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Top New Games Coming To Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week — August 11-17, 2019 – GameSpot

August 13th, 2019

Twitter wants you to follow ‘interests’, instead of just people – Mashable

August 13th, 2019

Huawei desperately wants for friends like Facebook – Breakingviews

August 13th, 2019

Eating more gluten early in life is tied to children’s higher risk of celiac disease, a study says –

August 13th, 2019

NEW YORK (CNN) — Bad news for lovers of bread, pasta and baked goods: Eating lots of gluten-heavy foods from a young age could eventually lead to gluten intolerance.

A study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA suggests that eating higher-than-normal levels of gluten during the first five years of life can increase a child’s likelihood of developing celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine.

Higher gluten intake was associated with a 6.1% increased risk of celiac disease autoimmunity, an immunological response to gluten, and a 7.2% increased risk of celiac disease per each additional gram or gluten per day, according to the study.

Researchers evaluated more than 6,600 newborns in the United States, Finland, Germany and Sweden born between 2004 to 2010. All of the children carried a genotype associated with Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

Every few months, the study’s authors recorded the children’s gluten intake until the age of 5 and compared the levels to reference amounts of gluten intake in healthy children at each age.

Over the course of the study, 1,216 of the children — nearly 20% — developed celiac disease autoimmunity, the first sign of the body’s negative response to the protein, said study author Carin Andrén Aronsson, study manager at the Unit for Diabetes & Celiac Disease at Lund University in Sweden.

Another 450 participants developed celiac disease, about 7%. Most of the diagnoses occurred between the ages of 2 and 3, according to the study.

In people diagnosed with celiac disease, eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents nutrient absorption. It’s estimated to affect about 1 in 100 people worldwide, and more than 2 million people might not even know they have it, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Gluten intake is considered to be a factor in developing celiac disease, but according to Tuesday’s study, quantity plays a major role, too.

Gluten-free foods are increasingly popular, even for those without a gluten intolerance. Since the 1940s, the diet has been touted as a way to reduce bloating and shed weight, though nutritionists today don’t necessarily support those claims.

When dieters cut out gluten, they sometimes risk nutritional problems. Gluten-free products often replace glutenous ingredients with things like tapioca and white rice flour, which often contain higher amounts of calories, sugar and fat than gluten, dietitian Julie Stefanski told CNN in 2018.

Gluten products can also be high in fiber and fortified with vitamins and iron, so eliminating the source of those nutrients could cause digestive problems for those without celiac disease, she said.

Ditching gluten completely is the only way to manage celiac disease, according to the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center. Aronsson recommends that parents of young children with the gene temper their level of gluten consumption to prevent the onset.

Still, she said, there’s no known “safe limit” of gluten for children who carry the genotype for celiac disease.

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‘AGT’: Kodi Lee moves judges to tears in ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ with Paul Simon’s OK – USA TODAY

August 13th, 2019

During a pre-show makeup session in his dressing room, “AGT” judge Howie Mandel explains performer pressure, crew precision on the day of a live show. Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

It is the time everyone has been waiting for: The live shows are here!

Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent” kicked off the first quarterfinal round, broadcasting live from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. That means anything can happen. 

Only seven of the 12 acts will advance to September’s semifinals, adding more pressure for the remaining contestants to wow America. And the competition is stiff. Tuesday’s field included three Golden Buzzer winners – Kodi LeeSophie Pecora and Luke Islam – and wildcard Ansley Burns, who returned after her tearful elimination in the Judge Cuts.

Living up to the moment, however, wasn’t an issue for Lee, who judge Gabrielle Union said “changed the world” with his audition and did the same again Tuesday.  

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Lee, a blind singer with autism, performed a powerful rendition of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” showcasing his vocal range and impressive piano skills.

Simon Cowell revealed that Paul Simon specially OK’d Lee to perform the song “because he saw your audition,” which has over 42 million YouTube views.

“I want to thank Paul Simon, who never really gives permission for anyone to sing (‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’) because it’s very precious to him, and he gave (Lee) clearance within 30 minutes,” Cowell said.

Lee’s performance brought tears to Union and Julianne Hough’s eyes and prompted the crowd to repeatedly chant “Kodi! Kodi!” among applause. 

