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Adam West, ‘Batman’ Star, Dead At 88

Longtime actor Adam West died Friday night, June 9, at the age of 88. He famously played the title role in the 1960s television series ?Batman.?

A rep confirmed to Variety that the actor died after being treated briefly for leukemia.

?Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans? lives. He was and always will be our hero,? said his family in a statement.

The West family also tweeted from his account:

West remained a working actor until his death, notably with recurring voice work for animated projects such as ?Family Guy? and ?Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.?

On ?Family Guy,? the actor voiced a character with his own name. ?Adam West? seemed to be immortal no matter what medical catastrophe came his way. A memorable moment from the show involved a doctor telling West he had lymphoma ? ?Probably from rolling around in that toxic waste.? The doctor goes on to ask, ?What in God?s name were you trying to prove??

West?s response, ?I was trying to gain super powers.?

The actor also made cameos as himself on shows like ?30 Rock? and ?The Big Bang Theory.?

Over the past 50 years, he never fully retired his role as Batman, voicing the character as late as 2017 in the upcoming video ?Batman vs. Two-Face.? Since the original show, West also appeared in various non-lead roles in the ?Batman? series.

West?s ?Batman? is now remembered as being comically over-the-top, as he was in relatively low-budget action sequences and often uttered cringe-inducing dialogue. Perhaps the most famous line from the series was when West yelled, ?Quick! To the Batmobile!?

The actor embraced the humor of his take on the Dark Knight throughout the rest of his life. In 2006, West appeared on the game show ?I?ve Got A Secret? and revealed that he even got a ?tattoo? of the Batman logo on one of his teeth.

West graduated from Whitman College as a literature major. After being drafted into the United States Army, he got a gig as the announcer for an internal television service for the military called the American Forces Network. It wasn?t until 1959 ? when West moved his then wife and two children to Hollywood, California ? that he took the stage name Adam West, adapted from his given name, William West Anderson.

After moving to Hollywood, West secured small roles in numerous shows and movies, many of which were Westerns. But when he landed the role as Batman about a decade into his career, West became extremely famous.

Once the original run of ?Batman? ended in 1968, West had a bit of a lull in his career, with serious work being hard to come by. To support his family, he had to do ?things that I wasn?t very comfortable doing,? the actor explained in the 2013 documentary ?Starring Adam West.? He had exploit his fame for money with celebrity event appearances and risky ventures, such as a daredevil stunt where he drove a car through a truck.

West?s persistence eventually started earning him more comedic roles, though, as he embraced the love fans had for his zany Batman.

In April 2012, West was finally awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To begin his acceptance speech, West addressed the crowd as ?citizens of Gotham.?

The actor is survived by his wife, Marcelle Tagand Lear, who he married in 1970. West has four children over three marriages ? Hunter Anderson and Jonelle S. Anderson with his second wife, Nga Frisbie Dawson, and Nina West and Perrin West with Lear. West also has two stepchildren from the Lear marriage, Moya and Jill.

The Robin to his original Batman, Burt Ward, is now 71.

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Tim Cook ‘Reveals’ Who Is Really Behind Donald Trump’s Late Night Tweets

Tim Cook used part of his address to graduating students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to poke fun at President Donald Trump.

The Apple CEO began by saying he?d never figured out how students at the university in Cambridge pulled off their spectacular course-end pranks ? such as the placing of a propeller atop the campus? Great Dome.

?Or how you?ve obviously taken over the president?s Twitter account,? Cook added. ?I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.?

Cook went on to deliver some serious advice to the class of 2017, and the effect that the online world may have on their lives.

?The internet has enabled so much and empowered so many. But it can also be a place where the basic rules of decency are suspended and pettiness and negativity thrive,? Cook said.

He encouraged students not to let ?the noise knock you off course? or to ?get caught up on the trivial aspects of life.?

?Don?t listen to the trolls, and for God?s sake don?t become one,? Cook added. ?Measure your impact on humanity not in likes, but in the lives you touch. Not in popularity, but in the people you serve.?

Watch Cook?s full speech in the clip below:

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Tim Cook ‘Reveals’ Who Is Really Behind Donald Trump’s Late Night Tweets

Tim Cook used part of his address to graduating students at MIT on Friday to poke fun at President Donald Trump.

The Apple CEO began by claiming he?d never figured out how students at the university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pulled off their spectacular course-end pranks ? such as the placing of a propeller atop the campus? Great Dome.

?Or how you?ve obviously taken over the president?s Twitter account,? Cook added. ?I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.?

Cook went on to deliver some serious advice to the Class of 2017, and the effect that the online world may have on their lives.

?The internet has enabled so much and empowered so many. But it can also be a place where the basic rules of decency are suspended and pettiness and negativity thrive,? said Cook.

He encouraged students not to let ?the noise knock you off course? or to ?get caught up on the trivial aspects of life.?

?Don?t listen to the trolls, and for God?s sake don?t become one,? Cook added. ?Measure your impact on humanity not in likes, but in the lives you touch. Not in popularity, but in the people you serve.?

Watch Cook?s full speech in the clip below:

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Chris Collins Is A Good Example Of Why Americans Think Congress Is Corrupt

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) has an extremely exciting opportunity for you.

Collins is the largest shareholder in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a small Australian biotech company, and a member of the company?s board. And he?s been happily talking up the stock to his congressional colleagues, The Hill reported Thursday.  

The old image of congressional corruption was a machine politician who funneled government spending to his allies back home. But Congress doesn?t really do earmarks anymore, thanks to a 2010 reform.

Collins, an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, represents the new face of lawmaker self-dealing: a rich man using the stature of his office to become richer, and telling colleagues to come along for the ride. ?If you get in early, you?ll make a big profit,? he told colleagues, according to other six Republican members.

