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The internet is ablaze, abuzz, a'tweetin' about actor Jonah Hill's new look. Photos Thursday showed the actor slimmed down with braids and tattoos filming a role in the upcoming Netflix series titled Maniac. "Unrecognizable," wrote Entertainment Tonight. "Unrecognizable," wrote People Magazine. "Unrecognizable," wrote the Daily Mail.
But I implore you to not let the Superbad actor's stunning transformation into Post Malone sidetrack your thoughts from what truly matters in these photos. What's important is as follows: Jonah Hill has been pictured wearing an incredible Hawaiian shirt and I simply must have it.
I like Hill, I think he's a good actor, but my man seemingly goes through a look transformation every other Wednesday. Who cares about some temporary braids for filming? But that shirt...
Let me explain: My affection for Hawaiian shirts is well documented (over at Twitter.com/timmarcin).
When I am not on the clock as a Content Creator, I like to relax and relieve this old noggin from the lunacy that is making things on the internet. But it's hard to unwind, difficult to disconnect. (A Baby Boomer rushes in from a distant mansion on a hill and screams, "Millennials and their technology!")
A Hawaiian shirt is a reset button. It says, "Buddy, I may be doing a lot of things, but I ain't workin'."
I do not go on vacation without packing at least one Hawaiian. I once went to a birthday party for a coworker here at Newsweek and showed up in a Hawaiian shirt and people said, "This is weird, why is Tim in a Hawaiian shirt?"
"Congratulations," I responded. "You just met Weekend Tim."
So... my passion is real. And Hill's Hawaiian on set for Maniac makes me want to bring my index and middle fingers together with my thumb and kiss the air like an Italian chef who made a perfect spicy meatball.
It's a brilliant shirt. The base is black, which allows the wearer to camouflage into formal situations (let's say... a banquet, not one in which you'll be honored in any way, but still you have to show up nonetheless). The understated, calming waves are a nice touch. But then, bam: neon palm trees, neon flamingos, neon dune grass. Hawaiian shirts are not a canvas for metaphors. They are a billboard that says in all caps: I'M NOT HERE FOR A LONG TIME; I'M HERE FOR A GOOD TIME.
And how Hill's Hawaiian delivers. I saw it and my heart skipped a beat. In fashion circles there's this concept called grails—as in the Holy Grail—where people have specific, rare items for which they search high and low. I never got it until I saw Hill's shirt. (Thus far I have found shirts close to it, but not quite it.) The shirt must be mine.
Do you know how people who are trying to lose weight sometimes buy pants that are a size too small to remind them of an end-point that lies ahead? I need that Hawaiian shirt because it would be a reminder, hung neatly in my closet, of the person I want to be. Most days I'm neurotic and busy and nervous about something in the future—what that thing is, exactly, isn't clear—but the guy who would wear that shirt is the opposite of that.
I need that damn shirt.
Please send tips to email@example.com and shirts to: c/o: Tim Marcin, 7 Hanover Square, Fl. 5, New York, NY 10004.
Update: This post was updated to reflect that it appears Hill actually has braids in the photo from the set of Maniac and not dreads. Thank you, Twitter.
The Gentoo penguin colonies of Antarctica are not a place for quiet conversation. "My first season down, I was blown away by how loud they were," Maureen Lynch, a doctoral student at Stony Brook University in New York who spends her winters studying the Antarctic birds, told Newsweek. "It's just constant, constant noise."
But somehow, the penguins make sense of the situation, a talent Lynch compares to being able to pick out your best friend's voice across a room full of hundreds or a thousand people talking. That's despite the fact that during breeding season the tuxedoed birds rely on just one type of call for almost all of their communication needs, Lynch says.
"When they make a noise, 99 times out of 100, it is this call," known to scientists as an ecstatic display call, she said.
A gentoo penguin makes an ecstatic display call at Cierva Cove in Antarctica. Maureen Lynch
Lynch has spent four Antarctic summers mounting heavy-duty recorders by penguin nesting sites and collecting audio files of the Gentoos shouting as they incubate their eggs and raise their chicks. Her analysis of that call was published Wednesday morning by the journal The Auk.
