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Driver tries to steal FDNY truck afte causing a car crash

Daily Mail - 4 hours 15 min ago
Shocking video has showed Devon Brandon attempting to steal an FDNY fire truck on Sunday after the box truck he was driving slammed into seven cars in Manhattan around 1.40pm.

The differences between mother and father are captured

Daily Mail - 4 hours 18 min ago
From their opposing ideas of playtime to the difference in shopping trips, these light-hearted photos are sure to amuse both sexes.

Vaccine promises to wipe out pneumonia and sepsis

Daily Mail - 4 hours 22 min ago
Researchers from the University at Buffalo have developed a vaccine that only targets harmful pneumonia-causing bacteria, while preserving 'good bugs' in the gut, unlike existing jabs.

NY daycare worker caught on camera 'slapping a toddler' 

Daily Mail - 4 hours 22 min ago
Daycare worker Jeanine Sammis from Long Island, New York, was arrested and charged after she was caught on camera slapping a one-year-old girl in the head multiple times in September.

Too good bad to check: Weinstein completes rehab in record time … or did he?

Hot Air - 4 hours 23 min ago

When it seems too good to be true … On Friday, Page Six related just how well Harvey Weinstein’s rehabilitation effort was proceeding. According to their sources at the Arizona facility where Weinstein sought treatment for “sex addiction” and other maladies, the Hollywood mogul had refused to be housed at the clinic, conducted business on the phone against the rules, and lashed out about the conspiracy that was attacking his good name.

Not so, reported TMZ shortly afterward. In fact, Weinstein had authorized his psychologist to tell TMZ that Weinstein was doing so well that he’d completed his rehab in just one week:

Harvey Weinstein is leaving Arizona Saturday after completing a one-week program treating various psychological issues, and Weinstein’s psychologist tells TMZ the fallen mogul took it seriously.

Weinstein gave his treating psychologist permission to speak with TMZ. The psychologist asked us not to use his name, but he was a key member of the team treating Weinstein.

The psychologist says Weinstin’s program lasted 1 week, and involved “intensive therapy” on an outpatient basis.

The psychologist says he helped Weinstein focus on “dealing with his anger, his attitude toward others, boundary work and the beginnings of work on empathy.” He says Weinstein was “invested in the program.”

Needless to say, this news prompted a lot of skepticism in both news and social media. It appeared to substantiate the initial reaction to Weinstein’s rehab effort — that it was a public-relations stunt to deflect criticism of his actions. Weinstein isn’t accused of sex addiction, which normally would manifest itself in other self-destructive behaviors, but of sexual harassment, assault, and flat-out rape. That’s about a power addiction, not a sex addiction.

In any event, TMZ later added an update:

A Weinstein rep just called to say the plan has now changed. Weinstein will stay in Arizona for another month or so because he doesn’t want excessive distractions and wants to continue working with his doctors. The outpatient program which Weinstein entered still ends Saturday.

In other words, Weinstein’s team — what’s left of it — realized that no one was going to buy that Weinstein received a miracle cure in seven days. They’re still going to push the notion that he’s a changed man, but if they expect anyone to pick up that option, they’re going to be disappointed when that script goes into turnaround.

Meanwhile, another Hollywood figure whose behavior was an “open secret” got outed yesterday by the Los Angeles Times. Dozens of James Toback’s victims have come forward, most on the record, to talk about the horror of being “Tobacked.” And there are some familiar strains in these stories:

Then, in a hotel room, a movie trailer, a public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual, according to 38 women who, in separate interviews told the Los Angeles Times of similar encounters they had with Toback.

During these meetings, many of the women said, Toback boasted of sexual conquests with the famous and then asked humiliating personal questions. How often do you masturbate? How much pubic hair do you have? He’d tell them, they said, that he couldn’t properly function unless he “jerked off” several times a day. And then he’d dry-hump them or masturbate in front of them, ejaculating into his pants or onto their bodies and then walk away. Meeting over. …

“He told me he’d love nothing more than to masturbate while looking into my eyes,” said Louise Post, who met Toback in 1987 while attending Barnard College. Post, now a guitarist and vocalist for the indie rock band Veruca Salt, added: “Going to his apartment has been the source of shame for the past 30 years, that I allowed myself to be so gullible.”

