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Each week Tim, a laid back rock and roll slacker, and his best friend Eric, a high strung stay at home husband, find themselves in the middle of a madcap misadventure that can only be traversed with the help of their fellow Beef Boys.
Don''t have a meltdown. It''s been many years since a massive design change came to Facebook, so this news is both welcomed and much needed, even if it''s jarring. To help you navigate the change, we're breaking down what to expect.
Looks like London and Switzerland have turned into mini Bollywood, with B Towners flocking in these places during the holiday season. B Towners are bumping into each other and posing happily for photographs which they are then sharing on social media.After holidaying amid the Swiss snow, Karisma Kapoor has travelled to London to welcome the New Year 2020 in style. And guess what, she also bumped into Rani Mukerji with hubby Aditya Chopra, besides Karan Johar and designer Manish Malhotra in London
The interior of the car welcomes passengers with a laid back ambience, equipped with a large, comfortable seat with footrest, a screen that flips down from the headliner and a personal Sound Zone. 20 examples of the BMW i3 Urban Suite, which can be summoned using an app, are in action on the streets of Las Vegas. Furthermore, going with the i3 green nature, the company has used recycled materials to design the cabin, especially the fabric, along with certified wood, olive tanned leather and floor mats made from recyclable materials that can be fed back into the materials cycle. BMW Cars M5 i8 3 Series Z4 7 Series X1 X5 X7 M2 X6 M X6 X3 5 Series X4 M3 6 Series Gran Turismo 3 Series Gran Turismo M4 Also Read: BMW i3s In India: First Drive Review
Through ad revenue, brand deals and sponsorships, influencing has established itself beyond Gen Z speak, garnering attention as a legitimate and highly lucrative career. These revenue streams exist not only on YouTube, Instagram and other social media giants but in adult entertainment as well. Being an influencer is equal to being a modern day entrepreneur. Undeniably, one of the titans in the new wave of mainstream pornography is Pornhub. Conservative estimates value the the porn industry at around $2 billion, due in part to porn s stigma and the secretiveness surrounding the industry. Less conservative estimates stipulate that porn generates more annual revenue than both the NFL and Netflix. With these monster profits, the porn industry directs the spotlight toward pornography s creators, who are no longer puppeted by major corporations and studios. Instead, business is created and managed by the film stars themselves. This shift in the porn business model has enabled anyone to become an adult film star overnight. Welcome to the world of amateur pornography.
Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland are the first major cities in the world to ring in 2020 and kick off a new decade.Sydney put on its famous harbour fireworks show at the stroke of midnight despite calls for it to be cancelled due to Australia s bushfire crisis, which has claimed more than a dozen lives and ravaged towns.
Happy New Year to Samoa and Christmas Island in Kiribati the first places in the world to enter 2020.As it hit 10am in the UK, those in the South Pacific officially welcomed in the new decade.
Always eager to appropriate Gandhi, PM Modi taunted the Congress Sunday during his rally at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Gandhiji had said that Sikhs and Hindus living in Pakistan will always be welcomed in India. This Act is in line with the promise the Government of India made in 1947 You believe me or not but at least believe Gandhiji. It hardly matters to the BJP s propaganda machinery that it s been 72 years since Gandhi made the remark and 48 years have passed since the collapse of the two nation theory with the formation of Bangladesh from erstwhile East Pakistan.
