Charles Manson dead at 83

Charles Manson dead at 83

 

Charles Manson was escorted to his arraignment in 1969.

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Charles Manson was escorted to his arraignment in 1969.

NEW YORK — Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in Kern County, Calif. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.

He died of natural causes in a hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release.

Manson was a semiliterate habitual criminal and failed musician before he came to irrevocable attention in the late 1960s as the wild-eyed leader of the Manson family, a murderous band of young drifters in California. Convicted of nine murders in all, Manson was known in particular for the seven brutal killings collectively called the Tate-LaBianca murders, committed by his followers on two consecutive August nights in 1969.

The most famous of the victims was Sharon Tate, an actress who was married to the film director Roman Polanski. Eight and a half months pregnant, she was killed with four other people at her Benedict Canyon home.

The Tate-LaBianca killings and the seven-month trial that followed were the subjects of fevered news coverage. To a frightened, mesmerized public, the murders, with their undercurrents of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and Satanism, seemed the depraved logical extension of the anti-establishment, do-your-own-thing ethos that helped define the ’60s.

Since then, the Manson family has occupied a dark, persistent place in American culture — and American commerce. It has inspired, among other things, pop songs, an opera, films, a host of internet fan sites, T-shirts, children’s wear, and half the stage name of the rock musician Marilyn Manson.

It has also been the subject of many nonfiction books, most famously “Helter Skelter” (1974), by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Bugliosi was the lead prosecutor at the Tate-LaBianca trial.

The Manson family came to renewed attention in 2008, when officials in California, responding to long speculation that there were victims still unaccounted for, searched a stretch of desert in Death Valley. There, in a derelict place known as the Barker Ranch, Manson and his followers had lived for a time in the late ’60s. The search turned up no human remains.

It was a measure of Manson’s hold over his followers, mostly young women who had fled middle-class homes, that he was not physically present at the precise moment that any of the Tate-LaBianca victims was killed. Yet his family swiftly murdered them on his orders, which, according to many later accounts, were meant to incite an apocalyptic race war that Manson called Helter Skelter. He took the name from the title of a Beatles song.

Throughout the decades since, Manson has remained an enigma. Was he a paranoid schizophrenic, as some observers have suggested? Was he a sociopath, devoid of human feeling? Was he a charismatic guru, as his followers once believed and his fans seemingly still do?

Or was he simply flotsam, a man whose life, The New York Times wrote in 1970, “stands as a monument to parental neglect and the failure of the public correctional system”?

No Name Maddox, as Manson was officially first known, was born on Nov. 12, 1934, to a 16-year-old unwed mother in Cincinnati. (Many accounts give the date erroneously as Nov. 11.) His mother, Kathleen Maddox, was often described as having been a prostitute. What is certain, according to Bugliosi’s book and other accounts, is that she was a heavy drinker who lived on the margins of society with a series of men.

Manson apparently never knew his biological father. His mother briefly married another man, William Manson, and gave her young son the name Charles Milles Manson.

Kathleen often disappeared for long periods — when Charles was 5, for instance, she was sent to prison for robbing a gas station — leaving him to bounce among relatives in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. She was paroled when Charles was 8 and took him back, but kept him for only a few years.

From the age of 12 on, Charles was placed in a string of reform schools. At one institution, he held a razor to a boy’s throat and raped him.

Escaping often, he committed burglaries, auto thefts, and armed robberies, landing in between in juvenile detention centers and eventually federal reformatories. He was paroled from the last one at 19, in May 1954.

Starting in the mid-1950s, Manson, living mostly in Southern California, was variously a busboy, parking-lot attendant, car thief, check forger, and pimp. During this period, he was in and out of prison.

He was married twice: in 1955 to Rosalie Jean Willis, a teenage waitress, and a few years later to a young prostitute named Leona. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Manson was believed to have fathered at least two children over the years: at least one with one of his wives, and at least one more with one of his followers. The precise number, names, and whereabouts of his children — a subject around which rumor and urban legend have long coalesced — could not be confirmed.

By March 1967, when Manson, then 32, was paroled from his latest prison stay, he had spent more than half his life in correctional facilities. On his release, he moved to the Bay Area and eventually settled in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, the nerve center of hippiedom, just in time for the Summer of Love.

There, espousing a philosophy that was an idiosyncratic mix of Scientology, hippie anti-authoritarianism, Beatles lyrics, the Book of Revelation, and the writings of Hitler, he began to draw into his orbit the rootless young adherents who would become known as the Manson family.

Manson had learned to play the guitar in prison and hoped to make it as a singer-songwriter. His voice was once compared to that of the young Frankie Laine, a crooner who first came to prominence in the 1930s.

