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Brochure Printing for Businesses

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Brochure printing is one of the most essential marketing and advertising activities of a business, not least of all when using direct mail as one element of your brand’s marketing.

Brochures give the readers a sneak peak of what the business does, its missions and visions, partnerships and other pertinent information. One advantage of printing brochures is that it is an effective way of promoting your brand or products and can be turned around relatively quickly and efficiently, if you work with the right Printing Company.

Business Brochure

Tips for printing brochures.

Consider the content of the brochure keenly. Content is king when it comes to advertising. To begin with, the brochure must be visually attractive enough to attract readers. This means that it is important to use graphically rich content. As a rule of the thumb, the brochure should be in full color. When it comes to the content, add the new ideas you have been thinking about, drive product recognition and any other sort of information that gives a snapshot of the entire business. The content should not just be a list of points. Remember that a brochure is just like a business card; it may be the first thing that introduces a customer to your business. Given that you never have a second chance to give a good first impression, the brochure must reveal the value of the business in an elaborate way.

Customised design.

Choose a personalised design for your brochure. Make sure that your brochure does not look like everybody else’s. Perhaps you can focus on the aspects of your business that makes it different, even if it is colour, brand name or trademark. For instance, some businesses are synonymous to some colours. Such businesses should ensure that their brochures are printed in the colour that sets them apart.

Go for a personal touch. Use your creativity and innovativeness to come up with a design that elicits a personal feeling. This requires that you base the design of the brochure on customer-driven content rather than using the templates that have been time and again. Chose specialty papers, metallic inks, die cutting, embossing and other attention-grabbing forms of brochure printing to make the brochures more appealing.

Choose the specifications carefully.

As you come up with a customised design for your brochure, remember to pick the specifications that will accentuate the impact of your brochure. For instance, you can choose a size description that is slightly different from the 11’ x 17’ or 8.5’ x 11’ that everybody uses. Choose the z-fold design or the tri-fold design, and ensure that the brochure is printed on both sides of the paper. Also, choose the aqueous gloss finish to make a personal statement of style and professionalism.

Insist on environmentally friendly brochure printing.

It is advisable to go for waterless printing technology that reduces air pollution, saves water and minimises waste. Environmental conservation is everybody’s business. The community is always keen to see whether the activities of the businesses in the surrounding are eco-friendly. You may waste time and money printing brochures that send environmental degradation signals to the society.

All in all, businesses must ensure that they get everything about brochures right. Average-looking brochures may never get the anticipated results.

Deconstructed Nutella: nuts, cocoa and 58% sugar

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A photograph of its raw ingredients has shocked fans of the spread. But is it really any worse than jam or marmalade?

Name: Nutella.

Age: 53-ish.

Place of birth: Piedmont, Italy.

Appearance: Lovely brown gloop.

Yeah. Who doesnt love Nutella? Well, some people say it might be bad for you.

Bad for me? But nuts are healthy and its called Nut-ella. Doh. Well, someone in Germany has recreated a jar showing the ingredients in layers, and you can see its basically half sugar.

Holy moly! And about a third fat.

Roly-poly holy moly! Indeed. People are often shocked to see whats in their favourite snacks.

Quite rightly! These irresponsible food companies make sweet things that we like, print exactly how much sugar is in them on the side of every pack, then let us believe that they are healthy! Maybe people should just read the packets if they care so much? Then they would know that yes, all told, Nutella is 58% sugar.

See! But have you ever made jam?

I have not. Well, thats got a lot of sugar in it, too: 50% in the case of Hartleys strawberry jam; 65% in Daylesford Organic. Even Frank Coopers Original Oxford Marmalade is 54%. Rowse honey is 81%. Sweet spreads are mostly sugar. Just dont eat bowls of them.

How about the fat then? All right. Theres not much fat in jam. (Unless you butter your toast first.) Nutella, however, is 32% fat, most of which is palm oil.

The second most evil of all the oils! Yes, generally. Palm oil plantations have caused severe deforestation, threatening wildlife and the global climate. However, Ferrero, which makes Nutella, is much better than most companies at tracing its palm oil back to sustainable plantations. It could and should do more, but it shouldnt be the first company you boycott.

