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9/30/2022: Ian Continues Up the Coast
PLUS: Europa Flyby, VP Harris Does NK, and Kris’ Kocktail
Today is Friday, September 30, 2022.
It is the 273rd day of the year.
92 days remain.
In honor of #NationalCoffeeDay several coffee chains offered free or discounted brews to customers.
Marjorie Taylor Greene was trending Thursday after news broke that her husband had filed for divorce. More in Breakups.
North Korea was trending as Twitterverse mocked VP Harris who stated the country is an ally of the US. More on the gaffe in The Swamp.
Hurricane Ian is expected to barrel into South Carolina today, after passing over Florida and gaining more power in the Atlantic. While it is expected to bring high winds and storm surges, it is not likely to be as powerful as it was while over Florida.
So far, officials in Florida expect a death toll into the hundreds. Millions remained without power Thursday evening.
MARK ZUCKERBERG says tough times are ahead for Facebook parent company Meta. He said in a company-wide internal call Thursday that significant restructuring lies ahead and a hiring freeze is going into effect.
Meta’s stock is down nearly 60% year to date. It lost 26% of its value in a single day in February following disappointing fourth-quarter 2021 revenue numbers and has slid further since.
Zuckerberg’s net worth took a more-than-$30 billion tumble too.
CLINGING ON: When the World Cup kicks off in Qatar next month, all visitors to watch the matches in-person will be required to show negative covid tests.
IT GETS WORSE: The Arab country will still require visitors to download a government app under the guise of contact tracing, but will follow all users’ movements.
HOWEVER: At least vaccinations won’t be required.
NASA’s Juno probe made a flyby past Jupiter’s moon Europa on Thursday, coming within 219 miles of the satellite’s surface.
Europa is believed to have liquid water underneath its frozen surface, raising many questions about the possibility of life there. NASA’s team was hopeful that photos taken during the flyby would show water plumes bursting through the surface, but the four images sent back yielded no such luck – Juno was zinging by at 15 miles a second after all.
A mission specifically to study Europa will launch in 2024 and arrive there in 2030.
A discount retail chain called Ollie’s has unveiled the world’s largest bobblehead.
The mascot – aptly named Ollie – looks oddly a lot like Albert Einstein. For the record, a 16 foot, 6.73-foot-tall bobblehead was built and displayed outside the main store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The unveiling coincides with the chain’s 40-year anniversary.
This bobblehead breaks the last record by a little more than a foot – that one was in Florida in 2016 at 15 feet, 4.75 inches.
BY THE NUMBERS
📈 The Dow lost 458 points (1.54%) on Thursday, closing at 29,225. The S&P shed 78 points (2.11%) to close at 3,640 (marking a low point for the year) and the Nasdaq lost 314 points (2.84%) to close at 10,737.
🛢 West Texas Intermediate was trading at $81 Thursday. Brent Crude closed at $87.
⛽ The national average price of a gallon of gas ticked up again Thursday, to $3.78 a gallon.
₿ Bitcoin added $87 Thursday, trading around $19,500.
🛩 There were 2,136 flights delayed within, into, or out of the United States on Thursday and 2,050 such cancellations – nearly one-third of which were at Orlando and Tampa’s airports.
New to Amazon Prime:
Ambulance (Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%)
My Best Friend’s Exorcism (No Score)
New to Disney+:
Hocus Pocus 2 (No Score)
Under Wraps 2 (No Score)
New to Netflix:
Rainbow (No Score)
What We Leave Behind (No Score)
Congresswoman MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE’s husband, PERRY GREENE, has filed for divorce.
It is unclear what caused the split, but insiders told TMZ that the two have been separated for a while.
The pair tied the knot in 1995 and have three children together, all of whom are over the age of 18.
Paramore bandmates HAYLEY WILLIAMS, 33, and TAYLOR YORK, 32, are dating.
Williams confirmed the rumors this week, telling The Guardian the two are in fact in a relationship. She did not divulge any more info.
It is unknown when the two officially started dating.
The Biden Administration announced Thursday it’s pulling back some of its blanket student loan forgiveness policy.
Ahead of expected legal challenges and those already filed across the country, Biden’s Department of Education announced that borrowers with privately-held student loans will no longer be able to apply for the up-to-$20,000 forgiveness program.