Manson’s lyrics, by contrast, were often about sex and death, but in the 1960s, that did not stand out very much. (Songs he wrote were later recorded by Guns N’ Roses). Once he was famous, Manson himself released several albums, including “LIE,” issued in 1970, and “Live at San Quentin,” issued in 2006.

With his followers — a loose, shifting band of a dozen or more — Manson left San Francisco for Los Angeles. They stayed awhile in the home of Dennis Wilson, the Beach Boys’ drummer. Manson hoped the association would help him land a recording contract, but none materialized. (The Beach Boys did later record a song, “Never Learn Not to Love,” that was based on one written by Manson, although Wilson, who sang it, gave it new lyrics and a new title — Manson had called it “Cease to Exist” — and took credit for writing it.)

The Manson family next moved to the Spahn Movie Ranch, a mock Old West town north of Los Angeles that was once a film set but had since fallen to ruins. The group later moved to Death Valley, eventually settling at the Barker Ranch.

The desert location would protect the family, Manson apparently thought, in the clash of the races that he believed was inevitable. He openly professed his hatred of black people, and he believed that when Helter Skelter came, blacks would annihilate whites. Then, unable to govern themselves, the blacks would turn for leadership to the Manson family, who would have ridden out the conflict in deep underground holes in the desert.

At some point, Manson seems to have decided to help Helter Skelter along. Late at night on Aug. 8, 1969, he dispatched four family members — Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Charles Watson, and Linda Kasabian — to the Tate home in the Hollywood hills. Manson knew the house: Terry Melcher, a well-known record producer with whom he had dealt fruitlessly, had once lived there.

Shortly after midnight on Aug. 9, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and Watson entered the house while Kasabian waited outside. Through a frenzied combination of shooting, stabbing, beating, and hanging, they murdered Tate and four others in the house and on the grounds: Jay Sebring, a Hollywood hairdresser; Abigail Folger, an heiress to the Folger coffee fortune; Voytek (also spelled Wojciech) Frykowski, Folger’s boyfriend; and Steven Parent, an 18-year-old visitor. Tate’s husband, Polanski, was in London at the time.

Before leaving, Atkins scrawled the word “pig” in blood on the front door of the house; in Manson’s peculiar logic, the killings were supposed to look like the work of black militants.

The next night, Aug. 10, Manson and a half-dozen followers drove to a Los Angeles house he appeared to have selected at random. Inside, Manson tied up the residents — a wealthy grocer named Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary — before leaving. After he was gone, several family members stabbed the couple to death. The phrases “Death to Pigs” and “Healter Skelter,” misspelled, were scrawled in blood at the scene.

The seven murders went unsolved for months. Then, in the autumn of 1969, the police closed in on the Manson family after Atkins, in jail on an unrelated murder charge, bragged to cellmates about the killings.

On June 15, 1970, Manson, Atkins, Krenwinkel, and a fourth family member, Leslie Van Houten, went on trial for murder. Kasabian, who had been present on both nights but said she had not participated in the killings, became the prosecution’s star witness and was given immunity. Watson, who had fled to Texas, was tried and convicted separately.

During the trial, the bizarre became routine. On one occasion, Manson lunged at the judge with a pencil. On another, he punched his lawyer in open court. At one point, Manson appeared in court with an “X” carved into his forehead; his co-defendants quickly followed suit. (Manson later carved the X into a swastika, which remained flagrantly visible ever after.)

Outside the courthouse, a small flock of chanting family members kept vigil. One of them, Lynette Fromme, nicknamed Squeaky, would make headlines herself in 1975 when she tried to assassinate President Ford.

On Jan. 25, 1971, after nine days’ deliberation, the jury found Manson, Atkins, and Krenwinkel guilty of seven counts of murder each. Van Houten, who had been present only at the LaBianca murders, was found guilty of two counts. All four were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.

On March 29, the jury voted to give all four defendants the death penalty. In 1972, after capital punishment was temporarily outlawed in California, their sentences were reduced to life in prison.

Manson was convicted separately of two other murders: those of Gary Hinman, a musician killed by Manson family members in late July 1969, and Donald Shea, a Barker Ranch stuntman killed late that August. Altogether, Manson and seven family members were eventually convicted of one to nine murders apiece.

Incarcerated in a series of prisons over the years, Manson passed the time by playing the guitar, doing menial chores, and making scorpions and spiders out of thread from his socks. His notoriety made him a target: In 1984, he was treated for second- and third-degree burns after being doused with paint thinner by a fellow inmate and set ablaze.

Manson was turned down for parole a dozen times, most recently in 2012. Most of the other convicted family members remain in prison. Atkins died in prison in 2009, at 61, of natural causes.

