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Map shows each country's DREAM job based on Google search data — and reveals most people wish they were pilots

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:48am
Remitly's searched is based on information provided by the countries that had enough search data to be featured and analyzed.
  • The world googled "how to be a pilot" more than any other job between Oct. 2021 and Oct. 2022, data shows.
  • In China, dietitian is the dream job for most citizens, according to the study.
  • Other top dream jobs include writer, dancer, entrepreneur, and YouTuber.

A global map based on search engine data depicts the most popular jobs in the world, and some surprising positions cracked the top 20.

Financial services company Remitly published data based on global Google searches made between October 2021 and October 2022 with the query "how to be a..." with a desired job filling in the blank. The findings were ranked and broken down by the top dream job in each country.

Of the 20 most desired jobs in the world, pilot, writer, dancer, YouTuber, and entrepreneur took the top five spots. Countries that searched "how to be a pilot" the most include Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. The median salary for commercial pilots in the US was just under $100,000 in 2021, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the data, most Chinese citizens are dreaming of being dietitians, while Lebanese people are wondering how they can become comedians.

In Asian countries, jobs likes poet, writer, dietitian, and influencer claimed top spots.

In India, New Zealand, and South Africa, writing is the top dream job with more than 800,000 global Google searches, but analysts at Remitly said there are risks that come with a writing career.

"There are big rewards if you reach the very top and yet, it also promises to be a grueling career for many filled with rejection, self-doubt and financial concerns," the report reads.

But the data shows that people in 75 countries still choose being a writer as their top job. It's one of the broader professions on the list as writing professionally can mean becoming a journalist, novelist, or scriptwriter.

Despite Remitly's report, some professionals have sounded off about doing away with the term "dream job," Insider's Shana Lebowitz reported. Instead, more people are prioritizing their personal identities over their careers.

"We all need to work to survive, but that doesn't mean we should dream about work," a recruiter wrote in a LinkedIn post.

However, there's still a desire among young professionals to do work that is meaningful and impactful while also earning enough to support themselves.

"The soul crushing nature of spending a majority of your waking hours in pursuit of the resources you need to take care of your family is somewhat softened when you're working somewhere that aligns with what you're passionate about," a public-relations professional wrote, according to the report.

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James Dolan defends use of facial recognition technology to ban entry into Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:18am
James Dolan is defending the use of facial recognition technology at MSG and Radio City Music Hall.
  • MSG Entertainment is facing criticism for its use of facial recognition to enforce bans at its venues.
  • New York AG Letitia James and the state liquor authority expressed concern about the tech's legality.
  • Dolan doubled down on the tech in a recent interview and made a vague threat to stop selling alcohol at MSG.

James Dolan, CEO of Madison Square Garden and owner of the New York Knicks, is defending the use of facial recognition technology to enforce bans in his venues after public outcry.

Dolan spoke with Fox 5 New York on Thursday about the system, one day after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement questioning the use of the technology to deny entry into MSG and Radio City Music Hall, which is also operated by Dolan's company, MSG Entertainment. 

During the interview, he also threatened to stop serving alcohol for at least one New York Rangers game after the state liquor authority questioned whether the arena violated its license by prohibiting people from entering the building.

To emphasize his point, Dolan held up a piece of paper with the email, phone number, and a photo of Sharif Kabir, CEO of the New York State Liquor Authority, and encouraged viewers who would be upset by a lack of alcohol at MSG to contact Kabir to voice their concerns.

MSG's use of facial recognition technology to enforce bans has garnered increased scrutiny in recent months. In one high-profile example, a New Jersey attorney in December claimed the technology identified her as a lawyer for a firm involved in litigation against one of MSG Entertainment's companies, and subsequently barred her from entering a Rockettes performance at Radio City Music Hall with her daughter, according to NBC 4 New York.

MSG confirmed to NBC the attorney was held out of the Rockettes show, and said the policy meant any lawyers involved in litigation against any of MSG Entertainment's companies are banned from attending events at MSG-owned venues until the case is resolved.

Attorney General James said in her statement that the ban could affect lawyers at up to 90 law firms, adding the technology may violate discrimination or civil rights law.

"MSG Entertainment cannot fight their legal battles in their own arenas," Attorney General James wrote in her statement. "Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall are world-renowned venues and should treat all patrons who purchased tickets with fairness and respect."

In December, the New York Times reported that the ban on attorneys was enacted last summer, and that the database of banned faces also includes fans who had "broken rules at the company's venues." 

In an interview with New York City radio station WFAN on Friday, Dolan denied the reports of fans claiming they were denied entry after saying things like telling him to sell the team, adding patrons should not be concerned about being banned from the arena unless they become particularly "confrontational."

Dolan also walked back the vague threat of pulling alcohol from an upcoming Rangers game, telling WFAN "There are no plans at this point to do that. Your beer is safe."

Dolan told Fox 5 that his organization will comply and give James' office any information they need to determine whether the use of facial recognition could be discriminatory, but doubled down on his belief that he was justified in banning the lawyers from the arena.

"If your next door neighbor sues you, if somebody sues you, right, that's confrontational. It's adversarial and it's fine, people are allowed to sue," Dolan told Fox 5. "But at the same time, if you're being sued, right, you don't have to welcome the person into your home, right?"

 

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A Portland woman said a gas station employee told her 'I don't serve Black people.' 3 years later, a jury awarded her $1 million in damages.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:09am
  • A Portland, Oregon, woman was awarded $1 million following a racist incident in 2020, KGW reported.
  • Rose Wakefield said a gas station employee told her, "I don't serve Black people."
  • Her attorney said when she contacted management, her complaints were ignored, CBS News reported.

A Portland woman was granted $1 million in damages by a jury this week for suffering racial discrimination during a confrontation at a gas station three years ago, according to reports.

Rose Wakefield recounted the incident, which she described as "painful," in an interview with KGW. She said she went to fill up her tank at Jacksons Food Stores in Washington County, Oregon, in March 2020. While there, she said a gas station employee on site, identified as Nigel Powers, ignored her multiple times, KGW reported citing court documents.

Security footage the local news station viewed showed that Powers then went inside the store to ask another employee for assistance. Before Wakefield left, she said the gas attendant scoffed at her saying, "I don't serve Black people," the outlet reported.

"I went to a gas station to get gas and service, and I wasn't served," Wakefield, 63, told KGW. "I was actually humiliated and disrespected."

After the confrontation, Wakefield reached out to managers about her experience, but her complaints went unanswered, CBS News reported. Her lawyer, Gregory Kafoury, alleged that management erased her voicemail about the incident, per the reports, and failed to investigate her claims.

"The attendant was never questioned by the company about the racist comments, and was disciplined only for failing to serve customers in the order of their arrival," a press release from Kafoury & McDougal said, adding that Powers was terminated a month later for being on his phone at work.

Jacksons Food Stores released a statement following the jury's decision, emphasizing that the company has "a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind," according to the reports.

The statement later continued: "After carefully reviewing all facts and evidence, including video surveillance, we chose to take this matter to trial because we were comfortable based on our knowledge that the service-related concern actually reported by the customer was investigated and promptly addressed. As such, we respectfully disagree with the jury's ruling because our knowledge does not align with the verdict."

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I spent a night on a superyacht and now I know why the super-rich love them so much

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:05am
Insider spent a night on the Ohana in Croatia.
  • I spent a night on a superyacht in Croatia that can accommodate up to 30 people.
  • My time on the Ohana made me feel special – the bartender even made me my own secret drink. 
  • The super-rich love superyachts and the yachting industry is booming – I now know why. 

Owning a yacht has become the ultimate status symbol for celebrities, business figures, and Russian oligarchs

To get a better understanding of why some people are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on their own vessel, I went to Croatia, one of Europe's hotspots for superyachts.

I spent a night aboard a 160-feet cruising yacht that can accommodate up to 30 guests that can be chartered for between $60,000 and $90,000 a week, depending on the season. 

Miha Menegalija of charter broker Goolets says owning a superyacht is one way to showcase your wealth. Simply buying one is not the only expense, however. An owner must also factor in the cost of the crew, as well as maintenance costs that can equal a tenth of the purchase price every year.

None of this appears to deter the super-rich. But just why do they love superyachts so much?

SoothingThe en-suite cabin Insider stayed in, has two single beds.

Before boarding the Ohana, I had never been on a boat, let alone on a superyacht. I was taken to my cabin with twin beds, which had a surprisingly spacious en-suite bathroom and a wardrobe big enough to hold clothing for two people for a week.

Ohana was completed in 2020 just as the pandemic struck. Despite being so new, its owner – who is also the captain – said the yacht will be completely refurbished ready for next summer to cater to a more demanding clientele.

