What if the cabinet of President Donald Trump were the stars of a mocumentary workplace comedy? This clip takes the iconic intro to The Office and uses clips of the Trump administration and Republican leadership to imagine a world where The White House and the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin aren’t that different. After all, Paul Ryan does sort of look like an older Jim.
On Friday morning—only a few hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president—Congress received notification that President Obama sent $221 million in humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority. The money from the U.S. Agency for International Development is set to go to help the people living in the West Bank and Gaza and to, according to the AP, “help prepare for good governance and the rule of law in a future Palestinian state.”
The money has been a controversial issue in Washington, and the move was a last minute surprise for a reason.
Years ago, Congress approved the aid package (twice, in fact, in 2015 and 2016), but two Republican lawmakers placed a hold on it, preventing it from being released. They said that they took issue with the Palestinian Authority attempting to become official members of some international organizations. However, the “holds” aren’t legally binding. So, in order to prevent any additional hang-ups with lawmakers, the Obama administration made the move just before Trump was sworn in.
The Trump administration has not supported a two-state solution, and Trump is a vocal supporter of the administration of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Discuss
An app development company called 10X has just released a new app that sends out notifications to subway passengers, letting them know when a nearby pregnant passenger has boarded and needs a seat. The company CEO, which is based in the UK, explained the moment he had the idea to create “Babee on Board” to Mashable.:
A year ago an 80-year-old woman, who was sat next to me on a busy Tube, got up and offered her seat to a heavily pregnant woman. I was mortified. I was too engrossed on my smartphone to notice anything … So as soon as I let the older woman have my seat, I began racking my brains for a solution.
The functionality is pretty simple: If users have the “Offer a Seat” app running, they’ll receive notifications when a pregnant woman looking for an open seat is nearby who is running the “Request a Seat” app. It costs a couple dollars to download, but all of the money goes to a children’s charity.
Today, it was announced that the next installment of the Star Wars franchise—Episode VIII—will be called “The Last Jedi” and will hit theaters in December. But, who exactly is the the title referring to? There are a lot of theories, not to mention that “jedi” can be plural.
But, as some observant fans have noted, there’s reason to believe that the movie is about Luke Skywalker, because the opening crawl of The Force Awakens (which you can see here) uses the exact phrase when referencing him.
Intentional plot clue, or misdirection? We may have to wait a few months to find out.
Looking for a different kind of “hotel” experience? A German travel company called Null Stern (it translates to "zero stars") has created a hotel room with a comfortable bed, reading lamps and modern design—everything you’d expect, that is, besides walls or a roof over your head. But, considering the location, high in the scenic Swiss Alps, you might not want one.
The bathroom is about a five-minute walk down the mountain, but, guests do get the services of butler, who will prepare meals and get the bed ready, all for just over $200 a night. Though, if you want the open-air sleeping experience, you’ll need to be willing to wait. The “room” is already booked through the end of the year. Discuss