I guess we all just gotta shake it when we hear that beat!
I guess we all just gotta shake it when we hear that beat!
There’s a ton of lefty outrage tonight over this story in The Hill on how the Trump administration hates old people in nursing homes, or something:
— The Hill (@thehill) August 6, 2017
Except this Obama rule, which allows patients and families to sue nursing homes in court rather than arbitration, was not even put in place until September 2016:
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 29, 2016
Note the “quietly” part. Maybe that’s because Obama knew at the time that it wasn’t even legal? From The Hill:
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and a group of nursing homes had sued CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services in October, claiming that the rule violated the Federal Arbitration Act, and that the agencies had overstepped their statutory authority in issuing the law. The AHCA said Congress has repeatedly rejected legislation to invalidate arbitration agreements.
The Trump administration didn’t so much as end the rule as it is currently working with the plaintiffs to come up with a compromise solution:
Under its proposed revisions, CMS said nursing homes would be required to write the arbitration agreements in plain language and explain the agreement to the prospective resident or his or her representative. Residents would also be required to acknowledge they understand the agreement. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also backing the rule change. The nations leading business group fought back against the original rule, claiming that restricting arbitration would raise the cost of nursing home care and make it harder, and more costly, for residents to resolve disputes.
For many individual disputes, litigation in court is simply impractical. Litigation in court is procedurally complex, which means that non-lawyers need legal representation to have any hope of successfully navigating the system, the chamber said in 2015 comments to the agencyit providedThe Hill.
So the Trump administration is reviewing a change that the Obama administration snuck in at the last second and which was immediately challenged in courts because it wasn’t legal, but you guys keep doing your thing:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 6, 2017
Fuck this fascist jizzmerkin. https://t.co/jQNGzhmSc4
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) August 6, 2017
These people are like Dickens villains. https://t.co/5Ix5qoz8Qn
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) August 6, 2017
The callousness of these people is just astounding. https://t.co/HS17clsBR3
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 6, 2017
Trumpiest thing yet. What a fucking cunt. https://t.co/ni005o1hG8
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 6, 2017
In case you wanted to know what a pimple really looks like…
Apple is getting ready to launch a new version of the Apple Watch that doesn’t need to be paired with an iPhone in order to work, according to Bloomberg. The report, published earlier this month, claims the next version of the watch will include an LTE chip for internet connectivity and suggests the watch’s square casing may receive a radical new design.
If true, the next-generation Apple Watch’s features could make it the first truly must-have wearable product, finally offering people the right balance of connectivity, usefulness, and fashion credibility that they’ve been asking for.
The Watch wasn’t a breakout success initially, but over time, Apple has correctly adjusted to consumer sentiment and found a great niche for the product. The first iteration was marketed as a general smartwatch for everyone, but as excitement for the shiny new Apple product wore off, the company pivoted to emphasize health and fitness features, like a built-in GPS and water resistance. That shift led to stronger sales that appeared to put Apple atop the .
The third soon-to-be-released version of the Watch will likely continue this health and fitness focus that much was clear from the preview of watchOS 4 we saw at WWDC earlier this year. But it could also make the Watch even more useful for everyone in their everyday lives, making it a must-have for all of us in the iEcosystem.
The most exciting rumor about the next-generation Apple Watch is, without question, standalone internet connectivity. Many market analysts believe that the addition of LTE connections will finally convince consumers that wearables are worth their time (and more importantly, money), giving them the ability to use their devices as more than a glorified extension of their smartphone. The feature could be the key for the market’s growth as it enters a “new phase,” in which sales are projected to double by 2021.
The new Apple Watch won’t be the first smartwatch to have standalone internet connectivity, however; the Samsung Gear 3 offered a mass-market 4G LTE-connected smartwatch and was launched last year.
But introducing LTE connectivity to the best-selling device on the market from the most visible company in the world will instantly bring the feature to a wider audience, letting Apple play off its image as an innovator even if Samsung was there first. This happens with the iPhone nearly every product cycle, and the gigantic base of Apple fans eat it up. There’s little reason to believe the Watch would be much different.
There are some concerns about how functional Apple’s standalone wearable could be in its first iteration. Screen size, battery life, and memory are already concerns for such a small device adding LTE chips and giving it even more processing power could make those problems even worse.
