WeWork acquires social networking service Meetup

WeWork Wonder Bread Factory Commons Washington, DC
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UPDATE: Nov. 28, 2017, 8:03 a.m. EST This piece has been updated to reflect WeWork’s official announcement that it acquired Meetup

WeWork’s global empire continues to expand.

The $20 billion coworking startup is reportedly set to acquire social networking service Meetup, according to Crunchbase.

Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman reportedly told employees about the acquisition on Monday, and mentioned a $30 million figure, but it’s not clear “if that was an acquisition price, or a reference to expected investment into his company from the acquiring entity,” according to Crunchbase

WeWork confirmed the acquisition on Tuesday morning. The company said Meetup would continue to operate as a standalone company for now. 

Launched in 2002, Meetup is a social networking service that allows users to organize meetings offline related to their shared interests and passions.

It’s a logical union, seeing as WeWork offers rentable space for like-minded people to work on projects.

WeWork has been expanding steadily since launching in 2010 in New York City. Within seven years, WeWork has achieved so-called decacorn status — a startup worth more than $10 billion. In August this year, WeWork raised a whopping $4.4 billion in a funding round from SoftBank. 

Between a $32 million investment in women’s coworking space The Wing and plans for a private WeWork elementary school in New York, the company certainly isn’t sitting on its hands.

WeWork currently has 150,000 members across 171 locations in 18 countries. Meetup, on the other hand, boasts 32.3 million members in 182 countries.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/27/wework-meetup-acquisition/

‘Is this real?’ Obama lets America know who to thank for growing economy [video]

The economic news these days hasn’t been all bad, and former President Barack Obama was there this week to let Americans know who to thank:

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Do NOT Bring A Gun To The Airport In A Carry-On Bag DJ Mustard Just Found Out The Hard Way!

Definitely not the best Friday night for DJ Mustard and his crew… and it all could have been avoided!!!

The famed music producer and a friend were trying to board a plane at LAX last night when TSA detected a gun in a carry-on bag during routine security screenings at the airport.

Law enforcement got involved and shut shit down, nabbing the producer and his buddy before they could walk away to board their plane. Oops!!

The weapon in the bag turned out to be serious, too — a loaded .22 semi-automatic handgun. Whoa!!!

Cops questioned both DJ Mustard and his companion separately, and eventually figured out — through looking back at airport surveillance video — that it was the friend who was in possession of the bag.

So, according to TMZ, the friend got hauled off and arrested while DJ Mustard was able to walk free… but he almost certainly missed his flight after all the commotion.

Seriously, folks — don’t bring a gun in your carry-on luggage!

It’s REALLY not that hard of a concept to understand, even though it’s previously stumped Wes Scantlin (HERE), Coolio (HERE), Waka Flocka Flame (HERE) actor Jack Scalia (HERE), and a few more celebs over the years, too.

Fellas (it’s always the fellas, isn’t it?!)… keep your big-boy toys safe at home!!!

[Image via Instagram.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-12-09-dj-mustard-arrested-bringing-handgun-loaded-airport-carry-on-los-angeles-music-news

VOTE: Armie Hammer Apologizes To Casey Affleck But Does Affleck Deserve It??

Even before he was being called a beneficiary of white privilege in an article that eventually led him to delete his Twitter account, Armie Hammer was courting controversy.

In one interview, he spoke about the unfair “double standard” in how his Birth Of A Nation director Nate Parker and Manchester By The Sea star Casey Affleck were treated by the media and the industry.

With Nate in “director’s jail” and Casey having a Best Actor Oscar on his shelf, it’s easy to see his point.

Video: Timothee Chalamet Calls His Sexual Chemistry With Armie The ‘Random Luck Of The Universe’

However, the two men were accused of very different things as Armie took the time to explain in a lengthy apology to Affleck for the comparison.

