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FDNY Reviewed 4chan Post About Jeffrey Epstein’s Death
About 38 minutes before news outlets first reported Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison, a 4chan user published a detailed post about it.
The Manhattan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Aug. 10.
The New York City Fire Department looked into whether an employee posted about Jeffrey Epstein’s death on a notorious internet message board prior to officials announcing it to the public, BuzzFeed News has learned.
After telling BuzzFeed News the post was "under review," an FDNY spokesperson said authorities "determined this alleged information did not come from the Fire Department."
"An investigation is a formal act which brings about a process which includes interviewing witnesses, serving notice, determining credibility of witness statements — and that was not warranted nor did it take place here. This determination was made after a review of the incident. We looked at the information provided by [a BuzzFeed News] reporter and we looked at our own records and there was no match," said FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer, who added that the FDNY's Office of Healthcare Compliance conducted the review. "It doesn't match our medical records."
Almost 40 minutes before ABC News first reported Epstein’s death on Twitter, someone posted still-unverified details on 4chan, the anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls and white nationalists.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  politics  sexual_abuse  suicide  alt-right  nationalism  forum 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People - The New York Times
Almost exactly a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2018, I visited Jeffrey Epstein at his cavernous Manhattan mansion.
The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.
So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein’s suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him.
During our conversation, Mr. Epstein made no secret of his own scandalous past — he’d pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting prostitution from underage girls and was a registered sex offender — and acknowledged to me that he was a pariah in polite society. At the same time, he seemed unapologetic. His very notoriety, he said, was what made so many people willing to confide in him. Everyone, he suggested, has secrets and, he added, compared with his own, they seemed innocuous. People confided in him without feeling awkward or embarrassed, he claimed.
celebrity  crime  epstein  gov2.0  legal  money  politics  sex  sexual_abuse  suicide  trump  nytimes 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Jeffrey Epstein's Death in Prison Was One of Many - The Atlantic
These stories don’t mention Jeffrey Epstein, but they are about him.
Jeffrey Epstein’s name and face are everywhere following his death. Even as an investigation reveals that the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he died, was terminally short-staffed and relied on untrained guards who failed to monitor him, conspiracy theories persist. Americans who believe in their justice system assert that it is obvious that he was murdered, and that jailers could not possibly be so incompetent, cruel, or indifferent as to let such a high-profile prisoner commit suicide.
Here, to help you evaluate that claim, are 32 short stories about in-custody deaths or near-deaths in America.
These stories don’t mention Jeffrey Epstein, but they are about him. Epstein was incarcerated in the United States of America, and this is how the United States of America, the mightiest and richest nation there is or ever has been, treats incarcerated people. When you say, “There is no way that guards could be so reckless, so indifferent, so malicious as to just let someone as important as Epstein die,” this is how 32 Americans respond. Many, many more could respond in kind.
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august 2019 by rgl7194
There’s no evidence the Trump administration had a role in Jeffrey Epstein’s death | PolitiFact Facebook fact-checks
The full details of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide have yet to materialize, but one pro-labor Facebook group wasted no time linking the disgraced financier’s death to President Donald Trump.
The group, Union Thugs, strongly suggested that Trump, through his cabinet, had a hand in coordinating Epstein’s death. 
"DOJ under Barr had jurisdiction over the prison Epstein was in. It's been reported that the security cameras failed at the moment of the alleged suicide," the post reads. "Trump cabinet member Acosta gets Epstein a pass in court previously. Trump is a frequent flyer on Epstein airlines...yeah sure he killed himself."
To be clear: There is no evidence that Trump or his administration had any role in Epstein’s death. And as we’ve previously reported, criminal justice experts say that suicide is endemic in American jails.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 
The New York City chief medical examiner has yet to release a final ruling on how the 66-year-old died. But here we’ll analyze the individual claims contained in the post based on what we now know.
conspiracy_theory  crime  epstein  gov2.0  legal  money  murder  politics  sex  sexual_abuse  suicide  trump  factcheck 
august 2019 by rgl7194
There’s no evidence that the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s death | PolitiFact Facebook fact-checks
It wasn’t long after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail cell Aug. 10 that conspiracy theories started to bloom.
Some social media users baselessly speculated that Epstein, an American financier indicted on sex trafficking charges, was killed at the behest of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Others linked his death to President Donald Trump. And still others falsely claimed that Epstein never died at all.
