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  • First Look: Eddie Redmayne Goes Transgender for 'The Danish Girl' The Film Feed (Today) - What's next for the Oscar winner? How about another challenging role. The Daily Mail has revealed the first look photo of the most recent Best Actor Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in the new film The Danish Girl, from director Tom Hooper (of The King's Speech, Les Miserables). In the film Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, a painter in the 1920s who decides to transform into a woman after he poses in their clothes when a model doesn't show up. He later became Lili Elbe, and this first photo shows Redmaybe in full make-up and clothing as Lili. It will make anyone do a double take. "We're looking at everything from a feminine perspective," Redmayne told them. "I think it's the most sensitive role I have played." Take a look.The Danish Girl tells the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, played by Alicia Vikander. This tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when ......
  • Lisa Rinna & Kim Richards’ ‘RHOBH’ Season Five Reunion Feud Revealed The Inquisitr News (Today) - Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards reportedly butted heads during the recent Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion taping in Los Angeles. According to a new report, Richards was not thrilled when Lisa Rinna revealed she had no regrets, when it came to confronting her about a possible relapse on the Bravo reality show. On FebruaryLisa Rinna & Kim Richards’ ‘RHOBH’ Season Five Reunion Feud Revealed is an article from: The Inquisitr News...
  • Android’s New Profile System Segregates Home And Work Profiles – Offers Companies Stricter Control Over Employees’ Phone The Inquisitr News (Today) - Mobile Operating System Android will now have multiple ‘profiles’ that will “help” corporate employees better manage their home and work profiles. Google has taken significant steps for the corporate sector with its new ‘Android for Work‘ program. The new data management protocol aims to give businesses more control over the apps and data that employeesAndroid’s New Profile System Segregates Home And Work Profiles – Offers Companies Stricter Control Over Employees’ Phone is an article from: The Inquisitr News...
  • Madonna calls BRITs fall a horror show Lainey Gossip (Today) - Madonna looked great last night in London, seen here leaving her party at a private members club. She’s always had the most beautiful eyes.So about that fall at the BRITs, she was on Jonathan Ross yesterday talking about the performance. When he wanted to replay it for her, she refused......
  • ‘RHOA’ Star Cynthia Bailey: ‘I Earned The Role’ On ‘Life Twirls On’ The Inquisitr News (Today) - The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey may be a top model in fashion, but she is learning that she does have other talents. On last week’s episode, Cynthia was asked to try out for a role on Kenya Moore’s upcoming show, Life Twirls On, which is lightly inspired by the drama with NeNe‘RHOA’ Star Cynthia Bailey: ‘I Earned The Role’ On ‘Life Twirls On’ is an article from: The Inquisitr News...
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  • ‘Glee’ Series Finale Spoilers: Flashbacks And Time Jumps 5 Years The Inquisitr News (Today) - The Glee series finale is quickly approaching. The sixth and final season of the hit FOX musical comedy series will end with a lot of emotion, and fans are both looking forward to, and dreading, the end of the series. According to Carter Matt, the Glee Season 6 series finale will include a lot of‘Glee’ Series Finale Spoilers: Flashbacks And Time Jumps 5 Years is an article from: The Inquisitr News...
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  • Gisele Bundchen posts wedding dress pic on her sixth anniversary: pretty? Cele|bitchy (Today) - Six years ago, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady got married in a small, intimate ceremony in Santa Monica. It has become my official policy – based on the overwhelming interest that everyone seems to have in wedding gowns – to publish wedding photos whenever possible. Back in 2009, there were only a few blurry, long-distance […]...
  • TV Review: ‘Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery’ Variety (Today) - CNN is still finding its way with original series, testing the parameters of what feels organic and acceptable on a network that airs news, or something like it, much of the day. While the guidelines are clearly in flux (and chief Jeff Zucker has even expressed an openness to scripted fare), as it currently stands... Read more »...
  • Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked To Death In Dhaka NPR (Today) - Avijit Roy's writings denounced fundamentalist thought and earned him death threats from Islamist groups. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was with him during the attack Thursday, was severely wounded....
  • ‘Powers’ Trailer: Sharlto Copley Offers Life Advice /Film (Today) - What happens to a superhero when you take away his powers? It’s a question that’s been asked countless times in comic books, and it’ll be asked again in Powers, the first original scripted series from PlayStation. Sharlto Copley plays former superhero Christian Walker. After losing his abilities, he becomes a cop specializing in cases involving superpowers. He feels […]The post ‘Powers’ Trailer: Sharlto Copley Offers Life Advice appeared first on /Film....
