How the Media Works – Freedom Toons http://freedomtoons.org/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:50:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://freedomtoons.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png How the Media Works – Freedom Toons http://freedomtoons.org/ 32 32 BeReal is Gen Z’s new favorite social media app, for food and more https://freedomtoons.org/bereal-is-gen-zs-new-favorite-social-media-app-for-food-and-more/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:37:51 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/bereal-is-gen-zs-new-favorite-social-media-app-for-food-and-more/ Placeholder while loading article actions On BeReal you will find things that Instagram and TikTok will not show. Empty crayfish shells held by stained fingernails. Hastily prepared midnight snacks blurred by a shaky camera. Snapshots of it awkward period after ordering in a restaurant, minus the food. BeReal, which is called “Gen Z’s new favorite […]]]>
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On BeReal you will find things that Instagram and TikTok will not show. Empty crayfish shells held by stained fingernails. Hastily prepared midnight snacks blurred by a shaky camera. Snapshots of it awkward period after ordering in a restaurant, minus the food.

BeReal, which is called “Gen Z’s new favorite social media app” launched in January 2020 in response to polished and hyper-curated feeds on Instagram and TikTok. In the past year alone, BeReal has amassed over 7.5 million users, representing 75% of total app downloads.

Students – some living on campus for the first time since the pandemic – are particularly eager at document their life experiences on BeReal. At the beginning of February, the application hosted parties on several US college campuses through its ambassador program and offered free admission to students who downloaded the app and added five friends. Student-directed marketing campaigns have helped BeReal climb the top App Store rankings and gain exposure to the public.

The app is simple to use. Once a day at a random time, BeReal sends you a push notification to post a photo. The BeReal photo – both a selfie and a head-on photo with no filters or editing options – must be taken within two minutes or the post is labeled as “late”. To scroll on the BeReal feed, you must post once and only once per day. Surprisingly, retakes are allowed. When you first join the app, you can only follow accounts linked to your phone contacts and react to BeReals with a RealMoji, an emoji image of your face at that time. You can also browse the Discovery Feed, a collection of random BeReals from around the world that anyone can post to.

Eitan Bernath, a 20-year-old TikTok food influencer and cookbook author, practically lives on social media. With 2.2 million followers on TikTok, he spends 15 hours a day on his phone filming short food clips and promoting his food content on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. Between the bustle of his organized work on social networks and regular contributions On “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Bernath finds a few hours a day to unwind, which includes catching up with close friends and posting on BeReal. Right now, BeReal is one of his favorite apps.

“I love social platforms in general. For me, I’m like, ‘Oh cool, let me try this.’ he says. “If it looks like people are using it as a creative platform, I’ll follow suit. For now, he adds, BeReal “is just kind of a fun thing.”

BeReal markets itself as an “authentic, spontaneous and candid” social media platform. And the app is not afraid to challenge its competitors, and to reject performative culture, on the iTunes App Store: “BeReal will not make you famous, if you want to become an influencer you can stay on TikTok and Instagram. But in the world of online food, where influencers dedicate their day to meticulously curated spreads, can the so-called authentic philosophy behind BeReal really reflect their daily lives?

Bernath seems to think so. Every time it spots the BeReal notification, it captures a photo in the moment to make it look more “natural”. Through his BeReal, we zigzag through his busy life as a food influencer. His posts include a vulnerable moment with his dog Ernie and a photo of a New York rooftop barbecue. One BeReal features Bernath’s smiling face alongside partially prepared pistachio batter, crumbs and all. Would it be a babka, a rugelach or a date-coated pistachio pizza? Without further context from Eitan or the photo, BeReal keeps us guessing.

“Like everything in life, you can curate the look,” he says, acknowledging that some BeReal users intentionally post late. When he posts on it, “I literally am what I do. If they released the 360 ​​version where you have like a 360 camera, that would be the most real, the BeReal plus.

Jeremy Scheck, a 22-year-old TikTok influencer who specializes in Italian cuisine and recently graduated from Cornell University, uses BeReal sporadically. When the app first took U.S. college campuses by storm in February, he used to post daily, sometimes in the middle of his TikTok shoots. Today, he opens the application when he wants, where he wants. Sometimes it completely ignores the notification.

“Sometimes I get the notification and sit on a couch watching TV. I say to myself, this is not a good photo,” he said. “I don’t do it for vanity reasons. They’re just my friends, so I won’t divulge a recipe.

Judging from BeReal’s college parties and the sea of ​​young faces on its Discovery page, most BeReal users fall into the Gen-Z crowd and follow a circle of close friends. Still, that hasn’t stopped some food brands from migrating to the platform. In May, a Chipotle employee broke a BeReal with a fork and a reusable promo code for a free entry offered to the first hundred users. Within 30 minutes, all promotional codes had been claimed. After the success of its first BeReal campaign, Chipotle now has more than 2,000 “friends” – the term for BeReal subscribers – and appears to be carving out a BeReal social media strategy.

With a consumer base of mostly Gen Z and Millennials, it’s no surprise that Chipotle turned to one of the hottest new platforms for lightweight ways to engage users. According to Chipotle social media director and influencer Candice Beck, the company plans to use BeReal to feature employees and internal experiences not registered on their social media accounts.

