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Woman Dumps Boyfriend After Being “Creepy” Close With His Sister

It’s kind of nice when a guy is close with his family. After all, a lot can be determined by how a human treats others. However, sometimes being close can be too close.

We’ve all probably had to deal with meddling mothers, but what about a sister? Sometimes siblings can be overprotective of each other but for one Australian man, his sister was acting only downright creepy. Jacinta, a 30 -year-old from Australia, tells the tale of how her boyfriend’s creepy sister ended their relationship. Jacinta says she had been in a relationship with a man named Jack and initially find his closeness to his tight-knit household endearing. He was a kind and sensitive man who “never had a bad word to say about anyone” and Jacinta fell for him. She understood that he and his sister, Mel, were close, but didn’t realise just how close at first. Their family home had lots of pictures of the siblings together and Mel was always very supportive of Jack, but it soon became apparent that Mel had few friends of her own and often indicated up at Jacinta and Jack’s dates. “I started to notice that nine out of 10 periods we went out, Melinda would be there, ” Jacinta claimed. “She never seemed to go out with her own friends. She would always sit next to Jack. Would do whatever Jack said. Never had a difference of opinion to Jack. Never even opposed with Jack.” She continued, “By contrast, my siblings and I opposed like cats and dogs growing up.” If you’re wondering if this all voices a little family, it’s probably because Rachel from Friends observed herself in a very similar situation with her boyfriend:

Once, Jacinta claims that Mel was spying while she and Jack snuggled on the couch. Mel glared at the couple while holding a glass of while, and once Jack recognise her presence, she stormed off. Jack simply rubbed off the encounter by saying his sister was “not in a good mood”. However, things get creepier when Mel acknowledged her “dream guy” was her friend and Jacinta determined her in his bed one day. “I was going to stay over, so I went into his bedroom and was trying to set up and she was asleep in his bed, ” Jacinta said. “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back … I had to walk out of the room and ask Jack why she was there.” Jacinta reveals that Jack simply said “she does that sometimes” and defensively tried to convince Jacinta that it was normal behavior. Jacinta broke it off with Jack because of the creepy behavior and the fact that she didn’t want to be the one who came between him and their own families. She claims she once ran into an ex-girlfriend of Jack’s and she told Jacinta that her only competitor was Mel, which constructed Jacinta wonder if his ex had ended her relationship with Jack for the same reasons. “I like close families but it’s difficult to have a relationship with someone when there was always a third wheel … especially when the third wheel is from the same genetic makeup, ” Jacinta said. Jacinta is now blithely married. There is no word on how Jack, or his sister, are doing these days.

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Steve Bannon, Cardinal Burke, Minister Salvini, and the Plot to Take Down Pope Francis

ROME–It sounds almost like a lame joke. A former Trump strategist, a conservative cardinal with a penchant for fancy ceremonial gowns, and a far-right xenophobe walk into a bar in Rome. In this case, the Trump strategist is Steve Bannon, the conservative cardinal is American Raymond Burke, and the xenophobe is Italy’s new interior minister Matteo Salvini. No, they aren’t in a bar, but they are conspiring against one human, Pope Francis, on the issue most dear to him: immigration.

It is no secret that Francis, whose first ever apostolic journey was to the Italian island of Lampedusa to give support to the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have crashed onto the coasts there, supportings an open-border policy. He has celebrated mass on the Mexican border with the United Country, and he has cautioned global leader to prioritize the acceptance of migrants over national security concerns and to avoid” discrimination, racism, extreme nationalism and xenophobia .”

In a series of statements ahead of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, Francis called for integration and acceptance , not perimeters and closed ports.” I hope that the states involved in these processes reach an understanding to assure, with responsibility and humanity, assistance to and the protection of those who are forced to flee their own country ,” he said in one of his many messages to mark the occasion.

But the pope’s terms have fallen on the deaf ears of many legislators, and triggered outrage from Bannon, Burke, and Salvini. Bannon told ABC News this week that the Catholic Church was ” one of the most difficult instigators of this open perimeters policy ,” singling out Francis as the main reason for the migration crisis in Europe( which began long before Francis was elected in 2013 ). Bannon, who proclaims his own Catholic faith, previously has said the Catholic Church only needs” illegal aliens” to fill its pews.