I feared I would get seasick, but it turns out the boat rocking was more soothing than I expected. 

Fine diningA squid ink risotto was one of my starters.

A breakfast buffet offered anything you could possibly desire – fruit, sausages, eggs, cheese and ham toasties, smoothies – and you could make specific requests as well.

Two courses were served for lunch, while dinner comprised a starter, main, and dessert. 

A broccoli potage was the highlight for me – I had three servings and also asked the chef for the recipe so I could make it myself. 

The dining area had two dedicated crew, Valentina and Tea, who ensured my glass was always full and kept me supplied with Diet Coke throughout the day. 

FreedomWaking up on the yacht in the middle of the sea is a wonderful experience.

Talking to the captain's right-hand man, Zoran Vidović, 39, I realized I couldn't find the right word to express how I was feeling while having my morning coffee on the deck. Suddenly, it came: freedom. 

This was something I hadn't experienced before — waking up in the Adriatic Sea (part of the Mediterranean) every morning would offer a peace not available onshore. 

The other crew members I spoke to said they wouldn't trade their job for anything else. Personally, I'm not sure I'd want to be at the beck and call of clients all day as well as maintaining the yacht before going to sleep in a cramped cabin, before doing it all again the next day.

SpecialThe Ohana is 160 feet long.

Fine dining, jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking … the list goes on. 

Owning a yacht is the ultimate display of wealth because they are a bottomless money pit. Unless an owner also lets others charter their vessel they cannot expect any sort of return on their investment. That, of course, doesn't make them any less appealing to the wealthy.

My time on the Ohana made me feel special – the bartender even made me my own secret drink. 

It may not come as a great surprise, but I certainly could get used to spending plenty of time on a superyacht. Catch me sipping a cocktail in the hot tub.

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2 former George Santos campaign workers describe a 'sloppy' workplace and a boss with a short fuse

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 11:02am
Then-congressman-elect George Santos during a press conference on November 9, 2022.
  • People who worked on Rep. George Santos' 2022 campaign described it as a poor workplace.
  • One said Santos was demanding and would explode when mistakes were made.
  • A former consultant said it was "sloppy," and that her emails and calls often went ignored for days.

Rep. George Santos' campaign for Congress in 2022 was ultimately successful, but two people who worked on it told Insider that behind the scenes it was sloppy and rife with paranoia.

One former staffer, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of damaging his career, worked as a senior field operative for Santos for a little over three months in 2022.

He left his role in June last year because of what he described as a "toxic working relationship" with Santos and disagreements over the direction of the campaign. Insider verified that he worked there with FEC records.

During a call with Insider, he said he had known Santos for around two years before joining the 2022 campaign. He said Santos was "very high maintenance" and incredibly demanding of his team.

"If there was a small mistake, not even of your own making, it was as if the ceiling was collapsing on top of you," the former staffer said. "It was a huge commotion."

Santos preferred employing young, inexperienced people who would do as he said without pushing back or asking questions, the former staffer claimed.

Toby Gotesman Schneier, a Florida-based artist who was brought onto the campaign as a fundraising consultant in late 2021, also expressed frustration that people with political experience were apparently disregarded.

Insider verified her work against FEC records as well.

"It felt like nobody was listening," she said during an interview with Insider, adding that her emails and calls regularly went ignored for several days at a time. "If I was going to use a word for, it would be sloppy."

Gotesman Schneier ultimately left the campaign after a little under three months, and her time did not overlap with the other person interviewed by Insider. Even so, she said that most of his statements ring true.

"Looking back, of course it was toxic," she said.

Santos did not respond to a request for comment from Insider.

The unnamed former staffer alleged that there was an atmosphere of paranoia during the campaign, adding that he believes Santos was worried he would be caught out on his lies.

"He was very, very paranoid," he said. "When everything unraveled, it kind of all made sense why he'd be so paranoid."

Santos won his New York election in the November 2022 midterms, but a little more than a month later The New York Times revealed that he had fabricated key elements of his background and resume.

He has since been accused of lying about his being Jewish, dressing up in drag, and his mother having survived 9/11,  among other fabrications.

The former staffer said he was suspicious of how guarded Santos was of people who were working so closely with him. "He kept everything close to his chest," he said. "Nobody knew anything really about his home life."

One thing the former staffer said was "a red flag" was that Santos allegedly claimed to own several properties, including one in Nantucket.

"I've worked for a lot of campaigns and some people don't necessarily want tons of staff over to their homes and everything," he said. "But people who are supposed to be close, that are friends, usually there was at least one point where you'd go to their home or something. It was just very, very strange."

He said he was confused by the allegedly grandiose claims of having a property empire given that he was picking Santos up every day from this "small apartment place in Queens."

Former friends also told The New York Times in their bombshell investigation that Santos' descriptions of owning real estate, specifically a house in Nantucket, were hard to believe given that he took on roommates to make rent on his modest Queens apartment.

The New York Times and Gothamist also reported that Santos faced eviction cases in 2014, 2015, and in 2017.

The unnamed former staffer ultimately decided to leave the campaign because something felt "very off," he said. Asked where he now stands on his former boss, he said simply: "He is no longer my friend."

As for Gotesman Schneier, she thinks Santos should resign: "How on earth is he still in Congress? How is that possible, and not criminal, or something? It's shocking to me."

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A woman had to move out of her tiny home after 1 day because the city threatened to fine her $1,000 a day

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:57am
Chasidy Decker faces fines of $1,000 a day if she lives in her tiny home.
  • A woman is suing the city of Meridian, Idaho, over its ban on living in mobile homes. 
  • Chasidy Decker bought her tiny home because she couldn't afford a traditional house.
  • City officials told her she can't live in it legally despite paying rent to park it in a yard.

A woman who bought a tiny home is taking legal action against her city, which threatened to fine her $1,000 a day if she continued living in it because the action left her unhoused.

Chasidy Decker of Meridian, Idaho, couldn't afford to buy a house, so she opted for the 252-square-foot tiny home and arranged to put it on Robert Calacal's property for $600 a month, according to the lawsuit.

A neighbor called the Meridian Police Department when the tiny home arrived on the property and asked whether living in it would be legal.

In May last year, a day after Decker moved in, a Meridian city-code-enforcement officer threatened both Decker and Calacal with criminal prosecution and fines of $1,000 a day unless she moved out, the Institute for Justice wrote in a blog post

Chasidy Decker, 46, bought the 252-square-foot home earlier this year.

The institute, which files constitutional cases in state and federal courts, said in the blog post that Meridian's city code permitted trailers and recreational vehicles to park in residential neighborhoods but did not permit living in them.

Decker and Calacal filed a lawsuit to challenge the city's ban, bringing five claims as to why the restriction on tiny homes breached the Idaho constitution.

The judge presiding over the case at the time allowed four of the five claims to proceed, but blocked Decker from being allowed to live in her home during the legal proceedings.

Decker said she was "disappointed because I really wish I was living in my home again. But I have high hopes that in the end, something good will happen. And I appreciate that the judge is so engaged with the case, because this is something that affects a lot of people in the housing crisis," according to another Institute for Justice blog post.

Robert Belden, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice, told Insider in December: "Everyone needs a place to live, but the city would rather have Chasidy be homeless than living in a tiny home on wheels parked on private property. That's not just wrong, it's unconstitutional. Making Chasidy homeless does nothing to improve public health, safety, or welfare in Meridian, and it certainly doesn't improve Chasidy's."

"At a time when so few affordable housing options are available, why is the city's zoning ordinance further reducing such options?" Belden said.

Belden said in a new exchange with Insider on Friday: "The city has talked a lot about improving housing affordability and accessibility but it won't get out of the way and let Chasidy live in the home she already owns, just because her home is on wheels."

A trial date has been set for January 2024.

The City of Meridian declined to comment. 

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A man died after being crushed by a pop-up street urinal in central London

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:52am
A crane lifts the street urinal police at Cambridge Circus in central London, after a worker was crushed to death.
  • A man working on a telescopic urinal in London was killed after being crushed beneath it.
  • The urinals are stored underground during the day and are raised to street level at night.
  • The man was pronounced dead at the scene on Friday.

A man died after being crushed by a hydraulic telescopic urinal in central London, England, while he was working on the device, the BBC reported.

The pop-up toilets are stored underground during the day and are raised to street level at night for people to use, an initiative designed to discourage urination on the street.

Emergency services were called to the scene in London's theatre district around 1 pm on Friday afternoon, and the man was freed around 3:40 pm but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

About 25 firefighters attended the incident, along with other emergency services such as police, paramedics, and air ambulance workers.

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The worker was trapped below street level "underneath" the urinal, according to the London Fire Brigade, LBC reported.

