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People Are Apparently Spending $400 On A Machine That Brews Tea

Welcome to 2017, the year in which your kitchen counter  could very well host a fancy  Keurig  for making coffee, a pricey  Juicero  for making juice you don’t need the Juicero to make , and a new $400 device for making tea .  The app-enabled Teforia Leaf claims to  brew tea to perfection , as opposed to whatever pedestrian  bag-dunking method you’re using . Depending on the type of its branded tea you crave, the gadget employs a series of short “ microinfusions ” and adjusts elements like water temperature and volume to “ unlock each tea’s true character  and depth of flavor,” per a description on Williams-Sonoma.com. Gizmodo reviewer Libby Watson, a “literal British person” who drinks tea, reported the complexity of it all gave her an “existential crisis”  while making her first cup. The tea, she concluded after questioning everything she ever knew about tea, was “fine.” And of course, some  Twitter  users were quick to chime in, critiquing the gadget as unnecessary and expensive since, you know, making decent tea really isn’t that hard.  Tea bags are downright barbaric next to @Teforia ’s $400 Leaf infuser. pic.twitter.com/bNSC8IAqNO — Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) June 19, 2017 Juicero: We have the most bullshit internet connected appliance.

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Former Commish Michael Copps: ‘Maybe The Worst FCC I’ve Ever Seen’

In just a few short months, the Trump wrecking ball has pounded away at rules and regulations in virtually every government agency. The men and women the president has appointed to the Cabinet and to head those agencies are so far in sycophantic lockstep, engaged in dismantling years of protections in order to make real what White House strategist Steve Bannon infamously described as “the deconstruction of the administrative state.” The Federal Communications Commission is not immune. Its new chair, Republican Ajit Pai, embraces the Trump doctrine of regulatory devastation. “It’s basic economics,” he declared in an April 26 speech at Washington’s Newseum . “The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get.” His goal is to stem the tide of media reform that in recent years has made significant progress for American citizens. Even as we rely more than ever on digital media for information, education and entertainment, Pai and his GOP colleagues at the FCC seek to turn back the clock and increase even more the corporate control of cyberspace.

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This Stunning Video Aims To Raise LGBTQ Awareness Through Dance

Two men get into the Pride Month groove on the Los Angeles streets in this colorful music video that’s also a retro-inspired meet cute.  Released by the DanceOn Network , the video stars dancers Derek Tabada and Will Johnston , who sport jewel-toned Paul Smith suits as they perform a playful, acrobatic routine to the tune of singer-songwriter  Dylan Hyde ’s “Clearly.” Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize Johnston, who also choreographed the number, from “ The LGBTQAlphabet ,” a similarly queer-inclusive video produced by Equinox in collaboration with the LGBT Community Center  and released earlier this month.  At one point, the dancers strut their stuff in front of Paul Smith’s West Hollywood storefront , which received a rainbow makeover earlier this month as part of an Instagram Pride Month initiative .  DanceOn CEO Amanda Taylor told HuffPost her company hoped to “act as an ally and an advocate” for the LGBTQ community by releasing the video, which aims to “channel artistic expression for positive change.” Last year, the group produced a contemporary dance homage to Orlando’s  Pulse nightclub tragedy  that has since received over 2 million views on YouTube .  The Paul Smith storefront, of course, is typically painted pink , and is known as one of the most photographed locations  of its kind in Southern California. Unveiled June 7, the new paint job is one of five “rainbow walls” created by Instagram to “strengthen relationships through shared experiences,” particularly among members of the LGBTQ community. Visitors are asked to share images of themselves in front of the five walls, which will also appear in London, Madrid, Cleveland and Nashville, Tennessee, with the hashtag #KindComments so that others can use Instagram to find a “community of support.” “For Pride, we hope the rainbow walls become physical structures that inspire kind comments and support,” Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine  told HuffPost, “but equally create an opportunity for people to come together on Instagram to support the LGBTQ community.” Take a look at some photographs from the June 7 rainbow wall debut below.  Find ways to celebrate Pride by subscribing to the Queer Voices newsletter .      — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Here Are Some Of The People Who Could Replace Travis Kalanick As Uber CEO

