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Submission + - SPAM: Finally, You Can Now Watch Hulu Without Ads

gatsimaxim writes: Hulu announced today that it will now offer a commercial-free plan for $11.99 per month. That\'s $4 more than its regular plan.


Here\'s what we think of that news:

As long as we\'ve streamed video on Hulu, we\'ve wondered why there are commercials. Isn\'t an ad-free experience precisely why we pay for a streaming service? Netflix doesn\'t have ads. (Sort of.) Hulu has presumably fielded that question so many times it has a page on its website designated to letting you know commercials "reduce the monthly subscription price."


Anyway, for those who want to cough up a few extra bucks each month to remain blissfully unaware of the latest sedan models, here\'s what\'s new on Hulu this fall.





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Submission + - SPAM: India Eliminates Disease That Will Spare Thousands Of Mothers And Newborns

gatsimaxim writes: Health advocates in India are celebrating a major milestone that will save thousands of mothers’ and babies’ lives.


The World Health Organization declared that India has officially eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that predominantly plagues low-income patients. Just a few decades ago, the country reported about 150,000 cases a year, according to WHO.


The disease is typically transmitted when the umbilical cord is cut in an unsanitary way and nearly all newborns infected with tetanus die, according to UNICEF.


MNT usually occurs in developing countries where patients have limited or no access to proper treatment facilities and presents with severe muscle spasms.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the accomplishment on Thursday at the Call to Action Summit 2015, according to the Times of India. The goal of the two-day advocacy event is to help developing countries reduce maternal and child deaths worldwide.


Unlike other countries that have succeeded in eliminating the disease, India didn’t partake in a massive vaccination effort.


Instead, the government partnered with UNICEF, WHO and other stakeholders to develop effective strategies that would keep MNT at bay.


Among its many initiatives, the country provided cash incentives to families who delivered at a health facility. The country also worked to train more skilled birth attendants, targeted communities to help reduce unhygienic practices and vaccinated mothers, according to UNICEF.


But advocates have been quick to also warn that India can’t fully rest easy just yet.


Unlike polio, tetanus can’t be eradicated since its spores remain “stubbornly present” in the environment, WHO noted.


Tetanus was declared eliminated in India once it was able to reduce MNT to less than one case per 1,000 live births every year.


WHO added that India needs to remain vigilant about improving hygiene practices and vaccinating mothers.


The declaration brings the total number of countries that have eliminated tetanus to 37. Still, the disease remains a risk in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Kenya and Haiti.

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Submission + - SPAM: Kim Kardashian Goes Topless For Sultry Magazine Cover Shoot

gatsimaxim writes: She may not have always been comfortable posing in the nude, but these days, Kim Kardashian is confident in her birthday suit.


The 34-year-oldtook to InstagramThursday afternoon to share a few new sultry photos from her September cover shoot with C magazine. In the black and white images, the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star covers her chest with her forearm as she looks off into the distance. Her brunette locks are slicked back and she's sporting smoky eye makeup.

Inside the issue, the expectant mother of one talks about balancing her many business venturesand being a parent.


"If Im working on an individual project, like my fragrance, I will only work on it if Im 100 percent passionate about it, because that takes me away from my family," she said. "I base my whole schedule around my daughter and my husband — that's how life is now."


The reality star added that motherhood "taught mehow to prioritize. And I was forced to take a break for awhile. I never liked downtime, but I decided I enjoy it — thats when the fun ideas come about."


To read the whole interview, head to C magazine.





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Submission + - SPAM: After Years of Hardship, Rock Band Achieves Dream Gig

gatsimaxim writes: When you read about bands that struggled before becoming successful, it's always inspiring. But with Strand of Oaks, that struggle is taken to a different level. For the bandleader Tim Showalter, the obstacles were beyond anything most people or bands could endure, yet, he used those obstacles to his advantage.

The years of struggle are at the core of the Strand of Oaks' most recent album HEAL, an album that has been resonating with fans ever since its release. Throughout his songwriting, Showalter tells us that when we get knocked down, we must take that knockout and learn from it.



