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Party Favor Drops Long-Awaited Drum & Bass Remix Of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”


It’s finally here! One of Party Favor’s most anticipated new tracks, his remix of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is finally out. He’s been teasing the single for a long time and even debuted the track during his set for his Party Favor Presents: This Is Isolation festival last month, but due to the genre, many wondered who it was even by.

Now, the emotive remix is finally out and it’s a breath of fresh air. Though Netsky has his own bootleg that has its own distinct flavor, Party Favor’s is noticeably more heavy-handed. The Weeknd’s original ethereal voice is perfectly intact up until the drop when it descends into a punchy flurry of bass and drums.

Check it out below!

 

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Progressives alarmed by Rice’s vast financial investments


“It makes them look like hypocrites,” NoiseCat said, echoing other activists.

If elected vice president, Rice would be the first Black woman ever to hold the office and the first in modern times to have never run for elected office before. Because she’s never been put through the crucible of a campaign as a candidate, Rice hasn’t had to publicly disclose her policy views, at least on domestic issues, over the years. But she was required to reveal her financial portfolio for the years in appointed office in the Obama administration.

Rice later lamented that her Keystone investment became a problem during her unsuccessful bid for secretary of state in 2012.

At the time, Rice’s financial disclosures showed that she and her husband — scion of a wealthy Canadian family — owned as much as $600,000 worth of stock in TransCanada, the company that owned Keystone. She held stock in TransCanada and other fossil fuel companies for the entire eight years she served in the Obama Administration.

“The financial disclosure reports reflect at worst a conflict of interest, and at best, an indifference to a perception of a conflict of interest,” said Yasmine Taeb, senior policy counsel at Demand Progress. “It’s troubling to see that Susan Rice has invested in so many companies that fuel climate change and in entities at odds with Democratic values.”

A survey conducted for the progressive think tank Data for Progress concerning Biden’s appointments showed “voters don’t want folks who have strong financial ties and backgrounds in corporate business running their government,” NoiseCat said.

A Rice spokeswoman would not comment on whether she still holds stock in the company that owns Keystone.

Progressive activists have started circulating dossiers among themselves that raise concerns about Rice’s holdings and foreign policy record. Left-wing Democrats — many of whom favor Rep. Karen Bass for VP — also said in interviews this week that they worried about the toll of recent critical stories examining the California congresswoman’s statements and record and complained that Rice had yet to face similar scrutiny.

Rice’s first financial disclosure as an Obama White House official, filed in 2008, formed a parade of horribles for progressives. Her investments ranged from fossil fuels and large financial institutions to pharmaceuticals and holdings in Las Vegas casinos owned by the Republican megadonors Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn.

Rice had so many investments that a full analysis of her assets was only publicly released once, in 2009, by the Center for Responsive Politics. It estimated she was worth between $23.5 million and $43.5 million.

The TransCanada investment stands out from the others owing to the project’s political significance.

Despite the controversy surrounding the TransCanada investment in 2012, Rice clung to the stock and listed as much as $100,000 of it in her last public financial disclosure as she exited the White House in 2017 as national security advisor. She was appointed to that post after John Kerry beat her out as secretary of state in the aftermath of her handling of the attacks on the lethal attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Though Benghazi was more of a political liability for Rice than TransCanada at the time, her entire stock portfolio was part of an internal whisper campaign to undermine her chances, according to a Democratic official who recalled the behind-the-scenes jockeying.

A Rice spokeswoman would not discuss her investments or whether Rice shared her latest holdings with the Biden campaign.

“We are not going to comment on the vetting process,” the spokeswoman said, adding that the former ambassador filed financial disclosures as required throughout her tenure in the Obama administration. “Ambassador Rice is still a private citizen and will disclose her holdings if and when required by law and a return to service.”

A Washington-raised Rhodes Scholar, Rice earlier in her career worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. and served in the Clinton Administration as well.

In her 2019 book, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” Rice wrote about how she pushed back on negative media coverage of her TransCanada investments during her consideration for secretary of state. In a chapter titled “Benghazi,” Rice noted that her detractors argued at the time that the financial holdings she shared with her husband, including in the Canadian oil pipeline company, should disqualify her from seeking the top diplomatic post, since it fell to the State Department to advise President Obama on whether to approve the pipeline.

Rice dismissed the criticism.

