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A look at the daily routine of Alexander Hamilton, who loved coffee and worked for marathon stretches of time

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  • Alexander Hamilton was the first Treasury Secretary of the US.
  • He also spearheaded promoting the US Constitution and founded the national's financial system, the US Coast Guard, and The New York Post.
  • Take a look at some of the habits and strategies that helped Hamilton remain productive throughout his career.


Alexander Hamilton was a pretty busy guy.

Heck, the whole song "Non-Stop" in Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway hit "Hamilton" is dedicated to the man's meteoric rise from orphaned Nevis immigrant to aide-de-camp to George Washington to full-fledged Founding Father.

Hamilton had a tremendous influence on the development of the United States. Not only was he the first Treasury Secretary of the young country, he was also responsible for founding our financial system and ensuring the adoption of the US Constitution.

In his spare time, Hamilton kicked off the US Coast Guard, The New York Post, and the New York Manumission Society, which fought for the abolition of slavery in New York.

Here's a breakdown of what a day in the life of Alexander Hamilton might have looked like:

SEE ALSO: The 9 weirdest jobs of America's Founding Fathers

DON'T MISS: A look at the daily routine of John Adams, who woke before dawn, walked 5 miles at a time, and drank hard cider at breakfast

AND THEN: What the Founding Fathers were doing before their act of rebellion made them famous

In a 1800 letter to his then-18-year-old son Philip — who would die in a duel three years before the famous Hamilton-Burr showdown of 1804— Hamilton extolled the benefits of rising early.

Source: The Founders Archives 



He advised Philip to wake up no later than 6 a.m. from April to October, and no later than 7 a.m. for the rest of year. Hamilton added that his son would "deserve commendation" if he deigned to rise earlier.

Source: The Founders Archives



Given Hamilton's own intense work ethic, it's not a stretch to imagine that he himself also woke up relatively early.

Source: The Founders Archives



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Google Photos is Google's best service — here's why you should be using it

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There are moments in life when your phone's camera is crucial: your child's first steps, or their graduation from high school, for instance.

But your phone is likely full of stuff, and you could end up facing this obnoxious message:

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There are few things as frustrating in our convenience-filled world as repeatedly running into your phone's storage limit. It means an action as simple as taking a photo is delayed while you free up space ... often by deleting old photos.

For most people hitting that storage limit, there's one culprit: photos. 

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They take up a lot of space, and you take a lot of them — you might even be taking "HDR" photos (which are even larger files than standard photos). So, what do you do? You have two main options:

  1. Buy a phone with more internal storage, which costs more money.
  2. Regularly offload photos and delete them from your phone, which costs your time.

But there's a third, totally free, amazingly simple option: Google Photos. Here's everything you should know about Google's secret-best service.

If you have a Google account — Gmail, for instance — you already have Google Photos.

It's true, and it's incredibly simple:

-Navigate to photos.google.com (while signed in to your Gmail account).

-Start using Google Photos!

If, for some reason, you don't already have a Google account, you'll need one to use Google Photos. Signing up is free and easy.

But let's not kid ourselves — y0u probably have a Google account already, right? Almost certainly.



But you're here to free up space on your phone, right? For that you're going to need the Google Photos app — it's available for free on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play:

The app is really where the best Google Photos stuff is. I'll explain why momentarily, but first and foremost you need download links — here they are:

-iTunes App store

-Google Play store



Now that you've got the app installed, what's so good about it? While there are many answers to that question, prime among them is Google Photos' "Back up & Sync" function.

Despite logic dictating that you should click the "Free up space" option in the main menu, the first place you should navigate is the "Back up & Sync" menu in Settings. 

This is the main reason that Google Photos is so great: It takes your entire photo library — every photo you've ever taken on your phone, as well as screenshots and photos taken within Instagram and whatever else — and uploads it to the internet. The photos remain private, hidden behind your Google account information, but now you can access them anywhere. On your laptop? Yep. On a new phone? Yep. On your tablet? Yep, there too. 

This unto itself is pretty incredible — but what's even more incredible is what this means for the concept of storing photos on your phone. Specifically: You can straight up delete your entire photo library, thus freeing up a tremendous amount of your phone's free space.



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'Borat' comedian Sacha Baron Cohen seems to be taking aim at Trump with a new project

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  • The comedian Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter on Wednesday that appeared to tease a new Donald Trump-themed project.
  • The video features footage of Trump mocking Cohen, then a line of superimposed text that says, "Sacha graduates soon," followed by an insignia of the now defunct Trump University.

The comedian and filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen used Twitter on Wednesday to tease what appears to be a new project focused on President Donald Trump.

Cohen shared a video labeled "A message from your President @realDonaldTrump on Independence Day" that featured footage of Trump sitting at a desk and mocking Cohen, saying the comedian should "go to school" to "learn about being funny" because "you don't know s---."

The video features superimposed text that says, "He's back as you've never seen him before." It concludes with "Sacha graduates soon," followed by an insignia of Trump's now defunct Trump University.

Already anticipating the project, Pamela Anderson, the actress and model who appeared in Cohen's 2006 film "Borat," replied to the video, saying: "I can't wait for this ... all in good fun on Sacha's part."

Cohen and Trump have a history of mocking each other, dating back to the early 2000s.