“Who you are, what you stand for and what you continue to do makes the world become so much of a more beautiful place,” Union said to her Golden Buzzer act. 

Cowell added: “You are genuinely one of most extraordinary people and talents we’ve had the great fortune to have on any show we’ve ever made. God bless you.”

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Impressionist Greg Morton also raised the bar with his spot-on voice impressions of films “The Lion King,” “Shrek,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Braveheart” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“I had a concern, coming to the Dolby, if you would own the stage or not, and you actually proved me completely wrong,” Cowell said. “This is such a step up from you previous audition.”

Howie Mandel added, “You are the biggest variety show in one man.”

Other acts that performed Tuesday included black-light painter Alex Dowis; danger act Bir Khalsa; singer Carmen Carter; the Emerald Belles drill dance team; girl group GFORCE; the acrobatic Messoudi Brothers; and the Voices of Service quartet.

The fate of the contestants is no longer in the judges’ hands. It’s up to America.  

Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on or through the “America’s Got Talent” app. The acts advancing to the semifinals will be revealed during Wednesday’s results show, which will include guest performances from “AGT” winners Shin Lim and Bianca Ryan. (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT)


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August 13th, 2019

Atlanta Hotel Suffers Record-Breaking Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak – Breitbart

August 13th, 2019

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced on Monday that the Sheraton Atlanta hosted “the largest recorded Legionella outbreak in Georgia.”

Georgia health department Director of Communications Nancy Nydam confirmed that at least one person has died as a result of the outbreak. The hotel has voluntarily closed “until the source of the Legionella is located and remediation is complete,” the department said in a statement.

Twelve lab-confirmed cases and 63 “probable” cases have been identified, all affecting those who stayed at the hotel between June 12 and July 15. Authorities also provided a brief description of the disease:

Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in fresh water. The bacteria grow best in warm water and can be found in shower heads and faucets, hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, decorative fountains or plumbing systems in large buildings.

Legionnaires’ disease is a very serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by Legionella bacteria. People can get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain Legionella.

In a statement released on Facebook, Sheraton Atlanta General Manager Ken Peduzzi said they are “working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton County Board of Health, and environmental experts to conduct testing to ensure there is no threat of Legionella infection.”

“A thorough cleaning of the hotel’s entire water distribution system has been completed as a precautionary measure,” Peduzzi said. “At this time, we are awaiting additional testing results and we will complete a review of those results, as will the Georgia Department of Public Health.”

The hotel will remain closed until at least August 14.


Epstein’s Death & the Investigation of Powerful Networks – Consortium News

August 13th, 2019

Craig Murray delves into allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and another suspicious death that the case recalls.  

By Craig Murray

There are a number of royal palaces and grand residences of former presidents and prime ministers where the inhabitants have a little bit more spring in their step following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. The media is rushing to attach the label “conspiracy theory” to any thought that his death might not have been suicide. In my view, given that so many very powerful people will be relieved he is no longer in a position to sing, and given that he was in a maximum-security jail following another alleged “suicide attempt” a week ago, it would be a very credulous person who did not view the question of who killed him an open one.

There has been a huge amount of obfuscation and misdirection on the activities of Epstein and his set. To my mind, the article which remains the best starting point for those new to the scandal is this one from Gawker. 

A few days ago a federal court unsealed 2,000 pages of documents related to the allegations against Epstein. Of these the most important appears to be a witness statement from Virginia Giuffre alleging that while a minor she had sex at Epstein’s direction with then Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, plus a variety of senior foreign politicians.

Epstein’s sexual activities and partying with young girls were carried out in full view of key friends, his domestic and office staff, his pilots and of course the participants. There is no shortage of potential witnesses. Several of these really ought to be taking great care – though if I were them I would certainly eschew any protection involving U.S. security services or law enforcement. Ghislaine Maxwell might take heed of her father’s fate and avoid swimming for a few years.

Jeffrey Epstein. (YouTube)

(I am probably not the only one old enough to compare the many similarities between Robert Maxwell’s asset stripping career and that of Philip Green. The progress of society after 30 years of Thatcher, New Labour and returned Tories meaning that Green by contrast got no criminal charges and much bigger yachts.)