The Watch won’t ever be used for major tasks, though. It’s more likely to be used when production is secondary, like, say, when wearers’ hands are otherwise occupied. Runners and other exercisers will be relieved to ditch their phones and retain the ability to send texts, download apps, and stream music online. And a more general audience will be interested in boosting productivity, like when they first started using an iPhone.
LTE-connection will make the Watch all the more attractive to those of us who can’t spend a moment without being connected, which is one of the most important requirements of a gadget these days.
The rumored new form factor for the Watch shouldn’t be taken lightly as a majorly attractive feature that could make it a must-have device. There’s even a rumor that Apple could introduce microLED screen technology with the new Watch, which could make it even brighter and better looking than the current OLED setup.
Smartwatches have previously fallen in the middle of a strange space between fashion and function, but the scales could be tipping toward looks as a potential determining factor for general consumers. Android Wear devices from major tech companies have largely struggled since the OS was updated earlier this year but fashion companies haven’t been deterred from using the platform, since their customers are worried about looks first, performance second.
If Apple, a famously design-centric company, begins to really treat its Watch like the fashion plate it has the potential to be, its general appeal could go through the roof as hypebeasts and fashionistas lust after the new form factor.
That type of sentiment doesn’t apply to most gadgets, where one generation replaces the last because it works better but in fashion, where aesthetics are the most important quality, consumers can justify buying a new model on looks alone. There’s more of an incentive to upgrade to the new redesigned Watch to go along with your Series 2 for Apple fans, too, giving them an opportunity collect them all and cycle between looks.
Some might be leery of Apple’s movement toward a fitness and fashion focused wearable (Mashable tech editor Pete Pachal chief among them), but the company will find a more receptive general audience by crafting a sexy, always-connected Watch.
As much as our hearts are dreading a bittersweet farewell to the surf and sand, our beloved sweater weather is just around the corner.As we eagerly anticipate the day we can stand in line for our very first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season (lawd help anyone who gets in our way), I have some particularly spicy scoop to offer. Yourpet can now have itsown Pumpkin Spice Latte, so you can be super #basic together all season long.
Let’s be real, most of uscan’t wait any longer to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand on our walk to work, dammit. Crucial note: Looking chic AF in leather booties, a beanie, and oversized denim shirt while sipping comes with the territory. What fits the autumn aesthetic better than sipping your latte with your furry friend by your side enjoying their own? I’ll tell you: Not much.
The Honest Kitchen is debuting a line of Pumpkin Spice Lattesfor dogs and catsin October, so they’re perfectly prepared to slay fall along with their owners. One of the best things about this fall treat for your pet is its health benefits. According to Well And Good, the pumpkin (which is high in fiber) is great for your furry friend’s digestive system.
You can pour the blend over kibble, or serve to your pet as a delicious drink. Who wouldn’t want to lap some of this up after a long walk? I’ll tell you right now, if I were a pooch, this would hands down be my beverage of choice.
These nourishing pet-friendly lattes come full-circle with pumpkin, goat’s milk, aromatic spices, and honey. Doesn’t that sound oh-so delish? When serving, it’s only appropriate your fur baby drinks his/her beverage out of an adorable pumpkin bowl, because, they work their butts off being cute and freaking deserve it. Your pet will undoubtedly be just as obsessed with pumpkin spice as you are.
Needless to say, it’s time to start planning out your matching fall sweater game for pictures, like, ASAP. The orange and crimson leaves will be here before you know it. Happy PSL season, y’all.
(CNN)There’s literally only one rule with eclipses: Don’t look at the sun during them.
Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now makes it much clearer where threads start and end in comments. Meanwhile, Instagram today got a little redesign itself with comment reels now being threaded so you can have sub-conversations in public.
Facebook periodically updates its design, typically stripping out unnecessary “chrome,” or user interface framing, to create a sleeker, more readable look. There’s more and more white space on Facebook, which could be intended to reduce eye fatigue during long browsing sessions and let your friends’ content pop off the screen more vividly.
Facebook’s design team writes “we did not want to just ‘fiddle at the edges’, but rather make something that billions of people use every day less frustrating.”
