Despite the ever-mounting bad news, Matt Gaetz has been trying to act like he’s not being investigated for his alleged role in a sex trafficking ring. He’s given public speeches. He’s tweeted. He’s tried to blame the “deep state.” And yet his scandal continues to escalate. Now there’s this: The New York Times is reporting that the associate at the center of all of this is, as already well-suspected, expected to rat him out.
Joel Greenberg, a former local Florida tax official who was first indicted in June by the Justice Department last year, reportedly disclosed to investigators that both he and Gaetz indeed exchanged cash or gifts in exchange for sex. One of them may have been 17 in violation of sex trafficking statutes. Greenberg made the allegations to alleviate his punishment, which at minimum would be 12 years. He’s expected to plead guilty in the coming weeks.
There’s some suspicion that the range of criminal charges against him, including fraud, could damage his credibility as a witness. However, Greenberg is said to have deep knowledge about Gaetz’s alleged activities. Besides, there are already some receipts, in the form of Venmo transactions that became public last week. Now that Greenberg cooperating with the feds in exchange for leniency, it should be clear, even to Gaetz, that he can’t simply tweet his way through it, as Republicans — and Democratic governors — so often do when drowning in scandals.
“I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s lawyer, Fritz Scheller, told reporters.
Justin Bieber has been a superstar in the music world since he was 16. That means he missed out on a normal childhood. But in a recent profile with GQ, Bieber revealed that, early in his career, he did something in attempt to seem like a regular boy.
“I was working so much as this young kid that I got really sad, and I missed my friends and I missed normalcy,” he said. “And so me and my friend hid my passport. The record label is freaking out, saying, ‘You have to do The Today Show next week and you can’t find your passport.’ It takes a certain amount of days to get a new passport. But I was just going to do anything to be able to just be normal at that time.”
He eventually confessed to hiding the passport and later performed on the show, but the move left people worried about his well-being. Fortunately enough, the singer apparently convinced everyone that he was okay and returned to the grind of stardom.
The anecdote arrives after his sixth album, Justice, returned to No. 1 on the albums chart two weeks after it debuted there. This marks the first time in a decade that one of Bieber’s albums have spent multiple weeks at No. 1.
As the top overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Anthony Edwards came to the Timberwolves with lofty expectations but the understanding that he might take some time (as all rookies need) to reach his immense potential. On the court, Edwards has steadily improved as he gets more comfortable in the NBA, and for the past two months he is averaging just over 23 points per game on much improved efficiency, and has shown flashes of his tremendous abilities, both in his basketball skills and his natural athleticism.
However, it’s off the court where Edwards has consistently shined, becoming one of the NBA’s best interviews less than a full year into his career. He is brutally honest at all times, which makes him an absolute delight for the Minnesota media, as he doesn’t have it in him to throw out cliches, instead delivering some tremendous quotes with full confidence and honesty. On Tuesday, after the Timberwolves faced the Nets, Edwards had arguably his greatest interview moment when he was asked for his thoughts on new Timberwolves owner Alex Rodriguez — one of baseball’s best players in recent memory.
Anthony Edwards on his feelings about Alex Rodriguez being the Timberwolves new owner:
“I don’t know who that is. I know he’s going to be the owner. But I don’t know anything about baseball.”
I love the honesty here. He’s obviously heard that there’s new ownership, but there’s no reason really as a player you would see a couple names you’re not familiar with and go, “I better look these guys up.” As such, if you’ve never watched much baseball or Shark Tank then you’re not going to know much about A-Rod and if he’s buying the team you assume he’s just another super rich guy. For most sports fans, though, this is a very funny answer and one that is a reminder that even elite athletes — and Edwards was an elite football and basketball star growing up — don’t follow every sport the same way many fans do. As such, even A-Rod can be a name someone’s never heard of, and when he buys the basketball team you play for, you don’t even really blink.
We know that mammals feed their young with milk from their own bodies, and we know that whales are mammals. But the logistics of how some whales make breastfeeding happen has been a bit of a mystery for scientists. Such has been the case with sperm whales.