Even with all these attempts to lift the performative curtain, some BeReal users have picked up habits from Instagram and TikTok. Bernath says he captures his BeReals with an outstretched arm, like a selfie. Allyssa Boes, a 21-year-old student at the University of Michigan, said when the BeReal notification came during a meal, she would move the bowls together to complete the food intake. At the end of the day, BeReal can help capture candid moments, but the user can also determine how authentic they want to be on camera.

Other social media platforms have dabbled in promoting authentic expression online, but none have achieved the cult following of BeReal. Casey Neistat spear Beme in 2014 to build the “Snapchat before Snapchat”. Once purchased by CNN, the app never took off. Popular apps like 1 Second Everyday, Snapchat, and LiveIn offer similar functionality, but not the full BeReal package.

BeReal is committed to centering authentic and spontaneous experiences, but the company recently raised a $30 million Series A funding round from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. When asked to provide more information about their fundraising and app development, BeReal’s PR team declined to comment. With that extra money and investor scrutiny, the app might be forced to monetize soon and change some of its favorite features.

Then there are the app skeptics. Bettina Makalintal, a 29-year-old writer at Eater whom the San Francisco Chronicle called “Food Media’s Biggest Luck Influencer,” manages the popular Instagram account @crispyegg420 dedicated to the daily shots of his colorful bowls. Makalintal is resisting the urge to download BeReal because she doesn’t know if the app will have any longer-term potential. None of his friends have installed the app either, a crucial step to enjoying BeReal.

Even without BeReal, she channels those anti-aesthetic, spontaneous vibes into her vibrant, bowl-filled Instagram account. She organizes her bowl items, often setting them by the window in the warm sunlight, but doesn’t follow a recipe calendar or add recipes to the caption. Nor does she set her bowl on white marble or haphazardly throw a linen napkin next to the dish. Every once in a while his blue crocs or his pantry slip into the frame and expose a part of his home life that usually remains unseen. Which makes you wonder: is @crispyegg420 Makalintal’s real me?

“I know I only show a tiny part of myself on social media, so I think they’re real and if you put them all together you get a better understanding of me,” she says. “But I don’t think anything is 100% authentic.”

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Parampara Season 2 Release Date, OTT, Featured Cast, Trailer, Plot and More https://freedomtoons.org/parampara-season-2-release-date-ott-featured-cast-trailer-plot-and-more/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:43:46 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/parampara-season-2-release-date-ott-featured-cast-trailer-plot-and-more/ Telugu crime drama thriller Parampara is set to return with its season soon after delivering a highly successful first season. Directed by Krishna Vijay L. and Viswanath Arigela in association with Hari Yellati, who wrote the story and screenplay, the first season of the series premiered on December 24, 2021. Parampara Season 2 OTT Release […]]]>

Telugu crime drama thriller Parampara is set to return with its season soon after delivering a highly successful first season. Directed by Krishna Vijay L. and Viswanath Arigela in association with Hari Yellati, who wrote the story and screenplay, the first season of the series premiered on December 24, 2021.

Parampara Season 2 OTT Release Date

It has been six months since the first season was released and the creators have brought you some exciting news regarding Parampara Season 2.

The next season of this crime thriller drama series has been confirmed to release on July 21, 2022 on one of the major OTT platforms Disney+Hotstar.

A new poster featuring the entire star cast along with the release date and the long line “Revenge Just Got Darker” has been released to announce the release date. Check this below:

Parampara Season 2 Star Cast

Produced by the producer of the hit film series Baahubali Shobu Yarlagadda under the banner of Arka Media Works, the upcoming season brings together the main cast of the first season with more drama, crime and suspense.

Tollywood megastar Jagapathi Babu is reprising his role as Mohan Rao. Likewise, Sarath Kumar will reprise her role as Chintalapudi Nagendra Rao, Naveen Chandra as Gopi, actress Aakanksha Singh as Rachana, Ishan as Suresh, Naina Ganguly as Jenny and Murali Mohan as Chintalapudi Veera Naidu.

About the series

The series follows the story of an underdog who fights his powerful and ruthless uncle for the integrity and honor of his wronged father. It revolves around Naidu, who is the patriarch of the Naidu family and shares an unbreakable bond with his brother Mohanrao when it comes to the world.

However, Mohanrao’s son Gopi, who knows about his uncle Naidu’s evil intention towards his father, decides to expose Naidu, who is oppressing his father in the disguise of love. A series of events pits the uncles-nephews against each other, resulting in power struggles.

After delivering a successful Season 1, Season 2 is ready to entertain you as it is going to be more intense and we are sure it will strike a chord with the viewers like the previous season.

Parampara Season 2 Announcement Video Released On June 6, 2022. Check It Out »

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Comedy Song Chameleon Nick Lutsko Heads to Exit/In This Weekend https://freedomtoons.org/comedy-song-chameleon-nick-lutsko-heads-to-exit-in-this-weekend/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:44:21 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/comedy-song-chameleon-nick-lutsko-heads-to-exit-in-this-weekend/ Nick Lutsko can thank Chrissy Teigen for her burgeoning career in parody songwriting. Well, sort of. Lutkso made a name for himself in comedy circles as a sonic chameleon who counted viral laughs with a series of videos for the now defunct Super Deluxe website. You may not know his name, but you probably scrolled […]]]>

Nick Lutsko can thank Chrissy Teigen for her burgeoning career in parody songwriting.