Collins told The Hill he never discussed Innate Immunotherapeutics with his colleagues. He did, however, admit to telling some constituents about the stock. ?I?ve presented opportunities in Buffalo,? he told the paper. ?I?ve said, ?Here?s an opportunity. Listen. Read. Study. Make a decision.? That?s the only thing I ever did, and that was in Buffalo.?

Collins? office denies any wrongdoing. ?Congressman Collins has followed all ethics rules and laws when it comes to his investments,? spokeswoman Sarah Minkel told HuffPost in a statement.

?As he would about the success of his children, he has never been shy about talking about the work of Innate Immunotherapeutics,? Minkel said. The statement went on to promote the potential of the company?s drug treating multiple sclerosis, and to point out that without congressional funding, it might never have been developed.

Among those who heeded Collins? tips about Innate Immunotherapeutics is Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a former GOP congressman from Georgia whose purchase of shares at a discounted price not available to the public became a controversy in his Senate confirmation hearing.

Democrats have filed complaints against Collins and Price with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), who sponsored the law against members of Congress insider stock trading, was among four people who filed complaints against Collins with the Office of Congressional Ethics, The Buffalo News reported last month. A spokeswoman for the ethics office wouldn?t confirm the existence of an investigation.

Collins sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee?s health subcommittee (a detail helpfully included in his bio on Innate Immunotherapeutic?s website). Until 2012, there was no law against members of Congress trading on inside information they learned as a result of their legislative work. For the last five years, however, the law sponsored by Slaughter, called the STOCK Act, has prohibited such trades.

It?s unclear whether Collins did anything that qualifies as insider trading, bad as it may look. Strictly speaking, insider trading only applies to trading securities like stocks using material, non-public information. In this case, Collins has a duty to Innate Immunotheapeutics shareholders not to divulge non-public, material information about the company. But he?s not necessarily restricted from promoting the company with public information that?s true. 

Collins? spokeswoman would not answer HuffPost?s questions about whether the congressman had confidential information about Innate Immunotherapeutics. But the job of a board member is to oversee the financial health and strategic direction of the company. Board members routinely have access to inside information to do their jobs.

?It just reeks of insider trading,? Craig Holman, of the watchdog group Public Citizen, told HuffPost of Collins? promotion of the stock. Holman said he is among those who have filed complaints against Collins with the SEC and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Collins takes no salary as a member of the Innate Immunotherapeutics board. He owns 4 million shares, according to congressional financial disclosure forms, now worth a little over $2 million.

For Collins personally, the best outcome would clearly be that he is cleared of any wrongdoing.

For the reputation of Congress, that would be the worst-case scenario ? a judgement that there?s nothing wrong with the director of a public company moonlighting as a congressman and using his perch to sell stock to his colleagues and constituents.

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Watch Camila Cabello Sing ‘Despacito’ Like a Boss

Camila Cabello is giving us life with her cover of ?Despacito.?

The former Fifth Harmony member appeared on Capital FM Wednesday, where she was asked by host Roman Kemp to sing a portion of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee?s hit song. The 20-year-old Cuban-born singer absolutely nailed it, flawlessly singing the chorus and pretty much giving us chills.

Cabello?s short and sweet performance comes a few weeks after Justin Bieber butchered the chart-topping remix of the track, replacing Spanish lyrics with gibberish. It was bad. Really bad. But Cabello?s rendition is so good, it almost made us forget about Bieber?s disastrous performance. Almost. 

Watch Cabello?s performance in the clip above and bask in her incredible talent. 

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It’s Simple: Either Trump Or Comey Is Lying. Who Is More Credible?

President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey have given very different public accounts of the handful of times the two spoke before Trump abruptly fired Comey in May. 

Comey laid out his version of events before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, detailing comments the president had made to him about the FBI?s investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign and its probe of Trump?s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Comey?s account suggests that the president attempted to interfere with the bureau?s investigations, pressed the then-FBI director to pledge Trump his loyalty and asked him to ?get out? the word that the president wasn?t personally under investigation. 

Trump, his personal lawyer and his staff have denied this account. 

When it comes to finding out what exactly transpired during those private meetings and phone calls (assuming there are no secret recordings), it?s Comey?s word against Trump?s. Who, then, is more credible?

There are several key points on which Trump and Comey differ: 

  • Comey said that during a Jan. 27 meal, Trump told him, ?I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.? Trump?s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, said the president ?never? asked for loyalty ?in form or substance.? 

  • In a May interview with NBC News? Lester Holt, Trump claimed the January meeting took place because Comey ?wanted to have dinner? with the president. On Thursday, Comey said it was actually Trump who invited him to dine at the White House. 

  • Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other officials attended a briefing at the White House on Feb. 14. According to Comey, Trump asked to speak to him alone after the briefing and, during the ensuing conversation, said he hoped ?you can let this go,? in reference to the FBI?s investigation of Flynn. Trump has denied this.

  • After Trump fired Comey on May 9, Trump administration officials claimed the FBI rank and file had lost faith in their director. Comey testified Thursday that ?those were lies, plain and simple.? 

  • Trump has repeatedly denied that Russia interfered in any way in the 2016 election, dismissing the story as ?fake news.? During Thursday?s hearing, Comey said he has ?no doubt? that interference did happen. ?That?s about as unfake as you can possibly get,? he said.

As Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) put it during Thursday?s hearing, ?a lot of this comes down to who we should believe.?

Comey, who was confirmed as FBI director in 2013, has spent much of his career at the Justice Department. While he was registered as a Republican for most of his adult life, he has served presidents in both parties (including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush) and is known as nonpartisan

By most accounts, Comey was well respected within the FBI and has a reputation as a person of integrity ? a reputation that was solidified back in 2007, when he offered damning testimony about warrantless domestic spying during oversight investigations of the Justice Department under then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Senators in both parties praised Comey while questioning him on Thursday, with many remarking on his candor and honesty. 

