Daily Archives: June 5, 2017

Khloé Kardashian’s Denim Brand Accused of Stealing Designs From Indie Designer

Khloé Kardashian and Emma Grede’s denim-centric clothing label Good American — beloved for its inclusive sizing, on-trend offerings and body-positive marketing campaigns — has been accused of plagiarism. On June 2, Designer Destiney Bleu of dbleudazzled (which counts Beyoncé, Ashley Graham, Serena Williams and Lady Gaga among its clients) took to Twitter to call out the reality TV star turned designer.

Bleu claims that the sheer black and flesh-tone jewel-encrusted bodysuits shown in a recent Good American promo are eerily similar to her own designs. Bleu also holds that Kardashian bought “one of everything” on her site back in December, but neither wore nor posted her purchases. (Fairly damning evidence, if it turns out to be true.)

It’s hard to deny the resemblance between the designs. At least Twitter seems to think so — many users were quick to side with Bleu. (Of course, others have accused her of attention-seeking.)

Bleu plans to pursue legal action against Kardashian despite the potential pitfalls. She went so far as to make public her timeline of events. According to Bleu, Kardashian not only took credit for Bleu’s designs, but failed to deliver the revenue-boosting publicity that would come from her wearing a dbleudazzled piece in public.

Good American denies the allegations. “Under no circumstances did Good American or Khloe Kardashian infringe on another brand’s intellectual property,” the brand told Cosmo in an exclusive statement, adding that they are “going through the proper legal channels to handle the situation.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds. Experience tells us that, in cases of intellectual property theft, there’s little that small companies can do to fight mass retailers. That said, Good American is still a fledgling (highly successful) brand, and if Bleu can prove her case, she could make a considerable dent in its credibility. Many Instagram users are already up in arms, though it’s unclear whether these are would-be Good American customers or simply Kardashian trolls.

[ via Allure ]

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COMMENTARY: The Numbers Don’t Lie; Teams Are To Blame For 2017 Inspection Issues

It’s been one heck of a year to be a NASCAR inspector.
With fewer boots on the ground than ever before due to budget cuts and layoffs, NASCAR’s foot soldiers are being called upon to do more than ever these days, in less time. An influx of new technology has required NASCAR’s officials’ corps to learn new ways of doing things, while guiding race teams through previously uncharted technical territory.
And when things go wrong – as they frequently have – it’s the officials who take the heat when an over-aggressive crew chief gets caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar.
Numerous times this season, teams have been unable to make qualifying attempts after failing multiple pre-qualifying inspections. And when that happens, team members point the finger of blame in the direction of the sanctioning body, claiming that major adjustments on their machines produce little (or no) impact on the readouts.
“They’re out of calibration,” they claim. “They’re thrown off by the sun. Or the heat. Or the cold.”
NASCAR has countered those allegations, utilizing a non-adjustable test car dubbed “The Lunar Rover” to perform multiple re-calibrations of their inspection machinery, each and every week. And yet, the accusations continue.
Now, with 13 races in the record book – one half of the regular season schedule – it is possible to look back on the 2017 campaign and draw some cold, hard conclusions.
And the numbers don’t lie
A check of 2017 qualifying records shows that teams had no trouble passing pre-qualifying inspection at the circuit’s two restrictor plate races. In the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February, all 42 drivers successfully completed inspection in time to attempt qualifying. That trend continued at the 2.5-mile Talladega Superspeedway on May 6, with all 41 drivers attempting to qualify, without incident.
The series’ short track venues have been similarly devoid of pre-qualifying drama. Every driver made a qualifying attempt at Bristol on April 21 and Richmond on April 28, while qualifying was rained out at Martinsville Speedway on March 31, with the field set via the NASCAR rule book.

The one-mile ovals have also been trouble free this season, with all drivers successfully navigating pre-qualifying inspection at both Phoenix (March 17) and Dover last weekend.
It’s NASCAR’s intermediate tracks – the 1.5 and 2-mile ovals where aerodynamics are of critical importance — where the issues seem to arise.

At Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 3, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Michael McDowell, Cole Whitt, Derrike Cope and Cody Ware all failed multiple inspections and were unable to complete even a single qualifying lap.

