Politics

May 11, 2019

Federal judge hands abortion rights advocates a big win in Kentucky

A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky law limiting abortion, handing a win to reproductive rights advocates after major setbacks this week in both Georgia and Alabama. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley ruled on May 10 that a 2018 law passed in Kentucky banning an abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation (D&E) is […]
May 10, 2019

Judge orders Florida to provide Spanish-speaking ballots to displaced Puerto Ricans

A federal judge ordered dozens of Florida counties to provide Spanish-language ballots and other election materials to Puerto Rican voters displaced by Hurricane Maria, ahead of the March 2020 presidential primary elections. Last summer, a coalition of advocacy groups sued Florida’s secretary of state and election supervisors of 32 counties in the state for failing […]
May 10, 2019

‘Lunch shaming’ school reverses course on taking hot meals from students in arrears

A cash-starved Rhode Island school district accused of “lunch shaming” is backing away from a plan that would have taken hot meals from students in arrears with the cafeteria, and substituted a cold sunflower butter and jelly sandwich in its stead. Officials from the Warwick Public Schools district notified parents last weekend that beginning Monday, students […]
May 10, 2019

Shanahan’s anticipated nomination for secretary of defense is a win for John Bolton

Nearly five months after appointing a former Boeing executive as interim Secretary of Defense, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday announced the president’s intention to nominate Patrick Shanahan permanently to the position. In the tweet announcing the decision, Sanders said President Donald Trump’s decision was based on Shanahan’s leadership qualities and his […]
May 10, 2019

Rights groups sue to block Tennessee law criminalizing voter registration efforts

Rights groups are challenging a Tennessee law threatening harsh civil and criminal penalties if they fail to abide by restrictive new requirements while registering voters in the state. Activists say the measure, signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) last week, could harm their ability to register underrepresented populations. State Republicans pressed for the legislation after […]
May 10, 2019

After school shooting, STEM Highlands Ranch High School students just want to mourn

On Tuesday, mere days before students were set to don caps and gowns to walk across their graduation stage, two students opened fire at STEM Highlands Ranch High School in Denver, Colorado, injuring eight and killing one — Kendrick Castillo, 18. In the days that followed, the students endured what felt like to many as […]

Trends

May 7, 2019

Elegant Ceramic Bathroom Products – Grohe Focuses on Geometry and Minimalism for Its Cube Collection (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The latest range of essentials by Grohe features a range of slick ceramic bathroom products. The company looked toward satisfying everyday usability and minimalist aesthetics. Dubbed ‘Cube,&#...
May 7, 2019

All-Over Graphic Skate Sneakers – Supreme and Vans Launch the Diamond Plate Collection (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Supreme and Vans work in collaboration on two sneaker models that are centric to skateboarding culture in the Diamond Plate pack. The new range highlight the signature Slip-On Pro and the Sk8-Hi Pro....
May 5, 2019

Top 100 Food Trends in May – From AI Chocolate Pairings to Frozen Root Beer Floats (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The series of May 2019 food trends highlight different ways of consumption and innovative creations that either stems from a health-focused angle, to suit an on-the-go lifestyle or more. There are...
May 5, 2019

Top 50 Youth Ideas in May – From Nostalgic Video Rental Pop-Ups to Tween-Created Kidswear (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) When it comes to understanding popular culture, look no further than this list of May 2019 youth ideas, which range from computer brand-inspired sneakers to tween-created kidswear. More and more...
May 5, 2019

Cartoon Character Kids Cereals – Kellogg’s Toy Story 4 Cereal is a Sweet Breakfast Treat (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) If you're looking for a way to get your kids (or yourself) excited for the release of Toy Story 4, you'll want to grab a couple of boxes of Kellogg's new Toy Story 4 cereal....
May 5, 2019

Pickle-Topped Banana Splits – This Missouri Coffee Shop is Serving Up a Tangy ‘Pickle Split’ Dessert (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) If you're the kind of person who thinks a crunchy dill pickle makes the perfect snack, you might want to try the ‘Pickle Split' from the Pine Mountain Country Coffee House in...
May 4, 2019

Stuffed Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches – The New Croissant Deluxe Sandwich is a Full Morning Meal (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) For those who find mornings to be a bit of a struggle, Einstein Bros. is making things a little easier with its new Croissant Deluxe Sandwich. Stuffed with all your favorite breakfast foods, the new...
May 4, 2019

Collaboration Italian Athletic Fashions – The adidas Originals by Fiorucci Collection is Playful (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The adidas Originals by Fiorucci Summer 2019 collection has been unveiled as the latest collaboration from the athletic brand with the Italy-based brand that is focused on a carefree, summery...
May 2, 2019

Outdoor Adventurer Smartwatch Cases – The Lander Moab Apple Watch Case and Band are Durable (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The Lander Moab Apple Watch case and band have been designed as a durable aftermarket solution for adventurers that will enable them to explore on their own terms while keeping their devices...

