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Who's ready for the craziest Vespa they ever have seen!?





Sean Wotherspoon is a rising star on the US fashion scene, an unstoppable experimenter and vintage fanatic, with an extraordinary approach to melding fashion and colours. His calling card? Playing with colours, mixing them together with innovative materials and assorted fabrics, as he did with the Nike Air Max 97 which made him famous.


These are the words Sean used to announce the partnership on his Instagram page and the mix of disparate materials such as metal, plastic, velvet and rubber together with the colour explosion redolent of the 80s do nothing to contradict his description, yet the vintage flavour synonymous with Vespa remains intact.

Striking colour combinations such as yellow with red or dark green and aquamarine, the seat in light brown ribbed velvet, the red plastic footrest all come together in a glorious celebration of colour and style. There’s no lacking refinement, however, with elegant finishing on details such as the white front “tie” and unmistakable steel body. And no work by a true street artist would be complete without his tag, here on the seat and front where it sits happily beside the classic Vespa logo in white.


The collaboration between Sean and Vespa has also seen the creation of a capsule streetwear collection of t-shirts in classic vintage style, designed with fashion lovers in mind. The designer’s aim was to bring colour to the roads and he achieves this with his version of the Vespa Primavera by teaming bold colour contrasts with the distinctive style synonymous with the Vespa name. The prints interpret technical designs in a hip, contemporary key, with the Vespa logo sitting alongside the designer’s signature.

435,000 People At Peak Count Simultaneously Watched This Get Out the Vote Twitch Stream with AOC

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez logged on to play the game Among Us with other livestreamers to encourage people to go vote.

What Exactly Is 'Among Us,' AOC's Favorite Twitch Game?


If you tuned in to Twitch, or were on social media at all on Tuesday night, you probably saw lots of talk about New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a game called Among Us, in which a bunch of cute little astronauts run around a spaceship and try to kill each other. AOC's Twitch debut peaked at about 435,000 viewers—one of the biggest debut streams in the site's history. If you're not a gamer or you're not constantly plugged in to What's Going On In The World, you were probably wondering what all the fuss was about. Thankfully for you, we're here to help, so that next time a congressperson does a Get Out the Vote Twitch stream, you'll be in on all the fun jokes.

What is Among Us?

Among Us is a computer game developed by the company InnerSloth and released in 2018, described as an "online multiplayer social deduction game" wherein up to ten players run around inside a virtual spaceship completing classic spaceship maintenance tasks while trying to figure out who the "Impostors" are before they kill everyone. Remember that sleepover game Mafia? It's basically that, except you're blobby little astronauts.


Why is it such a big deal now?

Though it was made available more than two years ago, Among Us has only become super popular pretty recently, as tons of famous gamers and online streamers with large followings have been playing it in quarantine. The Twitch streamer Sodapoppin is credited with initially popularizing the game, and now it's become a meme on Twitter and TikTok. It's a great game for quarantine, since you don't all have to be in the same place, yet it offers a little more connection with other players than something like World of Warcraft. Plus, every round is a little mystery, and you get to trick people! How fun! The game got so popular, in fact, that in August 2020 InnerSloth announced they'd be making a sequel, before quickly deciding to scrap their sequel plans and spend their time making the existing game better.

In AOC's case, she floated the idea of a Twitch stream online a few days before her game as part of a campaign to remind people to vote in the 2020 election. "I voted early!" she said every time she was the first to cast her vote on which of the players should be excommunicated from their spaceship.


In 'Lobster War,' Indigenous Canadians Face Attacks by Fishermen

A battle over the lucrative lobster industry in Nova Scotia has become the latest flash point in a series of abuses of Indigenous people in Canada.


Jason Marr, an Indigenous lobsterman in Nova Scotia, was unloading his live catch at a storage facility last week when, he said, an angry mob of 200 commercial fishermen began pounding on the door, screaming to be let in. Terrified, he barricaded himself inside a cold storage area, waiting for more than 90 minutes for police officers to respond to his call for help, as the crowd outside tossed rocks and a man urinated on the passenger seat of his van parked outside. When the authorities finally did arrive at the plant, Mr. Marr’s ordeal was not yet over. As several officers surrounded him, he said, the commercial fishermen formed a human chain and began passing crates of lobster from the building to the shoreline, dumping more than 3,000 pounds of his live lobsters. Then, just days after the plant was ransacked, it was burned to the ground this past weekend, and the fire is being investigated as arson, rattling a sleepy community whose local economy depends on fishing.