Well, sort of.

Lutkso made a name for himself in comedy circles as a sonic chameleon who counted viral laughs with a series of videos for the now defunct Super Deluxe website. You may not know his name, but you probably scrolled his earworm”Alex Jones Rants as Indie Folk Song” Where “Eminem as a Talking Heads song.”

But Lutsko never played a character in his songs — until one day in 2020, when Teigen dumped him on Twitter. He wrote his fake frustrations in a song and posted it on the social media platform.

It instantly became one of his biggest hits, comedic or otherwise.

“It was a green light to continue pursuing him,” said Lutsko, a Chattanooga native and alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University. “I brushed off all those feelings of impostor syndrome. … It was a check on what I should be putting my energy into.”

Lutsko started spinning fast songs about bizarre cultural topics (yes, he wrote a trilogy of songs about department store impersonator Spirit Halloween), one-way arguments with conservative talking heads (especially Dan Bongino) and a seat at the table for a “Gremlins” reboot. Since 2020, he has released two parody albums: “Songs On The Computer” and “More Songs On The Computer”.

Nick Lutsko performs Saturday at Exit/In in Nashville, Tennessee.

He’s bringing his songs to Nashville on Saturday for a one-night show at Exit/In. Randy Steele & the High Cold Wind open; tickets are $15 before fees.

“Other shows we have scheduled are DC, New York and Chicago, so this is by far the closest we have to our hometown of Chattanooga,” Lutsko said. “This will be my first gig with a full band in Nashville.”

Lutsko’s music constructs a fictional world where he lives in his grandmother’s basement, sweats intensely, and shamelessly pushes a “Gremlins 3” agenda.

He works fast, often writing and cutting songs in a day – an advantage that keeps him from overthinking the humor involved. Creatively, it’s a 180 degree turn from his last non-comic project, an album called “Swords” that Lutsko worked on for four years.

“‘Songs On The Computer’…really let my subconscious take the wheel and go with my instincts and my first instincts (to) put things out there and realize that people still resonate with that,” Lutsko said.

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Xavier Musk: Elon Musk’s child tells court she no longer wants to ‘be tied’ to her father https://freedomtoons.org/xavier-musk-elon-musks-child-tells-court-she-no-longer-wants-to-be-tied-to-her-father/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:52:00 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/xavier-musk-elon-musks-child-tells-court-she-no-longer-wants-to-be-tied-to-her-father/ The petition was filed by Xavier Alexander Musk, who turned 18 earlier this year and filed the case in Los Angeles County Court shortly after. She asks that her name be changed to Vivian Jenna Wilson. Wilson is the surname of his mother, Justine Wilson, Musk’s ex-wife and mother of five of his seven children. […]]]>

The petition was filed by Xavier Alexander Musk, who turned 18 earlier this year and filed the case in Los Angeles County Court shortly after. She asks that her name be changed to Vivian Jenna Wilson. Wilson is the surname of his mother, Justine Wilson, Musk’s ex-wife and mother of five of his seven children.

Musk, the CEO of You’re here (TSLA) and SpaceX, is the richest person in the world with a estimated net worth of $214 billion.

He has been criticized for some of his statements on Twitter regarding gender identity issues. For example in December 2020, he posted a since-deleted tweet that read “when you put it in your bio” next to a drawing of an 18th century soldier rubbing blood on his face in front of a pile of corpses and wearing a hat that read “I like to oppress.”

In response to critical to this tweet, Musk wrote on Twitter: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare.” He also pointed out that Tesla earned a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign as one of the “Best Workplaces for LGBTQ+ Equality.” Tesla still has that 100% score in the 2022 HRC ranking.
Musk also said on Twitter that he was leaning towards support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis recently pushed for and signed legislation, known to critics as the Don’t Say Gay Act, to limit discussion of homosexuality and trans issues in public schools across the country. ‘State.
News of Xavier Musk’s case broke over the weekend on social media and in articles on the celebrity news site the explosion as well as in the Los Angeles Times Monday. There’s a hearing in the case scheduled for this Friday.
Early Sunday, Musk tweeted Father’s Day greetings, followed by another Tweeter who said “I love all my children so much.”

CNN Business was unable to reach Xavier Musk for comment and there were no comments from him in other reports on the filing.

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GOP impeachment supporters are fighting for their own political survival after the loss of Tom Rice https://freedomtoons.org/gop-impeachment-supporters-are-fighting-for-their-own-political-survival-after-the-loss-of-tom-rice/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:21:00 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/gop-impeachment-supporters-are-fighting-for-their-own-political-survival-after-the-loss-of-tom-rice/ “I told him afterward, I said, ‘Too bad for the adage that members of Congress are more concerned about their next election than their jobs here,'” retired Rep. Fred Upton of the Michigan. that his impeachment vote is likely what cost him in last week’s Republican primary for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district. While Upton’s […]]]>
“I told him afterward, I said, ‘Too bad for the adage that members of Congress are more concerned about their next election than their jobs here,'” retired Rep. Fred Upton of the Michigan. that his impeachment vote is likely what cost him in last week’s Republican primary for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district.

While Upton’s comments were meant to boost Rice’s morale, they also serve as a reality check for the remaining pro-impeachment Republicans in the House who are fighting for survival in competitive primaries: support Trump’s impeachment — and continuing to forcefully and publicly rebuke the former president, as Rice did — is politically perilous in today’s GOP.