Cohen interviewed Trump on his parody talk show, "Da Ali G Show," in 2003. Trump tweeted in 2012: "I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my 'Ali G' interview."

Cohen's absurdist 2016 film "Grimsby" concluded with Trump contracting AIDS in a freak accident.

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Conservative actor James Woods says he was dumped by his agent because of his political views

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  • Conservative actor James Woods tweeted Wednesday night that his agent Ken Kaplan, "a political liberal," dropped him on July 4 over his political views. 
  • Kaplan wrote in an email (that Woods tweeted): "It's the 4th of July and I'm feeling patriotic. I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I'd say." 
  • Woods also tweeted his response to Kaplan's email.

Actor James Woods, an ardent supporter of President Trump, tweeted Wednesday night that his agent, Ken Kaplan, dropped him on July 4 over his political views. 

Woods shared the news of his dismissal with a screenshot of an email from Kaplan, whom Woods called "a political liberal" in his tweet.

Kaplan wrote in an email: "It's the 4th of July and I'm feeling patriotic. I don’t want to represent you anymore. I mean I could go on a rant but you know what I'd say." 

Woods also tweeted his response to Kaplan's email.

"My response," Woods wrote. "'Dear Ken, I don't actually. I was thinking if you're feeling patriotic, you would appreciate free speech and one’s right to think as an individual. Be that as it may, I want to thank you for all your hard work and devotion on my behalf. Be well."

Woods, known for his roles in films like 1983's "Videodrome" and 1995's "Casino," claimed in February that he has been "blacklisted" by Hollywood for his conservative views. 

Kaplan currently represents more than 30 other actors, including Winona Ryder and Kristen Stewart.

Kaplan's agency, Gersh, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

SEE ALSO: 31 celebrities who have publicly supported Donald Trump

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7 tough lessons I learned when I moved across the country

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  • A move can be tough for anybody — especially when you’re moving across the country.
  • Despite a positive attitude, moving from the East Coast to the West was not as easy as author Charyn Pfeuffer had anticipated.
  • From attitudes to fashion standards to lingo, here are the 7 tough lessons she learned when she moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

 

I’ve always had an impetuous streak. I’m also a highly motivated individual. In 2000, I made a deal with myself: If I could support myself financially after one year of freelancing full-time, I’d move from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

I’d visited the West Coast exactly once, but it left an indelible mark on my heart. As I saw it, if I could create a successful freelance career, I could work from anywhere. So, when I was in the black after the first year, I packed up my trusty Toyota Tercel and headed west.

I had a few friends living in the Bay Area, plenty of work, and I was able to lock in a rent-controlled apartment prior to my arrival. With the essentials sorted out, I thought it would be an easy transition. Despite my positive attitude, things didn’t go quite exactly as planned.

Here are seven lessons I learned when made the 2,976-mile schlep west.

SEE ALSO: Here's where Americans are moving to and from

1. East Coast and West Coast attitudes are very different

My tell-it-like-it-is attitude (aka, my “inner Philly”) wasn’t met with the warmest of receptions. In fact, within my first few weeks, I inadvertently made a woman cry because I gave her a bluntly honest opinion. Solicited, mind you.

It came from a kind, constructive place, but apparently, she didn’t want the actual truth — a “no one likes to hurt anyone’s feelings” reality I’ve encountered many times on the West Coast.



2. Fashion standards are way different

I’m no fashionista, but I can pull it together when necessary. Also, I admittedly have a stiletto habit. When I moved to San Francisco, it took exactly one Friday night out in Jimmy Choos to rethink my fashion priorities. Hills and heels don’t mix — I quickly became an outdoor clothing convert.



3. There will be uncomfortable feelings

You can possess all the confidence in the world, but a cross-country move will push you out of your comfort zone. Being in a new city and living space, no matter how much you love it, can be unnerving. I felt like I was lost most of the time, and as a result, running late. I hate being late.

I didn’t have my go-to network of local friends and neighbors I’d cultivated over the years. Not having that safety net scared me. In the beginning, there were times the distance seemed impossibly far, and I wondered if I’d made a mistake.

Optimism goes a long way, but things rarely work out exactly as imagined (whether you make a cross country move or not). It makes life easier if you can sit and work through the uncomfortable feelings and go with the flow. Things will eventually fall into a comfortable rhythm.



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Chick-fil-A is dominating the fast-food industry in one key area and it reveals the secret to the chain's success

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  • Chick-fil-A earned the No. 1 spot as America's most beloved fast-food chain in the American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual survey. 
  • This is the third year in a row that Chick-fil-A has topped the charts in ACSI's survey. 
  • Chick-fil-A's reliably impressive customer service scores have played a major role in the chain's explosive growth. 

 

Chick-fil-A continues to top the charts as the most beloved fast-food chain in the industry. 

The chicken chain earned the top spot in American Customer Satisfaction Index's 2018 survey of customer satisfaction. Chick-fil-A earned 87 out of a possible 100 points, beating chains such as Panera Bread and Papa John's. 

This is the third year in a row that Chick-fil-A has earned the No. 1 spot in ACSI's rankings. Customers rave about the restaurants' cleanliness, quick, convenient service, and hardworking employees, as well as its high-quality food.