“It feels like they have declared a lobster war against us,” said Michael Sack, chief of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, whose lobster fishermen were targeted in the attacks and who himself was assaulted last week when a commercial fisherman lunged at him during a protest at a lobster facility. “I believe that systemic racism is at play,” he added, noting that local suppliers were refusing to sell his people fuel, bait or traps. The recent violence in southwestern Nova Scotia is part of escalating tensions over Canada’s lucrative lobster trade. On one side are commercial fishermen who say that Indigenous fishermen are threatening their livelihoods by trapping the crustaceans outside the federally regulated lobster season.

On the other are Indigenous lobstermen who say they are being attacked with impunity for exercising their legal right to hunt and fish, a right negotiated in a centuries-old treaty and backed up by a decades-old court decision. It’s a battle with high stakes. Canada is the world’s biggest exporter of lobster, with about $1.1 billion of lobster sent annually to the United States. Nova Scotia is among the country’s leading lobster producers. The lobster skirmish began last month after the Sipekne’katik First Nation opened its own fishery enterprise and began fishing lobster outside of the federal season, which takes place in the area from Nov. 30 to May 31. Commercial fishermen viewed the Indigenous fishery as a threat to their livelihoods, and acts of sabotage began soon after. A fishing boat owned by an Indigenous fisherman was burned as the conflict turned violent.

The remains of a lobster plant in Middle West Pubnico, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, after it was burned to the ground.Credit...John Morris/Reuters

The Sipekne’katik are part of the Mi’kmaq people, who live in Canada’s Atlantic coast, among other areas. Under a treaty dating to 1752, the Mi’kmaq have a right to hunt and fish to earn a “moderate livelihood.” That right was cemented in 1999 in a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court. But successive governments have failed to define what constitutes a “moderate livelihood,” and commercial fishermen argue that Indigenous fishing is undermining lobster conservation efforts and, by extension, their business. This fight over lobster is only the latest flash point in a series of abuses against Indigenous people that have spurred a national reckoning about systemic racism in Canadian health care, education and law enforcement. The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made reconciling with Canada’s Indigenous community a priority of his premiership in a country where they have been deprived of land, resources and food over the centuries. In 2018, Mr. Trudeau acknowledged the nation’s past “humiliation, neglect and abuse” of the country’s 1.4 million Indigenous people.


The Arpabong: Object and Subjects


Last 420 we asked artist Verynice’n’sleazy to conceive and elaborate a piece of content that could portrait the future of cannabis. Along with GEORGIA STUDIO, he imagined the digital version of the Arpabong. Now, the Arpabong is real.

The video shows the object itself immersed in its subjects. The rocks, the organic elements, the music instruments, the material frequencies, the rhythm, it aims to replicate the mental states you reach when you play the Arpabong.

Where to go from here now?


Dreaming of Europe? Here's How to Move to the UK

Yes, the healthcare is everything you dreamed.


On November 8, 2016—as much of the country stood aghast—I got one piece of very good news: My fiancé visa to relocate to the UK had been approved, stamped, and delivered on the same day Donald Trump was elected president. I packed three suitcases and moved a month later, becoming an official resident of Britain by the time Trump was sworn into office. Not everyone is so lucky to fall in love with a British person, a life event that gifted me the ability to navigate a challenging visa system and earn the right to live in London. But if London is calling you too, it’s still possible to make that transition across the pond, and you needn’t be living a whimsical romcom to make it happen. The UK—England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland—is a relatively welcoming place, with many ideal places to live, be it bustling London, Manchester, or Edinburgh, or smaller towns like Margate and Brighton (yes, charming cottages like in The Holiday actually do exist). It’s a place of humming cities and rolling countrysides that feel stuck in a different era, of moss-covered isles and ancient pubs. And whether you’re a metropolitan go-getter or prefer a slower pace of life, there’s a place for you. Moving here will take some time and effort. Some Americans spend years in visa limbo. But it’s worth the climb. Here are some things to consider when planning to relocate to the UK.