To date, researchers haven't spent much time analyzing these calls in Gentoos, in part because other penguins (not to mention songbirds) have more clearly complex calls.
The Gentoos penguins take these calls seriously. "It's energy intensive, they have to stand up, you can see their chest heave as they make this call," Lynch says. Sometimes they're clearly communicating with mates, but sometimes they call when no other penguins are around. Sometimes they call when they seem irritated, and sometimes they call when they've just woken up from a nap. Lynch says her analysis is the first step to understanding what the calls actually mean.
Lynch's work was possible because her lab works with a non-profit organization that teams up with cruise ships to give scientists rides around Antarctica, which meant she could record sites across the Gentoo's habitat to look for differences between colonies as well as between individual birds at the same site.
Reseachers already knew the call is what adult penguins use to recognize their mate and what chicks use to recognize their parents, so it makes sense for neighbors to have their own unique version of the call. "It's necessary to sound different from penguins sitting next to you so that your mate can find you," Lynch says.
But it's not clear yet precisely how to parse Gentoo noises. Despite the need to identify other birds correctly to avoid awkward situations, individual birds still vary their calls. And according to a computer program Lynch taught to analyze the recordings, there's no rhyme to the differences that appear across the whole population of penguins. "We do see differences between colonies, but they're not really predictable differences," Lynch says.
A gentoo penguin tends two chicks at Cierva Cove in Antarctica. Maureen Lynch
Gentoos are particularly interesting to study, Lynch says, because unlike other penguins, they're actually thriving—populations are increasing and they're even settling in new territory. That's intriguing because the birds usually very reliably return to the same mates and nesting sites year after year.
Tracing the penguins' calls could explain how they're moving despite that fidelity. "They are making new colonies, and we don't know how they're doing that," Lynch says.
President Donald Trump and his national security team believe they have enough legal authority to strike the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda anywhere in the world, a senior White House official said Tuesday.
Marc Short, White House director of legal affairs, made his comments ahead of a debate in Congress on an amendment by anti-interventionism Republican Rand Paul, who has questioned the legality of U.S. use of force against radical Islamists overseas.
Senator Paul, of Kentucky, has issued an amendment to the $700 billion annual defense policy bill, set to go before lawmakers Wednesday, that questions the legal basis of Trump's increasing use of force in Syria.
It proposes an update to the authorization given to the U.S. military to take action against extremist groups after the 9/11 attacks, and that the current version be wound down after six months and replaced with a new law. Both sides of Congress agree that a new version for the war on radical Islamist groups is required.
The senator, who is a supporter of non-intervention, believes that the current authorization and the use of it to enter other conflict zones is one that allows the president to take the U.S. into war at his own choosing.
"What we have today is basically unlimited war anywhere, anytime, anyplace upon the globe," Paul said in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
But Short, speaking at a breakfast briefing reported by the Associated Press, said that the Trump team had authorization already given to the U.S. military for the use of force after 9/11 in 2001.
Critics of the current legal authorization for action against extremist groups say that it is outdated as ISIS did not exist and there was no U.S. need to become embroiled in Syria at the time. Now, the U.S. is leading a bombing campaign in the country wracked by civil war against ISIS positions. A 2002 authorization for the war in Iraq also remains in place. The U.S. government is using both to justify its battle against ISIS and other radical Islamist groups outside of Iraq.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) returns to his office after bringing the Senate into session at the U.S. Capitol July 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Senate GOP leadership was unable to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
Paul said he hopes “my colleagues will finally vote to do their constitutional duty. But even if my colleagues say, ‘War, war, that’s the answer everywhere, all the time,’ by golly come down and put your name on it.”
The amendment has opposition, and the main argument of critics is that rolling back the amendments without a new one to fill the gap could leave U.S. forces at a disadvantage abroad, as it would not be certain that lawmakers agreed on an alternative within the six-month period.
