Trump Defends His Mental Health in Bizarre Tweetstorm

President Donald Trump kicked off his seemingly regular practice of bizarre weekend tweets in a thread defending his mental health Saturday morning. The world leader who has been documented flinging paper towels at hurricane battered citizens, casually beefing with Kim Jong-Un about nuclear war, and gulping water like a toddler with a “sippy cup,” bragged about his mental state during a brief tirade that also managed to work in references of Hillary Clinton and the late Ronald Reagan.

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” Trump tweeted.

Trump’s rant came on the heels of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. The book essentially paints Trump as the kind of nut job who rage tweets from the golf course on weekends and binge watches Fox News. Naturally, Trump fired back.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” Trump continued. “Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames.”

A cursory Google search debunks most of what Trump tweeted regarding his success as a businessman, as a 2016 New York Times investigation into Trump’s many failed business ventures pegged him as a middling businessman at best. And framing his argument in stereotypical “Valley Girl Speak” probably didn’t bolster Trump’s case.

The final salvo from the 45th President read like a rejected line from the Billy Madison script.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star…to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

The jury is still out on Trump’s self-aggrandizing correlation between winning his first Presidential run and being a certified genius. The folks at Mensa probably aren’t on board, given that Trump unofficially coined the term “big ocean water.”

 

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Jay Z Shouts Out Meek Mill During 4:44 Show in Philadelphia

During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

A post shared by Lil Nizzy – GLOWING (@lilnizzyd4s) on Dec 1, 2017 at 10:01pm PST

During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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Harvey Weinstein reportedly had a “secret hitlist” of prominent film industry figures that detailed the extent of knowledge each individual had regarding Weinstein's sordid sexual assault history, and whether or not they intended on exposing him. 

First obtained by The Observer, the list is a detailed account of over 90 “actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others working in the film industry.” The list was reportedly compiled by Weinstein himself in 2017, and was meant to be used as a way for investigators hired by the movie mogul to target those who had information regarding his past. After pinpointing the individuals on the list, the investigators would report on the information collected to Weinstein and his lawyers. 

Weinstein Hitlist
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Given the list was generated months prior to the New York Times article which initially exposed Weinstein, it corroborates the claim that many individuals in Hollywood knew of the producer's predatory malevolence. In the exposé written by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker titled “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies,” the journalist explicitly mentioned the robust network of lawyers and Hollywood elite who allowed Weinstein to get away with sexual assault for decades. Weinstein reportedly knew The New York Times was collecting information meant to expose him, which is likely one of the reasons he began compiling the list. 

According to The Observer article that broke the story, “More than 50 of the names have been colored red to highlight those who should be prioritised [sic] by investigators – individuals Weinstein most keenly wanted to target.” Some of the names highlighted include Rose McGowan, the actress who openly accused Weinstein of raping her, Laura Madden, and Sophie Dix. Somewhat surprisingly, a large portion of the individuals listed on the document are men, one of whom is the equally repulsive Brett Ratner, who has been accused of sexually assaulting numerous women, including actress Olivia Munn, over the last few weeks. 

What this detailed account of Weinstein's network demonstrates is the revolting level of complacency throughout Hollywood. As victims began coming forward to share their stories, it became implicitly apparent that many individuals allowed Weinstein to keep the number of allegations against him secret for years. As the accusations continue to mount, Weinstein has yet to issue a single admission of guilt, despite the recent discovery of his “hitlist.” His lawyers have yet to comment.

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Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.” 

Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame. 

With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.  

It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.

You can watch the full clip above. 

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Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Explode Sooner Than Expected (Which Still Isn’t That Soon)

If you're somebody who enjoys living, you may have been disappointed by some news making the rounds on Thursday that seemed to imply a supervolcano sitting beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt sometime soon, taking out all life on Earth when it does.