Sperm whales are uniquely shaped, with humongous, block-shaped heads that house the largest brains in the animal world. Like other cetaceans, sperm whale babies rely on their mother’s milk for sustenance in their first year or two. And also like other cetaceans, a sperm whale mama’s nipple is inverted—it doesn’t stick out from her body like many mammals, but rather is hidden inside a mammary slit.
Most whale and dolphin babies nudge the mammary slit to expose the nipple, allowing them to “suckle.” A sperm whale baby’s head and mouth aren’t really designed for suckling in the traditional sense, obviously, as its massive nose protrudes over its much smaller lower jaw. But even in the whale sense of mom shooting milk into a baby’s mouth, it’s been unclear how it works for sperm whales due to their oddly shaped heads. Photos and observations have led researchers to believe that the mother whale expresses milk into the water for the baby to ingests outside of her body, but the real mechanics haven’t been clearly understood.
With the proliferation of underwater photography and filmography, it may seem strange that we don’t have more nursing whale evidence to examine, but because baby whales can’t breathe and nurse at the same time, nursing events are usually quite short. Even being in the right place at the right time to observe a whale nursing is rare, much less capturing it on film.
A new four-part documentary series from National Geographic has provided, for the first time, film footage of a sperm whale baby nursing. It shows how the baby actually inserting its lower jaw into the mother’s mammary slit, and the milk—which contains ten times more fat than human milk and is the consistency of yogurt—shooting directly into the baby whale’s mouth.
The documentary series containing this footage, “Secrets of the Whales,” was conceived of by National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry and follows the stories of five different whale species—narwhals, humpbacks, belugas, sperm whales, and orcas. It was filmed in 24 locations around the world and took three years to make. Produced by award-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron (of “Titanic” and “Avatar” fame) and narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver, the series is sure to please whale lovers and nature lovers alike.
In addition to sperm whale babies breastfeeding, the docuseries shows how beluga whales name themselves so groups can keep track of each other, how baby belugas share their moms’ call signs, how 30,000 humpbacks travel together from Australia to Antarctica and use breeches to talk to each other, and how a beluga pod adopted a narwhal into their bod—apparently the first ever cross-species adoption ever recorded.
Executive Producer James Cameron called the series a “challenging, daunting project” in a SXSW Conference panel last month.”It’s also so important for people to understand and for this film to illuminate how these creatures think, how they feel, what their emotion is like, what their society is like,” he said, “because we won’t protect what we don’t love.”
The series premiers on streaming service Disney+ on Earth Day, April 22.
Secrets of the Whales | Official Trailer | Disney+
The filmmakers hope that by sharing with people the unique identities of the whales they followed, they can inspire people to think about how these magnificent mammals can be better protected.
“It’s inescapable that they’re being poisoned by us, that they’re being deafened by us, or their behaviors, all of their feeding strategies and mating strategies and reproductive strategies are being dismantled by all of this noise from shipping channels and military sonars and all that,” Cameron said. “They’re going to continue to decline. The right whales are down to about 300…We barely understand these animals, so I think we have to, as a society, we have to think about doing it better.”
We’ve written in the past about the plethora of beer styles well-suited to spring. This week, we turn our attention to the German Kölsch. This top-fermented, crisp, subtly hoppy beer is similar to a classic lager and originated in the city of Cologne in the 17th century. Like many other region-specific forms of alcohol, a true Kölsch has very specific geographical parameters — in this case, that it can only be brewed within 50 kilometers of the city.
On top of location, there are other rules that must be met in order to call the beer a Kölsch. It can’t be hazy, must be pale, hoppy, and brewed in accordance (like many German beers) with the Reinheitsgebot (German’s beer purity order that is designed to limit the ingredients that can be added to any recipe).
But just because the Germans are strict about the style, hasn’t stopped American brewers from making their own Kölsch-style brews. Check out ten of our favorites below.
When it comes to Kölsch-style ales, they’d better be bright, subtly floral, and filled with crisp, refreshing flavors. Left Hand Traveling Light — with its clean flavor and 2-Row, Vienna, and Acidulated malts and its Willamette and Mt Hood hops (among other varietals) — definitely fits the mold.