The Manson family was an inspiration for the television series “Aquarius,” broadcast on NBC in 2015 and 2016. A period drama set in the late ’60s, it starred David Duchovny as a Los Angeles police detective who comes up against Manson (played by the British actor Gethin Anthony) in the course of investigating a teenage girl’s disappearance.

To the end of his life, Manson denied having ordered the Tate-LaBianca murders. Nor, as he replied to a question he was often asked, did he feel remorse, in any case.

He said as much in 1986 in a prison interview with the television journalist Charlie Rose.

“So you didn’t care?” Rose asked, invoking Tate and her unborn child.

“Care?” Manson replied.

He added, “What the hell does that mean, ‘care’?”

 

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Experts debunk 4 winter driving myths

Experts debunk 4 winter driving myths

 

Traveling in the snow and ice is dangerous, especially in a car.

Drivers are often misinformed about the safest ways to operate and take care of a car in winter conditions.

Myth #1: You should always let a vehicle idle before driving it in cold weather

While it may be convenient to hop into an already warm vehicle, idling a car before driving it in cold conditions can be bad for your health, wallet and car.

The carbon monoxide an engine emits while running a car is dangerous and fuel is consumed faster.

Some argue that these sacrifices are worth it in order to protect their vehicles.

However, Dustin Stec, a Bridgestone AutoCare manager, argues that there is no benefit at all to letting your car run for a while before driving it.

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Mike Roach, right, of New York, a junior at Towson University, clears snow from his car after getting stuck in Towson, Md., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
The common misconception stems from the fact that there was a time when “heating up” a car was necessary.

“Years ago when cars weren’t computer controlled or fuel injected, you had to rely on mechanic delivery of fuel,” Stec said.

“In the wintertime when it was exceptionally cold, that component of the carburetor didn’t work well, and it had to warm up before it worked efficiently.”

Stec said that today’s technology allows a car’s computer to compensate for the temperature difference in order to make it work immediately and efficiently.

Myth #2: Four-wheel drive makes a car safe to drive in the snow

Though four-wheel drive is a serious advantage in reaching a destination in the snow, it cannot assist in stopping a car.

“Stopping relies on driving correctly and having winter tires on your car in snow and ice,” Stec said.

He argued that driver education and safety trump reliance on a vehicle’s capabilities. Four-wheel drive is an asset, not a safety net.

Chris Welty, a Bridgestone tire specialist, also claimed that winter tires are a necessity and that they allow a driver to stop 30 percent faster in snow and ice.

snow tires driving car winter

(Flickr photo/lungstruck)
“They are the most important part of the car in inclement weather,” Welty said. “When it is cold enough that you can see your breath outside, it is time to change your tires.”

He said that people often confuse winter tires with all-season tires, but that tires should change with the seasons.

He also finds that many people think letting air out of a vehicle’s tires will create better traction.

“Tires are designed and intended to operate at a certain pressure rating, and decreasing or changing that pressure rating in an attempt to get better performance decreases the performance of the tire,” Welty said.

Myth #3: Your parking brake can help you stop in winter weather

Experts argue that it may be best to stay away from the parking brake.

“By pulling the parking brake on a car in a panic situation, you would negate the ability of the car to enable its anti-lock braking system, therefore decreasing the stopping ability or the capacity of the car,” Stec said.

The parking brake also has the potential to freeze when trying to release it in extreme cold.

Tires will perform at 100 percent when braking, but steering will reduce the brake’s capabilities, Welty said.

“Steer away from an obstacle if you cannot brake,” Welty said.

Myth #4: It’s safe to pass other drivers who may be moving slower than you

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A snow plow works on a road in Oregon. (Photo/Oregon Department of Transportation)
Though it’s tempting to pass a slow-moving car when you’re in a rush, it might be dangerous amid wintry conditions.

“If you encounter a snowplow, it means that what is in front of it may be difficult,” Welty said. This could signal that it’s best to hang back.

If you do decide to pass another driver, be sure to use caution.

“When you want to pass someone and your wheels go from dry or wet asphalt to ice or snow, the car can abruptly become out of control when you hit the gas pedal.”

By Randi Ivler, AccuWeather staff writer

The 20 best thrash albums of all time

Counting down the greatest thrash records Buddhaof all time. Warning: heads will be banged.

 by Dom Lawson

Dominated by the old school (because we’re sentimental bastards) but undeniably diverse, our top 20 albums are essential listening for any dedicated thrasher. Disagree with our list? Too bad. We can’t hear you moaning because we’re listening to thrash! Cheers!