Chick-fil-A's ability to guarantee customer satisfaction can be traced in part to the chain's peculiar business model. The company accepts just 0.4% of franchisees, one of the most selective chains in the industry. Operators do not own or receive any equity in their business and can only open one location.

That's in stark contrast with the rest of the industry, as many fast-food franchisees own hundreds of locations. Four franchise groups make more than $1 billion a year, and 130 generate revenue of more than $100 million, according to the Restaurant Finance Monitor.

Chick-fil-A has gone from a regional cult favorite to an increasingly dominant national chain in recent years, as it expands across the US.

The company's sales grew by $1 billion to $9 billion in 2017, making it larger than Chipotle and KFC combined. Chick-fil-A is now the eighth-largest fast-food chain in the US by sales, with locations earning more on a per-restaurant basis than any other chain in the industry, according to QSR magazine.

SEE ALSO: We compared meals at Applebee's and TGI Fridays as the chains battle for dominance, and the winner is clear

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Abortion laws in Latin America show what the US could look like in a world without Roe v. Wade

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  • President Donald Trump will soon announce his nominee for the Supreme Court. During the campaign, he said he would nominate judges to repeal Roe v. Wade, worrying abortion-rights advocates.
  • Paula Avila-Guillen, a reproductive rights expert, talked to Business Insider about the lessons from abortion bans in Latin America.
  • She said the results from those countries show that abortion restrictions don't decrease abortions, they make them more unsafe.

President Donald Trump is slated to announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy next week, and it has abortion-rights activists worried about what it could mean for the future of reproductive rights in the United States.

During his campaign, Trump promised to nominate judges who he hoped would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion nationwide. He even went so far as to say that women who seek abortions should be criminally punished if it did become illegal again.

"This is not a drill," Ilyse Hogue, director of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told reporters last week. "The laws criminalizing abortion and certain kinds of contraception are moving through the courts."

Since Roe became the law of the land in 1973, many states have passed restrictions slowly eroding abortion rights, leaving a patchwork of access across the country. These laws include incredibly strict standards for abortion clinics, requiring women to undergo ultrasounds or waiting periods, and banning the procedure entirely after a certain number of weeks into the pregnancy.

"The US is going the opposite way of the rest of the world. Most countries are realizing these restrictions are useless," Paula Avila-Guillen, a human rights legal expert and the director of Latin America initiatives for the Women's Equality Center, told Business Insider. "In the United States ... states are passing more restrictions and making it harder and harder to access services."

Glenn Cohen, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School, told Business Insider that while he thinks it unlikely for the court to overturn Roe anytime soon, Trump will almost definitely nominate a justice who will be "more anti-choice than Kennedy was."

If Roe falls, Avila-Guillen said the landscape of abortion rights in the US could end up looking a lot more like Latin America.

'Rich women have abortions; poor women die.'

FILE PHOTO: Women participate in a demonstration to ask for decriminalization of abortion in San Salvador, El Salvador, September 28, 2017.  The writing on the placard reads, Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, only three nations allow abortions without restrictions.

Six ban it altogether with no exemptions. Nine more only allow abortion for medical reasons, like saving the life of the mother.

"If there's something the US can learn from Latin America, it is that restricting abortion does not reduce the number of abortions," Avila-Guillen said. "It only increases maternal mortality, and disproportionately affects poor women and women of color."

According to data from the Guttmacher Institute, Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the world's highest rates of per-capita abortion, 44 per 1,000 women, despite the restrictions in most countries. In 2014, 10% of maternal deaths resulted from unsafe abortions, with women living in poor, rural areas worst affected.

"Rich women have abortions; poor women die," said Avila-Guillen, citing a common saying among activists in Latin America. "At the end of the day, women will always have abortions. It's just a matter of deciding how."

While wealthy women can easily travel to the United States or another country to get an abortion, poor women often have to resort to unsafe methods.

Every year, about 760,000 women are treated for complications from unsafe abortions.

A strategy Americans activists can learn from

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Avila-Guillen said the United States' trajectory parallels Argentina's. While both countries have Supreme Court rulings that expanded abortion rights, lawmakers have found ways to subvert them and make access more difficult.

Argentina's Supreme Court ruled in 2012 to decriminalize abortions in cases of rape or a threat to the mother's life, increasing abortion access and removing judicial approval for the procedure in those instances.

But inconsistent interpretations and enforcement at different levels of government have meant many women could not access the procedure, leading to over half a million women undergoing unsafe abortions every year.

In June, lawmakers in Argentina voted to legalize abortions before 14 weeks, in a major victory for advocates. The bill still has to go through another vote, but it looks like it will pass and become law.

Avila-Guillen said activists in the US looking to preserve and strengthen reproductive rights should focus on spreading the argument that making abortion illegal doesn't make it stop — it just makes it more dangerous.

"The message in Argentina was very powerful," she said. "It's not about having an abortion or not having an abortion. It's about having a safe and legal abortion or having a clandestine, illegal, and unsafe abortion. When a woman needs to terminate a pregnancy ... they are going to do whatever in their power they can to do it."

Drawing on her experience working in nations like El Salvador and the Dominican Republic that ban abortions in all circumstances, she warned that abortion-rights advocates in the United States must stay aware of what can happen if they don't actively fight to uphold Roe.

