Military vet sets out to make world’s strongest bullet-proof vest

For Blake Waldrop, protecting law enforcement isn’t just a job- it’s a mission borne out of personal tragedy.

The founder of RMA Armament, Inc. in Centerville, Iowa, manufacturer of bullet-proof vests, lost a friend in Iraq in 2005. His friend died even though he was wearing body armour. Since then, the goal of the former Marine and police officer was to make a product better than those on the market.

“We have a proven product, that’s proven time and time again, to be significantly stronger. Not merely a little bit stronger- significantly stronger than everybody else’s armor in the United States, ” he said.

The difference is in the technology. While most vests “spider-web” when hit, destroying the integrity of the vest going forward, RMA’s vests isolate the bullet’s impact to the area where it hittings, leaving the rest of the vest intact and ready to absorb another shot.

It’s a responsibility that Waldrop and his squad take extremely seriously.

“We screw up here in the slightest fashion, in any stage of the manufacture, somebody dies, ” he said.

Waldrop said the response from law enforcement has been enthusiastic. Being recognized by the President of the United States wasn’t a bad perk, either.

In July 2017, RMA was one of 50 companies selected by the White House for their “Made In America” showcase. That meant a journey to Washington , D.C ., and a visit to fulfill President Trump and Vice President Pence.

While most vests “spider-web” when make, destroying the integrity of the vest going forward, RMA’s vests isolate the bullet’s impact to the area where it reaches, leaving the rest of the vest intact and ready to assimilate another shot. ( REUTERS)

“The President be coming back- he actually sized me up and down because you know I’m a big guy … gave me an extra hard hand shake, so I dedicated it right back to him. I was clapping and looking at the president and I didn’t realise the vice president is standing right in front of me. So, I shook his hand. The No. 1 thing I believe I took away from that is the vice president leaned in and told,’ thank you for your service to our country.’ I entail, how did you know I was a Marine? ” Waldrop said.

The wedded father of three says he would be able to generate a greater profit by making the vests overseas. But, according to Waldrop, Made in the USA is “a symbol of pride , not about dollars.”

“When I’m dead and gone, I want to be remembered for the product that we construct here and the amount of people that are alive today because of that product, ” he said.

And, while most people assume the name of the company stands for something tough or militaristic, it’s actually the first initial of each of his three daughters- Renee, Megan, and Alexis.

“When you have a little baby girl in your limbs, you melt like butter on a hot day in August, ” Waldrop gushed. “So, that’s what happened to me with my girls.”

Todd Piro currently serves as a general assigning reporter, as part of the FOX& Friends team. He joined Fox News Channel( FNC) in June 2017.

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Arsne Wenger, Arsenal’s departing general, deserves a fitting farewell | Barney Ronay

Nobody will manage a top club across three decades again. The Frenchman will stand as the last of English footballs great Napoleonic managers

All things must pass. Even, it turns out, the glorious, unrepeatable and by the end strangely interminable reign of Arsene Wenger as administrator of Arsenal Football Club. After 22 years in charge Wenger has announced that he will retire at the end of the current season.

It is a deviation that has been pencilled tentatively in to the footballing calendar for as long as anyone cares to recollect; but which still arrived on Friday morning like a long-delayed bereavement, jamming the phone-in switchboards and flooding social media with the usual mess of fury, regret and irresolvable argument over a heatedly contested legacy.

The news of Wenger’s departure arrived not from his own lips at one of his bi-weekly press conference but via an official statement- fittingly so for a human solely bound up in this footballing institution, who virtually feels like a physical component of that looming glass and steel super-stadium.

There will now be a sense of deep fascination around Arsenal’s final seven or possibly eight games of the season, a run that would take Wenger up to a mind-boggling total of 1,236 matches in charge. Not to mention, of course, an air of genuine sadness.