The Call Me By Your Name star released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, where his original interview appeared, saying:

“I would like to sincerely apologize to Casey and his family for my recent comments about him in my THR interview. Without knowing the facts about the civil lawsuits at issue (which I now understand were settled), I misspoke. I conflated sexual harassment cases with a criminal case involving sexual assault charges.

The cases in which Casey was involved were not criminal and instead involved civil claims from his 2010 movie I’m Still Here. While intending to make a social comment about double standards in general, I mistakenly compared reports of prior, public civil allegations that never proceeded to trial with a criminal case that was fully tried. I understand now that this was a poor comparison, which I deeply regret making.”

There definitely is a difference between the two charges, and the way they were resolved.

However, does that mean the observation of the double standard was incorrect? Yes, considering the charges were different, one would certainly expect Parker and Affleck to suffer proportional levels of public admonishment.

But that isn’t what happened. One got denounced, the other was given the biggest honor in Hollywood.

We guess what we’re asking is, do YOU think Casey Affleck deserved this apology??

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2017-12-08-armie-hammer-casey-affleck-apology-sexual-harassment-poll

Sean Hannity is losing advertisers over his coverage of Roy Moore

Sean Hannity’s been reluctant to distance himself from Roy Moore. So now Hannity’s advertisers are distancing themselves from him.

Keurig, Green Mountain Coffee (which is owned by the same company as Keurig), Realtor.com, 23andMe, and Nature’s Bounty have all spoken up to say they have stopped or will stop advertising on The Sean Hannity Show

In addition, Eloquii stated that Hannity was “blocked” from its list of advertisers, though the company did not clarify whether that included TV advertising.

Although none of the companies specifically cited Moore in their decisions to pull advertising from Hannity, the timing makes the connection pretty clear. 

Following Thursday’s bombshell report revealing Moore had pursued a relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, Hannity pleaded for his radio show listeners to give Moore the benefit of the doubt, suggested Moore’s accusers could be lying, and speculated that “the establishment” was targeting Moore. 

On Friday, Hannity brought the Alabama Republican senatorial candidate onto his radio show for an interview. Moore said he did not “generally” date teenagers while he was in his 30s, and added later that doing so “would have been out of my customary behavior.”

As you’d expect, Hannity’s coverage drew fierce backlash on social media. But his detractors stop at criticizing Hannity. They hit him where it hurt – by going after his advertisers.

It obviously worked, to the delight of many.

But it also drew the ire of some Hannity supporters. Like this guy, who dramatically smashed the expensive machine he’d already paid Keurig for. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Maybe someone will be around to catch the next one.

None of this is really new territory for Hannity. Just a few months ago, he lost several advertisers after promoting the fake Seth Rich conspiracy. 

But if he’s hoping this round of controversy will blow over, he may want to think again.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/12/sean-hannity-roy-moore-advertisers-keurig/

Check out Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover: ‘The Silence Breakers.’

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, Time magazine revealed its Person of the Year.

Toward the end of each year, the distinction draws curiosity and intrigue for weeks, but 2017 maybe brought on more speculation than usual. On Nov. 24, Trump falsely claimed he turned down the possibility of becoming the Person of the Year on Twitter, fueling speculation about who’d receive the honor.

Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images.

This year, like in other years before, the “person” of the year was actually a whole group of people.

Time’s Person of the Year went to “The Silence Breakers: The Voices that Launched a Movement.”

Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, and Isabel Pascual — all survivors who bravely came forward about their experiences with sexual harassment or assault, often at the hands of powerful abusers — grace the cover.

But Time isn’t solely acknowledging its cover models; a long list of other notable names has been included in the magazine’s Person of the Year feature.

Names like Rose McGowan, Lindsey Meyer, Lindsey Reynolds

Sandra Muller, Sandra Pezqueda, and Megyn Kelly

And many others, including noteworthy men who’ve come forward, actor Terry Crews and Blaise Godbe Lipman.

2017 marked a watershed year for survivors of sexual abuse.

“All social movements have highly visible precipitating factors,” Aldon Morris, a professor of sociology at Northwestern University, told Time. “In this case, you had Harvey Weinstein, and before that you had Trump.”