How about the cancer risk? I heard palm oil gives you cancer. Look, high-temperature refining may lead to more potentially carcinogenic contaminants, according to the European Food Safety Authority, but it doesnt necessarily think its unsafe. Besides, Ferrero says it doesnt refine its oil that way. People want food to be simple and dramatic, when its a hugely complex web of

Im bored. Yeah. Thats what I mean.

Do say: A teaspoon of Nutella contains about half a teaspoon of sugar. Chill out.

Dont say: I demand to have my cake, eat all of it and blame the baker for making me fat.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2017/jan/20/is-nutella-really-that-bad-for-you

Crunch Up Goldfish Crackers And Pretzels To Make Delicious Cheesy Chicken Tender Pops

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If you’re gearing up to watch the big game (or any game, really), you know that snacks are a must.

After all, watching a game takes time, and that means you’re going to get hungry especially if you’re using up energy with all the cheering and whooping.

But you don’t have to rely on store-bought snacks to have something savory, delicious, and satisfying. You can make your own snacks with simple, easy-to-get ingredients, and they won’t take all day to put together, either.

Plus, you’ll get the satisfaction of watching your friends and family enjoy a new treat. Just be warned: you might end up having to make these for every event!

These chicken pops use pretzels and goldfish crackers for a flavorful crunch outside, while the inside stays juicy and tender. And thanks to their skewers, you won’t have a (literal) mess on your hands while eating. Did we mention they’re also perfect for dipping?

They’re also more filling than your average snack, so you’ll feel full, satisfied, and less likely to mindlessly snack on empty calories. And that means you can indulge in some game day cake afterwards.

It’s a win-win…unlike the game you’ll be watching.

Watch the video and check out the recipe below to see how it’s done!

Cook: 15 min
Prep: 20 min
Serves: 5

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Goldfish crackers
  • 1 cup Pretzels
  • 13 cup Plain Greek yogurt
  • 12 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 12 tsp. Salt
  • 2 lbs. (about 14) Chicken tenders
  • 4 Tbsps. Unsalted butter
Instructions
  • In a bowl, combine the yogurt with salt and garlic powder and stir.
  • Pour goldfish crackers and pretzels into a Ziplock back and seal.
  • Crush crackers and pretzels with a rolling pin until fine. Pour onto a wide, flat dish.
  • Skewer chicken tenders lengthwise with bamboo skewers. For best results, soak the skewers in water for about 20 minutes before using.
  • Melt butter in the baking pan, and tilt the pan to fully coat its surface.
  • Using a spatula, coat the chicken with the yogurt mixture, then press into the crushed cracker and pretzel mix.
  • Lay the coated chicken pops on the greased baking pan.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!

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Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops 20 minutes 15 minutes 35 minutes Serves 5 http://www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2017/01/recipe_card_ChickenPops1-850×444.jpg Goldfish crackers Pretzels Plain Greek yogurt Garlic powder Salt Chicken tenders Unsalted butter In a bowl, combine the yogurt with salt and garlic powder and stir. Pour goldfish crackers and pretzels into a Ziplock back and seal. Crush crackers and pretzels with a rolling pin until fine. Pour onto a wide, flat dish. Skewer chicken tenders lengthwise with bamboo skewers. For best results, soak the skewers in water for about 20 minutes before using. Melt butter in the baking pan, and tilt the pan to fully coat its surface. Using a spatula, coat the chicken with the yogurt mixture, then press into the crushed cracker and pretzel mix. Lay the coated chicken pops on the greased baking pan. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!

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Take Breakfast To The Next Level And Cook Your Eggs In Spaghetti Squash Nests

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Breakfast is vital to our health, so starting the day with a delicious and protein-packed meal is an essential way to fuel your body and jump-start the day!

Of course, no delicious breakfast is complete without Eggland’s Best eggs. For those of you who are tired of the same old breakfast fare, it might be time to add a little twist to your morning meal.

Being able to start the day off on a delicious note makes it so much easier to wake up and not be tempted to hit the snooze button, right?

A fresh new recipe to add to your morning routine is bakingEggland’s Best eggs in a nest of spaghetti squash. This dish is not only scrumptious, it’s also packed with the healthy proteins, vitamins and minerals we need.

