GRAHAM, NORTH CAROLINA—On the final day of early voting in North Carolina, police in Alamance County pepper-sprayed a group of voters who were marching to the polls, leaving demonstrators injured and vomiting in the streets.
At least one journalist was arrested in the chaotic showdown on Saturday in Alamance County, a red county but one that may decide which party controls the state legislature next year.
About 250 people taking part in an event called I Am Change Legacy March to the Polls were making their penultimate stop on a march that would end at a polling place in downtown Graham when cops intervened.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday that England would enter a one-month lockdown beginning Nov. 5, the country’s second since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
All non-essential shops in the country will be required to shut their doors until Dec. 2, as will hospitality establishments, but schools and universities will be allowed to remain open. Johnson said the government will continue to provide financial aid to furloughed workers, paying 80 percent of their wages. To businesses hurt by the measures, he said he was “truly, truly sorry.”
Flanked by England’s chief medical officer and the government’s chief scientific advisor, the prime minister said, “We’re not going back to the full scale lockdown of March and April. The measures that I’ve outlined are far less primitive and less restrictive. Though, I’m afraid, from Thursday, the basic message is the same: Stay at home, protect the [National Health Service], and save lives.” Health officials have warned that many hospitals around the country will be full in the coming weeks, and the Office of National Statistics estimates that one in every 100 people in the nation has contracted COVID-19.
Sean Connery’s legacy will forever be defined by his seven turns as Ian Fleming’s dashing British spy, James Bond. Yet the illustrious Scotsman, who passed away this morning at the age of 90, was far more than simply 007, as evidenced by a renowned filmography that includes gems as varied and stellar as Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964), John Huston’s The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987)—for which he won his sole Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor—Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and The Hunt for Red October (1990). Yet perhaps none of his post-Bond performances are as electrifyingly macho, humorous and purely Connery-esque as his turn in a 1995 action extravaganza that’s as outsized and entertaining as his iconic persona.
Yes, I’m referring to The Rock.
Before Michael Bay became wholly invested in orgiastic celebrations of CGI spectacle, lewd titillation, and the military industrial complex, he crafted one of the ‘90s preeminent blockbusters with The Rock, the story of a rogue marine Brigadier General named Frank Hummel (Ed Harris) who decides to get payback against the U.S. government by taking control of Alcatraz and threatening to launch chemical weapons-enabled rockets at San Francisco if his demands aren’t met. To counter this insane insurrectionist threat, which is complicated by the fact that the island prison is famous for being a fortress no one can break out of (or into), the American powers-that-be take a preposterous course of action, pairing goofy chemist Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) with the only individual to have ever successfully escaped Alcatraz: former SAS Captain John Patrick Mason (Connery), who as a reward for his unmatched feat has been locked away in secret for two decades.
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Where do airplane movies go when we don’t travel? I ask this as I have watched the most airplane movie of all airplane movies this past week, the remake of Roald Dahl’s The Witches from the comfort of my home, and it just did not feel right.
These days, if I’m not at my makeshift desk working, I’m buried beneath my new comforter. The Lightweight Luxe Goose Down Comforter from Quince has single-handedly changed my outlook on down comforters. I always thought that a down comforter was stuffy, made to keep you insulated and warm the way a down sleeping bag does. But this comforter has opened my eyes to the lofty, breathable side of down.
The comforter is lightweight, made with 700 fill power European white goose down (Responsible Down Standard Certified), and features sewn through construction. This type of construction isn’t as warm as baffled (think how a puffer coat is built), but that’s a good thing. That means it’s perfect for all-seasons or just for hot sleepers, since the down doesn’t cover the entire comforter. I also opted to add a duvet cover as well, though you may not need it. I found the sateen material of the comforter to be a bit loud, but once I fall asleep, I don’t notice it. Instead, I sink into a feathery abyss that somehow keeps me at the perfect temperature. There are even corner loops to help keep the duvet cover in place.
Down comforters feel luxurious, something you only experience in luxury hotels or a Jackson Hole AirBnb. Adding this comforter and duvet cover to my bed made me feel like room service was just a phone call away. I even attempted to get my boyfriend to deliver me breakfast in bed, but that was a lost cause on a Monday morning. Maybe I’ll have better luck on a Sunday.
