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Please Don’t Bid on These Fake Auction Items

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Celebrities are auctioning off very real items and experiences to raise money for the strikes. These are the fake options social media put together.

As of the time of this writing, the WGA has been on strike for over 130 days, while members of SAG-AFTRA have been striking for nearly 65 days. In response to this, “The Union Solidarity Coalition, an organization founded this year by Hollywood writers and directors, is auctioning off a host of film and TV memorabilia along with in-person hang outs with stars,” via Variety.

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There are a ton of incredible once-in-a-lifetime items and experiences up for grabs, all to support a phenomenal cause. If you’ve ever wanted to have a very weird dinner with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross or a watercolor portrait of your dog painted by Jon Lithgow, then this is the auction for you.

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Thankfully, social media quickly did its job by posting incredible fake versions of items being auctioned. Here are our favorite union solidarity coalition auction tweets.

Quick ‘Succession’

Source: Twitter/@wambhead

Have a very energetic evening with Matthew Macfadyen, aka Tom from Succession! He’s the boss and can do whatever he wants.

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Celebrate ‘Halloween’ in style!

Source: Twitter/@JFrankensteiner

It’s too bad we can’t really join one of the masters of horror for a video games and chill night. Guess we’ll never get to pitch him our Michael Myers vs Mike Myers movie where Austin Powers and Michael Myers battle it out in 1960s Haddonfield.

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This must be ‘The Good Place.’

Source: Twitter/@computer_gay

Honestly, we could listen to Jameela Jamil describe individual leaves on a tree. Don’t threaten us with a mentally healthy time. It’s too bad we can’t actually lend a sympathetic ear for any and all childhood stories, not that all of them are bad! But come on, childhood is rough no matter how you slice it.

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Our six senses would be working overtime.

Source: Twitter/@TomZohar

This would be the dessert, of course.

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This sure is a lot of cats.

From Catwoman to CATS, this fake auction should be a package deal. It could last at least 18 lives!

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A conspiracy-filled evening!

Source: Twitter/@thethirdhan

This would definitely be one of those nights where you promise yourself you’re going to bed early, but you wake up in a weird hotel room in New Jersey.

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Why Does Trump Hate Windmills? Ulterior Motive

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Donald Trump isn’t exactly known for sticking to his script, and he’s long gone off of it to rail against windmills, but why does he hate them?

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The Gist:

  • Donald Trump has railed against windmills regularly on the campaign trail for years.
  • His hatred of windmills seems to come from the birds they kill and because they are ugly.
  • They’re also a useful proxy for Trump as he rails against efforts designed to combat climate change, whether they involve windmills or not.

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Few politicians in American history are more improvisational and freewheeling than Donald Trump, which has naturally meant that his rallies contain a wide array of different topics and ideas. Sometimes, if you’re just watching those rallies, it can be hard to follow his train of thought or keep up with the various conspiracies and ideas that pepper his speeches.

For almost as long as Trump has been holding rallies, though, he has had a pretty popular target that wasn’t a Democratic politician. Instead, Trump has spent a seemingly inordinate amount of time railing against windmills, which has naturally led many to wonder where this hatred of windmills comes from.

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Donald Trump gives a fist pump in a suit and tie.
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Why does Trump hate windmills?

As this compilation shows, Trump has been going after windmills for years, and often does so at least in part by calling them “bird killers.” While it’s true that windmills do kill at least 100,000 birds every year, they are far from the only man-made structures responsible for bird deaths. Power lines, for example, are responsible for a far larger number of bird deaths, and it’s not like Trump is known for being an avid conservationist.

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So, while windmills do kill lots of birds, that may not totally explain why Trump hates them. Clips of him talking about them also seem to suggest that he thinks they’re a blight on the landscapes they inhabit. This is a pretty common knock on windmills, but not one that should overwhelm their potential benefits in moving us toward a cleaner grid that’s less reliant on fossil fuels.

As is so often the case with Trump, it seems like he has chosen windmills as a proxy for the broader issue of environmentalism. Windmills are something that many people don’t like, so when talking about the transition to a green economy, he discusses windmills like they’re a menace in order to convince people that transitioning to a greener economy is a bad idea.

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It doesn’t seem like Trump has any deep-seated trauma related to windmills that has led him to rail against them. Instead, because of his talent as a political figure, he has picked windmills as a useful proxy and run with them.

It’s certainly true that windmills, like all new energy technologies, come with certain downsides that are likely to be unavoidable.

What’s also true, though, is that climate change could wreak havoc on ecosystems in much broader ways. Windmills may kill lots of birds, but entire species could go extinct if the planet continues to warm in the way it has in the past few years. These are the careful cost and benefit calculations that have to be made when it comes to climate change.

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Did Facebook Change Their Blue? They Just Redid Their Logo

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Facebook changed the color of their logo, and many people are starting to notice and wondering what led to the change in logo and color.

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The Gist:

  • Facebook updated its logo on Sept. 20, 2023, with a deeper blue and some small changes to the “f” in the logo.
  • The changes were designed to make the logo more “electrifying” and “everlasting,” but they definitely aren’t major shifts.
  • The company also made slight updates to its wordmark to align it with the new logo.