Eggs and squash go so well together once you have a bite, you’ll wonder why you haven’t already been cooking breakfast like this!

Plus, spaghetti squash is a delicious way to fit veggies in for breakfast.

This might be one of the tastiest breakfast dishes I’ve whipped up in a long time. It’s now a staple in my household because it’s such a quick and satisfying way to properly start the day.

Check out the video and recipe below to see how its done, and then try it yourself. Print out the recipe to have it handy while you prepare the dish!

Cook: 60 min
Prep: 10 min
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 34 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 6 Egglands Best eggs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 18 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsps. chickpea flour
  • 13 cup Parmesan, grated
Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • Bake spaghetti squash for 45 minutes.
  • Place the cooked spaghetti squash in a bowl.
  • Saut onions in a pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Add onions to the bowl with the spaghetti squash, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chickpea flour and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Scoop 1/4 cup into each tin. Create a nest. Bake 18 minutes.
  • Crack 1 Eggland's Best egg into each tin. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Eggland's Best Nests 10 minutes 60 minutes 70 minutes Serves 6 http://www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2017/01/recipe_card_EB_SpaghettiSquashCups-850×416.jpg 1 3/4 cups cooked spaghetti squash 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 medium yellow onion, minced 6 Egglands Best eggs 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 18 tsp. ground black pepper 2 Tbsps. chickpea flour 13 cup Parmesan, grated Preheat the oven to 425 F. Bake spaghetti squash for 45 minutes. Place the cooked spaghetti squash in a bowl. Saut onions in a pan for about 5 minutes. Add onions to the bowl with the spaghetti squash, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chickpea flour and Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Scoop 1/4 cup into each tin. Create a nest. Bake 18 minutes. Crack 1 Eggland's Best egg into each tin. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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Will the world’s next megacity drip out of a 3D printer?

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(CNN)Imagine a world where huge cities could be created with the click of a button.

It might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but that’s where 3D-printing technology is headed, according to one Dubai-based start-up.
    Cazza has designed a 3D-printing crane dubbed the “Minitank”, which the company says can layer up to 2,153 square feet (200 sqm) of concrete per day– making it more than 50% faster than conventional construction methods.
    Automating the construction process, according to Cazza, would not only allow developers to build housing in step with rapid population growth, but is also better for the environment.

    Teenage dream

    The mastermind behind the Minitank is a teenager.
    Chris Kelsey, CEO and co-founder of Cazza construction automation company, is just 19 years old, and last year used the money he made by selling his previous start-up, Appsitude, to fund his current project.
    As well as hiring a team of engineers experienced in the 3D printing field, Cazza also enlisted structural engineers to assess existing 3D printers in the construction world and identify where those designs could be improved.
    The company used this knowledge to design a series of on-site mobile 3D-printers, and began testing prototypes that have informed the final design of the Minitank, which is currently under construction itself.
    Kelsey says the biggest barrier to the adoption of the Minitank — should it work when finally built — will be public misconception.
    “People don’t realize how much the 3D-printing world has changed,” Kelsey tells CNN. “They think that 3D printing is just (about using) plastic. People assume it won’t be structurally sound. That’s not what we do.”
    Over the past 15 years, 3D printing has evolved from a novelty technology for printing small toys to a sophisticated process that has transformed mega-industries from fashion to fine art.
    Construction, he says, is a natural progression.
    “There are many videos online of companies 3D printing concrete structures with their machines, but people don’t realize that these machines are not scalable for actual use in construction.”
    The Minitank’s crane-like neck can construct buildings up to three storeys high, and the team has a new machine in the works which they say could 3D-print skyscrapers.
    Currently, their primary building material is a cement made from 80% recycled materials, but Kelsey says at least three other types of materials are in development.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/architecture/cazza-3d-printing-construction-dubai/index.html

    The female street photographers of Instagram in pictures

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    The art of street photography was long dominated by men and the male gaze, but new project Her Side of the Street celebrates womens role in the practice

    Throughout history, women have often been subject to observation and evaluation from men as they walk down city streets whether ogled as objects of desire or judged for their appearance or even presence in certain spaces. In literary and social history, men have usually been the ones who watch, rather than be watched; the urban observer which 19th-century poet Baudelaire made famous as the flneur.