Perhaps the largest stain on his record involves his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton?s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Comey drew intense criticism from Republicans when he said that no charges would be pursued against Clinton, then running for president. But the greatest outcry came when Comey publicly announced that the FBI might re-open the investigation just days before the presidential election. Many Democrats, including Clinton herself, have partially blamed Trump?s victory on that announcement. 

Comey himself has said that decision caused him personal anguish, but that it arose from a desire to preserve the reputation and credibility of the Justice Department.  

?Look, this was terrible. It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election, but honestly, it wouldn?t change the decision,? he said at a congressional hearing in May.  

Trump?s credibility, meanwhile, is debatable at best. The president and his team have repeatedly lied to the public, by HuffPost?s count perpetuating 100 notable falsehoods within just the first 36 days of his administration. And polls show that a strong majority of Americans do not have much faith in Trump?s remarks on the Russia probe. (A much smaller majority do not trust Comey?s statements on the matter.) 

The president?s lies have ranged from the inconsequential, such as his insistence that his inauguration crowds were much larger than they actually were, to the potentially dangerous, like his unsubstantiated comments that millions of non-citizens voted illegally in the 2016 election. 

Trump has claimed that he saw footage of ?thousands? of Muslims in the U.S. celebrating after the 9/11 attacks. (That?s been debunked.) He?s suggested that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping on Trump Tower. (There?s no evidence this happened.) And he repeatedly perpetuated the myth that Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen. (Obama was born in Hawaii.) 

It?s now up to Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who was appointed as special prosecutor to oversee the Russia investigation after Comey?s firing, to determine which version of events he believes. Mueller, too, served under presidents from both parties and is known for his independence

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Watch The Moment This Teen Receives A Birthday Surprise From His Late Father

A late father?s love for his young son is resonating around the world thanks to a viral video that captures a remarkable birthday surprise.

On Wednesday, just two months after his father?s unexpected death, Johnny Crow?s older sister drove him to a Port Huron, Michigan music store for his 16th birthday where he was filmed being handed a sealed card signed by ?dad.?

?Johnny getting a 16th birthday surprise,? his sister, Chandler Mae Crow, begins to narrate her video that shows him opening the card and then reading it out loud.

?Ready to see your present?? she then asks, prompting staff to carry a rectangular box up to Johnny, which they open to expose a glistening electric guitar.

?It?s for you, man,? a store employee tells him as Johnny stares down it, frozen in place.

?Dad bought it for you before he passed away, for your birthday,? his sister tells him, prompting a rush of emotion from the teen.

As his sister told HuffPost on Thursday, this gift had been one in the making for some time by their father.

?Johnny has been wanting this guitar for a while. He would joke with my dad about getting it in the future,? she said by email. ?He was a HUGE supporter of Johnny?s music dream and lived for his family. My dad would tell everyone that he knew Johnny was going to be famous one day and worked hard to get him there.?

?He was a HUGE supporter of Johnny?s music dream and lived for his family.”
Chandler Mae Crow

Their father, John B. Crow, passed away unexpectedly on April 1st, but not before taking measures to help encourage Johnny?s dream, his daughter shared.

Though the family celebrates several birthdays in June, Crow said her father set money aside to afford the guitar for his son.

?Paid every penny off and everything,? she boasted.

In less than 24 hours, the family?s video had been viewed on Facebook more than 4.4 million times, earning the teen birthday wishes from around the world.

Responding to the messages, his sister told HuffPost: ?Johnny is overwhelmed with happiness with all the birthday messages and inspirational words from amazing strangers!?

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The Babadook Is Apparently Now A Gay Icon And The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over It

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The titular bad guy from the 2014 horror movie ?The Babadook? has suddenly become a gay icon and the internet can?t get enough of his delightfully evil homosexual ways.

Vulture believes the hilariously puzzling phenomenon can originally be traced back to a Tumblr post from October 2016:

Buzzfeed reported that the craze began in the summer of 2016 when the film was mistakenly listed in the LGBT section of Netflix:

Teen Vogue claims that the image was actually edited and notes that while the newly out boogeyman-like character first became a sensation months ago on Tumblr, it wasn?t until earlier this month that it really began to take off in tandem with LGBTQ Pride celebrations. 

No matter what the real backstory is, one thing is certain: people just can?t get enough of gay Babadook.

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We?re still not really sure how or why this happened but we don?t really care. We?re just happy to have The Babadook as part of the family.

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House Votes To Let Some Border Officer Applicants Skip The Polygraph

WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump wants to hire thousands more Customs and Border Protection agents, and the House wants to help him, in part by loosening some of the screening requirements for hiring.  

The House voted 282-137 on Wednesday to exempt some applicants from a polygraph that a 2010 anti-corruption law currently demands of all applicants to CBP. The new bill would allow the agency, which includes the Border Patrol, to waive the requirement for certain individuals who served in law enforcement or the military.

Supporters of the bill argue it?s a matter of common sense: Why put people through a polygraph test if they were already approved for another law enforcement agency or the military? But CBP has struggled for years with corruption, abuse and misconduct in its ranks, including by veterans and former police officers. With the agency set for a massive expansion, some Democrats warned that loosening standards could undermine safety.  

?We cannot give up on the need to fully vet these people,? Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said on the House floor ahead of the vote.

CBP is facing a staffing shortage that could increase under Trump. There are about 1,800 unfilled positions currently, and the president wants to add 5,000 more employees, which has led officials to consider changes to speed up hiring.

Polygraphs have been one major obstacle in bringing on new employees: Government officials say 60 percent of CBP applicants don?t pass them. The agency is already testing shorter polygraph exams and supports a legislative change that would allow it to exempt some applicants entirely, although officials told The Wall Street Journal that the agency would not compromise on its standards.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday that he would ?support anything that would speed up the process, so long as we don?t skimp on the quality and the vetting, to put more men and women to work.? He was responding to a question from Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the sponsor of the polygraph waiver bill, who?d asked him about her measure during a hearing.