In the past year and a half, 13 women have come forward alleging Trump sexually harassed or assaulted them following the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, in which the former reality TV star admitted to groping women. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — an abuser identified by multiple Person of the Year recipients — used a media network of enablers and case settlements to silence dozens of victims for decades.

Out of the rubble of so many disgraced, powerful men burst the #MeToo movement — an online wave of survivors speaking out in solidarity. First coined by activist Tarana Burke years ago but given new life on Twitter by actor Alyssa Milano, #MeToo has been used online millions of times in at least 85 countries.

It’s a rallying cry that’s not going away.

“There’s something really empowering about standing up for what’s right,” said Fowler, who took on sexual harassment in tech. “It’s a badge of honor.”

Read more on Time’s 2017 Person of the Year feature.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/check-out-time-magazine-s-person-of-the-year-cover-the-silence-breakers

5 Myths About Food You Believe Thanks To Jerk Companies

According to the very latest scientific data, you require food in order to live. But do you know what you’ve been wolfing down alongside a lifetime of Chipotle burritos, Taco Bell burritos, and questionable gas station burritos? Lies. Heaping helpings of lies, all carefully seasoned to ensure that as much of your money as possible winds up in the grease traps of greedy corporations. For example …

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We Have Orange Juice With Breakfast Because One Year, California Had Too Many Oranges Lying Around

No breakfast is complete without a nice tall glass of orange juice. A single serving of this vitamin-packed wonder liquid gives your immune system the healthy kick in the ass it needs to get through the day. But don’t take our word for it. Just look at this 1922 Sunkist ad, in which 3,000 physicians opine that breast milk is a thing for savages and tiny babies who couldn’t hold down a job long enough to afford vital, life-giving orange juice.

Sunkist, via Atticpaper.com“Its the brain-frying avalanche of sugar that developing bodies need.”

That ad is how the whole American orange juice craze started. In the early 20th century, drinking OJ was nearly unheard of in the U.S. That all changed in 1908, when the over-planting of orange trees in California caused a massive glut in the market. So Sunkist developed a cheap juice extractor, interviewed thousands of totally real doctors who said that orange juice was the best possible thing to give to babies, and soon everybody’s mom was shoving OJ down their kids’ gullets if they so much as sneezed. Never mind that drinking the equivalent of four oranges in a single serving is about as healthy as kicking off the morning with a Big Gulp.

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The Idea That Coffee Stunts Your Growth Was Invented By A Coffee Competitor

While you may practically have it on intravenous drip today, chances are you never had so much as a drop of coffee before you hit adulthood. Part of that is because coffee is objectively disgusting, and kids don’t need chemical assistance to face another day of work. But it’s mostly because your parents didn’t want you consuming something so caffeinated that it could stunt your growth.

Via Smithsonian.comApparently, back in the ’30s, you were graded on height.

The thing is, there’s never been one shred of scientific evidence that drinking caffeine keeps children tiny. The whole idea was the brainchild of cereal magnate C.W. Post. Near the turn of the 20th century, he introduced Postum, a caffeine-free “coffee alternative” made from roasted wheat bran and molasses. Because as any trucker can tell you, the only important components of coffee are 1) its hotness, and 2) its brownness.

Postum sounds like something you’d use to torture trade secrets out of a Starbucks barista. Perhaps that’s why in order to sell it, Post first had to launch a massive smear campaign against coffee, doing his damnedest to convince consumers that everyone’s favorite steamy breakfast beverage was liquid Satan in a cup. The campaign was so successful that Post’s wheat-based sludge is still available to this day, finding popularity with people like Mormons — who, coincidentally, view coffee as liquid Satan in a cup.