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Although it may not be as popular with younger generations as it once was, Facebook remains the most widely used social media service on the planet. As such, Facebook has remained remarkably consistent over the years, doing very little rock the boat or change up its platform so that users feel uncomfortable or confused.

On Sept. 20, 2023, Facebook made a change that many people may have overlooked. Now, as they open the app or look at it on their browser, though, they have realized that something seems different. The blue in the logo seems different, and many people want to know why.

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Comparison between the old Facebook logo and the new one.
Source: Meta

Did Facebook change their blue?

Facebook did make a slight update to its logo, and the blue in the logo is now a bit darker. Additionally, they made a few minor changes to the “f” that are almost imperceptible unless you know where they are.

Meta, the company behind Facebook, explained the change by saying that they wanted to make a new logo that seemed “everlasting.”

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“Our intention was to create a refreshed design of the Facebook logo that was bolder, electric, and everlasting,” the company said in a blog post. “Each of the distinctive, new refinements drive greater harmony across the entire design as a key element of the app’s identity. We’ve done this by incorporating a more confident expression of Facebook’s core blue color that is built to be more visually accessible in our app and provides stronger contrast for the ‘f’ to stand apart.”

The logo is certainly different, but it isn’t a radical change, which makes sense. According to Meta’s own statistics, Facebook is visited by a staggering 2 billion people every day, so a radical overhaul of the logo would likely cause a pretty significant disruption. They’ve updated the logo, but hopefully they haven’t made it any harder for all of their regular users to find the app on their phones.

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Facebook also updated its wordmark.

In addition to updating its signature logo, Facebook updated its wordmark with a new font and a blue to match the logo.

“Using our custom typeface, Facebook Sans, we redesigned the wordmark and logo to create a consistent treatment and improve overall legibility across Facebook,” Meta explained.

“Similar to the changes to the logo symbol, these refinements allowed us to build upon the heritage of our identity, while creating a stronger relationship between how the wordmark pairs with the rest of the typeface,” the company continued.

Facebook did change its blue, but apparently, the company is hoping that this new blue will last forever. Check back on that in five years.

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Why Did Jade Cargill Leave AEW? Wrestler Explains Decision

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Professional wrestler Jade Cargill left AEW for WWE because the opportunities are endless and she wants to create a legacy in the industry.

Jade Cargill attends the 2023 Black Music Honors.
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The Gist:

  • Jade Cargill is an American professional wrestler.
  • In September 2023, Jade left AEW and signed a multi-year contract with WWE.
  • Jade said she left AEW to “create a legacy” and “wrestle with the best women in the world.”

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After nearly three years, Jade Cargill said goodbye to AEW. The professional wrestler’s last match with the promotion took place during the Sept. 15 episode of Rampage, losing to Kris Statlander in a title rematch.

Following her departure, Jade reported to the WWE Performance Center, and on Sept. 26, WWE officially announced that she signed a multi-year contract with the promotion. Although we’re excited to see her in the WWE, we can’t help but wonder: Why did Jade Cargill leave AEW?

Jade Cargill successfully defended the AEW TBS Championship during AEW Beach Break on Jan. 26, 2022
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Why did Jade Cargill leave AEW?

On Sept. 26, 2023, WWE officials confirmed the rumors and told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that they signed former AEW champion Jade Cargill. The superstar officially started training with WWE at its Performance Center that same day.

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It’s unclear if she will perform on the main roster or its developmental brand, NXT, but we know she’ll make an instant impact wherever she goes. Despite her first professional wrestling match taking place a little over two years ago, Jade has already proven to be a generational talent with the drive to be the best.

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Ahead of her WWE debut, Jade opened up about why she left AEW on the Masked Man Show podcast. She told hosts David Shoemaker and Kazeem Famuyide, “I want to create a legacy. I want to be in the Hall of Fame. I want to wrestle with the best women in the world.”

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“I mean, there is no grander stage than this stage — the opportunities are endless with this company,” Jade added. “It was a no-brainer. It was very welcoming. I didn’t have any second thoughts about it at all. It was just an easy choice. It wasn’t easy, but it was easy [laughs].”

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Jade also confirmed that Cody Rhodes, who helped bring her to AEW, persuaded her to leave the brand for WWE.

“He is a phenomenal man,” she stated. “I’ve seen what the business did for him, I’ve seen him just be the stellar athlete that he is. I didn’t see [it] any different for myself. But, yes, he was one of the guys that led me to a great decision.”

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Becky Lynch thinks it’s “great” that Jade joined the WWE.

In September 2023, WWE superstar Becky Lynch spoke with The New York Post and commented on Jade’s decision to join the company. She told the outlet, “I watch all the products [referencing other promotions]. I think it’s great.”

“More women with more platforms,” Becky added. “I think she has a lot of work to do when she gets here, but if she is willing to do that, just look at her. She’s a star. It’s more people for me to get in the ring with and kick their a—-.”

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see Jade get in the ring with Becky one day!

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