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Taylor Swift Opens Up About Overcoming Struggle With Eating Disorder (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

January 23rd, 2020

In the new Taylor Swift documentary, “Miss Americana,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival Thursday night, there’s a montage of derogatory commentary about the singer that has appeared on cable shows over the years. One of the less nasty remarks: “She’s too skinny. It bothers me.”

As it turns out, it eventually bothered Swift, too.

In one of the most revealing and surprising segments of the Netflix film, Swift talks for several minutes about having struggled in the past with an eating disorder.

After being pictured facing a phalanx of photographers after she emerges from her front door, Swift is heard in voiceover saying that “it’s not good for me to see pictures of myself every day.” Although she says “it’s only happened a few times, and I’m not in any way proud of it,” Swift admits there have been times in the past when she’s seen “a picture of me where I feel like I looked like my tummy was too big, or… someone said that I looked pregnant … and that’ll just trigger me to just starve a little bit — just stop eating.”

Swift elaborated on what she’s gone through with that in her interview with Variety for this week’s cover story, saying that it was difficult for her to speak up about it for the documentary.

“I didn’t know if I was going to feel comfortable with talking about body image and talking about the stuff I’ve gone through in terms of how unhealthy that’s been for me — my relationship with food and all that over the years,” she tells Variety. “But the way that Lana (Wilson, the film’s director) tells the story, it really makes sense. I’m not as articulate as I should be about this topic because there are so many people who could talk about it in a better way. But all I know is my own experience. And my relationship with food was exactly the same psychology that I applied to everything else in my life: If I was given a pat on the head, I registered that as good. If I was given a punishment, I registered that as bad.”

In the quiet of a hotel suite, she goes into greater detail on how formative an effect that one early tabloid torpedo had on her. “I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine,” she says. “And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment. And then I’d walk into a photo shoot and be in the dressing room and somebody who worked at a magazine would say, ‘Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes. Usually we have to make alterations to the dresses, but we can take them right off the runway and put them on you!’ And I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”

She hesitates. “I think I’ve never really wanted to talk about that before, and I’m pretty uncomfortable talking about it now,” she says quietly. “But in the context of every other thing that I was doing or not doing in my life, I think it makes sense” to have it in the film, she says.

Wilson, the director, is proud of Swift for taking up the subject with such candor. “That’s one of my favorite sequences of the film,” she says. “I was surprised, of course. But I love how she’s kind of thinking out loud about it. And every woman will see themselves in that sequence. I just have no doubt.”

The filmmaker points out that there were clearly plenty of people who didn’t think Swift was too thin back in the mid-2010s. “You can also just not notice people being really skinny, because we’re all so accustomed to seeing women on magazine covers who are unhealthy-skinny, and that’s become normalized.” Even with non-celebrities, Wilson says, everybody’s a body critic. “It’s incessant, and I can say this as a woman: It’s amazing to me how people are constantly like ‘You look skinny’ or ‘You’ve gained weight.’ People you barely know say this to you. And it feels awful, and you can’t win either way. So I think it’s really brave to see someone who is a role model for so many girls and women be really honest about that. I think it will have a huge impact.”

As much as Swift may be seen as a role model for speaking frankly on the subject, she’s got her own favorite artist, so to speak, when it comes to advocacy for women’s bodily self-image issues.

“I love people like (actress and activist) Jameela Jamil, because she says things in a really articulate way,” the singer tells us. “The way she speaks about body image, it’s almost like she speaks in a hook. If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down. Because women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty. We’re seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we’re not what we should be, that you kind of need a mantra to repeat in your head when you start to have harmful or unhealthy thoughts. So she’s one of the people who, when I read what she says, it sticks with me and it helps me.”

In the film, then-and-now photos illustrate just how thin Swift had gotten during the “1989” era, versus the still svelte but healthier look she sported by the time she toured behind the “Reputation” album in 2018. Swift says that her under-eating in that earlier time severely affected her stamina on tour.