  • Marathon Runner Wears A Tomato Feeding Robot On His Head Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design (Today) - Yes, it is as strange as it sounds. Japanese ketchup company Kagome has taken product placement to another level. Unimpressed that most marathon runners rely on bananas as a fuel source, they decided to invent a tomato feeding robot that … Continue reading →The post Marathon Runner Wears A Tomato Feeding Robot On His Head appeared first on Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design....
  • Kid Rock Doesn't Get Why The World Loves Beyoncé — He Thinks She Doesn't Have Any Iconic Hits! What The WHAT?! Perez Hilton (Today) - Kid Rock is basically the .01%.The world has a very strong — to say the least — opinion about Beyoncé. They love her. Taylor Swift can attest to that.[ Related: Taylor Confesses Her Love For Beyoncé ]But that's the very reason why the rocker doesn't really like her. He just doesn't understand why she's a [...]...
  • Man Attacked Disabled Dad With Mounted Antlers: Cops Huffington Post (Today) - MONONGAHELA, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania man who was angry that his disabled father wouldn't get out of bed has attacked him with a set of mounted antlers.Twenty-six-year-old Arthur Benoit (BEHN'-wah) III, of Monongahela (muh-nahn-guh-HAYL'-uh), faces a preliminary hearing March 10 on charges including assault and terroristic threats.The (Washington) Observer-Reporter ( http://bit.ly/1Gz2ycx ) reports that police charged Benoit this week over the Feb. 17 altercation at the home he shared with his father.Police say Benoit became angry when his dad wouldn't get out of bed that morning. Police say he broke his father's wheelchair and cellphone before hitting him in the legs and head with the antlers.Online court records don't list an attorney for Benoit. He remained in the Washington County Jail on Friday, unable to post $10,000 bond....
  • Whole Foods Finally Got Cheaper And It's Working Huffington Post (Today) - Whole Foods Market is finally coming to terms with its image problem. The notion that its food is too expensive has kept a certain segment of grocery shoppers at bay, limiting the company’s growth....
  • Top 5 Takeaways for the Connected Car Huffington Post (Today) - It's happened -- the connected car has been discovered. At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month journalists, policymakers, and industry members alike buzzed over the advanced automotive technologies that connect drivers to the road by more than just their hands to the steering wheel. Newspaper headlines told the story: "Cars Drive to the Fore at Annual CES Confab," USA Today said. "CES is All about the Car of the Future," Business Insider wrote. "Cars are Stars at Electronics Fest," an article by Bloomberg read. As one U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner told a panel audience, "It's hard not to be blown away by the vehicle technology here." Everything from cars that drive themselves out of a garage when summoned with a smartwatch, camera systems that know when drivers' eyes wander from the road, cars that serve as wifi hotspots, sensors that tell a car when to brake, heads-up displays that show drivers navigation information without looking down at consoles, radios controlled by voice activation and much more were on display.Public pondering over their significance is growing as quickly as this burgeoning industry is. So here is my contribution in the form of my top five thoughts on the connected car: 1. A car is not a toaster. Much discussion has turned to connected cars' place in the "Internet of Things," the machine-to-machine wirelessly connected world. Certainly the car is one of the most tangible in the IoT. Its uses -- both as a mode of transportation and as a connected platform for other technologies -- make it one of the IoT "devices" consumers most are most quickly adopting. But a connected car is not the same as other connected machines. It is mobile, and it is transportation. It is technologically sophisticated, with many systems that interact. It is a communications-enabled platform upon which other technologies reside (navigation software, cameras, sensors, entertainment content delivery systems, etc). 2. The benefits of connected car innovations will be widely felt. Until now, most connected technologies -- email, smartphones, etc. -- all benefitted the consumers that bought them and used them (and there is nothing wrong with that). But the connected car has the potential to spread its benefits to all of society -- not just its owner. For instance, vehicles equipped with cameras that detect drowsy drivers can avoid crashes, saving innocent lives. And by avoiding a crash, this technology can avoid a traffic jam and therefore cut down on emissions too. Data from traffic tracking apps are another piece of the connected car technology puzzle that, when shared with other users, have combined safety and environmental benefits. Traffic data can help drivers avoid congestion and cut carbon emissions, and can even be used to give transportation officials information needed to engineer highways more safely. Connected cars will save lives, save time, save money, and save fuel; they are more than mere conveniences or consumer toys. These powerful societal benefits -- achieved by incentivizing individuals' behaviors to benefit the rest of society -- have been difficult to achieve in the past relying solely on laws and regulations aimed at restricting individuals and industries' actions. So when technologies are developed that "reward" individuals for doing