“You impeach King Ultra MAGA, you get the boot,” said incendiary Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a Trump ally and a vocal supporter of attempts to nullify the 2020 election.

The so-called impeachment 10 – who keep in touch via group chat and have offered advice and comfort to each other amid a barrage of attacks from Trump and his allies – are struggling with their own political survivals after seeing their number decrease. At least half of them will not return to Congress next year, with Rice losing her primary to a Trump-backed challenger and four of them choosing to retire instead of facing each other, although some of these decisions were influenced by the redistribution.

Now, in hopes of stemming the bleeding, these Remainer Republicans are trying to discern what lessons, if any, can be learned from Rice’s demoralizing, if not somewhat expected, loss.

There could be at least one bright spot for the group: California Rep. David Valadao, who voted to impeach Trump but has kept his head down ever since, appears to have edged out a far-right challenger for a spot in the general election as counting from the state’s first two primaries on June 7 continues. But Valadao hasn’t had to compete with anyone endorsed by Trump, and his district is far less conservative than Rice’s dark red seat in northeastern South Carolina.

“We have totally different types of constituencies, we have totally different types of electoral processes,” Valadao said. “Everyone handles their situation differently.”

Upton expressed optimism on Sunday when asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” Dana Bash if there would be any House Republicans left willing to stand up to Trump after the midterms.

“We’ll see when those primaries are over. But I think there will be some of the 10 standing,” he said.

Yet between Rice and Valadao there is a growing consensus that the key to survival after crossing paths with Trump is to silence public criticism and focus on hyperlocal issues.

“If I was (Rice), I would have discussed the issues,” said Rep. Joe Wilson, another Republican from South Carolina. “He and Trump actually agreed on the issues. The best that could have been done was to focus on the issues.”

Impeachment Republicans who continue to face major challenges later this summer appear to be heeding that exact advice, reluctant to center their campaigns on an anti-Trump playbook.

Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington state, told CNN, “We’ve put together a strategy focused on the issues that matter most to my constituents.

Freshman Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan said he’s aware of the results from other races, but wouldn’t comment on how it affects his own campaign strategy.

“Every district is different, every challenger is different, so I’m not going to get into campaign strategy. But we’re very mindful of what we’ve seen in other races,” he told CNN.

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, another Washington state lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, nearly became a witness in the Senate trial after revealing what the leader of House Minority Kevin McCarthy told him about his private conversation with Trump as a crowd was storming the United States Capitol. But since then, she has mostly avoided the national limelight and any speeches from Trump, opting to focus on local issues again.

Asked if she feared Rice’s primary loss was a harbinger for her own race, Herrera Beutler told CNN, “I feel good.”

Rice did not return a request for comment and he was not on Capitol Hill after his first loss. He did, however, turn to a familiar face to act as his proxy for the floor votes: Meijer.

A notable exception to the strategy of keeping their heads down among impeachment Republicans is Wyoming Rep. Liz. Cheney, who hasn’t thrown a punch since voting to impeach Trump last year. His continued public criticism of Trump’s election lies cost Cheney his spot as House GOP leader. And she took on a leadership role on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, serving as vice president alongside Speaker Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi.

In contrast, most of the other 10 impeachments kept the select committee at bay. Cheney and incumbent Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also sits on the panel, were the only Republicans to back the creation of the select committee. And most of them have remained relatively quiet about the slew of damning revelations about Trump’s attempts to stay in power that have come out during the panel’s series of public hearings.

But notably, even Cheney’s first two campaign ads focused on local issues — not his work on the Jan. 6 committee or warnings that Trump would be a threat to democracy. Cheney is seen as the most vulnerable of the remaining impeachment Republicans, with Trump and his allies deploying considerable energy to defeat her in her ruby ​​red district of Wyoming. But powerful names in the GOP establishment have lined up in support of Cheney, who has built a massive war chest and casts herself as a champion for Wyoming voters.

Still, Trump and his allies seized on Rice’s primary defeat as a sign of momentum for the MAGA wing.

“The same will happen in Wyoming to Virginia ‘resident’ Liz Cheney, what happened in South Carolina to Congressman ‘Impeach Master’ Tom Rice, who lost as a starter by 28 runs!” Trump posted on social media last week.

Another recent example of walking a Trump tightrope is freshman Rep. Nancy Mace. In a bit of split-screen from Rice, Mace, also a Republican from South Carolina, pushed back against a senior Trump-endorsed opponent after he angered Trump for strongly condemning his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. , although Mace did not vote for impeachment. .

Throughout his campaign, Mace highlighted his conservative electoral record, his support for Trump’s policies and the endorsements of other high-profile Republicans such as former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Mace even filmed a video outside Trump Tower in New York, calling herself one of “Trump’s first supporters.” While other impeachment Republicans haven’t gone that far, Mace has shown the political benefits of softening his criticism of Trump in a competitive Republican primary.

However, lawmakers warn that every district and race is different. And, unlike Rice, the GOP leadership has been looking for ways to boost Meijer and Herrera Beutler, who represent swing districts that could affect GOP efforts to regain a majority in the House. Yet even with party leaders on their side, their victories are hardly guaranteed.