“I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it,” she attests in the documentary. “Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows and not feel (enervated).” Swift says she doesn’t care so much now if someone comments on a weight gain, and she’s reconciled “the fact that I’m a size 6 instead of a size double-zero.” Swift says she was completely unaware that anything was wrong in her double-zero era, and had a defense at the ready should it come up. If anyone expressed concern, she’d say, “‘What are you talking about? Of course I eat. …. I exercise a lot.’ And I did exercise a lot. But I wasn’t eating.”

Few women viewing the film will fail to nod their heads as Swift describes the impossibility of any body shape or size living up to all the standards for beauty. “If you’re thin enough, then you don’t have that ass that everybody wants,” she says in the film. “But if you have enough weight on you to have an ass, your stomach isn’t flat enough. It’s all just f—ing impossible.” As she became aware of the problem, Swift says in the film, it would cause her to “go into a real shame/hate spiral.”

The word “shame” comes up elsewhere in conversation with Swift, who by virtue of becoming one of the most celebrated women in the world has also had to deal with more catty comments than almost any celebrity in the world — and hasn’t always succeeded in shaking it all off.

“I was watching a Netflix Brené Brown special on shame, because I read a lot of her books, because I have dealings with shame every once in awhile,” Swift tells Variety. “She was saying something like, ‘It’s ridiculous to say “I don’t care what anyone thinks about me,” because that’s not possible. But you can decide whose opinions matter more and whose opinions you put more weight on.’ And I think that is really part of growing up, if you’re going to do it right. That’s part of hoping to find some sort of maturity and balance in your life.”

She continues, “I don’t expect anyone with a pop career to learn how to do that within the first 10 years. And I know that there’s a lot of bad stuff that’s gone on recently, a lot of really hard stuff my family is going through, and a lot of opposition and feeling pressure or suppression of one kind or another. But I am actually really happy. Because I pick and choose now, for the most part, what I care deeply about. And I think that’s made a huge difference.”


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January 23rd, 2020

China says 26 people have died from the coronavirus as South Korea, Japan confirm second cases – CNBC

January 23rd, 2020

Resident wear masks to buy vegetables in the market on January 23th, 2020 in Wuhan, China.

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China’s National Health Commission said as many as 26 people have died from a fast-spreading coronavirus, as the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 830.

The deadly pneumonia-like virus was first identified on Dec. 31 in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province. It has since spread beyond Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million, to other major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Macao, and Hong Kong.

China’s Finance Ministry said it has allocated 1 billion yuan ($145 million) to support Hubei province in its fight to contain the outbreak.

The city of Wuhan is also building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat the infected and plans to have the facility operational by early next week, Reuters reported, citing state media.

Multiple cases of the virus have been confirmed in Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan, while the United States, Taiwan and Singapore have each reported one case.

South Korea on Friday confirmed a second person has been infected.

Japan’s health ministry also said it had confirmed a second person had been infected.

Sometimes referred to as the Wuhan virus, it has been temporarily named the “2019-nCoV.” It belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which can be transmitted from person to person.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said at a press conference the outbreak did not yet constitute a global public health emergency.

“Make no mistake, this is, though, an emergency in China. But, it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO. He added the organization’s assessment is that “the outbreak is very high-risk in China, and high-risk regionally and globally.”

Chinese cities under lockdown

As of Friday, 10 cities were put under lockdown measures with a total of about 33 million people. Transportation services in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, were shut down on Jan. 23 and people were asked to not leave. The airport and train station in the city were also temporarily closed.

Other cities under lockdown include Huanggang, Xiantao, Ezhou, Qianjiang, Zhijiang, Chibi and Lichuan. The combined population in those cities is approximately 24 million people. Authorities have also canceled Lunar New Year events in Beijing and other places. Airlines and rail operators are offering refunds on domestic flights and train tickets around the country.

The Wuhan virus outbreak is most frequently compared to the spread of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, between 2002 and 2003, when more than 8,000 people were infected. Around 800 people died in that crisis, according to the WHO.