"I do think we have to act, but I think what the proponents (of Paul's amendment) are missing is that our action will not be immediate," said Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the most senior Democrat on the Armed Services Committee.
The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last month was the largest, most violent assembly of white supremacists in decades, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and now Identity Evropa, one of the most influential white supremacist groups operating in the U.S., has launched a yearlong campaign targeting college students with a sophisticated breed of racist fliers.
In the first weeks of the 2017-18 school year, Identity Evropa has posted fliers on 13 campuses in seven states, according to new data from the ADL. And starting on September 3, the group hit at least one campus every day for six days in a row, including Lynchburg and Liberty colleges, both in Virginia, Eastern Michigan University (twice), the University of California Irvine, and Bristol Community College in Massachusetts. The hate fliers also appeared at the University of Virginia, where just weeks before, tiki torch-toting, Nazi slur-slinging white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters over the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. A day of violence broke out, ending in one death and injuries to at least 19 people.
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“Charlottesville emboldened and energized white supremacists,” says Marilyn Mayo, senior research fellow at the ADL’s Center on Extremism. “Even though they didn’t get to speak, they see it as a success on some level because they could bring together so many strains of the white supremacist movement. You had a lot of young people who went, and they’re going to double-down on their efforts to grow by reaching out to campuses.”
A defaced recruiting flier for Identity Evropa hangs near Trump Tower on July 6, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. The flier which read 'Let's Become Great Again' was part of a 17-city recruitment effort by the white nationalist organization. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Since September 2016, the ADL has identified 192 incidents of white supremacist campus fliering on 131 college campuses, in 37 states. The inauguration of Donald Trump, a man elected president on a platform of hatred, bigotry and anti-immigrant sentiments, marked a significant shift in this effort. From January to April 2016, there were nine incidents of white supremacist propaganda on U.S. campuses, but during that same four-month period in 2017, the ADL catalogued 115 incidents.
In January, American Renaissance, Jared Taylor’s white nationalist organization, launched a campaign involving racist posters that co-opted some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, including Rosie the Riveter (instead of “We can do it!” the poster read “Don’t apologize for being white!”) During the 2016-17 school year, the white supremacist group Vanguard America hung hate fliers at least 32 times at college campuses, while IE posted racist propaganda 65 times in 19 states as part of its #ProjectSiege campaign, according to the ADL.
After a brief lull this summer, Identity Evropa is ramping up its recruiting arm with terrifying speed—and a sudden shift in strategy. Historically, the group’s fliers had images of Greek and Roman statues alongside vague phrases like, “Our future belongs to us” and “Let’s become great again.” But a few weeks ago, Identity Evropa unveiled a new recruiting strategy: posters with photos of founder Nathan Damigo and Evan Thomas, another Identity Evropa member—both of whom could pass for frat bros—talking into bullhorns above new slogans, including, “Our generation, our future, our last chance,” and “Action. Leadership. Identity.”
“They’re no longer hiding behind images of statues,” Mayo says, “but showing people who are out there, in the streets, taking action.”
Another batch of Identity Evropa posters promotes books published by Arktos Media, a leading far-right publisher founded by Swedish businessman Daniel Friberg (he launched AltRight.com with Richard Spencer). It’s an academic approach that gives white supremacy not just an intellectual foundation, but a veneer of mainstream culture. As Mayo puts it: “Identity Evropa is trying to go further than just talking about preserving white identity, and wants students to read the works that fuel their ideology, giving them the ideological basis for their thinking.”
“[Identity Evropa’s] actions are extremely disruptive and unsettling to students,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, said in a statement. “The message is explicitly racist and anti-Semitic. They know they’re going to get a reaction when they show up on campus.”
Identity Evropa was founded in March 2016 by Damigo, who received an “Other Than Honorable” discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007, then served five years in prison for robbing a man he believed was an Iraqi. It was in prison that Damigo read Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke’s book, My Awakening, according to the ADL, and had his own awakening to the white supremacist movement.