“You have to work hard,” Upton said. “And the others, I mean, they work really hard.”

This story has been updated with additional reaction.

CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.

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Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer John Basilone > US Department of Defense > Liberation https://freedomtoons.org/navy-to-christen-guided-missile-destroyer-john-basilone-us-department-of-defense-liberation/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:35:07 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/navy-to-christen-guided-missile-destroyer-john-basilone-us-department-of-defense-liberation/ The Navy will christen the future USS John Basilone (DDG 122) in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, June 18 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. sergeant. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy Black will deliver the keynote address at the christening ceremony. US Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Vice Admiral […]]]>

The Navy will christen the future USS John Basilone (DDG 122) in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, June 18 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

sergeant. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy Black will deliver the keynote address at the christening ceremony. US Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Vice Admiral Francis Morley, Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition; Vice Admiral Scott Conn, deputy chief of naval operations for combat requirements and capabilities; Don Basilone, brother of the ship’s namesake; and Charles Krugh, president of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works will also make remarks. The ship’s sponsors are Ryan Manion and Amy Looney Heffernan, president and vice president of the Travis Manion Foundation. Mrs. Heffernan is unable to attend the event. In an age-old Navy tradition, Ms. Manion will christen the ship by smashing a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow.

The ship’s namesake, Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II, where he led his heavy machine gun sections to defend a critical position and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Basilone later returned to action at the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1944, where he single-handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse and led a marine tank under fire to safety through a minefield. He was killed in action later that day and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his unwavering dedication and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice.

“The future USS John Basilone will serve as a constant reminder of the immense impact that the actions taken by any sailor or sailor can truly have,” Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro said. Gunnery Sgt. Basilone is a national hero and this ship and crew will honor his legacy for decades to come.

It is the second ship to honor Basilone. The first, USS Basilone (DD 824), was a Gearing-class destroyer in service from 1945 to 1977.

Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are the backbone of the US Navy’s surface fleet, protecting America around the world. These high-performance multi-mission ships conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence to national security, providing a wide range of combat capabilities in the air, surface and subterranean multi-threat domains. These elements of sea power enable the navy to defend American prosperity and prevent future conflicts abroad.

Additional information about the ship’s namesake can be found at: https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Information-for-Units/Medal-of-Honor-Recipients-By-Unit/Sgt-John-Basilone/

Media can direct questions to the Navy Office of Information at (703) 697-5342. For more information on the Missile Destroyer programs, visit: https://www.navy.mil/Resources/Fact-Files/Display-FactFiles/Article/2169871/destroyers-ddg/

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Ahmed bin Saeed reviews the progress of rehabilitation work on Dubai International Airport’s North Runway https://freedomtoons.org/ahmed-bin-saeed-reviews-the-progress-of-rehabilitation-work-on-dubai-international-airports-north-runway/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:42:22 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/ahmed-bin-saeed-reviews-the-progress-of-rehabilitation-work-on-dubai-international-airports-north-runway/ – The runway is scheduled to open for air traffic on June 22, 2022– With an extremely tight schedule of only 45 days, the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is currently underway according to plan– More than 400 engineers and field experts, and 3,800 workers are working to carry out the major rehabilitation project […]]]>

– The runway is scheduled to open for air traffic on June 22, 2022
– With an extremely tight schedule of only 45 days, the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is currently underway according to plan
– More than 400 engineers and field experts, and 3,800 workers are working to carry out the major rehabilitation project

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airline & Group, today visited the north runway of the Dubai International Airport to review the progress of rehabilitation works at the runway, which is scheduled to open to air traffic on June 22, 2022.

During the site visit, His Highness was briefed on the progress of the North Runway Rehabilitation Project and the efforts being made by various multinational teams – led by UAE national expertise from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects ( DAEP), a leading engineering organization responsible for the master planning, design, infrastructure development and construction of Dubai’s dynamic aviation sector – to ensure the project is completed on schedule. With an extremely tight schedule of only 45 days, the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is currently underway according to plan.

His Highness commended the exceptional efforts of the teams and said, “The North Runway Rehabilitation Project is a remarkable milestone in our efforts to facilitate and respond to the continued growth in passenger numbers and support the evolution of the industry. air transport in the emirate. Dubai is constantly seeking to ensure the resilience of its airport infrastructure and to improve the services provided to all passengers by deploying the latest state-of-the-art technologies”.

His Highness added: “The general forecast for 2022 remains positive with annual traffic flow projections now estimated at 58.3 million passengers, exceeding the initial forecast by a significant margin.”

The latest rehabilitation project included a workforce of over 400 engineers and field experts, as well as a workforce of approximately 3,800 people. On the infrastructure side, due to their extensive technical expertise in airport construction and their long-standing relationship with Dubai International Airport, Al Naboodah Contracting Company was appointed to carry out all infrastructure works.

Dubai International Airport’s North Runway underwent a major rehabilitation in 2014, followed by the South Runway in 2019 which included an upgrade of deployed technologies, as part of a regular maintenance program to ensure resilience and the 24-hour availability of the airfield.

Approaching the end of its pavement life, and as airport traffic experiences an aggressive rebound after COVID-19, the decision to rehabilitate the north runway was taken so as not to impact the operation of the airport. over the next decade.