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Arsene Wenger’s 22 -year tenure as Arsenal manager

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Arsenal announce Wenger’s appointment

Win 2-0 against Blackburn in Wenger’s first match in charge

Defeat Everton 4-0 to win Premier League title

Beat Newcastle 2-0 to lift FA Cup and complete the double

Wenger offers to replay Sheffield United following controversial FA Cup win

Lost 4-1 on penalties to Galatasaray in Uefa Cup final

Win 1-0 at Old Trafford to win the league title

A 2-2 describe at rivals Spurs confirms third league title win

Beat Leicester 2-1 to complete The Invincibles’ unbeaten season

Final game at Highbury

Defeated 2-1 in Champions League final by Barcelona

Lose 8-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford

Marks 1,000 th game in charge by losing 6-0 at Chelsea

Wins record-breaking seventh FA Cup with victory over Chelsea

Despite defeating Everton 3-1, they finish outside the four largest for first time in Wenger era

Announces he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season

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Throughout English football’s violent structural changes of the past three decades there has been something reassuringly immovable about that gangling figure with the hawk-like frown, the turban of grey hair, limbs flapping at his sides like broken deckchair struts, utterly captivated at all times by the spectacle in front of him.

Wenger will retire three months short of his 69 th birthday, in the process bringing to an end one of the great, transformative, utterly distinctive careers in British sport.

He joined Arsenal in the summer of 1996 from Japanese football as an nearly total unknown in this country, an altogether left-field figure, but agreeably intense and jarringly articulate in his fourth speech. All this at a time when the idea of a successful overseas administrator in England was still likely to draw a frown of weary scepticism.

Fast forward 22 years and during the Wenger era Arsenal have spent PS7 50 m, won 16 major trophies and fielded 220 players, almost a third of all players to play for Arsenal. In the process the manager has been the key figure in the total transformation of every part of the club, including the creation of a spectacular era-shifting North London stadium that Wenger took to as though it were his own hard-earned kitchen extension.

More than this Wenger has been both a reforming force in British football and a figure that reached out way beyond the remit of his sport. Those first few years in England are notorious to the phase of cliche for the infectious culture changes legislated around a grand old club that had fallen into a nation of lager-stained despond by the middle of the 1990 s.

These were the Grilled Broccoli Years, when Wenger strode the footballing scenery like our own thin white duke, bringing yoga and vegetables and a focus on a more refined, technological style to his initially sceptical, ultimately devoted squad of players.

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Arsene Wenger celebrates with the Premier League trophy during a victory procession after the’ Invincibles’ season of 2003-04. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/ Reuters

” Is it too much to hope that Wenger will usher in a new age of reason in English football as a whole and not merely at Highbury ?” David Lacey wrote in the Guardian when Wenger was first unveiled with remarkable prescience as this is exactly what happened. Clubs everywhere aped the template of advanced conditioning and cosmopolitan staff, ushering in a period of fast-paced enlightenment for a Premier League product en route to global industry domination.

Given this initial zeal perhaps the strangest thing about Wenger is the way his time in English football has pivoted around a single point of contradiction. A administrator who entered English football as a kind of fire-starter, junking the chocolate bars, taking his sledgehammer to a century of ossified certainties, has ended up dismissed by many as a stick in the mud, left-over and all-round insignium of pig-headed stasis.

On the pitching Arsenal have undoubtedly declined in recent years, slipping form the edge of the European elite to a diminished stance on the fringes despite some recent domestic trophies. Off the field Wenger has continued to run a brilliantly tight ship, leaving for his successor, and indeed his well-remunerated board, a set of well balanced volumes and an infrastructure that is sparklingly up to date. Despite this there has been a meet upheaval at the one-sided nature of this bargain, the lack of a more reckless lust for glory in favour of steadiness and slacken decline.

The past few seasons have assured public protest, much-publicised fan-TV rants and even the silly but still quite funny proliferation of Wenger Out flags at events around the world, from political marches in South Africa to rugby matches in New Zealand. Wenger has been changed by this a little. A director who came to England kicking against the prickings has tends to sniffing against the new and the short-term in recent years. Wenger talking with a sigh about the fact that” we live in a world where people always want instant outcomes/ new things/ perfection” has become a part of his own press conference bingo for a pack of occasionally exasperated but ever affectionate London football journalists.

It is a separate decision on the short-termism of English football’s celebrity news-style culture that nobody seems quite sure what kind of farewell one of the great English football managers can expect from here. Will there be hordes, a procession, a vast heap of blooms, an extended Viking funeral?