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There Was No Tradition; You Buy Chocolate On Valentine’s Day Because Of Cadbury

Among many other things, the Spanish conquistadors stole the Aztecs’ love of chocolate. Back then, chocolate was served as a foamy beverage brewed similarly to coffee, and in his 1662 book The Natural History Of Chocolate, physician Henry Stubbe concluded that it was great for “supplying the Testicles with a Balsam, or a Sap.” And now you’re going to feel really weird when handing your little nephew a steaming mug of hot cocoa this winter.

Henry StubbeMmm. Warms you right down to the nutsack.

It seems only natural, then, that hot chocolate would be paired up with the boningest of holidays. (No, not Presidents’ Day. The other one. Valentine’s Day.) It took a good two centuries from the time of its Western discovery for British chocolatier J.S. Fry & Sons to develop a version of chocolate that didn’t require a cup. It then took another decade for Richard Cadbury (of modern-day Cadbury Creme Egg fame) to arrange said solid chocolates in fancy boxes. They were an instant hit. Victorians, being huge fans of both fanciness and boxes, snatched them right up.

Fast-forward another seven years to 1868, and Cadbury finally produced the first heart-shaped box of chocolates, right in time for Valentine’s Day. Today, Americans alone buy an estimated 40 million such boxes each year. Meanwhile, allegations of chocolate’s sexual benefits are still as full of shit as they always were.

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We Use Inferior White Sugar Because A Sugar Company Ran A Smear Campaign Against The Natural Stuff

Today’s brown sugar is basically the over-refined white stuff with some molasses added back in. But did you know that sugar wasn’t always white? Back when it was shipped in its raw form to England in big-ass barrels, sugar often arrived with the molasses content having oozed toward the bottom. Rather than attempting to redistribute the molasses, it was more feasible to refine the sugar — a 32-step process that saps it not only of its brownness, but also of everything that makes it awesome. Whereas today’s sugar can be described in one simple word (i.e. “sweet”), the sugar of yesteryear boasted an array of flavors that would make a pretentious sommelier stammer.

But why did white sugar become the norm? Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with racism. It’s only because sugar giant Domino wanted it that way. Around the turn of the 20th century, Domino launched a media campaign featuring blown-up photos of the natural, harmless, but admittedly gross-looking microbes present in brown sugar. And the public, always down for a good ol’ misinformed scare, almost immediately stopped buying it. Domino then rode to the pinnacle of the market atop a literal sugar high. And ever since, the world has been a bit less sweet and a lot more white. Ain’t that always the way?

1

The Definition Of “Overweight” Was Refined To Benefit Food And Drug Companies

BMI is the two-digit number that medical professionals use to determine how expansive your ass is. Anything higher than 30 means you’re obese, while anything in the 25-29 range means you’re overweight. We’ll leave the validity of the BMI itself aside for now — after all, it’s nothing but a formula calculated based on your height and weight. But who set that scale? Who decided that 25 was overweight, and not, say, 26 or 27?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesThe scale clearly has some problems when The Rock fits comfortably into obese.

That would be the World Health Organization, and by extension, its International Obesity Task Force, headed up by one Professor Philip James. In 1997, following two years of study, the IOTF lowered the “overweight” cutoff to 25 from its previous value of 27. And do you know who financially backed the IOTF’s study? Pharmaceutical companies Hoffmann-La Roche and Abbott Laboratories, producers of the weight loss drugs Xenical and Meridia, respectively. Now, for his part, James maintains that the drug companies didn’t push any sort of agenda on him (they merely pushed him lots of checks for $200,000 apiece). Still, there’s no denying that by shifting an arbitrary dot on an arbitrary scale, James expanded said companies’ markets by millions of instantly overweight people.

Of course, none of this is saying that it’s cool to burst right through the top of the body mass index like some sort of French-fry-powered rocket-person. We’re simply saying that as a general rule, anyone attempting to define a human being in two digits or fewer probably has some ill intentions.

