trolls Trump and his climate change denial oh so hard

Standard is 100 percent here to rain on Donald Trump’s parade ahead of his announcement regarding the Paris Climate Agreement.

As Trump officially withdrew the U.S. from the agreement that commits nations to tackle global warming — a “hoax” that Trump admittedly does not believe — has taken it upon itself to offer the president hard hitting proof that climate change is real.

How? Well by using its entire homepage to troll him with headlines, of course.

As the screengrab below shows, the homepage — an IBM-owned company, known as The Weather Company  — features some scorching hot headlines that appear to be speaking directly to the president and all other climate deniers.

It should be noted that The Weather Channel TV network is operated independently, so the following burns are all

  • “Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should Care Now”

  • …and More Proof…

  • …and Even More Proof…

  • …Or the Imminent Collapse of a Key Ice Shelf…

  • …Or Antarctica Turning Green…

  • …Or California’s Coast Disappearing Into The Sea…

  • and a National Park Losing its Namesake

Do you need some ice for that burn, Trump? Better get some fast before it melts …

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Elon Musk leaving Trump advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal


 Elon Musk is making good on his promise to leave President Trump’s White House advisory councils, he said today on Twitter. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO had promised Wednesday he would step down from his official advisory roles with the administration should Trump go through with his plan to leave the Paris Climate Accord. Trump announced the U.S. would be removing itself form the agreement… Read More

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Jonathan Goldsmith Reveals How He Got ‘The Most Interesting Man’ Role As A Homeless, Washed Out 60-Something



Jonathan Goldsmith, more commonly known as The Most Interesting Man in the World, arrived at the Dos Equis audition as a man in his 60s, homeless, and showering whenever he had an opportunity. If the odds weren’t stacked against him enough, the company was looking for a “young, latino type,” Goldsmith writes in his new memoir, “Stay Interesting: I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, But When I Do, They’re True and Amazing.” 

10 years removed from a meddling acting career and some other failed endeavors, Goldsmith’s agent told him about the audition. Goldsmith nearly didn’t show up.

Goldsmith picked himself up and found his way to the audition, completely oblivious to the fact that the next 30 minutes would change the rest of his life. When it was his turn to audition, the casting people wanted him to improvise a monologue to end with the sentence, “And that’s how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro,” the New York Post reports.

Goldsmith then swindled a tale about how he had been seducing women from a very early age and as a hunter, he stumbled across a village of ladies doing laundry by a river. Goldsmith, who had the entirely crew hanging on his every word, then said, “and I fucked them all.” His audition conditioned to go off the rails from there, ending with Castro challenging him to a duel after he slept with all of the women Castro claimed to be his.

The casting crew was reportedly keeled over in hysterics and by the end of Goldsmith’s audition, they nixed their mission to find a Mario Lopez-type and went with the smelly, over-the-hill 65-year-old.

Goldsmith’s trajectory as an actor is an absurd one, as he documents in his memoir. Goldsmith claims that at an early age, Dustin Hoffman was his nemesis. Back in the day, they acted in the same play at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Midtown. Goldsmith claims he never got along with Hoffman, as Dustin was “serious, somber, a student of the craft,” and Goldsmith was “more light-hearted.”

While the two were traveling together for the play, Goldsmith had finally had enough with Hoffman and called him out.

“ ‘I know why you don’t like me,’ I bellowed.” Hoffman “sat there, dumbfounded. ‘Because I’m going to make it and you’re not,’ I stated defiantly, and stood up and left the restaurant.”

“I didn’t return to that lunch,” Goldsmith writes. “But over the next 40 years, I would have those words to eat.”

Goldsmith also said that he blackballed Clint Eastwood after he hooked up with Eastwood’s girlfriend on the set of the 1968 western “Hang ’Em High.” Eastwood never talked to him again.

Although Goldsmith never hit it big in Hollywood, he was a pimp of sorts at all the hotspots, bedding women like “Jack Warner’s much younger girlfriend, one of Groucho Marx’s wives . . . two congressmen’s wives, and one runner-up to Miss Florida.”

If there’s a lesson to be learned here it’s that Jonathan Goldsmith is living proof that the mantra ‘Fake it till you make it’ is alive and well.

[h/t New York Post]



A startup is buying teenagers’ blood and selling it to the rich so they can live forever


Growing old: It’s for the poors. Feasting on the vitality of the young in a scientifically questionable effort to live forever? 

That, friends, is for the tech elite. 

And if that just so happens to mean draining teenagers of their blood for rich old people, so be it. This is a brave-new world, and (the definitely-not-run-by-vampires) Ambrosia LLC is here to help the privileged, paying few conquer it one blood bag at a time. 

The California company, which made headlines in 2016 after it was reported that the investment firm of techno-libertarian (and not-alien-flesh-sack) Peter Thiel expressed interest in its efforts, is back in the news, after its founder spoke at the 2017 annual Code Conference.

“Life-extension science is a popular obsession in Silicon Valley,” reads his talk description, “so we’re starting to see startups like Jesse Karmazin’s Ambrosia, which studies blood and its constituent parts, and offers treatments that propose to reverse aging—transfusions as a service.” 