Avila-Guillen described how in these countries, women who seek medical attention for complications resulting from trying to perform their own abortions can end up in jail, some on homicide charges with sentences of up to 25 years in prison.

"We are making women's bodies into crime scenes," she said. "I know there are people who say this will never happen in the United States ... but the president said in his campaign said that women should be punished for having an abortion, so we are not as far as we think we are."

SEE ALSO: Activists are counting on 2 moderate Republican senators to save Roe v. Wade

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How to look and feel healthier in one week, according to a nutritionist

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There's no reason you shouldn't feel like the best version of yourself this summer. A strict diet is not required.

Instead, get ready to hit the beach by making sure you're not weighed down by unpleasant symptoms like bloating, dehydration, and discomfort.

Here are a handful of tips from registered dietitian and nutritionist Andy Bellatti to get you feeling your best in under a week. 

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DO: Drink lots of water.

Water is essential — it regulates the shape of every cell inside our bodies. If we don't get enough, in fact, these cells begin to shrivel up. The CDC recommends choosing water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages to "help with weight management."

Swapping a cold glass of H2O for a single 20-ounce soda will save you about 240 calories.

So hydrate, Bellatti told Business Insider, "ideally with water." 



DON'T: Go on a juice cleanse.

If you're considering a "detox" or "juice cleanse," you might want to reconsider. Drinking just water, juice, or any other liquefied concoction for more than a few days can set you up for unhealthy eating behaviors, and can often lead to spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, which can spawn cravings and mood swings.

"This is a recipe for 'hangriness,'" Bellatti said, "that also inaccurately paints all solid food as problematic."



DO: Cut back on sodium.

Most of us — 89% of US adults, according to the CDC— eat too much sodium, and that's not including any salt added at the table. Too much salt in your diet can cause puffiness and bloating, so cutting back can help you avoid that.

"Sodium retains water," Bellatti said, "so lowering sodium intake also reduces puffiness."



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Michael Cohen has dropped all mention of Trump on his Twitter and LinkedIn bios — further evidence that he might be about to flip

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  • President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has removed all references to Trump from his social-media biographies.
  • The changes on Cohen's Twitter and LinkedIn come four days after he publicly distanced himself from Trump in a rare interview.
  • Cohen is being investigated on suspicion of breaking campaign finance laws and committing fraud.
  • Many legal experts believe Cohen may be ready to "flip" on Trump and cooperate with Robert Mueller's separate investigation into the president.

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, has removed all mention of Trump from his social-media biographies, further stoking theories that he is ready to turn on the president in an ongoing criminal investigation.

Cohen's Twitter bio previously identified him as the "personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump," with an image of Cohen standing behind a Trump campaign lectern as his banner image.

The change in Cohen's social media happened on Wednesday, CNN reported.

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Cohen's Twitter bio is now empty, and his banner image shows an image of a US flag that he tweeted Wednesday.

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Cohen also removed a reference to Trump on his LinkedIn page, CNN reported. The page now simply states Cohen's job as "Attorney," where it used to say "Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump."

As of Thursday, the page also noted that Cohen had terminated his employment as Trump's personal attorney and a special counsel at the Trump Organization.

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The changes on Cohen's social-media pages come four days after he publicly broke with the president in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"My daughter and my son and this country have my first loyalty," Cohen said, marking a departure from past comments in which he said he would "take a bullet" for Trump.

He is being investigated by federal officials in New York on suspicion of violating campaign finance laws or committing bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes.

The FBI raided his home, his office, and his hotel room in April and seized about 4 million documents.

Cohen is also reportedly ending a joint defense agreement with Trump that allowed the two parties' lawyers to share information with each other.

Legal experts consider this a sign Cohen is ready to "flip" on Trump and cooperate in the special counsel's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

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At the center of the Cohen investigation is a $130,000 payment he facilitated to the porn star Stormy Daniels weeks before the election in an attempt to keep her quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump in 2006.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, said earlier this week that Cohen's "loyalties still lie with the president."

Avenatti speculated that Cohen would eventually "flip" on Trump but that "he will do it to only when he has to — in order to save himself."

SEE ALSO: Michael Cohen breaks his silence and makes a full split from Trump: 'I put family and country first'

READ MORE: Cohen just made a move that Michael Flynn made days before sealing a deal with Mueller, and he could be 'preparing the way to flip' on Trump

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Inside the lives of Mongolia's 'millennial monks,' who play basketball, pray for 12 hours a day, and hold the fate of their religion in their hands

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  • Thousands of Buddhist monks in Mongolia were killed under Communist leadership in the 1930s.
  • Today's millennial generation is the first to come of age since democracy was introduced, and young monks are finding a new set of challenges to keep their religion alive.
  • The leaders of one revered monastery are in their 20s and 30s, and are struggling to attract new students.


In Mongolia, the future of one of the world's oldest religions is in the hands of millennials.

Young Buddhist monks are increasingly being given control of Mongolia's monasteries as the religion struggles to find new blood.

The millennial generation of monks is the first to come of age since democracy was introduced to Mongolia in 1990. Prior to that, Buddhists in this sparsely-populated country faced deadly persecution — an estimated 17,000 monks were killed in Stalinist purges in the late 1930s.