20) Annihilator – Alice In Hell (Roadrunner, 1989)

One of the finest metal guitarists of all time, Jeff Waters was always destined for greatness, but this precocious debut album was, if we’re honest, taking the piss. Incredible musicianship, wonderful songs and with energy levels permanently in the red, Alice… raised thrash’s IQ and put its Canadian contingent firmly on the map once and for all.

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19) Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come (Noise, 1988)

While many of their UK peers simply emulated their cousins from across the Atlantic, Sabbat created their own world of paganised poetry and eccentric riffing, resulting in a debut album that eschewed the rule book in favour of a fiercely individual take on the thrash formula. An underground phenomenon, perhaps, but an album that sent ripples of inspiration through the metal world.

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18) Overkill – The Years Of Decay (Atlantic, 1989)

Already veterans of the east coast metal scene by the time they made it, Overkill flexed their muscles on The Years Of Decay and the results were remarkable. Both unashamedly committed to thrash ethics and admirably adventurous within those parameters, this was a formidable show of strength from a band that have never strayed from the righteous thrash path.

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17) Nuclear Assault – Handle With Care (In-Effect, 1989)

The opening impact of Nuclear Assault’s third album still wrenches breath from lungs. Handle With Care was turbocharged thrash imbued with the spirit of hardcore: remorseless aggression and speed married to astutely crafted metallic anthems (and the occasional joke). Nuclear Assault seldom get the props they deserve, but no thrash collection is complete without them.

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16) Kreator – Extreme Aggression (Noise, 1989)

By the time Kreator reached their fourth album, their youthful belligerence had mutated into something far more controlled and precise, but the ferocity that drove their early records remained in evidence on this gleaming monument to cutting edge thrash. As the incredible title track and the epic Some Pain Will Last prove, Kreator were on fire and making sure everyone else got burned too.

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15) Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (Megaforce, 1983)

It is faintly terrifying to see how young they look on the back cover of the debut album, but Metallica were already much more than naive dreamers when they pieced this raw masterwork together. The bullish clatter of Hit The Lights, the visceral sprint of Whiplash, the ageless might of Seek & Destroy… yeah, Metallica were pretty fucking amazing from the very start.

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14) Voivod – Dimension Hatröss (Noise, 1988)

The most distinctive and daring of all the 80s thrash bands, Voivod strode along their singular path making albums that sounded like nothing else on earth. Dimension Hatröss is the best of them: a turbulent sci-fi nightmare, brimming with grotesque hooks, exquisite lyrical weirdness and the late, great Piggy’s idiosyncratic and deeply peculiar riffs. It’s thrash, Lars, but not as we know it.

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13) Metallica – …And Justice For All (Elektra, 1988)

Progressive thrash masterpiece or bass-free self-indulgence? Oh fuck off, it’s obviously the former. From the pummelling of Blackened onwards, AJFA repositioned Metallica as metal’s premier sonic explorers, with songs that defied convention while never forgetting to be seriously fucking heavy. Harvester Of Sorrow, One, Dyer’s Eve, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity… classics, each and every one.

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12) Sepultura – Beneath The Remains (Roadrunner, 1989)

Restless souls from the mean streets of Belo Horizonte, Sepultura had already outgrown their primitive death metal roots when they made this, their third album. They would continue to evolve on later albums, but BTR was the Brazilians‘ incisive love letter to thrash and its inherent energy and strength. 25 years later, it will still kick your face off.

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11) Testament – The Legacy (Altantic, 1987)

Although a year or two too late to qualify for thrash’s Big Four, Testament are many metalheads’ choice for an imagined fifth position. The Legacy bulges with skull- shattering heaviness and bewildering displays of technical prowess, but it is the sheer quality of the Bay Area band’s songwriting that made their debut album such an unequivocal triumph.

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10) Anthrax – Among The Living (Island, 1987)

Forget the shorts, the jokes and the detours into rap territory: Anthrax have always been a kickass metal band, and Among The Living thoroughly deserves its place in our top 10. With countless infectious refrains, razor sharp lyrics and some of the beefiest riffs ever written, songs like I Am The Law, Caught In A Mosh and Indians offer nothing less than metal perfection.

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9) Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (Capitol, 1986)

An audacious second effort by Dave Mustaine and his prodigiously gifted band, Peace Sells… still startles to this day. Complex and unsettling, its finest moments – Wake Up Dead, The Conjuring, Devils Island and that title track – contributed hugely to thrash’s expanding vocabulary, not least due to Mustaine and Chris Poland’s extraordinary six-string chops.

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8) Possessed – Seven Churches (Relativity, 1985)

Our top 20 purposefully avoids bands that blurred the boundaries between thrash, death and (early) black metal, but Possessed are the one exception we had to make. Seven Churches is a thrash album through and through – it’s just darker, heavier and more brilliantly blasphemous than anything else that existed at the time. And yes, death metal began in earnest here too.