When Bannon was in Rome in early June to celebrate Italy’s new populist government run by Salvini, Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and their previously unknown puppet Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, he also took a side trip-up to the Trisulti monastery. It’s an 800 -year-old gem of real estate a few hours from Rome being developed by Benjamin Harnwell, a conservative British Catholic with ties to UKIP, the party that built its reputation pushing for Brexit, as a bastion for right-wing-thinking kinds.

“[ Harnwell’s] the smartest guy in Rome. He’s always a tough guy. He comes across as a monk, but he’s actually a very tough guy .”
— Steve Bannon, on the far-right money human behind the scenes

Harnwell operates the ultra-conservative and somewhat mysterious Catholic organization Dignitatis Humanae Institute which publicizes that it was ” founded to help Christian legislators defend their religion in the public square .” Harnwell operates a flag on his website with a quote from Bannon: “[ Harnwell’s] the smartest guy in Rome. He’s always a tough guy. He comes across as a monk, but he’s actually a very tough guy .”

The monastery will host events with speakers like Bannon and Burke and conservative Christian leaders.” Trisulti will be the home of a number of projects that underscore the fact that human is stimulated in the image and likeness of God, and that recognition of the imago Dei is the cornerstone of the Judaeo-Christian foundations of Western Civilization ,” Harnwell, who did not respond to requests for an interview, is quoted as saying on his website.

Harnwell and his organization are an important connection between Bannon and Burke. Harnwell is the one who first introduced the two, according to a New York Times article that is displayed on Harnwell’s website. Bannon spoke at one of Harnwell’s’ seminars by grainy video link back in 2014 during which he warned that the migration exodus would lead to a rise in populism. Burke was the keynote speaker the year before.

Burke is one of the pope’s chief detractors, openly questioning Francis’ ability to run the church and campaigning for a lessening of papal powers. He has openly called Islam a threat as he supports tighter border controls in direct defiance of his boss, the pope, and he is a vocal advocate of American President Donald Trump, whom the pope has called un-Christian for wanting to build his wall.

The cardinal has been cultivating a relationship with Salvini, who visited him this week in Rome. The two had satisfied several times before over their shared disgust of the current pontiff, albeit for different reasons. The fact that Salvini visited Burke, who is no longer the head of any congregation in the Curia, instead of Francis, whom he has openly criticized for inviting migrants to Italy, is lost on no one. And the photo of the two men smiling like Cheshire cats is at once creepy and worrying.

Salvini closed Italian ports to charity rescue ships earlier this month, sending more than 600 people across high seas to Spain to prove his strength. He has now proclaimed war on nomadic Roma people, calling for a physical survey of Roma camps to create a census from which he will essentially make a list of people to deport.

” Irregular foreigners will be deported via agreements with other countries ,” he told an Italian television station this week.” But Italian Roma unfortunately we have to keep .”

It is no secret that Bannon has been a big fan of Salvini’s policies, calling them an example for the rest of the world. Salvini’s actions have also boosted his popularity at home, and a photo op with a cardinal like Burke speaks volumes about simply whom he is trying to impress.

A recent survey depicted his Lega party 2.2 percentage points higher than when his alliance government was inaugurated on June 1. His coalition party Five Star Movement lost 2.5 phases in the same survey, in part because their base doesn’t agree with the hard line on migration.

Francis doesn’t concur either, but he is losing ground both here in Italy and abroad. He has been particularly vocal about migrant rights in recent days, both with regard to the closing of Italian ports and the separation of children from their families on the U.S.-Mexican border.” I would like to point out that the issue of migration is not simply one of numbers, but of persons, each with his or her own history, culture, feelings and aspirations ,” Francis said this week.” These people, our brothers and sisters, need ongoing protection, independently of whatever migrant status they may have .”

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s former centre left prime minister accused Salvini of following the American model too closely, tweeting a sentiment that many moderates fear the most:” Yesterday refugees, today Roma, tomorrow firearms for everyone .”

One might presume Francis is asking what Jesus would do for the good of humanity. It seems Bannon, Burke, and Salvini, worshippers of Trump, think they know better.

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Trade war’s losers could include microchips, energy, banks – WHP Harrisburg

Trade war’s losers could include microchips, energy, banks WHP Harrisburg

Looking across the stock market, it’s hard to find a company that isn’t vulnerable in some degree to the U. S. -China trade war. Stocks of companies that do a lot of …

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Largest prime number discovered- with more than 23 m digits

With nearly one million more digits than the previous record holder, the new largest prime number is the 50 th rare Mersenne prime ever to be discovered

At more than 23 m digits long, the number is something of a animal. But for mathematicians, the latest discovery from a global gang of enthusiasts is a matter of beauty: the largest prime number ever found.