WORTH NOTING: This includes an estimated 4 million people holding more than $100 billion in student loan debt specifically through the Federal Family Education Loan program.
Vice President KAMALA HARRIS made some weird foreign policy Thursday.
The worst person in the world to send to North Korea went to the DMZ Thursday anyway – of course from the South Korean side – where she said this: “The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea, and it is an alliance that is strong and enduring.”
WORTH REMEMBERING: Remember when former President Trump was going to “get us into a war!” every eight seconds because he ran his mouth off? Where is the same outrage? The same calls for mental evaluations? The same calls for the twenty-fifth amendment from bootlicking media apologist propagandists? And how does anyone think these people who are now silent have any credibility left at all?
No winner for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. Tonight’s drawing will be for a $355 million jackpot or a $183.6 million cash payout.
No winner for Wednesday night’s Powerball. Saturday night’s drawing will be for a $322 million jackpot or a $170.8 million cash payout.
These albums drop today:
The Big Pink, “The Love That’s Ours”
Dropkick Murphys, “The Machine Still Kills Fascists”
Drowning Pool, “Strike a Nerve”
False Heads, “Sick Moon”
Julie Odell, “Autumn Eve”
Kaya Stewart, “If Things Go South”
Lambchop, “The Bible”
Milly, “Eternal Ring”
Off!, “Free LSD”
Pretty Sick, “Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile”
Sammy Hagar & The Circle, “Crazy Times”
Slipknot, “The End, So Far”
Sonic Flower, “Me and My Bellbottom Blues”
Tycho, “Back to Mine”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Cool It Down”
More details have come out about COOLIO’s sudden death.
Sources told TMZ that the rapper was found unconscious in the bathroom of a friend’s Los Angeles home on Wednesday afternoon. Responding paramedics tried to revive him for 45 minutes, before declaring him deceased.
After confirming the death, Coolio’s rep told the outlet that he had traveled to L.A. from Vegas to either get or renew his passport ahead of his upcoming shows in Germany.
While no official cause of death is known, Coolio’s rep says he was told the 59-year-old suffered a heart attack.
WORTH NOTING: Before his death, Coolio recorded segments for the animated series, “Futurama.” Producers told TMZ they will dedicate an episode in the upcoming season to him in “the best send-off.”
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL is defending ADAM LEVINE amid several accusations of infidelity.
The two men will be on stage together this weekend as Levine and his band, Maroon 5, are set to perform at Shaq’s annual charity gala, “The Event,” in Las Vegas.
Of Levine, Shaq said “his dedication to charity shows his true character,” and as far as he is concerned that is all that matters for this weekend’s event, TMZ reports.
After teasing fans all week on Instagram, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN announced Thursday that he will be releasing a new album of soul covers, titled “Only the Strong Survive.”
The rocker’s 21st studio album celebrates “15 soul music gems from the legendary catalogs of Motown, Gamble and Huff , Stax and many more,” per the release.
Springsteen’s last album, “Letter to You,” was released in 2020. The new album will be his first cover album since his 2006 project, “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions,” which was inspired by the late folk singer PETE SEEGER.
“Only the Strong Survive” drops on November 11.
WORTH REMEMBERING: The Boss and the E Street Band will kick off a 2023 tour on February 1 in Tampa, Florida.
HAILEY BIEBER didn’t hold back when discussing her sex life with husband JUSTIN BIEBER on ALEXANDRA COOPER’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast.
The 25-year-old shared that they are “night sex” people, though she added that she is always “up for some morning delight.”
She also revealed their favorite position is “doggy style” and threesomes are not something that would “work” for them.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE: Hailey also discussed the rumors about her dating Justin while he was with SELENA GOMEZ. “Period point blank…was never in a relationship with him when he was with anybody,” she said.
GEORGE CLOONEY revealed on “CBS Mornings” that he and his wife AMAL CLOONEY made a “terrible mistake” in parenting their five-year-old twins.
GAYLE KING, co-anchor of the morning show, asked the couple if the kids were “chatty,” to which George replied, “We’ve made a terrible mistake. We taught them Italian.”
“But we don’t speak Italian. So, we’ve armed them with a language they can harm us with,” he quipped.
