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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On today's episode, WWE Superstar Sin Cara stops by the office to talk about his new collaboration with Reebok and shows off some of his lucha libre-style masks. You can cop his Reebok collab Oct. 13. Later, Beija unboxes a new package from Champ Sports, and Becky and Gabriella preview ComplexCon.

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Everything We Know So Far About the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, the Deadliest in U.S. History

A gunman opened fire outside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during a music festival on Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring at least 500 others, according to the New York Times. The suspect, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, reportedly killed himself after carrying out the mass shooting. It's already being regarded as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The shooting started shortly after 10 p.m. PT on Sunday as country singer Jason Aldean performed in front of about 20,000 fans during the Route 91 Harvest Festival across the street from Mandalay Bay. According to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who held a press conference early Monday morning, Paddock opened fire from a perch on the 32nd floor of the hotel, aiming into the crowd that was gathered to watch Aldean. Those in attendance at the concert are reporting that the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes. A video captured at the scene showed Aldean quickly exiting the Route 91 stage after the shooting began.

Other videos from the scene of the shooting have also surfaced on social media. Those who were in attendance at the concert have spoken about the chaos that erupted during the horrific incident.

“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off,” one concertgoer, identified as Meghan Kearney, told MSNBC. “Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit…People kept dropping and dropping…People were getting shot one foot away from us. People were trying to save their friends. There were gunshots everywhere. Helping them would’ve meant that we got shot, too.”

Lombardo described Paddock as a “lone wolf,” and while there was some initial speculation about what role Paddock's “companion” Marilou Danley may have played in the shooting, she was reportedly found to be out of the country on Sunday night and police do not believe she was involved in the incident. Lombardo said police are reportedly searching Paddock's home, which is located about 80 miles from Las Vegas, and investigating two vehicles, a Hyundai Tucson and a Chrysler Pacifica Touring, with ties to Paddock that were parked near Mandalay Bay.

Lombardo said Paddock does not have any known ties to international terrorist organizations, though ISIS has, without providing any evidence, suggested Paddock was working on behalf of them. Lombardo also revealed that “numerous firearms” were found in Paddock's Mandalay Bay hotel room after police used controlled explosives to enter it. Paddock may have used as many as 10 guns to carry out his attack.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval released a statement regarding the shooting on Monday morning.

President Trump released a statement on Monday morning as well and spoke about the mass shooting during a brief press conference.

Former President Barack Obama released a statement, too.

Additionally, Aldean shared his thoughts on the shooting.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has put out a phone number for anyone looking for more information on those who may have been involved in the shooting.

The FBI is also asking for help with its investigation into the shooting.

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Suddenly Woke Ray Lewis Roasted for Taking a Knee During the Ravens-Jaguars Game in London

Retired NFL linebacker Ray Lewis was seen on video kneeling (presumably in some form of peaceful protest against President Trump’s recent comments) during Sunday’s regular season contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

For those who don’t remember, Lewis had one of the more interesting hot takes on free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick in early September, during what most would consider the Baltimore Ravens’ clumsily handled flirtation on signing Kaepernick.

After Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti essentially said he was crowdsourcing opinions from fans and Lewis on whether or not to sign Kaepernick, Lewis weighed in on Kaepernick’s 2016 decision to kneel in protest during the national anthem.

“And I’ve said this many times, we both agree, like, what he did, I’m 100 percent for racial justice, 100 percent,” Lewis said during a July appearance on Fox Sports’ Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. “Trust me, I lived it myself. So you don’t have to convince me of that part. How he did it? Totally different thing. I don’t totally agree with that.”

Once the Ravens officially passed on signing Kaepernick, Lewis told Judy Batista of Inside the NFL, part of the reason the team opted not to sign Kaepernick was because of a racially-charged tweet by radio personality Nessa “Ness Nitty” Diab, who is also Kaepernick’s girlfriend.

