UK investigation after complaint about MP watching porn in parliament

euronews.com – By David Mac Dougall  with AP – The British government’s chief whip — a political enforcer — has launched an investigation after female MPs from Boris Johnson’s party complained one of their male colleagues was watching pornography on his phone in the parliament chamber.

British media reports that a group of a dozen female Conservative Party MPs met with Chris Heaton-Harris on Monday evening to complain about sexism in parliament, when the allegation about the male MP was made.

Heaton-Harris’ office said in a statement: “The chief whip is looking into this matter. This behaviour is wholly unacceptable and action will be taken.”

More… https://www.euronews.com/2022/04/27/uk-investigation-after-complaint-about-mp-watching-porn-in-parliament 

German wildlife park renames Putin the pig

reuters.com – MEHLMEISEL, Germany, April 19 (Reuters) – An animal park in Bavaria that had named one its wild boars Putin due to its Russian genetic heritage held a ceremony on Tuesday to rechristen the hairy hog with a German name following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Eckard Mickish, operator of the park just outside the town of Mehlmeisel, said he named the boar after Russian President Vladimir Putin three years ago upon its arrival given it had been bred from pure-race boar from Russia.

More… https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/german-wildlife-park-renames-putin-pig-2022-04-19/ 

Yes, Republicans are now at war with Disney. Here is why the latest culture war may backfire on the GOP.

bostonglobe.com – By James Pindell – The Republican war against Disney has been a long time in the making, but on Wednesday afternoon it reached a whole new level.

What began months ago as just another salvo in the culture wars suddenly became about threatening a major part of the Florida economy, in a major political gamble by Republicans.

The political dynamic is a familiar one after the last five years. People may have been surprised to wake up one day and see the nation was fighting over Starbucks and Christmas, but the logical extension has been the later kerfuffles over Dr. Seuss, Amazon Prime, and now Disney.

The Disney part largely began after Florida passed what critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which bans any discussion about gender and sexuality from kindergarten through third grade. It’s intended to bar discussion that might normalize same-sex families that might be the reality for teachers or students.

At first, Disney was criticized by its own employees for not saying anything against the law as it was being debated. Then Disney announced that not only did it oppose the law, it would no longer give donations to any Florida lawmakers who voted for it. This especially mattered because Disney’s donations in Florida were heavily skewed toward Republicans, who have dominated state politics for decades.

More… https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/yes-republicans-are-now-at-war-with-disney-here-is-why-the-latest-culture-war-may-backfire-on-the-gop/ar-AAWqdng 

In Defense of Tucker Carlson Touting ‘Testicle Tanning’

nymag.com – By Margaret Hartmann – Here’s a sentence I did not expect I would ever type: I’m excited about “testicle tanning.” Or, more specifically, I’m excited about Tucker Carlson getting excited about “testicle tanning.”

For the past few days, much of the internet has been chuckling over clips from the second season of Tucker Carlson Originals, a documentary series that airs on the streaming platform Fox Nation. First, people went wild for a montage from the trailer for the episode “The End of Men,” which is so extremely misogynistic and homophobic that it swings around into being unbelievably gay…

More… https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/tucker-carlson-testicle-tanning.html 

Jaden Smith trolled for mocking people his own age

pagesix.com – By Eileen Reslen – Jaden Smith is being mocked for saying in a recent interview that he preferred hanging out with adults over kids growing up because children didn’t like to talk about the “political and economic state of the world.”

“I am very happy that I spent my childhood with more adults than I did with kids my own age, because I was picking up more things from adults than I were [sic] from kids my own age,” the 23-year-old explained on BigBoyTV earlier this month…

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Scottish Group Builds World’s Largest Insect Hotel

ripleys.com – By Engrid Barnett – From the Highland fling to bagpipes, kilts to haggis, Scotland is famous for many things, although the verdict’s still out on how “good” some of these innovations have proven. (Haggis, we’re looking at you!) But when it comes to encouraging biodiversity and conservation efforts, the nation has taken impressive steps in recent years.

The icing on the ecosystem cake is an insect hotel measuring 7,059.4 cubic feet, per UPI. The largest of its type in the world, it’s the brainchild of Highland Titles, a conservation group, and sits on the organization’s nature reserve in Duror.

More… https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/scottish-group-builds-worlds-largest-insect-hotel/ 

Want to cover yourself in bologna? Oscar Mayer has a face mask just for you

nypost.com By
Victoria Giardina – If you’re a cold-cut lover, one of the most dividing debates is whether to call your sandwich a “hero” or a “sub” — we’ll leave that unanswered. However, there’s an even meatier topic at hand: Do you put bologna on your face?

Sure, if you’re a cafeteria kid poking holes in your bologna to make a face you may have been silly enough to do. But apparently, that’s not just reserved for the kids anymore.

Oscar Mayer’s new Bologna Hydrogel Sheet Face Mask on Amazon, although containing no meat, is one of the buzzworthy, unexpected things to come out of 2022 — and we’re not even three weeks in…

More… https://nypost.com/2022/01/19/oscar-mayers-new-bologna-face-mask-new-5-skincare-mask/ 

Massive Saudi investment raises questions about Jared Kushner’s business dealings

pbs.org – By — Geoff Bennett & Tess Conciatori – A $2 billion investment to Jared Kushner from a fund led by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia has raised questions about the ethics of post-White House business. Kushner’s private equity firm secured the investment after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman overruled a host of objections from the sovereign wealth funds’ advisers.

More… https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/massive-saudi-investment-raises-questions-about-jared-kushners-business-dealings 

John Oliver Blackmails Congress With Their Own Digital Data

rollingstone.com – By Ky HendersonJohn Oliver began his show by discussing the vile Russian propaganda the country’s state-run television networks have been spewing since the invasion of Ukraine, then transitioned to a totally different topic: vile American propaganda. Specifically, the ooze aired on One America News Network, or OAN, which famously became Donald Trump’s favorite source of policy guidance once Fox News got too liberal for him. As an example of the network’s programming, Oliver brought up “pillow prince Mike Lindell’s election fraud documentary, ‘Absolute Proof.’ And yes, I am using the word ‘documentary’ there with Christ-like generosity.” …

Thing is, brokers group people in far less fanciful ways—according to their medical ailments, for instance. Or as “Suffering Seniors” and “Help Needed—I Am 90 Days Behind With Bills.” Last year, Epsilon, one of these ghoulish companies, was forced to pay $150 million in penalties because they’d knowingly sold the data of 30 million people to scammers targeting seniors.

More… https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/last-week-tonight-john-oliver-recap-season-9-episode-7-congress-data-1335598/