Both the Facebook and Instagram changes will roll out to all iOS and Android users over the next few weeks.
Facebook is adopting the Messenger bubble style for comments. This will make threading more obvious, but also encourage the rapid-fire conversations people typically have in private messages. Facebook has been trying to make comments feel more alive recently with fast-moving conversations becoming their own chat windows.
Facebook has made its navigation and feedback buttons bigger and easier to recognize with a new unfilled line drawing style. The News Feed, Video, Marketplace, Like, Comment and Share buttons now all feature this look. Meanwhile, Facebook is swapping the classic globe notifications icon for a more standard alerts bell. These could all be less distracting to the eye so you focus on Facebook’s content, not its chrome.
Other redesigns for legibility include higher contrast text that’s easier to see and circular profile photos that take up less space and feel more human. Link previews are now a little bigger, too, which could get more people clicking and sending referral traffic to other sites. However, Facebook says today’s changes shouldn’t impact the reach or traffic of Pages. The URL domain is now more prominent, appearing above the link’s headline, which could reduce the likelihood that users click fake/hoax sites that mimic popular news publisher URLs.
Facebook wants to make sure you don’t get lost several layers deep beyond the feed. Now you’ll see a more obvious header with a bigger black back button when you dive into a post from the News Feed. Facebook also says you’ll be able to “See where a link will take you before clicking on it,” though it already had link previews, blurbs and URLs, so we’ve asked for clarification here.
As Facebook and Instagram restyle themselves to boost usage, a question arises about design ethics. Is building a better mousetrap beneficial to society? Facebook and Instagram certainly allow communities and friend groups to grow their bonds, but when does fruitful exchange and sentimental entertainment give way to mindless scrolling?
As former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris discusses in his TED talk, over-optimization for engagement on social networks has created apps that are addictive to the point of being destructive.
Over the years I’ve repeatedly asked Facebook’s top executives like CPO Chris Cox and VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri about whether the company is doing research into how to prevent or minimize internet addiction that can stem from Facebook’s ad-driven business model, and I’ve never gotten a direct answer that indicates they think it’s a priority.
They do care about their users’ experience, with Cox telling me “We’re getting to a size where it’s worth really taking a careful look at what are all the things that we can do to make social media the most positive force for good possible.” But you can always have too much of a good thing.
The execs tell me Facebook wants to make sure all your time spent on its apps is “meaningful”. Yet at some point when people are sitting in the dark alone refreshing the feed over and over, it could be worth surfacing Internet addiction and mental health tips, or encouraging them to connect directly with a friend via messaging.
Perhaps one day our apps will be redesigned not just to soak up more attention, but to warn us when we’re neglecting everything else.
The Washington Post’s coverage of a study linking climate change and suicide managed to hold off for three paragraphs before bringing up President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, making the study’s findings “particularly worrisome” if you buy into them, that is.
59,000 farmer suicides in India over 30 years may be linked to climate change, study says https://t.co/mS9AwFB2jO
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 1, 2017
Vidhi Doshi reports:
Tamma Carleton, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, compared almost five decades worth of suicide and climate data and concluded that temperature variations in India may have a strong influence on suicide rates during the growing season.
In her study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Carleton estimates that more than 59,000 farmer suicides over the past 30 years can be linked to global warming.
Doshi notes thatIndia has the highest number of suicides in the world, with 133,623 reported in 2015 alone. Nearly 12,000 of that number fewer than 10 percent were farmers and agricultural laborers. The Guardian added that, according to the study, “an increase of just 1C on an average day during the growing season was associated with 67 more suicides.” Only recently we learned from social media that Sen. John McCain had voted to kill 22 million Americans by denying them health care (until it turned out that he didn’t); now we have President Trump driving thousands of farmers across the globe to suicide because of his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.
Omg just stop. #Fakenews
— Jimmy Sullivan (@jimmysully449) August 1, 2017
The "study" is bs based on a false premise.
— James Kidwell (@JamesKidwell44) August 1, 2017
Liberal Logic: Melting of the polar ice caps didn't work, let's try suicidal Indian farmers, that'll stick for sure! #thatissaddoh
— TheRightBros (@TheRightBrothas) August 1, 2017
Now we know what happened to the Neanderthals. #Priceless
— W.C. Peregrinations (@majorpettifogge) August 1, 2017
Possible they comitted suicide because they live in India where people literally shit in the streets. Totally global warming though fam.