    In her recent book, Lauren Elkin wrote of the flneuse, the woman who reclaimed power by walking through and writing about the city streets in defiance of convention, challenging the cultural assumption that women on the street were either sex workers or homeless.

    As in the literary tradition, so in the artistic one: the concept of the male gaze depicting the world from a male perspective dominates much of the history of visual arts. Most early street photographers were men from Eugne Atget andHenri Cartier-Bresson to Weegee. In time, however, there were exceptions to this rule, notably Vivian Maier and Diane Arbus who became some of the most celebrated street photographers of the 20th century.

    Last year, American photographer Casey Meshbesher felt compelled to create a compendium of street photography by women after noticing that very little could be found about the practice online or in print. She founded the blogzine Her Side of the Street focusing on female street photographers, as well as setting up the growing Women Street Photographers community and trying to map female street photographers around the world. Projects like these are all an important part of the fuel for the fire about women in the arts, she says, which in turn is part of a larger flame from a resurgent feminist movement.

    Underrepresentation of women in the art world is a well-known issue, she adds. In street photography, the situation is more acute. Calling this 90% male visibility might be too generous. We have old inherited ideas about what street photography is, originating from a time when sexism really was more dominant. The goal of these projects has been nothing less than to change the game, and I believe it has already begun to do so.

    The Her Side of the Street account on Instagram (@womeninstreet) promotes the work of female street photographers from around the world. Here are some highlights.

    Santa Fe, US, by Adrianne Ryan (@fullgallop)

    The West Bank by Tina Bojlesen (@danish_streettog)

    Los Angeles, US, by Sonia Kissin (@soniakissin)

    Geneva, Switzerland, by Alison McCauley (@alisonmccauley)

    Mexico City, Mexico, by Sonia Madrigal (@sonicarol)

    Shanghai, China, by Steffi Lffler

    Toronto, Canada, by Anne Gibson (@annejgibson)

    Rome, Italy, by Valentina Matiradonna (@valenonvale)

    Cape Town, South Africa, by Retha Ferguson (@rethaferguson)

    London, UK, by Linda Wisdom (@lindawisdomphotography)

    Cebu City, Philippines, by Chi Alvarez (@alvarezchi_)

    Delhi, India, by Graciela Magnoni (@graciela_magnoni)

    Belgrade, Serbia by Gina Maragoudaki (@mar_gina)

    Tag your Instagram shots with #womeninstreet to contribute to the Her Side of the Street project and follow @guardiancities for more great urban photography from around the world.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/19/female-street-photographers-instagram-in-pictures

    Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: Give Veggies A Kick With This Easy Recipe

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    Who doesn’t love the sizzling hot flavor of a pile of buffalo chicken wings?

    If you love spicy food, you probably can’t fight the occasional craving for a whole heap of these zippy tenders, but did you know that you can also use the same mouth-watering flavors in other dishes too?

    For instance, you can convert your leftover chicken strips into this tasty tailgating dip.

    Meanwhile,if you’re looking for a vegetarian version, why not try our crispy and irresistible Buffalo Cauliflower Bites?

    These tasty, tangy snacks are just ordinary cauliflower florets, battered in a fluffy, airy crust, and then loaded up with plenty of that signature buffalo kick.

    You can serve these bites with blue cheese and celery at your next cocktail party, or make them your kids’ favorite vegetable dishever at dinner time we guarantee, they’ll be asking for seconds.

    Print out the recipe card below to try whipping these up at home.

    Cook: 6 min
    Prep: 15 min
    Serves: 4

    Ingredients
    • 12 cup corn starch
    • 12 cup flour
    • 12 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 12 cup water
    • 12 cup vodka
    • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch florets
    • 13 cup hot sauce
    • 1 tsp. minced garlic
    • Blue cheese dressing and celery, to garnish
    Instructions
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine corn starch, flour, baking powder, salt, water, and vodka. Stir well until a thin batter forms.
    • Add cauliflower florets to the batter and toss until fully covered. Set aside.
    • In a second bowl, combine hot sauce and garlic. Stir well and set aside.
    • Fry battered cauliflower in oil on the stovetop, for 6 minutes at 350 degrees, until crisp.
    • Drizzle cauliflower bites in hot sauce and toss well.
    • Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery.
    • Enjoy!