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It is to be hoped that history will cast Wenger’s time in England not as one of late-breaking angst, but as the love story it was so clearly at the outset.

Players will recollect Wenger’s charm and wit, his famously lively dancing( his status as Arsenal’s top option as manager all those years ago was corroborated during a raucous dinner party in the company of the former vice-chairman ).

Fans might prefer to recall a football manager who helped construct not just a stadium but a new training ground and a modern, re-geared globally renowned sporting club.

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Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal honours

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Premier League( 3 ): 1997 -9 8, 2001 -0 2, 2003 -0 4.

FA Cup( 7 ): 1997 -9 8, 2001 -0 2, 2002 -0 3, 2004 -0 5, 2013 -1 4, 2014 -1 5, 2016 -1 7.

Community Shield( 6 ): 1998 -9 9, 1999 -2 000, 2002 -0 3, 2004 -0 5, 2014 -1 5, 2015 -1 6.

P remier League Manager of the Season ( 3 ): 1997 -9 8, 2001 -0 2, 200 -/ 04.

League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year( 2 ): 2001 -0 2, 2003 -0 4.

BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year( 2 ): 2002, 2004.

Premier League Manager of the Month( 15 )

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Beyond this Wenger will stand as perhaps the last of English football’s great Napoleonic administrators. The century-old fascination with the manager as something bound into the fabric of club and community, a magnetic force of benevolent personality has pretty much run its course, or at the least been replaced by a more short term version.

Nobody will manage a top-level club across three decades again. No person or persons will become quite so closely wound around the basic structure of these grand old Victorian social institutions, transformed now at the highest level into distantly-run PLCs.

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Wenger has been part of that change, just as Arsenal is now a club whose staff and business model reflect the priorities of the City financial institutions a few miles down the road. He will remain in the sport, whether as manager advisor or simply waspish TV pundit. For now English football simply owes its departing general the correct, appropriately fond, appropriately grateful parting.

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Tammy Duckworths baby just made history. And senators are loving it.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to Maile Pearl on April 9, 2018.

In doing so, the Democrat from Illinois became the first U.S. senator to give birth while serving in office.

Congrats, Tammy!

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10 days after giving birth, Duckworth built history again by bringing her newborn onto the Senate floor.

“I constructed sure she has a jacket so she doesn’t were in violation of the Senate floor dress code( which requires blazers ), ” Duckworth wrote on Twitter. “I’m not sure what the policy is on duckling onesies, but I think we’re ready.”

Many senators were giddy to meet the newest is part of the Duckworth family.

“She’s arriving! She’s arriving! ” Sen. Claire MacCaskill reportedly claimed as Duckworth arrived, according to New York Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg.

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And others online were aroused about the news and congratulated Duckworth, as well — not just for leading by example as a working mother, but also as a disabled women of colour who employs a wheelchair.

“People see that Senator Duckworth is a war veteran and a woman holding elected office, ” one female wrote on Twitter. “I find a disabled mother who is holding one of the highest government positions. She is the answer that, YES, disabled girls CAN do it all.”

And they can do it all holding their newborns, too.

Welcome to the U.S. Senate, newborn Maile. [?]

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The absurd thing is, simply a few days ago, it would have been illegal for Duckworth to bring her child onto the Senate floor. But the new mom and U.S. Army veteran put an end to the archaic regulation that would have stopped baby Maile from entering the upper chamber.

A few days ago, Duckworth submitted a resolution that would do away with a edict that barred children under the age of 1 from being on the Senate floor.

As a new mama, the rule was a major — and entirely unnecessary — obstacle avoiding Duckworth from balancing being an attentive parent with her day chore. It’s a predicament I’d guess, oh … just about every working parent has found themselves in at some point.

As reported by HuffPost, the resolution first needed to get through the Senate Rules Committee before getting approved by the upper chamber. And although some older male senators (* coughing* shocking ) seemed am worried that newborns might interrupt “Senate propriety” — “What if there are ten newborns on the floor of the Senate? ” Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch had asked — Duckworth’s proposition passed both hurdles relatively seamlessly.