Now, monks in their 20s and 30s are tasked with leading the next generation of Buddhist religious leaders. At one monastery in northern Mongolia, the monks alternate hours of religious study with games of basketball and the occasional phone call, a privilege reserved for people older than 25.

Here's what life is like for Mongolia's generation of millennial monks.

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The millennial generation of monks in Mongolia is the first generation to come of age since democracy came to the country in 1990. Before, under communist leadership, Mongolia lost thousands of monks to bloody purges.

Source: Reuters



Religious centers like the Amarbayasgalant Monastery are shells of what they once were. Before the purges, 800 monks resided at the monastery. Just 40 live there today.

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Located in the seemingly endless grasslands of northern Mongolia, the monastery is struggling to attract and retain students.

Source: Reuters



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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is the perfect summer movie

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  • "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is a fun action movie that will put you in a pretty good mood coming out of the movie theater.
  • It does refer to what happens at the end of "Avengers: Infinity War," but that's all you're getting out of us.

If you're still trying to get over the shocking ending to "Avengers: Infinity War," then "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (in theaters July 6) is a welcome sight.

As with the first "Ant-Man" movie, the director Peyton Reed ("Bring It On") mixes action and laughs, and this time he delivers one of the most enjoyable moviegoing experiences you'll have this summer.

It's been three years since "Ant-Man" arrived in theaters and proved that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could even make the likes of Paul Rudd an international box-office draw. The origin story of a burglar named Scott Lang (Rudd) who transforms into a micro do-gooder brought in an impressive $519 million worldwide. That's not too shabby for one of the lower-tier Marvel characters.

Since then, Ant-Man has been seen in "Captain America: Civil War," as he joined Team Cap in the movie's big battle sequence between all the Avengers. And the aftermath of that is where we pick things up with Lang in "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

Joining in on the Avengers' infighting during "Civil War" led to Lang being put on house arrest for two years because he broke the Sokovia Accords, and as the "Ant-Man" sequel starts he's just days away from getting his ankle bracelet taken off. Lang has been on the straight and narrow, mainly because since "Civil War," Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the mind behind the Ant-Man shrinking and enlarging tech, along with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), have turned their backs on Lang for taking the suit and rushing off with Team Cap.

ant man and the wasp 3 disneyBut, as you'd expect, the two-year blackout finally ends between the three. The big reason for the change of heart is that Lang calls Hank to let him know he just had a dream about Hank's wife, Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer). Janet, the original Wasp, was thought to be lost forever in the quantum realm decades ago on a mission to save the world from nuclear war.

This news from Lang is important to Hank. Since Lang came back from the quantum realm at the end of the first "Ant-Man," which was previously thought to not be possible, Hank and Hope (the new Wasp) have been trying to build a pathway to get his wife back. Hank believes the dream confirms that she is still in the quantum realm waiting to be saved and is sending a message to them.

This kicks the movie into gear as Lang helps Hank and Hope in their quest to get Janet back home. But things get more complicated when Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) shows up and interferes with their building of the pathway, as she wants to use the energy from the quantum realm to heal herself.

What's great about both "Ant-Man" movies is that they give all this exposition with a whole lot of comedy. There's Rudd's gifted talents as a comedian (he's a credited screenwriter on both movies) as well as the comedy of the tech involved in "Ant-Man." When you have the power to shrink or enlarge anything at any moment, that gives you an incredible tool to keep the story from getting stale.

And having Michael Peña isn't a bad thing either.

A gifted character actor for most of his career, jumping from dramas to comedies, in "Ant-Man" he's really found his sweet spot. Playing Scott's buddy Luis, he is the glue to the franchise. Every time he's on-screen the movie gets a jolt. The most memorable moment in this movie is when Luis is given a truth serum by a small-time crook named Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and provides way more information than Sonny was looking for.

Now you're probably wondering how "Infinity War" plays into all of this. The events of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" are going on at the same time the Avengers are battling Thanos.

All I'll say is be sure to stick around for the end credits to see how the two movies connect.

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'Sorry to Bother You' is a wild ride that critics are calling one of 2018's best comedy movies

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"Sorry to Bother You," the directorial debut from California rapper Boots Riley, has won over film critics with its surreal, inventive humor and sharp social commentary.

Starring Lakeith Stanfield (FX's "Atlanta") and Tessa Thompson ("Thor: Ragnarok"), Riley's film follows the wild plight of Stanfield's Cassius Green, a black telemarketer in Oakland, California, who achieves immense success at his job only after a colleague instructs him to change his accent to that of a white man

"Sorry to Bother You" also stars Terry Crews, Danny Glover, and Armie Hammer, and it features voiceover work from comedians Patton Oswalt and David Cross.

The film has a 96% "fresh" rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Several critics have placed Riley's movie, which he wrote and directed, in a lineage of great absurdist films from auteurs like Charlie Kaufman, Jordan Peele, and Spike Jonze.

"Sorry to Bother You" opens Friday in select theaters and nationwide on July 27.

Here are a few noteworthy reviews of the film:

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"Rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout directing debut with this no-mercy satire, starring a breakout Lakeith Stanfield, that gets all up in your face about race and the media. Summer has found its real fireworks right here."