On the nose, you’ll find clean, fresh scents of floral and subtly piney hops as well as freshly baked bread and malt sweetness. On the palate, you’ll be greeted with fresh-cut grass, sweet caramel, rich malts, and a nice resinous backbone. The finish is fresh, crisp, and very thirst-quenching.
It’s hard to top this Kölsch-style beer. It’s light-yet-flavorful and totally sessionable. Overall, a great choice for spring drinking.
What sets this Kölsch-style beer apart from the others on the list is the addition of wildflower honey sourced from Rogue’s onsite Revolution Garden. This cloyingly sweet, natural product melds perfectly with the 2-Row and Munich, wheat, DextraPils, and Aciduated malts and Kölsch #2 yeast and Crystal hops.
Take a moment to breathe in the aromas of clover honey, rich malts, and caramel corn. The palate is swirling with floral sweetness, rich honey, graham crackers, and subtly bitter hops. The finish is a great combination of piney hops and sweet honey.
This is a different type of Kölsch than many on this list and that’s not such a bad thing. The addition of natural honey is subtle enough to simply highlight the other flavors instead of overpowering them.
If you’ve never had a beer from Colorado’s Upslope, you’re really missing out. We suggest starting with one of its best, its Rocky Mountain Kölsch. The crew in Boulder set out to create a beer that tasted like you were drinking in the Rocky Mountains themselves. They did this by combining traditional Kölsch yeast and locally sourced honey with sage, Lemondrop, and Mosaic hops.
Nose this beer for a few moments and breathe in the aromas of subtle baking spices, lemon zest, and graham crackers. Take a sip and you’ll find flavors of subtle sage, baked bread, fresh, floral hops, and orange peels. It all ends with a mixture of resinous hops and caramel sweetness.
This is a beer for fans of the great outdoors. Pack it into your backpack and bring it on your next hike or mountain biking excursion for a mid-trip pick-me-up.
With a name like Fancy Lawnmower, you know this is a beer for spring and summer imbibing. This German-style Kölsch was crafted to be as close to the real thing as possible. They do this by brewing with traditional Kölsch yeast and Hallertau hops.
On the nose, you’ll find notes of fresh-cut grass, cracker malt, subtle caramel, and vibrant lemon zest. On the palate, you’ll find rich malts, sweet corn, and floral, subtly bitter hops. The finish is clean, bright, and thirst-quenching.
We’re all about drinking light, refreshing beers after mowing the lawn, doing yard work, or simply standing outside in the sun. This beer feels like it was made with these exact activities in mind.
Like many of the beers on this list, Schlafly believes that you can’t truly make an authentic Kölsch-style beer without using traditional Kölsch yeast. The brewery gets its yeast from Köln, Germany, where the style originated. That’s about as authentic as it gets.
The aroma is filled with ripe fruits, sweet cereal, and piney hops. Drinking this beer will reveal bold malts, Noble hops, freshly baked bread, and citrus zest. The finish is clean, dry, and (no surprise here!) refreshing.
Located in St. Louis, Schlafly might find itself in the shadow of a well-known macro-brewery, but we implore you to grab a six-pack of this Kölsch next time you’re in the beer section at your local grocery store — it’s a winner.
This traditional Köln-style Kölsch was first introduced in 2014. Its inspiration is the classic, crisp, floral brews of Germany. It recreates this iconic style with the addition of German pilsner malts and Hallertau hops.
Before taking a sip, bask in the scents of green apples, biscuity malts, fresh grass, and lime curd. On the palate, you’ll be greeted with a subtle nutty sweetness paired with floral hops and lemon zest. The end is light, subtly tangy, and ends with a nice kick of bitter hops.
Fire up the grill, throw on some sausages (or hot dogs if you prefer), and pair them with this classic German-style Kölsch.
Almanac’s True Kölsch lives up to its name. When you crack open a can, you’ll be transported to the German countryside where you’ll hear the sound of accordion music and smell the rich smoke from grilled sausage. Its thirst-quenching, light, and way too easy to drink.