Three weeks later at Auto Club Speedway, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Matt DiBenedetto and Gray Gaulding did not make qualifying attempts, after failing multiple inspections.
Texas Motor Speedway saw nine drivers — Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Erik Jones, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Chris Buescher, Timmy Hill and Derrike Cope – start at the back of the pack after failing to clear pre-qualifying inspection.
Kansas Speedway provided the season’s low point, when a total of 12 drivers — Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kahne, Jones, Earnhardt, David Ragan, McDowell, Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson, Corey LaJoie, Hill and Carl Long – were forced to start at the rear of the field after failing pre-qualifying inspections and being unable to turn a qualifying lap. 
On All Star weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, all 16 drivers passed inspection in time to attempt qualifying for the Monster Energy All Star Race. However, Sorenson and McDowell both failed inspections prior to qualifying for the companion Monster Energy Open.
One week later, Larson and LaJoie failed to pass pre-qualifying inspections at Charlotte and were forced to start the Coca-Cola 600 from the rear of the field.
Interestingly, the only 1.5-mile track to experience no pre-qualifying issues was Las Vegas Motor Speedway, arguably one of the hottest venues on the schedule.
If NASCAR was truly experiencing equipment issues – with LIS tables and other measuring devices succumbing to the vagarities of heat and humidity – why have the issues occurred only at tracks where rear camber and skew offer the largest advantage? Shouldn’t there have been just as many problems at Martinsville, Daytona and Bristol, where the same measuring devices were used under the same varying weather conditions?
Common sense says `yes.’
And yet, no such issues occurred.
In the absence of such across-the-board problems, regardless of the size of the venue, it is virtually impossible to blame the yardstick for this season’s inspection debacles. NASCAR’s LIS and template stations are inanimate objects, capable of neither human bias nor error. They don’t see names and car numbers; only concrete, indisputable measurements.
Every car is the same as the others. It either complies with the rules, or it doesn’t.
Chad Knaus had it right a few weeks ago when he said teams “have nobody to blame but themselves” for this season’s rash of high-profile inspection failures.
“We are paid to push the envelope,” admitted Knaus, the most successful crew chief of this (or arguably any) era. “NASCAR gives us a rule and a tolerance beyond the rule. As competitive as we are, we take all of that, and sometimes a little more.”
So enough with blaming the yardstick. Enough pointing the finger at Mother Nature. It’s time to place the blame where it has belonged all along; with the men and women who live their lives in the gray area of the NASCAR Rule Book.

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The Most Common Spider Myths Debunked | Spider Control

The Most Common Spider Myths Debunked

Spiders are numerous creatures on this planet, and they are talked about often. Spiders catch people’s attention because they do not resemble any other animals in the slightest, except for maybe a crab or a lobster. The thing is, many different types of spiders do different things. For example, did you know that not all spiders build webs; instead some spiders look to do their hunting without webs, the huntsman spider is one of these spiders. But there are some common myths about spiders that people love to sell as true, and these myths are still around and have followers even today.

One myth says that people, while sleeping, eat bugs. Apparently we are supposed to believe that bugs would just crawl right into somebody’s pie hole while sleeping. In fact, there is no data, nor are there any real suspicions that spiders like to take a tour of your innards while you are sleeping. So pretend like you had never heard this disturbing story before.

There is one old, yet often repeated myth that says daddy longlegs are poisonous spiders, actually the story often claims that the “daddy” is the MOST poisonous spider in the world. But luckily the “daddy’s” fangs are too short to puncture the skin, because if they were long enough to wound a human, then their poison could kill a human. However, all of this is nothing more than a lot of hogwash. First of all, an arachnologist from the University of California claims that not once during documented history has a human sustained a bite from a daddy long legs. Second of all, there does not exist any data relating to the physiological reaction a human may have to daddy long-legs venom. If you need further convincing, the television program entitled Mythbusters, successfully put this rumor to bed.

What is the most bizarre myth that you have ever heard regarding spiders?

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Alex Honnold Climbs El Cap Without Ropes

I’m still on the road today as I head back to Nashville from a long weekend with family. But, this story is so big, that I had to share it. In case you hadn’t heard over the past couple of days, rock climber Alex Honnold may have pulled off the most audacious, impressive, and dangerous climbs of all time. This past Saturday, Honnold added to his already impressive resume by climbing the 3000-foot…

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ACLU says it plans to use Trump's tweets on travel ban in its Supreme Court argument

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The ACLU said on Twitter Monday that it would use President Donald Trump’s latest series of tweets about the travel ban in ongoing court battles against the ban.

After the London terrorist attack that killed seven people on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to renew calls for his executive order to ban travel from six majority-Muslim countries.

“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

He had tweeted that the US needs “the travel ban as an extra level safety” a few days before.

Federal courts have blocked Trump’s travel restrictions at every turn since his administration rolled them out in late January, just days after Trump took office.

Late last month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, refused to reinstate the revised immigration order. Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory argued for the majority that discriminatory statements Trump made about Muslims on the campaign trail revealed “his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week that the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review the case.

The ACLU, which frequently speaks out against Trump’s travel ban in courts, said on Twitter that it may use Trump’s tweets about the ban in its argument at the Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the ACLU responded to Trump’s tweets, saying the organization is “glad we both agree the ban is a ban.” In the past, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the order called for a vetting system rather than a ban.

SEE ALSO: ‘The whole series of tweets is relevant’: Trump’s Twitter rant could undercut his own case for the ‘travel ban’

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MG BTCC racer Daniel Lloyd quits team after four rounds

Daniel Lloyd, who raced a Triple Eight Racing-run factory-backed MG in the opening four meetings of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship, has parted company with the team

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Robert Kubica set for first F1 test since accident in 2012 Lotus

Robert Kubica is set for his first Formula 1 test since the end of his grand prix racing career six years ago in a 2012-spec Lotus at Valencia on Tuesday

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Red Bull Formula 1 team 'worried' about next three grands prix

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted he is worried about his Formula 1 team’s chances of being competitive in the next three grands prix

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