Obama’s other DNC moment: His credit card got declined

  • Four years before President Barack Obama grew to national prominence as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was broke after running a losing campaign, his credit card was declined and he was quickly losing hope on pursuing a career in politics.
  • In a recent sit down with former chief strategist David Axelrod on The Axe Files podcast, Obama reflected recently on his political career including his past eight years as president as he prepares to leave the White House.
  • A friend asked Obama to join him at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, saying it might cheer him up to be surrounded by like minded and energetic politicos.
  • Four years later, Obama returned to the DNC and gave the keynote speech , a speech that elevated his status within the Democratic party as a rising star.
  • “If you had won that congressional race,” Axelrod said to Obama in the interview, “we wouldn’t be sitting in the Roosevelt Room right now.”

Four years before President Barack Obama grew to national prominence as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was broke after running a losing campaign, his credit card was declined and he was quickly losing hope on pursuing a career in politics.
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Hummus ‘crisis’ sheds light on secret world of mass food production

  • The buildings belong to Bakkavor, the international food manufacturer behind the mass withdrawal of the product from British supermarket shelves after customers complained of a metallic taste.
  • These units off the Hanger Lane gyratory system – among 30 facilities on 19 different UK sites – manufacture hummus and other dips on an industrial scale for supermarket giants including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op, Asda and Morrisons, who sell them under their own brands.
  • Chefs such as Yotam Ottolenghi, Claudia Roden and the Lebanese chef and author Anissa Helou have done much to popularise Middle Eastern foods in recent years, with shoppers now viewing hummus as a grocery staple.
  • “It’s good that hummus has become so popular in the UK, although in the Middle East it’s not a dip eaten from a tub but a meal – and people often don’t know how a really good one tastes,” Ottolenghi told the Guardian.
  • Saltmarsh’s Suffolk-based company is currently working with the condiment firm Charlie & Ivy’s to launch a new fava bean hummus (using UK rapeseed rather than olive oil) at a food festival at the end of May.

After a brief recall, tubs are back on shelves. But have retailers learned a lesson about the wisdom of diversifying their supply chain?
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Make it your hone: the ebook that you are forced to edit as you read

  • Tea Uglow’s story about a disintegrating life has been built to be literally deconstructed, with readers required to make small edits to the book’s text, as it passes from one owner to the next.
  • Owners must add one word and remove two from each of the story’s 21 pages and are stopped from moving forward through the book until they’ve made the required interventions.
  • These changes are stored on a permanent, public record using Blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin – and the process begins again, with each new owner altering the book they are given, adding and subtracting words as they see fit.
  • Uglow, who is also creative director of the Google Creative Labs team in Sydney, says the idea for A Universe Explodes came from the realisation that while “in the ‘real’ world a shared book will fall to pieces, pages rip, words smudge”, readers left no fingerprint when they shared electronic ebooks – because they did not actually own an object, just a licence to read it.
  • A gradually disintegrating book seems just right for a story circling around questions of inheritance and loss, happiness and dust, and Uglow’s original has enough punch to cut through the unfamiliar technology.

On each page of A Universe Explodes by Tea Uglow, owners are required to add one word and remove two – which amounts to an odd reading experience
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Bitcoin now classed as a commodity in the US

  • Bitcoin will now be classed as a commodity in the U.S. along with gold and oil, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which has started to clamp down on unregistered firms that trade derivatives of the cryptocurrency.
  • The CFTC stated Thursday that it had ordered bitcoin options trading platform Coinflip, and its CEO Francisco Riordan, to cease trading due to it not registering and complying with its regulations.
  • It added that it had also filed, and simultaneously settled, charges against the San Francisco-based firm.
  • This might mean a nervous couple of months for other unregistered bitcoin derivatives firms in the U.S. but also signaled that the cryptocurrency will now come under the CFTC’s scope.

Bitcoin will now be classed as a commodity in the U.S. along with gold and oil, according to the CFTC.
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Hear Ariana Grande, Cashmere Cat’s Trop-House Ballad ‘Quit’

Hear Ariana Grande and Cashmere Cat's tropical house ballad

  • Ariana Grande joins Norwegian producer/DJ Cashmere Cat for an effervescent new ballad, “Quit.”
  • The track will appear on Cashmere Cat’s debut album, 9, which arrives April 28th.
  • Cashmere Cat’s production begins with a keyboard progression and builds to a deft drop that introduces a tropical house-inspired instrumental hook.Grande and Cashmere Cat first collaborated on “Be My Baby” from the former’s 2014 LP, My Everything.
  • The pair reunited the following year when Grande sang on Cashmere Cat’s single, “Adore.
  • Over the past few years Cashmere Cat has released a string of singles and EPs while producing for an array of artists including Kanye West, Charli XCX, Miguel, Britney Spears and Travis Scott.

Ariana Grande and Norwegian DJ/producer Cashmere Cat team for a bouncy trop-house ballad, “Quit.”
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How banks are co-opting Bitcoin technology to secure their industry – VICE News

  • The first line of bitcoin’s founding manifesto states its goal: to create an online cash system that facilitates transactions “without having to go through financial institutions.”
  • But recently, financial institutions have been investing in blockchain technology, which is the peer-to-peer accounting system bitcoin uses to circumvent banks.
  • So will banks end up even stronger than they were before bitcoin came along?

How banks are co-opting bitcoin’s technology to secure their industry

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Ellen Made A Joke About The Paris Robbery And Kim Kardashian Actually Laughed

Kim Kardashian gets emotional talking about Paris robbery with Ellen

  • More than six months later, Kardashian has since returned to the spotlight with a bit of distance from the event that’s allowed her some reflection ― and, apparently, laughs.
  • For the first time since the robbery, Kardashian sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, who’s been a friend to the famous family over the years, hosting everyone from Kendall and Kylie to Caitlyn Jenner on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
  • An emotional Kardashian recounted the incident on an episode airing Thursday, describing how she is a “completely different person” post-Paris and, in some way, thankful for the experience.
  • But the most surprising moment of the interview came when DeGeneres, who has the uncanny ability to make even the most tragic events the slightest bit funny, joked about how the robbers didn’t even know the star’s name.
  • Held at gunpoint, the concierge obliged, bringing the robbers to Kardashian’s room to steal ― among other things ― her $4 million engagement ring.

Kardashian sat down for her first interview since the incident.
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