“This was a particular red herring,” Rice wrote, “as all I would have needed to do was recuse myself, which I did as national security advisor.”



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McDonald’s Worker Says She Was Harassed for Reporting Dirty Conditions


McDonald’s is facing a lawsuit alleging that at one of its New Jersey locations, conditions were so unsanitary that an employee was prompted to make multiple reports. But rather than taking steps to make the conditions safer for customers and employees, the legal complaint says, the employee was retaliated against and severely harassed.

Nakeyla Hills was hired by a McDonald’s in Farmingdale at the start of 2018 as a clerk, which meant she had a number of roles — running the cash register, taking orders, cooking food, and working the drive-thru. Almost immediately after she started working, however, she says that she started seeing what seemed like unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the restaurant.

The company and the franchisee didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In her complaint, Hills alleges that she saw coworkers and managers serve food to customers that had been on the floor, that they had thrown on the ceiling and walls, and that they had rubbed on themselves. She also claims employees refused to wash their hands after using the bathroom, touching themselves, or sneezing, and that they sat on fresh beef before it was cooked. She further alleges they didn’t clean out the black mold accumulating in the ice machine, and on top of that put cleaning products in the ice machine, and food products like bacon and pickles in soap dispensers.

A number of people took part in these antics. It was “endemic to the workplace,” her attorney, Michael Willemin, a partner at law firm Wigdor LLP, said.

Some of the incidents put Hills in physical danger she claims. At one point she alleges that her coworkers intentionally failed to turn off the machine that made hot tea, which then shot out hot water and severely burned her. In another alleged incident, one of her coworkers placed an entire stick of butter in the toaster as a joke; when it was turned on later that evening, it set off a large fire. When Hills told a coworker to use the fire extinguisher and escorted everyone else out of the building, she alleges that the one who had put the butter in the toaster in the first place screamed at her, “I’ll kill you, n[-word]!”

Even her manager didn’t wash her hands, Hills claims. So she took it upon herself to say something, complaining about the conditions to a regional manager and making multiple reports to higher ups that included pictures. “She felt very strongly that she couldn’t stay silent when these unsanitary conditions were ongoing,” Willemin said. “It impacted people — customers who were eating food at McDonald’s. So certainly she felt that she needed to speak up about that.” But although she felt compelled to try to do something, it wasn’t easy. “It was absolutely difficult to speak up,” he said.

Even though the regional manager praised her for coming forward, nothing happened to remedy the situation. “McDonald’s was completely apathetic to the concerns that Ms. Hills was observing,” Willemin said.

Instead, Hills claims that she faced retaliation for trying to fix the problem. Her managers and coworkers allegedly began regularly calling her a “bitch” at work, while the brother of the man who set the toaster fire began calling her the n-word. Coworkers also allegedly called her a “psycho” and “crazy.”

She also alleges that as all of this was going on, one day a male coworker reached into her shirt pocket and groped her breast. When she told him not to touch her, her complaint says he responded by calling her a “bitch” and a “psycho.”

She again found the courage to speak up, reporting her harassment to managers. “She did feel really strongly that no person should be forced to be treated in that way,” Willemin said. “It was the only option she had.” But when she complained about the abuse to her managers, she was told to “not care” about what others said and to be less “aggressive” when making complaints.

Hills developed anxiety and depression. The anxiety led to hives, and she felt physically ill on her way into work every day. She was eventually forced to resign.

What Hills says she went through predates the coronavirus pandemic, but McDonald’s workers have protested unsafe working conditions both before and after the current crisis. Last year they filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as a lawsuit alleging that the company has failed to protect employees from violence at the hands of customers, an issue they have also staged strikes over. Since the pandemic exploded across the country this year, they’ve staged a series of strikes to protest what they say has been a lack of protection for their health, and some in Oakland, California filed a public health complaint.

Scores of employees have also come forward and said they were sexually harassed in McDonald’s restaurants. They’ve filed a series of lawsuits over the last four years and staged the country’s first-ever national strike to protest the abuse. A recent survey found that three-quarters of employees say they’ve experienced sexual harassment while at work.

In response McDonald’s has created a new sexual harassment training and changed its policies, although employees say the changes still don’t go far enough. It also says that it’s distributed ample personal protection equipment, including gloves and masks, and installed protective barriers, although employees joined a massive nationwide strike in July to demand better protection and pay.