The original Rosie the Riveter sold patriotism to American women taking up historically male factory jobs to support the war effort. Now, the iconic feminist image is part of a "white-consciousness campaign" launched by alt-right impresario Jared Taylor. American Renaissance
In April, a video went viral of the former Marine cold-cocking a woman in the face as she protested Trump at a rally in Berkeley, California. Last month, Damigo was briefly arrested for misdemeanor failure to obey police at the Charlottesville demonstration. On August 27, he announced his resignation, naming Eli Mosley, an Army veteran, as his successor. Previously, Mosley was Identity Evropa’s director of events, and he was a key architect of the violent Charlotteville rally. He’s claimed that, within two years, the white supremacist movement could draw 10,000 people to a march in Washington.
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The surge of Identity Evropa fliers at the start of the 2017-18 school year comes just weeks after Mosley took his post as head of the organization. But can posters that strive to humanize white supremacy actually sway students on college and university campuses?
“They’ve been able to attract young people—who’ve never been part of the movement before!” says Mayo, who believes Identity Evropa’s success on campus will be limited. “It’s of concern, because for a movement to grow, you have to have young people willing to take the message out there into the world. They are taking advantage of all the publicity and efforts coming out of Charlottesville and using that to move ahead.”
Actress Rose McGowan has become a relentless voice challenging men in Hollywood to act with greater dignity in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
"Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP," McGowan told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, the same day The Weinstein Company fired the producer in the wake of the New York Times' investigation into his history of settlements for alleged sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. "Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not. I am actually embarrassed to be associated with it."
Rose McGowan at a screening of her film “Dawn,” in New York City, on June 24, 2015. McGowan has been outspoken against Harvey Weinstein, using Twitter as her primary platform. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
McGowan, perhaps best known for her role as Paige Matthews in the television series Charmed from 2001 to 2006, has long been outspoken about sexism in Hollywood, making headlines in 2015 when she was reportedly fired by her agent for publicly criticizing a casting call for an Adam Sandler movie that asked women auditioning to wear a “form-fitting tank that shows off cleavage (push-up bras encouraged).” She tweeted at the time: “I just got fired by my wussy acting agent because I spoke up about the bullshit in Hollywood. Hahaha. #douchebags #awesome #BRINGIT.”
McGowan directed the short film Dawn, which premiered at Sundance in 2014, and her forthcoming memoir, Brave, is due out in February. The book’s description calls McGowan a “feminist whistleblowing badass" who is “determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry” and “shine a light on a multi-billion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny.”
"The men of Hollywood need to know they own no woman. The days of Entourage-like behavior and thinking is as dated as your largely bro nature," McGowan told THR. “I’m calling on the board to resign effective immediately," she added. "And for other men to stop other men when they are being disgusting.”
McGowan didn’t comment for the Times’ story, which revealed that the actress had reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 for an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival.
McGowan has been commending the reporters and editor who took on the investigation and fiercely debating the pundit Kurt Schlichter, who blamed the women for not coming forward for so long. She described men around Weinstein as “weak and scared” for not doing anything about his behavior, and called on the Weinstein Company board to resign. ”You do not get to hide,” she tweeted. “You knew. You funded. You are guilty.” And she asked Matt Damon—who worked with Weinstein on Good Will Hunting and Project Greenlight and reportedly helped kill a previous story about Weinstein in 2004—“what’s it like to be a spineless profiteer who stays silent?”
But it isn't just the men of Hollywood who have disappointed McGowan. “Ladies of Hollywood, your silence is deafening,” she tweeted on Friday. "Free your minds," she told THR two days later. "There is a great responsibility to be better than you have to be. Stand for women. Stand for truth. Stop hurting us. Rise."
The total solar eclipse being called the “Great American Eclipse” will pass through 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21. Though eclipses are not rare per se, it’s uncommon for a total solar eclipse to sweep across the third most populous country in the world.
The mainland United States has not experienced such a celestial event since 1979. The rarity of these events means many of us may not be aware of the potential dangers. Fortunately, NASA and other experts are here to help.
