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What Are The 50 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time?

It’s odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space — one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the “final frontier” — was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Rodenberry’s notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last 30 or so years, it seems crazy to think that one of the most groundbreaking SF series was a network pariah and a ratings dud. Today, there’s an entire cable network devoted to this kind of programming. You can’t turn on your TV/Roku/cut-cord viewing device without bumping into spaceships, alien invasion and wonky sci-fi food-for-thought.

Science fiction has been around in one form or another since the early-ish days of television, both here and abroad, and its legacy now looms larger than ever. 

So what better time to count down the 50 best sci-fi TV shows of all time? From anime classics to outer-space soap operas, spooky British anthology shows to worst-case-scenario postapocalyptic dramas, primetime pop hits to obscure but beloved cult classics, HERE are Rolling Stone’s choices for the best the television genre has to offer — submitted, for your approval.

My personal favorites include: The Six-Million Dollar Man, Lost, Stranger Things, Watchmen, Westworld, The Mandalorian, The Twilight Zone, and Star Trek.

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TIME Reveals 100 Women of The Year: The Leaders, Innovators, Activists, Entertainers, Athletes And Artists Who Defined A Century

Inspired by TIME’s annual Person of the Year, which started in 1927 as “Man of the Year” and became “Person of the Year” in 1999, and timed to International Women’s Day and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., this historic TIME project recognizes the most influential women of each year from 1920-2019.

TIME executive editor and editorial director of 100 Women of the Year Kelly Conniff writes: “For me, seeing women on the cover of a magazine created by men for ‘busy men,’ as TIME’s founders wrote in their original prospectus, is always powerful. I joined TIME in 2012, when over the course of a year just a handful of women were featured on the cover. In 2019, TIME featured more solo women on its cover than men for the first time in our 97-year history. The world has changed and TIME has too, but there have always been women worthy of TIME’s cover.”

Go behind the scenes of this important issue HERE.

Conceived with award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el, the 100 Women of the Year were selected by TIME editors, in collaboration with Har’el, and a committee of influential women across different fields, including Katie Couric, Soledad O’Brien, Lena Waithe, MJ Rodriguez, Elaine Welteroth, Amanda Nguyen, Zazie Beetz, and former editor in chief of TIME Nancy Gibbs.

“Each generation inherits a history, focused through the lens of those who came before it—but time tends to reveal a greater depth of field. We need to reclaim our narrative and salute the women who changed our world but were not given the place in history they deserved.  I’m honored and thankful to TIME for opening their Person of the Year process for the first time ever and making Women of the Year a reality,” said Har’el.  

For the first time in its history, TIME releases 100 TIME covers for a single project. Each of the 100 Women of the Year is recognized with a TIME cover that is visually emblematic of the period its subject represents. In all, TIME commissioned 49 original artists’ portraits, including work by Koyin Ojih Odutola, Mickalene Thomas, Shana Wilson, Bisa Butler, Yulia Brodskaya, Amaya Gurpide, Jennifer Dionisio, Mercedes deBellard, Lavett Ballard and more.

See all of the covers HERE.

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The TIME 100 Next List

With the current issue of TIME, the magazine has launched the TIME 100 Next, a new list—part of an ongoing expansion of our flagship TIME 100 franchise—that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. Although this focus lends itself to a younger group, we intentionally had no age cap—a recognition that ascents can begin at any age. The youngest person on this list, for example, is 14-year-old figure-skating phenom Alysa Liu, who recently became the first U.S. woman to land a quadruple Lutz in competition. The oldest is Ayman Odeh, a politician who, at 44, has emerged as a potential kingmaker in Israeli politics

Check out the list HERE.

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TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places

How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary.

To compile TIME’s second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, the magazine solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. Then they evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence.

The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.

California made the list with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, AutoCamp in Yosemite, Arts District Firehouse Hotel in Los Angeles, and Nyum Bai restaurant in Oakland.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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What Is The Best Sandwich in Every U.S. State?

