘Bad Bunny Day’

Bad Bunny made the final U.S. stop in his World’s Hottest Tour last night in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium, but the “Ojitos Lindos” singer didn’t leave the City of Angels without making an even greater lasting mark than just a memorable on-stage performance. That’s because the Los Angeles City Council declared that October 1st will be forever known as “Bad Bunny Day” in L.A.

L.A. City Councilman Kevin de León (a former congressman) was the one who introduced the resolution, which was seconded by every other member of the council. In speaking with local press, De León cited Bad Bunny’s, “Immense cultural impact to the Latino community across the City of L.A.” Adding that, “The City of LA’s population is 50% Latino, one of the largest Latino populations in the world outside Latin American countries. Bad Bunny’s cultural impact will have a tremendous and positive influence on future generations and will redefine Latino culture in Los Angeles and beyond for years to come.”

The cultural impact of what Bad Bunny has done for Música Latina’s global appeal is undeniable. He was the most-streamed artist in the world on Spotify last year and continues to raise his profile as an artist. Furthermore, the motion from the L.A. Council cited, the reggaeton and trap artist as, “Transcending those genres through the incorporation of rock, punk, and soul.”

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The Peter Thiel-Backed Conservative Dating App ‘The Right Stuff’ Is Live And The Jokes Are Flying

Just in time for Donald Trump’s Twitter clone to hit still more bad times, here’s “The Right Stuff.” No, not the longtime neo-Nazi site of the same name. It’s the conservative dating app — founded by Trump aide John McEntee, funded by right wing venture capitalist Peter Thiel — that was threatened earlier this year. Expected to bow last summer, it instead landed in early fall, complete with a new ad. Alas, if anyone involved in the new app thought they could escape social media mockery, they were wrong.

The spot features a variety of women in talking about what they’re looking for in a man (not a woman, of course). “They just have to be a conservative,” one says, revealing a fairly low bar. Another says she likes “the alpha-male vibe.” On the subject of why they want to date conservatives, one woman says that rightwingers “know how to treat a woman,” while another says they have “better manners.” “I like that they understand their role in the relationship as a man,” yet another says, which seems like a pretty dog-whistle-y statement.

It didn’t take long for people to make parodies of the ad, juxtaposing some of the women’s responses with unflattering images of actual GOP men.

Some people even signed up for accounts, only to be wowed by some of the prompts.

Those prompts received some jokey responses.

The app’s female-centric ad also reminded people that today’s GOP is not exactly pro-women.

Others advised people to definitely not start joke accounts.

There were also plenty of miscellaneous jokes.

The ad had one person wondering why right wingers mock leftists for safe spaces, when that’s what this app (and Truth Social, and Gab, and Fox News, etc.) is.

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ESPN’s Sean McDonough Seems Pretty Happy A Rain Delay Will Prevent Aaron Judge Cut-Ins During Ole Miss-Kentucky

College football fans who do not also love the New York Yankees have had a pretty annoying couple of weeks. Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is in the midst of one of the best seasons we have ever seen out of a hitter, which has included his pursuit of Roger Maris’ American League record 61 home runs in a season.

Judge recently tied Maris and is now trying to get the record on his own, which ESPN is awfully excited about. Last week, ESPN started cutting into live college football games with a picture-in-picture of Judge’s at-bats. Fans did not enjoy it, presumably because if they wanted to watch a Yankee game, they’d have put that on their television, instead.

Well, Judge is going for 62 and ESPN is keeping up the cut-ins. The catch is that Saturday’s Yankees-Orioles game had a rain delay that prevented the start of the game from happening on time. Plenty of folks are excited for this, and apparently, ESPN’s Sean McDonough is on that list. McDonough is calling Saturday’s Kentucky-Ole Miss game, which is expected to include cut-ins, and when he got told about the delay, he got just a little bit sarcastic.

The pure contempt in McDonough’s voice is hilarious, in part because he is a Boston native who sometimes does play-by-play on the radio for Red Sox games. Anyway, if you’re watching college football on ESPN, this is coming barring the game getting totally rained out.

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Dad writes heartbreaking message after the death of his son

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21

A dad from Portland, Oregon, has taken to LinkedIn to write an emotional plea to parents after he learned that his son had died during a conference call at work. J.R. Storment, of Portland, Oregon, encouraged parents to spend less time at work and more time with their kids after his son’s death.