Known simply as M77232917, the figure is arrived at by estimate two to the power of 77,232, 917 and subtracting one, leaving a gargantuan string of 23,249, 425 digits. The result is nearly one million digits longer than the previous record holder discovered in January 2016.

The number belongs to a rare group of so-called Mersenne prime numbers, named after the 17 th century French monk Marin Mersenne. Like any prime number, a Mersenne prime is divisible only by itself and one, but is derived by multiplying twos together over and over before taking away one. The previous record-holding number was the 49 th Mersenne prime ever found, inducing the new one the 50 th.

” I’m very surprised it was saw this quickly; we expected it to take longer ,” said Chris Caldwell, a prof of mathematics who runs a website on the most important one prime numbers at the University of Tennessee at Martin.” It’s like finding dead cats on the road. You don’t expect to find two so close to one another .”

The new prime number was originally found on Boxing Day by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search( Gimps) collaboration which harnesses the number-crunching power of volunteers’ computers all over the world. In the days after, four more computers sporting different hardware and software were defined the task of verifying the discovery. Those computers confirmed the result, taking between 34 and 82 hours each.

To find M7 7232917 in the first place took six full days of nonstop calculating on a PC owned by Jonathan Pace, a 51 -year old electrical technologist from Germantown, Tennessee. It is the first prime that Pace’s computer has churned out in 14 years on the Gimps project. He is now eligible for a $3,000 award.

When asked about mathematicians’ fascination with such mammoth numbers, Caldwell said:” They are arousing to those of us who are interested in them. It’s like asking why do you climb a mountain .” He compares prime numbers to diamonds, with small ones seeing uses in encryption and other applications, but large ones being more like showpieces.” That’s what we’re talking about here: it’s a museum piece as opposed to something that industry would use ,” he said.

Curtis Cooper, a prof of mathematics at the University of Central Missouri, procured the previous record-holding Mersenne prime in 2016, the fourth prime he has helped to find through the Gimps project in 20 years. He said he was a little sad at having lost the record so soon, but added:” I’m really happy for the whole organisation and the guy who found it. He’d been sought for 14 years, so he’s worked as hard as I have .”

” Discovering new primes, which are things you can touch, it’s the realisation of my love for mathematics. That’s the appeal for me ,” he said.

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Litter-ally scaring: is Cats the creepiest movie of the year?

The first look at the star-studded big screen take on Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical is trending for all of the incorrect reasons

” This Christmas, you will believe .” With these terms, Universal sent its first trailer for Cats out into the Twitterverse- and if a cagier strapline has appeared in modern movie marketing , nothing comes immediately to mind. Don’t believe it now? Fine, you have until Christmas. One the one hand, it voices a bit like a threat. On the other, maybe it’s more of a plea.” We know it’s a lot to take in right now, but give it a few months: you’ll believe, we promise !”

To be fair, they have reason to, er, pussyfoot in their approach: a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s eternally uncool but commercially deathless musical has been something of an industry joke for decades, most famous, of course, as a symbolic punchline in John Guare’s Upper East Side bourgeoisie satire Six Degrees of Separation. Since then, the essential naffness of Cat- the earnestness of its reconstituted TS Eliot poetry, combined with the clumsiness of its human-feline costumes- has served as satirical fodder in everything from The Simpsons to The Critic to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s easy to be cynical about a Cats movie, then, in large component because a Cats movie seemed an absurd impossibility for so long. For all the popularity of its artifice-heavy stage treatment, there didn’t seem to be a workable style of filming a reveal altogether about cats, but gave solely through human feeling, expression and movement.

Who could have guessed that 2019 would be the year to take up this challenge twice over? Tomorrow, Disney’s much ballyhooed “live-action” remake of The Lion King hits cinemas, with its photo-real but computer-generated big cats improbably shaping their mouths around Elton John’s rousing score score. In terms of online buzz, however, its thunder has almost been theft this week by Cat, finally brought to the screen by the Oscar-winning British director Tom Hooper. It won’t be in cinemas until December, but a calculated one-two punch- yesterday, a spout behind-the-scenes featurette, today the official trailer in all its gaudy neon-lit glory- has held the internet rapt in semi-morbid fascination.