Here’s a snapshot of the number of known cases and where they are:

846 confirmed cases (according to CNBC’s tally)
26 deaths

Number of confirmed cases:
Mainland China: 830
Taiwan: 1
Macao: 2
Hong Kong: 2
Vietnam: 2
Thailand: 3
South Korea: 2
Japan: 2
Singapore: 1
United States: 1

Timeline of the virus outbreak

CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng contributed to this report.


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January 23rd, 2020

Friends identify man killed in standoff with RCMP as Abbotsford homeless advocate – CityNews Vancouver

January 23rd, 2020

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The BC Association of Drug War Survivors says one of their co-founders was shot and killed by police in Lytton earlier this month.

Ann Livingston, another founding member of the group, says Barry Shantz has been identified by friends and family members as the man who RCMP shot on Jan. 13 after a six-hour standoff that began after police received a call of a distressed man with a weapon. There were two other people in the home at the time, but no one else was harmed.

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Shantz was instrumental in defeating bylaws that restricted camping in Abbotsford’s parks and advocating for harm reduction services in the city.

Livingston says the changes he helped fight for were celebrated and significant for the community, but he was a difficult man.

“He was so respected and loved in Abbotsford. He stuck with those guys, showed up with coffee and donuts, loved everyone–he was a real profound force,” she explains. “I think Barry will be remembered as a hero, as someone who was uncompromising and vigilant. He just kept it up. Other people would drop the ball and he just kept it going. He was a real hard worker and he kept real solidarity with the guys on the street.”

She says he wasn’t always easy to work with, even for those who were fighting on the same side as him.

“Barry had a real constant conflict thing that he was doing and it didn’t always work out for the group as well. He had a way of alienating our allies. It was always difficult to deal with him.”

Shantz spent years in prison on drug charges in the U.S. and Livingston says the experience left him traumatized.

“He had severe trauma for sure,” she says. “There’s no way to be jailed in the United States and not come out with some damage.”

RIP Barry Shantz

Posted by Ann Livingston on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ward Draper, who works with the homeless through his Five and Two Ministries, says fighting alongside the marginalized took a toll.

“It took its toll on him in many ways, physically, psychologically, economically. It did cost him a lot. And now he got killed by the police.”

Shantz experienced serious mental health issues and was nearly blind, according to Draper.

He shares Livingston’s view that Shantz leaves a “complex legacy.”

“Barry contributed significantly to reforms in Canada and how we address drug use policy, contributed significantly to how we address some homeless issues — particularly with camping in the park and being able to do that now overnight in B.C.,” he says. “He’s done some things that weren’t the greatest but he did some things that were really significant, and were beneficial to tens of thousands of Canadians.”

Both Draper and Livingston were shocked to learn Shantz has been shot and killed at his home.

Neither say they had any sense he was in crisis.

Draper spoke to him in mid-December and says Shantz asked him when he was going to come to Lytton for a visit.

“The tragedy to me was we didn’t know he was isolated and we didn’t know the situation he was in,” says Livingston.

The Independent Investigations Office, the province’s police-watchdog, is investigating the Jan. 13 shooting.

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January 23rd, 2020

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January 23rd, 2020

Actress Annabella Sciorra Gives Powerful Testimony In Harvey Weinstein Trial | NBC Nightly News – NBC News

January 23rd, 2020

Annabella Sciorra told the court that Harvey Weinstein raped her more than 25 years ago in her New York City apartment. The actress was getting ready for bed after dinner with Weinstein, she said, when he knocked on the door and forced his way inside.
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Tech student tested for Novel Coronavirus – Cookeville Herald Citizen

January 23rd, 2020


A Tennessee Tech student has been tested for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, according to a statement from the university and Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

“On Thursday, a student at Tennessee Tech University presented with very mild symptoms, and with his recent travel history met the criteria for testing for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

“The individual is being kept isolated while precautionary testing is being conducted,” the statement continues. “Tennessee Tech and healthcare professionals continue to communicate and collaborate with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.”

The CDC is monitoring the outbreak of the new respiratory illness that was first identified in China, according to the CDC website. The first case in the U.S. was announced Tuesday. 

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January 23rd, 2020