On the nose, you’ll find bready malts, bright citrus zest, caramel notes, and sweet corn. On the palate, you’ll get hints of citrus zest, floral hops, subtle pepper, and sweet yeast. The finish is dry and refreshing with a nice hit of spicy hops.
On the next nice day, grab a comfortable chair, find a warm spot in the spring sun, crack open a True Kölsch and slowly sip it, forgetting about the stresses of your daily life for a few brief moments.
You know if you’re buying a beer from Prost, it’s going to be as authentic as possible. Its Kölsch was created to pay tribute to the classic style. It’s fruity, dry, and utterly refreshing. That’s why Prost is able to refer to it as a “Kölns Classic Ale”.
Nose this beer and you’ll be met with scents of lemon zest, tropical fruits, freshly baked bread, and floral hops. On the sip, you’ll find orange peels, rich malts, sweet cereal, and spicy hops. It all ends in a crescendo of pleasingly bitter hops and sweet malts.
Hoist a pint of this classic beer and let out a guttural “Prost!” or whatever exclamation you like to toast to. Trust us, you’ll be that excited after taking a sip of this thirst-quencher.
If you didn’t guess it already, KSA stands for Kölsch Style Ale. While many of the beers on this list pride themselves in using only authentic German ingredients, KSA is the meeting between the European country and America. That’s because Fort Point uses American hops paired with German malts to create a transatlantic beer experience.
On the nose, you’ll find aromas of wet hay, tart grapes, and citrus peels. The palate offers up tropical fruits, sweet wheat, sourdough bread, and floral hops. The finish is a great combination of rich malts and crisp, bitter hops.
Since this is a mashup of America and Germany, we suggest pairing this with classic, grilled red hots instead of bratwursts.
This sessionable golden ale is brewed with European pilsner malts and malted wheat as well as Magnum hops. The flavor is ramped up with end-of-boil additions of Saphir, Saaz, and Tradition hops. The result is a full-flavored, complex beer that hits the spot on a warm, hazy spring day.
Breathe in the aromas of freshly baked bread, caramel sweetness, and subtle herbs. Take a sip and you’ll be transported to a world of clover honey, rich malts, citrus zest, and piney, resinous hops. The finish is light, smooth, and perfectly hoppy.
This is the kind of crushable, hop-filled beer that’s bold enough for the early days of spring but bright and vibrant enough for the humid days of summer.
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On Monday, fans of the Rocky movies and Demolition Man were hit with a tale that seemed to tall to be true. According to Page Six, Sylvester Stallone had allegedly become a member of Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort owned by Trump and he’d reportedly signed up not long after the disastrous end to his presidency made it sting even more. Mind you, it wasn’t that much of a surprise: Stallone has long been one of Hollywood’s most open Republicans. And yet now his rep is claiming the report is simply not so.
“Contrary to media reports and rumors, Sylvester Stallone is officially not a member of the Mar-a-Lago Club,” rep Michelle Baga wrote in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He did not join the organization, he did not pay initiation dues.”
The mistake is simple, Baga claimed: Stallone had simply swung by the former president’s club — and, currently, home — for a fundraising luncheon, meant to help animal adoption shelters, causing some to “mistakenly assumed that he was there as a member.” That he’d also recently moved nearby, to a $35.38 million estate in Palm Beach, only made the story seem more likely.
But that is not so, Stallone’s rep says. Her client did, however, spent New Year’s Eve there in 2016, soon after its owner had won the presidency. (Then again, so did Quincy Jones.) But Stallone has allegedly not gone full Mar-a-Lago regular, although it does appear he has some time to kill: It was recently announced that he wouldn’t be returning for Creed III — the first time Rocky Balboa has not appeared in the franchise that Stallone created back in 1976. That said, you know where Stallone can the closest golf course to Palm Beach? At the joint owned by the 45th president of the United States.