At last, in two short but overwhelming minutes, the question of” how the hell do you make a movie of Cat” has been answered: by slathering an all-star cast that seems to have been assembled through a particularly manic game of Mad Libs( Judi Dench! Jennifer Hudson! Taylor Swift! Idris Elba! Jason DeRulo ?) in a generous coat of much-vaunted” digital fur technology” and building extravagantly outsize sets on which they leap and bind and perform thoroughly humanoid choreography. They’re people! But they’re also cats! So the cast member James Corden muses in wonderment in the making-of blurb- he believes, but will we?

If the reaction to the trailer so far is anything to go by, the jury is not so much out as agog: in these difficult, polarised times, the internet appears to have miraculously united in a chorus of” what the hell was that ?” Returning to the expensive mode of bombast that saw him make a smash hit out of another slow-to-the-screen musical, Les Miserables, Hooper appears to have fashioned the shonkily home-sewn aesthetic of the stage show into a lurid, gleamingly synthetic fantasia of distorted Victorian streetscapes and Metropolis-like milk bars.

Jennifer Hudson in Cats. Photograph: YouTube

Yet even the Blade-Runner-meets-Cath-Kidston production design recedes into the background when targeted against the cats themselves, an ensemble of famous faces eerily superimposed onto lithe hybrid physiques: distinctly human facial features crowned by jaunty cat ears, dancing human limbs and pert derrieres disconcertingly giving way to long, snaking tails. Vivid but not tactile, they’re at first glance neither fish nor fowl, let alone feline. Indeed, they appear no more persuasively cat-like than the elaborately face-painted starrings of the stage show, however much more state-of-the-art their unsettling furry disguise- which is enough to stimulate you wonder whether old-school costuming and makeup wasn’t the way to go on screen after all. Cue your best Jeff Goldblum impression:” Scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should .”

It’s a sight disorienting enough to distract you from the trailer’s soundtrack, Hudson’s typically full-blooded rendition of the show’s signature ballad Memory. A pretty, wistful reflection on ageing and dilapidation, it sounds beamed in from another world to the bright, restless, look-at-this-stuff showmanship of the trailer, eager as it is to flash as much of its elaborate novelty as possible in 140 seconds. That’s the rub of trailer editing, of course: whether the film itself will successfully find feeling in its uncanny-valley spectacle very much remains to be seen, though it’s off to a bewildering, even creepy, start.

This weekend, we’ll learn whether mass audiences will take singing digital lions to their hearts, despite a chorus of critics’ complaints that the film’s visual impacts are almost too evolved for intent: its wild animals appear so realistic, so animalistic rather than man-like in their facial movement and body language, that they can’t speak, much less sing a song as sappily human as Can You Feel the Love Tonight ?, without setting the film’s meticulously constructed world off-kilter. Cats faces a different challenge: can its intentionally stylised unreality let us in? Amid the general floaty plotlessness of the material – it’s no Les Mis, set it that way- will audiences emotionally invest in these abject, unearthly creatures, either as cats or as extensions of ourselves? Either way, in the words of Hudson’s oddly lipsticked Grizabella, a new day has begun.

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BRAUN: Cheap smarm and rumor – Toronto Sun

BRAUN: Cheap smarm and gossip Toronto Sun

DESPAIR: 1) Three bottles of Ed Sheeran’s special edition Heinz Ketchup( label says aEdchupa) have been sold by Christie’s auction house for about $4500.

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Here are a few common questions about Asians you should never, ever ask.

In an era of second- and even third-generation immigrant families in the U.S ., it keeps surprising me how some people are still stuck in the Middle Ages.

If you’re ethnically Asian but were born in Europe or North America and have never lived in Asia, you’ll know what I’m talking about. From uneducated remarks to downright insensitive and racist questions, we’ve experienced it all. Let’s see which of these you’ve come across before. And non-Asians, please take note and stop asking us these crazy questions. We’re getting tired. Thanks!

( I know some of these might seem unbelievable, but they’re all real-life examples of questions I’ve been asked — often multiple or even countless times ).

1. “Where are you from? ” followed by “No, I entail, where are you really/ actually/ originally from? “

To make this more cringeworthy, insert assumptions like “China? Korea? ” This is like meeting a black person and asking, “Where are you originally from? Nigeria? Kenya? ” Yeah, that doesn’t feel right, does it?

I get that you’re curious about why I said Luxembourg when I clearly have Asian features. That was my answer because I was born in Luxembourg and grew up there. So that’s where I consider myself to be from. Like, actually actually from.