CNBC reports that Karmazin expounded upon the offerings of his company—noting that he’s already got over 100 customers signed up to receive plasma transfusions, for the bargain basement price of $8,000.  

Turns out kids are good for something after all.

Turns out kids are good for something after all.

The plasma’s mostly pulled from teenagers, with a donor-age cap of 25, ensuring that only the freshest of blood is allowed at Ambrosia. As for the customers? They’re only required to be over the age of 35, but Karmazin confirmed many are near retirement age. 

It’s worth noting that something very close to this was recently featured in an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley, in which the character (of not-Peter-Thiel-based) Gavin Belson takes a meeting while receiving a transfusion from, yes, a blood boy (in an episode called, yes, “The Blood Boy”). 

In subsuming the blood of the (likely) innocent, those aging customers are banking on a little-studied field of science known as parabiosis. Parabiosis, which has been looked at mainly in mice (plus a few human trials), explores the possibility that young blood can reverse the symptoms of aging when transfused to the elderly. 

We reached out to Ambrosia LLC in an effort to determine if Karmazin himself gets transfusions from the young, but haven’t received a response as of this writing. We’ll update this story if they respond. 

Importantly, at his talk, he was careful not to promise the immortal moon—Karmazin didn’t claim that the procedure his lab sells can end aging. Rather, he explained, he wants to study if it can reverse the symptoms associated with aging. 

But at $8,000 a pop, it’s not a leap to assume his customers believe they are doing more than just contributing to some newfangled anti-aging study. After all, they came for the blood of the young—and that’s exactly what they’re getting. 

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Netflix has canceled its edgy sci-fi show ‘Sense 8’


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Netflix has canceled its edgy sci-fi drama "Sense8" after just two seasons.

“After 23 episodes, 16 cities, and 13 countries, the story of the ‘Sense8′ cluster is coming to an end," Netflix’s Original Content VP Cindy Holland told Variety in a statement.

Cocreated by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski ("The Matrix") along with J. Michael Straczynski ("Thor"), "Sense8" revolved around a small cluster of individuals from all over the world who share a mental connection that allows them to tap into one another’s thoughts and skills, and basically experience life together as well as survive being hunted down by a mysterious organization.

"It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kickass, and outright unforgettable," Holland continued. "Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world. We thank Lana, Lilly, Joe, and Grant for their vision, and the entire cast and crew for their craftsmanship and commitment."

"Sense8" joins a small group of shows canceled by Netflix, which includes "The Get Down," "Bloodline," and "Marco Polo."

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Here’s Where Gorillaz Get All Their Unusual Samples


Daft Punk isn’t the only musical group who packs its hits full of obscure and eclectic samples. Gorillaz have been borrowing funky beats and catchy rhythms from other artists for over 16 years now, and YouTube’s Kirima Nagi has found the source of almost every last one in this comprehensive quarter-hour video.

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All five of the group’s studio albums are dissected here, and at times you’ll wonder how the artists were able to find some of these albums from artists you’ve probably never heard of. But it explains why people spend hours pouring through stacks of vinyl in record stores, looking for the rare sonic treasure.

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Steve Wozniak tells us what he wants to be remembered for


Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has arguably been called "The inventor of the personal computer." But even if you believe that the title belongs to one of the pioneers before him — you can’t deny Wozniak’s contribution to modern-day computers. With all of that success, you would think that Woz would want that achievement to be engraved on his tombstone. Instead, he wants to be remembered for the quality of his work, and not his achievements. Following is a transcript of this video.

"Happiness = smiles – frowns," would be the best thing on my tombstone.

I think that what I did, I didn’t know it necessarily at the time, is we all don’t necessarily know. It made a huge impact on the world was the Apple II computer and some early, unusual approaches. Everything was so out of the book and so different than any engineering book, any book on computers could have ever said before. And I go back and I’m proud of that, I don’t even understand my designs anymore. I look at them and I say, "How did that even come out of my own mind?"

Everybody would tell you, "No." Everybody would say, "No." Remember, when we started Apple, the amount of memory that could hold a song cost a million dollars. Okay, how far in the future can you risk seeing? You know, we knew about Moore’s Law, we knew that computers were important, they could help people. The fact that they could do everything in your life was such a foresight in science fiction thought. Steve Jobs may have had some of that — at the start. We didn’t ever talk about it, really. We just talked about what we could build today, short-term, you know, etc.

But, going back to legacy — I don’t want to be known for inventing the first personal computer and you know, bringing personal computers into our life. I want other engineers to look at my work and say, "Wow he did some outstanding engineering, soldering wires the right way, writing code a certain way."

Everything you do for work, you should have a lot of fun in your life. That when you die, your life is based on happiness. Not your wealth, not your possessions, not your career, not how you succeeded. It should be based on how much you smiled in your life. "Happiness = smiles – frowns" would be the best thing on my tombstone.

