Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the super-rich to pay a heavier share of taxes.
The newly elected Congresswoman's proposal that any earnings higher than $10 million carry a 70 percent tax rate has been widely popular. That's true even among voters who might be more inclined to put on a MAGA hat; a recent Hill-HarrisX poll showed that some 45 percent of GOP voters agree.
On Friday night, Ocasio-Cortez greeted the news of her plan's popularity with a play on the deepest of deep cut memes.
All your base (are) belong to us 👾 https://t.co/brwNKJ8wrhEntertainment, Gaming, Culture, Meme, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
Too often, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is seen as a day off — and little else.
Aside from grade school lessons painting a vague picture of King's life and activism, the majority of us, especially white people, remain detached from his impact. King is a historical name we've learned to recognize, coupled with bits and pieces of facts from a whitewashed history. But truly appreciating his work is hardly on the radar — even on a day made to honor him.
It's an uncomfortable reality of how we've been taught to value (or, rather, not value) one of the most influential black leaders in history. It's all merely surface; a story we don't see as extending beyond the crisp pages of an elementary textbook. Read more...More about Martin Luther King Jr., Mlk Day, Social Good, and Activism
It's a sad, sad day for fans of the "world's cutest dog."
On Friday, the owners of Boo the Pomeranian announced on social media that Boo died in his sleep at the age of 12. The precious and beloved pup has hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook and Instagram, and several books written about him.
A post shared by Buddy Boo Blue Benny (@buddyboowaggytails) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:29pm PST
Though Boo's humans are "heartbroken," they explained they're hopeful that Boo will soon be reunited with his best friend Buddy, who died in Sept. 2017. Read more...More about Dogs, Animals, Social Media, Web Culture, and Boo
This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week.
Yelling at the video games has been a popular hobby coping mechanism since Pong debuted. Projecting a full range of emotions towards a game at a high volume is cathartic, fun, and instinctual. That being said, suffering with a significant other is twice as loud and twice as fun.
Chris Gera and his wife demonstrated this perfectly while playing Crash Bandicoot on the couch this week. The subtitled video is a hilarious example of how screaming, "you're a bitch!" at the TV can truly help a person cope when their character dies. Read more...More about Watercooler, Twitter, Couples, Video Games, and One Good Thing
In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. And yes, we know this particular post is slightly tangential, but it's still an important public service.
By now, employers know the drill: Research applicants' tweets and Facebook posts before you hire them, lest you risk another Kevin Hart debacle. (If your candidate talks about clobbering gay toddlers over the head with dolls, they're probably not your man.)
But looking at tweets and retweets isn't enough. To understand how a potential employee thinks, you need to look at the place they hide their deepest, most perverse worldviews: their Twitter likes. Read more...More about Watercooler, Binge, Binge Watching, Twitter Jokes, and Binged
In a sea of heroic do-gooders, Punisher was a welcome arrival onto the Marvel scene.
While certainly nowhere near as evocative and poignant as Jessica Jones Season 1, his 2017 solo introduction into the Netflix-Marvel pantheon showed promise. The moral complexity of his character added some much-needed shades of grey to the usual black-and-white good guy superheroes versus bad guys.
With the talented Jon Bernthal playing the trigger-happy ex-marine, Punisher Season 1 asked audiences to consider uncomfortable questions about the cost of a greater good, war, trauma, government corruption, and gun violence. Read more...More about Entertainment, Netflix, Marvel, Punisher, and Entertainment
Not every world-ender can be world-ending.
IO, the latest post-apocalyptic drama from Netflix, began streaming this weekend—but viewers crossing their fingers for another Bird Box are going to be disappointed.
While the film's premise and plot are fine enough, IO's lacking emotional depth takes what could have been an intimate look at the end of days and instead delivers a cringe-worthy reflection on shallow character creation.
The slow-burn sci-fi drama takes place on an abandoned Earth, most the human race having fled its increasingly toxic atmosphere to colonize one of Jupiter's moons, Io. Among the few who remain on our dying planet are IO's main (and basically only) two characters, Sam and Micah. Read more...More about Netflix, Anthony Mackie, Apocalypse, Scifi, and Io
The 2017 Women's March completely changed Angie Beem's life.
"The Women’s March got me out of the house, got me involved, made me educate myself, got me politically educated, and gave me something meaningful to do," says Beem, who is the board president for Women's March Washington State.
Last month, however, Beem announced the board's decision to dissolve, pointing to the national Women’s March refusal to "acknowledge and apologize for their anti-Semitic stance."
Allegations of anti-semitic remarks made by leaders of the national organization behind the Women's March in D.C., as reported by Tablet Magazine in December, have sent shockwaves across the country, leaving those who found a political voice by rallying in the streets and sharing empowering hashtags, doubting the movement's future. Read more...More about Women S Rights, Women S March On Washington, Women S March, Social Good, and Politics
Over the past few years, drones and quadcopters have become more accessible. The cost of designing and manufacturing a good quality drone has gone down, so now more and more people can take up the hobby or up their photography game with impressive and daring photos and videos. But some drones are definitely better than others, so we rounded up the best drones for just about any person and situation.
