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If you haven’t noticed, Apple products just keep getting more expensive. Not only are they outpacing inflation, but also most other gadget makers. Let’s be real though: we’re all still going to buy them anyway. (Ohh, so shiny.)
The thing is, keeping up with the latest and greatest releases will practically drain your bank account. Your best bet in saving some bucks is to go the refurbished route.
Refurbished Apple products are inspected, tested, and certified to work as good as new ones. They just happen to be pre-loved by someone else. Plus, they can help you cut back on your carbon footprint and spending, which should make you feel great about yourself.
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This powerful, yet compact Mac Mini lets you use your old accessories while enjoying an Intel Core i5 processor with built-in apps. Compared to other models, this 2014 version has more advanced graphics, Thunderbolt 2 capability, and faster WiFi, if you’re looking for those kinds of things.
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As Nicki Minaj once told us, you “gotta keep an eye out for Selener,” because the the pop star is back with a vengeance and starting all types of drama with her new song.
After an extended break from the public eye, Selena Gomez returned on Tuesday with her comeback single, “Lose You to Love Me,” an empowering expression of self-love and healing. Shortly after, fans started speculating that the track could be about her messy breakup with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.
The Disney Channel alum and the pop star — famously dubbed “Jelena” as a couple — had been locked in an on-and-off love story for the ages, briefly rekindling their romance until splitting last year, shortly before Bieber started dating his now-wife, Hailey Bieber.
So it’s no surprise that fans are decoding Gomez’s new track in reference to the split, as she teased that the song was inspired by “many things that have happened in my life” since releasing her last album, “Revival,” four years ago.
“I thought it was important to share the music, as I know many can relate to the fact that the road to self-discovery generally comes through the scars in one’s life,” Gomez said in a statement of the new single. “I want people to feel hope and to know you will come out the other side stronger and a better version of yourself.”
And her lyrics appear to reference how quickly Justin Bieber rebounded after their split.
“I gave my all and they all know it / You tore me down and now it’s showing,” Gomez sings on the track. “In two months you replaced us / Like it was easy / Made me think I deserved it / In the thick of healing.”
Months after their breakup, Gomez sought treatment in October to help address her ongoing struggle with anxiety and depression following recent hospitalizations related to her Lupus and her kidney transplant. She’s since been on a journey of healing and become increasingly vocal with her fans about mental health issues.
Elsewhere, on the song fans believe she calls out Justin Bieber once again, referencing his 2015 album, “Purpose.”
“I saw the signs and I ignored it,” Gomez sings. “Rose-colored glasses all distorted / Set fire to my purpose / And I let it burn.”
And to make matters even messier, Hailey Bieber was dragged into the drama after fans claimed she was slighting Gomez on the night of the song’s release.
Shortly after “Lose You to Love Me” dropped, Hailey Bieber shared a screenshot of the song “I’ll Kill You” from R&B artist Summer Walker’s new album, which some interpreted as a dig in Gomez’s direction.
But Hailey Bieber — who, let the record show, once stanned Gomez and Justin Bieber together — has since spoken out, explaining that her post was in no way connected to her husband’s ex-girlfriend.
“Please stop with this nonsense,” Hailey Bieber told Just Jared about the controversy. “There is no ‘response.’ This is complete BS.”
The “Sorry” singer has yet to comment on Gomez’s new song, though he posted an image of what seems to be a cheetah with part of its face covered in blood on Instagram.
So make of that what you will, Jelena truthers.
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Subtropical Storm Melissa is just making its way into the Atlantic off the New England coast, but it’s already arousing a lot of interest ― thanks to its unique shape.
That’s because the projected storm track looks like a cheeky adolescent hurriedly scribbled a penis onto a gym wall.
Except the cheeky adolescent is, in this case, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the gym wall is actually the Atlantic Ocean.
Yes, as soon as the NOAA photo of Suptropical Storm Melissa was posted on Friday, it immediately aroused some Twitter commentary.
Some real-life Melissas couldn’t help but chime in.
One man wanted to help fellow Twitter users prepare for another rainy day by listing the names of future storms.
As of Friday, Melissa does not pose any threat other than heavy rainfall, wind gusts and some minor coastal flooding. But it is just the latest storm to make waves on Twitter.
A few weeks back, Tropical Depression Karen inspired a lot of jokes because the name is an internet meme that describes a “righteously annoyed middle-aged white woman who loves coupons, reverse mullet bobs, and, above all else, speaking to the manager.”
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On Thursday, Late Night with Seth Meyers‘ A Closer Look segment once again turned the host’s critical eye towards — what else? — Donald Trump lying about his own screwups.
Examining the reactions of both Kurds in Syria and Trump’s own Republican supporters, Meyers pointed out that, despite the US Commander in Chief’s assertions, few people aside from Trump himself seem to think anything he’s done lately has resulted in “a great outcome.”
In fact, Republicans have been struggling to mount credible defenses around the president on everything from Syria to the alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine, futilely building pillow forts in a hurricane.
“By the end of this whole thing Republicans are just gonna start pretending they don’t even know who Donald Trump is,” joked Meyers. “‘That man was the president? I just assumed he was a Halloween decoration meant to scare away pranksters on Mischief Night!'”
“They’ve gone from ‘there was no quid pro quo’ to ‘There was a quid pro but no quo’. Soon they’re gonna try ‘There was a quid, and there was a quo, but we are definitely not pros’.”
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The evidence suggests that the plane carried on flying for several hours after it disappeared from civilian air traffic control radar. The flight path indicates that someone was in control of the plane and that they knew exactly what they were doing.
For example, they managed to fly the plane “aggressively” according to aviation expert Jeff Wise, and cleverly flew along the boundaries between military air traffic control jurisdictions so each country thought the other was in charge of the aircraft.