“Then, his girl [Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend] goes out and put out this racist gesture and doesn’t know we are in the back office about to try to get this guy signed,” Lewis said. “Steve Bisciotti has said it himself, ‘How can you crucify Ray Lewis when Ray Lewis is the one calling for Colin Kaepernick?’”

As it relates to Kaepernick, the crux of “how he did it” was kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. So the pertinent question for Lewis is, if he didn’t totally agree with Kapernick’s form of protest, why did he mimic that exact same form of protest Sunday?

While players from the Jaguars and Ravens opted for taking a knee, standing with interlocking arms, or placing a hand on the shoulder of kneeling players, plenty of Twitter users were quick to hop in Lewis’ mentions for joining in what is shaping up to be #TakeAKnee weekend in the NFL.

It probably doesn’t help that Lewis paid an early visit to Trump’s transition offices shortly after the reality show host became Commander-in-Chief. 

Sunday provided yet another reminder that Twitter never forgets, and given how wildly some NFL pundits were talking about Kaepernick last season, it’s perfectly logical to expect even the most casual of viewers to hop in their collective mentions in the wake of Trump’s comments.

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Kodak Black Brings Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” Full Circle With His Own Remix

It's hard to go anywhere without hearing Cardi B's “Bodak Yellow” this summer, though I can't imagine why you'd want to. That song bumps, whether you're at the club or just driving through the city with your windows down, and if it doesn't make you feel some type of way, we are just not alike.

Frankly, it's sort of surprising more remixes haven't popped up, but Kodak Black is here to change that up. Audio has been released of him flowing over the instrumental for Cardi's track, though he did decide to change the name up to “Kodak Orange.” He sounds right at home over the instrumental, and he probably should, because this is where things start to get a little interesting.

 

A lot of hip-hop fans are aware that “Bodak Yellow” takes inspiration from a Kodak Black song, “No Flockin.” The style of the instrumental is similar, but it's Kodak's flow and cadence on the song that are obvious inspirations for Cardi's more recent hit. His voice hits a crescendo to punctuate the space between the bars, and we saw Cardi rap in that exact same style when “Bodak Yellow” dropped earlier this year. Listen to the similarities:

So while Kodak is technically remixing Cardi's song, he's also in a roundabout way remixing his own song, which is a confusing, hilarious, and fascinating thing to have happen. The best part is there seems to be no animosity over Cardi cribbing his song, and Kodak even shows some love for the Bronx native at the beginning of “Kodak Orange.”

“You know why I fuck with Cardi B? Because they be thinkin’ both of us crazy and shit,” he says at the beginning of the song. “This sound like some 'Bodak Orange' shit, some 'Kodak Orange' shit.”

Jacking somebody's flow has gotten many a rapper in trouble in the past, and it's sort of refreshing to have it go the other way this time. It probably helps that Kodak is allegedly collecting checks from all these “Bodak Yellow” sales and streams, at least if you believe what he tells fans on his livestreams.

You can listen to a snippet of “Kodak Orange” up top.

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Playboi Carti Teases Collab Mixtape With Lil Uzi Vert

If Lil Uzi Vert wants to drop new music every single day for the foreseeable future, I would support this wholeheartedly. Luv Is Rage 2 is a triumph, and is practically begging for a relatively immediate follow-up. So why not hit us with a Playboi Carti collab project?

In a Snapchat post over the weekend, Carti appeared to confirm that something with Uzi is afoot.

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The image itself shows punk icons Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian, from the decades-strong U.K. band The Damned. Carti's caption, as XXL and others have pointed out, includes digits referencing Uzi's 1600 Philly block and Carti's 2900 Atlanta block.

Shouted fuck yeahs aside, no official announcement regarding an Uzi x Carti collab tape has been made. Still, it would be downright cruel to share a post including both the word “tape” and an image of such an iconic duo only to fall short of releasing a full-blown project together. Fingers crossed as fuck.