Latest from the World

May 20, 2019

Liposuction rise linked to gym wear trend

More women are seeking surgery, possibly to get a body that looks good in trendy gym clothing, says surgeon.
May 20, 2019

JPMorgan’s quant guru breaks down the market’s ace in the hole for fighting Trump’s trade war — and explains why stocks could surge 12%

Investor nervousness has spiked in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has escalated his ongoing trade war with China. Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan's global head of quantitative and derivatives strategy, breaks down what he s...
May 20, 2019

JPMorgan’s quant guru breaks down the market’s ace in the hole for fighting Trump’s trade war — and explains why stocks could surge 12%

Investor nervousness has spiked in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has escalated his ongoing trade war with China. Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan's global head of quantitative and derivatives strategy, breaks down what he s...
May 20, 2019

JPMorgan’s quant guru breaks down the market’s ace in the hole for fighting Trump’s trade war — and explains why stocks could surge 12%

Investor nervousness has spiked in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has escalated his ongoing trade war with China. Marko Kolanovic, JPMorgan's global head of quantitative and derivatives strategy, breaks down what he s...
May 20, 2019

Oil is rallying on supply worries after Trump threatens the ‘official end of Iran’

Crude oil jumped after Trump threatened Iran and oil producers signaled they would maintain supply cuts. "If Iran wants to fight, that wil be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Trump tweeted. O...
May 20, 2019

Oil is rallying on supply worries after Trump threatens the ‘official end of Iran’

Crude oil jumped after Trump threatened Iran and oil producers signaled they would maintain supply cuts. "If Iran wants to fight, that wil be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" Trump tweeted. O...
May 20, 2019

MTV star ‘felt pressured to have sex on screen’

Ex On The Beach's Jess Impiazzi says she felt like she was "in a brothel".
May 20, 2019

Greenpeace activists blockade BP HQ with containers

Cranes were use to put the containers, which have people inside, outside the office in London.
May 20, 2019

Muddy Waters just put a $6.7 million short trade on Solutions 30 — and the French IT firm’s shares are tanking more than 30%

Muddy Waters Capital is short French IT firm Solutions 30 in a trade worth about 6 million euros ($6.7 million).  It's unusual for Muddy Waters to short a company without an accompanying research report criticizing the f...
May 20, 2019

Brexit: Matt Hancock urges MPs to vote for bill

The health secretary says they should support it in June's vote and worry about the detail afterwards.
May 20, 2019

Money floods in for Market Deeping Model Railway Club

A model railway club lost years of work when vandals destroyed their exhibition on Saturday.
May 20, 2019

Jon Snow’s Game Of Thrones Finale Ending, Explained

Warning: Spoilers from the Game of Thrones finale are ahead. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The ending of Game of Thrones surprisingly puts Jon Snow in the opposite direction of the Iron Throne (even though the Iron Throne doesn’t exist anymore). While we always thought there might be a chance for him to rule over King’s Landing and all of Westeros, that’s not in the cards for him anymore.

Instead, he’s still going to lead, but where is Jon Snow going to do so? Far away from the burning cities he’s left behind and far into the north. The series finale of Game of Thrones ends with Jon joining up with the wildings as they head beyond the wall and back into the forest, final destination essentially unknown. But there are some pieces to unpack.

Jon’s brooding facial features certainly show us that he’s not exactly excited to be doing this, but honestly, the more and more we think about it (and Jon thinks about it, too), this is clearly the perfect ending for him. He’s free from the lords and ladies of Westeros, and he’s now just one of the free folk, himself.