However, a major question that has bothered investigators is: How did the alleged hijacker manage to take over the plane with no one stopping them and no distress signal sent out?
Aviation journalist David Learmount told Channel 5’s ‘Flight MH370’ earlier this year: “This is where the fascinating part of the whole mystery starts.
“How did whoever-did-this… how was he allowed to fly the aircraft way off course?
A hijacker could incapacitate everyone on the plane in 35 seconds claims expert
Aviation journalist David Learmount
“Because the rest of the crew presumably had no intention of doing remotely anything like that.
“So how did he shut them up so that they would let him get on with it?”
Mr Learmount then outlined exactly how a hijacker could have incapacitated everyone on board to achieve this goal.
He claimed all they needed to do was gain access to the cockpit, put on their oxygen mask and then depressurise the aircraft.
An air stewardess demonstrates an oxygen mask
The lack of oxygen would cause the passengers and crew to pass out after just 35 seconds.
However, they would not die immediately, but stay alive, unconscious, for many hours afterwards.
Mr Learmount told the documentary: “The pilot, who is then intent on carrying out this deed, puts on his oxygen mask, turns the oxygen on and depressurises the aircraft.
“That leaves everybody at about 30,000ft or thereabouts consciousness period of about 35 seconds.
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Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah (R) and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid (L)
“After that, they’ll probably stay alive for a very long time, but they will be completely unconscious.
“Then you are alone to do what you will.”
This would allow the hijacker to control the plane’s direction for as long as they wanted without interruption.
However, this theory requires the hijacker to be able to gain control of the cockpit without a ‘Mayday’ warning being sent out.
This would make the Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid prime suspects.
Aviation expert David Gleave from Loughborough University explained how the pilot could easily have taken over.
He said: “In some East Asian carriers, the captain is still much more of a God-like figure that commands great respect and deference from the rest of the crew.
“So in that case, if the captain asked you to get up and get him a cup of coffee, it would be ‘yes sir’ and out you would go from the cockpit.”
Aviation expert David Gleave, Loughborough University
Naturally, the official investigation looked into Mr Shah and found that he had practiced similar routes to that of MH370’s doomed flight on his home flight simulator.
There are also reports that he was having marital issues and struggled with mental health problems.
However, risk management consultant Dr Sally Leivesley insisted that his psychological profile did not match one that you would expect from the perpetrator of a serious workplace suicide.
She said that those who commit these acts usually have a history of depression and aggression, which was not seen in the pilot, the co-pilot or indeed any of the crew.
Without the information from the black boxes, it is ultimately just speculation as to who might have been responsible.
The singer previously released videos of “unidentified” objects as part of his To The Stars Academy (TTSA), which where acknowledged by the US Navy. TTSA have now signed a deal with the US Army to enhance exploration into extra terrestrial activity. A statement said: “TTSA’s technology solutions, which leverage developments in material science, space-time metric engineering, quantum physics, beamed energy propulsion, and active camouflage, have the potential to enhance survivability and effectiveness of multiple Army systems.”
The organisation was co founded by Mr DeLonge, former NASA and Department of Defence adviser Harold Puthoff, and former CIA operative Jim Semivan.
TTSA will “share its discoveries” with the Army’s Ground Vehicle System Centre and Ground Vehicle Survivability and Protection.
In return, the US Army will give TTSA laboratories, expertise and other support and resources.
Joseph Cannon of US Army Futures Command said in a statement: “Our partnership with TTSA serves as an exciting, non-traditional source for novel materials and transformational technologies to enhance our military ground system capabilities.
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“At the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, we look forward to this partnership and the potential technical innovations forthcoming.”
The contract lasts for five years but the government isn’t paying TTSA anything, rather, it is agreeing to collaborate with TTSA on researching new technologies.
It has committed to spend at least $750,000 (£584,040) on the research.
In July, TTSA tweeted it had acquired “potentially exotic materials featuring properties not from any known existing military or commercial application.”
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Mr DeLonge’s sister, Kari DeLonge, is Chief Content Officer of TTSA.
She told Motherboard it hoped to use government resources to speed up its development on the material.
She said: “Our only goal at this time is to accelerate our R&D through strategic partnerships, both within the government as well as independent organisations, that will broaden our access to important resources such as skilled scientists and specialists that have access to high caliber laboratories.
“As a technological leader, the USG can provide exceptional resources to accelerate testing and analysis that otherwise would be cost-prohibitive to a small startup-like TTSA.
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“The U.S. Army’s positive response to the high profile nature of this agreement and our mutual approval to publicly release the details of the CRADA, should display our willingness and desire to be transparent with the public.”
A TTSA spokesperson told The New York Times last month it “certainly” had obtained “exotic material samples from UFOs.”
No other details were given at the time.
Mr DeLonge quit Blink-182 in 2015 and started up TTSA with the mission of “advancing our current understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications”, according to the TTSA website.
The singer recently produced a show on the History channel called “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO investigation.”
Following this Mr DeLonge wrote in Newsweek about why he believes aliens must exist, citing Timothy Good’s book ‘Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-up’.
Mr DeLonge wrote: “Before reading that book, I thought the idea of ET and unknown flying vehicles were confined to the realm of science-fiction, which I’d always loved as a kid.
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“But I had no idea these crafts were real and in fact interacting with nuclear missiles, NASA missions and facilities, astronauts, and even civilians.”
Last month, US Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher confirmed three videos posted by TTSA indeed show “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Each of the videos — titled “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” — were posted both by the academy and a subsequent New York Times exposé in December 2017 and March 2018.
Mr Gradisher told The Black Vault: “The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in these videos as unidentified.”