The rehabilitation works involved the complete reconstruction of 4,500 meters of the central strip of the runway, all associated taxiways and graded safety strips. More than 295,000 tonnes of special asphalt and 125,000 tonnes of concrete have been placed on the site since the start of work to date. Over 4,230 Fully Addressable LED (AFL) airfield lights have been upgraded and reinstalled. In addition, the latest in navigational aid systems and meteorological equipment (MET) technologies have been installed to improve safety and increase North Runaway’s operational capability.

For the success of a project of such magnitude, the preparatory work was essential and substantial. More than a year before the start of the project, detailed requirements, condition assessments, planning, design, construction logistics and phasing work had to be coordinated very closely and in an integrated manner with the main airport entities and stakeholders, local authorities, the contractor and the consultant.

Special measures and arrangements have been put in place to mitigate the traffic overflow resulting from this closure of the Dubai World Central (DWC) passenger terminal, and an extensive public awareness campaign has been put in place to inform the general public. of these changes. Additionally, Dubai Airports has introduced a free shuttle service between DXB and DWC airports to facilitate connectivity and ensure a smooth experience for passengers.

Once the North Runway Rehabilitation Project is completed, the DXB airfield will support continued growth in air traffic for a significant number of years to come. The aforementioned growth forms a fundamental objective in Dubai’s strategy to be a world-class tourist destination and logistics hub.

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Chris Stirewalt has lost his job at Fox News. But he knows he was right. https://freedomtoons.org/chris-stirewalt-has-lost-his-job-at-fox-news-but-he-knows-he-was-right/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:40:00 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/chris-stirewalt-has-lost-his-job-at-fox-news-but-he-knows-he-was-right/ Placeholder while loading article actions For a guy who made a controversial call on election night and then lost his valuable role with what he called “the best decision-making office in the news business”, Chris Stirewalt seems to have no regrets . Testifying Monday morning, the former Fox News political editor spoke confidently, colorfully and, […]]]>
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For a guy who made a controversial call on election night and then lost his valuable role with what he called “the best decision-making office in the news business”, Chris Stirewalt seems to have no regrets .

Testifying Monday morning, the former Fox News political editor spoke confidently, colorfully and, yes, resolutelyabout what happened in November 2020 when a former news agency that turned into former President Donald Trump’s propaganda arm is temporarily off-screen.

Stirewalt and his colleagues in the Policy Office made a incredibly early call this challenger Joe Biden had won Arizona. It was only 11:20 p.m. Eastern Time with 73% of the votes counted.

They needed both certainty and unanimity to make that call, he told the Jan. 6 select committee. His team relied on the data they had collected, their knowledge and their experience. They “looked around the room and everyone said ‘yeah,'” he recalls, so they went ahead and moved the all-important state into Biden’s column — well before any other press organization.

Clear and punchy, Stirewalt’s brief testimony seemed driven by the same quality he touted on the decision desk: certainty of the factual truth of what he said.

“We knew it would be a big call,” he said. If Trump did lose Arizona, he would have a better chance of being re-elected: “Better to play Powerball.” Stirewalt was equally outspoken in questioning, describing Trump’s chances of winning in a recount or challenge: “None.”

That the Arizona call freaked out Trump World was obvious; to have such a verdict, especially coming from his usually reliable cheerleading team at Fox News, was devastating. The call made it infinitely harder to push the idea that Trump would eventually win, and harder even to to pretend that he would. Of course, as we know all too well, that didn’t stop him.

The January 6 hearing was horrible. It also gave me hope.

Trump’s anger reportedly prompted his team’s efforts to pressure Fox chief Rupert Murdoch to withdraw the appeal. And there were even plenty of nonpartisan pundits who guessed Fox News’ decision was made too soon.

But as the votes continued to pour in, other news outlets rallied around Stirewalt’s view: Trump would lose Arizona. And he lost the state, by just over 10,000 votes, according to the final tally. Stirewalt is right. Nevertheless, two months later he was out.

Fox described Stirewalt’s hasty and involuntary departure as part of a post-election realignment of their business and reporting structure. Stirewalt called it a shot.

Murdoch had told his colleagues that while the Arizona call was fine, he thought it was premature and mishandled — and had hurt the network’s standing with Trump’s most ardent fans by convincing them that Fox was there to get it.

But Stirewalt made it clear Monday that what he did was driven by competitive journalistic instinct rather than a desire to throw the election at Biden.

Any reporter watching his testimony recognized the editor’s expression as he described how his team crunched the data on that election night long ago to arrive at the jaw-dropping conclusion that beat the competition. Stirewalt practically glowed in the middle of this memory, still delighted with the conclusion.

“I get it,” historian Heather Cox Richardson tweeted Monday. “When your research works, you are delighted.”

It was never about helping to achieve a political end, writes Stirewalt in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece in January 2021. “Being right and beating the competition is not an act of heroism; it’s just meeting the job description of the job I love,” he wrote. And yet, “I became the target of a murderous rage on the part of consumers furious at not having their point of view confirmed”.

Since leaving Fox, Stirewalt has landed on his feet. He wrote a book criticism of journalism today across the political spectrum, began a podcast, and joined media company NewsNation.

Despite the obvious fondness for his craft he displayed on Monday, Stirewalt said testifying goes against his grain in one respect. “The first rule of my calling is to tell the truth as best you can, and the second is to stay out of the story,” he wrote. in an article published in La Dépêche.