In an open letter on LinkedIn, which has so far garnered over 26,000 likes and 2,700 comments, Storment explains that his son, Wiley, passed away during his sleep as a result of complications from his mild epilepsy. He then goes on to blast himself for not spending enough time with his son, and encourages other parents to take more time off work.

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Storment starts by explaining that the day his son passed away started like any other:

“Eight years ago, during the same month, I had twin boys and co-founded Cloudability. About three months ago Cloudability was acquired. About three weeks ago we lost one of our boys.”

“When I got the call I was sitting in a conference room with 12 people at our Portland office talking about PTO policies. Minutes earlier, I had admitted to the group that in the last 8 years I’d not taken more than a contiguous week off.”

That’s when Storment received a call from his distraught wife.

“My wife and I have an agreement that when one of us calls, the other answers. So when the phone rang I stood up and walked to the conference room door immediately.”

“I was still walking through the door when I answered with ‘Hey, what’s up?'”

“Her reply was icy and immediate: ‘J.R., Wiley is dead.'”

“‘What?’ I responded incredulously.”

“‘Wiley has died.’ she reiterated.”

“‘What?! No.’ I yelled out, ‘No!'”

“‘I’m so sorry, I have to call 911.'”

Storment goes on to explain the chaos that happened next.

“That was the entire conversation. The next thing I know I’m sprinting out the front door of the office with my car keys in hand, running ferociously across the street and muttering ‘oh F**k. oh F**k. oh F**k.’ Half way down the block I realize I don’t have the opener to my parking garage. Running back into the lobby, I all but shout “Someone drive me! Somebody drive me!” Thankfully, a helpful colleague did.”

Storment made it home, but not yet knowing the cause of death, police were treating the house as a possible crime scene. The heartbroken father was unable to see his son for two and a half hours.

“When the medical examiner finally finished his work, we were allowed in the room. An eerie calm came over me. I laid down next to him in the bed that he loved, held his hand and kept repeating, ‘What happened, buddy? What happened?'”

“We stayed next to him for maybe 30 minutes and stroked his hair before they returned with a gurney to take him away. I walked him out, holding his hand and his forehead through the body bag as he was wheeled down our driveway. Then all the cars drove away. The last one to leave was the black minivan with Wiley in it.”

Storment goes on to explain his son’s dreams and aspirations, and the difficulty he had signing his son’s death certificate.

“Wiley was obsessed with starting a business. One day it was a smoothie stand, the next it would be a gallery, then a VR headset company, then a ‘coder’, then a spaceship building company. In each of these scenarios he was the boss. His brother (and sometimes us) were invited to work for—not with— him and were each assigned jobs. In the gallery scenario, Wiley informed Oliver that he would be manning the cash register.”

“Around 5 years old, Wiley decided he was going to get married as an adult. By 6 he had identified the girl, holding her hand at recess on the first day of kindergarten. Over the next two years as we moved from Portland to London to Hawaii, he kept in touch with her by handwritten letter. Not long before we moved back to Portland, the two agreed (by letter) to marry. She beat him to the punch and asked him. He accepted. Happily, he got to see her twice after we moved back to Portland in June.”

“One of the countless difficult moments of this month was signing his death certificate. Seeing his name written on the top of it was hard. However, two fields further down the form crushed me. The first said: ‘Occupation: Never worked’ and the next: ‘Marital Status: Never married.’ He wanted so badly to do both of those things. I feel both fortunate and guilty to have had success in each.”

Storment then criticises himself for spending too much time at work. And while it sounds that Wiley got to live an amazing life, Storment only wishes he could have done more with him.

“Over the last three weeks I have come up with an endless stream of things I regret. They tend to fall into two categories: things I wish I had done differently and things I’m sad not to see him do. My wife is constantly reminding me of all the things he did do: Wiley went to 10 countries, drove a car on a farm road in Hawaii, hiked in Greece, snorkeled in Fiji, wore a suit to a fantastic British prep school every day for two years, got rescued from a shark on a jet ski, kissed multiple girls, got good enough at chess to beat me twice in a row, wrote short stories and drew comics obsessively.”

Storment hadn’t checked on the boys the morning of the tragedy because he had to get up early for meetings, a decision he seems to regret.