Police said in a statement on Twitter: "We're sorry to have to update that, despite the efforts of emergency services, the man who was critically injured in Cambridge Circus was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed."

According to the BBC, a Westminster City Council spokesperson said: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the friends and family of the worker who tragically died earlier today at this site in the West End."

"We have been on site supporting our contractor and the emergency services and will assist all investigations in any way we can."

A second telescopic urinal has also been shut down by the council as a precaution, according to LBC.

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Airline passengers endured a 13-hour flight to nowhere after their plane to New Zealand was forced to turn back mid-flight

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:45am
An Emirates jet flew almost halfway to New Zealand from Dubai before being forced to turn back.
  • An Emirates flight from Dubai to Auckland had to turn back halfway through its 8,824-mile journey.
  • Passengers spent around 13 hours in the air, only to end up right where they'd started.
  • The aircraft couldn't land at Auckland International Airport due to major flooding and heavy rain.

Passengers spent more than 13 hours flying onboard an Emirates flight only to land right back where they'd started. 

Flight EK448 departed from Dubai International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday but was forced to turn back almost halfway through its 8,824-mile journey because of major flooding at its destination in Auckland, New Zealand. It landed again in Dubai shortly after midnight, data from Cirium and FlightAware showed.

Auckland International Airport shut its domestic and international terminals on Friday after heavy rain caused widespread chaos and triggered a local state of emergency. According to the airport's website, no international flights would be permitted to arrive until at least 7 a.m. local time on Sunday. Domestic arrivals and departures would be permitted from 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, it said.

Emirates flight EK448 is scheduled to attempt its journey to Auckland again on Sunday.

A spokesperson for Emirates told Insider: "We regret the inconvenience caused to customers. Emirates will continue to monitor the situation in Auckland and issue updates where required."

Passengers on board an American Airlines flight had a similar experience after their 10-hour journey from Dallas Fort Worth airport to Auckland had to head back to the US partway through its journey on Friday, Paddle Your Own Kanoo reported

Air New Zealand diverted its long-haul international flights to Christchurch, per Paddle Your Own Kanoo.

A spokesperson for American Airlines said: "We plan to resume our operation on Saturday, January 28. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make any additional changes to our operation as necessary. American issued a travel alert for customers traveling to and from Auckland, allowing customers to rebook without change fees."

The weather also seriously impeded local travel in Auckland. More than 2,000 people stayed overnight within the terminals due to the flooding, Auckland Airport said.

In a statement, Auckland airport chief executive Carrie Hurihanganui said: "This has been a significant event that has put our city into a state of emergency, and certainly the airport has never been tested in this way before. But the delay to reopening is necessary to ensure travelers' safety."

Auckland Airport did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. 

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Just after being cut in line at Publix, a Florida man won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:29am
Lottery playing slips are shown at a supermarket kiosk, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Surfside, Fla.
  • According to state officials, a Florida man won $1 million from a $50 scratch-off ticket he bought at Publix. 
  • Stephen Munoz Espinoza said he was going to get a lottery ticket from a machine when someone cut him in line.
  • He opted to buy his ticket at the counter instead and ended up winning the big prize. 

A Florida man won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket moments after someone cut him in line at Publix, state lottery officials announced earlier this week. 

"It was the end of a long day, and I was tired. I stopped at Publix and was about to buy a ticket at the machine when a man cut right in front of me,"  Stephen Munoz Espinoza, a 43-year-old from Delray Beach, told Florida lottery officials in a January 25 statement. "Instead of saying something, I decided I'd just buy a ticket at the counter instead."

He added, "I can't believe I won a million dollars!"

Espinoza made the win off of a $50 ticket from the state's 500X The Cash game that launched last February, according to the Florida lottery. The game features prizes from $100 to $25 million. 

To claim his winnings, Espinoza opted for the one-time lump sum of  $820,000, which he and his wife plan to use on a family home, according to the Florida Lottery. The Publix in Delray Beach where he bought the ticket will make a $2,000 commission for selling the ticket.

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Trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney reveals the results of her facial feminization surgery in a 'Swan Lake' and Old Hollywood-inspired video

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:22am
Dylan Mulvaney danced to "Swan Lake" in her surgery reveal video.
  • Trans rights activist and TikToker Dylan Mulvaney revealed the results of her feminization surgery.
  • In a glamorous "Swan Lake" and old Hollywood-themed clip, Mulvaney showed off her post-surgery look.
  • "I'm so happy and it's still me, it's just a little bit softer of a version," she said in the clip.

Trans rights activist and content creator Dylan Mulvaney has shared the long-awaited results of her facial feminization surgery. 

Mulvaney, who is one of the most recognizable creators on TikTok, made her post-surgery debut with a video of her dancing to "Swan Lake" and channeling old Hollywood glamour on Friday. Mulvaney credited Dr. Harrison Lee with gender-affirming surgery and thanked beauty brand Milk Makeup for supporting her with the video shoot in the caption of the post.  

As of Saturday, the nearly two-minute-long clip has over 10.2 million views on TikTok and over 1 million likes on Instagram.

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The first half of the video shows Mulvaney, 25, dancing to "Swan Lake" while wearing an edgy, animatronic dress that she said was designed by Cameron Hughes in the caption. On TikTok, Hughes said he was inspired by Lady Gaga and a 1990s Mugler gown when it came to the aesthetic. In a follow-up TikTok, the designer also said he created Mulvaney 's robotic "blossom" dress partly using a 3D printer.

The second half of Mulvaney's TikTok showed her wearing an old Hollywood-style black gown and pearls on stage as a crowd cheered. At the end of the clip, Mulvaney, who underwent surgery in December, thanked her followers and told them they had "so much to catch up on."

"You know I have a flair for the dramatics," Mulvaney said. "But it's so good right?"

"I'm so happy and it's still me, it's just a little bit softer of a version," she added. "I just hope that all trans and nonbinary people can get the gender-affirming resources that they need because this is life-changing and sometimes life-saving."

After sharing the glamorous video, Mulvaney took to her Instagram story to tell followers that she also wanted to share a photo that was "not as flattering" from her recovery.

Dylan Mulvaney also shared a less "glam" glimpse into her recovery from facial feminization surgery.

"There's been so much glam involved," she said. "But I feel like we need to kind of level out the playing field."

The photo she shared appeared to have been taken soon after her surgery when her face was still swollen and wrapped in bandages. 

Mulvaney became well known on TikTok for viral videos including a memorable moment from 2020 where she attempted to feed bread to a buffalo out of her car window. But her popularity grew to new heights in 2022 when she began documenting a series titled every day "of being a girl" on her TikTok account, which has well over 10.4 million followers as of Saturday.

Her video of day 1 of being a girl, posted last year on March 12, was viewed over 9.5 million times. For day 100, Mulvaney shared a video where several celebrities and LGBTQ rights activists, including Jonathan Van Ness and the cast of "The Sex Lives of College Girls," helped her celebrate the milestone. 

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Inflation has cooled, but investors risk being caught off guard by a 'head fake' that could halt the latest stock-market rally

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:10am
A server carries drinks to a table at P.J. Whelihan's restaurant and pub in Spring Township, Pennsylvania.
  • Stocks are off to a strong start in 2023 after last year's selloff, with cooling inflation a pillar of support. 
  • But there's stickiness in services inflation, and that poses downside risks for equities, analysts said. 
  • Wage growth has eased but an even slower pace would suit the Fed's inflation-fighting goal. 

A downward trend in inflation has made for a bullish backdrop for stocks in 2023, but market watchers caution that persistent price strength in a key portion of the world's largest economy may stop the latest rally in its tracks. 

The final full trading week of January rounded off with another inflation gauge – this time, the Federal Reserve's core Personal Consumption Expenditures Index released Friday - showing deceleration from stronger levels. Earlier this month, the closely watched Consumer Price Index showed prices at 6.5% in December. That's come down from a peak of 9.1% last year. 

A downside scenario for stocks would be the emergence of a "head fake" in inflation, Jason Draho, head of asset allocation for the Americas at UBS Global Wealth Management, told Insider. "Meaning the data will look like it's moving in the right direction … but then, lo and behold, you get to the springtime, and it turns out that inflation fell to 4% and now it's plateaued," he said.

Easing headline inflation figures have helped lay the groundwork for equity gains as 2023 gets underway. The Nasdaq Composite has popped 11%, and the S&P 500 has risen more than 6%. The indexes in 2022 tumbled by 33% and 19%, respectively, with valuations crashing as inflation hit 40-year highs. 

But there are signs that prices remain somewhat stubborn on the services side of the economy, an area of emphasis among policy makers on the Federal Open Market Committee. Services drive more than two-thirds of activity in the US economy. 