— Locke (@Hegemon_Locke) August 1, 2017
Or it could be that people in India are unbelievably poor.
— Derek Hall (@D3r3khall) August 1, 2017
I lost my keys, must be climate change
— Human Race (@Goldwaterghost) August 1, 2017
This has nothing to do with climate change and has everything to do with unsustainable farming practices forced on folks by big chem-ag.
— Unbiased Mike (@Unbiasedmike) August 1, 2017
actually, alot of suicides are due to failing GMO crops being forced on them
— allen keith (@EmperorTrump73) August 1, 2017
— Herr Schmidt (@Malarone133) August 1, 2017
Exclusive: series of emails show staff at Department of Agricultures Natural Resources Conservation Service advised to reference weather extremes instead
Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference weather extremes instead.
A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.
A missive from Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health, lists terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them. Climate change is in the avoid category, to be replaced by weather extremes. Instead of climate change adaption, staff are asked to use resilience to weather extremes.
The primary cause of human-driven climate change is also targeted, with the term reduce greenhouse gases blacklisted in favor of build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency. Meanwhile, sequester carbon is ruled out and replaced by build soil organic matter.
President Donald Trump looked at the sun during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, because of course he did. This is a man who’s said climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese. You think he fully listened to the warnings from experts about the damage staring at the sun could do to your eyes? No way. That’s not how Trump rolls he lives on the edge. There are a lot of tweets about Trump looking at the sun during the eclipse and the image seems to be the internet’s favorite new thing. Staring at the sun during a solar eclipse can do serious, permanent damage to your eye. There were numerous warnings it’s the last thing anyone should do during the eclipse. Trump, however, apparently didn’t feel the need to exhibit caution as he enjoyed the eclipse alongside his wife and son. The president was apparently wearing protective glasses at first, but ultimately decided to take them off, according to footage from NBC News. This was not a very intelligent decision. With that said, you can hardly blame people on social media for how they reacted.
David Schneider (@davidschneider) August 21, 2017
Literally everyone: please observe #SolarEclipse safely. do not stare into the sun directly, you WILL damage your eyes!!
abdul (@Advil) August 21, 2017
Tony Ramirez (@hildyjohns) August 21, 2017
Literally every news outlet: Don’t look directly into the sun during the eclipse.
Donald Trump: pic.twitter.com/Xbd8d4K1GM
RickyFTW (@rickyftw) August 21, 2017
SCIENTIST: “Don’t look at the sun during an eclipse.”
TRUMP: “Fake news!” pic.twitter.com/JzIW422z4r
Jerric Dondarrion (@BostonJerry) August 21, 2017
Literally everyone: please observe #SolarEclipse safely. do not stare into the sun directly, you WILL damage your eyes!!
abdul (@Advil) August 21, 2017
mikasa (@mikasa22) August 21, 2017
Scientists: Don’t look straight at sun during eclipse.
Trump: Hold my glasses. pic.twitter.com/3MySTJYq4d
Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) August 21, 2017
At least Donald Trump *consistently* doesn’t believe in science.
Here he is looking directly at the sun pic.twitter.com/VZPnZjMFJ8
Chris Maddern (@chrismaddern) August 21, 2017
i’d make fun of trump but i also looked at the sun without glasses
Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) August 21, 2017
Everyone is laughing at Trump for looking at the sun without glasses but I looked without glasses so I cannot throw stones. Or see the photo
Elise Foley (@elisefoley) August 21, 2017
Tbh everyone also told me not to look at the eclipse without glasses and I did it for a second anyway so I’m with Trump on this one
Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 21, 2017
But just so we are clear on this, looking directly at the sun is never good for your health. This is not FAKE NEWS nor is it a hoax created by the Chinese or any of America’s other geopolitical foes. With that said, if you took a quick peek at the solar eclipse today, don’t beat yourself up. You probably did not go blind. Also, the president did it so you have a good excuse (but the president is also currently Donald Trump, so yeah).