The toll of the experience still lingers with Hills, however. “It continues to have a significant impact on her mental health and ability to even go about her day,” Willemin said. She has tried to find work since she left McDonald’s but hasn’t had much success. “It’s very difficult for her at this point to even live what we would consider what would be a normal life.”



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How COVID-19 Harms Our Mental Well-Being – And What to Do About It


It’s been months since America first learned of the potentially deadly virus we’ve come to know as COVID-19 or coronavirus. After months of stringent lockdown mandates and emerging in public once again only to have the coronavirus reappear in hotspots across the country as mask wearing and social distancing practices waned, it’s not looking good for a complete reopening of our nation.

Indeed, in numerous (and growing numbers of) states, lockdown requirements and other restrictions are again being ordered. As the mental health toll to our collective well-being mounts, medical experts urge everyone to take proactive measures to cope. 

One-Third of American Adults Report Symptoms of Anxiety

A Kaiser Foundation poll found that more than 30 percent of adults in America say they’ve experienced symptoms that are consistent with a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. The foundation’s polling during the COVID-19 pandemic shows further that Americans are suffering negative effects on their mental health due to stress and worry related to the coronavirus. States with the highest percentage of adults reporting anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms include: 

  • Louisiana (42.9%)
  • Florida (41.5%)
  • Oregon (41.3%)
  • Nevada (30.9%)
  • Oklahoma (39.0%)

Five states with the lowest percentage of adults saying they had anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms are:

  • Wisconsin (27.2%)
  • Minnesota (30.5%)
  • Nebraska (30.6%)
  • North Dakota (30.9%)
  • South Dakota (31.0%)

Older Americans Appear to Cope Better During the Pandemic

Research from the University of Georgia that looked at the effects of loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic found that older adults (those aged 71 and older) say “they’ve been through worse,” although they are feeling the effects of stress associated with the pandemic. Researchers looked at two subgroups, those aged 60 to 70 and those who are 70 and older. Interestingly, about 40 percent of the younger subgroup indicated they felt “moderately or very stressed,” as well as feeling “out of control” of their lives. Their behaviors reflected the increased stress, including eating and drinking more and exercising less. In contrast, the oldest subgroup did surprisingly better, with 74% saying they felt “little to no stress,” even saying that these times are comparable and “no more stressful than living through past war times.” Communications across groups increased during the pandemic, utilizing social media, smart devices, and video calls (more than 50% said they did daily video calls).

Older Adults More Emotionally Resilient

Another study, this one from the University of British Columbia, compared how well adults aged 60 and up fared emotionally during the pandemic with younger adults (aged 18-39) and adults of middle age (aged 40-59). Researchers said their findings indicated that the older adults fared better and that they are “emotionally resilient despite public discourse often portraying their vulnerability.” 

Younger adults, and those of middle age, said the researchers, face family and work-related stressors, including homeschooling their kids, working from home, and unemployment. They are also more likely than the older adults to have different stressors not related to the pandemic, such as interpersonal discord and conflicts.

While the older adults did face stress associated with higher rates of contracting coronavirus, greater complications, and risk of dying from it, they also are better able to cope with it, “being older and wiser.”

High Prevalence of Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia Among Healthcare Workers

A study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that healthcare workers had a high prevalence of depression, anxiety and insomnia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, about one in five working in the healthcare profession had reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. Insomnia and sleeping problems were reported by almost four in 10 healthcare workers. Female workers in healthcare and nursing staff had higher rates of anxiety and depression.

Tips for Coping with COVID-19

A number of studies mentioned coping techniques that appear effective in dealing with the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Not surprisingly, many of them involve social connections.