But before you start flying, it's important to register your new drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first, so you won't get in trouble with the authorities. After all, piloting an unregistered drone is against the law. Read more...More about Tech, Drones, Mashable Shopping, Tech, and Consumer Tech
You've probably heard about some of the anecdotal medical benefits of CBD for us humans, but did you know that your dog can get in on the action, too? No, you won't find doggie doobies on pet store shelves anytime soon, but you *can* pick up a bottle of dog-friendly cannabidiol (CBD) oil as an all-natural solution to various ailments.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant that's taken the pet wellness market by storm in recent months as an oral remedy for arthritis, anxiety, stress, seizures, and various sources of chronic pain. It's also picked up steam as a palliative measure for pups with cancer, allegedly helping them feel more comfortable and manage symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite. Read more...More about Pets, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Stackcommerce, Cbd Oil, and Lifestyle
Awards season is now in full swing. All the cinematic masterpieces that made a splash in the past year are now getting accolades from around the globe. There's Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, and a whole lot more.
These talented filmmakers have successfully mastered the craft of telling stories through the lens, and now they're getting applauded for it.
If you want to go on stage and retrieve your own prestigious award like them someday, may we direct you to the Film & Cinematography Mastery Bundle, a trilogy of expert-led online courses that will teach you how to write, shoot, and distribute your first feature film. It's now on sale at the Mashable Shop for only $29. Read more...More about Filmmaking, Video Editing, Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, and Shopping Stackcommerce
Facebook, as part of its never-ending quest to win over teens, is now working on a feature just for memes and funny viral content.
The social network is experimenting with something it's calling "LOL," according to TechCrunch, which got a look at some early beta versions of the feature.
While Facebook could eventually decide to make LOL into its own app, it's for now part of the main Facebook app, as the company tests out the new experience, which TechCrunch describes as "a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips."
“We are running a small scale test and the concept is in the early stages right now," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable.. Read more...More about Tech, Facebook, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Distracted? Tired? Bad at staying in your lane? Just plain out of it? Don't worry, your car's got you.
While fully autonomous vehicles might not be here for awhile, new driver assistance systems are so advanced you'll feel like you're in a self-driving car.
What's coming down the pipeline makes Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system look positively polite and passive. Instead of quiet beeps urging you to put your hands back on the wheel or a light flashing when something's in your blind spot, these features plan to give control over to the vehicle.Autopilot, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi Autonomous, Ces 2019, and Tech
So you've got a $100 to spare. Maybe grandma included a crisp hundo in this year's birthday card, or, hell, let's just say you're a brain genius who always has extra cash laying around. Yeah, let's go with that.
The question is, just what are you going to do with your excess wealth? If music-streaming service Spotify has its way, you're going to spend those dollars on its completely necessary forthcoming voice-controlled music player for your car. That's right, Spotify is allegedly getting into the hardware game.
So reports the Financial Times, which notes that the company best known for paying artists shit is asking you to kick some additional hard-earned dollars its way in exchange for a device that the market is definitely crying out for. Read more...More about Spotify, Streaming, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Let Jim Cantore scare you into staying inside this weekend.
The Weather Channel meteorologist stars in a new video previewing this weekend's winter storm, which is set to strike the Midwest and Northeast. Like the network's previous videos about storm surges and wildfires, the segment utilizes immersive mixed reality (IMR), which means that that simulated fallout from the storm "happens" around Cantore as the video progresses.
It also means that everything looks extremely real and scary. A power line falls. A city bus skids on the ice. Are you venturing outdoors this weekend? Please do not. Read more...More about Climate, The Weather Channel, Jim Cantore, Culture, and Climate Environment
New court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee unveiled a previously unknown infiltration attempt by Russian hackers.
“On November 14, 2018, dozens of DNC email addresses were targeted in a spearphishing campaign,” claim the DNC in the documents, which were filed on Thursday night. “The content of these emails and their timestamps were consistent with a spearphishing campaign that leading cybersecurity experts have tied to Cozy Bear (APT 29).”
Cozy Bear is the Russian intelligence agency-linked hacker group that infiltrated the DNC during the 2016 presidential elections.
The DNC says there is no evidence that the group was successful in the attempt, which was made one week after the 2018 Midterms. Read more...More about Russia, Hackers, Dnc, Democratic National Committee, and Tech
Look, we're only 18 days into 2019 and it's already looking better than the shitshow that was last year. Starting with this thread.
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Twitter user @macnchief came across the most blessed image on Reddit and shared it to Twitter: an impossibly small pup wearing a Croc on its head.
i saw this on reddit and i think twitter should see it too pic.twitter.com/VfEdu2USWj
— ariana grande did 9/11 (@macnchief) January 17, 2019
Dare I ask ... who wore it better?
Image: Alessandra Benedetti/Getty Images
Image: Alessandra Benedetti/Getty Images Read more...More about Twitter, Dogs, Pope, Culture, and Web Culture
Bored of regular fireworks? ALE, a Japanese "space entertainment" company, is working on making artificial meteor showers an option. ALE has already managed to send its first satellite into orbit to conduct experiments ahead of their first attempt for a meteor show due in 2020. If the company succeeds, you might soon be able to buy shooting stars. Read more...More about Mashable Video, Meteor, Fireworks, Meteors, and Artificial
At the last real day of CES (before Kanye showed up and tried to make the vacant halls of Thursday a "thing"), Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held a public discussion to clue us all in on his efforts to make Twitter better.