“Around 5:40am, the next morning I woke up for a series of back to back meetings. I did a Peloton ride, took an analyst call from my home office, one with a colleague on the drive to work, then the rest at the office. None seem that important now. I left that morning without saying goodbye or checking on the boys.”

Storment has a simple message for parents:

“Many have asked what they can do to help. Hug your kids. Don’t work too late. A lot of the things you are likely spending your time on you’ll regret once you no longer have the time. I’m guessing you have 1:1 meetings on the books with a lot of people you work with. Do you have them regularly scheduled with your kids? If there’s any lesson to take away from this, it’s to remind others (and myself) not to miss out on the things that matter.”

“The big question is how to return to work in a way that won’t leave me again with the regrets I have now. To be honest, I’ve considered not going back. But I believe in the words of Kahlil Gibran who said, ‘Work is love made visible.’ To me, that line is a testament to how much we gain, grow and offer through the work we do. But that work needs to have a balance that I have rarely lived. It’s a balance that lets us offer our gifts to the world but not at the cost of self and family.”

“While I sat writing this post, my living son, Oliver, came in to ask for screen time. Instead of saying the usual ‘no’, I stopped writing and asked if I could play with him. He was happily surprised by my answer and we connected in a way I would have formerly missed out on. Small things matter. One silver lining from this tragedy is the improving relationship I have with him.”

“Our family has gone from having two units of two (the parents and the twins) to now being a triangle of three. That’s a big adjustment for a family that has always been four. Oliver’s brilliant reply when we discussed the shape of our new family: ‘But Papa, the triangle is the strongest shape.’ By some sad and beautiful irony, Oliver has met three sets of 8-year-old twins in our new neighborhood since Wiley passed.”

“I’ve learned to stop waiting to do the things the kids ask for. When we sold the business I gave each of the boys a $100 dollar bill. They decided to pool their money to buy a tent for camping. But we didn’t make it happen before Wiley died. Another regret. So, after the first round of family visits after his death, I took Jessica and Oliver to REI to get gear and we left town quickly to camp near Mt. St. Helens.”

“Somehow, we got to the wilderness without enough cash to cover the campground fee and had a slight panic. Jessica then realized that Wiley’s $100 bill was still in his seat pocket. He got to spend his money on camping after all. Collectively, the family said a big, ‘Thanks, buddy’ out-loud to him. It was one of many bittersweet moments we will experience for the rest of our lives. Each happy time brings with it the sadness that he doesn’t get to experience it.”

“One of Wiley’s happy times was listening to music and dancing. Damn, could that kid dance. He loved the Oregon Country Fair and the year before we left for London, we listened to a band there play a version of ‘Enjoy yourself (It’s later than you think)‘. The words stuck with me that day three years ago and painfully so now:”

“You work and work for years and years, you’re always on the go

You never take a minute off, too busy makin’ dough

Someday, you say, you’ll have your fun, when you’re a millionaire

Imagine all the fun you’ll have in your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink

The years go by, as quickly as a wink

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think”

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NASA says these 18 plants are the best at naturally filtering the air in your home

This article originally appeared on 08.13.21

Back in the late ’80s, NASA was looking for ways to detoxify the air in its space stations. So it conducted a study to determine the most effective plants for filtering the air of toxic agents and converting carbon dioxide to oxygen.

In 1989, their results were published in a clean air study that provided a definitive list of the plants that are most effective at cleaning indoor air. The report also suggested having at least one plant per every hundred square feet of home or office space.

1. Dwarf Date Palm

2. Boston Fern

3. Kimberly Queen Fern

4. Spider Plant

5. Chinese Evergreen

6. Bamboo Palm

7. Weeping Fig

8. Devil’s Ivy

9. Flamingo Lily

10. Lilyturf

11. Broadleaf Lady Palm

12. Barberton Daisy

13. Cornstalk Dracena

14. English Ivy

15. Varigated Snake Plant

16. Red-Edged Dracaena

17. Peace Lily

18. Florist’s Chrysanthemum

What’s in our air?

Trichloroethylene – Found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives, and paint removers. Symptoms associated with short-term exposure include: excitement, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma.