CAROLE BASKIN was forced to shelter in place with her big cats as Hurricane Ian passed over her Florida sanctuary.
She told TMZ that her 21 bobcats, 8 tigers, 6 servals, jaguar and leopard rode out the hurricane, while some of her smaller -- and less exotic animals -- were moved to a different sanctuary.
UPDATE: Baskin told TMZ on Thursday that everyone is in good shape following the storm.
BRUCE WILLIS sold his image rights to Deepcake, an artificial-intelligence-powered content optimization platform so his famous face can be used in films even after retiring from acting.
The 67-year-old decided to sell the rights last year after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects his ability to communicate, sources told the Daily Mail.
His deepfake already made its first debut in an August 2021 commercial for MegaFon, a Russian telecommunications company.
WORTH NOTING: Before his retirement, Willis filmed three action thrillers, “Detective Knight: Rogue,” “Die Like Lovers” and “Paradise City.” The first is due out on October 21.
JOHN CORBETT is set to reprise his role as Aidan Shaw in Season 2 of the “Sex in the City” reboot, “And Just Like That…”
News of his return comes after he mistakenly told Page Six in 2021 that he would appear in Season 1.
According to Deadline, Corbett will have a “substantial, multi-episode arc,” though no insight as to whether Aidan and Carrie, played by SARAH JESSICA PARKER, will rekindle their love.
PATTI LABELLE has joined the cast of ABC’s “The Wonder Years.”
She will play Shirley Williams, mom to DULE HILL’s character Bill.
LaBelle is set for a two-episode arc in Season 2. No word on whether or not she will perform with her musical TV family.
THE DAILY KARDASHOPUS
KHLOE KARDASHIAN was secretly engaged to TRISTAN THOMPSON for nine months before his paternity scandal broke them up for good.
Thompson, who is the father of Kardashian’s two kids, popped the question in February 2021, according to PEOPLE magazine. The couple remained strong until it was revealed that Thompson had once again cheated on Kardashian and fathered a child with another woman.
The engagement ended in November of that year.
Martini-aficionado KRIS JENNER now has her own line of martini glasses.
The momager teamed up with Baccarat to design a limited-edition glass that honors her three favorite things: martinis, florals and stylish tableware.
The glasses, which come as a set of two, were created in celebration of her new line of makeup with her daughter KYLIE JENNER, called The Kris Collection by Kylie Cosmetics.
KRIS’ KOCKTAIL: Her martini recipe includes Belvedere vodka, shaken with ice and strained into a glass with two olives.
WE’LL NEVER BE ROYALS
QUEEN ELIZABETH died from “old age” on September 8 at 3:10pm, according to her recently released death certificate.
The National Records of Scotland released the document on Thursday, with PRINCESS ANNE listed as the informant of her death.
As pickleball becomes the fastest-growing sport in the country, several big names want in on the action.
Lakers star LEBRON JAMES, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner MARK LASRY, former tennis player JAMES BLAKE and former NFL QB DREW BREES have already invested in the sport, according to the Austin, Texas-based Major League Pickleball (MLP).
The Kardashians have also been known to hit the pickleball court.
MLP founder STEVE KUHN told The Post that the league’s goal is to have “40 million pickleball players by 2030.”
For those unfamiliar with the game, pickleball combines tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Teams of 1-2 players stand on opposite sides of the net and use paddles to hit a ball back-and-forth.
LIST OF THE WEEK
10 Worst Hurricanes in US History
The Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, 1893 - Cat 4 - estimated 2,000 deaths
Galveston Hurricane, 1900 - Cat 4 - estimated 8,000 deaths
San Felipe-Okeechobee Hurricane, 1928 - Cat 4 - over 2,000 deaths
The Great Labor Day Hurricane, 1935 - Cat 5 - 408 deaths
Hurricane Camille, 1969 - Cat 5 - 256 deaths
Hurricane Andrew, 1992 - Cat 5 - 23 deaths
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 - Cat 3 - 1,800 deaths
Hurricane Sandy, 2010 - Cat - over 100 deaths
Hurricane Harvey, 2017 - Cat 4 - dozens killed
Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria (hit less than 2 weeks apart), 2017 - Cat 5 & Cat 4 - estimated 3,000 deaths total
*info courtesy of The Hill
DAY OF THE YEAR
Save the Koala Day
German Butterbrot Day
International Thunderbirds Day
National Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day
Ask a Stupid Question Day
National Hot Mulled Cider Day
International Podcast Day
National Mud Pack Day
National Chewing Gum Day
National Love People Day
International Translation Day
ON THIS DATE
1882 – The world's first commercial hydroelectric dam begins operation -- in Appleton, Wisconsin. It provided 12.5 kilowatts of power -- that's enough to illuminate 180 small lights.
