Virgin Galactic and Under Armour unveil spacesuits for the first space tourists to wear next year

CNBC | Michael Sheetz

CNBC | Michael Sheetz

By Michael Sheetz and Lauren Thomas

NEW YORK – Astronauts, meet athleisure.

By Under Armour on Wednesday unveiled the spacesuits it is making for people to wear on flights to the edge of space with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

The companies are collaborating on a full line of spacewear for Virgin Galactic, which the companies claim as the first collection “created specifically for private astronauts.” The collection includes the spacesuit, a training suit, footwear and even a limited edition jacket.

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Video: Los Angelenos Can’t Tell if Paintings Were Done by Artist or 2-Year-Old

By Paul Joseph Watson

A video shows people in Los Angeles being unable to tell if paintings were created by an artist or a 2-year-old, once again underscoring how most modern art is pretentious, unskilled crap.

Will Witt, Dennis Prager and some children created several “paintings” consisting of little else but random splodges and none of the respondents could tell which ones were created by the kids.

Most of the people reacted by attempting to decipher meaning out of something completely meaningless, presumably in an effort to not appear uncultured or ignorant.

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Image: Willis Lam

Image: Willis Lam

By Paul Joseph Watson

Burger King in South Africa is dropping the word “ham” from “hamburger” to avoid offending Muslims.

Yes, really.

The “Double Spicy Hamburger” will now become just a “Double Spicy Burger,” while the “Triple Hamburger with Cheese” becomes the “Triple Burger with Cheese,” and a “Hamburger King Jr” on the children’s menu will now be just a “Kids Burger.”

The company, whose headquarters are based in Miami, Florida, said the word was being eliminated in order “to be more respectful of Muslim customers.”

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List: 'Variety' Labels Entertainment’s 25 ‘Climate Movers and Shakers’


By Craig Bannister

Entertainment magazine “Variety” has published a list of “25 Climate Movers and Shakers in Entertainment” – along with monikers characterizing their climate claims to fame. Actor/Rapper Jaden Smith, for example, is labeled a “Plant-based multitasker” for “launching a free vegan food truck (named, naturally, I Love You) to serve the homeless population lining Skid Row.”

The article’s list of media climate-activist “movers and shakers,” along with their “Variety” nicknames, follows:

  • Filmmaker James Cameron and Actress/Model Suzy Amis Cameron: “Carbon reduction avatars”

  • Actor/Rapper Jaden Smith: “Plant-based multitasker”

  • T.V. Personality Bill Nye: “Viral messenger”

  • Actress Gwyneth Paltrow: “Sustainable celebrity”

  • Pearl Jam (Band): “Shredders saving Earth”

  • Actor Matt Damon: “Clean water crusader”

  • Dave Matthews Band: “Sustainable touring pioneer”

  • Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Oceans and parks activist”

  • Writer/Producer Laurie David: “Documentarian with impact”

  • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio: “Philanthropist with content”

  • Musician Pharrell Williams: “Using music for the message”

  • Producer Norman Lear: “EMA co-founder, activist” (Environmental Media Assn.)

  • Actor Ed Begley Jr.: “He walks the walk”

  • Actor Don Cheadle: “Clean energy warrior”

  • Director/Actor Adam McKay: “Mobilizer for change”

  • Actor Robert Redford: “Steward of the land”

  • Network T.V. Exec Kevin Reilly: “Networker for action”

  • Actor Mark Ruffalo: “Fracking opponent”

  • Actress Emma Thompson: “Rebel for ecological justice”

  • Actress Shailene Woodley: “Grassroots connector”

  • Swedish 16 Year-Old Celebrity Greta Thunberg: “Powerful young voice”

  • Producer Marshall Herskovitz: “Fossil fuels fighter”

  • Disney Exec Alan Horn: “NRDC chairman” (Natural Resources Defense Council) and Cindy Horn: “Climate Reality Project”

  • British broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough: “Veteran U.K. spokesman”


This Is What Social Media Is Doing To Us…


By Michael Snyder

Scientific study after scientific study is showing that too much time on social media can be extremely harmful both mentally and physically. But even though most of us know this, very few of us actually alter our behavior in a meaningful way. When Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and other major social media platforms first emerged, we welcomed them with open arms. They were a lot of fun and they allowed us to interact with family, friends and society as a whole in ways that we had never been able to do before. But they were also extremely addictive, and they rapidly became transformed into dumping grounds for just about everything toxic, negative and malevolent that you can possibly imagine. Today, many of us spend far more time on social media than we do with real people, and as you will see below, that has enormous implications for our future.

A growing body of scientific research clearly indicates that spending too much time on social media can be very bad for us.  For example, just consider what a long-term study that was conducted by Gallup over a period of two years ultimately concluded

Holly Shakya, assistant professor at UC San Diego, and Yale professor Nicholas Christakis spent two years following 5,208 adults who are part of a Gallup long-term study. After asking permission, they monitored these subjects’ Facebook use directly from Facebook, rather than asking subjects to report their own use. (People often don’t realize how much time they spend on the social network.) And they checked in with subjects on their emotional and physical well-being, as well as their body-mass index (BMI), three times over the course of two years.

“Overall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being,” the researchers wrote in a Harvard Business Review article. “These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year.”

That doesn’t sound good at all.

If you knew that something was going to consistently degrade both your mental and physical well-being, would you engage in that activity every single day?

And yet most of us simply cannot go 24 hours without checking our social media accounts.

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