  • Increase remote positive interactions. The University of British Columbia study found that 75 percent of the older and middle-age adults in their surveys said that remote positive interactions helped boost positive emotions.
  • Attend to self-care. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America stresses the importance of tending to self-care to help cope with re-entry anxiety during and after COVID-19.
  • Enjoy your guilty pleasures. The University at Buffalo’s associate professor of psychology, Shira Gabriel, urges people to indulge in some of their so-called guilty pleasures to help protect against anxiety and depression social isolation may cause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gabriel says to eat comfort foods with the family, take part in new types of rituals in the community (singing from balconies, drive-by birthday and other celebrations, writing on sidewalks), utilize social media to post moments of peace and share what you’re doing, engage others in chat on video platforms like Zoom. 
  • Work on a project. Keeping busy and productive can take the form of working on a home project, perhaps one that’s been put off for some time due to hectic work or school schedules.
  • Keep a journal. While it’s normal to feel stressed and anxious when dealing with certain issues and concerns associated with COVID-19, there is relief readily available through journaling. Writing what bothers you, what emotions you’re feeling now is a powerful therapeutic that helps dampen anxious or depressive thoughts.
  • Write 5-10 things you’re grateful for. A lot may be off during these uncertain times, yet there’s also much to be thankful for. Take a minute and jot down what you are grateful for, such as this unexpected blessing of time to be with the family.
  • Exercise daily. Take a walk with the family to get outside and do something healthy. The kids can bike beside you, which may make the family outing a bit more palatable, especially to younger children. The endorphin release that comes from even a short walk boosts mood. Also, being out in the sunshine releases serotonin, a mood enhancer that helps with maintaining focus and calm. 

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Why Joe Biden Keeps Missing His Own V.P. Deadlines


Mr. Biden is now determining his personal degree of comfort with a narrowed group of candidates, according to people in touch with the campaign.

Asked in an interview last week if Mr. Biden had ideas about who fit that bill, former Senator Harry Reid of Nevada said: “My knowledge is, I think he knows within two or three people who he feels comfortable with. He’ll have to narrow it down to number one. He’s the only one who can do that.”

Names frequently discussed in Biden circles over the last week, according to interviews with top Biden allies, include Ms. Harris, Ms. Rice and Ms. Bass, along with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. Some supporters also remain enthusiastic about Ms. Demings and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth among others, but acknowledge that there is a fluid process that only Mr. Biden, his wife, his sister and a few close longtime aides probably have full visibility into.

In the meantime, signs of a public rollout have surfaced. Mr. Biden’s campaign is increasingly considering how the eventual candidate should engage important political constituencies, and has sought input regarding the community leaders and organizations the running mate should contact, and what kinds of events she could do, according to multiple people familiar with the proceedings.

In a fund-raising appeal sent Thursday, Mr. Biden wrote, “I’d like to personally invite you to join me and my running mate for our first grass-roots fund-raiser together as the official Democratic ticket.” Details, the message said, will be sent “once they’re finalized.” Another fund-raising invitation hosted by Women for Biden — without specifics on date or time — was headlined, “introducing our running mate.”

Mr. Biden, for his part, has rejected the idea that his search process has been slower or messier than those of previous nominees.

“It’s been very orderly,” he said during an interview that aired Thursday with members of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “Every one of the women we’ve interviewed is qualified. And I’ve narrowed it down.”



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Kristen Wiig Reflects on “Isolating” IVF Journey and Fertility Struggle


Wiig also noted that when she would talk about her IVF journey, she would meet others who were going through the process as well. As she explained, “It’s like this underground community that’s talked about but not talked about.”

The actress also recalled, “I remember when our doctor mentioned going other routes, and I was just like, ‘Nope. Don’t ever bring that up again. I’m getting pregnant. I’m doing this.’ I finally realized that I just needed help. And, thank God, we found the most amazing surrogate.”

Looking back at the surrogacy process, Wiig said “so many things were bittersweet,” telling the publication, “I was over the moon feeling them kick for the first time, but then I would get in my head and ask myself all these questions, like, ‘Why couldn’t I do this?’ At the same time I would tell myself it didn’t matter. She was giving us the greatest gift, and I just wanted them to get here!”

Wiig added, “Overall it was a very beautiful thing, and now that I’m on the other side, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”



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RAC Leads the Way for Goldroom’s “Guess I’m Jaded” Remix Package – EDM.com



Los Angeles-based singer and producer Goldroom and three-piece indie-electronic band Moontower hooked listeners in early July with their vibrant and groovy single, “Guess I’m Jaded.” Tapping into elements of French house and ‘70s funk, the song’s amorphous arrangements magnified the feeling of summer while lyrically expressing the woes one may experience when going to parties.

Longtime friends Goldroom and Grammy-winning artist RAC recently celebrated one year of their label Minerva Music, home to “Guess I’m Jaded.” Appropriately, RAC now leads the way for a series of re-imaginations as part of Goldroom’s official remix package. RAC energizes the original’s steady beat and establishes a soothing four-on-the-floor rhythm. The lush melodies are rearranged to create a fresh anthem, still reminiscent of the high-spirited original that listeners fell in love with this past July.