Dr. Claudio Buttice, Pharm.D., is a former hospital pharmacist who eventually grew bored being just a doctor and became a freelance medical writer. He’s also a screenwriter and journalist who contributed to several magazines, such as The Ring of Fire, Digital Journal, Techopedia, and Business Insider — and he managed to look cool every time. If you want to offer Dr. Buttice a writing gig or just want to throw money in his general direction, feel free to contact him at tyresia2@gmail.com or on LinkedIn.

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5 Movies Where The Heroes & Villains Would Be Reversed Today

The world is rapidly changing, and as a result, many things we took for granted are falling by the wayside — some entire industries, an iceberg or ten, your favorite movie premises, etc. Admittedly, “classic film storylines becoming obsolete” isn’t a problem on the same level as “our grandkids will need protective goggles to go outside.” But someone has to tackle this issue, dammit.

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Meg Ryan’s Indie Bookstore In You’ve Got Mail Would Be In WAY Better Shape Than Tom Hanks’ Megastore

In the prototypical romcom You’ve Got Mail, Meg Ryan plays the owner of an adorable little bookstore that’s literally called “The Shop Around the Corner.”

Warner Bros. PicturesTheir best-selling book is a book called Book.

Trouble ensues, however, when the giant chain Fox & Sons Books opens a rival location on the Upper West Side, threatening her business. Eventually, the obvious Barnes & Noble / Borders analogue pushes the little store into bankruptcy, costing the lovable employees their jobs. It’s a pretty standard conflict of a mom-and-pop shop getting bullied out of town by a big corporation. Oh, there’s also some stuff about Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks sexting each other via AOL Messenger or something, but it was clearly the corporate intrigue that put all those asses in seats.

But Now …

Today, the movie would be about the big store’s employees begging for work at the little indie shop, or one like it. Or anywhere, really.

Indie bookstores are doing extremely well right now, showing steady growth over the past decade even as retail trends keep looking grimmer and grimmer. Brick-and-mortar retailers in general are in decline, but brick-mortar-and-paper? Seven straight years of growth. Meanwhile, Borders completely shut down operations in 2011, as did their subsidiary for bored mall-goers, Waldenbooks. Of the big chains of old, only Barnes & Noble is still hanging in there, not taking the hint. Even as physical books have pulled a vinyl and made a comeback, B&N’s sales continue to struggle. People love books almost as much as they hate going to Barnes & Noble.

When you think about it, this reversal of fortune makes total sense. Megastores were all about convenience, huge selections, and low prices, but the internet kicked their asses on every single one of those areas. Big bookstores are empty experiences — unlike indie stores, where you can get access to special events, personalized attention, and the occasional contact high.

So basically, if You’ve Got Mail were made today, Meg Ryan’s vibrant store of regulars would be enjoying modest but steady success, while Tom Hanks would be purging employees left and right as his bloated warehouse-style business got crushed by Amazon.

Warner Bros. PicturesThis would have been turned into a Walgreens like 11 minutes into the movie.

All the email stuff would be exactly the same, though.

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Rent‘s Ridiculously Generous “Villain” Wants To Give His Friends A Free Million-Dollar Apartment And Open A Cool Studio

The de facto villain in the stage musical Rent and it’s subsequent movie adaptation is Benny, a landlord who used to be roommates with the main characters, but has since become 1) stupid rich and 2) a dick. Now he plans to renovate their building — which they spend an entire opening monologue ripping on for being dilapidated — into a state-of-the-art multimedia studio with condos on the top. At one point, Benny offers to let his ex-friends stay in their condo for free (as well as foregoing the past year’s rent) if they cancel a devastating protest wherein one character makes a bunch of homeless people moo. They say no, obviously.

Benny’s vision is the symbolic obliteration of the characters’ bohemian lifestyle, and taking him up on his offer would represent the their ultimate soul-selling.

But Now …

Oh yeah, did we mention this building happens to be in Manhattan’s East Village, which has been ridiculously gentrified by now? The musical debuted in 1993, but by the time the movie came out in 2005, Mark and Roger’s apartment — a massive loft space at Avenue B and 11th St., an incredibly prime location — wasn’t exactly “slumming it.”