When our crew showed up to film a few days with the band in Tennessee and Kentucky, the venues were packed wall-to-wall. You'd think that a guy with such success with a new album would have a little swagger, but not Tim. He seemed to be genuinely grateful that anyone would show up to hear his music. He was glowing before each show like it was a first, yet he had already been playing sold-out venues for months. His regular guy persona reminded me of Springsteen a bit, that's why I'm confident he'll be successful for many years to come. He's just a genuine guy who has found his calling.

Tim and the band were genuinely excited about being chosen for the Lollapalooza line-up. For them, it's not just another festival date, it's the festival date. Each band member spoke about it as being the most significant milestone yet and embraced the historic nature of it.

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Submission + - SPAM: Maisie Williams Calls Out Sexism In The Entertainment Industry

gatsimaxim writes: Maisie Williams, of "Game of Thrones" and being a wise human fame, is unimpressed with the entertainment industry's "hot piece" roles.


In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Williams opened up about inequality in parts for men and women actors:

There are a lot of roles that come in that are “the girlfriend” or “the hot piece” in a movie or TV series. That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time. It will say “Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this” and then it will say “Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way” — and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channelling “hot,” which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is. That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change. I’ve been lucky enough to play a very great female character from a young age, who is a fantastic role model for girls.

It's the same phenomenon that has been called out by website someladyparts.com, which posts what are unfortunately extremely common sexist casting calls for women. A recent posting on the site reads:

Seeking: 'Perfect girl. 21-25. Strictly Blond. Tall. Model Look. topless on top of [male character] No Nipples.'

Get it together, world.


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Submission + - SPAM: Donald Trump Told the Truth and You Didn't Listen

gatsimaxim writes: The most outrageous thing Donald Trump has said isn't about illegal Mexican immigrants being rapists or making a veiled reference to Megyn Kelly's menstrual cycle. If you're still talking about those things then the wool is still being pulled over your eyes.

I get it though. Those statements were offensive and inflammatory. That's the type of thing that pushes our buttons so we must react unequivocally and with force. Those statements hit at the pillars of social justice that we guard without exception. Plus, look at the source. If Donald Trump is anything, it is surely bombastic and obtrusive.

If those are the comments that you are focused on then no matter what you do or say about it, you've lost. Some twenty-four million people tuned in to the first Republican debate in this election cycle and I've hardly heard a mention of the most jaw-dropping and inflammatory comment said by anyone on that stage. Of course, the one to make it was The Donald. For having the gall to tell us the truth we should thank him, and frankly, invite him to all of the debates. After all, it concerns all Americans no matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, Independent or Libertarian.

If you were wondering what he could say that was more worthy of our outrage than his comments related to immigrants and women, here it is:

"I will tell you that our system is broken. I gave to many people. Before this, before two months ago, I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And you know what? When I need something from them, two years later, three years later, I call them. They are there for me. And that's a broken system."

Let it sink in for a moment. One of the richest businessmen in our country, an insider and power broker of epic proportions admitted that he donates to politicians so they will owe him something in the future. Put another way, THE POLITICIANS WILLINGLY ASK FOR HIS MONEY IN RETURN FOR FAVORS in what they do for a living, which is to make laws that affect all Americans.

Yes, we knew this was happening, but we're patted on the head by our political leaders and convinced it's not really happening. And, even if it were, it makes things better because it helps get good people elected.

While we're given diversionary tactics from both parties, they are selling our votes before they're even cast. While Donald Trump says plenty that is disagreeable, in this case he's the whistleblower we've been waiting for. Make no mistake, having an individual that has bought and sold political favors from both parties, in recent elections, gleefully admitting to it should be the biggest news story of the cycle. If anything it should force the discussion on how best to remove the need for this type of behavior from our political system.

And we should thank Donald Trump for having the courage (or gall, audacity and lack of foresight) to expose our corrupt political class (and himself) for what they are.