    We're practically drooling just looking at these; is your mouth watering yet?

    Check out the video below for more details and don't forget to SHARE with friends and family!

    Buffalo Cauliflower Bites 15 minutes 6 minutes 21 minutes Serves 4 http://www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2017/01/recipe_card_BuffaloCauliflower-copy-850×444.jpg corn starch flour baking powder salt water vodka cauliflower, chopped into 1-inch florets hot sauce minced garlic Blue cheese dressing and celery, to garnish In a large mixing bowl, combine corn starch, flour, baking powder, salt, water, and vodka. Stir well until a thin batter forms. Add cauliflower florets to the batter and toss until fully covered. Set aside. In a second bowl, combine hot sauce and garlic. Stir well and set aside. Fry battered cauliflower in oil on the stovetop, for 6 minutes at 350 degrees, until crisp. Drizzle cauliflower bites in hot sauce and toss well. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery. Enjoy!

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    Japan’s pineapple pen song goes highbrow with Kabuki makeover

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    (CNN)Remember that Japanese comedian who set the internet on fire with a song about a pineapple apple pen?

    Now Piko Taro, the leopard print-clad singer endorsed by the likes of Justin Bieber and MIA is back — albeit in a more old-school guise.
      Japan’s National Theatre — better known for puppet shows and traditional drama Kabuki — has taken inspiration from Piko Taro’s viral YouTube clip PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen).
      They’ve come up with their own PPAP parody — PNSP (Pen-Nurisampo-Sampo-Pen) in a bid to revive interest in traditional Japanese arts.
      And their video’s racked up more than 1.7 million views in the space of four days.

      ‘Jam session’

      In the parody, a group of elite Japanese musicians clad in formal outfits re-imagine Piko Taro’s song with the help of Kurogo-chan, the theater’s stagehand mascot.

      The

      YouTube commentator Punie Tanaka suggested that even though people nowadays consider Kabuki as a formal, highbrow art, in reality, it had been created to amuse people.
      “In some ways (the National Theatre’s clip) marks a return to Kabuki’s original light-hearted ways,” wrote Punie.
      Kirita told CNN that as young people in Japan had less interest in the traditional arts, the National Theatre had wanted to try something new and out-of-character to stay relevant.
      “(Piko Taro’s) a household name in Japan. Even my three-year-old knows about him,” said Kirita.

      Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/17/asia/japan-national-theatre-pineapple-pen-piko-taro/index.html

      How we made Transformers

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      Ratchet is named after the nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Ironhide after the old TV detective Ironside

      Bob Budiansky, comic writer and editor

      In 1983, Hasbro bought the rights to some toys from Japan, which could change from robots into vehicles. But there was no backstory to explain who they were. Hasbro had worked with Marvel to develop GI Joe as a toy, comic and animated series, so they turned to us again. Jim Shooter, my editor, came up with a six-page description of the Transformers world and asked an editor to develop names and personalities for the 26 original toys.

      Jim did not much like what he got back, so he walked down a row of offices and said to all the editors working in them: Look, we need to redevelop this, but time is running out youve only got the weekend to do it. It was just before Thanksgiving, though, and everyone said they werent interested. Finally he got to me. Id only been at Marvel for six months and said: Sure, Ill give it a try.

      A lot of the names came from my own experiences of pop culture. Ratchet, a medical robot, was inspired by Nurse Ratched from the film One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. Ironhide came from the old TV show Ironside. I was trying to humanise them, give them relatable qualities, such as this guy likes jazz. People ask how I came up with so many personalities in a weekend, but at Marvel we were creating new characters every day. That was the job.

      One name Im proud of is Megatron. Back in 1983, the threat of nuclear war felt very real and destructive force was talked about in megatons. At first, Hasbro rejected it for sounding too scary. Gently I said to them: Well, hes the main bad guy. Hes supposed to be scary. Luckily, they changed their minds.