After the House vote, McSally said in a statement that her bill would give CBP ?discretionary ability to hire qualified, vetted individuals who already have earned public trust? and to ?increase the security of our nation and facilitate cross-border commerce and tourism.? The congresswoman is an Air Force veteran.

Democratic opponents warned the bill could make it easier for corrupt individuals to join CBP. Polygraphs have helped detect serious problems in the past, including attempts by organized crime to infiltrate the agency, the Center for Investigative Reporting found in 2013. Some applicants admitted to engaging in or having relatives who engaged in drug or human smuggling; one woman said she had smuggled marijuana into the U.S. about 800 times. Others admitted to taking money to kill people or possessing child pornography. Some of those applicants were veterans, according to the report.

CBP has struggled with employees? bad behavior, even if those wrongdoers represent only a small percentage of its workforce. There were 2,170 reported arrests for misconduct such as driving under the influence or domestic violence for fiscal years 2005 through 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office. During the same period, 144 current or former CBP employees were indicted or arrested for activities related to corruption.

The veterans and law enforcement officers that McSally?s bill could exempt from polygraphs don?t currently pass the tests at a higher rate than other applicants, James Tomsheck, who served as CBP?s assistant commissioner for internal affairs from 2006 to 2014, wrote in a column for The Hill.

?Nor do these groups present a lesser risk of integrity violations: they have been involved in some of the most serious CBP corruption activity and excessive force incidents,? Tomsheck wrote in opposing the legislation. ?Importantly, very few members of the military take polygraphs or have comprehensive background checks, and the quality of state or local law enforcement polygraphs varies widely. Past service in these capacities is by no means a proxy for proper, thorough vetting by CBP.?

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth told The New York Times that loosening polygraph requirements ?could put CBP at significant risk.?

?While it may sound reasonable to say you could waive requirements from former military personnel because they have passed a polygraph, Border Patrol agents work in a different environment that is not as controlled as the military,? Roth said.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) proposed an amendment that would delay implementation of the CBP hiring bill until the Department of Homeland Security?s inspector general determined that it would not endanger national security and until CBP completed its pilot program of an alternative polygraph test. That amendment was voted down.

?We shouldn?t blindly experiment with our nation?s security,? Lujan Grisham said on the House floor ahead of the vote, ?given that drugs, weapons and human trafficking, as well as terrorism, are all threats we are facing at the border.?

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Stephen Colbert Makes Plea To Donald Trump To Stop Tweeting

Nation, we have a bigly problem on our hands. 

Donald Trump has the power to start a new national outrage in 140 characters or less. His tweets aren?t only concerning to the country, but also his own staff, whom he consistently contradicts. 

For example, the White House kept saying Trump?s travel ban wasn?t an actual ?travel ban,? only to be met by tweets like this:

Stephen Colbert thinks everyone?s had enough. He?s already held a Twitter-vention for the president. Now, he?s just making a desperate plea.

?First of all, thanks for watching, sir,? said Colbert in a message to Trump on his Tuesday show.

He continued, ?Second, as an honorary member of the media, please stop tweeting, especially early in the morning so we have to write about it all day long ?cause that?s a lot of material for us to have on our show. Some days we come up with too many jokes, and we have some left over for the next day, and I have to start drinking early. So please, no tweeting. None. I demand it.?

Colbert even had ?Cartoon Donald Trump? on the show to confront him about the tweets, and apparently not even a fake Donald Trump can stop himself. 

?The Late Show? airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Margaret Atwood Has Some Fixes For A Crisis That’s Slowly ‘Killing Us’

This story is part of a series on ocean plastics.

Margaret Atwood, the author behind hit Hulu series ?The Handmaid?s Tale,is well versed in the types of hot-button issues that polarize societies. In a new op-ed, the dystopian author says she?s also keen on tackling a devastating problem that much of the world is barely talking about: plastic waste.

Atwood writes in her piece, published in The Guardian on Saturday, that she considers plastics the ?modern equivalent of a universal religion.? 

?We worship them, whether we admit it or not,? she explains. ?Their centre is whatever you happen to be doing, their circumference is everywhere; they?re as essential to our modern lives as the air we breathe, and they?re killing us. They must be stopped.?

In Atwood?s lifetime, the world went from barely using any plastic to being unable to live without it. Plastic is cheap, and can be found in pretty much everything we use ? from clothing to diapers to shopping bags. We just as readily discard these products without thinking twice, which leads to the dumping of billions of pounds of plastic waste in oceans. While the scope of the issue ? and its effect on living beings ? is difficult to calculate, environmentalists are gravely concerned.

If we don?t change our consumption habits, by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish by weight, according to a report from the from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Animals are mistaking plastic for food, and are getting seriously injured ? or dying ? after becoming entangled in discarded trash. 

Human health risks associated with plastics may be enormous. Scientists haven?t settled on exactly how these substances affect humans, but numerous studies suggest that chemicals in plastics may be linked to birth defects, diabetes, cancer and infertility. 

Microfibers ? which shed from synthetic clothing ? make their way from washing machines, to natural bodies of water and into the tissues of marine life. How this will affect fish, and the people who consume them, is still unknown.

Microplastic particles are affecting marine algae, which is the ?basic building block of oceanic life,? Atwood adds. Marine algae are responsible for making about 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Destroying them could mean killing ourselves.

Atwood outlines a three-point plan to address the issue, calling for reforms that advocacy groups and environmentalists have long promoted.

She wants organic and biodegradable replacements for plastic products. That?s a critical one, considering how long it takes for plastic items to decompose. A plastic bag, for example, often used for one shopping trip and then immediately thrown out, takes 10 to 20 years to decompose.