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently the league’s second best defensive team, behind only the Lakers, with a 106.4 defensive rating that has helped propel them to the top spot in the East. Joel Embiid, who despite missing nearly a month with a knee injury is firmly in the MVP discussion, and Ben Simmons are the primary reasons for their defensive prowess, but from top to bottom they have a group that has bought in on that end and makes life miserable for opponents, particularly in the fourth quarter when they tighten the grips and boast a 101.9 foruth quarter defensive rating (best in the league).
Simmons hasn’t been shy about making his feelings on where he should stand in the Defensive Player of the Year race known, as he has made his case for winning the award on a few occasions. He did so again last night after the Sixers beat up on the Mavs and then again on Tuesday in a sitdown with Rachel Nichols for The Jump, in which he gave quite the argument for why he should be the choice over two-time DPOY Rudy Gobert.
“He guarded me in Utah…and I had 42, and apparently I’m not a scorer. So it is what it is,” said Simmons immediately after saying he has “a lot of respect for Rudy,” which makes it even better.
His case of being arguably the most versatile defender in the NBA is probably a better argument than him dropping 42 points on Gobert and the Jazz, but it makes for a great quote. Simmons has been spectacular on defense this season, as he regularly draws the opposing team’s best offensive player 1 thru 4. He can guard some centers, but when Embiid is around (who also believes he’s a DPOY candidate), that isn’t necessary. Having two elite defenders who may quibble with each other over who is the DPOY is a good problem to have in Philly, and it’ll be interesting to see how voters see it.
As the recent police killing of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota continues to draw scrutiny, more and more stars have become more and more outspoken about the need for police reform (or abolition). One of those stars, Madonna, took one of her commenters to task after they derided her post about the killing, challenging the detractor and pointing out their name was fitting, considering the content of their comment.
Posting the video of the shooting to Instagram (which you can view here, if you’re so inclined), Madonna argued in the caption, “This is so infuriating and unacceptable,” and calling police spokesman Tim Gannon’s “deeply upsetting.” Adding the hashtag #guncontrol, she appeared to be advocating for a disarmed police force, in line with previous, similar posts of hers demanding more gun control overall.
However, this drew the attention of @karengayler, an anonymous troll who pulled out all the usual bad faith arguments to question Madonna’s post. “I would bet you have people with guns to protect you and your family,” they wrote. “But the little people can be left unarmed. If you take the guns away criminals will ALWAYS find weapons.”
Madonna wasn’t hearing any of it. “B****h I don’t have any security or armed guards around me,” she corrected. “Come see me and tell me to my face how not real my world is. I dare you. You know nothing about me or my life. The only criminals I see right now are the police who are paid to protect the people.” She finished her tirade with the perfect flourish to underline the disingenuousness of the commenter’s statements: “Of course your name is Karen.”
You can see screenshots of the exchange below.
Madonna claps back at a hater in the comments of her recent Instagram post, which discussed mass shootings and gun violence in the United States. pic.twitter.com/qCs3VHoyJ9
Actor Hank Azaria’s relationship with “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon holds a mirror up to how America has progressed as a society on the issue of race over the past three decades. Last year, he announced he’d no longer be performing the character, but that came after a long, slow journey of understanding.
“It’s 1988, and somebody says to me, ‘Hey, can you do an Indian accent?’ It was, like, one line. I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ And Apu comes out. We’re like ‘OK, that was funny’ and we all laugh. So that keeps going from there, and over the years it develops,” he revealed on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s “Armchair Expert” podcast.
Back then, Azaria thought that voicing an Indian character was just the same as playing any other ethnicity. He was just following in the footsteps of comedy legend Peter Sellers who played an Indian character in the 1968 comedy “The Party.”
“When I saw that movie, there was no difference between how funny Peter Sellers is as a French guy [in “The Pink Panther” movies] or a German guy in “Dr. Strangelove” or as Hrundi V. Bakshi in “The Party,” he said. “It’s just funny. I’m an aspiring voice guy, and I can do the accent, so there’s no difference to me either. What I’m not realizing, of course, is that I can feel that way as a white guy, because I’m not living with the consequences of those things at all.”