It was an eye-rolling moment for many at The Intercept. Multiple staffers at the outlet pointed out that, despite his objections to editing from above, Greenwald was ultimately one of the least-edited writers at the site. While the editing processes around his work varied—his lengthier, often-reported pieces tended to get editorial scrutiny, while his columns did not—Greenwald would often announce in internal company channels that he was planning to publish columns, causing copy editors to scramble at the last minute to, as one editor put it, “fix broken sentences and danglers and modifiers and word salad that he would generate.”
Top editors were somewhat uncomfortable with the leeway afforded to Greenwald, but his status as a co-founder of the place, along with predetermined contractual agreements, allowed him fairly broad discretion over his editorial work. Greenwald told The Daily Beast in a telephone interview that his contract allowed him to self-publish except in instances that may put the publication at legal risk, and instances where the subject matter involved original reporting that was of an “unusually complex nature.” While Reed believed that the piece met the second threshold, Greenwald did not.
If you’re anything like me, this pandemic has pushed me to be closer to my kitchen. Spending time at home with family has meant more home-cooked meals and in the process, I’ve had a chance to really sit and reflect on what it is that we’re consuming and how it’s being sourced. For the most part, I was really shocked to see how much of the spices that are ethnically less mainstream are not always given the same care in its preparation. That’s when I found out about Spice Tree Organics, co-founded by two Muslim mothers, Doaa and Freda.
I learned about how the spice industry is severely under regulated here in the US, and that the conventional, non-organic spices we buy everywhere are not only grown with pesticides, but also sterilized using irradiation. This combines with the pesticides to form new toxic compounds and free radicals. “It really angered and crushed us that we were going out of our way to buy all this expensive, organic, meat and produce for our families, but then ruining it with the store bought spices we were cooking with.” says Doaa. “We searched for organic alternatives to the spice blends we normally used in our everyday cooking (shawerma, za’atar, tandoori, sazon, etc) but we found they tasted inauthentic and bland. We could tell no one from those cultures had vetted or taste tested those blends, and we felt we could do it right and do it better, so we started Spice Tree Organics.”
What’s really cool about Spice Tree Organics is that they source high-quality, organic, steam-sterilized spices for their blends, but they do not add salt, nor any fillers or preservatives or anti-caking agents to their mixes. I’ve gotten nothing but pure spice when trying out their blends and they are all found in small batches. Each hand blended spice comes with an info card on why organic spices are a better choice. Because cooking with global spices may be new to some, they also offer recipes on their site and a free recipe card with each of their products.
Fall is now in full swing and that means a few things. It’s flu season (get your flu shot people!), we are (still) working from home, and it’s also sweater weather. During the month of October, we covered everything you might need to make your home a cozy place to stay safe, healthy and productive all the while. These are the items Scouted readers loved most during the month of October.
Beekeeper’s Naturals Spray 95% Bee Propolis Extract: This spray is what Scouted Contributor Maria Cassano uses to stave off illness. She writes, “Since I’ve added this throat spray to my health regimen as well, I haven’t gotten sick once. Not even during flu season.” All you do is spray it in your mouth, “kind of like candy.”
Mongolian Cashmere Crew: Quince might just be Scouted Editor Jillian Lucas’ new favorite brand. She loves how “Quince cuts out the middleman and sources directly from the factory, helping to keep the production cost down and in turn make it more affordable for the consumer. Nothing they carry, save for the fine jewelry and select leather goods, is over $100.”
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign canceled a Friday event in Austin, Texas, after harassment from a pro-Trump contingent.
Texas has emerged as a battleground state in Tuesday’s presidential election, with polls showing the typically Republican stronghold now only marginally favoring President Donald Trump. The Biden campaign scheduled a Friday event in the state, in a bid to drum up last-minute support. But when the Biden campaign bus drove to Austin, it was greeted by a blockade of pro-Trump demonstrators, leading to what one Texas House representative described as an escalation “well beyond safe limits.”
The cancelation comes amid national anxiety about voter intimidation, a tactic the Trump campaign has implicitly endorsed.
LONDON—Sean Connery’s inimitable voice and unparalleled suavity transformed a minor British literary character into a global sex symbol whose appeal has transcended the generations.
Long before Connery’s death at the age of 90, confirmed on Saturday by his family, James Bond had become a multi-billion dollar global empire with the power to reshape the entire movie industry. When the latest film in the franchise was delayed earlier this month, Cineworld announced the temporary closure of all 543 of its Regal cinema venues in the U.S. in response.
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli issued a statement on Saturday saying Connery “was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words, ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond.’