"To the upside, inflation of sticky prices like violin lessons, veterinarian fees, car repairs, and other services provided by small businesses and sole proprietors was still accelerating in late 2022—and that stickiness could make inflation rebound later this year or in 2024 as growth gets back on track," Bill Adams, chief economist at Comerica Bank,  wrote in Friday note about the PCE report.

The Fed has been zeroing in on wage growth, Draho said. Pay for workers is a significant driver of costs for businesses such as retailers and restaurants. Average pay for Americans has slowed in recent months, but the Fed would like to see more, Draho said. Annual average hourly wage growth was 4.6% in December. 

"The risk is that if the Fed were to ease up [rate hikes], the economy could re-accelerate and inflation goes higher," Draho said. 

Wages may be sticky with continued tightness in the labor market. Weekly jobless claims last week fell by 6,000, and applications for employment benefits are still near pre-pandemic lows.

For now, the equity market looks priced for an economic soft-landing outcome, said Draho. UBS GWM has a 4,000 price target on the S&P 500, implying the broad index will end 2023 slightly lower. 

The Fed could be comfortable with wage growth sitting below 4% and inflation at its 2% target without seeing a dramatic rise in the unemployment rate, Draho said. "And there's no historical precedent for that happening," he said. 

Inflation currently is arguably the most important variable in determining the direction of the broad market and underneath that, where investors should put their money, John Porter, chief investment officer of equities at Newton Investment Management, told Insider. 

"If I knew with complete clarity that by the second half of the year we are going to see a CPI number consistently with a 2% handle, that would give me a lot of optimism around equities [and] the growth part of the market," said Porter. 

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A woman with severe mental illness lay dead in her apartment for more than 3 years before being found, say reports

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:08am
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  • Laura Winham, 38, lay dead for more than three years in Surrey, England, before being found.
  • Winham, who had schizophrenia, was estranged from her family.
  • Her family alleges that she was "abandoned and left to die" by national health and social services.

A woman with severe mental illness was found in a "mummified, almost skeletal state" after lying dead in her apartment in Surrey, England, for three and a half years, according to The Guardian.

Laura Winham, 38, was found in May 2021 when her family tried to enter her home to inform her of her father's passing.

When she did not open the door, police forcibly entered her home, where she was found dead.

Winham had stopped writing in her calendar in November 2017, shortly after writing "I need help" on it.

Winham, who had schizophrenia, had become estranged from her family.

Her family alleges that she was "abandoned and left to die" by national health and social services, as they claim they failed to act on her deteriorating health and carry out routine welfare checks.

"Everybody who was in contact with Laura and had a duty to her at some stage simply wiped their hands of her and forgot her. She was abandoned and left to die," Winham's sister Nicky said, per The Guardian.

"No one should have to suffer the way Laura did due to the lack of support given to her mental health. We now must live with the devastating sadness of what has happened, and we are sharing our story because we do not want any other families to suffer in this way," she said.

Nicky Winham said that the family was unable to maintain contact with her sister and that due to her schizophrenia, she believed that her sister would harm her, Sky News reported.

She made the comments while speaking at a pre-inquest hearing at Surrey Coroner's Court, which is due to begin on Monday.

Iftikhar Manzoor, a lawyer acting for the family, said that "so many red flags" had been missed, per Sky News.

Lawyers added that nobody had physically checked on Winham in the years following her death despite her having been sectioned twice.

Winham's family said they believed authorities missed several opportunities to check on her and intervene.

Her death is believed to have taken place just weeks after police visited her flat and reported to social services that she was exhibiting obvious signs of self-neglect, including a lack of food and unawareness of local services she had access to, per The Guardian.

Social services attempted to call her, despite police telling them her phone was not working and sent her information about local services in the mail before closing the case without making a welfare check.

Per The Guardian, a Surrey county council spokesperson said: "This is a truly tragic case, and our sympathies and deepest condolences are with Laura's family and friends."

"It's important that every aspect of this complex case is reviewed, and we're committed to participating fully in the inquest process. This will include providing any information that is needed to support the coroner's enquiries."

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Michael Haight is accused of killing his wife and 5 kids in a brutal Utah familicide. Police reports suggest he had a troubling pattern of aggression toward children.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:07am
A police crime scene trailer sits outside the home of Michael Haight on January 5, 2023 in Enoch, Utah. Haight, who was 42, is accused of killing his wife, mother-in-law and his five kids that range in ages from 17 to 4 years old with a gun.
  • Police say a Utah man killed his wife, mother-in-law, 5 kids, and self in early January.
  • Michael Haight was previously investigated for child abuse, police records obtained by Insider show.
  • The killings came approximately two weeks after Tausha Haight filed for divorce, officials said.

In the early days of the new year, inside an idyllic family home still decorated for Christmas, police in Enoch, Utah stumbled into a house of horrors: Officers encountered eight dead bodies inside the Haight family home on the afternoon of January 4, 2023, an entire household annihilated in a brutal familicide.

Police say Michael Haight, 42, shot and killed his wife, Tausha Haight, 40, her mother, Gail Earl, 78, and the couple's five children, three girls, and two boys ages 4 to 17, before committing suicide.

The husband and father turned the gun on his family approximately two weeks after his wife filed for divorce, authorities said earlier this month.

The senseless act sent shockwaves through the small southern Utah community, where most of the town's 8,000 residents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as Mormons outside the church. Neighbors and friends remembered the family as welcoming and active in the town's religious community.

But police said they were familiar with the family and had investigated Michael Haight prior to the killings, suggesting the man's propensity for violence was documented long before the unthinkable unfolded.

Documents released by the authorities and obtained by Insider paint a picture of an aggressive patriarch prone to physically assaulting his eldest daughter and stealing his wife's electronics to secretly read her text messages in the years leading up to calamity. 

A seemingly perfect family facade masked underlying strife

Like many young Mormon couples, Michael Haight and Tausha Earl were in their early 20s when they met as students at Southern Utah University and married in May 2003. Both members of the LDS faith, Michael was a former Boy Scout who served his mission in Brazil, according to his obituary, while Tausha studied child development at the university.

The couple settled in Enoch, a small city about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City, where Michael Haight found work as an insurance agent. His most recent employer, Allstate Insurance, told KSL-TV that he was no longer employed with them at the time of the killings in January 2023, though it was unclear when he left the company or why.

The couple had five children: Macie Haight, 17, Briley Haight, 12, Ammon Haight, 7, Sienna Haight, 7, and Gavin Haight, 4. 

By all outside accounts, the Haights were a picture-perfect family, according to local media; neighbors recalled the family hosting a "walk-about" in 2021 to bring the community together and said they were often first to welcome new residents to the block. 

Congenial recollections from outsiders are common in the aftermath of such brutalities, according to Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and an expert on intimate partner and domestic violence. But they rarely scratch the surface of what was likely unfolding in private; family murders are almost always precipitated by warning signs, she said. 

"Neighbors will often say 'oh he was a nice guy, I can't believe this happened. It seems totally out of the blue,'" Campbell told Insider. "And I think to myself, 'probably not.'"

In many ways, Michael Haight fits the profile of a family annihilator, Campbell told Insider, citing his gender, race, marital status, and education level as markers of his penchant for the alleged crime. The most common risk factor for a family murder is prior domestic violence against the perpetrator's partner, Campbell said. But oftentimes, that abuse goes unreported to authorities. 

"They're reluctant to disclose the abuse to people," Campbell said of wives. "Many times it's because he has said to her 'don't you dare ever tell anyone else about this.'" 

While police records obtained by Insider did not include any reports of Michael Haight committing physical violence against his wife, the documents did divulge unsettling allegations involving his eldest daughter.

Sharon Huntsman, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Cedar City, Utah, leaves flowers outside a home where eight family members were found dead in Enoch, Utah, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023.Michael Haight was investigated for child abuse but never charged

In August 2020, police investigated Michael Haight for alleged child abuse against his daughter Macie Haight after an individual outside the house reported the father to authorities, according to a police report obtained by Insider. The Department of Child and Family Services was already aware of the Haight family at the time an officer conducted interviews on the matter, the report said.

In an interview with police, Macie Haight, then 14, told an officer her father had been physically and emotionally assaultive toward her multiple times over recent years, describing three separate incidents in which she said her father physically grabbed her, choked her, or shook her.

During one encounter, she told police she was scared her father might kill her, records show. 

Macie Haight also told the officer her dad frequently yelled and often belittled his wife in front of the kids, calling Tausha Haight "stupid" and "lazy." The 14-year-old said she had seen her father take her mom's cell phone away to keep his wife from leaving the home, according to the report. 