Below, you can watch history being make use of Duckworth and baby Maile ( tale continues afterward ).

You’ll ensure a bunch of senators — including Amy Klobuchar, Jeff Flake, Chuck Schumer, Claire McCaskill, and Mitch McConnell (!) — stray over to get a peak of baby Maile and say hello.

This is a big moment — not just for Duckworth and her family, but for working parents everywhere.

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“By ensuring that no senator will be prevented from performing their constitutional responsibilities simply because they have a young child, the Senate is leading by example[ and] send the important message that working parents everywhere deserve family-friendly workplace policies.”

Let’s hope her colleagues are listening, because the U.S. is among the worst developed world for new parents.

Our federal government necessitates no paid maternity or paternity leave, unlike almost every other wealthy nation on earth. And many other countries — like Sweden, France, and New Zealand — have enviable policies, like generous tax credit statutes for households with young children, as well as affordable, governed day care facilities that make paying for childcare much more manageable for working parents, according to The New Republic.

If the U.S. Senate can change its rules to attain the upper chamber more fit for our own member, it should start doing the same for the rest of country, too.

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‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for alleged sex cult involvement

“Smallville” actress Allison Mack was arraigned on Friday at a federal courthouse in New York following her arrest on sexuality trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor charges as proportion an alleged sexuality cult, Fox News confirmed Friday.

The 35 -year-old was last seen in March running after purported cult leader Keith Raniere as police carried him away from a $10,000 -a-week Mexican villa where the pair had reportedly been concealing out.

“I have no comment on the arrest this afternoon of Allison Mack, ” a rep for the star told Fox News.

Raniere, the co-founder of the self-help organization and alleged cult NXIVM, stands accused of maintaining numerous females as slaves and branding his initials into their skin.

He was was arraigned last week on the same charges as Mack and was denied bail as he awaits his next tribunal appearance on April 27.

Mack appeared in “Smallville, ” a Tv series about a young Clark Kent, from 2001 -2 011, before dedicating her life to NXIVM and Raniere.

“As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited females to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere, ” United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement. “The victims was later exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”

According to NXIVM’s former publicist, Frank Parlato, Mack came up with the idea of a secret society of women within the organization who would be branded near their groin area.

“She was the principal recruiter of young slaves for Raniere, ” Parlato told Fox News on Friday. “They nicknamed her Pimp Mack.”

Mack’s fellow “Smallville” co-star Kristin Kreuk was also accused of helping to recruit women as sex slaves into Nxivm. She has denied the allegations.

The 35 -year-old said in a statement posted to Twitter in March that she took a NXIVM course when she was 23 to help combat her “shyness” but left the group about five years ago.

“When I was about 23, I took an Executive Success Programs/ NXIVM’ intensive, ’ what I understood to be a self-help/ personal growth course that helped me handle my previous shyness, which is why I continued with the program, ” Kreuk wrote. “I left about five years ago and had minimal contact with those who were still involved.”

The actress denied she had any influence within the group and was not involved in its “Dominus Obsequious Sororium”( DOS ), which translates from Latin to “Master Over the Slave Woman.”

“The accusations that I was in the’ inner circle’ or recruited females as’ sex slaves’ are blatantly false, ” Kreuk said. “During my time, I never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity. I am horrified and disgusted by what has come out about DOS.”

Raniere is accused of masterminding and overseeing a system in which females were told the best way to advance was to become a “slave” overseen by “masters.”

They also were expected to have sex with him, do menial chores for masters, and to keep the arrangement a secret — or face public humiliation, the criminal complaint against him states.

Investigators said Raniere opted exceptionally thin women, so “slaves” had to stick to very low-calorie diets and document every food they ate.

Women who didn’t follow orders were required to attend class where they were “forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people called them derogatory names, ” or threatened with being put in enclosures, tribunal papers say.

“He needs to be held accountable for every woman and every underage girl that he has harmed, ” Catherine Oxenberg told Fox News. “This is a long time coming.”

Oxenberg, an actress known for her role on the 1980 s prime-time drama “Dynasty, ” has a daughter, India, who is currently in NXIVM.

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Apple steals Googles AI chief

Apple has just poached one of Google’s top AI executives in a move likely to have far-reaching consequences.

Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports. Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy, ” the Cupertino company said in a statement to the Times; he will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

Just yesterday, The Information( paywalled) was pointed out that Giannandrea would be stepping down from his role at Google and would be replaced by 19 -year Google veteran Jeff Dean. Giannandrea first joined Google in 2010 after it acquired MetaWeb,where he served as CTO. The startup sought to stimulate search results more contextually aware through its hefty database of tagged data.

The hire is particularly important as Apple has seemed to fall far behind its challengers in the race to build smarter software powered by artificial intelligence. Siri, the digital deputy into which Apple has pumped much of its consumer-facing AI technologies, is far behind Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant in capabilities.

TechCrunch chatted with Giannandrea at our most recent Disrupt SF conference, where he spoke at length about how humans could help build computers smarter, but that we could also give them our biases if we aren’t careful.

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Natalie Portman pulls out of Israel award due to ‘distressing recent events’ there

Jerusalem-born actor was due to receive 2018 Genesis prize but cancels telling she cannot in good conscience proceeded with the ceremony

Natalie Portman has pulled out of a major award ceremony due to take place in Israel, citing her “distress” at recent events in the country.

Portman, who was born in Jerusalem and holds dual Israeli and US citizenship, was named in November as the recipient of the 2018 Genesis award, a yearly award for” outstanding achievement by individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professional fields[ who] embody the character of the Jewish people “.

However, Portman informed the Genesis Prize Foundation she would not travelling to Israel for the ceremony, which has been cancelled.

Portman’s representative said: “[ R] ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfy participating in any public events in Israel” and that” she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony “.

No specific events were mentioned, but the recent military response to Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border has provoked worldwide censure.

The move described swift disapproval from Israel’s governing Likud party. Knesset member Oren Hazan demanded authorities rescinded her citizenship while the culture pastor, Miri Regev, referring to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, claimed she had” fallen like ripe fruit into the hands of BDS advocates .”

Portman was effectively to intervene in the ranks of those” relating to the narrative of Israel’s success and wonder of rebirth as one of darkness and darkness ,” Regev told, a reference to her movie adaptation of Israeli writer Amos Oz’s 2002 memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness.

But Rachel Azaria, a is part of the centrist Kulanu party, which is part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, said Portman’s cancellation should constitute a “warning light” to Israel.

” She’s speaking for many in US Jewry, especially the young generation ,” Azaria wrote on Twitter.” Losing them might be too high a price .”

As an Israeli, Portman has largely steered clear of politics, although she has expressed criticism of the current “ministers “, Benjamin Netanyahu, telling in 2015 she was ” very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected” and discovered” his racist commentaries horrific “.

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This bride’s cold feet had nothing to do with her fianc. It had to do with her feminism.

“What does it mean to be a feminist and a spouse? ”

This question was on my intellect a week before my bridal. For any woman who is a proud feminist, as I grew up, the decision to get married may not be an easy one. Although I dreamed of a fairy tale happy ending as a little girl, these days I was much more comfortable spending my days doing whatever I wanted — from traveling to Copenhagen on my own to working on my memoir to making strides in my career. For a long time, I was focused on bettering my life and pretty much merely worrying about what I wanted to accomplish with it. Until I fell in love.

Falling in love, getting engaged, and scheming my elopement changed things for me. For the first time in my life, I was in a relationship that I felt was a true partnership with a person who supported me no matter what, who truly loved me, and who believed in feminism and equality as much as I do. But despite our strong partnership, I still had a lot of conflicting feelings about walking down the aisle. What marriage traditions did I want to partake in? Should I change my last name even though it feels like such a crucial part of my identity as a Latina? And, most of all, how do I continue to be me even though I’m now also someone’s spouse?

One of the things I struggled with in the beginning was the idea of being someone’s “wife.”

Although it means different things to different people, the image that first pops into my head is that of a doting woman who cleans, cooks, and creates the children. Plainly, it’s not the 1950 s, and my husband did not decide to marry me because I promised to do all these things for him( though, I acknowledge, I absolutely love cooking — but that started long before I gratified him ). In fact, we got engaged in a more modern way: By talking about out future and deciding that we both wanted to get married to each other. There was no astound proposal or diamond ring, but instead we made a practical, yet romantic decision to spend the rest of our lives together.

