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Pop Culture Imports: An Offbeat New Zealand Comedy, a Bombastic Chinese Blockbuster, the Mexican Take on a Baking Competition, and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but you still have time to impress your significant other with foreign-language shows and movies. But don’t worry, not all movies with subtitles are stuffy prestige dramas. We have quite an eclectic collection of foreign movies and TV shows in this week’s Pop Culture Imports, which include a zany New Zealand comedy, a bombastic Chinese blockbuster, a cl...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Movies, Mexico, China, America, Taiwan, Features, New Zealand, Hulu, Viki, Britannia, Lee, Jane, Taika Waititi, Jason Bourne


Trump Undercuts Efforts To Stop Migrant Smugglers Despite Tough Talk

ICE has shifted manpower and money away from more complex investigations to support the administration’s push to arrest, detain and deport undocumented immigrants. In his quest to build a border wall, President Donald Trump has warned of jobs stolen from American workers, suburbs terrorized by criminal aliens, and desperate migrant caravans headed north. Lately, though, he has found a favorite new target in the “ruthless coyotes” and “vicious cartels” that smuggle migrants into the United Stat...
Tags: Asia, Texas, News, Maryland, Obama, Congress, Mexico, White House, Immigration, America, Qatar, Dhs, Fbi, United States, Philippines, Ice


Exclusive ‘Assassination Nation’ Vinyl Soundtrack Debut: You Asked For It, America

The sure-to-be-cult-film Assassination Nation burned up the festival circuit last year before hitting theaters in September 2018. One key element to the film was the electronic film score courtesy of former Passion Pitt keyboardist Ian Hulquist. Now, Hulquist’s Assassination Nation soundtrack comes to vinyl, and we have an exclusive debut of the release. See the Assassination Nation vinyl soundtrack below. Above you can see the exclusive premiere of the Assassination Nation vinyl soundtrack...
Tags: Movies, America, Vinyl, Salem, Isabella, Lily, Lakeshore Records, Pitt, Bartlett, Ian Hultquist, Jackson State University, Soundtracks, Assassination Nation, Ian Hulquist Now Hulquist, Principal Turrell Internet Trolls


Trump's rejection of 'socialism' makes America weak in the fight for 5G against China's Huawei

President Donald Trump on Thursday essentially called for the US to create its own version of China's Huawei, but already shot himself in the foot by rejecting a plan to do just that. An Air Force brigadier general on the National Security Council suggested the US nationalize its 5G network, warning that China could "weaponize" the network in terrifying ways.  But the White House rejected the plan and dismissed the general from the NSC. Trump appeared to demand the US somehow beat Huawei at it...
Tags: UK, White House, China, Germany, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Bloomberg, United States, Telecom, Pentagon, National Security Council, Air Force, Donald Trump, Huawei


Bill Gates says a diet 'breakthrough' based on the microbes crawling in your gut could help the world's waistlines

The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is investing millions of dollars in new strategies to create consumable gut-microbe therapies that could change the way our stomachs process food. The hope is that new probiotics (which would be far more complex and microbe-rich than yogurt or fermented food) will help both undernourished and obese children live healthier lives. Gates has been investing in this kind of microbial bio-therapy for about 10 years, and predicts "we will get a breakthrough" in n...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Massachusetts, US, America, Trends, Beijing, Bill Gates, Bangladesh, World Bank, Bill, Madagascar, Melinda Gates, Gates, Lancet, Gates Foundation


Steinel Ammunition Now Offers 500 Auto Max Loads for BHA AR500

Steinel Ammuniition 500 Auto Max Cody, Wyo. (Ammoland.com) – Big Horn Armory (BHA), makers of big-bore firearms, announce a new premium ammunition manufacturer of the .500 Auto Max round: Steinel Ammunition Co. The Steinel 500 Auto Max 350 gr. JHP joins two other ammunition manufacturers in producing this powerful performance round capable of taking big game with just one well-placed shot. “Another ammunition manufacturer joins the group producing 500 Auto Max factory loads. We are pleased tha...
Tags: Guns, America, Max, Bha, Underwood, John Browning, DPMS, Linebaugh, Ammunition News, Shooting Industry News, Buffalo Bore, Big Horn Armory, Facebook Instagram YouTube, AR500, Smith Wesson Magnum, Max Cody Wyo Ammoland


Trump plan to beat HIV hits rough road in rural America

One of the goals President Donald Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years.
Tags: Health, America, Donald Trump, Trump


Thursday round-up

Yesterday the court issued two opinions from the December argument session. In Timbs v. Indiana, the court ruled unanimously that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to states and localities under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment. Amy Howe has this blog’s opinion analysis, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. At Bloomberg, Greg Stohr reports that “[t]he ruling limits what critics say is an increasingly common and abusive government practice of using fines and ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, America, West Virginia, Indiana, New York Times, Usa Today, Los Angeles Times, Round-up, Thomas, Lyle Denniston, Howe, Jess Bravin, Richard Wolf, Greg Stohr


Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2

Did Amazon stop needing New York, or did New York drive it away? As cities across America compete for jobs, the messy breakup is a cautionary tale.            [Author: Opinion columnist]
Tags: Amazon, New York, News, America, Opinion columnist


Haiti pulls back from the brink

Haitian Flag(Photo cred: MNN/Katey Hearth) Haiti (MNN) – After more than 10 days of anti-government protests, Haiti seems to have taken a step back from the brink of chaos. There’s an uneasy calm this week, says Bethany Christian Services’ Kristi Gleason. “Things have calmed down enough to allow people to get out of their houses to restock, to get water, to take a little breather, but from what  we’re hearing on the ground and what we’re seeing is that it is a very uneasy break and people...
Tags: US, America, Haiti, Jesus Christ, Port Au Prince, Bethany, GLEASON, Bethany Christian Services, Bethany Global, Kristi Gleason, MNN Katey Hearth Haiti MNN, Jovenal Moïse, Jesuit Review, Wikimedia CC Bethany, Titanyen Bethany Haiti


I Walk the Line

(Well, Anyway, I try To) by Phil Johnson f you have friends on FaceBook or people in your Twitter feed who traffic in evangelical scandals, you must be aware that the religious online community is host to some forums where spiritual abuse is always the topic du jour, and some of the regulars who hang out in those neighborhoods have at times—rather aggressively—accused me of lacking appropriate sympathy for their cause.So not a few people have asked for clarification regarding whether I am in co...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, America, John, Matthew, Wilson, Peter, Timothy, Doug Wilson, Hohn, Phil Johnson, Hohn Cho


Julie Bishop, first woman of the Liberals, bows out behind her gleaming white shield

The former foreign minister delivered a typically composed valedictory after a career in which she was forced to play second fiddle to male colleaguesJulie Bishop gleams, so polished she seems to have a reflective surface. Reflective surfaces are like a shield in politics; they are handy things to stow yourself behind.Bishop appeared in the chamber just before question time, walking in with Scott Morrison. She was dressed in white, an eventuality of absolutely no note at all, except Bishop perio...
Tags: America, Australia news, Australian politics, Julie Bishop, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Bishop, colleaguesJulie Bishop


Rocket to Nowhere

Short Flight The 30 first-stage engines of the Soviet Union's N1 rocket light up for the booster's first flight on February 21, 1969. The N1 was designed to carry cosmonauts to the Moon. Leaking fuel lines and other problems doomed this inaugural flight. The engines shut down 68 seconds after launch and the booster slammed into the Kazakhstan plains two minutes later. Three other test flights all ended in failure as well, and the final two boosters were scrap...
Tags: Space, America, Moon, Kazakhstan, Soviet Union, Damond Benningfield


Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program

NASA is paying SpaceX $2.6 billion and Boeing $4.2 billion to build rocket and capsule launch systems to return astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since America's Space Shuttle program went dark in 2011. Just ahead of the first scheduled un-manned test flight slated for March 2 under NASA's multibillion-dollar Commercial Crew Program, NASA's safety advisory panel cited four "key risk items" in its 2018 annual report earlier this month. For Boeing, t...
Tags: Spacex, Science, America, Nasa, Boeing, SpaceX Boeing


Top 6 Places to Visit in the United States

When people talk about the United States of America, there are a few obvious places that come to mind, but there are many other wonderful cities across America that get completely overlooked. There is such a wide range of cultures, traditions and atmospheres across each of the states, making it difficult to narrow down the places that you absolutely must visit. So, if you are struggling to decide where within the United States you would like to visit, here are six of the most beautiful cities w...
Tags: Travel, New York, Washington, New York City, US, America, Chicago, United States, Hawaii, North America, Central Park, United States of America, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, UNESCO World Heritage City, Tidal Basin


Clutter confirms SoftBank-led $200M investment for its on-demand storage service

There’s plenty of speculation right now around apparently disgruntled investors in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but the drum continues to beat and the checks continue to be written. The latest deal for the $100 billion mega-fund is Clutter, an on-demand storage company that pulled in $200 million in new financing for growth. Eagled-eyed viewers will recall that TechCrunch broke news of an impending SoftBank-led round of that size back in January, and now it is official. The startup is one of a number...
Tags: TC, Softbank, Sacramento, America, Tech, Chicago, New Jersey, Portland, Seattle, Clutter, Sequoia, Atomico, Wilson, Justin Wilson, SoftBank Group, Vision Fund


Broad Minds and Big Hearts: A Case for Christian Liberal-Arts Education

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17) At Bethlehem College & Seminary, where I teach, the primary goal for our students’ education is not technical or professional, is not merely career or skills oriented, but is rather aimed at shaping a certain kind of person for a lifetime. To that end, we teach not only Scripture and theology, but also history, literature, and philosophy. One way to express the vision for our college, and liberal-...
Tags: Europe, India, Religion, Time, America, Christian, John, Luther, Christ, Narnia, Corinthians, Piper, Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, Wheaton College, Lewis