However, everyone back in King’s Landing believes this to be a punishment for the former King of the North. After Tyrion gives up his position as Hand of the Queen, and Daenerys Targaryen has him imprisoned, Jon goes to talk to the last remaining Lannister. There, Tyrion’s words about Dany ruling and destroying all those who oppose her finally hit home for Jon, as he realizes what he’s got to do to save everyone. In order to stop Dany, he has to kill her, which he does when he meets her in the throne room while they’re surveying the Iron Throne and the ash surrounding it.

This does not sit well with Grey Worm who imprisons Jon. But now, there’s no queen, so no one’s really sure who’s supposed to decide Jon Snow’s fate. While locked up, in a role reversal, Tyrion now comes to visit Jon and tells him, “"Releasing you to the Unsullied would start a war. Letting you walk free would start a war. So our new king [Bran] has chosen to send you to the Night's Watch."

It is certainly supposed to feel like a punishment, especially considering this is where Jon Snow started out at the very beginning of the series (talk about coming full circle). Jon even wonders why he’s going there — since the white walkers have been defeated, so is there even a need for a Night’s Watch at Castle Black? As Tyrion explains, they’re always going to need a place for broken men and bastards, and who better to lead them than a man who has dealt with both of those things?

Returning to Castle Black, Jon is greeted by Tormund and his direwolf Ghost — WHO YES HE FINALLY GETS TO PET — and after a quick reunion the three of them set off beyond the wall with the rest of the wildings. With one last fleeting look back at the wall behind him, Jon says goodbye to the North and Westeros.

Where is their destination? The beauty of it is that we don't actually know. Sure, we could say Jon might well find himself with Mance Rayder's old title as the King-Beyond-The-Wall. But, things like that are going to remain unanswered as the last we see of Jon he’s disappearing into the forest with the others. This banishment is very much supposed to be a punishment for Jon, but it’s really his version of a happy ending. He’s free of the pressure of not wanting to rule, and it feels incredibly fitting that he’s back with Ygritte’s people, since she was always his one true love (admit it, it’s true).

Game of Thrones might be over, but it’s clear Jon Snow’s story is not as the series leaves everything opened ended as to where he’s headed next. However, we’re unfortunately not going to see it anymore. But wherever he is, he’s alive and well, and Ghost is by his side.

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May 20, 2019

Jon Snow’s Game Of Thrones Finale Ending, Explained

Warning: Spoilers from the Game of Thrones finale are ahead. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The ending of Game of Thrones surprisingly puts Jon Snow in the opposite direction of the Iron Throne (even though the Iron Throne doesn’t exist anymore). While we always thought there might be a chance for him to rule over King’s Landing and all of Westeros, that’s not in the cards for him anymore.

Instead, he’s still going to lead, but where is Jon Snow going to do so? Far away from the burning cities he’s left behind and far into the north. The series finale of Game of Thrones ends with Jon joining up with the wildings as they head beyond the wall and back into the forest, final destination essentially unknown. But there are some pieces to unpack.

Jon’s brooding facial features certainly show us that he’s not exactly excited to be doing this, but honestly, the more and more we think about it (and Jon thinks about it, too), this is clearly the perfect ending for him. He’s free from the lords and ladies of Westeros, and he’s now just one of the free folk, himself.

However, everyone back in King’s Landing believes this to be a punishment for the former King of the North. After Tyrion gives up his position as Hand of the Queen, and Daenerys Targaryen has him imprisoned, Jon goes to talk to the last remaining Lannister. There, Tyrion’s words about Dany ruling and destroying all those who oppose her finally hit home for Jon, as he realizes what he’s got to do to save everyone. In order to stop Dany, he has to kill her, which he does when he meets her in the throne room while they’re surveying the Iron Throne and the ash surrounding it.

This does not sit well with Grey Worm who imprisons Jon. But now, there’s no queen, so no one’s really sure who’s supposed to decide Jon Snow’s fate. While locked up, in a role reversal, Tyrion now comes to visit Jon and tells him, “"Releasing you to the Unsullied would start a war. Letting you walk free would start a war. So our new king [Bran] has chosen to send you to the Night's Watch."

It is certainly supposed to feel like a punishment, especially considering this is where Jon Snow started out at the very beginning of the series (talk about coming full circle). Jon even wonders why he’s going there — since the white walkers have been defeated, so is there even a need for a Night’s Watch at Castle Black? As Tyrion explains, they’re always going to need a place for broken men and bastards, and who better to lead them than a man who has dealt with both of those things?