Why was I still afraid of losing my feminist identity after we tied the knot ?

I think that , no matter how much of an independent, feminist person I am, I still have a strong pull to take care of other people. In fact, as my husband has recently been pointing out, I am much more comfortable taking care of the needs of others than my own. My Latina upbringing taught me that cleaning up after others, stimulating dinner, and never putting myself first was the way to go. And although I know this isn’t necessary, it is still my instinct to make sure that my husband is eating lunch before I even think of feeding myself. I have to actively stop myself from thinking about someone else and remind myself that self-care is just as important as caring for others.

Being a feminist, to me, entails caring about the equality of people and actively doing what I can to advance the rights and proponent for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

But it also means making sure that I live by those principles in my own life, such as asking my husband to take care of the laundry( usually my chore) if I require some extra R& R on the weekend or bringing home dinner on days I have to work late. Of course, the committee is also means sometimes picking up the slack and doing the dishes( typically his chore) when I see that he has to catch up some things at the end of the working day and I don’t. After all, equality should be about being equals, and being equal means that sometimes he helps out more and sometimes I help out more.

As I continued to struggle with the question of being a married feminist, I posed it to a few friends and one of them summed things up perfectly ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

“I think it means whatever you want it to mean. You are in an equal partnership. You divide the work and both subsistence and build up one another. If you take on more of the traditionally feminine roles, like cook, do so because you want to and enjoy it, and enjoy supporting him in this role, and not because someone is telling you that is what you should do. And if he wants to take on those roles too, great! Like I said, equal partnership.”

Of course, a “feminist marriage” doesn’t necessarily mean that things are completely 50/50 all the time. For example, my husband attains more money than I do and will likely continue to do so merely based on the nature of our jobs. I will likely take care of more of the child rearing when we decide to have kids because I work from home and I also want to. As with anything in a relationship, sometimes you have to compromise.

At the end of the day, what makes one a feminist is their faith in equality.

And what strengthens that notion is that people have the ability to choose their own paths in life. You can choose to get married or not get married. You can choose to change your last name or keep your birth name. But all in all, you can choose to have a relationship that is full of love, subsistence, and a( reasonably) equal division of labor. Oh, and one that encourages your feminist ideals of course.

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Heres the 23rd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups may soon be coming up on the one-year mark for the end of a tumultuous saga involving its founder, but its accelerator classes still continue to plug along — and its next batch is now getting ready to roll.

The firm’s 23 rd batch of startups this year consists of the usual mixture of business to business and consumer companies( even coffee) that end up in each class. This class is definitely a smaller one, but it still seems to spread a fairly wide number of different horizontals. There’s also, of course, a blockchain way for this class, though a small percentage of the startups in it are taking part of that — and there was still a certain rigor they had to have to run through it.

” For every major tech movement, for every tech stage, there’s the infrastructure stage and the deployment stage ,” 500 Startups partner Marvin Laio told.” Our opinion, with the blockchain, we’re in the infrastructure phase. A lot of these projects outside that we find and read about, they’re kind of bad. They’re really applications. There’s no point having a mobile app if you don’t have the app store. You need to build out the app store. For better or worse, we’re in the infrastructure stage right now .”

The firm is still clearly attaining some pretty big changes, including an unconventional deal with the Abu Dhabi Financial Group( ADFG ) that gives it a stake in the firm’s mother company. The words of that bargain weren’t disclosed, it was another move among many by CEO Christine Tsai to begin to rework the mechanics of how the firm works — especially as it hopes to succeed as both a venture money as as a program for entrepreneurs looking to get their companies off the ground. Dave McClure, the firm’s co-founder, resigned last year following allegations of sexual misconduct, and since then it’s been trying to get back to business as usual.

500 Startups takes a similar approach to other accelerators, where they will invest around $150,000 for a small chunk of equity and then take over a small amount of that back( a little more than $37,000) for program fees. The firm has primarily been known for its savvy when it comes to growth and marketing, so the supporting entrepreneurs get usually has that as a core part of the experience.