Atwood wants the industry to devise methods to collect plastics before they reach the oceans and filter plastics out of seawater. Such robust systems exist in developed nations like the U.S., but not as much in developing nations. 

Finally, plastic products need to be broken down into their basic parts. This is crucial, especially considering how much plastic packaging can?t be recycled. They?re often made from multiple layers of materials, and the recyclable components can?t be separated out. 

A number of activists and environmental groups are already working on some of the action items Atwood raised.

Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, who made his fortune in offshore drilling, is donating most of his wealth to cleaning up the oceans. In 2020, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund Norway, he?ll be launching a massive yacht, which will collect 5 tons of plastic a day. The researchers on board will work to identify plastic alternatives and develop ways to keep plastics from entering the ocean.

These are the types of reforms that give Atwood hope.

?We may yet save ourselves from being plasticised to death,? she writes.

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Quinoa Salad Recipes For When You’re Feeling Extra Healthy

Of all the great ways to make quinoa ? the nutritional powerhouse seed that grows plentifully on the other side of the equator ? the quinoa salad is perhaps the most perfect. Yes, we?re saying it?s better than quinoa breakfast hash. And even better than quinoa nachos. Why? Because it?s so easy to make.

Cook up a batch of quinoa ? but make sure you give it a good rinse first ? and mix it with a handful of ingredients. Just like that, you made a delicious, healthy meal you can eat for lunch or serve as a side for dinner. Boom.

Here are some recipes to get you started: 

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Let Trump Be Trump, Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway is right ? the media obsesses over presidential tweets from Donald Trump. What she fails to understand, though, is that there?s a very good reason for this obsession. Trump tweets make news because they are newsworthy. If Trump tweets were bland and boring repetitions of White House policy, pre-vetted by the communications team, then it?s likely nobody would pay any attention to them. But they?re not. They are, as one interviewer pointed out to Kellyanne this morning, Trump?s preferred method of communication to the American public. And what he?s got to say makes news because nobody else in the administration can speak for Trump.

The media obsesses over presidential tweets from Donald Trump. What Conway fails to understand, though, is that there?s a very good reason for this obsession.

Trump was supposed to morph, somehow, into a more presidential figure after being sworn in. That didn?t happen, obviously. Trump is still Trump. Part of being Trump is his id-fueled communications to his supporters, often via Twitter. Nobody knows what Trump?ll tweet next, which is part of the obsession Kellyanne complains about, but is also due to how many times Trump has previously made news for himself and his administration ? good or bad ? by tweeting. If there wasn?t the potential for breaking news, then there would be no media obsession (or, at the very least, Kellyanne?s disapproval of it would then be justified).

The problem stems from the inherent nature of the Trump White House. In normal times, the press can talk to any number of sources ? press secretaries, presidential advisors, cabinet members, administration experts ? and they know that these sources are speaking with the full authority of the president. They speak for the president or even with the voice of the president, which means whatever they say will be treated as the official policy emanating from the Oval Office on down. In such normal times, it would be highly abnormal for the president to ever contradict one of these aides or advisors, because any administration wants to clearly speak ?with one voice.? So a story about a president contradicting or overruling a spokesman would be big news, in normal times.

Trump?s administration is anything but normal, however. There are competing factions within the White House, making it nothing more than a glorified group of high school cliques clawing at each other for prominence. It actually matters whether a media source belongs to the Jared Kushner faction or the Steve Bannon faction, in other words. Other White Houses have experienced such power struggles, but this is usually seen as a bad thing by them. Trump, though, revels in the competition among his subordinates. It?s a feature, not a bug. Because of this, the duelling cliques can fight right out in the open, which has given the media an absolute goldmine of leaks, which are solely designed to undermine one faction or another. Contradictions abound, even within the highest ranks of the White House staff.

But it?s even worse that that, because Trump himself feels free to chart his own course on just about anything, in his early-morning Twitter sessions. This means that no media source ? no matter how prominent or official or on-the-record ? can hope to ?speak with the voice of the president.? Nothing any White House source says can be trusted in the slightest. Kellyanne says something on the morning news shows, and hours later the press office completely contradicts her, and nobody even notices any more, because that?s just how things roll in the Trump White House. The media has some sport explaining the egg on the face of whichever Trump spokesperson has just been undercut, but by now it?s a regular occurrence. Sometimes other advisors will contradict White House spokespeople, and sometimes Trump himself will shoot them down with a single tweet.

Either way, there is exactly zero trust from both the public and the media of anything anyone (other than Trump) says in the Trump administration anymore. Nobody can guarantee that Trump will wind up agreeing with them, their policy, their stance on an issue, or even the basic facts of the case. Statements by the vice president, by cabinet members, by close advisors, and by any number of underlings have been proven to be completely false later on. Nobody can be trusted to speak for Trump but Trump. Sure, it?s soothing to hear people like Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson professing a sober and sane outlook towards the rest of the world, but it?s become impossible to believe either one of them even knows what Donald Trump actually thinks about basic foreign policy at all. Just look at the answers to whether Trump believes in man-made global warming (which have been all over the map this weekend) for proof of this. But no matter what someone like Haley says, everyone still waits to see what Trump will tweet about it ? because nobody knows whether he?ll back up his spokespeople or totally undercut their stance.

This is why Trump tweets matter. Because he never holds back in them, and says what he truly believes. To put this another way: you can trust a Trump tweet, because it comes straight from the presidential fingers. You know that?s what he really thinks, no matter how many aides or secretaries contradict him or try to spin it later on.