what is in the best interest for the group, it is something we should all support.3. The connected car ecosystem is big, and consumers benefit when the parties get together. The auto industry used to be comprised of automakers and their parts suppliers. But now the connected car platform includes many more players -- connectivity providers, chipmakers, navigation software creators, camera and sensor manufacturers, app developers, and more. The car ecosystem has exploded and many innovative companies -- big and small -- are jumping in to the industry. These companies are forming partnerships to create new and exciting pathways to develop smarter, safer, and more societally beneficial transportation. This creates competition and energizes the space, incentivizing players to come up to multiple solutions to improve products and the lives of people impacted by them. Consumers -- even ones who don't own cars -- benefit from this phenomenon. 4. Spectrum, spectrum, spectrum. Wireless systems depend on spectrum, the electromagnetic waves that communications signals travel on; it is the 'fuel' of wireless. Spectrum is an extremely valuable and limited resource that must be managed effectively to meet the needs and demands of consumers, public safety, and government users. The explosion of connected mobile devices, and the unique and critical safety benefits vehicle communications will provide, make sound spectrum policy essential to enhance safety and promote continued innovation.5. Connected cars may change the way we look at data. There are so many amazing ways connected car data can help individual drivers. A car that has been in an accident can automatically call for help. A driver can find a lost car in a parking lot. Diagnostics can make our vehicles run better. We can choose to share information with our insurers to reduce rates. But when we share connected car data we can also help more than just ourselves. Sharing traffic congestion data allows cars behind us to avoid slowdowns, thus cutting our carbon footprint. Likewise, we can warn other drivers of dangerous road conditions. We can allow cars to share their proximity to one another in order to avoid crashes. Feedback on auto parts can help pinpoint products that may not be functioning correctly. So many advantages for our communities can be gained from car data that in the future, the decision not to share data might be viewed as a selfish act.No one knows exactly how the future of the connected car will play out. But the merging of auto and tech fueled by wireless connectivity is certain to provoke thought for a long time. As Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper the San Jose Mercury News reported, "At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it's the automakers who are dominating the conversation."...
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  • How I Lost My Clients Their #1 Ranking And Their Profits Exploded Overnight! Search Engine Land (Today) - Columnist Stoney deGeyter shares the ups and downs of his longest-standing SEO client -- including a rather surprising result to site architecture tweaks. The post How I Lost My Clients Their #1 Ranking And Their Profits Exploded Overnight! appeared first on Search Engine Land.Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article....
  • How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood Huffington Post (Today) - It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side.But that’s exactly what's happening on the banks of the Calumet River, where the steel plants that used to give residents of a mostly Hispanic neighborhood access to a middle-class lifestyle were replaced, nearly two years ago, with black dust called petroleum coke (“petcoke”) piled five or six stories tall. The piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- belong to KCBX Terminals, owned by the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers. The piles have been roiling area residents ever since the black dust of mostly carbon and sulfur began blowing into the backyards, playgrounds and neighborhood parks. It blackens skies and leaves behind a sticky residue, raising concerns about aggravated asthma and other health issues.This Aug. 30, 2013 cell phone image provided by Anthony Martinez, shows a dust cloud rising from piles of petroleum coke during a storm near residences on the southeast side of Chicago. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Anthony Martinez)A small but energetic coalition of residents have stepped up to fight the blight, holding protests and marches, educating their neighbors about the issue and pressuring elected officials. They've made incredible progress in a relatively short time.Last week, as the Chicago Tribune reported, BP, one of KCBX’s largest customers, abruptly announced it would discontinue sending its petcoke to the site beginning this summer. In addition, the city of Chicago announced it had denied KCBX’s request for a deadline extension to enclose its petcoke piles via multi-million dollar structure. Shortly thereafter, KCBX announced it would “consolidate” its two petcoke storage and handling sites into one, removing the piles but continuing to operate as a site where petcoke would be transferred between trains and barges.The third petcoke site in the area, owned by Beemsterboer, shuttered its facility and removed all of its petcoke last year.Still, area residents believe their battle against some of the most influential players in one of the nation’s most powerful industries, is very much ongoing -- and they are digging in for more.In this Oct. 25, 2013 photo, a large mound of petroleum coke, or petcoke, is seen in the background near a residential neighborhood on Chicago's southeast side. