Donald Trump Starts Trashy Version Of Kickstarter, Gives Wads Of Cash To Strangers

1. Donald Trump invited the good people of New York City to his tower Wednesday to give them free money.

2. It’s part of this program called FundAnything where he says he will literally fund anything.

3. The Donald showed up to his press conference riding down a golden escalator.

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4. And then he gave suitcases full of cash to a small business owner hurt by Hurricane Sandy, a woman with health issues and an aspiring singer-songwriter.

5. Then he just started writing checks for strangers.

6. Since he had no idea who these people were, he just signed his name and his assistant or someone filled in the rest.

7. Then The Donald asked all the people who showed up if they wanted money too. They all did.

8. And random people were able to come down and and get an armful of cash.

9. It was kind of insane and there was lots of yelling.

10. But no one minded because they were getting free money.

11. And they all got clear bags to hold their money in.

12. Security had to chase down one woman who they said went through three times. You were only allowed to go once.

13. Approximately $180,000 was given out, a spokeswoman said.

14. Which is chump change for The Donald, whose net worth is $3.2 billion, according to Forbes.

15. The Donald said if you want some money, all you have to do is go to the FundAnything website and tell him why. Even if he doesn’t give you any, maybe other people will because it’s a crowdfunding site.

16. Like a Kickstarter but with more Trump.

17. Here’s a video of people being yelled at as they get their money.

18. Thanks, Trump.

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David Brooks’ confusion-provoking column has everyonetweeting!/michaelarria/status/412791411143376897!/B_resnick/status/412792592934645761

David Brooks’ most recent column, The Thought Leader, seems to be about something. It seems to be a sly putdown of the Gawker generation of writers; that, or it’s a self-effacing reflection on Brooks himself. Or, it might be aimed at the entire Internet. Whatever it is, it has people tweeting.!/AG_Conservative/status/412797012568838145

Don’t fret.The best part is that simply reading tweets about the column is more fun than reading the column. Here’s a sample of Brooks’ latest.

Within a few years, though, his [The Thought Leader’s] mood has shifted from smarm to snark. There is no writer so obscure as a 26-year-old writer. So he is suddenly consumed by ambition anxiety – the desperate need to prove that he is superior in sensibility to people who are superior to him in status. Soon he will be writing blog posts marked by coruscating contempt for extremely anodyne people: Kelly Clarkson: Satan or Merely His Spawn?

Of course the writer in this unjustly obscure phase will develop the rabid art of being condescending from below. Of course he will confuse his verbal dexterity for moral superiority. Of course he will seek to establish his edgy in-group identity by trying to prove that he was never really that into Macklemore.!/tbogg/status/412803682749517824!/EverettRummage/status/412798452142075905!/HaroldItz/status/412804925392171008!/moorehn/status/412802472508665856!/AntDeRosa/status/412780698362466304!/UOJim/status/412797528682545152!/richmanmax/status/412797334104199168!/mikedelic/status/412792297026498561!/bhweingarten/status/412792176335020032!/rilaws/status/412778687223066624!/AlbertsonB2/status/412798361402482688!/Bro_Pair/status/412796562922684416!/unnegatron/status/412793586975920129!/katzish/status/412804324129902592!/mlnga/status/412803916158754817

She was a Thought Leader!

Big book hawker, yeah.

It took me soooooo long

To find out!

But I found out.

David Brooks- Nathan Heller (@nathanheller) December 17, 2013!/MatthewAurelius/status/412801275818823680!/adamgolub/status/412802474496364544!/nandorvila/status/412792299555270656

We told you the tweets were more fun.

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Caved? Government spending deal to avoid shutdownannounced!/NBCNews/status/230370258433748994

Senator Reid, Speaker Boehner and the White House have reportedly reached a funding extension compromise, in order to avoid a government shutdown.

WH and Congressional Leaders announce deal to prevent government shutdown when new fiscal year begins October 1.

– Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Sen. Maj. Ldr. Reid, D-NV, announces agreement with Speaker Boehner and Pres. Obama to keep fed gov’t funded for six mos. beginning Oct. 1.

– Annie Tin (@housepressannie) July 31, 2012

Panic MT @LukeRussert: Harry Reid just announced a 6 month govt funding extension to be voted on in Sept to avoid a govt shutdown on 9/30th

– Rschrim (@Rschrim) July 31, 2012

Some details of the compromise, which apparently won’t limit spending, contrary to the wishes of the voters.

RT @ali: Media has stayed silent on the Democrats very effective ability to stop all meaningful gov’t action and ignore the voters of 2010.

– Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) July 31, 2012

RT: @Jamiedupree The funding levels reportedly will be what Democrats want, while the GOP will get the 6 month CR they wanted

– Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) July 31, 2012

Speaker Boehner says stopgap funding legislation willl be written during August recess, for Congressional enactment in September.

– Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Incumbents would pay a heavy price if election preceded by government shutdown. Agreement eliminates that threat for both parties.

– Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 31, 2012

Some Twitter users are taking it in stride; the compromise isn’t really unexpected.

Boehner statement on funding deal is to the point: Agreement reached, bill to be written in Aug., voted on in Sept

– Russell Berman (@russellberman) July 31, 2012

RT @jamiedupree: The difference in spending between the two sides is $19 billion; $1.047 trillion for Dems, $1.028 trillion GOP

– Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 31, 2012

RT @lachlan: Wow. So Reid just proposed a CR that brings us past the election? Was not expecting that. #lameduck

– Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 31, 2012

RT @lachlan: So in exchange for slightly higher spending over 6 mos GOP gets a vastly better position in the debt limit fight in March 2013.

– Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) July 31, 2012

The Reid/Boehner deal sets up GREAT opportunity for Republicans to get great spending/tax deal in first 100 days of 2013.

– Paul Blair (@gopaulblair) July 31, 2012

CNN’s Lisa Desjardins takes the opportunity to make an #NBCFail joke.

STANDING BY: for Reid, likely to announce 6-month spending deal. NBC has not announced outcome yet. #OlympicJokeThere

– Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) July 31, 2012

Political adviser and writer Amanda Carpenter doesn’t think it’s so hunky-dory.

You think there is a “CR deal”? Try to find it writing. It’s just a blank slate for the lobbyists to fill up over August recess.

– Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) July 31, 2012

Bingo. Watch and see what slightly higher spending becomes.

And, of course, Senator Reid (D-Nev.) couldn’t resist pulling the fair share nonsense. Twitter users were quick to call both him and Mr. Russert on it.

and of course, @LukeRussert you asked Senator Reid what exactly is their “fair share”.right?

– Huckleberry Friend (@portdauphin) July 31, 2012

Someone please ask Sen. Reid what is the wealthy’s fair share?

– Richard Ward (@rwardIII) July 31, 2012

Luke Russert is now framing it as a cage fight.

With Minority Leader Reid? MT @LukeRussert: This Reid announcement confirms that the first 3 months of 2013 will be an extreme cage fight

– Rschrim (@Rschrim) July 31, 2012

Ha! And the GOP? Maybe if they learn how to fight like girls, and get themselves some brass ovaries.

Oh, and a reminder:

Today’s national debt: $15,873,767,378,850.16. Your share as a citizen: $50,543.01. Your share as a taxpayer: $139,647. #nationaldebt #tcot

– Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) July 31, 2012

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7 Reasons You’re Still Failing At Dating Apps Despite Putting Time Into Them

As as well known datingcoach in the UK, I help people find love each day. Many of them choose to do this through online dating, which can be one of the very best and fastest ways to meet a partner. Unfortunately, I regularly see singles making the same big mistakes online that are sabotaging their success rates.

If you are following the same strategy as them, it will ultimately end up in disappointment and low quality dates. So to help you succeed, I’ve put together my dating expert list of the most common mistakes online daters are making.

If some ring alarm bells for you, then it’s time to change things up so you can finally blast away your competition and get more dates than you can handle.

1.Choosing the Wrong Site

So many sites, so little time. If you start using the wrong online dating site, you’ll be wasting your time before you’ve even started. There’s nothing worse than setting everything up only to find there are no eligible members in your area.

Do some research and ask your friend what sites they recommend, or at the very least find one you’ve heard or read about before.

2.Sticking to Free Sites

When you first try online dating, you might naturally be a little reluctant to make a payment until you’ve tested it out. That’s why free sites can offer a great introduction to how they work. The problem is, if you want to meet someone serious about dating, you need to use a serious site. If members are paying to find partners, you can bet they are much more likely to want to go on a date. Paid sites can afford to pay for better features and moderation too, meaning less time wasters and very few scammers.

3. Using a Terrible Photo

I see so many people use awful photos on their online dating profiles. It never ceases to shock me. Photos with them wearing hats, sunglasses or badly cropped should all be avoided. Avoid the dreaded selfie shot that you’ve taken with your camera phone in the mirror. Nothing says loser with no friends more than that.

If you don’t have a good one, there’s no excuse. Just ask a friend to take one for you, and remember to smile.

4.Writing a boring Profile

If you read a lot of online dating profiles like I do, you’ll see the same things over and over again. Lots of generic comments, lame jokes and pathetic statements about how you can’t believe you are having to do this.

Yes, I know it can be hard to sell yourself and you want to write something quickly so you can get started. But if you don’t take the time to write an interesting profile you won’t stand out from everyone else. Negative comments make you sound like a miserable person, so always be upbeat.

5.Sending out Copying and Pasted Messages

This is one of the worst things you can do. Rather than writecarefully crafted messages, many people bizarrely choose to send the same two or three line message to everyone.

These messages are obvious to spot and will get deleted before they’ve even glanced at your profile. It just looks like you can’t be bothered to make an effort at all.

Find something you have in common or liked about them and let them know. If you make them feel like an individual I guarantee you’ll get a lotmore replies.

6.Never asking someonefor a date

Many people make the massive mistake of being afraid to ask the other person out on a date. So you end up taking for days, weeks or even months. Did you really set out to find a pen pal or a love interest?

My advice is to ask them for a phone number after a few messages. Once you’ve got that, talk on the phone and get to know them better then sort out your first date. Everyone is online for the same purpose of getting dates. If you don’t show interest and ask them, you can bet someone else will. Before you know it, it’s game over.

7.Giving up too soon

So you’ve sent out lots of messages, but not have much interest back yet? Or maybe you’ve been out on a few dates but nothing has really come of it. This is where so many people sadly give up and tell themselves it doesn’t work. That’s a huge mistake.

I do hope my advice has shown you what you need to do in order to success online. Remember, a few small tweaks can make a huge difference. Good luck and happy dating!

To read more expert advice on dating from James Preece, check out his website

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