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



"Riley has clearly held nothing back and after 25+ years of using his voice and unique point of view in the world of hip-hop, this is as audacious an entry into the world of feature filmmaking as one could possibly make."

Lindsay Bahr, Associated Press



"It works fine as an outrageous comedy, but the perceptive commentary will likely give it staying power. This is the fearless satire that America desperately needs right now."

J.R. Kinnard, Seattle Times



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iPhone holsters for your ankle and colorful VR headsets were worn by models at a recent fashion show in Paris

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Virtual reality has gone high-fashion. 

Maison Margiela, a French luxury fashion house, debuted its fall/winter collection on Wednesday as part of Paris Couture Week.

The clothes themselves were avant-garde — think layered puffer jackets, deconstructed overcoats, and some tinfoil headgear — but it was the accessories that stood out: models walked the runway in VR headsets and iPhone ankle holsters. 

As The Cut points out, Margiela creative director John Galliano is known for incorporating technology into his collections — at his last runway show, models looked like fashionable robots. 

But this new collection shows that while VR isn't exactly mainstream yet, it certainly can be high-fashion. 

Take a look at all the weird, wild runway looks. 

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The theme of the Maison Margiela show was "nomadic glamour."

Source: The Cut



One popular accessory was the VR headset. Margiela designed them in a metallic cobalt blue ...



... Kelly green ...



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Nicolas Cage will play an alternate version of Spider-Man in the upcoming 'Into the Spider-Verse' movie

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  • Nicolas Cage will be voicing Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming Sony animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
  • The character is just one of many different Spider-Man versions that will be featured in the movie, including Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and the original, Peter Parker.


Nicolas Cage is getting back into the superhero game. 

The actor will be voicing the character Spider-Man Noir in the upcoming Sony animated movie, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," Business Insider has confirmed from a source close to the project.

Originally reported by Discussing Film, the addition of Spider-Man Noir in the movie proves we are going to get a deep dive into the different incarnations of the iconic Marvel character with this movie. 

"Into the Spider-Verse" (in theaters December 14), which is produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie," "21 Jump Street"), focuses mainly on Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as Spider-Man and how he copes with becoming a superhero. (Morales took the identity of Spider-Man in the comics in the summer of 2011.) But the movie will also have Morales crossing parallel dimensions, and along the way he will be interacting with other people who call themselves Spider-Man. 

spider man into the spider verse dom SpiderVerse_SonyThere's Spider-Gwen (aka, Gwen Stacy), who will be voiced by Hailee Steinfeld in the movie, a Peter Parker version voiced by Jake Johnson, and Cage's Spider-Man Noir.

Spider-Man Noir resides in Depression Era 1930s New York City and was an apprentice to a newspaper reporter before being bitten by a radioactive spider that led to him having superhuman abilities. He's since taken it upon himself to fight the criminal underworld of NYC.

Like Miles Morales, Spider-Man Noir is part of the Marvel Noir alternative comic universe.

Cage is no stranger to superhero projects. He was the star of the "Ghost Rider" franchise and will be the voice of Superman in the upcoming "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies." And who can forget him almost playing live-action Superman in the scrapped Tim Burton project, "Superman Lives."  

Business Insider has seen footage of "Into the Spider-Verse" (Spider-Man Noir was not in it) and Sony is certainly pushing the envelope with the movie's look and storytelling. The animation is extremely sharp and is going to be raved about, and the way the story is going to be told is almost like a moving-image comic book. For example, during fights, words pop up on the screen like "Bam!" and "Slap!" 

Sony had no comment for this story.       

Here's the trailer for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse":

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San Francisco's housing market is so competitive that this home, the inside of which was ravaged by a fire, sold for $2 million

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  • The inside of a San Francisco home was ravaged by a fire earlier this year.
  • On June 27, it sold for $2 million, more than double its original asking price.
  • Originally reported by SF Gate, the home has a rocky history as a "drug den," with the City Attorney filing and winning a lawsuit against the former owner for operating illicit drug activity on the property.
  • The home will have a fresh start with its new owners, to whom the listing suggested to "bring your contractor and imagination" due to the interior's fire damage.

 

In February, a fire ravaged a picturesque Victorian home in San Francisco's famous Castro District, leaving the outside unscathed but rendering the inside heavily damaged. On June 27, the house sold for $2 million.

As originally reported by SF Gate, the two-story home at 517-519 Sanchez St and its former owner have a rocky history.

Joel Elliott bought the home in 1995 for $440,000, according to Redfin. Since then, the home has earned the colloquial nickname "drug den" for the illicit drug activity that took place there. In 2015, the San Francisco City Attorney filed a lawsuit against Elliott, dubbing the property a "neighborhood nuisance," and citing Elliott's failure to address code violations. He eventually went bankrupt, according to SF Gate.

Afer the fire, Elliot told SFGate that the house had been vacant when the blaze started and that he did not know how it started.

As of June 27, the home will have a fresh start with its new owners.

The blue Victorian was built in 1905 and spans 2,938 square feet. The main floor includes, or did include prior to the fire, a kitchen, half bath and a sun porch. The property also includes a backyard as well as three bedrooms, a bathroom and a deck on the upper level, which likely affords incredible views of downtown San Francisco.