Evidence Concerning Prince Andrew

In the U.K., Giuffre’s alleged relationship with Prince Andrew has been mentioned in the media. In fact the evidence that she had a relationship with Prince Andrew of some sort is overwhelming. Here is some of the actual evidence from the court documents.

The age of heterosexual consent in England is 16 and there is no indication that Prince Andrew is doing anything illegal in this photograph in which Giuffre is 17. Nor is the photo in itself evidence of sex, though it certainly is intimate. The notion however that Giuffre was “lent out” to Andrew may have legal implications as she was flown into the country, allegedly for the purpose.

No satisfactory alternative explanation has been offered as to what might have been happening here, as Giuffre’s lawyers noted.

No further details appear in the documents to amplify Giuffre’s claim that she was forced to have sex with a “well known prime minister,” other than to repeat the claim. But what is plain is that her tale is not entirely invention. Just how much more did Epstein know, and who might he have taken down with him?

Bill Clinton’s Epstein Connection 

The truth is that sexual abuse by the rich and famous transcends all political boundaries. Bill Clinton was very frequently on Epstein’s plane and Epstein joins the very long list of those connected to the Clintons who died in dubious circumstances.

Two coincidences – the first being the bruise marks on the neck sustained in Epstein’s first “suicide attempt” in jail – remind me of the case of John Ashe, the senior official very close to the Clintons who died with bruise marks on his neck, when he accidentally dropped his barbell on his throat while bench-pressing alone at home.

Ashe was charged and awaiting trial for receiving corrupt funds from businessman Ng Lap Seng while Ashe was serving in the USA’s turn as president of the UN General Assembly. Ng Lap Seng, a six-time visitor to the Clinton White House, had previously been accused of making very large illegal donations to Clinton campaign funds, and was subsequently arrested while entering the USA with over $4 million in cash. Unlike the Clintons, Ashe was charged with taking Seng’s money and rather like Epstein may have had an interesting song to sing while going down, had he not conveniently dropped the barbell on his throat.

I said that the first thing that jogged me to link the Epstein/Clinton and the Ashe/Clinton cases was the bruise marks on the throat. The second is that both stories have been debunked by self-proclaimed “conspiracy-busting” website Snopes – in a manner which shows that Snopes has no regard for the truth whatsoever.

In the case of John Ashe, Snopes wrote an utterly tendentious piece of “myth-busting” which stated that it was a myth that Ashe’s death occurred shortly before his trial and that he was not due to testify against the Clintons. Snopes failed to mention that Ashe, a very senior Clinton appointee, was charged with taking corrupt money from precisely the same man who had been very widely accused of giving corrupt money to the Clintons. And while it was true his trial was not imminent, his pre-trial deposition was. 

In the Epstein/Clinton case Snopes wrote a piece debunking the notion that this is a photograph of Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private jet.

Snopes sets out to prove that this is not Epstein’s private jet but that of another billionaire, and that the girl is not Rachel Chandler. For the sake of argument I am prepared to accept what they say on both counts. But is the sensible reaction to that photo to say “Oh that’s OK it’s another billionaire’s jet” or to say “Why is Bill Clinton on a billionaire’s private jet in an intimate pose with a worryingly young female?” As with the Prince Andrew photo, although it has been circulating for years, no alternative innocent explanation is on offer.

Passion for Sexual Exploitation

And the fact that this is another billionaire’s plane should open again the much wider question of networks of the rich and the powerful indulging each other’s passion for sexual exploitation of the young. It is a great shame that in the U.K., the Establishment has been able to characterize the falsifications of Carl Beech as discrediting the entire notion of historical child sexual abuse. It is as though one person making up stories about a bishop would mean there was never child exploitation in the Catholic Church.

The deeper question is why such a significant proportion of the rich and powerful have a propensity to want to assuage their sexual desires on the most vulnerable and powerless in society, as opposed to forming relationships among their peers. I suspect it is connected to the kind of sociopathy that leads somebody to seek or hoard power or wealth in the first place. 

It is not necessary to develop that idea further, to understand that the Epstein case had given us a glimpse of criminal sexual behavior which, beyond doubt, involves many powerful people. It is essential that the threads that can be grasped are now worked on assiduously to uncover the entire network. 