Toxic Mooseculinity

The twitter account @TheScaryNature posted this image with the caption "these two Bull Moose died in battle and became frozen in ice", and the only thing I can think of is "Toxic mooseculinity." The photographer, as revealed by Google's reverse image search feature, is Brad Webster: Webster says there are several theories on what happened to the moose, but the most likely scenario to play out is that the two moose were fighting over a female when one was knocked unconscious or suffered a broken ...
Tags: Google, Post, News, America, Wonderful Creatures, Webster, Bull Moose, Brad Webster


Bogus gun research underpins calls for overreaching gun control

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present… Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would… A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.” Her fellow Democrats Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren quickly agreed. Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency…” Y...
Tags: Congress, Washington Post, Opinion, India, Elizabeth Warren, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, United States, Switzerland, Warren, Npr, Nancy Pelosi


California bullet train setback shouldn't be end of the line

High-speed rail stands a better chance if highways aren't so subsidized. It remains a viable, even necessary, option in certain parts of America: Our view            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, California, America, Usa Today


Opinion: KKK editorial is America's problem, not just Alabama's

Driving from Birmingham to visit my grandmothers in Bessemer, Alabama, and Greensboro, Alabama, always took us through forests, and when I looked at the branches I'd imagine they were just strong enough to hold me and the other five members of my immediate family when the Ku Klux Klan strung us up by our necks with rope.
Tags: News, Alabama, America, Stories, Kkk, Birmingham, Ku Klux Klan, Bessemer Alabama, Greensboro Alabama


KKK editorial is America's problem, not just Alabama's

It is not fair to Linden, Alabama, where Goodloe Sutton published an editorial calling for the KKK to "clean out DC," or the state, to say Sutton is their problem, says Birmingham native Ashley M. Jones. Sutton and those like him are part of an American problem, she says.
Tags: Alabama, America, Cnn, Kkk, Birmingham, Dc, Sutton, Linden Alabama, Goodloe Sutton, Ashley M Jones Sutton


Interview with Kevin Dixie of NOC Firearms & Creator of the Truth Pistol

Kevin Dixie of NOC Firearms & Creator of the Truth Pistol U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)-Kevin Dixie is the owner of No Other Choice Firearms Training. He has been training the average everyday citizen for nearly 16 years. It doesn't matter the person's walk of life or how much experience someone has under their belt KD has a training class for them. KD wanted to do more than just teach people how to shoot guns. He wanted to do community outreach. Gun ownership cannot survive in a bubble. Without wi...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, America, Earth, John, Martin Luther King Jr, Gun Rights, Jim Crow, Black, Second Amendment, The Truth, Nra, Tulsa, Wayne, Heckler Koch, Northern Virginia


‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Favourite’ Are Favorites at the 2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards

Two favorites to win the Oscar for Costume Design were also highly favored at the 2019 Costume Designers Guild Awards. The guild handed top awards to Oscar costume design front-runners Black Panther and The Favourite at its ceremony on Tuesday night, which recognized the best in Hollywood costume design. The Costume Designers Guild Awards named The Favourite as the winner in Excellence in Period Film, while Black Panther earned the award for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Both The Favourite‘s...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Awards, America, Elton John, Westworld, Favourite, Black-Panther, Costume Designers Guild Awards, Carter, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Maisel, Dave Myers, Sandy Powell, Jenny Beavan


Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Todd Phillips’ Directed Biopic

Chris Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan in Todd Phillips’ directed biopic The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Endgame) will portray Hulk Hogan in an upcoming biopic set to be directed by the Oscar-nominated Todd Phillips (Borat, A Star is Born) from a script by Scott Silver (The Joker). PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; goo...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Australia, America, Netflix, Bradley Cooper, Wwf, Chris Hemsworth, Gawker, Hogan, Hollywood Reporter, Hulk Hogan, Hemsworth, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Vince McMahon


Antitrust 2: The Paradox

How Robert Bork won the fight over antitrust law, changed the meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.(Image credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Tags: News, America, Robert Bork


In a community still shaken from the Borderline mass shooting, a musuem finds a new home

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks—a new nonprofit art space in the Oaks Shopping Center — had planned its opening night exhibition for Nov. 8, the day after the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill devasted Ventura County and its surrounding areas. With a nightmare-turned-reality unfolding in what was known as one of the safest cities in America, museum officials postponed the opening, and in keeping with its community-focused mission, instead hosted an art therapy project for vict...
Tags: News, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Mexico, Ansel Adams, Local News, Ventura County, Taco Bell, Adams, Greenwood, Conejo Valley, Woolsey, Principe, Baby Gap


Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping

Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Tags: News, America


Drag queen story hour in America's Bible Belt

Events where drag queens read to children are established in liberal cities, but they are moving to rural conservative America.
Tags: News, America, Bible Belt


Nielsen’s top programs for Feb. 11-17

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Feb. 11-17. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. “NCIS,” CBS, 13.4 million. 2. “America’s Got Talent Champions,” NBC, 10.5 million. 3. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.7 million. Most Read StoriesSurprise! If you get a call from this man, it’s no scam. The state really has money for […]
Tags: Television, News, Nbc, America, Nation, Cbs, Nielsen