      The franchise became so popular, they kept introducing new toys. It was a real challenge working out ways to bring in 15 or 20 new characters at a time. I tried to make each one unique, but after about 250, I was struggling. By the time Id done 50 issues of the comic, I was pretty burned out.

      A Hasbro executive told me that any toy that lasts two Christmases is considered a success that was their barometer. Transformers lasted six or seven years before they started dying out. It seemed like a good run. I dont think anybody had a clue that they would come back as a multibillion-dollar movie franchise. I certainly didnt.

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      A scene from the animated TV series, from 1984. Photograph: Marvel Productions

      Bryce Malek, animated series story writer

      It was summer 1984 and Id just started at Marvel, along with my writing partner Dick Robbins. We thought we were going to be doing lots of different things but ended up just working on Transformers full-time. A three-part pilot had already been produced, but Hasbro then wanted a 13-episode series, so we had to develop a bible for writers, explaining how the show worked. The Transformers were stranded on Earth, but we invented a space bridge back to their home planet of Cybertron. This turned out to be useful when it came to introducing new characters.

      Some writers pitched really inappropriate stuff for a kids show, such as the Transformers meeting space prostitutes. Oddly enough, no one ever provided us with any of the toys we worked from photocopies of designs. I actually went out and bought a few but I never got Optimus Prime. He was too popular. You could never find one.

      When those first 13 episodes were a huge hit, Hasbro said: We want 49 more. And we said: Uh, OK. Delivering the scripts on time was such a challenge: we were all just getting to grips with the computer age and our office was in the process of switching from typewriters to word processors. We had a dot matrix printer that took half an hour to print a single script and it was state of the art.

      I really wanted to emphasise the human characters in the show, to give the audience something to identify with. But in retrospect, I think the kids just really liked the robots. We were working so fast, the plots were full of holes. But I know from fan letters that kids would simply fill in any gaps with their own stories. These days I work as a clinical psychologist. I like to joke that, after screwing up so many little brains with cartoons, Id better start fixing them.

      Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/17/how-we-made-transformers-comic-film-bob-budiansky-bryce-malek-interview

      The Kardashians Were Robbed (Again)

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      The Kardashians probably thought they were done dealing with robberies after 2016, but it wasnt to be. This week, some batshit girl ran out of the DASH boutique in Los Angeles with $1,600 of merchandise and got away in her car. Police have reportedly been unable to find her yet, but shell probably be walking around in some hideous leopard print top and chunky bracelets pretty soon.

      This robbery occurred in the same week that the people behind the Paris robbery were arrested, but these two crimes are definitely not on the same playing field. Sixteen people were arrested for conspiring in the million dollar jewelry heist, while this dumb girl probably just stuffed some swimsuits in her purse.

      We dont know anything about what kind of security they have at DASH, but based on what we see on the show, it was probably just two twenty-something girls folding clothes in the back by themselves, so they were probably due for a shoplifting incident sooner or later. The DASH dolls are fun and all, but theyre not exactly prepared to handle this kind of situation. Wed say Kim is upset about this, but realistically she hasnt set foot in that store in years.

      If anything good can come of this, we really hope to see Kris Jenner in a detective outfit running around the streets of Los Angeles looking for the thief. Thats really all we want.

      Read more: http://www.betches.com/dash-boutique-los-angeles-robbed

      Team Trump: Flynn called Russia ambassador, no sanction talk ‘plain and simple’

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      The Donald Trump transition team has acknowledged that its incoming national security adviser has been in contact with Russia’s ambassador but denies reports they were plotting over recently imposed sanctions on Moscow.

      A transition team official acknowledged a call on Dec. 29, the day President Obama hit Russia for election-related hacking, but said the conversation was about logistics for a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump, who on Friday is sworn-in as president.

      That was it. Plain and simple, the official told reporters on the teams daily conference call.

      The official said retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trumps pick for national security adviser, texted Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to wish him a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. He said Kislyak, in a return text, requested and was granted a phone conversation in late December about the logistics of setting up call with the president of Russia and the president-elect.

      Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador were first reported by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

      I believe Ignatius will print an update now that he has been provided information to clarify, the transition official also said.