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Chipper — A mobile app that helps student loan borrowers pay off indebtednes faster through round up from everyday transactions and contributions from family and friends.

Copper Cow Coffee — A services that are brings specialty Vietnamese coffee to offices and homes biodegradable pour over technology.

Finedine Menu — A management platform for restauranteurs to generate data driven digital menus for a smarter dining experience.

Harmonica — A mobile application that helps users find the right life partner that focuses on quality and fits conservative cultures.

Koreaboo — A digital media company that creates and shares viral Korean pop culture content in English to millions of people around the world.

Lexop — A digital process server that allows law firms and property directors prove the delivery of their emails in a legal and trackable route.

Lexyom — An online platform that provides users with smart legal answers and tailored legal services using artificial intelligence.

Libra Credit — A global lending platform that allows anyone to borrow money against their crypto-curriences and crypto-assets

Metadium — An identity service platform that provides the fundamentals for various services providers to develop their business on the blockchain.

Orchard — A program for affordable smartphone insurance to enterprises, leveraging diagnostic software to construct device subsistence and claims a seamless self-serve experience.

Purple Go — Enables retailers in the $36 B vision care industry to reach today’s omni-channel consumer with seamlessly incorporated online and in-store mobile software services.

reflect — A mental health platform that reimagines in-person therapy to be more accessible and effective by using data-driven matching to increase engagement and outcomes.

Salusive Health — A nurse-based healthcare provider that offers a technology platform with clinical services to help physician practices streamline disease management.

Shezlong — An online mental health platform concentrate in the Middle East and North Africa region that allows patients to be connected with licensed therapists via video visit on mobile or web.

Solana — A high performance blockchain that can scale over 700,00 transactions per second on stock hardware.

Starship — A mobile health savings account with automated expending built for humans.

StructionSite Inc — Lets building project teams access the jobsite remotely and compare design to reality.

Facebook launches bulk app removal tool amidst privacy scandal

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have flocked to their Facebook privacy situates to sever their connection to third-party apps that they no longer wanted to have access to their data. But deleting them all took forever because you had to remove them one by one. Now Facebook has released a new route to select as many apps as you want, then remove them in bulk. The feature has rolled out on mobile and desktop, and Facebook also offers the option to delete any posts those apps have made to your profile.

Facebook corroborated the launch to TechCrunch, pointing to its Newsroom and Developer News blog posts from the last few weeks that explained that” We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to employ. In the coming month, we’re going to make these selections more prominent and easier to manage .” Now we know what “easier” looks like. A Facebook spokesperson told us” we have more to do and will be sharing more when we can .” The updated interface was first spotted by Matt Navarra, who had previously called on Facebook to build a bulk removal option.

Facebook stopped short of offering a “select all” button so you have to tap each individually. That could prevent more innocent, respectful developers from getting caught up in the dragnet as users panic to prune their app connects. One developer told me they’d been inundated with requests from users to delete their data acquired through Facebook and add other login alternatives, saying that the Cambridge Analytica scandal” really hurt consumer trust for all apps…even the good guys .” The developer chose to change its Words of Service to make users more comfortable.

The bulk removal tool could make it much easier for users to take control of their data and protect their identity, though the damage to Facebook’s reputation is largely done. It’s staggering how many apps piggyback off of Facebook, and that we dedicated our data without much thought. But at the least now it won’t take an hour to remove them all.

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Here are Mark Zuckerbergs notes from todays hearing

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pulled off a smooth appearance in a joint Senate hearing today, dodging most questions while maintaining an adequately patient vibe through five hours of varied but mostly tame questioning.

The chief executive avoided admitting that Facebook is a publisher or a monopoly, refused to commit to any meaningful legislation and respectfully addressed lawmakers over a nearly five hour marathon testimony.

Still, he did make one rookie mistake.

Zuckerberg left his hearing notes open in front of his seat for long enough for AP Photographer Andrew Harnik to snap a high resolving shoot with talking phases in plain view. Twitter users and journalists scanning photos from the courtroom as they make the wire were quick to notification, the irony of the minor privacy intrusion not lost on them.