Police later interviewed Michael Haight, who denied having ever grabbed his daughter in an assaultive way or choking her, though he later clarified that if he had done so, he didn't mean it to be an assault, the police report said.

Michael Haight also denied ever putting down his wife in front of the children, but said he did lose his temper with the kids. 

During the interview, the patriarch cited a "tough year" for his increasing stress, describing his father's recent death and his brother's impending divorce. He accused his wife and soon-to-be ex-sister-in-law of saying "mean things" about his own mother and sister, which he said prompted him to take Tausha Haight's phone and look through her messages for evidence.

He also admitted to once taking his wife's iPad to work with him for several days to look through her messages. When she accused him of having the device, he denied it and later slipped the iPad back where he'd found it, he told police.

The officer conducting the interview told Michael Haight his actions toward his daughter were "close to assaultive," but ultimately declined to press charges, instead encouraging him to "continue seeing someone about his anger."

Following the interview, Tausha Haight called the interviewing officer and asked what to expect when her husband returned home, concerned about whether "the family would be safe."

The officer told her there was no indication Michael Haight would respond with violence, according to the report. 

Tausha Haight told the officer she didn't believe criminal charges were appropriate but expressed hope that the encounter would be a "wake-up call" for her husband.

Child abuse is sometimes, though not always, a precursor to family murders, Campbell said, but the 2020 investigation into Michael Haight should have "certainly been a red flag" to Child Protective Services.

"When CPS gets a report of child abuse, the best practice would be to find out if the mom is also being abused," Campbell said. "They often go hand-in-hand."

Police followed up with the Iron County Attorney's Office, where it was determined there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges, the office said in a statement this month, though Iron County Attorney Chad Dotson also told KU-TV that the case was never formally screened for charges; officials instead came to the decision not to pursue prosecution over the phone.

Following the killings, Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson defended the police department, saying officials acted professionally during the child abuse investigation and followed best practices. 

"There will be questions that everybody asks themselves: What if I had done this? What if I had done that? Those aren't very good questions to ask," Dotson said during a press conference earlier this month. "The question to ask is, what do we do now?"

Michael Haight's alleged aggression toward children was previously documented

On an autumn evening in 2015, Michael Haight called local police to report a group of juveniles standing in the middle of the road blocking his vehicle's path, according to a police report reviewed by Insider. 

Though two of the kids were later charged with disorderly conduct, Michael Haight's behavior during the incident stands out in the aftermath of his rampage.

When recounting his recollection of the incident to police, a juvenile who was with the others but not issued a citation said Michael Haight had begun to "act aggressive" during the encounter. The interviewing officer made no further notes regarding the child's characterization.

Two unidentified woman hold back tears at a news conference at city hall on the murder of eight people in the same family on January 5, 2023 in Enoch, UtahTausha Haight's divorce filing preempted the killings

The seeming trigger for tragedy came in December. 

Tausha Haight filed for divorce on December 21, 2022, according to court records reviewed by the Associated Press. Michael Haight was served with divorce papers on December 27, his wife's lawyer said after the killings. The state of Utah keeps divorce proceeding details private. 

James Park, who represented Tausha Haight in her divorce, told media outlets she never expressed to him a fear that she could be in danger from her husband.

But a signal of separation is often the final provocation that prompts family murderers to act, Campbell said,

"It is at that moment of time or shortly after she has left him that he goes and finds her and does this family annihilation," she told Insider. "He has decided: If she's going to leave him, they're all better off dead."

At some point prior to the massacre, Tausha Haight told family members that her husband removed all the firearms from the home, her sister-in-law, told the AP. Both Tausha Haight and Gail Earl, who was staying with her daughter and the couple's children following the divorce filing, were trained in firearm safety.

Park said he last met with Tausha Haight on Tuesday, January 3 — the day before the family's bodies were discovered. The mother and one of her daughters were later seen at a church event on the eve of the killings, Enoch City Mayor Geoffrey Chestnut said during a press conference earlier this month.

Initial reports said police were dispatched to the home for a welfare check on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 4 after Tausha Haight missed an appointment, but an unsealed search warrant obtained by KSL-TV this week revealed neighbors from the family's church were actually the first people to enter the home and discover the bodies before authorities arrived to check on the family.

In the aftermath of tragedy, friends and family members have remembered Tausha Haight as an incredible mother who constantly sacrificed everything for her children," her obituary said. "They were truly the most precious possessions she had."

Meanwhile, Michael Haight's obituary was removed from a local paper earlier this month after the write-up lauded him as a loving husband and father who "enjoyed making memories with his family," while failing to mention his role in their untimely deaths. 

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Wealthy boomers are trading in their Nikes for Skechers

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:02am
Skechers ranks second only to Nike in preferred casual footwear for Americans.
  • Skechers ranks second only to Nike for US shoppers seeking casual footwear, according to Cowen.
  • Demand for Skechers is being fueled by more affluent consumers, making over $100,000 a year.
  • Skechers' cheaper shoes are helping lure customers away from Nike and Adidas amid high inflation.

Skechers is gaining serious momentum on Americans' list of favorite casual sneakers to wear, according to Cowen. 

The investment bank said in a note Monday that 19% of the 2,500 US consumers it surveyed preferred Skechers as their lifestyle footwear of choice in 2022. That's second behind only Nike at 24% in its Proprietary Consumer Tracker Survey. Adidas ranked third among respondents.

Skechers is seemingly taking customers away from Nike and Adidas, as high inflation prompts consumers to buy more affordable shoes, Cowen said.

"The company looks to have taken preference from a combination of Nike and Adidas, which appears to indicate that Skechers comfort and value-oriented positioning is resonating with consumers in a macroeconomic environment where discretionary spending is under an increasing amount of pressure," analysts wrote. 

Demand for Skechers is also being fueled by more affluent consumers. The company gained most of its market share in casual footwear from consumers earning well over $100,000 last year. Consumer preference for Skechers among respondents who earned less than $100,000 in 2022 was flat year over year.

While more millennials and Gen Z are buying Skechers, older generations of consumers can largely be credited with the company's evolving reputation in casual footwear. Skechers preference share among adults 55 or older was around three times higher than younger customers in 2022, according to Cowen's study. 

"The Skechers brand tends to resonate more with an older demographic when looking at casual sneaker preference," Cowen said. 

On Monday, Cowen upgraded its rating for Skechers to "outperform" ahead of the company's earnings report on February 2. Argus Research and Williams Trading also upgraded ratings for Skechers this month.

In a note last week, Williams Trading equity analyst Sam Poser said demand for Skechers across "merchandise categories, gender, and geographies remains robust." Skechers expects to reach $10 billion in sales by 2026, the company said in October. 

Poser is confident Skechers will deliver end-of-year results in line with company guidance and believes the company is in a great position to "breakout" by the middle of 2023. Retailers should stock up on Skechers, he said.

"Skechers has the most efficient supply chain in our coverage," he said, "and will be in position to meet the increased demand." 

 

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Elon Musk has been in several TV shows and movies over the years. See his 11 cameos from 'South Park' to 'Rick and Morty'

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 10:00am
Musk voiced Elon Tusk in an episode of "Rick and Morty" in 2019.
  • Elon Musk has made nearly a dozen cameos in TV shows and movies since 2010.
  • The billionaire often plays himself on-screen, and doesn't seem afraid to make jokes about his wealth and ego.
  • Take a look at Musk's cameos from "Iron Man 2"  to "South Park" and "The Simpsons."
Elon Musk has become a media personality in his own right, from his viral tweets to appearances on a slew of TV shows and movies.Elon Musk has been featured in several TV shows and movies over the years.

The billionaire may be known for being a tech entrepreneur, but even before temporarily becoming the richest man in the world, Musk was something of a popular figure in Hollywood.

"He was a curiosity and a bauble when he first moved, because there were no tech kingpins in LA," Ashlee Vance, the author of the 2015 biography "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," told The New York Times earlier this year.

Musk is close friends with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, one of Hollywood's most powerful agents and the inspiration for the character of Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage." The billionaire is also reportedly friends with comedian Nathan Fielder and the creators of "Rick and Morty," to name a few of his Hollywood connections.

The billionaire sold his last house in California in 2021, but he's left a lasting legacy in the City of Angels — including nearly a dozen cameos, listed below in chronological order.

Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Insider

 

Elon Musk appeared in "Iron Man 2" and was cited as inspiration for the film's depiction of Tony Stark, alongside Steve Jobs and Donald Trump.Wax figure of Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Tony Stark from "Iron Man."

Musk made an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010.

In the cameo, which lasts for about 20 seconds, Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., greet Musk. In the scene, Musk plays himself and tells Stark he has "an idea for an electric jet."