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U.S. sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam


Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves at the end of a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 31, 2020.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will impose a fresh round of sanctions on 11 individuals, including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, as tensions between the United States and China accelerate.

The Department of Treasury designated Carrie Lam for her role in overseeing and “implementing Beijing’s policies of suppression of freedom and democratic processes.”

The Trump administration has been critical of Beijing’s recent decision to pass a sweeping national security law aimed at limiting Hong Kong’s autonomy and banning literature critical of the Chinese Communist Party.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the new law as an “Orwellian move” and an assault “on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”

The new security law is the latest issue to cloud relations between Washington and Beijing. The Trump administration has previously blamed China for the health crisis caused by the coronavirus as well as criticized Beijing for its illegal territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The world’s two largest economies are also struggling to mend trade relations, with intellectual property theft proving to be a major sticking point.

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Tie Dye Trend 2020


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In the early evenings, Esther Povitsky heads outside to begin her meditation. This being Los Angeles, you might think that involves crystals or ashwaganda, but, she says, “‘Sit down, hold your back up, close your eyes and think about nothing’—that’s not on the table for me.” The comedian, actress and podcaster prefers to keep her hands busy with her contemplative new hobby: tie-dyeing. In fact, she loves it so much, she recently started an all-tie-dyed line of “24-hour basement wear,” Sleepover by Esther, that channels what her fiancé calls her “celebrity at the airport” signature style. (Or, as she captioned one Instagram photo of her full tie-dye look: “I dress like a person who hasn’t woken up before noon since the McDonald’s breakfast menu became available all day.”)

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Tie-dye has been trending in fashion circles for years at this point—from Kwaidan Editions’ cult-hit spiral T-shirt in 2017 to the fetishization of Grateful Dead shirts by streetwear-loving tastemakers from Jonah Hill to Quavo. Rihanna went viral late last year in a one-off tie-dye dress by the brand Asai, whose popularity remained at such a high that the designer recently put it into production, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to charities that support Black Lives Matter.

Still, it’s arguably reached its mass inflection point in quarantine. In the early days of the lockdown, the tie-dye sweatsuit became the official uniform for everyone from antsy celebrities stuck at home to hype-house teens. Hailey Bieber sported a rainbow set by her husband’s line Drew; Jordyn Woods wore a green version. The style equivalent of a shruggie emoji, it was casual, cheery, and youthful all at once.

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As comforting as the process of making tie-dye is for Povitsky, it’s even more comforting to wear. “I’m soothed by the youthfulness” of the motif, she says. It also evokes the sunny idealism of its sixties heyday. Naomi Fry, a staff writer at The New Yorker who has written about the tie dye-centric early days of the brand Online Ceramics, thinks the phenomenon is built on “reaching back to the past as a kind of comforting thing…There’s a nostalgic element there; there’s a yearning for simplicity, for innocence. Whether it’s imagined or not is another issue.” Writer Jonah Weiner, who co-founded the fashion newsletter Blackbird Spyplane, notes that the clothing evokes “music festivals, jam-band tours, and other posi-vibed mass gatherings, all of which COVID made impossible and which we’re feeling especially nostalgic for as a result.”

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Personally, I associate this particular expression of tie-dye so much with this point in time that I wondered if, to slip into programming language, it was a feature or a bug of contemporary fashion. When we look back on 2020, will it resemble, in hindsight, a sea of tie-dye in the same way that 2010 felt synonymous with digital prints? Will we still want to wear it after the ever-anticipated moment when “all this ends?”

But just when I thought I was out, tie-dye pulled me back in. A look through the resort shows led me to the conclusion that it isn’t going anywhere—it’s simply mutating. Dior, Chanel, and Gabriela Hearst were among a clutch of designers showing tie-dye for the season, but their takes felt more subdued: at Dior, it showed up on the collar of a jacket or at the hemline of a skirt, while Hearst opted for overall prints in subdued, autumnal colors.