But hey! Forget the hate speech, Nazis, account-muting, and general directionlessness of Dorsey's social media devil child for a sec. What the people really wanted to know about were Jack's SHOES.
— Rich Greenfield (@RichBTIG) January 9, 2019Twitter, Fashion, Jack Dorsey, Tech, and Social Media Companies
Mortal Kombat tops the very short list of video games that have cemented themselves as permanent staples of pop culture. Whether it's pro wrestlers, Wreck-It Ralph, Zayn Malik's Met Gala outfit, or Lil Wayne and Skrillex tracks, its influence far exceeds the confines of a fighting game.
You'd think after nearly three decades, it'd get old. But the hype for Mortal Kombat 11 is still just as fatal.
"We're all just honored the game's still going," said Chris Chapman, who's been working on the franchise since 1994 and is now director of art at NetherRealm Studios. "I'm honored to see how we're stitched into culture now." Read more...More about Mortal Kombat, Video Games, Mortal Kombat 11, Entertainment, and Gaming
The first 3-day weekend of the new year is finally here and you know what that means: MLK Day sales are coming in hot.
On top of MLK Day sales, many retailers are in the midst of their big winter blowout sales or their White Sales (January is known for its sales on bedding). But TBH, we don't even care what it's called — all we care about is the "sale" part.
Mattresses, bedding, bath items, 4K TVs, laptops, and winter coats and boots are the biggest themes we're seeing across the internet, with discounts at stores like Macy's, Wayfair, Samsung, and J. Crew up to 70% off (yup, you read that right). Read more...More about Home, Samsung, Hp, Clothing, and Mashable Shopping
Look out Michael Scott, the search is on for Scranton, Pennsylvania's newest regional manager.
On Thursday, Twitter user Owen Taylor noticed quite the intriguing job listing on the career site Brad Traverse Jobs.
Turns out, Democratic Senator Bob Casey's Scranton office is looking for a regional manager — something any fan of the NBC comedy The Office would surely appreciate.
Senator Bob Casey's Scranton office is seeking a Regional Manager and I'm not making that up pic.twitter.com/0gxSpejkTX
— Owen Taylor (@owenetaylor) January 18, 2019Politics, Television, Pennsylvania, Senate, and The Office
"Tell me somethin', girl. Are you happy in this modern world? Or do you need more? Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?"
Maybe you're searching for a brand new 4K TV.
If you plan on just watching movies and TV shows all weekend long (we hear A Star Is Born is now streaming on VUDU), maybe you should sit back and relax in front of a brand new 4K smart TV. Did you know Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga look so much better in 4K?
We found the best deals this weekend from Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy on amazing 4K TVs from top manufacturers like Sony, LG, Samsung, and more. Even though A Star Is Born is still playing in theaters, you can catch it at home on a brand new 4K TV and avoid the crowds and the nasty weather. Read more...More about Home, Samsung, Sony, Lg, and 4k Tv
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Friday, Shitty Robots creator Simone Giertz elaborated on what she disclosed on Twitter last week: that her non-cancerous brain tumor, for which she had brain surgery last year, has grown enough that she now plans to undergo radiation treatment.
Giertz explained that her doctors decided to leave a piece of the tumor behind in a section of the brain where performing surgery was particularly risky. That's the piece that, over the past eight months, has grown.
"We knew that there was a risk it would grow down the line, which it has," she said. "It's just that the 'line' in 'down the line' was a little bit shorter than I had anticipated, because it's only been eight months [since the procedure]." Read more...More about Youtube, Simone Giertz, Shitty Robots, Culture, and Web Culture
Most gamers have their favourite game, and there's not much that can change that.
No matter what new and exciting titles are purchased, there's that one game that always draws you back in. Don't worry, we're not trying to take this away from you. No need to cower in fear. Nobody is going to take Red Dead away from you.
We're talking about all the time in between your mammoth FIFA or Red Dead sessions, because yes, other games do exist. With an Xbox Game Pass you’ll always have something new to play, and something to occupy you when you begin a much needed break from your favourite title.Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and Mashable Shopping
Apple's iPhone gravy train is thinning out.
A pair of reports from the Nikkei Asia Review show how effects for lowered demand for new iPhones is rippling along Apple's supply and manufacturing train.
SEE ALSO: It's official: iPhones are too expensive
iPhone assembler company Foxconn has reportedly terminated 50,000 contract iPhone workers early over the past few months. And component suppliers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Nidec have each slashed their product forecasts by 22 and 25 percent, respectively.
On the second day of 2019, Apple paused stock trading and informed investors that it had to reduce its profit forecasts thanks to decreased iPhone demand, particularly in China. When Apple stock came back online, it lost billions in its stock value. Read more...More about Apple, Foxconn, Iphone Xs, Tech, and Iphone