From the humble grilled cheese to slow-cooked pulled pork, there’s something for everyone at sandwich establishments across the nation.

Preferences vary widely from state to state: Some can be held in your hands, much like the original; other’s require a fork and knife to dig into. For purists, a sandwich is anything between two slices of bread or halves of a roll (burgers and hot dogs notwithstanding), and every one of the 50 states has something exciting in that regard to offer.

To create this list, Far & Wide did a deep dive into the culinary history and local specialties of each and every state in order to identify its emblematic sandwich. Once they zeroed in on the dish that best represented the local cuisine, they delved into reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to find the restaurants, sandwich shops and food carts that locals claimed were making the very best examples of what their state had to offer. 

I’m going to go off the list and give a shout out to Portland, Maine where I grew up and their iconic Italian sandwich. For those unfamiliar, a Maine Italian sub is prepared using a long soft Italian bread, ham, American cheese, tomato, onion, sour pickle, green bell pepper, black olives, olive oil, salt and black pepper. I know that everyone loves Amato’s for this New England treat but I prefer Dipietro’s Market in South Portland. If Sam is working say hello from me and feel free to ship me a sub, I sure miss them!

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite sandwich made the cut?

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The Top Five Buzz-Worthy Subscription Boxes To Check Out In 2019

When subscription boxes first came onto the scene, plenty of people were skeptical as to whether or not they’d be embraced and truly sought after. Fast-forward to today and they are enjoying huge amounts of growth and popularity in the mainstream. Today, you can find a subscription box for just about any theme and item, in a variety of price points, and delivered at different frequencies throughout the year. You can even choose to purchases boxes on a month-by-month basis or sign up for a specified amount of boxes

If you’re looking to give subscription boxes a try, here are five buzz-worthy ones to check out in 2019.

PLAY! By Sephora

The PLAY! By Sephora monthly subscription service is for all the beauty junkies out there who love to try new products and re-discover classics. The “box”, which actually comes in a cute little bag, features five trial-sized samples each month. They include makeup, hair-care, and skincare from some of the top brands out there. The box is priced at $10/month and promises to feature at least $65 worth of product.

Candle of the Month

If you’re more into lifestyle and products for the home, the Candle of the Month from Frostbeard Studio is a unique candle subscription box that will deliver new goodies to your door on a regular basis. You can opt for the month-to-month purchase or the three-month, six-month, or one year pre-paid box for savings. The candles are made in-house and feature some of the most beautiful and enjoyable scents.

Blue Apron

Foodies can’t seem to get enough of the Blue Apron subscription service that gives you a chance to cook like a true chef. All you do is choose your meals, set up the subscription, and prepare for it to be delivered. Boxes include all the ingredients you need, including fresh ingredients (the box is insulated), and a step-by-step instruction card to follow. Pricing varies depending on how many recipes per week you want, how many servings, and the types of meals.

Rocksbox

If you like to show off new bling on your body, then the Rocksbox is perfect. This is a jewelry subscription service that uses a stylist to hand-select items for you. You can hang on to the items as long as you want to wear them. When it’s time to give them back, you have the option of purchasing them instead. You can try up to three pieces at a time for $21/month, you can cancel anytime, and shipping is free.

FabFitFun

Billed as a lifestyle subscription box, customers love that you get a real variety in the FabFitFun quarterly box. Boxes include a variety of wellness, beauty, fashion, and fitness products. The box is priced at $49.99 and features $200+ worth of value.

Don’t Stop at Just One

Because you can find such a variety of items in these boxes and an array of price points, why stop at just one subscription service?

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What Is The Best Pizza In Every U.S. State?

As the saying goes, “Even bad pizza is pretty good.” But there are some pizzas that are much better than “still pretty good” — they’re out-of-this-world amazing. 

Where are the best pizza joints across America? TripAdvisor took a look at the places reviewers were giving top marks, accounting for overall ratings and the quality and quantity of reviews. The following pizza places were deemed the best in every U.S. state (plus the District of Columbia), earning a minimum of 4 out of 5 “bubbles” based on at least 100 reviews. 

