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Virginia Hefferman, This Is What Makes My Head Spin. (in its entirety):
The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I'm not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no Republican values either. He has no honor among thieves, no cosa nostra loyalty, no Southern code against cheating or lying, none of the openness of New York, rectitude of Boston, expressiveness and kindness of California, no evangelical family values, no Protestant work ethic. No Catholic moral seriousness, no sense of contrition or gratitude. No Jewish moral and intellectual precision, sense of history. He doesn't care about the life of the mind OR the life of the senses. He is not mandarin, not committed to inquiry or justice, not hospitable. He is not proper. He is not a bon vivant who loves to eat, drink, laugh. There's nothing he would die for — not American values, obviously, but not the land of Russia or his wife or young son. He has some hollow success creeds from Norman Vincent Peale, but Peale was obsessed with fair-dealing and a Presbyterian pastor; Trump has no fairness or piety. He's not sentimental; no affection for dogs or babies. No love for mothers, "the common man," veterans. He has no sense of military valor, and is openly a coward about war. He would have sorely lacked the pagan beauty and capacity to fight required in ancient Greece. He doesn't care about his wife or wives; he is a philanderer but he's not a romantic hero with great love for women and sex. He commands loyalty and labor from his children not because he loves them, even; he seems almost to hate them — and if one of them slipped it would be terrifying. He does no philanthropy. He doesn't — in a more secular key — even seem to have a sense of his enlightened self-interest enough to shake Angela Merkel's hand. Doesn't even affect a love for the arts, like most rich New Yorkers. He doesn't live and die by aesthetics and health practices like some fascists; he's very ugly and barely mammalian. Am I missing an obscure moral system to which he so much as nods? Also are there other people, living or dead, like him?
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Southwest CEO Says Airline Will Stop Overbooking Flights

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Overbooking is a common practice in the airline industry, where carriers generally prefer the possibility of paying out vouchers or refunds to bumped passengers over leaving the ground with empty seats that could have been filled. But after a recent United Airlines incident pushed overbooking into the spotlight, airlines are rethinking the practice. United and Delta have raised their maximum payouts to bumped passengers, and this morning Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said his airline will soon stop overbooking.

Calling it a choice that has to be made an “airline-by-airline” basis, Kelly told CNBC that “I’ve made the decision — the company’s made the decision — that we’ll cease to overbook going forward.”

While recent news has no doubt nudged Southwest toward this conclusion, Kelly says that an end to overbooking is something “We’ve been taking steps over the last several years to prepare ourselves for.”

The airline CEO didn’t give a specific timeline for when the practice will end, but told CNBC, “It’s something that we will be discontinuing here very shortly.”

Kelly claimed that Southwest currently overbooks “very, very modestly… In today’s environment, I’ll bet we don’t overbook a flight more than one seat.”

When pressed on the issue, he stopped short of saying that ending this practice means there is no longer a need for Southwest to worry about having to compensate bumped passengers.

“We’re in the customer service business,” says Kelly. “The last thing that we wanna do is deny a customer their flight, so we’re gonna work very hard to eliminate as many pain points to travel as possible.”





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45% Of Americans Carry At Least $25,000 In Debt

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If you owe creditors less than $5,000 (not including a mortgage) you’re in a rather small group of Americans with minimal debt. According to a new survey, nearly half the country owes at least $25,000 — and spends as much as half of their monthly income paying down their debt.

These stats come from a new Harris survey [PDF] commissioned by Northwest Mutual, which found that nearly three-quarters of Americans are struggling with debt.

More precisely, 47% of consumers are carrying at least $25,000 in debt. The average amount of debt — excluding mortgages — for all borrowers is $37,000. On the high end of debts, nearly one in 10 borrowers said they have outstanding balances of $100,000.

According to the report, consumers’ debts are comprised by a variety of sources with 29% of debt coming from mortgages, 19% from credit cards, and 7% from education loans. However, it should be noted that for millennials, 23% of borrowers said they have outstanding student loans.

When asked about how debt impacted their lives, most consumers reported that it was a significant source of stress and pressure. For instance, four in 10 consumers said debt had a “substantial” or “moderate” impact on their financial well-being, while the same number considered debt to be a “high” or “moderate” source of anxiety.

Despite these feelings, when given the choice how to spend an extra $2,000, 60% of consumers said they wouldn’t use it to pay down such obligations.

In fact, the report found that the lure of spending remains strong for those in debt. After covering necessities, respondents said 40% of their monthly income goes toward discretionary spending on entertainment, leisure travel, hobbies, etc.

When asked what financial pitfalls they are prone to, one-quarter of survey participants flagged “excessive/frivolous” spending as their downfall.

“While giving into temptation can feel good in the short-term, it often contributes to an ongoing cycle of buy and borrow that can become hard to escape,” Rebekah Barsch, vice president of planning, Northwestern Mutual, said in a statement.

That’s a sentiment many consumers agree with, according to the report.

Of those in debt, about 36% said they expect to continue being in the red for six to 20 years, while 14% said they expect to be in debt for the rest of their lives.





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Bill Nye mocked gay ‘cure’ therapy and now he’s getting online death threats

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Science presenter Bill Nye is under fire from hardline Christians for mocking gay 'conversion' therapy.
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2017 Drama Desk Awards: Hello, Dolly! Leads with Most Nominations

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Laura Benanti and Javier Muñoz announced nominations for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards on April 27 at Feinstein's/54 Below. The Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! leads the nominations with 10 nominations, while new musicals Come From Away and Anastasia earned nine apiece. The full list can be found below.

Please note that Dear Evan Hansen and Significant Other were eligible during its off-Broadway run, therefore it was not considered for the 2017 nominations. Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 was considered for new elements its production on Broadway: its design, staging and new cast members.

Outstanding Play
If I Forget, by Steven Levenson, Roundabout Theatre Company
Indecent, by Paula Vogel, Vineyard Theatre
A Life, by Adam Bock, Playwrights Horizons
Oslo, by J. T. Rogers, Lincoln Center Theatre
Sweat, by Lynn Nottage, Public Theater

Outstanding Musical
Anastasia
The Band's Visit, Atlantic Theater Company
Come From Away
Hadestown, New York Theatre Workshop
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Front Page
The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory
Jitney, Manhattan Theatre Club
The Little Foxes, Manhattan Theatre Club
"Master Harold"… and the Boys, Signature Theatre Company
Picnic, Transport Group

Outstanding Revival of a Musical ...

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Duo tip, duo colour. A lot of dreamy!

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