When it began operations, it supplied power directly to the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company. It also powered the nearby Vulcan Paper Plant, and the house of the president of the paper company. All these buildings were directly connected to the hydroelectric dam -- years before the use of the modern power grid.
Today the site is a National Historic Engineering Landmark.
1888 – British police discover Jack the Ripper's 3rd and 4th victims.
Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were found separately, each gruesomely murdered.
Five deaths have been attributed to Jack -- whose real identity has never been discovered.
1927 – Babe Ruth hits his 60th home run during his last at-bat of the season. He's the first Major Leaguer to knock more than 60 homeruns in a season.
The crowd threw paper confetti and their hats into the air to celebrate Ruth's triumph.
The record lasted 34 years, until Roger Maris hit 61 in the 1961 season.
1938 – The League of Nations outlaws intentional bombings of civilians -- unanimously!
It was the same day that French, Italian, German, and British leadership signed the Munich Pact. The agreement allowed Germany to annex Czechoslovakia in order to avert war. Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister, declared that they had achieved "peace in our time."
Not so much -- surprisingly, the agreement did not deter Hitler from rolling into Poland the next year.
1947 – The World Series between the Yankees and (Brooklyn) Dodgers marks a couple milestones.
It's the first Series with an African-American player in the lineup -- Jackie Robinson.
It was also the first Series broadcast on television, but only audiences in New York City, Philly, Schenectady, and Washington DC could see the game; 3.9 million tuned in.
1954 – The Navy commissions its first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus. The new technology allowed subs to stay underwater longer without having to surface to recharge batteries.
In 1958, the Nautilus became the first vessel to sail — submerged — under the Arctic ice cap to the north pole.
It was decommissioned in 1980. Today it's a museum.
1955 – James Dean dies in a head-on car collision in California.
The 24-year-old movie star was on his way to a car race with his mechanic. The mechanic was thrown from the car, but survived. The other driver, Donald Turnaspeed, only had minor injuries -- and he never faced any charges.
At the time, Dean had only appeared in 1 film and had completed 2 more that were not yet released.
He was never fabulously rich or famous in his life. But his untimely death immortalized him as a young American acting icon.
1991 – “The Jerry Springer Show” debuts.
It is still on air.
1997 - Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s gun buyback program ends with more than 640,000 firearms acquired, including many illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.
The buy back program did not stop mass killings in Australia.
2020 - California becomes the first state to pass a law allowing for reparations for Black residents and descendants of slaves.
A nine-member task force is created to come up with proposals for how to make amends for the oppression of Back people.
The law does not limit reparations to only those who are descendants of slaves, but Governor Gavin Newsom required the task force to give those individuals special consideration.
Inez Reynolds - daughter of Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds - 6
Bella Ramsey - actress, “Game of Thrones” - 19
Levi Miller - actor, “Pan” & “A Wrinkle in Time” - 20
Max Verstappen - race car driver - 25
Drew Dirksen - drummer, The Tide - 26
Ezra Miller - actor, “The Flash” - 30
Chantel Jeffries - DJ - 30
Ki Hong Lee - actor, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” - 36
Olivier Giroud - soccer player - 36
T-Pain - rapper - 38
Kieran Culkin - actor, “Succession” & “Infinity Baby” - 40
Lacey Chabert - actress, “Party of Five” & “Mean Girls” - 40
Christoper Jackson - actor, “Hamilton” - 47
Tony Hale - actor, “Veep” & “Arrested Development” - 52
Fran Drescher - actress, “The Nanny” - 65
Born On This Date
Bill Rieflin - drummer, R.E.M. - 1960 (d. 2020)
Truman Capote - author, “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” - 1924 (d. 1984)
Buddy Rich - drummer, Buddy Rich Band - 1917 (d. 1987)
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