Well there you have it. Not only are politicians from both parties on the take from the wealthiest among us, but it doesn't matter what party they belong to. It's nice to see at least something in our politics is bipartisan, right?

Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming about Megyn Kelly being called names by Donald Trump.

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Submission + - SPAM: With Jason Segel at Lunch at the Lotos Club: Celebrating of the End of the Tour

gatsimaxim writes: By 1996, upon the publication of the gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, its author David Foster Wallace was the envy of writers. Touted in exalted ways, praised as brilliant, his work produced an "anxiety of influence" for the literary. The Rolling Stone reporter, novelist David Lipsky, asked editor-in-chief Jann Wenner to assign him to accompany Wallace who was then teaching in Bloomington, Illinois on the last leg of the writer's book tour, to Minneapolis. In the convoluted way that life is so much more fascinating than fiction, that road trip is now the basis of a fiction feature, The End of the Tour, with a script by playwright Donald Margulies, who noted when he was offered the possibility of crafting this material for a stage play, that this really had a broader backdrop, the American heartland.

With comedian Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, the film reveals Wallace's brilliance, insecurities, and the questions that may haunt a genius when tasked to perform the impossible: bridge the private difficulties of making art with the public demands of critical and commercial success. While The End of the Tour does not solve the enduring mystery of the writer's suicide, years later, it does leave you with a sense of loss, and running to rediscover his Infinite Jest.

At lunch this week at the Lotos Club, Brooke Gladstone moderated a panel: Jason Segel, David Lipsky, and Donald Margulies, discussing the many themes generated by The End of the Tour and its evolution as a film. A mix of writers and actors including Jonathan Altar, Susan Cheever, Peter Riegert, Celia Weston, among others, pondered the dilemma of great acclaim arousing a fear of fraud. Lipsky spoke about one moment of tension, when Wallace seems at odds with his interviewer over two women in Minneapolis, played wonderfully by Mamie Gummer and Mickey Sumner in the film. Wallace's discomfort with women was evident, the scene distilling the movie's focus on these two writers in an intense moment as travelers, buddies, and rivals.

Another detail was David Foster Wallace's unusual height, matched by the actor Jason Segel at 6'4." Because you are always leaning into other people, Segal explained, you are often in a pose of subjugation. Those heights may stand for artistic stature as well. Jack Kerouac and J. D. Salinger ran from fame, and in the former's case, and like Wallace, to his ultimate demise. No matter how big, some artists are just too fragile.

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Submission + - SPAM: Khloe Kardashian's Messaging App, Begroupd, Is Here

gatsimaxim writes: Khloe Kardashian is following in her sister Kim's footsteps and dipping her toes in the world of tech with a new app.


The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star has partnered with recent Cornell grad Lindsey Cummins to launch Begroupd, a messaging app with decision-making tools integrated directly into the chat stream: yes/no questions, rating functionality, RSVPs and polls. It's the first and only app that has this feature, because it's 2015 and we need our apps to make decisions for us. (It is free, though.)


The 31-year-old reality star shared an Instagram snap Wednesdaypromoting the app, with the caption "My loves, download group messaging app@begroupd and vote on my poll! iPhone users get it free through link in my bio. Cant wait to hear what you guys think!"

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Aug 5, 2015 at 7:00am PDT

"Even though group chat solved one problem, it created another," Cummins said in a press release. "Group messaging is where you make plans and decisions, but there is nothing out there that helps you organize those parts of the conversations ... that's where Begroupd comes in."


"Everyone knows that feeling of being in a group chat with multiple conversations that are all over the place," Kardashian added. "What I loved about Begroupd is that it sorts through the chaos and saves time by streamlining the decision-making process."


Koko can even send polls to everyone on the app so they can feel extra connected to her.


About three months ago, the Complex cover girl teased the app with a photo on Instagram, and back in April, she hosted a preview party for it during the Coachella music festival. (You might remember it as that time sister Kylie Jenner wore a mesh bodysuit to a pool party.)


Begroupdis now available in the app store for iOS.


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