None of those claims are backed by available evidence — and some are rooted in decades-old, long-debunked conspiracy theories. But social media posts promoting them have amassed tens of thousands of shares on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Some of those posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 
Officials initially said Epstein, who was accused of abusing and trafficking underage girls, hanged himself. The New York City medical examiner's office finished an autopsy soon after he was found but said it needed "further information" to formally conclude a cause of death. Federal investigators are still in the early stages of parsing through the particulars of Epstein’s death out of an "abundance of caution."
Until we get more concrete details about Epstein’s death, we’re not rating claims that speculate about the factors that caused it. But conspiracies about Epstein are rampant on social media, so we wanted to check out the most viral ones and go through the facts.
epstein  conspiracy_theory  crime  gov2.0  hillary  legal  money  murder  politics  sex  sexual_abuse  suicide  factcheck 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Jeffrey Epstein, Accused Of Sex Trafficking, Dead From Apparent Suicide : NPR
Updated at 5:28 p.m. ET
Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier accused of sex trafficking, was found unresponsive in his jail cell from an apparent suicide at approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.
Epstein was transported by EMS from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan to a local hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He was subsequently pronounced dead by hospital staff.
The FBI is investigating.
Epstein, 66, was charged with sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking conspiracy in July and was being held without bail. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and would have faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Last month, he was found unconscious in his cell with marks on his neck. Prison officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide attempt but had not ruled out the possibility that he was attacked or that he had somehow staged the injuries, New York Times reporter Michael Gold told NPR's Weekend Edition.
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august 2019 by rgl7194
How Epstein Got Rich: Clue Buried in Lawsuit? - WhoWhatWhy
People wondering how Jeffrey Epstein acquired his enormous wealth may find a clue on page 5 of the lawsuit, filed — and later withdrawn — by Katie Johnson against Donald Trump and Epstein for allegedly raping her when she was 13 years old.
Tiffany Doe, a material witness named in the lawsuit, had agreed to provide sworn testimony, “fully verifying the authenticity of the claims” of Johnson. Doe said she had been employed by Epstein for more than 10 years as a “party planner” and had witnessed everything described by Johnson.
In fact, it was her job to witness all the sexual escapades that went on in Epstein’s mansions — and to report to him everything she had overheard. He told her “knowledge was king” in the financial world. From page 5 of the lawsuit:
As a result of these underage sex parties, Defendant Epstein was able to accumulate inside business knowledge that he otherwise would never have been privy to in order to amass his huge personal fortune.
It is clear that Epstein did throw wild parties with young women. Did he learn anything from the pillow talk? From the bragging of men trying to impress each other with their inside knowledge of upcoming secret deals? If “knowledge is king” — what about Epstein’s knowledge of who did what to underage girls at his parties? Did Epstein blackmail any of these men?
Knowledge is king indeed.
sex  crime  money  celebrity  trump  sexual_abuse  legal  epstein  suicide  gov2.0  politics 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Trump's Conspiracy Theory About the Clintons and Epstein - The Atlantic
On Saturday, President Trump spread a conspiracy theory accusing the Clintons of murdering Jeffrey Epstein.
August 10, 1969: SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—President Nixon accused his predecessor Lyndon Baines Johnson of complicity in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Speaking with reporters on the first day of a 10-day stay at his Pacific Ocean vacation home ….
Of course, that never happened. Obviously. How could it, how dare it? But had it happened, such an accusation—by a president, against a former president—would have convulsed the United States and the world. Today, President Trump accused his predecessor, Bill Clinton—or possibly his 2016 campaign opponent, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—of complicity in the death of the accused sex-trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein.
Many seem to have responded with a startled shrug. What do you expect? It’s just Trump letting off steam on Twitter.
Reactions to actions by Trump are always filtered through the prism of the ever-more-widely accepted view—within his administration, within Congress, within the United States and around the world—that the 45th president is a reckless buffoon, a conspiratorial racist moron, whose weird comments should be disregarded by sensible people.