The house was originally listed on the MLS real estate service for $995,000 on May 12, but on May 31 the asking price was changed to $2.1 million.

The listing invites the new owners to "bring your contractor and your imagination," a suggestion often found in San Francisco real estate listings. The city's housing market is so competitive that it's common for potential homeowners to shell out millions merely for the skeleton of a home or for its prime real estate location.

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MoviePass explains how its new surge pricing will work

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  • On Thursday, MoviePass launched "peak pricing."
  • Now subscribers who get tickets for movies or showtimes that are in high demand could be hit with a surge charge.


On Thursday, MoviePass sent out an email to its over 3 million subscribers announcing that "peak pricing" had gone into effect. 

As Business Insider reported in June, the movie ticket subscription company will begin a surcharge for movies and showtimes that are in high demand. 

This is how MoviePass explained what it will do with its peak pricing:

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Before ordering tickets, you will be notified on your app that the movie or showtime is in high demand and you may be asked to pay a "small additional fee," it said in the email. 

It's still not clear how much the fee will be, but MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told Business Insider it will start at $2.

A red bolt icon will indicate if a movie's specific showtime is in peak pricing. A grey bolt icon will indicate that the showtime is not at peak pricing level yet, but is nearing it.

MoviePass will also launch a "Peak Pass" in the coming weeks, according to the email, with which subscribers can waive one peak fee per month.

The peak pricing will be rolling out over the next several weeks, according to the email.   

Lowe told Business Insider the reason for the peak pricing was to "make sure that we can continue to offer a valuable service and support the whole enterprise."

Subscribers who signed up for the MoviePass annual plan will not be subject to peak pricing.

By the end of the summer, expect announcements on a bring-a-friend option to the app — which allows you to pay for a non-MoviePass subscriber with your app — as well as a premium price option where you can use the app to get tickets to non-2D movies, like IMAX or Real 3D.

Have a tip about MoviePass or anything else? Email jguerrasio@businessinsider.com.

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23 eerie photos that show the crumbling beauty of New York's abandoned 'Borscht Belt' resorts

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  • Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld grew up vacationing in the "Borscht Belt," a ritzy Jewish resort haven in Southeastern New York.
  • Many of the establishments have gone out of business and become abandoned buildings.
  • Scheinfeld returned to the area to document what the resorts look like today.

In the first half of the 20th century, Jews were unwelcome at many resorts in the United States.

So beginning in the 1930s, middle class Jewish New Yorkers found a respite in rural Southeastern New York.

The so-called "Borscht Belt" — also known as the Jewish Alps and Solomon Country — was transformed by the Jewish community into a resort haven of their own.

Skiing, skating, swimming, and boating were all offered by the ritzy resorts. Little-known comedians including Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers all got their start doing stand-up comedy here. The community even inspired the film "Dirty Dancing."

In short, the Borscht Belt was booming.

But that all changed in the 1960s. Cheap air travel suddenly allowed a new generation to visit more exotic and warmer destinations. Grossinger's Resort, which once boasted 150,000 visitors annually and was known as the "Waldorf in the Catskills," abandoned its operations in 1986.

New York-based photographer Marisa Scheinfeld grew up in this community, vacationing in the Borscht Belt with her family every summer. She set out to capture the crumbling glamour of the once well-known destinations in a photography book called "The Borscht Belt."

"I truly feel there is a sense of a new life, a movement and presence in the photographs, and while bittersweet, and at times seemingly even apocalyptic, I think it’s phenomenal," Scheinfeld said in a statement. "While photographing a lot of these [hotels], I’d walk in and feel disturbed by the way they looked and their conditions. But I’d also be absorbed and amazed. There was a tragedy and awe going on at the same time."

Scheinfeld is giving book talks this summer in the Catskills and in Boston. A traveling exhibit of the photos from the book will also be displayed in 2020 at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York.

Keep reading to see what happens when glamorous resorts become eerie abandoned buildings.

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The Borscht Belt was once a thriving Jewish resort community. It was even fondly referred to as 'the Jewish Alps.'

Source: Marisa Scheinfeld



Many middle class Jewish New York families would take their children here for vacations in the New York Catskills.

Source: Marisa Scheinfeld



The resort community was the inspiration for movies like "Dirty Dancing" and hosted comedians like Woody Allen and Joan Rivers. Through the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, it was thriving.

Source: Marisa Scheinfeld



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San Francisco is so expensive, this couple decided to live on a boat — here's what it's like 10 years later

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When Misa Gidding-Chatfield and Mike Kraft decided to move in together, they had two options: Buy a home for half a million dollars in the outskirts of the Bay Area (which would leave them with an hours-long commute into San Francisco) or live in the Bay on a boat.

Ten years after making the decision to live on a boat, the couple plans to reside at sea for the rest of their lives.

We spent a recent afternoon aboard Mike and Misa's home to see what their life is like.

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This is Mike and Misa's home sweet home.



"I always wanted to live on a boat," Mike, a project manager at a San Francisco electrical contractor, told Business Insider on a sunny day aboard the boat in the East Bay.



"Out friends and family thought we were crazy," Misa said. The couple started looking at boats in 2005, while everyone else was buying real estate at the height of the bubble.