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Every family who celebrates Christmas seems to have a special tradition #8212; but some are a little stranger than others. Count Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts in that category, as the Kansas born guitar shredder used to welcome the big day with a big pile of guacamole "I don ''t know how it happened, but I was the youngest of four kids and every Christmas Eve we 'd have Mexican food, " Rooney tells Sounds Like Nashville. "Everybody would bring a dish and it ''s a pretty big family #8212; especially my mom had nine kids in her family, so lots of aunts and uncles #8212; and it was lots of food. Every Christmas Eve, Mexican food. So a lot of Christmas mornings we were all sick. "
In the pantheon of American military commanders, Curtis LeMay stands out as one of the more controversial individuals. His gruff, no nonsense, yet pragmatic approaches to strategic bombardment and airpower leave most people either admiring his aptitude or loathing his methods. The author of the Japanese fire raids in the closing months of World War II, LeMay s actions provide one of the clearest examples of total war and unrestricted bombing. His ability to get the most out of his command became a hallmark of his leadership acumen. General Curtis LeMay (A.Y. Owen Getty) With the dropping of the atomic weapons from strategic bombers, many believed warfare had entered a new age rendering conventional military operations obsolete or at least a very distant secondary to air centric campaigns. Subscribing to this new vision, LeMay took charge of Strategic Air Command (SAC) in 1948 and served as its commander for an unprecedented nine years until 1957. During this time, he oversaw Strategic Air Command s growth not only in terms of size and numbers but also in increased lethality and capability. Commanding the most destructive military force ever assembled, LeMay functioned as the catalyst and the fulcrum, which made Strategic Air Command a primary symbol of American military might. With this view of the future, LeMay calculated that the very nature of warfare in the atomic age had to be based on offensive actions with no room for defensively based policies. Trevor Albertson s Winning Armageddon addresses how and why LeMay viewed an atomic preemptive attack as a viable strategy in the emerging Cold War environment. Following the war, a new paradigm developed, which argued the initiator of an atomic aerial assault had a distinct advantage over the defender or a retaliatory strike. Fearing Strategic Air Command s fleet of bombers might be caught on the ground and vulnerable to a Soviet attack, LeMay believed the same risk existed regarding American national infrastructure and its cities. Given this possibility, LeMay insisted the only good defense was a good offense. However, LeMay fortunately failed to convince the nation s leadership to change the stated policy regarding nuclear weapons. In this vein, Albertson s main argument addresses LeMay s quest for a preemptive attack policy and his advocacy of it to the nation s leadership. In this vein, the author comprehensively addresses the Strategic Air Command commander s push for preemption despite resistance from other elements of the defense establishment and the Federal government. From LeMay s cold warrior perspective, a preemptive policy was the only viable method to ensure Strategic Air Command s combat capability while guaranteeing the nation s safety before the Soviets possibly destroyed them both, most worryingly in a kind of surprise attack akin to Pearl Harbor. Albertson, a former Air Force intelligence officer and former Air Command and Staff College instructor, demonstrates a full understanding of Strategic Air Command, the Air Force, and their roles in the early cold war years in the work s 227 pages. His technical discussion in five well constructed chapters makes for not only a fast read, but an entertaining one. With well annotated endnotes and extensive bibliography, Alberston shows a mastery of the topic only a few academics in this field can match. The work is largely a collection of the Strategic Air Command commander s actions and words encouraging a preemptive policy in both public and classified venues. Loaded with quotes, speeches, and references by LeMay advocating this policy, the author makes a clear and well documented assessment of the Strategic Air Command commander s viewpoint regarding nuclear preemption. Using primary source material, Albertson sets a high bar for works of this nature. Instead of using well trodden secondary sources, the author dug extensively in various archives to support his argument. Albertson also provides new insights into LeMay s offensive mindset. While addressing LeMay s strategic imperative, the author also delves into his effective leadership focusing on troop welfare, quality of life, and realistic training a point many treatises on LeMay fail to address. LeMay consistently demonstrated his concern for the people in his command even if it was only a way to increase performance. Albertson does a credible job of addressing what some might see as the Strategic Air Command commander s use of a softer side to foster the best performance possible. As the book addresses LeMay s advocacy for preemptive strategy almost singularly, the detour regarding troop welfare initiatives is a welcome addition. Given the work s focus on LeMay s push for a preemptive strategy, the author might have addressed more of the challenges Strategic Air Command faced early under LeMay s tenure. When LeMay took over in October 1948, the command lacked much of an atomic capability. Although the book subtly hints via the subtitle this is a treatise of the command, a discussion regarding the development of Strategic Air Command s capability quickly falls to the wayside. Instead, the book maintains its focus on preemption and LeMay s drive for its acceptance. While the author mentions this in his preface, the singular thrust regarding preemption omits discussion of the myriad of problems LeMay had to fix in addition to troop morale. Early on, Strategic Air Command suffered from a lack of ready airframes, maintenance efforts, training, and competence at almost every level. Inclusion of these efforts might have underscored and even highlighted LeMay s efforts to build a preemptive capable force. Despite this omission, the book is an excellent contribution to the historiography of the early Cold War, Strategic Air Command, and LeMay, making it a must for any student of the cold war. Albertson helps provide more insight into Strategic Air Command leadership during LeMay s tenure while illustrating the commander s thought process and quiet, yet aggressive, style of leadership. The author s excellent use of primary sources adroitly illustrate his thesis and fills a void in the current historiography. The book is a worthy and needed addition to the current historiography regarding the Cold War and strategic nuclear bombardment. John M. Curatola is a professor of history at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies. The views expressed in this article are the author s alone and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This article first appeared at Real Clear Defense. Image: Flickr. View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
New Delhi: Late actress Sridevi''s younger daughter Khushi Kapoor, who is pursuing her higher studies in New York, has returned for Christmas holidays. Janhvi, who was over the moon happy to have her home, shared a picture on her Instagram in which she can be seen welcoming her baby sister with a squishy hug.
A trans woman was left in tears after friends told her she was welcome to come hang with them at a work party, just as long as she came "without the dress and wig ".