"Musk took the brilliance of Jobs with the showmanship of Trump," "Iron Man" writer Mark Fergus told New York Magazine about his inspiration for Tony Stark. "He was the only one who had the fun factor and the celebrity vibe and actual business substance. I'm not sure we talked about too many other people; there are not many people like that around."

Source: New York Magazine

Musk also made an appearance as himself in the 2013 comedy action movie "Machete Kills."(L-R) Mel Gibson, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Danny Trejo, and Alexa Vega arrive at the premiere of "Machete Kills."

Musk appears near the end of the sequel to "Machete," as the film sets up a potential third film in the franchise, "Machete Kills Again...In Space," that was never made.

The film follows a machete-wielding, ex-federal agent named Machete, played by Danny Trejo, who is working to take down Voz, an evil billionaire played by Mel Gibson.

Near the end of the movie, Machete agrees to go on a SpaceX rocket to chase Voz into space. In a short scene, Musk shakes Machete's hand and the film shows a SpaceX rocket taking off.

The screenwriter Robert Rodriguez told USA Today that the billionaire's character is loosely based on Musk, adding that he was inspired to turn the villain into a "Star Wars" fan after meeting Musk at a Hollywood party. 

Musk's former girlfriend Amber Heard also appears in the film.

Source: USA Today, "Machete Kills"

Musk made a cameo in "Transcendence" alongside Johnny Depp in 2014.Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Transcendence."

Musk appears for barely a second in the science-fiction thriller as an audience member at a conference on artificial intelligence. At the conference Depp's character, Dr. Will Caster, discusses how AI can be used to save lives.

In reality, Musk has been a huge proponent of AI. He helped found OpenAI in 2015 and has developed AI systems in Tesla vehicles. Most recently, he announced plans to create an autonomous humanoid robot called Optimus.

The billionaire has also warned against some of the dangers of AI in the past, calling it the "biggest existential threat" to humankind.

Sources: "Transcendence," BBC, Insider

The billionaire has appeared as himself in multiple "South Park" episodes.Kenny, Cartman, Kyle, and Stan are the characters in the hit series "South Park."

Musk made his first appearance on the show in 2014 in an episode titled "Handicar."

In the show, Musk hosts a Tesla event which flops due to competition from another business, Handicar. The Tesla CEO challenges the owner of Handicar to a fundraiser competition that leads to his Tesla being run off the road. Musk later decides to buy Handicar for $2.3 billion.

Musk made a second "South Park" cameo in a 2016 episode titled "Members Only," in which he leads a tour around SpaceX and thwarts Butters' plans to escape to Mars.

The billionaire has appeared in two other episodes at the SpaceX headquarters as well, "Not Funny" and "The End of Serialization as We Know It."

Musk tweeted about his first experience in 2014.

—Mr. Tweet (@elonmusk) October 16, 2014

Sources: "South Park," Twitter

The billionaire made a lengthy cameo in an episode of "The Simpsons" titled "The Musk who Fell to Earth" in 2015.Elon Musk (left) plays himself in an episode of "The Simpsons."

In the episode, which centers around a cartoon version of Musk, the billionaire lands a spacecraft in the Simpsons' backyard.

Throughout the episode, Homer and his "Homerisms" inspire Musk to create new inventions, but the billionaire eventually wreaks havoc on the town in his attempts to electrify Springfield with everything from self-driving cars to a hyperloop. Eventually, his ambitious — and expensive — ideas cause mass layoffs in the town.

By the end of the episode, Homer decides the two men can no longer be friends, and Musk leaves on his spaceship to the tune of David Bowie's "Starman."

Musk has said he's been a fan of the TV show since his college years, but the executive producer Al Jean told Bloomberg they tried to avoid making the episode a "kiss-ass" gesture.

Jean told Bloomberg that Musk got to read the entire script, which takes some shots at the billionaire, ahead of time.

"He was very open to making fun of himself," Jean said. "He liked the joke where Bart is trying to guess the password to unlock Elon's self-driving car and tries 'MUSKRULZ' and it works."

Sources: "The Simpsons," Bloomberg

That same year, Musk appeared in another one of his favorite TV shows, "The Big Bang Theory."Elon Musk (left) on an episode of "The Big Bang Theory" in 2015.

In the episode titled "The Platonic Permutation," Musk appeared as himself.

In a short scene, Howard, played by Simon Helberg, meets Musk at a soup kitchen. The two men bond over their love of space travel, and Howard begs Musk to adopt him or take him on a trip to Mars.

Sources: "The Big Bang Theory," Twitter

He appeared in the romantic comedy "Why Him?" in 2016.Actor James Franco attends the premiere of "Why Him?" at Regency Bruin Theater.

In the film, which stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, and Zoey Deutch, Musk appears as himself in a party scene that also includes a cameo by Steve Aoki.

In the scene, Ned, Cranston's character, strikes up a conversation with Musk at the bar, and the Tesla CEO asks if he's in the "car business." 

Source: "Why Him?"

 

Musk returned to "The Big Bang Theory" franchise in 2017 with an appearance in "Young Sheldon.Iain Armitage as Sheldon Cooper in "Young Sheldon"

In "The Big Bang Theory" prequel, Musk makes an appearance in an episode titled "A Patch, a Modem, and a Zantac."

The episode shows Sheldon pitching an idea for a reusable rocket in an elementary school class. The teacher is quick to dismiss the idea, but Musk makes a cameo that reveals the billionaire managed to land a Falcon 9 rocket using the ideas from Sheldon's elementary school notebook.

Source: "Young Sheldon"

In one of his few cameos as a character other than himself, Musk played an alien in the 2019 movie "Men in Black: International."Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth star in "Men in Black: International."

In a brief part of a scene in the fourth "Men in Black" film, Musk appears as an alien on a surveillance screen at the company's headquarters.

While Musk looks like himself, the Alien Surveillance System classifies him as a "Nakkadan," an alien species. Ariana Grande and Donald Grover also make cameos on the Alien Surveillance System in the scene.

Sources: "Men in Black: International," "Men in Black" Fandom

 

 

Musk appeared in a "Rick and Morty" episode that same year.Musk voiced Elon Tusk in an episode of "Rick and Morty" in 2019.

In "One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty," Musk plays an alternate reality version of himself called "Elon Tusk" — the main difference between Musk and Tusk being that Elon Tusk was born with long front teeth.

In the episode, Rick comes to him for help at his factory "Tuskla," saying the Musk in his reality "can be a little bit controlling." Elon Tusk agrees to help Rick and Morty, and mayhem ensues.

Musk is a longtime fan of the TV show and a friend of the creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Most recently, Musk defended Roiland who has been cut from the show after he was charged with domestic abuse. The billionaire called Roiland "the heart of the show."

Sources: "Rick and Morty," Insider

Musk hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2021.Elon Musk hosted the May 8, 2021 episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Insider previously reported that Musk's appearance on the show was relatively tame.

During his monologue, Musk opened up about living with Asperger's, an autism spectrum disorder, and brought his mom, Maye Musk, on stage.

On the show, Musk took part in skits about everything from Dogecoin to "Super Mario." In the Mario skit, Musk appeared alongside his girlfriend at the time, Grimes, as Wario and Princess Peach, respectively.

Prior to the show, some SNL cast members appeared to criticize the decision to invite Musk to host, and NBC reportedly allowed comedians to choose not to participate in the episode.

Sources: "Saturday Night Lives," Insider

The billionaire has also appeared on a number of podcasts and in a several documentaries, from "The Joe Rogan Experience" to Netflix's "Return to Space."Joe Rogan and Elon Musk chat on the podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience."

Rogan has interviewed Musk three times on his podcast, and the Tesla CEO has also appeared on podcasts with Lex Fridman, and the Babylon Bee's Seth Dillon, Kyle Mann, and Ethan Nicolle.

The billionaire has been featured in several documentaries over the years, including "Racing Extinction," "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," and the SpaceX-focused Netflix documentary "Return to Space."

Sources: "Racing Extinction," "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World," "Return to Space," Insider

 

 

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Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes to officially 'move on' from ABC following relationship scandal

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 9:23am
Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes at the 2022 ABC Disney Upfront in May 2022 in New York City.
  • Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are officially leaving ABC News, a rep for the network confirmed to Insider.
  • The decision comes after news broke the co-anchors had a romantic relationship in November 2022.
  • ABC News president Kim Godwin called the scandal a "distraction" in a memo sent to staff on Friday.

Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are leaving ABC News for good a month after the former co-anchors were taken off the air when their off-camera relationship scandal broke. 

News that Robach and Holmes, who had co-hosted the "GMA3: What You Need To Know" show since 2020, are leaving comes after weeks of speculation that a decision about their future at the network was imminent.