I am afraid to say I suspect the chances of that actually happening are very slim indeed.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010.

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Bachelor in Paradise’s Big Fight Involves a Piñata, Duh – E! NEWS

August 13th, 2019

Of all the episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, tonight’s might have done the absolute most. 

First, of course, there was the fight. But as usual with anything quite that dramatic, the long-teased fight went down in the last moments of the episode, all over the affections of Nicole. 

First, Christian (who?) arrived in Paradise with eyes only for Nicole, who already had a thing with Clay, and who had also already gone on a date with Jordan. Clay was really hoping to get Nicole’s rose, but Christian was very much in the way and suddenly very territorial during the pre-rose ceremony cocktail party. He had set up a pinata near some comically oversized pillows and was enjoying a moment with Nicole when Clay came over to calmly ask if he could speak to Nicole for a moment.

Christian aggressively refused by saying he wasn’t going to let her go, and Nicole didn’t seem to have a clue what to do, so Clay just walked away.

Jordan wasn’t about to let that go, so he went over and even though Clay specifically told him not to go over there and wreck the pinata, he went over and tried to wreck the pinata. 

“Don’t touch my pinata,” said Christian, who had just been trying to convince Nicole he’s a sweet guy, and then he grabbed Jordan, and Jordan grabbed him, and then obviously we got a “to be continued,” because we can never get the full story in one episode.

And we’d be even more annoyed than we already are if that weren’t just the tip of the iceberg of the events of the episode. 

First, Demi spent the episode panicking over her confusion. She’s got feelings for Derek, but she’s also got feelings for that woman she was dating before. She came out to Derek during the episode, and he was very respectful and happy to take it slow, but clearly that’s not the end of this particular story. 

Dean Unglert finally arrived with his mustache and a whole new identity. He lives in a van, he showers wherever he can find a shower, and he’s just kinda traveling around the country in his van. Caelynn’s a little confused by this, but also into it, and it also just so happened that he was right there when Caelynn was at her worst, ready to cheer her up.

Caelynn was at her worst because she just listened to Kristina talk about her while literally right behind her, which was admittedly a super weird choice on Kristina’s part. But then she was thrilled to go on a date with Dean, and it was very cute, even if Mike was left a little devastated in the dust. And Cam continued to mope around for some reason. 

Dylan got Hannah to tell him the full story about Blake, and that full story is that she and Blake had been talking before Paradise, and Blake even came to her house in Alabama to visit her, and they kissed. (Just kissed? OK.)

Meanwhile, Mike did his best to connect with Sydney, Chris Bukowski continued his unexpected romance with Katie, and John Paul Jones, after falling asleep under the oversized pillows, learned a freaking Shakespeare sonnet for Tayshia, who seems very into it. And honestly we’re a little into it too? John Paul Jones is a true enigma. A Shakespearean enigma. 

Told ya, tonight was a lot, in an incredible way. Can’t wait for next week to watch Jordan and Christian (who?) continue to fight over a pinata, an event that’s surely ridiculous and “scandalous” enough to make it into our list of BIP‘s most scandalous moments, which you can find below!

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. 


The Little Mermaid: Harry Styles Has Turned Down Prince Eric Role In Live-Action Remake – GameSpot

August 13th, 2019

Harry Styles was reportedly offered the role of Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid, but ultimately passed on the project.

We learned in July that Styles was in talks to play the prince, but that the English singer wasn’t sure if he would be available, or suitable, for the role. Now, according to both The Wrap and Variety, Styles has officially passed on the project. The role of Prince Eric was reportedly his to take if he so wanted, but Styles ultimately declined.

Although Prince Eric does not sing in the original 1989 animated film, this new version of the story will contain new songs from composer Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda, so it’s likely that Disney will be seeking an actor with a strong voice for the role. As a singer and former member of One Direction, Styles would have fit the bill.

Prince Eric is not the only major part yet to be officially cast, although Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to play Ariel’s father, King Triton. Some other major parts have already been cast: Halle Bailey is set to play Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy has been cast as her wicked aunt Ursula. Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) will direct.

It’s been a good year for Disney’s remakes, with Aladdin doing so well that they’re considering a sequel, and The Lion King becoming the highest grossing animated movie ever.