      It’s not unusual for incoming administrations to have discussions with foreign governments before taking office. But repeated contacts just as Obama imposed sanctions raised questions about whether Trump’s team discussed — or even helped shape — Russia’s response.

      Reuters reports that Flynn and Kislyak talked several times on Dec. 29.

      Putin unexpectedly did not retaliate against the U.S. for the move, a decision Trump quickly praised.

      More broadly, Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador suggests the incoming administration has already begun to lay the groundwork for its promised closer relationship with Moscow.

      That effort appears to be moving ahead, even as many in Washington, including Republicans, have expressed outrage over intelligence officials’ assessment that Putin launched a hacking operation aimed at meddling in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.

      In an interview published Friday evening by The Wall Street Journal, Trump said he might do away with Obama’s sanctions if Russia works with the U.S. on battling terrorists and achieving other goals.

      “If Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions?” he asked.

      During a news conference Wednesday, Trump highlighted his warmer rapport with the Russian leader.

      “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia,” he said.

      The sanctions targeted the GRU and FSB, leading Russian intelligence agencies that the U.S. said were involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and other groups. The U.S. also kicked out 35 Russian diplomats who it said were actually intelligence operatives.

      Trump has been willing to insert himself into major foreign policy issues during the transition, at times contradicting the current administration and diplomatic protocol.

      He accepted a call from Taiwan’s president, ignoring the longstanding “One China” policy that does not recognize the island’s sovereignty. Asked about that Friday by the Journal, he responded, “Everything is under negotiation.”

      He also publicly urged the U.S. to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, then slammed the Obama administration for abstaining and allowing the measure to pass.

      Questions about Trump’s friendly posture toward Russia have deepened since the election, as he has dismissed U.S. intelligence agencies’ assertions about Russia’s role in the hacking of Democratic groups.

      In briefing Trump on their findings, intelligence officials also presented the president-elect with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him, according to a separate U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed to publicly discuss the matter.

      The Senate Intelligence Committee announced late Friday that it would investigate possible contacts between Russia and people associated with U.S. political campaigns as part of a broader investigation into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

      Trump acknowledged for the first time this week that he accepts that Russia was behind the hacking. But he questioned whether officials were leaking information about their meetings with him, warning that would be a “tremendous blot” on their record.

      Flynn’s own ties with Russia have worried some Republicans who are more skeptical of the Kremlin than Trump appears to be. After leaving his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, Flynn made appearances on RT, a state-run Russian television network. In 2015, he was paid to attend an RT gala in Moscow, where he sat next to Putin.

      As national security adviser, Flynn will work in the West Wing close to the Oval Office and will have frequent access to Trump. Unlike Trump’s nominees to lead the Pentagon, State Department and other national security agencies, Flynn’s post does not require Senate confirmation.

      Flynn’s contacts with the Russian ambassador were first reported by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. The U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press was not authorized to confirm the contacts publicly and insisted on anonymity.

      The Trump team’s account of Flynn’s contacts with the Russian envoy changed throughout the day Friday.

      Trump spokesman Sean Spicer initially said there was one phone call between Flynn and Kislyak on Dec. 28, as well as a Christmas greeting via text messages over the holidays. He said sanctions were not part of the discussions.

      Later Friday, a transition official said Flynn and Kislyak had spoken by phone on Dec. 29, following a text message from the ambassador the day before. During the call, the Russian ambassador invited U.S. officials to a conference on Syria later this month that is being held in Kazakhstan, according to the transition official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and insisted on anonymity.

      The official also confirmed a phone call between the men earlier in December.

      The U.S. official who spoke to the AP Friday described the contacts between Flynn and Kislyak as “very frequent.”

      It’s unclear how U.S. officials became aware of the contacts between Flynn and Kislyak, who has served as Russia’s envoy to the U.S. since 2008. U.S. monitoring of Russian officials’ communication within the United States is known to be common.

      Flynn has spoken with other foreign officials since Trump won the November election, as have incoming White House senior advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. State

      Department spokesman Mark Toner said he saw nothing inappropriate in Trump’s transition team contacting Russian or any other foreign officials.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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