CNN reported that ABC News president Kim Godwin sent a memo informing staff of Robach and Holmes's employment status on Friday. 

"I know that this has been a distraction for so many of us, but let's not forget all the great work that continues to make ABC News the #1 news network in America, and that's because of you," Godwin wrote, according to CNN. "I want to thank you again for your patience and professionalism during this time."

The anchors presented Oscars coverage together.

A spokesperson for ABC News confirmed that Robach and Holmes are leaving the network after a series of meetings in a statement shared with Insider. 

"After several productive conversations with Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes, about different options, we all agreed it's best for everyone that they move on from ABC News," the spokesperson said. "We recognize their talent and commitment over the years and are thankful for their contributions."

The decision to take Holmes and Robach off the air for good comes almost two months after the former co-hosts found themselves embroiled in a public scandal when the Daily Mail published a series of photos of them appearing to be engaged in an intimate romantic relationship in November. 

At the time, both Holmes and Robach were legally married to other people. Holmes filed for divorce from Marilee Fiebig, his wife of 13 years, in December. 

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Racism made us believe MSG was dangerous. Now, chefs are bringing the once-controversial seasoning back into the spotlight.

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 9:15am
  • MSG has been branded as a dangerous food ingredient for decades, especially associated with Chinese cuisine.
  • The problematic controversy isn't rooted in science, but instead, racism.
  • Chefs of today are advocating to debunk dated myths about the ingredient's health impacts. 

In 2019, Lucky Lee's, a fast-casual Chinese American restaurant in New York City, closed its doors after less than a year in business. According to a since-deleted Instagram post, the owner vowed to serve "clean Chinese" food that included less salt, grease, and would leave customers feeling less "bloated and icky." While the white-owned restaurant was met with immediate backlash for racist rhetoric, its original premise, to improve Chinese food fit for the refined western palate, sheds light on a prolonged battle between the Chinese food industry and racist myths about one commonly used ingredient — MSG. 

Monosodium glutamate, abbreviated as MSG, is a popular flavor enhancer that has been popularized as a harmful processed additive mostly found in Chinese dishes, despite a plethora of scientific evidence that says the opposite. Not only has MSG been deemed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA, it is also naturally occurring in some foods, such as tomato products, protein isolates, and cheeses. Everything from chips to condiments, and frozen meals and fast foods, are also likely to contain MSG.

'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome'

The debate of whether MSG is safe for consumption began in 1968, when a doctor wrote a letter titled "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome," to the New England Journal of Medicine, complaining of falling ill after eating at Chinese restaurants. The story sparked outrage against the ingredient, quickly spreading the idea that Chinese food was dangerous. A year later, a scientific paper identifying MSG as "the cause of the Chinese restaurant syndrome," was published and claimed that it could cause "headaches, burning sensations, facial pressure, and chest pain." 

It wasn't until 2020 that Merriam-Webster redefined its definition of Chinese restaurant syndrome from "a group of symptoms (such as numbness of the neck, arms, and back with headache, dizziness, and palpitations) that is held to affect susceptible persons eating food and especially Chinese food heavily seasoned with monosodium glutamate" to a term that is "offensive" and "dated." The so-called syndrome is one of several examples of viral monikers used to place blame on a country or group of people, and the effects are dangerous. Consider the COVID-19 global pandemic that former US president Donald Trump constantly, publicly referred to as the Chinese virus. Shortly after his racist rhetoric hit the mainstream, hate crimes against the Asian American community surged. Similarly, MSG myths impacted the Chinese food industry, so much so that "No MSG restaurants" lists exist all over the internet and many Chinese takeout restaurants still advertise against MSG use today.

Reclaiming MSG

"I notice some Chinese American takeout places have 'no MSG' signs, but they're actually lying because I know some of the sauces they use contain MSG. They may be referring to the fact of no added MSG," said Keegan Fong, owner of Woon in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. While dishes at Woon do not have added MSG, Fong says some of the ingredients and sauces used already contain MSG. "Almost all our main dishes contain trace amounts of MSG because almost all dark soy sauces contain at least a little bit of MSG," he said, shedding light on how commonly the ingredient is consumed. Yet, Woon still receives calls from potential customers asking if the restaurant uses MSG. "It's a complex answer because almost all Italian restaurants contain MSG in their food. So, it's kind of an annoying question because we may actually be using less MSG than other cuisines, but people only ask us if our food contains MSG because we are a Chinese restaurant," Fong said. "I'm sure we've lost customers over this."

Calvin Eng, lead chef and owner at Bonnie's in Brooklyn, New York has had a similar experience. "People still email us all the time to give them a list of dishes they can have that don't contain MSG," he said, noting that the list is short: rice and a fruit plate. At Bonnie's, everything from bloody marys to desserts contain MSG – something Eng takes pride in. "Many people still aren't comfortable with the ingredient, and I'm trying to educate and change that by being pro-MSG. I'm proud to use it and I advertise it," he said. Even on his left arm, where he had 'MSG' with a heart tattooed four years ago.

"Everyone assumes that it is bad for you. All data suggests that MSG is not harmful to you. In fact, people consume it in large amounts," said award-winning chef David Chang (Momofuku) at the 2012 MAD Symposium in Denmark. "People who say they're allergic to MSG will happily dip their sushi in soy sauce or eat a miso soup." Chang is one of many public figures who advocates for MSG use publicly and passionately. In addition to independent restaurants and chefs taking individual steps to advertise or not completely write off the use of MSG in dishes, several campaigns like Know MSG advocate for debunking myths surrounding the ingredient and are helping bring it back into the mainstream. But whether people choose to follow scientific evidence, it's nearly fact that we're all consuming MSG in one form or another. 

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Airbnb hosts' latest trick to draw more bookings: $0 cleaning fees

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 9:15am
Jennifer Lloyd, a Los Angeles host, said she saw an immediate bump in page views when she broadcast that she dropped her cleaning fee.
  • Airbnb guests griped last year over cleaning fees added after they picked a place but before paying.
  • In November, the short-term-rental giant started showing total nightly prices to guests browsing.
  • Still, some hosts say explicitly advertising $0 cleaning fees helps increase bookings.

Last year, Airbnb guests complained on TikTok, Twitter, and Reddit about what they said were exorbitant cleaning fees.

Outraged guests griped about hosts, saying they charged too much for the customary fee for turning over a rental after a stay, along with what they saw as tediously and inappropriately long requests for pre-checkout chores.

"It's the principle that really bothers me," a TikTok user, @melworeit, says in a 50-second "rant" about a $700 two-night stay that required guests to start the dishwasher and a load of laundry. The video has attracted 550,000 views and 4,750 comments. 

Airbnb customers felt even more aggrieved because the cleaning fees were added after they had selected a place to stay but before paying — sometimes finding that it made their choice cost-prohibitive. 

Hosts, for their part, countered that a whole house took longer to clean than, say, a hotel room. They added that cleaners charged the same fee whether a stay was one night or one month. (The national rate is $64 for a one-bedroom rental and $116 for three-bedroom one, according to the rental-cleaning startup TurnoverBnB.) 

Still, guest concerns, conveyed in viral TikToks and tweets, traveled to the very top of the organization. In November, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the company would change its displays of nightly prices to be more transparent. Now, guests can opt-in to view the total cost of a stay, including cleaning fees. 

More than two months after the change took effect, some Airbnb hosts told Insider they still saw resentment lingering among travelers. Three hosts told Insider they had responded by raising their nightly rates, dropping the cleaning fees, and then broadcasting the $0 cleaning fee in the bold font that tops their listings. The hosts told Insider it seemed to generate interest in their rentals and even increase bookings during a tough time for some short-term-rental owners.

The listing headline for Lloyd's Airbnb.

Short-term-rental owners are up against a record glut of units nationwide, according to analytics firm AirDNA, and the rate at which guests book vacation pads is expected to dip slightly in 2023. It's become even more important to stand out among the competition to attract bookings.

Simply seeing a headline that proclaims "$0 cleaning fee" can influence a traveler to believe they are getting a good deal, one host said.

It's "the way the human mind works," Jon Edwards, 38, who owns a ski condo in Utah, said. 

'It's kind of like a game of chicken' 

Jon Edwards, an Airbnb host in Utah, said promoting no cleaning fees had kept him booked up.

Edwards, who works in the airline industry, operates an Airbnb in the ski destination Brian Head, Utah, a three-hour drive south from Salt Lake City. This winter, he baked the cleaning fee into his total price, raising the nightly rate to $110 from $70. He then changed the title of his listing to lead with "$0 cleaning fee."