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Tom Shepherd, president of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, one of the organizations on the front lines of the petcoke battle in Chicago, said his group is “waiting for the next shoe to drop.” “It remains to be seen whether it will be a foolproof operation over there [at the consolidated south terminal],” Shepherd said. “We’re in a wait-and-see pattern right now.”Shepherd and others have been have been working to get petcoke out of the neighborhood ever since the piles started to appear in the summer of 2013.It is Shepherd who spearheaded a bus tour for individuals interested in getting a closer look at the petcoke facilities and the communities surrounding them. His organization, as well as the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), have also led demonstrations calling for petcoke to be banned from their community. In addition, they’ve gone door to door in the neighborhood, talking to the community about the facilities and collecting information about how the petcoke has impacted residents' day-to-day lives.The groups’ efforts have also attracted the attention of political leaders, including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, former Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — all of whom have made appearances in the neighborhood to address the issue. Legislation has also followed at the federal, state and city level. However, only the city’s efforts — Emanuel reportedly told KCBX to “clean up or shut down” — have gained traction to date.Petcoke also became the leading campaign issue in the ward's aldermanic election Tuesday. Alderman John Pope, the neighborhood’s City Council representative and an Emanuel loyalist, faced criticism from a crowded field of challengers that he was too slow to address the issue. (Pope will be heading to a runoff election against Susan Sadlowski Garza on April 7.) In a non-binding referendum, 85 percent of voters in the ward voted to support banning petcoke from the district altogether.But Olga Bautista, an activist with the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, believes there is good reason for the neighborhood to remain skeptical despite the recent progress.Of particular concern is the possibility that transferring petcoke at the KCBX site will simply pose a different environmental issue.A group of area residents and activists poses with the weather balloon rig they are using to monitor petcoke operations in their neighborhood.She says she and other activists will continue to collect data on the sites using a balloon mapping technique they learned through a partnership with Public Lab, an organization that works to democratize environmental monitoring and assessments. Using a 5-foot weather balloon with a camera attached to it, as well as an open-source software program called MapKnitter, they can document what is happening at the sites and ensure the company is obeying regulations concerning the height of the petcoke piles (nothing higher than 30 feet is now allowed).Bautista's group is also working to develop curriculum to teach students at schools in the area how petcoke connects to larger climate change issues.She remains focused on getting the city to give KCBX the boot, despite company officials saying last week they "remain committed to Chicago" and plan to work within the city's regulations.“We don’t know of any community who’s been able to successfully kick out the Koch brothers and that’s what we’re calling for,” Bautista said. “We’re not going to back down from our original demand to ban the stuff. It’s going to be us, moms and dads like me, who hold them accountable. We’re not going to stand by and watch these companies make millions and billions of dollars and at the same time they make us sick.”An aerial image of the petcoke piles attained using the balloon mapping technique.Another lingering question is where BP will send its petcoke...
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  • Pope Francis Promotes Vatican's Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor Charles Scicluna To Archbishop Of Malta Huffington Post (Today) - VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor, Charles Scicluna, as archbishop of his native Malta.The Vatican announcement Friday made clear that Scicluna would continue dealing with the abuse scandal, heading a Vatican committee to hear appeals of priests sanctioned for molesting minors.Scicluna was named auxiliary bishop of Malta in 2012 after a decade in Rome prosecuting abuse cases. He effectively took over running the Malta archdiocese last year after the incumbent retired.When he left Rome, Vatican watchers wondered if the tough line on abuse that he had championed would go soft, and if he was being punished for having done his job too well.Francis has vowed "zero tolerance" for abusers, and Scicluna's promotion indicates the pope thinks highly of him....
  • Multiple Crime Scenes In Rural Missouri: 9 Dead In Shooting Spree [Breaking] The Inquisitr News (Today) - Multiple crime scenes in rural Missouri left at least 9 dead, after a crazed killer apparently went on a shooting spree, police says. Not many details have been revealed about the crime scenes or what the relation between the victims and the shooter was. Police think that the gunman took his own life, after killingMultiple Crime Scenes In Rural Missouri: 9 Dead In Shooting Spree [Breaking] is an article from: The Inquisitr News...