Check out the list HERE and see if your favorite pizzeria made the cut?

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The Top 5 Craziest Conspiracy Theories

By their nature, humans are curious beings who are constantly seeking to be enlightened. There are numerous things that seem enigmatic to us (people, places, events, processes, etc.), and as such, they fascinate our imagination.  In a bid to satisfy our curiosity and make sense of the stories that defy explanation, many people come up with their own conjectures. Paradoxically, many of us readily accept such half-baked ideas even if they’re unproven.

The upshot of it is the proliferation of conspiracy theories. Today, there are so many of them that it makes your head spin. You only have to cast your gaze on some major area of our modern society (politics or governance, music, religion, etc.), and you’ll face a seemingly endless flow of conspiracy theories. Even college students, some of whom want to buy an essay online, may be required to write assignments that pertain to this topic.

But where do all those theories spring from? Most of them originate from books, opinion articles, blog posts, social media comments, podcasts, and web-based video channels. Typically, it’s the individuals who have such platforms that come up with all these wild assumptions or unfounded explanations. Once their audience gets hold of the information, it becomes a rumor (with a reference source) that spreads like wildfire. Usually, the larger the audience or popularity/authority of the theorist is, the bigger the conspiracy can become. The theorists may be highly-followed celebrities, bloggers, novelists, and controversial public figures. Some of the most noteworthy examples include Alex Jones (a webcaster behind InfoWars), Gayle Lynds (a novelist) and even Donald Trump – the current US President.

Although the theories may appear fascinating to a significant number of people, they have potentially dangerous implications. The power of conspiracy theories lies in the fact that they become truth after being accepted by the people who believe in them. They take a distorted view of people, events, phenomena, and places-based claims unsupported by evidence. A good case in point? Donald Trump’s backing of the so-called birther conspiracy theory which he advanced against his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama. Just by virtue of one tweet, that theory caught on with many Americans who actually believed it to be true, and even when Obama’s birth certificate was made public, they wrote it off as being forged. Eventually, he backtracked and admitted it was not true. Today, Donald Trump, whose support for various conspiracy theories is well-known, represents a prime example of the enormous influence a famous person can exert on people by propagating unsubstantiated information. Recently, social media platforms have been used to spread anti-vaccine propaganda.

What you’re about to read is some of the most bizarre conspiracy theories ever invented. Ready? Let’s get to it!

1. Humanity’s First Moon Landing Never Happened

Despite all the pride and strong sense of achievement that came with the 1969 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, some people believe it never took place. They contend that it was a make-believe setup designed to fool the world into thinking the US had beaten the Soviet Union in the space race. According to the conspiracy theorists, the whole thing was a highly covert film shot in a secret location in the US. 

What’s the basis of this claim, you may ask? Well, look no further than the lack of third-party verification of the event, since the photographic or video evidence was provided only by NASA.

What’s more? Proponents of the theory believe that its proof can be found in the now famous black and white video footage showing Aldrin planting the American flag. They point out that since there is vacuum in space, the flag could not possibly have waved.

But the doubters didn’t stop there. They took it a step further and claimed that an American filmmaker working on a space-related film project assisted the US government.

2. Aliens and UFOs Are Active on Earth

Aliens have for long been a fixation of the science fiction genre. Today, they’re typically described as having a disproportionately large egg-shaped head, dark bulging eyes, small mouth, and tiny limbs. They are considered to be a more advanced civilization existing in outer space and transporting themselves across planets in disc-shaped spacecraft.

In fact, some people even claim to have been abducted by aliens. It’s no surprise that many of them believe that aliens are real and have visited our planet. But why isn’t it reported in the mainstream media? The theorists assert that governments, particularly that of the US, deliberately hide and suppress information about aliens. Hence, those Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) sightings at night never make it to your evening news bulletin. They even allege that the US government has been in contact with an advanced alien civilization and built top-secret facilities where they’ve been experimenting with alien technology.