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7) Exodus – Bonded By Blood (Combat, 1985)

Talismanic standard bearers for the Bay Area thrash scene, Exodus defined the entire genre with their debut album. Led by the none-more-diehard Paul Baloff, they tore through nine flawless lessons in hard-riffing violence and deftly nailed the thrash blueprint for all time. ‘Metal takes hold, death starts to unfold… it’s loud like the world’s at and end!’ sums it up.

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6) Dark Angel – Darkness Descends (Combat, 1986)

Released mere months after Reign In Blood and Pleasure To Kill, Dark Angel’s second album managed to outstrip both in terms of speed and fury. With the mighty Gene Hoglan on the drums, this was always going to slay, but the LA crew also had the songs to back up their ferocity. It’s impossible to listen to The Burning Of Sodom without smashing something.

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5) Kreator – Pleasure To Kill (Noise, 1986)

The States may have dominated the thrash scene, but Germany‘s contribution was huge. Kreator’s second album remains one of the few to challenge Slayer in the violence and mayhem stakes, its blistering tempos and Mille Petrozza’s deranged screeching conspiring to wrench open the gates of hell and let its nastiest demons run rampage. Rage has never sounded more exciting.

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4) Metallica – Ride The Lightning (Megaforce, 1984)

The album that sealed Metallica’s reputation as the new metal band of the early 80s, Ride The Lightning was a staggering achievement from such young musicians. The depth, ambition and musicality evident in Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black still take the breath away over 30 years later. If you love thrash, you must love this.

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3) Megadeth – Rust In Peace (Capitol, 1990)

Thrash may have faded badly during the 90s, but it certainly entered the decade in supreme form. Megadeth’s greatest album upped the ante for the entire metal genre with songwriting, technicality and production all hitting unprecedented levels of efficacy. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, Hangar 18 and Tornado Of Souls have become revered classics. Say what you like about Dave Mustaine, but he’s a genius.

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2) Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Elektra, 1986)

Younger Metallica fans may wonder why so many people bemoan the band’s meandering creativity over the last 20 years: Master Of Puppets explains why. Epic, ingenious, overwhelmingly muscular and precise, every one of its eight songs is a timeless classic. It was both Cliff Burton’s swansong and the album that propelled Metallica towards stardom. If you don’t own it, you suck at metal.

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1) Slayer – Reign In Blood (Def Jam, 1986)

Is there such a thing as a perfect album? Yes. It’s called Reign In Blood. Not quite 30 minutes of the most brutal, explosive and unrelenting extreme metal ever conceived, Slayer’s third album still sounds staggeringly powerful nearly three decades on. From the cudgelling attack of the opening Angel Of Death to the bleak horror of Raining Blood, Reign In Blood towers above every other thrash album for several reasons, but the most important of them is its swivel-eyed intensity: something that no other metal band have ever quite equalled. The evil riffs of Hanneman and King, Tom Araya’s menacing proclamations, Dave Lombardo’s octopus-like mastery of the kit… this is thrash metal at its purest and most destructive. It may never be surpassed.

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Marilyn Manson Guitarist Twiggy Ramirez Accused of Rape

Marilyn Manson Guitarist Twiggy Ramirez Accused of Rape

By Dave Lifton diffuser.fm

Doe no — Arby’s is selling a venison sandwich

Doe no — Arby’s is selling a venison sandwich

Arby's is selling a venison sandwich in heavy deer-hunting states.

Oh deer — Arby’s is making a venison sandwich.

The fast food chain known for hot roast beef and brisket is embracing its “We Have the Meats” slogan by adding wild game to the menu this hunting season.

Arby’s is rolling out a thick-cut venison steak starting Monday sourced from “free-range farmed deer that feed on fresh grass from New Zealand,” according to an Arby’s spokesperson. The steak is marinated in garlic, salt and pepper, and cooked for three hours. It will be topped with crispy onions and juniper berry sauce.

The $5 speciality sandwich will be available in 17 stores at select “heavy deer hunting areas” in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia through Nov. 27, according to the press release.

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“Hunters hunt the meats, and we have the meats, so it makes sense for us to connect with them and offer a sandwich that they can’t get at any other restaurant chain,” said Arby’s chief marketing officer Rob Lynch in a statement.

Venison is notoriously tough to cook without getting gamey, however, and even Lynch admits the new sandwich is “probably the biggest stretch for us yet.”

A rep told The News that if enough diners fawn over it, however, Arby’s could consider selling the venison sammie nationally.