Formaldehyde – Found in paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues, paper towels, plywood paneling, and synthetic fabrics. Symptoms associated with short-term exposure include: irritation to nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and lungs.

Benzene – Used to make plastics, resins, lubricants, detergents, and drugs. Also found in tobacco smoke, glue, and furniture wax. Symptoms associated with short-term exposure include: irritation to eyes, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, increase in heart rate, headaches, confusion and in some cases can result in unconsciousness.

Xylene – Found in rubber, leather, tobacco smoke, and vehicle exhaust. Symptoms associated with short-term exposure include: irritation to mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.

Ammonia – Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts, and fertilizers. Symptoms associated with short-term exposure include: eye irritation, coughing, sore throat.

Please note: Some of these plants may be toxic for your pets, so please do your research to ensure your furry friends stay safe.

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Larry Nance Jr. And The Pelicans Agreed To A 2-Year, $21.6 Million Extension

The New Orleans Pelicans have made it a point to take care of some of their most important players this offseason. Both Zion Williamson and C.J. McCollum have put pen to paper on new deals this summer — the former signed a 5-year deal worth up to $231 million, while the latter got a 2-year extension worth $64 million to keep him in town through 2026.

Now, it’s Larry Nance’s turn to get in on the fun. Marc Stein reported that the veteran frontcourt player and the team were on the verge of agreeing to a new contract, and right after that, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN brought word that Nance will get a 2-year deal worth $21.6 million.

Nance then confirmed that he’s sticking around in a tweet.

Nance and McCollum came to New Orleans alongside one another as part of the team’s big midseason trade last year. While injuries limited him to nine regular season games for the Pelicans, Nance brought his usual steady approach to the team in a role off the bench, averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. Now, he’ll remain with the team as they look to ascend in the Western Conference following last season’s run to a spot in the play-in tournament.

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The Trump Team Was So Petty While Leaving The White House They Even Left Biden With A Broken Air Conditioner

As you may recall, the transition from the Trump administration to Biden was not exactly smooth. Not only did the former deny that he lost re-election — a tall tale he’s continued to spread, nearly two years later — but he even compelled his violent supporters to storm the Capitol building. Trump eventually agreed to at least leave the White House quietly, but according to yet another scandalous tell-all, he and his team made sure to do so in the most petty way possible.

This comes from New York Times reporter (and, as per Trump, his “psychiatrist”) Maggie Haberman and her new book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America, in an excerpt acquired by Politico. As they were reluctantly vacating 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Trump officials went out of their way to create “headaches small and large” for their successors. Among those was ensuring they were delayed in getting messages from the Pentagon, refusing to grant them access to a computer that would allow them to start on the president’s budget, even blocking them from getting their first COVID-19 vaccine shots.

But one move was more even more childish than the others. When the Biden team entered the White House, they found an air conditioning unit had been stuffed with photos of Hunter Biden, the president’s troubled son, leaving it broken.

Confidence Man is teeming with new and disturbing/embarrassing dirt on Trump. Among the other revelations are that he mainly became president to meet more rich people and that he loved to brag about how he refused to use the same toilet as his predecessor, Barack Obama.

(Via Politico)

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The Mariners Broke Their 21 Year Playoff Drought On A Walk-Off Home Run By Cal Raleigh

For the first time since 2001, the Seattle Mariners will play postseason baseball. The Mariners took on the lowly Oakland Athletics on Friday night, and with a win, the team would clinch a playoff berth. Things looked good after the first inning, as the team took a 1-0 lead when Ty France drove in Dylan Moore, but in Oakland’s next time up at the plate, Shea Langeliers hit a homer to draw things level.

The two sides were deadlocked for the remainder of the game, and while this did make things unnecessarily tense for Seattle, it gave us one of the best moments we’ve had in Major League Baseball in recent memory. Cal Raleigh pinch hit for Luis Torrens in the bottom of the ninth after Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana both struck out. The count was full, and instead of meeting the same fate as his previous two teammates, Raleigh turned on an off-speed pitch down in the zone and sent it into the right field bleachers.

The crowd at T-Mobile Park completely melted down. With this dinger, Seattle clinched a Wild Card spot in the American League, meaning the playoff field is now set. The Astros, Yankees, and Guardians all clinched their divisions, while the Blue Jays and Rays had previously secured Wild Card spots.