This slightly concerning news came about after researchers from Arizona State analyzed some materials they found in fossilized ash from the volcano's previous eruption, and saw changes in composition and temperature that built up in just a few decades. As the New York Times put it:

The early evidence, presented at a recent volcanology conference, shows that Yellowstone’s most recent supereruption was sparked when new magma moved into the system only decades before the eruption. Previous estimates assumed that the geological process that led to the event took millenniums to occur.

Furthermore, as National Geographic points out, the last of three major eruptions over the course of 2 million years occurred roughly 630,000 years ago and, when it did, it created a 40 mile wide crater (the Yellowstone caldera) that makes up most of the park. The supervolcano at Yellowstone is capable of unleashing an eruption about 2,500 times as powerful as Mt. St. Helens' 1980 eruption, which killed 57 people. That would mean a burst that could cover most of the U.S. in ash and potentially plunge the planet into volcanic winter. Additionally, the previous eruption (meaning before the one that happened 630,000 years ago) happened in a similar timeframe, as it shot its wad about 1.3 million years ago.

So give or take 40,000 years.

This got people buzzing that an extinction level event could be impending because science is frequently boring since it's not sensationalistic (that NYT article, which was very informative and well written, put my ass to sleep). However, as noted by Esquire, a massive volcanic discharge is not impending. In fact, the story is relevant because scientists are now realizing how quickly factors for a supereruption can come together.

“It’s shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption,” said Hannah Shamloo, an ASU grad student who spent weeks at the Yellowstone site. Previously, as the excerpt above mentions, scientists thought supereruptions would exhibit signs over the course of thousands of years. Now they believe it could happen in a human lifetime. The next eruption is probably coming soon relative to the pace that Earth's geology works at, but that is slow AF in terms of human lifespan. Don't panic over hyperbole.

Additionally, Michael Poland, the scientist who runs Yellowstone's Volcano Observatory said “We haven't seen anything that would lead us to believe that the sort of magmatic event described by the researchers is happening.” Sounds like your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandkids' problem.

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This Is What Christian Louboutin Thinks of Cardi B and Her Love for Red Bottoms

Jay Z, Drake, Future, and Kanye West are just some of the many rappers who’ve shown love to designer Christian Louboutin—or, more specifically, his iconic red-soled shoes commonly referred to as “red bottoms.”

Though the reference has become somewhat of a cliché, Cardi B has seemingly given new life to the luxury footwear with her breakout song “Bodak Yellow.” You know the lines: “These expensive, these is red bottoms/These is bloody shoes/Hit the store, I can get 'em both/I don't wanna choose.”

Though the infectious track was released in mid-June, it wasn’t until recently that it became the first solo female rap record to reach No. 1 in nearly two decades. (The last artist to accomplish this was Lauryn Hill with her 1998 hit “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

Clearly, people can’t get enough of Cardi or “Bodak Yellow,” which has now dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week in a row. But what does Louboutin think of Cardi and her love for red bottoms? Well, it seems he’s only vaguely familiar with the Bronx MC.

“She has the hair like that?” the French designer told the New York Times, as he put his hands around chin level. “She’s a rapper? This ‘Yellow’ song? […] I don’t know much more than that, to be honest.”

Though he admits he’s not a big rap fan, Louboutin suggested he’d be open to meeting Cardi one day. He also said it seemed fitting that so many performers enjoy his designs, considering where he got his start.

“In a way, it comes back to some of my origins,” he said. “The first shoes I ever designed were for showgirls, people on stage. Showgirls have a kind of attitude—they’re driving forces.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi’s stylist spoke about the rapper’s affinity for Louboutin and revealed just how many pairs of red bottoms she owned.

“She has to have over 90 pairs,” stylist Kollin Carter said. “[…] She usually buys a pair or two every couple of weeks. Where she’s from, when girls are ready to get dressed up that’s what you wear. And in real life, before 'Bodak' blew up, she wore red bottoms because that’s what it means to make it in the Bronx. It’s a status symbol that the masses can relate to; everyday girls work hard and save up their money to have that shoe. Cardi did the same.”

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