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I seriously can't find anyone who likes Empire of the Sun

Probably their most popular song, but this is my favorite band. It's just hard finding anyone who's HEARD of them!


Let me start off by saying I'm VERY proud of my Chinese/Malaysian heritage and background. I moved to the United States since I was 13 to attend school and haven't been to Kuala Lumpur other than to visit family. I consider myself primarily westernized as American culture and ways are what pretty much shaped to adult I am now. However, part of me feels shunned by some Asian communities when I can't speak Mandarin as if I'm an outcast or something and it bothers me because these are Asians living in the same country I am ridiculing me for not speaking their language?
Anyway, my point here is that being westernized shouldn't be considered a sin to the Asian community but I guess ignorance is everywhere.

Songs you're afraid to admit you love

I'll go first

Kathy's House

You don't even need to get high to watch this.

Pretty sure she wins the cute prize...

Those shoes though! This put a smile on my face!

LGBT films

I didn't see a thread in this or entertainment on LGBT films but I watched a beautiful and funny part one and two Thai lesbian films called "Yes or No" (1 & 2 obviously). The humor was just right, very endearing and sweet and ok, I bawled my eyes out at certain parts. It easily became one of my all time films after it was over. It has JUST the right amount of elements I personally enjoy from a romantic comedy. Btw, they are both available for free on YouTube!


Trump On Fast Track To Outspend Obama's Entire Travel Tab In A Single Year

He has spent 21 days of his 80-day presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, at an estimated cost of $21.6 million. After racking up an estimated $22 million travel tab in less than three months, Donald Trump is well on his way to spending more in a single year than Barack Obama spent on travel during all eight years of his presidency.

Trump has spent 21 days of his 80-day presidency at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, at an estimated cost of $21.6 million in travel and security expenses, CNN reported. In contrast, Obama spent a total of just under $97 million during his entire presidency, according to costs estimated by Judicial Watch.

At Trump’s current pace, he will spend $99 million by the end of his first year in office. That would add up to close to $800 million if he served an eight-year term as Obama did.

President Trump has already spent one-fourth of his presidency hanging out at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Cost to taxpayers: $22 million.

It’s not clear if Trump will continue his frequent trips to the Florida resort as the temperatures rise. Earlier this month, however, he changed his nickname for Mar-a-Lago from the “Winter White House” to the “Southern White House,” signaling that his trips down south wouldn’t be confined to the winter months.

Trump’s frequent visits to South Florida have also taken a toll on the area. Last month, Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) asked Trump to help pay for the extra security his visits require, a service that has already cost the community $1.7 million.

“Please step up to the plate and help us get this money back,’” said Frankel, per WPBF. “And if you’re unable to do that, consider curtailing your travel.”

She suggested Camp David as an alternative.

Florida lawmakers have also suggested imposing special taxes on Mar-a-Lago to help defray costs. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw estimated that Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping cost the community $250,000 in police overtime.

Taxpayers are also footing the bill for a second presidential residence at Trump Tower in Manhattan, where first lady Melania and son Baron reside. NYPD officials estimated that they spend $500,000 a day on security, CNBC reported.

Trump’s inflated travel expenditures have become a particularly touchy subject, given the extensive budget cuts he has proposed. Voters and politicians have even started comparing Mar-a-Lago costs to federal funds that could save a program destined for the chopping block.

Trump has often boasted that he doesn’t need vacations and prefers to work. He even blasted Obama’s golfing in tweets some 26 times, and at campaign rallies.

Security issues at Mar-a-Lago, which lacks the same protections and visitor vetting as the White House, have also raised concerns. In March, the Government Accountability Office agreed to examine the costs and security issues surrounding Trump’s frequent visits to Mar-a-Lago.

Some critics claim that Trump’s frequent trips away from the White House serve to keep his activities far from the public eye. According to Politico, the president was seen chatting with the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, at the resort last weekend.

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