Columbia PicturesThe cockroaches in this apartment are living more comfortably than you.

The film still took place in the early ’90s, but if you’re watching it in 2005 or later, it’s tough not to at least kinda see Benny’s side of things. The neighborhood’s gonna get de-bohemian-ized very soon anyway, and Benny is willing to let them stay RENT-FREE in a fully renovated top-floor condo most would kill for. Just since the early 2000s, median property values in the East Village have risen from about $250k per place to around $1.5 million. Sinister, bohemia-destroying Benny plans to eat $50,000-$80,000 a year in lost rent (on top of paying a mortgage AND property tax) for a multi-million-dollar apartment, all so he can help his two slacker friends out.

Also, Benny’s devious, anti-artistic plan is to open a multimedia studio where creatives can “do their work and get paid.” This might’ve seemed like a sterile, gentrification-friendly move at the time, but nowadays, it’d be a WAY more interesting and progressive use for the space than throwing in another TD Bank or CVS. He wants people like Mark and Roger to continue pursuing their artistic passions, in a nicer space, and to help them earn a living doing it. That motherfucker.

If Rent happened today, Benny would be an insanely generous hero who’s swallowing a six-figure loss to help out his friends while making the East Village more hip and artistic. When is his Wicked-style alternate story coming out?

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The Characters In UHF Could Sell Their Station For Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars And Be Fine

The movie UHF kicks off when Weird Al Yankovic’s uncle wins the deed to a local ultra-high frequency (or, you know, “UHF”) TV station in a poker game. Weird Al takes the almost-bankrupt station over, and against all odds, he and a pre-racist-outburst Michael Richards turn the joint around with some imaginative programming. No, it’s not porn.

But! When Weird Al’s uncle falls into a $75,000 gambling debt, it puts the station in jeopardy of being sold to an evil rival TV owner. In the end, the town rallies, holds a fundraiser, and raises the money just in time. Phew, close call!

But Now …

That station would be worth — no shit — over $100 million today.

In 2017, wireless carriers bid $20 billion to buy out the spectrum used by 175 holdout UHF stations, coming out to about $111 million per station. Only 12 went off the air, too — the rest simply shifted to lower or shared frequencies, and presumably started doing new shows about how to maintain your yacht or the best types of caviar. Merely for taking up space, these stations made bank. They didn’t even need runaway-hit shows about firehose drinking. So yeah, a $75,000 debt (even adjusted for inflation) could be covered with the contents of their limousine’s coin holder.

Now, even though UHF isn’t exactly a gritty documentary about the late-’80s media landscape, a character does accurately mention that it’s illegal for someone to own two stations in the same town. Or at least, that’s how it was back then. In 1996, the Telecommunications Act made it legal for companies to own multiple channels in the same geographical location — meaning that today, any number of national megacorporations would be free to bid on the station, causing its value to skyrocket.

If UHF happened now, they’d be facing no problems whatsoever — the second they won the station in the poker game, they’d be imminent millionaires. And even if they did somehow incur a ten-figure gambling debt, they’d have numerous non-evil media moguls to sell to. Or, well, ones with less cartoony laughs, anyway. Probably.

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The Rise Of For-Profit Colleges Turns Accepted Into The Wolf Of Wall Street

In Accepted, Justin Long and his friends create their own fake college to trick their parents after not being accepted into any real ones. Soon, the fake college fills up with hundreds of other rejected students, and they all start making up their own fun, goofy courses on whatever the hell they want. At the end of the film, they become an accredited institution after arguing that the current system is too rigid, and that their incredibly lax method of education is in fact an improvement. Because that’s how education reform works.

Universal PicturesIn an even more unlikely twist, the chubby kid in the hot dog costume is a now a two-time Oscar nominee.