This is all exacerbated by how little Trump actually talks to the press. Trump has always had a love/hate relationship with the media, in that he loves seeing his name in the news but he hates it when the news makes him look bad. A key point is that Trump thinks he himself does a perfectly wonderful job of talking to the media. But he seems to be chafing against the restrictions his own team is putting on his press access. By my count, we?ve had one single solo Trump press conference and one single major television sit-down interview from Trump in his over four months in office. That?s not a lot, by Trumpian standards. He used to enjoy sparring with the press on the campaign trail on an almost daily basis, and he even threatened a few weeks ago to abolish the daily White House press briefing entirely and instead directly give a press conference every couple of weeks.

This is what gives the lie to Kellyanne Conway complaining about the media?s obsession with Trump?s tweets. The question should be posed directly to her: ?Well, if you don?t want us paying so much attention to Trump?s Twitter account, then why doesn?t the White House staff just ?let Trump be Trump? and allow him to hold a full press conference every couple of weeks?? If the press could get direct quotes from Trump on any and all issues, his tweets would be pretty irrelevant. If Trump was breaking news in the White House press room instead of on Twitter, then there?d be no reason to obsess over his tweets. So let Trump be Trump ? he loves matching wits with reporters, so why now allow him to do so on a regular basis?

The Republican Party has reportedly hit upon a strategy for the 2018 midterm campaign ? paint the press as the enemy. It?s the press that is making Trump and the Republican agenda look bad, in other words, so vote for me because I hate the press! The press needs to push back against this by pointing out the White House is so scared of what he?ll say that they are the ones restricting the flow of information from Donald Trump to the people. In fact, it is people like Kellyanne herself who are allowing the press to obsess over tweets when they should be talking directly with Trump himself. Free Trump from his Twitter cage, and let him speak directly instead ? and the problem Kellyanne is upset about will completely go away. If Trump was making news on a regular basis with his direct quotes, then his tweets would be nothing more than an afterthought, barely worth a footnote in the reporting.

Kellyanne Conway is right. The press does obsess over Trump?s tweets. But that?s only because he makes so much news in them. When nobody can trust that a statement by a White House official won?t get contradicted by a Trump tweet hours later, then this obsession will continue. But the ones responsible for this situation are the people in the White House who are terrified to let Trump channel his inner Trump in direct contact with reporters, not the reporters themselves. Since Trump thinks he does such a great job in press conferences, why not let him do more of them, Kellyanne? Let Trump be Trump!

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The Arab American Left And Palestine: The Untold Story

President Donald Trump has twice tried to institute a travel ban on all refugees from six or seven Muslim-majority countries. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for a ?total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,? slated to last ?until our country?s representatives can figure out what is going on.? His Muslim ban has been struck down by two courts of appeals and may be headed to the Supreme Court.

With his mean-spirited bans, Trump aimed to capitalize on fear of Muslims fueled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks and exacerbated since by the U.S. government and the corporate media.

Long-standing prejudice against Arabs

This anti-Muslim sentiment is a continuation of long-standing prejudice against Arabs that reached its zenith during the last third of the 20th century. In her provocative book, The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and Their Fight Against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s, Pamela Pennock traces the trajectory of Arab American leftist activism in the United States over a series of key decades.

Pennock writes about the enduring portrayal of ?Arabs as variously exotic, erotic, savage, uncivilized, and incapable of autonomy.?

Indeed, media critic Jack Shaheen?s book and 2007 film, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, document negative stereotypes of Arabs depicted in American movies. ?All aspects of our culture project the Arab as villain,? Shaheen says in the film.

He includes lyrics from the opening music of the Disney film ?Aladdin?: ?Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place, where the caravan camels grow, where they cut off your ear if they don?t like your face. It?s barbaric, but hey, it?s home.? ?Aladdin? has been seen by millions of children around the world.

Anti-Arab prejudice has also been fueled by Hollywood?s depictions of Arab women as ?highly sexualized belly dancer[s] ? inspired by early images of the Orient as the place of exoticism, intrigue and passion,? Shaheen notes. More recently, however, ?this image has dramatically changed: The Arab woman is now projected as a bomber, a terrorist.?

Events that politicized Arab Americans

These stereotypes are racist, sexist and patently false. Many Arabs came to the United States to study. Once here, they were moved to activism primarily by Israel?s treatment of the Palestinians.

As Pennock observes, the single biggest factor that galvanized Arab Americans was the dispossession of Palestinian Arabs occasioned by the creation of the state of Israel and its occupation of Palestinian territories.

In order to establish Israel as a Jewish state in 1948, nearly 700,000 Palestinian Arabs were expelled from their homes and their land. They call it the Nakba, which means ?catastrophe? in Arabic.

A second catalyzing event occurred in June 1967, 50 years ago this month. Israel, with help from the United States, invaded Egypt, Jordan and Syria and seized the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula.

Later that year, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242, which refers to ?the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war? and calls for ?withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.? Nevertheless, Israel continues to occupy Palestinian territories it acquired in 1967.

In addition, the 1967 war stoked anti-Arab sentiment in the United States. ?While anti-Arab prejudice became especially pervasive and damaging after September 11, 2001, the stigmatization heightened in the aftermath of the 1967 war when many Americans increasingly grouped people of Arab heritage together, regardless of their citizenship or whether they resided in Arab nations or in the United States, and viewed them as threatening and suspicious,? Pennock writes.

The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

One event intensified anti-Arab prejudice in the United States and made it difficult for Arab Americans to ?dissociate from stereotypes of terrorists,? according to Pennock: the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Palestinian American Sirhan Sirhan.

Sirhan was 4 years old when he and his family were forced by the Israeli military to flee their home in Jerusalem. That trauma informed his perception of Israel. Sirhan was disturbed by U.S. support for Israeli policies. During the presidential campaign, Kennedy vociferously backed Israel. For the 24-year-old Sirhan, who suffered from mental illness, Kennedy?s words intensified his pain.