  • 5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil Huffington Post (Today) - As a theologian and pastor, I want to say that ISIS is evil. Evil is a term we don't normally hear in the media or politics, which is likely a good thing given our lack of public morality and civility these days. Indeed, judgementalism was condemned by Jesus, but is still often practiced by many churches -- so humility is always called for. But it is still a responsibility of the faith community to name evil where it clearly exists in the world. And by any standards, the actions of ISIS are evil.The latest report issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, on "The Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Iraq," catalogues the human rights atrocities committed by ISIS, making it abundantly clear that this group is evil. They include:attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure,executions and other targeted killings of civilians,abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and gender based violence perpetrated against women and children,slavery and trafficking of women and children,forced recruitment of children,destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance,wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms.The report goes on to identify the targeting of ethnic and religious groups -- such as Christians, Yazidis, Shi'ite Muslims, and many others -- and subjecting them to "gross human rights abuses, in what appears as a deliberate policy aimed at destroying, suppressing or expelling these communities permanently from areas under their control." The report describes the actions as possible "war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide."In light of these sober findings, the faith community must remind the world that evil can be overcome, and that individuals involved in evil systems and practices can be redeemed. But how to overcome evil is a very complicated theological question, which requires much self-reflection. In trying to figure out how to overcome evil, it is often helpful to first decide how not to. Here is a good example of how not to respond to the reality of evil.Bill O'Reilly, Fox News' top-rated political pundit and talk show host has devoted a great deal of attention to ISIS atrocities and what he believes the Western response should be. Unfortunately, while O'Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, he frames the conflict as a "holy war" that ISIS is waging against the West, Christians, and anyone else who does not share ISIS' extreme views. O'Reilly defined his "talking points" as "Judeo/Christian philosophy versus the Jihad." According to O'Reilly, "this is now a so-called holy war between radical jihadists and everybody else including peaceful Muslims ... The holy war is here. And unfortunately it seems the President of United States will be the last one to acknowledge it." While it's a common Fox practice to turn everything into a partisan issue against President Obama, O'Reilly is also spreading a very dangerous theology.O'Reilly has also said that it is "appropriate to define the worldwide conflict between Muslim fanatics and nearly everybody else." They "want to kill us, he says, "And there are millions of them -- period." So O'Reilly has urged congregations to act, saying, "Americans of faith and goodwill must demand our federal government begin to take the holy war seriously." Because, he says, America is the only country that has the power to lead this fight.Here is the problem. The idea of a "holy war" is indeed what ISIS most wants. It's what ISIS is clamoring for and is deliberately trying to provoke with their sadistic and brutal cruelty. Their highly publicized barbarity is an attempt to provoke a "holy war" with us as their primary enemy, which would give credence to their complete perversion of the religion they claim -- a fundamentalist and apocalyptic interpretation of Islam. ISIS would like to be seen as the sole defender of true Islam in an existential battle against people of other faiths and other Muslims who do not share their extreme beliefs. Dignifying them by accepting their language of holy war only helps legitimize ISIS and makes it easier for them to recruit more followers.Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski made some excellent points in a recent discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe:The worst thing we can do is to become the sole combatant against the forces of evil that are operating in that region. We have to avoid any direct collision with the world of Islam, we mustn't label the enemy as Islamist, but we must work with those governments in the region that are prepared to defend themselves. ... The key point I have in mind is that strategically we are not the chief protagonist in the region, because if we are, we become the inheritor of the colonial era, and we even become more hated in the region than is the case today.He also said that we should help those in the region who are prepared to deal with the problem, "and also in extreme circumstances to take care of those who kill our people, but beyond that I think we ought to abstain."Only when we learn from past mistakes will we find better direction. And because the ISIS crisis has to do with the relationship between religion, politics, and violence, our response must have a religious component as well. Here is what we must keep in mind:1. There are no "holy wars." War is always the result of a failure to resolve human conflicts without violence. War is a consequence of our sins. Even when theology is used to justify the use of force, or "just war," it is still a failed and sinful response to other sins. There is no glory or righteousness in war. And those who argue for the use of force should be repentant and humble when they do so. All faith traditions and leaders, whether they accept the concept of "just war" or not, must never call war "holy." The beginning of our response to ISIS must be for all of our...

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