He didn’t do very well on Monday with the second element. But on the former, he seems to have delivered quite memorably.

]]> 2022 James Beard Awards: Media Award Winners https://freedomtoons.org/2022-james-beard-awards-media-award-winners/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 00:32:36 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/2022-james-beard-awards-media-award-winners/ Tonight, the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Award winners for 2022, the first awards given out by the foundation after a two-year hiatus. A few highlights: cookbook author Kristina Cho was a double winner, winning the Baking and Desserts award for her first cookbook Mooncakes and milk bread, in addition to winning the foundation’s […]]]>

Tonight, the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Award winners for 2022, the first awards given out by the foundation after a two-year hiatus.

A few highlights: cookbook author Kristina Cho was a double winner, winning the Baking and Desserts award for her first cookbook Mooncakes and milk bread, in addition to winning the foundation’s Emerging Voice award in the books category. This year, unlike the first Voices award of 2019, each category named its own Emerging Voice recipient; Sophie Roe won in the audiovisual media and Tammie Teclemariam of New York magazine won the honor in the journalism category.

Elsewhere, Judy Rodgers and her legendary The Zuni Café Cookbook was inducted into the 2022 Cookbook Hall of Fame, while fellow San Franciscans Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho won beards in the Restaurant and Professional category with their book Mr. Jiu is in Chinatown. Alexis Nikole Nelson, better known thanks to her nickname @BlackForager, won the social media account award. Sun Ho of San Francisco Chronicle won the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award, which the foundation says “recognizes thoughtful reviews that contribute to the broader discourse about cuisine or restaurants.”

The Restaurant and Chef award categories will be announced at a gala in Chicago on Monday, June 13. Now here is the full list of winners of the James Beard Foundation Media Award:

2022 James Beard Foundation Book Prize Winners

Pastry and Desserts

Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries by Kristina Cho

Drink with Recipes

The way of the cocktail: traditions, techniques and Japanese recipes by Julia Momose with Emma Janzen

Drink without recipes

Girly Drinks: A Global History of Women and Alcohol by Mallory O’Meara

General

Food for All: Global Recipes for Modern Health by Gregory Gourdet and JJ Goode

International

In Bibi’s kitchen: recipes and stories from grandmothers of the eight African countries that touch the Indian Ocean by Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen

Reference, history and scholarship

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue by Adrian Miller

Restaurant and Professional

Mr. Jiu is in Chinatown: Recipes and stories from the birthplace of Chinese-American cuisine by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho

single subject

The Hog Book: A Chef’s Guide to Hunting, Slaughtering and Cooking Wild Hogs by Jesse Griffiths

American cuisine

Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Vanishing Bayou by Melissa M. Martin

Vegetable-based cooking

The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Thoughts and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen by Joanne Molinaro

Visuals

Take One Fish: The New Tail Scale Cooking School by Rob Palmer and Daniel New

Writing

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelaine

Emerging voice, Books

Kristina Cho, Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries


James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award Winners

Documentaries/Docuseries Visual Media

Bring togetherstreamed on Netflix

Educational visual media

The Wild Harvest with Alan Bergo

Reality or Competition Visual Media

Top Chef: family style (aired on Peacock)

Commercial/Sponsored Visual Media

Justin V. Barocas, Uber Eats Presents: On the Rise with Marcus Samuelsson

Visual media — short form

Eat This: What everyone is wrong about working on the farm (aired on AJ+)

Visual media — long form

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition (streamed on Hulu)

Social media account

Alexis Nicole Nelson, @blackforager

audio programming

flat city

Audio reports

The Sporkful by Dan Pashman, Emma Morgenstern, Andres O’Hara


2022 James Beard Foundation Journalism Prize

Chronicles and newsletters

Tex-Mexplainer: “Nixtamalization is the 3,500-year-old secret of great tortillas”; “Live a little and try to bite into chapulines or roast grasshoppers”; “Forget everything you think you know about the mole” by Jose Ralat, Texas monthly

Dinner and trip

“Just around the corner” Francis Lam, Conde Nast Traveler

Feature reports

“Into the Secret, Semi-Illicit, and High-Stakes World of WhatsApp Mango Imports” by Ahmed Ali Akbar, Eater

Food coverage in a general interest publication

The bitter southerner

Lifestyles

“Eating in Xi’an, where wheat and lamb speak to China’s varied palate” by Ligaya Mishan for Magazine T

health and wellbeing

“Cultivating Better Health” by Michael Behar, Eat well

Cooking at home

“The Path of Clay” by Mary Frances Heck

Innovative storytelling

“A Feast for Lost Souls” by Annelise Jolley and Zahara Gómez Lucini for Atavist Magazine

Investigation reports

“NYC food delivery group to demand better treatment. Will New York listen to Los Deliveristas Unidos?”; “Food delivery workers grieved during historic floods call meager wages and tips a ‘cruel joke’ “New York City Passes Historic New Protections for Food Delivery Workers” by Claudia Irizarry Aponte and Josefa Velasquez for The City NYC

Personal essay — long version

“It’s time to decolonize wine” by Miguel de Leon for Punch

Personal essay — short form

“The Dangers of Bartending as an Asian”, by Kaylee Hammonds for Food and wine

Profile

“Patsy Young – American Brewer, Fugitive From Slavery” by Theresa McCulla for Good Beer Hunting