Embattled Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO on Tuesday after five investors reportedly requested he step down . The task of finding a replacement to lead the ride-hailing giant begins now.  “ I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement to The New York Times. His departure was a long time coming. An onslaught of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations  have placed Kalanick’s leadership tactics in doubt. A group of senior executives have been running the show since Kalanick announced an indefinite leave of absence  last week

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This Groundbreaking Online School Is About To Revolutionize Sex Ed

Sex Heroes is an ongoing HuffPost Q&A series by  Voices Editorial Director Noah Michelson  that explores the lives and experiences of individuals who are challenging, and thereby changing, mainstream culture’s understanding of sex and sexuality.  Try googling “ sexual education in America ” and then sit back and wait for the depression to wash over you as you read headlines like “ Sex-Ed In America Is Even Worse Than You Thought ” and “ These Maps Show Where Kids In America Get Terrifying Sex Ed .” From woefully inadequate abstinence-only curriculums to programs that neglect to discuss consent or queer sex ― much less pleasure ― it’s no small feat to locate informative, accessible classes in this country that realistically prepare individuals for sexual encounters.   Andrea Barrica wants to change all of that. The 27-year-old queer Filipina-American  technology entrepreneur is preparing to launch O.school , a groundbreaking shame-free online platform for pleasure education, this fall. The school will offer courses, led by instructors from communities around the country, to help participants “un-learn” elements of problematic sex ed they may have previously encountered. The classes will also be dedicated to investigating and championing sexual issues specifically facing queer people and people of color, addressing sexual trauma, and celebrating female sexuality and pleasure. I recently spoke with Barrica to learn more about her plan to bring her pleasure-based sex ed to the masses, how she intends to reach victims of toxic masculinity, and more.  HuffPost: Where did the idea for O.school come from?

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School Employee May Be Fired For Claiming Gays ‘Should Be Killed’ On Facebook

An Ohio school employee is likely to lose his job after posting that gay people “ should be killed or at least relocated ” ahead of a local Pride celebration.  Chris Dodds, who has worked as a garage assistant supervisor with Columbus City Schools since 2004, reportedly posted the hateful message on a Facebook page for the 2017 Columbus Pride parade and festival  last week. In the since-deleted post, Dodds said he hoped Friday’s festival, which has drawn more than 500,000 people in the past, “turns out like the Boston Marathon ,” a pointed reference to the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured several hundred others. Take a look at a screenshot of the alleged post, courtesy of Change.org , below.   The post quickly prompted an online petition calling for Dodds’ dismissal.

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7 Scary Things That Can Happen If You Neglect Your Kid’s Online Privacy

By Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media If you don’t want to have the bejesus scared out of you, don’t talk to an expert on kids’ online privacy. If you knew what was really out there ― online predators, identity thieves, data miners ― you’d lock up the internet and throw away the key. The truth is, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The internet is so woven into our lives, we need to be aware of the worst-case scenarios that can strike when we’re unprepared. Below are a few of those scary things that can and do happen. But with some eyes and ears to the ground, they are totally preventable.

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Your Consumer Rights Are Disappearing, But Here’s How To Protect Yourself Now

It’s not your imagination. Your consumer rights are vanishing. Not a day seems to go by that you don’t see news of another consumer regulation being dismantled, a law coming undone, an anti-consumer executive order being signed. “From the very beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump made it clear that he intends to win the economy,” says Alex Geisinger, a law professor at Drexel University. “Touting a pro-growth agenda, the administration is taking steps to cut so-called government red tape, and, with that, a series of repeals on regulations across various industries.” If you run a business, these may be the best of times

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