Attorney Abdeen Jabara, a member of Sirhan?s defense team, told Pennock that this confluence of events supported a diminished-capacity defense to the murder charge. Sirhan ultimately was convicted of murdering Kennedy and condemned to death. His sentence was later converted to life without possibility of parole when the law changed in California.

The Munich Olympics murders

Four years later, in an attempt to free Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, the Black September faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization murdered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.

As a result of the 1972 massacre, the Nixon administration increased surveillance and investigation of Arab Americans, in a program called ?Operation Boulder.?

?Operation Boulder?

?[B]ecause the Arab visa checks and investigations of Arab Americans were publicized in the American media as constituting the U.S. government?s reaction to the Munich massacre,? Pennock observes, ?the government had in effect stigmatized all Arabs as suspect in the public?s mind.?

But the investigations ?never detected a single case of terrorist or espionage activity among Arabs living in the United States,? she reports. Operation Boulder, which officially ended in 1975, lasted only two years. But the U.S. government continued to monitor Arab Americans for many years thereafter.

Many leaders in the Arab American community thought the real aim of Operation Boulder was ?to suppress Arab Americans? legal political expression, particularly their pro-Palestinian activism ? it was a program of political intimidation? that ?also sought to ?divide and conquer? Arab American communities by making them suspicious of one another,? Pennock writes.

Jabara, one of those investigated during Operation Boulder, later wrote that the program could ?only be understood against the background of the definite pressure that [has] been brought to bear by Israel and its supporters in the U.S.?

Jabara told Truthdig, ?The matrix of the prejudice was part and parcel of the ?unswerving commitment? by the U.S. and its allies to Israel despite its gross violation of Palestinian rights. In short, there was an organic connection between the prejudice that was promoted in American popular culture as a support mechanism to a foreign policy that enabled Israeli aggression and colonization. Both the Americans and Israelis wanted to crush any resistance, regardless of what forms it took.?

In the wake of 9/11, in another racist operation, the Bush administration rounded up and incarcerated hundreds of Arab Americans who had committed no crime. Bush also instituted his Terrorist Surveillance Program to spy on people without judicial review. That program was codified by Congress and continued during the Obama administration.

In 2011, Wired uncovered FBI training materials that described how agents were taught to consider ?mainstream? Muslims as supporters of terrorism.

The Intercept reported in 2014 that documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the FBI and the National Security Agency covertly read emails of prominent Muslim Americans, including lawyers, academics, civil rights activists and a political candidate.

Arab American activism

Jabara was a founder and past president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates (AAUG), the first national organization of Arab American peace and civil rights activists. Founded in 1967, AAUG was the most visible and active Arab American organization in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It had chapters in most U.S. cities and universities.

AAUG was ?a select group of Arab Americans [college graduates] who formulated a sense of ethnic identity, fostered community solidarity, and practiced progressive and transnational politics,? Pennock writes.

This group was committed ?to an anti-racist, anti-imperialist analysis of Arab world problems? and was ideologically aligned with the global left. It aimed to demonstrate to Americans that ?Zionism was a form of colonialism rather than a legitimate expression of Jewish nationalism.?

Significantly, AAUG ?helped elevate the Palestinian struggle to the status of a premier universal human rights issue,? AAUG member Ghada Hasem Talhami later observed.

AAUG?s scholarly analysis, published in the Arab Studies Quarterly and other papers and monographs, ?was usually critical not only of Israel and U.S. policy in the Middle East but also of conservative Arab states,? Pennock notes. Following the 1967 war, Egypt and Syria had ?demonstrably retreated from their commitment to pan-Arabism and Palestinian independence,? she adds.

Thus, Jabara notes, AAUG provided a forum for Arab intellectuals, artists, activists and political figures who may not have had such opportunities to meet in their home countries.

Jabara saw a natural alliance between the issues facing Arab Americans and the struggles of ?Black Americans, Chicanos, Oriental Americans, young people and civil libertarians,? all of whom were ?excluded from any meaningful participation in the American decision process.?

Most in the African-American community had traditionally formed alliances with Jews. But by the 1980s, many became increasingly critical of Israel?s treatment of the Palestinians, which they equated with South African apartheid.

The most significant factor driving U.S. foreign policy, according to Jabara, was not the Zionist lobby, but rather ?America?s definition and pursuit of its economic interests in the region.?

Arab students, many of them members of the Organization of Arab Students (OAS), likened the struggle of the Palestinians to the Vietnamese fight for self-determination.

By the 1980s, the Muslim Student Organization supplanted OAS as the leading organization of Arab American students, who were increasingly becoming Muslims.

In 1980, Jabara helped form the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) with former Sen. James Abourezk and Arab American Institute founder James Zogby. Jabara also served as president of ADC, which is still a significant organization.

Jabara told Truthdig that the 1973 oil embargo by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries led to an ?uptick? in prejudice against Arab Americans. ?That led to the creation of the ADC in 1980,? he added.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the nation?s oldest and largest progressive bar association, was the first in the United States to be racially integrated. From the late 1960s through the mid-1970s, Jabara played the central role in convincing NLG to take up the issue of Palestine and the rights of Palestinians to self-determination. No issue has ever been as divisive in NLG. Some Jewish members left the organization, but it continues to oppose the Israeli occupation.

In 1977, Jabara led the first NLG delegation to Israel, Palestine, Syria and Jordan, and contributed to the delegation?s groundbreaking 1977 report on conditions in the occupied territories. That report was widely circulated within the then-young human rights network and is largely credited with paving the way for other organizations to break with the pro-Israeli orthodoxy and issue their own reports critical of Israeli human rights abuses.

Jabara was also a key participant in the lawsuit filed by NLG and the Center for Constitutional Rights against the FBI and the Anti-Defamation League of the B?nai B?rith for spying on NLG and other Arab American and progressive groups.