In the wake of Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein being fired after reports revealed decades of sexual misconduct, many women have been coming forward with tales of harassment, abuse and assault. On the Twitter hashtag campaign #MeToo, Toback has his own special universe. The Veruca Salt account tweeted on Monday: “Us too: by bosses, boyfriends, male babysitters, taxi drivers, strangers and movie director/pig #jamestoback #metoo.”

“It’s a common thread among many women I know … after someone mentions they were sexually abused by a creepy writer-director, the response is, ‘Oh, no. You got Toback-ed,’” said Karen Sklaire, a New York drama teacher, actor and playwright who said a 1997 meeting with Toback in an office ended with him grinding against her leg. “The numbers are staggering.”

The allegations about Toback are just as grotesque as those about Weinstein. Masturbation plays a large role in both tracks of abuse, in Toback’s case sometimes as an assault in itself. It’s another demonstration of the desire to project power and humiliation on victims as part of their gratification, not just sexual release.

However, Toback was hardly in the same orbit as Weinstein. As the Times notes, Toback had to recite his resumé first to trap his victims. Furthermore, Toback’s last hit project was Bugsy in 1991. How much influence did Toback actually have in Hollywood over the last two decades? And yet, women were afraid to come forward until now. That raises all sorts of questions about what other “open secrets” are floating around the entertainment industry, and if any of them relate to men (or women) with much more power and influence. Will those victims feel able to start coming forward, too?

Addendum: The title of Toback’s current project sounds creepy in retrospect: The Private Life of a Modern Woman. Perhaps its stars Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin might have a few tales to tell about Toback from the set … or about others like Toback.

 

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Italian man sets up own website to find his ‘ideal woman’

Daily Mail - 4 hours 25 min ago
Alan Gallicchio, 37, from Milan, Italy, has written out a long list of requirements about what his dream partner should be like. She should wear 'classical outfits', but he doesn't like 'super thin, high heels'.

Horse bolts and throws bride off during wedding day shoot

Daily Mail - 4 hours 28 min ago
The bride wanted to have wedding day photos of her riding a horse, but when she mounted the steed it bolted and bucked her off on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

Cisco Systems acquires BroadSoft for $1.9 billion

UPI - 4 hours 32 min ago
Cisco Systems Inc. announced Monday it will acquire BroadSoft Inc., maker of cloud-based communications software, for $1.9 billion.

Smug Instagram influencers are sharing fridge selfies

Daily Mail - 4 hours 36 min ago
Smug Instagram influencers have been sharing pictures of their fridges online to show off how healthy and organised they are during the week using the hashtag #fridgeshelfie.

Ex-Cleveland cop on the run after breaking ankle monitor

Daily Mail - 4 hours 40 min ago
US Marshals are searching for ex-Cleveland police officer Tommie Griffin III, 52, who has been charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping targeting his girlfriend.

First lady Melania Trump (CNN)

Memeorandum - 4 hours 44 min ago

CNN:
First lady Melania Trump  —  27 of 27  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)First lady Melania Trump is making good on a promise she made earlier this year to combat childhood bullying, taking a surprise trip Monday to a middle school in a Detroit suburb.  —  Trump is bringing awareness …

Former anorexia sufferer from Liechtenstein slams trolls

Daily Mail - 4 hours 48 min ago
Chiara Schober, 20, from Liechtenstein, explained she is now 'completely recovered' and weighs more than double the amount she did when she was in the grips of her illness.

Gabriele Grunewald speaks on running while battling cancer

Daily Mail - 4 hours 49 min ago
Gabriele isn't running away from her battle with cancer - despite describing running as her lifestyle.

Trump goes after NFL players who kneeled at Sunday's games

Daily Mail - 4 hours 51 min ago
Nearly 24 players players protested around the league on Sunday, setting up another showdown with the president, who signaled this morning that he will not back down.

Puppy survives alligator attack in Florida but loses a leg

Daily Mail - 4 hours 53 min ago
Chloe (pictured here) lost her back right leg but managed to survive a deadly alligator attack after it tried to drag the puppy into the filthy floodwaters in Merritt Island, Florida.

Trump gets into Twitter fight with Gold Star widow

Daily Mail - 4 hours 54 min ago
Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to speak about her fallen soldier husband.

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