They figured they could save money living on a boat rather than squandering money on rent or blowing their savings on a house. San Francisco is one of the most expensive housing markets in the US. Between 2005 and 2018, the median sales price rose from $840,000 to $1.6 million.

They got on the waitlist for a live-aboard permit in a Bay Area marina and started shopping.



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15 things you're doing that make people dislike you immediately

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  • There are (unfortunately) lots of ways to turn people off, both online and in person.
  • In fact, people can get turned off within seconds of meeting you, virtually or IRL.
  • Some of those turn-offs, listed below, include having too many Facebook friends and acting too nice.


There are plenty of ways to turn people off.

In fact, most of them don't require much effort. Sometimes, all it takes is one look at your social media activity (so many pictures of your baby niece!) or a casual in-person introduction (did you really need to mention that one time you almost met Beyoncé?).

We've rounded up some of the most common social turn-offs, online and in person, as well as how to avoid them. Read on and see which ones you've been guilty of.

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Sharing too many photos on Facebook

If you're the kind of person who shares snapshots of your honeymoon, cousin's graduation, and dog dressed in a Halloween costume all in the same day, you might want to stop.

A 2013 study found that posting too many photos on Facebook can hurt your real-life relationships.

"This is because people, other than very close friends and relatives, don't seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves," lead study author David Houghton, of Birmingham Business School, said in a release.

Specifically, friends don't like it when you've got too many photos of family, and relatives don't like it when you've got too many photos of friends.

Ben Marder, of the University of Edinburgh, also worked on the study, and warned: "Be cautious when sharing and think how it will be perceived by all the others who may see it. Although sharing is a great way to better relationships, it can also damage them."



Having too many or too few Facebook friends

In a 2008 study, Michigan State University researchers asked college students to look at fictional Facebook profiles and decide how much they liked the profiles' owners.

Results showed that the "sweet spot" for likability was about 300 friends. Likability ratings were lowest when a profile owner had only about 100 friends, and almost as low when they had more than 300 friends.

As for why 300-plus friends could be a turn-off, the study authors write, "Individuals with too many friends may appear to be focusing too much on Facebook, friending out of desperation rather than popularity."

On the other hand, the college students doing the evaluation each had about 300 Facebook friends themselves. So the researchers acknowledge that in a population where the most common number of Facebook friends is 1,000, the sweet spot for likability could be 1,000.

Keep in mind, though, that a 2014 survey found that the average number of Facebook friends among adult users was 338.

Interestingly, the study also suggested that participants weren't consciously aware that they liked people less when they had too many or too few Facebook friends.



Disclosing something extremely personal early on in a relationship

In general, people like each other more after they've traded confidences. Self-disclosure is one of the best ways to make friends as an adult.

But psychologists say that disclosing something too intimate— say, that your sister is having an extramarital affair — while you're still getting to know someone can make you seem insecure and decrease your likability.

The key is to get just the right amount of personal. As a 2013 study led by Susan Sprecher at Illinois State University suggests, simply sharing details about your hobbies and your favorite childhood memories can make you seem warmer and more likable.



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McDonald's employees share the 4 things they wish they could tell management

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  • McDonald's restaurant crew members typically work under a number of managers.
  • Business Insider spoke with numerous current and former McDonald's employees about their own experiences with the chain's management.
  • They provided a few suggestions for current and future leaders at the fast food chain.

McDonald's restaurants are no different from any workplace in one important respect.

Having a supportive, effective manager is key.

"How good a manager is really affects the entire store's morale and productivity," a crew member from Georgia told Business Insider.

Business Insider spoke with several current and former crew members to find out their best tips and suggestions for the fast food chain's management.

Here's what they had to say:

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Focus on training

Four McDonald's crew members told Business Insider that they would advise management to make training a priority.

A former crew member from Virginia told Business Insider that orientation was a "glorified PowerPoint" — and a misleading one at that.

"McDonald's specifically outlines the responsibilities of each station, as if they are all independently managed by one person," the ex-employee told Business Insider. "When you start working there, you quickly see that they expect you to manage multiple roles and stations at the same time, essentially doing the work of two to four people."

The ex-crew member added that "... the only way to get permanently designated to a position instead of being moved as needed is to be better at everyone else at that one job."

Another employee from Minnesota said that managers should keep employees "up to date on stuff."

And another employee from New York said that managers should focus on teaching crew members soft skills, namely ones that allow them "... to work with and handle difficult people while somehow still getting the job done."



Listen to employee preferences

A McDonald's crew member from Minnesota told Business Insider that management should make sure to take into consideration employees' "preferences," especially when it comes to scheduling.

"Rolling breaks out an hour into a shift isn't a good way to keep us around," the employee told Business Insider. "Make sure to take care of your workers, they do have preferences as well. Also, try to remember what the employees are interested in."

A Georgia-based crew member told Business Insider that they felt some managers did not respect "time constraints when scheduling employees."

A crew member from outside of Chicago added that managers should have more "consistency" when it comes to assigning certain tasks, like clean-up duty.



Be nice to your team

"We understand that you guys have your own politics and workload to worry about, but don't take out your frustration on us just because we're under you," a Virginia-based former crew member told Business Insider. "That's not how you inspire leadership."

And that goes beyond just holding off on screaming at employees.

"Treat employees like people, not numbers," another McDonald's employee told Business Insider.



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