A more bizarre claim holds that there are shape-shifting reptilians from space who dwell among us as humans and are capable of changing back into lizards whenever they want. Famous people like Justin Bieber have been accused of being one of them.

3. The September 11 Attack Was an Inside Job 

Thousands of people lost their lives in a terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2001. Back then, the terrorists flew hijacked commercial airplanes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, causing them to collapse. As gruesome and unpleasant as the events were, some doubters believe that the label “terrorist” is a misnomer. They contend that the fatal episode was an inside job orchestrated by the US government.

The theorists claim that the destruction of the buildings was a result of controlled explosions and not due to the impact of the planes. Why do they believe the US government is responsible? The reasons differ. There are those who say it happened as an excuse for the US government to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. They also contend that the US intelligence knew about the incident beforehand but did nothing to prevent it. In their view, that supports the claim.

4. Climate Change is a Hoax

Over many millennia, the Earth’s climate has undergone different changes. But today, the hottest topic related to it is global warming. Some scientists agree that human activities, and more specifically explosive industrial growth and the resultant emission of greenhouse gases, are causing our planet to become warmer. One consequence of that process is that large sections of ice sheets in the polar caps are melting faster than ever before leading to a rise in sea water level. This, in turn, has resulted in the flooding of coastal and inland areas due to heavy rains. Similarly, the recent summers have been some of the hottest ever recorded. 

Even with a growing body of empirical evidence, not every person agrees that it’s a real problem. Climate change skeptics argue that it’s all a hoax designed to advance an agenda of global population control. They refute the scientific basis and believe it should be discounted in policymaking. President Donald Trump, a publicly avowed climate skeptic, went so far as to officially withdraw America from the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement.

5. The Bermuda Triangle Enigma

Who hasn’t heard of this place? Notorious for unexplained disappearances of people and vehicles, the Bermuda triangle (sometimes called the Devil’s Triangle) is a roughly-defined region in the Atlantic Ocean east of the coast of Florida, northwest of Puerto Rico and south of the island of Bermuda (after which it is named). These three locations form the three points of the “triangle.”

So what makes this area a mystery? There have been claims that over the past 500 years thousands of ships and airplanes have gone missing there under inexplicable circumstances. Accordingly, various conspiracy theories have surfaced explaining the disappearances. Some are based on weak scientific explanations while others concern preternatural activities and alien beings. However, the available evidence suggests that many of the claims are questionable. Even today, the area remains a highly trafficked one both by air and sea without the occurrence of such mysterious incidents.

Given the ever-growing use of media platforms, one should be careful about the information posted there. If prior to reading this post, you’ve been receptive of knowledge you acquire daily, you should take greater care in scrutinizing the content before accepting it as true.

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TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019

TIME magazine has released their 2019 100 Most Influential People list, featuring some of the most well-known artists, politicians and world leaders. The list is divided into five categories: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons.

Actress Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time’s annual “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue.

The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra Oh and Dwayne Johnson. The issue is comprised of short tributes to its honorees that are written by fellow global leaders throughout all industries. President Donald Trump, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former first lady Michelle Obama were among the 100 people on this year’s list.

See the full list HERE.

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Here Are America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores

Hoodline has ranked America’s 50 favorite bookstores. 

Topping the list is Oregon’s Powell’s City of Books (my favorite all-time book shop), located at 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland. With an impressive five stars out of a whopping 3,831 reviews on Yelp, Powell’s is the largest new and used bookstore in the world, with roughly one million books on offer. 

Occupying an entire city block, the bookstore features more than 3,500 different sections and nine color-coded rooms stacked with books, including best-sellers and one-of-a-kind finds in its rare book room. 

I am a bookstore fanatic and have been lucky to have visited: Powell’s City of Books (Portland, Oregon), Strand Bookstore (New York City, New York),

Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado), The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California), Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, Massachusetts), The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, Washington), Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Borderlands Books (San Francisco, California)

and Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, California). It appears that I have quite a few more stores to visit during my future travels!

Check out the entire list HERE and see if your favorite bookstore made the cut.

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