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Watching an eclipse can be a mesmerizing, unforgettable event, but it can also cause permanent eye damage without the proper safety precautions. With the countdown just past the one-month point, NASA has published a set of safety tips for those who are planning to watch, so that viewers have the right safeguards in place before they become transfixed by the incredible sight.
“NASA isn’t trying to be the eclipse safety glasses ‘police,’” Alex Young, associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement. But “it’s important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses.”
The only safe way to look directly at the sun is with special solar filters. Those can come in the form of glasses or handheld solar viewers. NASA’s guidelines advise viewers to use only glasses or viewers with certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard. They should also have a manufacturer’s name and address printed on them.
People also should ensure that their glasses or viewers are not older than three years and don’t have scratched or wrinkled lenses. NASA warns against using any homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses, even if the lenses seem very dark.
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Alan MacRobert, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, says that staring at the sun is akin to using a magnifying glass to set paper on fire. “Your eye lens is magnifying glass, and your retina is the piece of paper.”
Watching an eclipse without the appropriate protection can cause solar retinopathy, which the American Academy of Ophthalmologists describes as an injury to retinal tissues commonly associated with sun gazing or eclipse viewing that can result in impaired vision. Recovery is unpredictable and uncertain. Sometimes, the damage can be permanent.
But there is one safe time during the eclipse: the main event. When the moon is blocking the sun completely, the danger of the retina burning is absent. “The main thing is if you can see any of the surface of the sun directly, don’t look,” says William Keel, a University of Alabama astronomer.
“During totality, look. That’s what you’re there for,” he says, explaining that those who are in the eclipse’s path of totality can remove their glasses once the moon is completely blocking, or eclipsing, the sun. “Even out of the corner of your eye, you will see that last brilliant spark of the sun dying away,” he says. The diamond ring effect, which occurs just before totality, is characterized by an “intensely brilliant glare on one side.”
Even when a sliver of the sun is still visible, unprotecting gazing is unsafe. But during the roughly two and a half minutes of totality, when daylight briefly turns to twilight and the temperature drops, eclipse watchers can set their glasses aside until the diamond ring effect returns on the opposite side.
The total solar eclipse will take place at different times that Monday, depending on the location. In Madras, Oregon, for example, the eclipse will begin at 9:06 a.m. PDT and end at 11:41 a.m., with totality occurring between 10:19 and 10:21 a.m. On the other side of the country in Columbia, South Carolina, the eclipse will begin at 1:03 p.m. EDT and end at 4:06 p.m., with totality occurring between 2:41 and 2:44 p.m.Alternatives to Glasses
There are alternatives to special solar glasses. Amateur and professional astronomers who want to use a telescope, binoculars or a camera should make sure to use a special filter. If you’re not sure whether it’s properly filtered for sun gazing, it’s probably not, Keel says. Such filters should be installed on the front of the instrument, not where people peer through, he adds. That’s the wrong side to try to filter the sunlight, and the little glass filters that screw into the eyepieces can break without warning.
Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and an eclipse expert, warns in his safety guide that solar filters for telescopes and cameras, which offer adequate protection, should not be confused with eyepieces. The latter have a tendency to absorb heat and crack, which would allow concentrated sunlight coming through the telescope to enter the eye.
NASA cautions against any homemade filters. But die-hard DIY enthusiasts can still make their own pinhole projector. The technique is simple: The sun streams through a tiny hole in a piece of paper or cardboard and projects an image onto a flat surface, enabling viewers to see the eclipse indirectly. Keel points out that in areas with many trees, the leaves can create natural, accidental pinholes, projecting images of the sun onto the ground. Eclipse watchers in such environments might notice the ground covered with a pattern of crescents as the moon begins to obscure the sun.
Eclipse watchers can also use a telescope or a pair of binoculars to project an image of the sun onto a makeshift screen behind it. MacRobert reminds watchers not to look through such instruments but to hold them out and aim them toward the sun to let the light flood through.
Finally, MacRobert urges eclipse watchers not to forget common sense. If you’re en route while the eclipse is taking place, he says, “don’t watch sky while driving a car. Watch the road ahead.”