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For Fry, the print’s presence on the runway “brings it to a different realm. It’s taking something that was associated with a particular look and moving it a register.” At this point, tie-dye “almost becomes a neutral,” she says. Like khakis, jeans, or a white T-shirt, it has become “part of the American fashion vernacular that’s not wholly identified with any one label or with any one movement,” she says. “[It] can be incorporated into a person’s look in a way that doesn’t have associations that completely kill it.”

While she’s not a fan of the mass-produced iteration of the trend, Fry has a soft spot for tie-dye that feels authentic, like a homemade T-shirt she found on the street in Park Slope. “It was clearly handmade, that someone had made at camp,” she says. “When it feels more singular, or it’s less identifiable and feels a little bit more personal, I feel like that sort of thing is still quote-unquote OK to wear, and will probably continue to live on, as something relevant and not copycat-y.” Weiner’s preferred type of tie-dye is “something that a human hand made, full of idiosyncrasies and imperfections.” Along those lines, he says, “tie-dyed clothes might speak subliminally to the isolation that people are feeling right now—not to mention the vogue for making things at home, whether it’s a shirt or a loaf of bread.” And indeed, at-home tie-dye is booming: Kacey Musgraves’s merch store now features a $99 “self-care kit” that includes a DIY tie-dye kit.

Certainly, diehard aficionados, the kind Fry calls “total trainspotters [who] can tell things I can’t, like ‘This shirt is from this tour from 1982’’” aren’t letting go of their spiral-dyed Grateful Dead grails anytime soon. “It’s important to distinguish between different audiences when we think about this,” Weiner says. “There are Dead fans who looked great wearing tie-dye 10 years ago and who’ll look great wearing it ten years from now, regardless of what people in the fashion world think. And at another extreme there’s a super mass audience that will buy junky industrially printed tie-dye now because it’s in ads on their Facebook feeds.” What he finds striking is that the two are, for now, coexisting: “Even though the mainstream has fully hopped onto the trend, that hasn’t killed its appeal yet for fashion-minded people who fell in love with, like, tie-dyed Kapital pants a few years ago.”

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Blackbird Spyplane published a recent edition addressing the tightrope walk between coolness and lameness that is wearing tie-dye in 2020. Under-the-radar labels like Ni En More and Tezomeya were among their recommendations, and keeping the color palette subtle is crucial. We personally have an interest in looking ‘under the radar,’ so yeah, at this point when it comes to tie-dye we’re most interested in natural- and veggie-dye techniques, where the colors are striking and subtle and age in beautiful ways, and which connect to culture-spanning, centuries-old techniques that are trend-proof,” Weiner says. “Also industrial dyes are a huge pollutant, whereas using pomegranate skins to get a shade of yellow doesn’t have the same ecological impact. And we’ve been looking at designs that deviate from the more-familiar spiral patterns, like big color-blocks or super intricate shibori where you can’t believe the piece was hand-dyed.”

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In fact, the demand for Povitsky’s hand-dyed work has been so great that she’s planning to expand beyond just producing it herself. Like the ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese, tie-dye seems to have staying power, whether it’s the artisanal version or the from-a-box classic. For her, tie dye “is always in the conversation,” she says. “It’s just [a question of] how are you using it?”

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Twitter Is Locking People Fact-Checking Trump Out Of Their Accounts


At least four people who attempted to debunk coronavirus misinformation that President Donald Trump said in a Fox & Friends interview were locked out of their Twitter accounts when they tweeted Trump’s words. In the Wednesday interview, the president said children are “almost immune” to the virus — which is false.

“This is nuts, @TwitterSupport,” tweeted Aaron Rupar, an editor at Vox, who was one of the people Twitter locked out. “My account was locked for quoting and fact-checking Trump, and I was forced to delete this tweet. Why am I getting punished for shining a light on the president’s falsehoods?”

Other people complained that they were locked out too.

A Twitter spokesperson did not comment to BuzzFeed News about why the company locked these accounts.

On Wednesday, Twitter hid the video of the Fox News interview on the Trump campaign’s official account and did not allow it to tweet until it was taken down for violating the company’s COVID-19 misinformation rules. (Facebook also removed the video from Trump’s official page on the platform.)

Despite the action this week, Twitter hasn’t been consistent with enforcing these rules. A tweet by Tesla CEO Elon Musk from March claiming that “kids are essentially immune [to the coronavirus]” is still up.

A Twitter spokesperson did not respond to a BuzzFeed News query about Musk’s tweet.



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