Last year, Edwards said his occupancy was about 90% during peak months. This year, he said, he's had a stronger-than-expected season, hovering between 60 and 70% occupancy each month. He had been predicting a heavy dip from the heights of pandemic-boosted travel.

Edwards has not changed what he pays his cleaners — $80 for a turnover — and attributes the bump to the psychology of giving guests fewer fees to be shocked by at checkout.

Having a lump sum nightly rate, he added, is "more like when you go to a hotel."

Melissa Hughes, a Florida Airbnb host, has never had cleaning fees but still highlights that in the listing.

Melissa Hughes has never imposed cleaning fees at her goat farm in Tallahassee, Florida.

"I never could wrap my mind around them," she said. "It's like going to a hotel and getting a cleaning fee on top." 

Hughes said her bookings were very slow during the summer. Many hosts were worried headed into the season about the lack of supply across the US. About the same time, hotels capitalized on guests' discontent with cleaning fees and chores, running ad campaigns or making cheeky social-media posts. One Hilton ad showed a couple dismayed at a long list of rules, including "no whistling" and "no cookies."

After Hughes went three weeks without any bookings for one of her two $65-a-night one-bedroom cottages, she decided to add "no cleaning fees" to her listing title. Within a week, she said, her weekends were fully booked again.

"Correlation doesn't equal causation, but it did make a difference pretty quickly," she told Insider.

Hughes said cleaning fees were unwanted add-ons for guests.

This week, Jennifer Lloyd, a Los Angeles host, dropped her cleaning fee to $0, added the news to the heading on her listing, and saw an immediate spike in interest. She charged $164 a night. 

"I don't think I've ever had 57 page views in one day," she told Insider. (Lloyd did say she had tried dropping her cleaning fee before without the same increased interest.)

Most guests search using the map view, which shows only the total nightly rate of a property, not the listing heading touting the $0 cleaning fee, Lloyd said.

Hosts trying out this tactic hope that when a traveler clicks on the listing, seeing the no-fee claim is enticing enough to book even if the rate is the same as nearby properties.

Lloyd said, "It's kind of like a game of chicken." 

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Boeing plans to hire around 10,000 workers in 2023 as it bounces back from the pandemic, report says

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 9:13am
Boeing boosted its workforce with 14,000 new hires in 2022.
  • Boeing is set to hire 10,000 workers this year amid its post-pandemic recovery, Reuters reported.
  • The planemaker boosted its workforce by 15,000 in 2022 after it axed around 16,000 workers in 2020.
  • Boeing's CEO said the company had made meaningful progress in its recovery but challenges remained.

Boeing is set to hire almost 10,000 employees in 2023 amid its post-pandemic recovery, Reuters reported

The planemaker said the growth would mostly be in its business units, and engineering and manufacturing divisions, per the report. However, it planned to cut some existing staff roles within support functions.

The announcement comes days after it posted its fourth-quarter 2022 results. The company had made meaningful progress in its post-pandemic recovery but challenges remain, president and CEO Dave Calhoun said Wednesday in a press release.

Calhoun added: "We generated more than $3 billion in free cash flow in the fourth quarter, driven by progress in our performance and strong demand. This helped us generate positive full-year free cash flow for the first time since 2018, an important metric in our recovery."

Boeing grew its workforce by almost 15,000 workers last year and its headcount in the US is around 156,000 employees, the company told Insider.

The Virginia-headquartered company cut its workforce by 10% – around 16,000 workers – during the pandemic as losses mounted. It reported a loss of $2.4 billion in its second-quarter results in 2020 as the pandemic ravaged the aviation industry.

The company said in 2020 it would slow production of its 787 and 777 models and postponed increasing its 737 Max output as demand declined.

Boeing is not the only aircraft maker boosting its workforce. In a Thursday press release, Airbus announced plans on Thursday to hire 13,000 employees this year to help its "commercial aircraft ramp-up." 

The company, which has 130,000 employees, said 9,000 of the roles would be based in Europe and the remainder in its global network. 

Boeing told Insider in a statement: "While we plan to grow the total workforce in 2023, we will continue to simplify our corporate structure and expect lower staffing within some support functions so that we can best align our resources in direct support of our products, services and technology development efforts."

 

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How people are making money on Canva and turning their graphic-design side hustles into full-time gigs

Sat, 01/28/2023 - 9:08am
Shruti Pangtey is the founder of Digital Empires, a digital-marketing business built through Canva.
  • Canva's popularity is exploding, bringing with it a boom in creators selling digital products.
  • Some have turned creating templates, images, or files to sell into a full-time gig.
  • The entrepreneurs tell Insider the benefits are wide-ranging despite varying financial success.

After a tech startup fired 31-year-old Shruti Pangtey from her product marketing manager gig, she took the opportunity to start her own digital-products business — and she said she has no regrets.

Her online business, Digital Empires, sells digital-marketing courses for entrepreneurs made on Canva, a popular graphic-design platform known for being easy to use. Pangtey earns between $95,000 and $120,000 a year working at least 20 hours a week.

"I never want to go back to a nine-to-five," Pangtey told Insider.

And she's not alone. Canva's popularity is exploding, bringing with it a boom in creators who are making real money by selling digital products — templates, images, or files for others to use — with some taking it from side hustle to full-time gig. It gives the creators the opportunity to work fewer hours, spend more time with friends and family, and for some, make more money.

By putting in anywhere from three to 84 hours per week, creators can earn between $1,000 and $10,000 a month, four Canva business owners told Insider. One creator made a total of $1.4 million in sales in about three years.

But "it's not a get-rich-quick scheme," Meranda Dysart, an Arkansas-based Canva creator, said. 

Dysart built a business that brings in approximately $3,300 each month. It allowed her to quit a full-time marketing position and become a stay-at-home parent. For her and other creators, starting a Canva-based business goes far beyond design.

Creators spend time on behind-the-scenes work like marketing, writing copy for sales landing pages, and sending emails to potential clients. The digital products creators sell include Instagram and Pinterest post templates, custom YouTube profile banners, wedding invitations, and printable daily planners. 

These products are in especially high demand among bloggers and small-business owners, Rebecca Lake, a certified educator in personal finance with a side-hustle blog called Boss Single Mama, told Insider. Purchasing premade templates saves them time and money on their design efforts, Lake said.

Meranda Dysart, a small-business owner.How Canva works

Founded in 2012 and based in Australia, Canva uses a point-and-drag approach to graphic design so that users with little to no experience can create custom images.

More than 100 million users around the world use the platform, and the firm exceeded $1 billion in revenue in 2022, a spokesperson from Canva told Insider.

Entrepreneurs, who can use the site for free or subscribe to a paid version, choose a template idea and then customize the design using the platform's editing tools. After that, creators can export the design as an image file or PDF, and sell it on a third-party platform like Etsy or Amazon.

As independent creators, these digital-product store owners may need to go the extra mile to be discovered. Creators that have been successful selling Canva products find a niche in the market to fill and creative ways to market their businesses, they told Insider. 

Jennifer Singer, who is in her late 20s and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, doubled her salary to $4,000 a month by focusing on creating children's picture book, workbooks, and more. Creators like Singer found their niche by doing keyword searches on platforms like Pinterest, Etsy, and Google Trends to see what products were trending. 

Canva did not comment on how the rise of entrepreneurship on the platform impacts its business model. But it supports the "huge range of ways people are using Canva to start and scale businesses," Rob Kawalsky, the head of product at Canva, told Insider.

Jennifer Singer, an illustrator, author, and entrepreneur.Sales of digital products fluctuate, and not every Canva creator has seen financial gains

The market for Canva products has become flooded. 

The independent-seller site Etsy yields nearly 300,000 results for Canva templates. But payoffs are uncertain, and it's not always clear which digital products will take off each month. 

That means it's been hard for some creators like Raquel Kay, who is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to reap financial gains. She took a massive pay cut to focus on her Canva digital-product business, quitting her management-consultant job at Accenture in 2020 that paid $94,000 per year. As of October 2022, she was earning between $1,000 and $1,500 a month selling Canva templates and Canva coaching services for aspiring entrepreneurs full time, she told Insider.

"The transition has been difficult," Kay said. "I do love it, but it's very challenging."

Raquel Kay, the founder of Tips and Templates, a digital-marketing business built on Canva.

And that's part of the reason why money isn't the only motivation for pivoting to Canva content creation full time. Millions of people have been quitting their jobs at record levels over the past two years due to burnout, poor management, low salaries, and a lack of work-from-home flexibility

This is causing some full-time employees to reevaluate their career choices in search of employment that fits their lifestyle preferences, like creating a digital-product storefront from home. It lets creators like Singer have full control over their time.

"My life has completely changed," Singer said.

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