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I tried the ‘Mercedes Benz of toilets’ that comes with a remote control and costs $10,200


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Heated seats, doors that open automatically, and an energy-saving system — these are features we’ve come to expect from luxury cars. But Japan’s biggest toilet maker has brought these high-tech features and more to its premiere line of commodes.

Founded 100 years ago, Toto makes toilets — most of which include remote-controlled bidet spouts — that have become mainstays in Asian households, restaurants, and public buildings. The company has struggled to crack the North American market.

Earlier this year, Toto opened a showroom in San Francisco to give urban-dwellers the chance to experience Japanese-style toilets. On a recent visit, I used the company’s most expensive and luxurious toilet. Here’s what it was like.

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This is the Neorest 750H — the porcelain throne to rule all thrones.

As a company spokesperson walks me through the showroom, she describes the Neorest 750H — not the sexiest name — as the "Mercedes Benz of toilets." It costs $10,200.

She shows me to a bathroom where the Neorest 750H, the company’s most expensive toilet, sits. I ask if visitors can actually use it and she tells me "it’s encouraged."

I move closer to the toilet and the lid opens for me.

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The 9 best electric motorcycles you can buy


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You don’t have to settle on power when it comes to buying an electric motorcycle.

For those looking to go the environmentally-friendly route, there are plenty of appealing options on the market.

Scroll down for the 9 best electric motorcycle options out there:

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Alta Motorcycles has two solid options for those just entering the market. The Redshift SM, pictured here, has an output of 40 hp and 120 ft.-lb. of torque.

Priced at $15,495, the Redshift SM has a top speed of 80 mph and charges in six hours from a level 2 charger, which is slightly faster than a wall socket but not as quick as DC fast charging. The SM is a bit limited when it comes to range at just 50 miles, but it’s packed with enough power for those looking for a city bike.

For anyone looking to go electric for an off-road experience, Alta also offers its Redshift MX, pictured here. Like the SM, it also has an output of 40 hp and 120 ft.-lb. of torque.

The MX is a bit cheaper at $14,995, but you’ll have to make compromise some on speed. The MX has a top speed of 65 mph. Alta says the MX has a range anywhere between 1-4 hours, depending on factors like environment and speed.

Both the SM and MX can be reserved online with a $100 deposit. Deliveries for the SM have been delayed and are now scheduled to begin in August. The MX is available for immediate delivery.

Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, two of the original co-founders of Tesla, invested in Alta Motorcycles.

Zero Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Zero SR, is competitive when it comes to range and power. It gets up to 70 hp and 116 ft.-lb torque.

The base model, the ZF13.0, can drive 122 miles on a single charge (combined range). But you can also shell out more for a Power Tank, which will increase the combined range to 153 miles.

Pricing starts at $15,995 for the ZF13.0. Adding the Power Tank will cost an additional $2,695.

The Zero SR is also a bit more high-tech than the other options we’ve seen so far. It comes with an LCD screen showing battery charge and speed. It syncs with an app that will track that data, but also allows you to set parameters like the maximum speed you want to go when riding.

The motorcycle can be purchased at a local dealer.

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were both surprisingly sensitive to criticism


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Iconic tech journalist Walt Mossberg is about to retire. In his last hurrah, he appeared on stage at Vox Media’s Code Conference on Wednesday and recounted stories about Steve Job and Bill Gates.

Mossberg was interviewed by former improv comic and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (currently CEO of his stealth startup Chorus), who was hilarious.

Mossberg grew to fame and fortune through his Personal Tech column for The Wall Street Journal, where he made technology understandable for the average person. Over the years, he reviewed many a PC and device from Apple and from Microsoft. And along the way, he received many a post-column personal phone call from Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.

Costolo teased out several stories about Jobs and Gates from Mossberg onstage Wednesday. For instance, there was a point in the late 1990s, right before Jobs came back to lead Apple, that Apple was 90 days away from bankruptcy and was in talks to sell itself to Sun Microsystems.

Mossberg wrote a column that he described as an "obituary for Apple." In it, he said that Gates had outfoxed Jobs, and that even though "Steve made boulder leaps in tech, Bill was a better business guy."

Sure enough, the morning after the column published, Mossberg got a phone call from Gates. He was irate.

"I’m just a business guy?" Gates said, according to Mossberg. "I’m sick and tired of Steve being the tech guy and I’m the business guy."

It turns out, this was a characteristic both tech moguls had in common: neither one of them took criticism very well, even minor critiques, according to the stories Mossberg told about them.

Mossberg said Jobs also used to call him after he had reviewed Apple products.

"I’m not calling to complain about the column," Jobs would say, according to Mossberg. But "then he’d complain about the column," Mossberg said.

No matter how much Mossberg raved about an Apple product, and recommended people buy it, when Mossberg pointed out its drawbacks (which he did for every product), it seemed to annoy Jobs.

"I think this is unfair," Jobs would tell him about the things the column critiqued, Mossberg said.

Even so, over time they seemed to listen, Mossberg said. "The tech industry got the memo," he said, and started making their products something ordinary people could more easily learn to use.

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