But Now …

You know what else promised a degree to people who didn’t deserve one, who didn’t do enough to warrant one, and who didn’t feel that the current, rigid style of education fit their lifestyle? All those predatory for-profit colleges which are being sued and investigated as their degrees have proved worthless. Yes, shockingly, it turns out that colleges anyone can get into and which don’t teach you anything aren’t hugely respected in the working world.

You could still make the movie today, but it wouldn’t be a lighthearted comedy about a kid helping out some like-minded buddies. It would have to be a dark film about young con artist preying on desperate, mostly poor people by exploiting their hopes and dreams. Something like Boiler Room or The Wolf Of Wall Street (so at least Jonah Hill can stay).

And remember the douchey frat boy who keeps trying to shut this whole Trump University operation right down? He’d be totally in the right. Hell, they’d probably put him in charge of the whole Department of Education at the end of the movie.

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The Subprime Mortgage Crisis Makes It’s A Wonderful Life‘s Mr. Potter A Prudent Businessman

A huge element of It’s A Wonderful Life is that Mr. Potter, the villainous bank owner, refuses to give loans to anyone who can’t definitively prove they can afford them. Meanwhile, kindhearted protagonist George Bailey is willing to help members of his community by giving them loans they may struggle to repay so that they can live in a nice neighborhood rather than Potter’s slums. After all, what’s the worst that could happen?

But Now …

How about a subprime mortgage crisis which destroys millions of jobs and leads to a devastating recession? Had the movie taken place about 60 years later, George Bailey would have ended up being bailed out by the government.

Paramount Pictures“Don’t let me stop you.”

The crisis was caused by banks preying on homeowners, giving big-ass loans for big-ass homes to people who might not be able pay them back, trusting it would eventually pay off. They wouldn’t, and it wouldn’t. The massive defaulting and huge numbers of foreclosures created an economic recession that left a big chunk of America (and even Europe) worse off than before.

Regardless of intention, today George Bailey would be the man who destroyed Bedford Falls by creating a housing bubble doomed to burst, while Potter would be the prudent businessman who was unjustly maligned for trying to do the right thing. Hey, maybe that drunken pharmacist who smacked lil’ George around was also trying to warn us of something.

As for that ending in which the banker throws a bunch of money at the government and never goes to jail … alright, maybe not everything would be different.

Dan Hopper is an editor for Cracked, previously for CollegeHumor and BestWeekEver.tv. He fires off consistent grade-A tweets at @DanHopp.

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McDonald’s manager getting serious reward for tipping off cops to serial killer

A McDonald’s manager in Tampa stands to earn “every penny” of a $110,000 reward after providing information leading to the arrest of accused serial killer Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, police say.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan confirmed the news during a press conference on Friday, following reports that Delonda Walker — the manager at the McDonald’s in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa — might not be entitled to the entire reward amount.

Walker first tipped off police on Tuesday, after Donaldson, a 24-year-old co-worker, left his gun in her possession, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Police say they were later able to link the gun to a wave of killings in the Seminole Heights area between October and November.

Donaldson had been working at the McDonald’s in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa for a few months, police say.  (Google Street View)

TAMPA SERIAL KILLER USED SAME GUN ON ALL FOUR KILLINGS, POLICE SAY

“That was the bit of information that we were looking for. That is what we needed,” Dugan told reporters earlier this week.

In total, Donaldson is accused of killing four people in Seminole Heights. He is currently charged with first-degree murder.

On Thursday, Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay had initially suggested that Walker might not be getting the entire reward, seeing as the agencies providing the funds have a specific agreement with Crime Stoppers that only allows payment in the event that a tip is reported via the Crime Stoppers hotline. As of Thursday, the Crime Stoppers agency itself, as well as a local restaurant owner, had awarded Walker $5,000 and $9,000, respectively. The rest was promised by other federal and local organizations, Fox 13 reports.

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Walker, meanwhile, had said that the reward was not a factor in turning Donaldson’s gun over to police.

“[I] wanted to do the right thing,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/12/01/mcdonalds-manager-getting-serious-reward-for-tipping-off-cops-to-serial-killer.html