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Them: Donald Trump is actually a really good guy for refusing to take the president’s 400K salary. See he’s really not in it for himself or the money!

Reality: Because Melania and Barron Trump will remain in Manhattan and Donald Trump himself will be staying at Trump Tower as much as possible during his presidency, one floor of Trump Tower may be converted into a round-the-clock command post for the Secret Service. This safety precaution will cost the government roughly $1.5 million per year and the money will be pocketed by Donald Trump’s own company. 

Youtube Play Button Cupcake


Yields about 3 dozen cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups champagne
Champagne Frosting
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup champagne
Decoration
  • Gold sanding sugar
  • Gold Leaf
  • Silver sanding sugar
  • Silver Leaf
  • White sanding sugar
  • Marshmallow fondant
  • Diamond luster dust
  • Edible diamonds
Equipment
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer with attachments
  • Rubber spatula
  • Cupcake liners
  • Cupcake tray
  • Cookie scoop
  • Small paintbrush
  • Offset spatula
  • Wax paper
  • Small fondant roller
  • Small triangle cutter
  • Small knife
  • Pastry bag
  • #809 tip
  • Small offset spatula

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar together until well combined.
  4. Add egg whites a little at a time, mixing between each addition and then add vanilla.
  5. Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the champagne to the creamed mixture bowl (1/3 dry, mix, ½ champagne, mix, etc.).
  6. Divide the cake batter into two 8-inch pans and one 6-inch pan.
  7. Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes.
Champagne Frosting
  1. Beat butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add salt, vanilla extract and champagne and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a #809 tip and set aside.

Time to decorate!

  1. On a surface prepared with wax paper and powdered sugar, roll out marshmallow fondant to about an inch thick.
  2. Use a small square cutter to create square fondant shapes. Do the same with a small triangle cutter.
  3. With a small paintbrush, cover a few of the squares and triangles with diamond luster dust and then place some edible diamonds on top of each triangle.
  4. Gently cover remaining squares and triangles with gold leaf and silver leaf. Place each decorated triangle onto its corresponding square.
  5. Squeeze a large dollop of frosting onto each cupcake and then dip some into gold sanding sugar, some into silver, and some into white.
  6. Place each play buttons you made onto a cupcake. The diamond play button goes on top of the cupcake covered in white sanding sugar, silver on silver, gold on gold.
  7. TaDa! You’ll be sure to press play with all these Youtube play button cupcakes.
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Some men are born to plow fields, some live to be great physicians, others to be great kings. Me? I was born to serve you, Arthur, and I’m proud of that, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

The cost to taxpayers for Trump to have Thanksgiving at his Florida home?

$7 million.

The cost to NYC for Trump security at Trump tower? $1 million a day.

The current cost to the secret service and The department of Homeland Security for Trump to stay in NYC? $2 million a day. The cost is expected to increase once he is president.

The price the secret service will pay to rent out an entire floor of Trump tower because he wants to stay there much of the time and because his wife is not moving? $ 1.5 million a year.

But at least he is waving his $400,000 a year salary.

Schloss Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous castles in the world. It was built by Bavarian King Ludwig II. Walt Disney copied it for his Disneyland amusement park and also uses it in the Disney films logo. The real castle gets 1.3 million visitors a year - high season being summer into fall with about 6,000 visitors a day. The castle features rich interiors with decor and art inspired by Wagner opera’s, fairytales, and legends with both Byzantine and the Romantic era architecture. 

@wiishfulheart

There were days that Hex was feeling good about himself, where he could just go up in front of his students and give him their lessons without so much as a slip-up. There were days where he… Struggled just getting through the first lesson… Today was one of those days. He was finally done, and it was hell getting through every second of it. All the wanted to do was curl up in a blanket and just forget about the world, but well… There were papers to grade. 

He wondered how much more of this he’d be able to take before he fell apart. 

Amphicyonids, also known as bear-dogs, were large predators relatives of weasels, skunks, racoons, and as the name suggests, bears and canids. They inhabited North America, Eurasia and Africa from 46 to 1.8 million years ago.

I had the pleasure of having this image featured in @thebrainscoop‘s latest video, check it out!

Globally, dogs have caused about 10 extinctions and continue to threaten another 150 species. In the United States alone, some 78,000 dogs roam habitats close to urban and suburban development. From marine shores and grasslands to woodlands and coniferous forests, dogs chase and attack wild birds and deer and terrorize native predators such as gray foxes and even pumas.

Even the scent of a dog is enough to compel wildlife to flee and hide. The presence of dogs accelerates heartbeats in bighorn sheep and causes marmots to be more hesitant to reemerge from their burrows. Some animals will abandon living in an area altogether if dogs visit frequently, forcing them to give up precious opportunities to feed and travel.

Elsewhere, dogs serve as reservoirs for a host of diseases — such as rabies, canine parvovirus and leishmaniasis (also known as black or dumdum fever). Studies from Brazil reveal that wildlife and livestock in proximity to dogs are particularly at risk of leishmaniasis, which infects roughly 1.6 million people a year. In China’s Wolong Reserve, free-roaming dogs share at least four microparasites with the reserve’s giant pandas, threatening Wolong’s precious pandas with several pathogens.

In poor countries such as Nepal, dog populations — originally used to ward off snow leopards — have exploded. Unwanted dogs are left roaming villages, living on food scraps or hunting wildlife in forest habitats. Inevitably, conflicts mount. In the Annapurna Conservation Area, villagers routinely poison dogs with strychnine, a readily available poison that induces a long, painful death. It’s not uncommon to find dog carcasses in rivers and landfills. Sadly, when vultures and other scavengers eat the carrion, they are poisoned, too.

—  Dogs are man’s best friend — but one of wildlife’s worst foes, Debby Ng and Joel Berger, The Washington Post. 24 March 2017.

Die Bastei is a rock formation towering above the Elbe river in the Sandstone Mountains of Sachsen, Eastern Germany. Reaching 305 m above sea level, its jagged rocks were formed by water erosion over 1 million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna near Dresden, and are the main landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park. They are part of a climbing and hiking area that extends over the border into the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting; the town can be reached from Dresden by paddle steamer on the river Elbe.

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We’re in this together.

Did you think tuberculosis was a disease of the past? It still claims 1.8 million lives every year.

That’s more than any other infectious disease.

Patients have to take large numbers of pills, and face daily injections, for up to two years.

Side effects can include: Permanent deafness, nausea and vomiting, blindness and psychosis

Five years ago, two new TB medicines were introduced.

They have far fewer side effects, and are much more powerful.

However most patients are denied access to the new medicines and are stuck with the old medicines.

This needs to change.