Navigating the UK visa system

The UK immigration system is complicated, though it could become less so when the country leaves the EU and adopts a points-based immigration system in January. For now, though, the options are dependent on your finances, marriage status, and job situation. (Without a visa, Americans can currently stay in the UK for up to six months within a one-year period, but cannot work or look for work while visiting.) Many Americans come to the UK for work using a Tier 2 visa. They’re either transferred by a company with UK offices or find a job with a British company willing to sponsor them. Sponsored jobs are only available in fields listed on the shortage occupation list, so you may be better off pursuing one of the investor, business development, and talent visas. Start-up visas are given to those who want to launch a business in the UK and have sponsorship from a business or university. Those who want to start a business in the UK without the hassle of a sponsor can apply for the Innovator visa, which requires at least £50,000 in investment funds.

The Global Talent visa is available for those who are a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, or digital technology. The latter lets you work as a freelancer in a variety of fields and doesn’t require a specific investment of cash. Another option is to apply to grad school in the UK and come over on a Student visa, which many Americans do even if they aren’t really in it for the degree. It’s fairly easy to get accepted into a program since the universities thrive on higher international student fees, and depending on the length of the course you can stay for up to five years. The fees to apply for a Student visa are also much lower than the applications for the other types of visas. Anyone applying for a visa will have to pay a National Health Service surcharge along with the application fee. As of October 2020, this costs £624 (about $820). Totally worth it.

Yes, the health system is as great as you dreamed

Established in 1948, the NHS is a tried and true miracle, especially for Americans used to endlessly dealing with weird health-insurance charges. It’s a simple system, and all citizens and visa-holders are entitled to use it. Once you have an official home address in the UK, you sign up with your local GP (general practice). There are no fees or insurance cards: you simply book an appointment and show up. The GP is the first stop for any issue, and your GP will then refer you through the NHS to see a specialist if needed. Prescriptions have a flat fee of £9.15 (birth control is free), and most prescription requests can be done over the phone to your GP. There are often complaints of long waiting times to see specialists or get advanced treatment, but overall the NHS is efficient and easy to use. There are private doctors who can be seen with private health insurance, but unless you have a serious condition the NHS is usually the way to go. The best part about the NHS is that you don’t have to second-guess a trip to the doctor and you’ll suddenly find yourself dealing with all those tiny health issues you ignored in America to avoid paying your deductible.


The old Rethug neocon, Richard 'Let's bomb something today' Haas is pimping for resumption of wars

on Morning Joe. He STILL wants to oust Assad via kinetic action, for example, smdh. If Biden let's jackasses like Haas, etc. jaw-jaw him back into restarting wars of empire, we might be looking at a 1 term win. So, so sick of seeing Haas with his poxy sabre rattling and war beat drumming.

BBC: US election 2020: Kristen Welker was 'clear winner' on social media


If social media is to be believed, there was only one winner of the final presidential debate - the person in charge. Kristen Welker has been lauded online for her performance as moderator, in particular being praised for keeping candidates to time and not allowing them to talk over her.

There have been more than 125,000 tweets about the 44-year-old NBC journalist, who became only the second black woman to moderate a presidential debate alone, 28 years after ABC News journalist Carole Simpson became the first in 1992. Welker would have still been at school when Simpson moderated that debate between Bill Clinton and George HW Bush.


Fox News journalist Chris Wallace faced criticism for his moderation of the last debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, while Susan Page was similarly criticised for how she handled the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. But clearly Welker was taking notes from those debates, as she was praised specifically for managing to keep the candidates in line, and controlling the conversation.


Fellow journalists have been vocal in their praise for Welker's performance. NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson called it "a career-defining moment", while news anchor Harris Faulkner said she "gave the American people a real debate". And PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said she was "beaming" watching Welker.





JFC, EVERY SINGLE ONE (Luntz undecideds) just said Trump is by far better at the economy & Biden

will wreck it. They all say Trump is a genius businessman.

America is doomed long term if these numpty idiots are the so-called 'middle'.

Every single minute that Trump was, is and will be POTUS lowers the collective IQ of the US

He is the purest form of wilful ignorance I think I have ever seen in my life, and certainly the worst one with any true power.

I hate him with ever single fibre of my being.

I simply cannot take 4 more years of him and the death cult. If he steals this I am 100% for sure renouncing my U.S. citizenship (probably will anyway for multiple other extremely valid reasons) and detaching to the greatest extent possible from the shitshow that will surely come. Unfortunately, my job requires me to somewhat keep up with it.

whenever Trump says Russia is a hoax, ALL Biden has to point to is the indictments of the IRA

Internet Research Agency. (Russians)

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