Jonathan Gold Award for Local Voice

“’Too much to lose.’ Why a Miami Man Moved into a Backyard Tent During the Coronavirus Crisis”; “Salt Bae restaurant called the cops about a customer who wouldn’t pay for gold-coated steaks”; “How to Eat Like a Local in Miami: A Local’s Guide to Dining in 305” by Carlos Frias, Miami Herald

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

“The Bay Area has a love affair with Smashburgers. It’s the one you’ll want to eat again and again”; “Impossible’s new vegan nuggets taste better than McNuggets. Unfortunately, that doesn’t say much”; “SF Restaurant’s $72 fried rice was a smash hit. It was also the chef’s nightmare”, Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

“Just around the corner”, Francis Lam for Conde Nast Traveler

Disclosure: Certain Vox Media staff members are electors of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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Trump endorsed 16 candidates in Tuesday’s primaries. Here are the winners. https://freedomtoons.org/trump-endorsed-16-candidates-in-tuesdays-primaries-here-are-the-winners/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 06:17:13 +0000 https://freedomtoons.org/trump-endorsed-16-candidates-in-tuesdays-primaries-here-are-the-winners/ Notably, Trump refrained from backing a lead challenger in California Rep. David Valadao, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him last year. Trump did not endorse any candidate in two of the seven states that voted on Tuesday: New Jersey and New Mexico. Both were blue states where he lost […]]]>

Notably, Trump refrained from backing a lead challenger in California Rep. David Valadao, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him last year.

Trump did not endorse any candidate in two of the seven states that voted on Tuesday: New Jersey and New Mexico. Both were blue states where he lost by double digits in 2020.

Here’s a look at the Trump-endorsed candidates who won on Tuesday.

California wins

CA01

Representative Doug LaMalfa

Made the general election by finishing in first place.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

CA03

Kevin Kiley

Made the general election finishing in second place.

A GOP state assemblyman and acerbic critic of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, Kiley placed sixth in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021. But that finish didn’t deter Trump from him. sustain. after meeting Kiley in May at a Trump golf course in California. “No one has fought Gavin Newsom harder than Kevin. He’s not waiting for the fight, like the RINOs who did nothing who saw California completely destroyed by Sacramento’s radical maniacs,” Trump said in his approval.

CA05

Representative Tom McClintock

Made the general election by finishing in first place.

CA20

Representative Kevin McCarthy

Made the general election by finishing in first place.

The House Minority Leader, who Trump called “my Kevin,” received his endorsement from the former president over the weekend. Audio tapes released in April showed McCarthy privately disparaging the former president following the Jan. 6 attacks — to the brief irritation of Trump and other GOP members — though the two still publicly support each other.

McCarthy voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

CA22

Connie Conway

Made the general election by finishing in first place.

Trump backed the former state lawmaker in the special election runoff to replace GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, who resigned his seat to run Trump’s media company. In his statement of endorsement, the former president praised Conway’s work for his administration as California’s executive director of the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

Conway will serve in Congress only temporarily, as the district expires next year after the state’s new congressional district map takes effect.

CA23

Representative Jay Obernolte*

*With 31% of the expected votes, Obernolte was in first place.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

CA41

Representative Ken Calvert*

*With 49% of the expected votes, Calvert was in first place.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

CA48

Representative Darrell Issa

Made the general election by finishing in first place.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

iowa wins

GOVERNOR

Governor Kim Reynolds

Without opposition.

SENATE

Senator Chuck Grassley

Won with 74 percent.

The 88-year-old senator has criticized Trump’s role in past Jan. 6 attacks – and called for the prosecution of participants – but that hasn’t stopped Grassley from touting the former president’s support. “So if I didn’t accept an endorsement from someone who has 91% of Republican voters in Iowa, I wouldn’t be too smart. I’m smart enough to accept that endorsement,” Grassley said at a rally in October last year where he received support from Trump.

IA01

Representative Ashley Hinson

Without opposition.

IA04

Representative Randy Feenstra

Without opposition.

Mississippi wins

MS01

Representative Trent Kelly

Won with 90 percent.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

Montana wins

MT01

Ryan Zinke*

*With 70% of the expected votes, Zinke held a narrow lead over Al Olszewski, 41% to 40%.

Zinke served as U.S. Interior Secretary under Trump for two years after a previous stint in Congress. He resigned in 2018 over financial ethics concerns, linked to an investigation that found he had improperly used his authority to support a Montana-based project and failed to disclose all information related to his involvement. In his endorsement, Trump praised Zinke for his previous cabinet work and said he looked forward to someone who would “fight against the hard-left Democrats who continually block America-first policies that we put in place”.

MT02

Representative Matt Rosendale

Won with 75 percent.

He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.

South Dakota wins

GOVERNOR

Governor Kristi Noem

Won with 76 percent.

Trump noticed Noem during his tenure in Congress and then as governor — the former president even asked him to consider running against Sen. John Thune, which She refused. During Trump’s Independence Day visit to South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore in 2020, Noem presented him with a replica with his face on it after expressing interest in joining his presidential predecessors at the national monument. She also campaigned nationwide for Trump in 2020 and hosted a fundraiser in 2021 for his re-election campaign at Mar-a-Lago, hosted by Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle.

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