Anti-Zionism vs. anti-Semitism

In 1975, the U.N. General Assembly, by a 2-to-1 margin, passed a resolution equating Zionism with racism. It drew parallels between Israeli Zionism and apartheid South Africa. The United States voted against the resolution.

Beginning in the mid-to-late 1960s, people critical of Israel?s policies were accused of anti-Semitism, a characterization that persists to this day. Indeed, those who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement are often labeled anti-Semitic.

Following in the tradition of the Arab American call for the United Auto Workers to divest its Israeli bonds in the early 1970s, the BDS movement was launched by representatives of Palestinian civil society in 2005. They appealed to ?international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era ? [including] embargoes and sanctions against Israel.?

This call for BDS specified that ?these nonviolent punitive measures? should last until Israel fully complies with international law by 1) ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the barrier wall; 2) recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3) respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their land as stipulated in General Assembly Resolution 194.

Students for Justice in Palestine, which focuses predominantly on the BDS movement, has been tarred as anti-Semitic by Zionist groups on campuses throughout the country.

But Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee, says, ?The BDS movement is opposed, as a matter of principle, to all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.?

In 2014, Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti wrote in The New York Times, ?Arguing that boycotting Israel is intrinsically anti-Semitic is not only false, but it also presumes that Israel and ?the Jews? are one and the same. This is as absurd and bigoted as claiming that a boycott of a self-defined Islamic state like Saudi Arabia, say, because of its horrific human rights record, would of necessity be Islamophobic.?

Any criticism of Israeli policy is labeled anti-Semitism, even though many Jews?including members of Jewish Voice for Peace, Jewish Center for Nonviolence and IfNotNow?oppose the occupation.

Israel has invaded Gaza three times in the last seven years, killing thousands of Palestinians, including large numbers of women and children. The Black Lives Matter movement sees similarities between the police killings of African-Americans in the U.S. and Israel?s oppression of Palestinians, particularly in Gaza.

As the struggle against the Israeli occupation continues, Pennock?s compelling book is a must-read for progressives and all interested in a comprehensive history of Arab American activism. The parallels it draws with current events will inform today?s activists in our struggles for freedom and equality.

This article first appeared on Truthdig.

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Bloomberg Pledges $15M For Climate, Says We Can Hit Goals Without Washington

Former New York City Mayor and publisher Michael Bloomberg has pledged up to $15 million to cover America?s financial commitment in the Paris climate accord, and insisted that the U.S. can meet its carbon-reduction goals without the cooperation of the federal government.

The money ? to be paid by Bloomberg Philanthropies ? will help cover a funding gap left by Donald Trump?s decision to yank America out of the climate pact and slash payments for the nation?s share of administration of the agreement.

?Americans are not walking away from the Paris climate agreement,? Bloomberg said in a statement.  ?Just the opposite ? we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing onto a statement of support that we will submit to the UN, and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the U.S. made in Paris in 2015.?

Bloomberg, who?s a United Nations envoy on climate, added: ?Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up ? and there isn?t anything Washington can do to stop us.?

The money will go to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ? the UN?s climate negotiating body ? and will be used to help countries implement their Paris accord commitments, according to Bloomberg?s statement.

Governors, along with scores of  mayors, university presidents and business representatives are currently preparing a plan pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord, and will lobby the UN to accept the document just as it would from a national government. Local and state governments can have a major impact on reducing pollution from outright caps on emissions to building transit systems.

?We?re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,? Bloomberg told The New York Times. 

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Gabrielle Union Lands Leading Role In New Drama ‘Breaking In’

Gabrielle Union has no intentions on stalling her career as an executive producer.

Union is reuniting with ?Being Mary Jane? producer, Will Packer, to executive produce the drama-thriller, ?Breaking In.? Directed by ?V for Vendetta? filmmaker, James McTeigue, and starring Union, the motion picture will chronicle a woman fighting to protect her family during a home-invasion, according to Variety.

The actress has previously produced the series, ?Being Mary Jane,? TV movie, ?With This Ring,? and the motion picture ?Almost Christmas.?

In 2016, Union told Forbes why she became interested in producing.

?There is something to be said for having talent as producers,? the actress explained. ?No one knows what it?s like to be us, so sometimes the experience that is created for talent is not always the most conducive for creating the best work environment.?

?From deciding who is hired in the hair and make-up department, to choosing who?s hired for the camera and lighting department ? there?s really something to be said about the power of creating a better experience for talent. It in turn benefits everybody, because it really just benefits the bottom line. That?s where my interest came in,? she said.

Production for ?Breaking In? begins in July in Los Angeles.

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This Is Why A Hot Drink Will Actually Cool You Down

The last thing you probably want to do on a sweltering day is sit down with a mug of hot tea, but science tells us that this in fact is the best way to cool down. It seems counter-intuitive, we know, but the explanation makes sense.

It all has to do with sweat.

Drinking a hot drink increases the body?s heat load and the body responds to that by sweating. The output of sweat is greater than the internal heat gain, and this is where it all starts to make sense ? when the sweat evaporates from the skin, it cools us down.

The sweat increases heat loss and reduces body heat storage. Good info to know, and it?s all thanks to Ollie Jay ? a researcher at University of Ottawa?s School of Human Kinetic ? and the research he published in 2012.

Our bodies sweat when we drink something hot because of nerve receptors on our tongue. When our tongue receives the information that a hot beverage is being consumed, it sends that info along to the brain, which then sets about to cool down the body by sweating. 

But, there?s a little caveat you should know about. If you?re drinking a hot drink in an environment where the sweat won?t evaporate ? like somewhere hot and humid ? that hot drink probably won?t do the trick. You might want to stick to a cold beverage if that?s the case. 

?The hot drink still does add a little heat to the body, so if the sweat?s not going to assist in evaporation, go for a cold drink,? Jay told Smithsonian.com.

We recommend iced coffee, of course.

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