I don’t know if it’s simply me, but I find the word “originally” in that context so annoying. How far back do you want me to go? In the end, we’re all “originally” from Africa. If I want to have some fun with you, I’ll keep repeating “I was born in Luxembourg” with a bewildered look on my face and watch you struggle to formulate the question you want to ask so badly.

There are so many better ways to ask about this . Like “Where are your parents from? ” or “What is your Asian heritage? ”

2. Were you adopted?

First of all , none of your business. If I already adopted, do you think I’d tell you, a complete stranger, about it in the first few minutes after have met you?

Second of all, why do Asians who grew up in a Western country get asked this so often ? Is it because I don’t have an Asian accent when I speak your language so I couldn’t maybe have Asian parents? Weird.

3. Is _____ your real name?

Wait there while I pull out my ID to show you that Helene is my “official” first name. Many Asians who live in Western countries use a westernized name so that their actual one isn’t butchered on a regular basis. You’re welcome for all the embarrassment we’re saving you. My parents sacrificed a little bit of their culture and gave me a Western first name so that I would have it easier growing up in Europe and not face my name being misspelled and mispronounced all the time( it still is the case with my last name, though ).

So forgive me if I’m not thrilled about having to prove to you that that is indeed my legal name. I might start asking you whether your name is actually your real name.

4. Why don’t your eyes look like slits?

See these four women in the photos below?

Photo by AO/ Unsplash.

They have differently shaped eyes, but they’re all ethnically Asian . You might have a stereotypical mental image of what an Asian person’s eyes look like, and it’s probably like those of the first girl, right? I understand that it’s difficult to differentiate between people of other ethnicities because you’re not used to distinguishing those particular facial features. My mum discovers it hard to tell some Caucasian people apart, but she doesn’t go around asking them why they don’t have blond hair and blue eyes. Because that would be absurd.

5. Have you ever eaten dogs/ cats/ etc .?

No. Some Asians might, though, and who are you to judge, you other-animals-eating person?

By the route, feeing animals that are considered pets in Western culture is only a small fraction of weird and “disgusting” foods from all over the world. Do you go around asking every French person you fulfill whether they eat frog legs? Or Scottish people whether they like sheep intestines? If you do, stop that! Food culture is different all over the world, and stimulating people feel weird about that is rude.

6. Are you good at maths?

Such. A. Cliche. We Asian people have the reputation of being smart-alecky cookies. This might be due to the fact that a strict run ethic is so deeply ingrained in our culture, and it does have its drawbacks. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean every single Asian person is super intelligent or great at maths. I’m not bad at it, but not amazing either. Maybe ask me that as part of a job interview, but not when I know it’s simply to confirm your presumptions about Asians. Generally people don’t ask another person about their math prowess within a half-hour of meeting them. That’s just weird.

7. Do your mothers own a eatery?

I wish. If they did, I could feed scrumptious Chinese food all the time. My dad is a now-retired architect and my mum a stay-at-home mum. Not what you expected? Too bad.

8. Do you play the piano?

OK, you got me. I do play the piano. Most of my Asian friends do. I guess I can let you have that one.

My Asian face. 🙂 Photo by Helene Choo, used with permission.

Maybe I’ll print a little card that reads: “Hi, I’m Helene. Yes, that’s my real name. My mothers are from Malaysia, and I was born and grew up in Luxembourg. No, I’ve never eaten puppy meat. I’m not great at maths, but I do play the piano. Yes, I speak Chinese, ni hao! ”

Or you could just get to know me as someone who isn’t defined by their Asian exterior or pedigree . When we become friends, I’ll be happy to answer any and all the questions you have about being ethnically Asian. In the meantime, you can do the run yourself — read up on the questions you have instead of expecting me to answer them for you. This article originally appeared on and is reprinted here with permission .

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Why do cats feed grass if it attains them sick?* –

Why do cats feed grass if it makes them sick? aC/

For cats, eating grass is a behavior held over from earlier generations, according to a new study.

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Pet Shelter Gives Cats Insane Names, so We Found Like 37 Good Ones

Austin Pets Alive has recently gotten some attention on twitter for their unorthodox cat naming. We decided to root through their archives and consider what we could find. We weren’t disappointed. For a funny cat adoption fail, here’s a sorely mistaken animal lover who thought they had discovered a stray cat .








































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