TECH. Apple unveiled a new Mac Book on Tuesday and not everyone is impressed.
THE FORCE AWAKENS. When Prince Harry met Chewbacca.
Prince Harry has made a new friend… pic.twitter.com/mTra1UoSMx
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) April 19, 2016
POLITICS. Bernie Sanders says his supporters will not automatically vote for Hillary Clinton if she’s the ultimate Democratic nominee: “It’s a two-way street, the Clinton people are also going to have to listen to what these people are fighting for. The Clinton people are going to have to say, well, maybe Bernie has a point that we should not be the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people or have paid family or medical leave. And maybe, yes, the billionaire class should start paying their fair share of taxes, and maybe, yes, we should break up Wall Street.”
DRESSED TO THE NINES. Sir Patrick Stewart looks absolutely fabulous in drag.
ACE. Novak Djokovic shows off his hard body in Monte Carlo.
RATED X. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signs resolution calling pornography a “public health hazard”: “‘We hope that people hear and heed this voice of warning,’ Herbert said at a signing ceremony. ‘For our citizens know that there are real health risks that are involved and associated with viewing pornography’…In his speech Tuesday, Herbert likened pornography to drugs and alcohol in its capacity to ‘tempt our youth.’
Happening now: Signing #SCR9 to declare pornography a public health crisis. #utpol pic.twitter.com/Xv4xQGtm0j
— Gary R. Herbert (@GovHerbert) April 19, 2016
COLORADO. School district to arm security patrol with semi-automatic weapons: “The decision to buy these guns were part of a proactive approach to figure out how to best protect students and staff in our district that sprawls across approximately 900 square miles. Richard Payne, the district’s director of safety and security, wanted to make sure his officers have all the tools necessary if we have to respond to an incident to keep our students, staff safe.”
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ANTI-LGBT. White House blasts Tennessee bill targeting transgender students: “Republican State Rep. Susan Lynn’s bill, HB 2414, would have banned transgender students from accessing restrooms and locker rooms that best correspond to their gender identity, and would have mandated that students’ gender be determined by their original birth certificates. ‘Legislation that undermines the equal dignity of all students has no place in Tennessee, or anywhere else,’ White House spokesperson Jeff Tiller said in an email to The New Civil Rights Movement.”
VIDEO. Google announces it’s getting into virtual reality and 360 degree streaming video: “Viewers can watch the live stream and 360-degree videos on a tablets, desktop computers or smartphones — either Apple’s iPhones or phones powered by Google’s Android. To get the full-on VR effect, you’ll need to watch through a virtual-reality headset, like Google’s dirt-cheap Cardboard goggles.”
QUEEN. Science proves that Freddie Mercury had an unparalleled voice: “… despite being known largely as a tenor, he was more likely a baritone. They based this assumption off analysis of six interviews that revealed a median speaking fundamental frequency of 117.3 Hz…What’s more, Mercury’s vocal cords just moved faster than other people’s. While a typical vibrato will fluctuate between 5.4 Hz and 6.9 Hz, Mercury’s was 7.04 Hz.”
NORTH CAROLINA. Library group cancels event in Charlotte because of anti-LGBT bill.
INSTASTUD. Meet Brik.