 

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Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the famous people you shouldn’t Google

Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the Buddhafamous people you shouldn’t Google

 

Who doesn’t have a pop celebrity fan in their family? You know, people who constantly scour the web for the latest news on a particular movie star or musical artist.

Well, cybercriminals are on the lookout for the latest celebrity trends too, and they exploit the public’s obsession with the most popular celebrities to lure fans into giving up more than their admiration.

Here are the names and terms you, your kids and your friends should watch out for when you search for them online.

Note: Please use the share buttons on the side of this article to spread the word. It is important that you share this on Facebook too to warn your friends and loved ones.

2017’s most dangerous celebrities

This year, female pop-rock celebrity Avril Lavigne has dethroned Amy Schumer as “the most dangerous celebrity to search online.”

This dubious title is courtesy of McAfee, and for the 11th year in a row, the computer security company has listed the top 10 riskiest celebrities you shouldn’t Google. This year, Lavigne ousted last year’s “winner,” Amy Schumer, to take the top spot.

According to McAfee, searching for these celebrities return the most dangerous results that can expose users to malicious links and websites.

Additionally, searching for the celebrity name plus “free mp3″ generated the most links for potentially malicious websites. This helps propel musicians to regularly make the list but this is actually the first time the top 10 is wholly dominated by musical celebrities.

Here’s McAfee’s list of top 10 most dangerous celebrities in 2017:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Bruno Mars
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. Zayn Malik
  5. Celine Dion
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Diddy
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Beyonce

By exploiting the consuming public’s fascination with celebrities, cybercriminals are using these names to lure online denizens to potentially dangerous websites that can install malware and steal personal information.

“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis. “Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities.

“It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online,” he continued.

Who is Avril Lavigne?

Well, she’s just the second best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Lavigne took a musical hiatus the last four years due to her battle with Lyme disease. She recently announced that she’s putting out new music soon and this may be the reason for the resurgence in online searches for her name.

According to McAfee, if you search for “Avril Lavigne free mp3″ right now, you have a 22 percent chance of landing on a malicious website.

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

TV cancellation watch: Check the status of your favorite show

Gary Levin and Jayme Deerwester , USA TODAY

It’s that time of year. The spring flowers are in bloom and TV executives are already gearing up for fall. USA TODAY

Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.

But first, comes the culling of the herd.

This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.

The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network’s ownership stake.

In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year’s top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It’s bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice.  Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.

In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC’s immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year’s poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.

Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.

Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death’s door or already canceled.

ABC

Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless

On the bubble: Quantico

Canceled, or nearly dead: American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time

 CBS

Renewed, or almost: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts

On the bubble: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Canceled, or nearly dead: Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day, 2 Broke Girls, The Great Indoors

Fox

Renewed, or almost:Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth. Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, The Simpsons, Star

On the bubble: Prison Break, 24: Legacy

Canceled, or nearly dead: Pitch, Rosewood, APB, Bones, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, Making History

NBC

Renewed, or almost: Timeless, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore, This Is Us, Taken. Great News

On the bubble: Chicago Justice, Trial & Error

Canceled, or nearly dead: The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless, 

CW

Renewed, or almost: Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, The 100, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, iZombie, The Originals

Canceled: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries 

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

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See if this sounds familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year.

We all know technology is making things easier and less time-consuming, but it’s hard to believe how much our devices have transformed the way we live. Tasks and tools that once seemed routine now seem hopelessly out of date, and in only a few short years. Example: Who would post an ad on the personals page of a local newspaper? Sounds so Victorian!

Here are some of those rituals that are no longer necessary in high-tech households. Teenagers may shrug, but if you’re 20 years or older, you’ll probably smile with nostalgia.

1. Memorize a phone number

Pop quiz: How many phone numbers do you know by heart? Some people don’t even know their spouse’s numbers. Before our smartphones automatically stored our friends’ contact information, we resorted to cocktail napkins to scrawl down numbers, for fear we wouldn’t find that listing in the phone book. How times have changed.

2. Use a phone book to find a company to do work around your house

Once upon a time, we felt perfectly comfortable flipping through the Yellow Pages and randomly calling a plumbing company to fix our pipes. Maybe we’d consult friends for a recommendation, but we often relied on trial-and-error. But consumer services like Angie’s List and Yelp have changed this game entirely. You can quickly read reviews of a local business, and if you like what you read, you can tap their number and automatically dial.

3. Park your used car on the street with a sign that says it’s for sale

Selling your car on your own is a pretty risky business. True, you stand to profit more, because you’ll avoid a dealership’s fees. But unless you’re selling your vehicle to someone you know and trust, these transactions can get sticky and dangerous without someone to oversee it. Craigslist started up more than 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong. But if you want to sell your car, here are three sites that are better than Craigslist.