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Over the weekend, Uzi teased a sequel to his 2016 mixtape Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World. In an Instagram clip, Uzi teased a new track with the caption “Just A Vibe💨🚷 ….👨🏾‍🎤vs🌏2® ? 🙄.” Sadly, Marilyn Manson was not seen or heard in the clip.

 

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Uzi's debut album, Luv Is Rage 2, made Uzi a full-fledged star of unfuckwithable stature. The album opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and garnered largely enthusiastic reviews from critics. If all subsequent teased projects come to pass, we'll soon be getting something with Carti, Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World 2, and a freestyle rock album that will possibly feature some input from Manson.

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A Recap of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018

After a week of some of the biggest brands, designers, and celebrities all showing out for New York Fashion Week Spring 2018, it's now time to take a look back at some highlights. During a time when many people are questioning the importance of New York Fashion Week in comparison to its European counterparts, designers delivered some signature moments to lighten the discrediting of the festivities, even if only briefly. Brands like Helmut Lang, Opening Ceremony, Kith, Fenty Puma by Rihanna, and Alexander Wang all brought their own signature aesthetic to their respective shows. Here is a recap of some of the most entertaining shows from New York Fashion Week.

Some of the biggest celebrity cameos of the week came at Ronnie Fieg's Kith Sport show. The designer's second fashion show took place on Thursday night at the Classic Car Club Manhattan, where he showed off upcoming collections with brands like Moncler, Adidas Soccer, Champion, Iceberg, and Nike. Virgil Abloh, Scott Disick, and Carmelo Anthony were among the crowd, but two of the most memorable guests appeared on the runway. First, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen walked down the catwalk sporting pieces from Fieg's upcoming Nike collaboration. If that wasn't enough, Fieg decided to close out the show by putting a spotlight (literally) onto arguably the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, who lip-synched the lyrics to Kanye West and Jay Z's “H.A.M.” 

Kith Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Kith's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

This past Saturday night, Alexander Wang took to Brooklyn to celebrate #WangFest. The mobile show included the likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner stepping out of an Alexander Wang tour bus before strutting down the Brooklyn streets. Their looks, complete with party style hats that read “WangFest,” further alluded to the show's party atmosphere. Notable attendants included Kim Kardashian West and Kris Jenner, amongst others. Of course, the after party that Wang has become known for did not disappoint either. Cardi B and Ja Rule hit the stage to perform, and Dunkin Donuts, Dominos, and Budweiser took care of the food and drinks for the affair. 

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Gotham/GC Images)

Sunday night brought about even more festivities with Rihanna showing off her motocross and surf-inspired Spring 2018 Fenty line at the Park Avenue Armory. This was Rihanna's return to New York after her last two collections were debuted in Paris. Staying true to the theme, dirt bike riders tricked off of ramps over pink sand mountains to start the show. RiRi also took her bow on the back of a motorbike. The show boasted a star-studded front row that included Cardi B, Offset, Big Sean, and Jhené Aiko, to name a few.

Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show
Fenty Puma by Rihanna's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Randy Brooke/WireImage)

Opening Ceremony decided to show off its Spring 2018 collection a little differently as well. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim debuted their collection using a dance performance titled “Changers,” which was written and directed by Spike Jonze. The collection itself featured plays on the collegiate wardrobe like varsity jackets, club T-shirts, sweatpants, and flannel shirts.

On Monday, Shane Oliver debuted his first collection for Helmut Lang at Pearl River Mart. The collection heavily referenced Lang's archive with a lot of pieces featuring fetish design, and leather accents as an added twist from Oliver. The former Hood By Air designer also included memorable head-turners—like an oversized bra that converts into a bag—in his collection. The ready-to-wear featured a line of Helmut Lang tour merch that featured red and white “HELMUT” branding throughout. ASAP Ferg, Ian Connor, Lil Yachty, Jerry Lorenzo, and more were among those who sat front row. 

Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show
Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show. (Image via Getty/Catwalking)

 

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