Returning to Castle Black, Jon is greeted by Tormund and his direwolf Ghost — WHO YES HE FINALLY GETS TO PET — and after a quick reunion the three of them set off beyond the wall with the rest of the wildings. With one last fleeting look back at the wall behind him, Jon says goodbye to the North and Westeros.

Where is their destination? The beauty of it is that we don't actually know. Sure, we could say Jon might well find himself with Mance Rayder's old title as the King-Beyond-The-Wall. But, things like that are going to remain unanswered as the last we see of Jon he’s disappearing into the forest with the others. This banishment is very much supposed to be a punishment for Jon, but it’s really his version of a happy ending. He’s free of the pressure of not wanting to rule, and it feels incredibly fitting that he’s back with Ygritte’s people, since she was always his one true love (admit it, it’s true).

Game of Thrones might be over, but it’s clear Jon Snow’s story is not as the series leaves everything opened ended as to where he’s headed next. However, we’re unfortunately not going to see it anymore. But wherever he is, he’s alive and well, and Ghost is by his side.

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May 20, 2019

Drogon’s Game of Thrones Ending Is Clearer If You Remember A Key Season 2 Moment

Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers are ahead.

There are few moments in Game of Thrones quite as heartbreaking as when Drogon discovered Daenerys was dead. He was the last of her dragon children, and now he is alone in this world. Where did Drogon go with Daenerys in the Game of Thrones finale? After melting the iron throne (amazing) and sparing Jon Snow's life (confusing), Drogon tenderly scooped his mother up and flew away.

But, Drogon doesn't just ride off into the sunset. At the end of the episode, newly crowned king Bran wants to know where Drogon is. Sam begins to tell him, but got cut off. He said, "He was last spotted flying east toward—" when Bronn interrupted and said, "The further away the better." Bran replied that maybe he, himself, would find Drogon (he is the Three-Eyed Raven after all).

Here's hoping that Bran doesn't, though. Presumably he wants to locate and kill the dragon (or otherwise chain it up) so it can't burn down any more cities, though it's also possible that Bran wants Drogon near to be able to warg into him and control him (but that would sort of be more of the same, so probably not). In any case, it's not going to be good for Drogon and it certainly wouldn't be what Dany wanted for her son. There's almost nothing good that could come from Bran finding Drogon.

However, Drogon's destination may be a bit rosier.

As for where Drogon was flying, it's likely he was returning to his birthplace beyond the Narrow Sea. Drogon and his brothers were born of the fire Dany built for Khal Drogo's funeral pyre. Perhaps Drogon took Dany back to where she last saw her husband and where the dragons were first born.

Daenerys' season 2 vision actually hints at this reunion with Khal Drogo in the afterlife. In the finale of the second season, she visited the House of the Undying and had two parts to her vision. The one fans tend to focus on is the one of Dany in the throne room. In the vision, the building was partially destroyed and what seemed to be snow was falling. (Fans now know it was ash from the city Dany destroyed.) But there's a second part that calls Dany away from the Iron Throne before she can even touch it. She goes towards a sound and finds herself north of the Wall by Castle Black. There, she sees Khal Drogo's tent and he is inside along with their healthy child. (In real life, Dany gave birth to a stillborn baby.)

Dany is confused about why she is seeing Khal Drogo and her child, both of whom she believes to be dead. She says, "Maybe I am dead and I just don't know it yet. Maybe I am with you in the Night Lands." Khal Drogo answers, "Or maybe I refused to enter the Night Lands without you." Since Dany is now dead, perhaps she is fulfilling this prophecy. Drogon may have brought her back to her home with Drogo so she could cross over with him to the Night Lands, which is where the Dothraki believe the dead go.

It's unlikely that Drogon brought Dany north of the wall. She may have envisioned Drogo there, but maybe that was just a hint at who would be responsible for killing her — Jon Snow formerly of Castle Black at the Wall. For Dany to go on to the Night Lands with Drogo and to fulfill the end of her vision, Drogon may have known he had to take her back to where it all began for the dragon family and their mother of dragons — east of Westeros.

Here's hoping that once he helps bring Dany there that he stays far away from Bran and the people of Westeros. They can have nothing good in mind for the dragon, and he's already suffered quite enough.

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