However, there is a difference between when a white actor does a cartoonish voice of someone European versus a South Asian. At the time, Apu was little more than a vehicle for stereotypical jokes.
Sure, “The Simpsons” had plenty of other stereotypes on the show, whether its Groundskeeper Willie the Scotsman or Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel.
“Apu was one of the few Indian American characters on tv at the time ‘The Simpsons’ aired, and was way more influential than any animated side-character should ever be. Thus, his portrayal should have been more sensitive, especially considering that the character’s dodgy accent and Kwik-E-Mart catchphrase has been used as a racial slur against folks of Indian heritage for decades.”
At first, Azaria thought the criticism was a slippery slope that was dangerous to even consider.
“My first defense was, ‘Should I stop doing Cletus as a Southern guy, or Luigi who is an Italian guy?’ Where does it end, right?” the actor said. “I even hear the argument: ‘Do you have to be a bartender to play Moe?’ And ‘You’re not a cop, so you shouldn’t play Wiggum.’ I mean, that’s just ridiculous.”
Azaria realized that it was time to stop being defensive and to listen to what people in the South Asian community were saying after watching Hari Kondabolu’s 2017 documentary, “The Problem With Apu.” This kicked off a three-year learning process where he attended seminars and spoke with many Indian-American colleagues.
One notable moment was when a 17-year-old broke down in tears while explaining the power that Hollywood has to shape perceptions of his community.
“With tears in his eyes, he said to me, ‘Will you please tell the writers in Hollywood that what they do and what they come up with really matters in people’s lives, and it has consequences?’ I was like, ‘Yes, my friend — I will tell them that,'” Azaria admitted.
He attributes his ability to listen to the work he’s done in Alcoholics Anonymous.
“I needed to shut up … and listen and learn. And that took a while. This was not a two-week process: I needed to educate myself a lot. If I had not gotten sober, I promise you it wouldn’t have taken much wine for me to be in my feelings one night and fire off a Tweet that I felt justified in firing off,” he said. “Some kind of defensive, white-fragile tweet. Boy, was I glad I had a system in place where I could look at this thing.”
Azaria also believes that white actors should also stop playing other ethnicities due to the lack of work in Hollywood for people of color.
“Here’s the thing: if it’s a character of color in particular, there’s not the same level of opportunity there. So if it’s an Indian character or a Latinx character or a Black character, please let’s have that person voice the character,” he said. “It’s more authentic, they’ll bring their experience of their culturalization to it, and let’s not take jobs away from people who don’t have enough.”
The actor apologized to the show’s host, Padman, the daughter of Indian immigrants for any harm the character might have caused them.
“I know you weren’t asking for that, but it’s important. I apologize for my part in creating that and participating in that,” he said. “Part of me feels like I need to go around to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize. And sometimes I do when it comes up.”
Azaria’s journey to understanding may have taken a few decades too long, but it’s a great example of how we can help people learn about social justice without having to use the ham-fisted tactics of cancel culture.
People can change when given the opportunity. Azaria is the perfect example of someone who has gone from doing work that harmed a community to someone who has become an advocate for expanding the characterizations and opportunities for people of color in entertainment.
After spending the ’90s playing the best friend/neighbor to a cop, Jaleel White is trading in his suspenders to get into the weed game. The Family Matters actor is launching “ItsPurpl,” a new cannabis line he developed in a collaboration with 710 Labs. In a new interview with Forbes, White opens up about how patiently he’s waited to properly get involved with the “Purple Urkel” strain after years of friends and family sending him pictures of bootleg products with his famous sitcom character on it.
“The thing that always stood out to me was there no clear brand leader for fire purple weed,” White said. “It made no sense to me, that no company of significance had claimed this lane, so why not me?”
During the pandemic, White found himself with extra time on his hands and a need to stay productive, and that’s what got him into talks with 710 Labs, which helped him develop the “ItsPurpl” line from seed to pod. And the final product has him feeling like a beloved candy maker.
“To smoke the end result from such a quality pod has been surreal,” White told Forbes. “I feel a little bit like Willy Wonka, the flavor came out so similar to grape candy.”
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