4. Figure out math in your head

Calculators have been around for a long time now, but few of us ever carried calculators with us to the grocery store. In contrast, pretty much everyone with a smartphone has it available to do double-digit multiplication, no matter where or when we need it. In fact, there’s even an app called PhotoMath that can solve any equation just by taking a picture with your smartphone’s camera.

5. Call a family member to ask where they are

Find My Friends is a radical app that helps family members and close friends pinpoint each other’s precise location. Note that these people have to sign up for the service, but customers can decide who can know where they are located. Click here for ways to really take advantage of your smartphone’s GPS capabilities.

6. Telling time by hands on a clock

Like cursive writing, analog clocks are teetering on extinction. Few people with smartphones bother with watches anymore, unless they’re fashion statements or fitness trackers. With digital clocks dominating our computers and hardware, those 12-numeral timepieces may become pure novelties. Even your trusted alarm clock has received a tech makeover. Click here for three apps that monitor your sleep cycle and wake you up when you’ll feel the most rested.

7. Make photo albums

Purists still love their dark rooms, because chemicals and photo paper can be so rewarding for the patient photographer. But few people pine for the days of dropping off rolls of film at a one-hour photo shop. Instead of pasting five-by-seven snapshots into your faux-leather album, most people will prefer the ease of photo-sharing services like Flickr and Amazon Cloud.

8. Have a CD or record collection

Wasn’t it cool back in the day to walk into a shabby apartment and see those shelves of CDs? Wasn’t it a joy to flip through boxes of vinyl records? Well, the MP3 generation has transferred all those songs to a digital index. Turntables have seen a resurgence in popularity, but it’s hard to imagine CDs making a comeback.

9. Make mix tapes

There was something so personal about a mix tape. We spent hours finding the right song, then lining up two cassettes in order to copy a song. So many lovers cemented their relationships using a blank tape and a few dozen favorite albums. Now, you can throw together a digital playlist in seconds.

10. Call a theater to get movie times

Millions of people would rather buy a hit new movie on iTunes before it’s even finished in theaters. But if we do decide to drive all the way to the cinema and fork over $40 for two tickets and popcorn, there’s no need to call ahead and find out what time a movie is playing. The internet has everything we need. In Google, you can often just type “movie times” and the search engine will list films based on your location.

11. Record your favorite programs on tape

All year, we’d wait for “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “The Wizard of Oz” to pop up on TV. When they did, we’d push a VHS tape into the machine and wait until the proper moment to press “record.” When TiVo emerged, it streamlined this process by making scheduled recordings even simpler. Now, with streaming services, web archives, and easy-to-purchase downloads, the timing of a broadcast barely matters anymore.

12. Watch shows when they are broadcast live

In the same vein, we rarely have to sit in front of the television, eagerly waiting for a “major network event.” Services like Hulu and YouTube convert a huge amount of national television into a digital format, and local news stations log most of their important segments onto their websites.

13. Run to the store for a last minute gift

Curses! You forgot a Mother’s Day gift! Should you change your whole schedule so you can rush to the store and hurriedly pick something out? If you have Amazon Prime and live in an Amazon hub, there’s no need. You can order same-day delivery and have that gift curried to your front door. It’s just one of the many benefits you probably didn’t know Amazon offers. Click here for more than 20 lesser-known perks that come with your Amazon Prime membership.

14. Cut things out of the newspaper

Many grandparents still love to buy newspapers, and when they find an article they like, they snip it out, put it in an envelope, and send that little slip of newsprint to a relative. “Thought you might find this interesting!” reads an accompanying note. But most of us don’t waste our time. Nearly every article in every major newspaper is archived online and can be instantly shared by email, social media, and even text message.

15. Send a handwritten letter

Don’t get me wrong: It’s still wonderful to receive a postcard from far away places. You might say that email, texting and Skype conversations have made handwritten letters even more special. But no one is forced to transcribe their thoughts by hand and drop those letters in a mailbox.

16. Looking up the spelling of words in the dictionary

Spellcheck is nearly as old as word processors, and many of us have grown up expecting Microsoft Word to underline our mistakes in red squiggles. But autocorrect takes this concept a step further, guessing what we actually intended to write and correcting our mistakes. This can be handy for clumsy thumbs, but it can be embarrassing when autocorrect guesses wrong. Click here for five ways to take control of autocorrect.

17. Use a phone booth

Phone booths are so rare nowadays that you’d probably have an easier time just buying and activating a cheap cellphone. The last holdout may be your local airport, but even international travelers can usually nab a SIM card the moment they step off the plane.

18. Carry enough change to make a phone call

I remember my dad telling me, “Always carry a quarter because you never know when you’ll need it.” In a world of debit cards and Apple Pay, shoppers rarely have to carry cash anymore. So what happens when your phone is dead, there’s no one around and all you have is a phone booth? Luckily, most public phones in the U.S. are outfitted with credit card strips.

19. Use a travel agent

Travel agents can be essential for elaborate vacations, but for generic flights, services like Kayak and CheapFlights have completely transformed how we book our passage. You can compare hundreds of airlines and agencies in seconds for the best deal. If you’d like to save even more, use Google Flights to find the cheapest airfare. Here are five ways Google Flights can really help you save as long as you’re flexible with your travel schedule.

20. Getting your old checks back from the bank every month

Oh, people still write checks, and physical paychecks are still routine methods of payment, but I doubt this antiquated practice will last much longer. Even depositing checks has become digitized, thanks to ATMs that scan the piece of paper and print a facsimile on your receipt. Gone are the days of banks sending you old checks to jam into a filing cabinet. Thank goodness for that!

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019 with Harrison Ford in starring role and Steven Spielberg as director

By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019.

The fifth installment of the adventure franchise – which stars Harrison Ford in the titular role – will be released on July 19, 2019, 11 years after the fourth movie Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was released.

Disney chairman Alan Horn confirmed in a statement: ‘Indiana Jones is one of the greatest heroes in cinematic history, and we can’t wait to bring him back to the screen in 2019.’

He's back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

He’s back in two years! Indiana Jones 5 will be released in July 2019, it was revealed on Tuesday. Here Harrison Ford is seen in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

Still going: The actor seen in November at the 10th Annual California Hall Of Fame Ceremony at The California Museum in Sacramento, California

It was added: ‘It’s rare to have such a perfect combination of director, producers, actor and role, and we couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure with Harrison and Steven.’

It also marks the first time the film franchise has been under the Disney studio label after Lucasfilm – who owns the franchise’s rights – was sold to Disney in 2012.

Ford will reprise his role as the iconic character while Steven Spielberg will direct.

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

On the go: Ford is seen here in his Indy character. He also is linked to the Blade Runner

Husband and wife duo Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy will produce and John Williams is set to score the film’s theme tune.

Spielberg has also confirmed that George Lucas – who created the character to pay homage to the action heroes of 1930s – will serve as executive producer.

Meanwhile, David Koepp previously revealed he has begun writing the script for the hotly-anticipated movie.

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

Another one: Ford in Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom in 1984

He said: ‘I’m deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there’s lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end.

‘Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well.

‘I really like our idea; I think it’s clean and simple and makes a lot of sense, and I feel like the writing is going really well.’

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

From the Eighties: Ford and Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones from Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade in 1989

And Koepp doesn’t feel the last Indiana Jones was as successful as the previous movies in the franchise.

He added: ‘It’s hard because you can learn like if something maybe didn’t work as well as you think it would well we certainly wouldn’t do that again, but you wouldn’t have done that again anyway, you already did it, so it’s hard to say.

‘For me it was the MacGuffin dictates everything, and so we tried to make the best possible choice we could. Not that nobody didn’t try to make the best choice that they could in the past, but we tried to give us the one that gave us the Indiana Jones movie we most wanted to see.’

Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015.

He likes big film franchises: Ford's last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

He likes big film franchises: Ford’s last big film was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens from 2015. Pictured with Chewbacca

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

Teens react to Marilyn Manson

by Metal Hammer

 

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What do teenagers of today think about the Antichrist Superstar, Marilyn Manson?

It’s weird to think, but it’s been almost two decades since Marilyn Manson was public enemy number one. Courting controversy everywhere he went – thanks to both his look and behaviour – he was the antichrist, the boogeyman, the reason you weren’t allowed to listen to ‘that devil music’. Of course, nowadays, music has evolved and The Double M’s gothic persona no longer sends grandmas into fits of terror. But what do the youth of today make of the man who was the voice of the lost generation? The man who spoke to millions disillusioned teens across the world, uniting them through a communal hatred for the mainstream and abusive authority.

A group of teenagers (aged 15 to 19) were played various Manson videos to gauge their reactions. The videos included some of Mazza’s biggest hits, from The Beautiful People to This Is The New Shit. So far, so normal, you might think. But not everyone was impressed, and some really didn’t like it.

Here are some choice comments:

“Satanic music”
“He’s ultimate edge”
“Do people actually listen to this?”
“He’s a weird dude but I love him”
“I don’t think I could listen to this and enjoy it”
“Oh my god, he has boobs”

It’s fairly one-sided when it comes to deciding if they’d ever listen to Marilyn again. Everhet really isn’t keen on the idea, but Sabrina D is fully in on the Pale Emperor himself.