By now, Trump’s party in Congress, the members of his Cabinet, and even his White House entourage all tacitly agree that Trump’s occupancy of the office held by Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Eisenhower must be a bizarre cosmic joke, not to be taken seriously. CNN’s Jake Tapper on August 2 quoted a “senior national security official” as saying: "Everyone at this point ignores what the president says and just does their job. The American people should take some measure of confidence in that.”
trump  politics  gov2.0  hillary  conspiracy_theory  murder  SMH  epstein  suicide  sex  crime  sexual_abuse  legal  money 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Trends Among Today’s Teenagers |
The HBO series ‘Euphoria’ has triggered a closer look into reckless behavior among today’s teenagers. This recent New York Times article, “The ‘Euphoria’ Teenagers are Wild. But Most Real Teenagers Are Tame.” refers to Generation Z as not the reckless generation portrayed in the series, but as the “cautious generation”. Gen Z is actually growing up more slowly and more responsibly than popular media depicts.
The article points out three significant trends among these cautious teens: 1) teens are having less sex; 2) drug use is declining; and 3) suicide is a growing worry. Other noteworthy trends include the decline of alcohol use, as well as alarming growth in anxiety and depression among teens.
My daily observations, conversations and research among teens support these trends. Many teens are not yet dating, and most avoid drugs and alcohol to keep their minds clear for optimal academic and athletic performance. Unfortunately, many know someone who has attempted or succeeded in suicide, which is so prevalent that it’s often part of carpool conversations.
One of the reasons for high rates of anxiety, I believe, is that this generation spends more time at home screening and less time out socializing in person. Most teens are staying home more because “why bother to go out” when they can socialize virtually from the comfort of their own beds. Teens in my insight community say they are often home alone with multiple screens: watching YouTube videos, playing video games, texting, on social media, and mastering all simultaneously.
teenager  depression  gen_z  suicide 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain remembered by Mark Lanegan | Food | The Guardian
25 June 1956 - 8 June 2018
The musician remembers his friend, the charismatic chef, author and presenter who was as warm and enthusiastic in private as he was on screen
Mark Lanegan
Sun 16 Dec 2018 03.00 EST Last modified on Tue 18 Dec 2018 05.51 EST
It broke my heart when Tony died. I loved so much about him. His obvious love for life and for people. His balls-out willingness to do whatever was put in front of him. He was ultra-charismatic on television, in his writing, and in person, but totally down to earth with everybody he met. I was a fan for years before we became friends. He seemed like someone who would be great to hang out with. And so it turned out.
I first came across Tony watching his shows on the Travel Channel [No Reservations and The Layover]. Then I got Kitchen Confidential [his 2000 bestseller about working in New York kitchens] and just loved it. A few years later, he got to know Queens of the Stone Age, but I had left the band as a full-time member by that point. The guys had heard he was in town, invited him to a show, and they just hit it off. He had such a great sense of humour. He got them to play Christmas songs in Christmas jumpers on his show. After that, Josh [Homme, Queens of the Stone Age frontman] introduced Tony to my music. He got into it pretty heavily, which I heard about. I found it unbelievably gratifying.
lanegan  adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  music  friends 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Wins First Emmy for Outstanding Writing | TV News | Consequence of Sound
“He’s off on a journey to parts unknown. We wish we could be there to shoot that journey..."
This year’s Emmy Awards don’t take place until Monday, September 17th, but the Creative Arts Emmys were handed out this past weekend at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Among the big winners were Saturday Night Live with a whopping seven wins, Atlanta with three wins, Rick and Morty winning Outstanding Animated Program for “Pickle Rick”, and the late Anthony Bourdain going six for six with his posthumous nominations.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  award 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Talks Harvey Weinstein, Clintons in Final Interview | Consequence of Sound
The late chef and author also took Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders fans to task
It’s been just over a month since the suicide of author, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. One of his final interviews, an in-depth discussion with Maria Bustillos of the newly-launched blockchain-based web magazine Popula, was conducted back in February and has just been published. The conversation covered a wide array of subjects, with Bourdain giving some characteristically blunt comments about many sociopolitical matters.
Prior to his death, Bourdain was dating Asia Argento, one of the women at the center of the New York Times article that exposed Harvey Weinstein. As such, Bourdain was an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement and a staunch opponent of Weinstein. While he and Bustillos were discussing how the only way to stop the immoral acts of powerful people is to publicly humiliate them, Bourdain imagined the former A-list producer forced to eat at a low-rent restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was his way of explaining that while he’d love “to see him, you know beaten to death in his cell,” it’s actually more satisfying to watch horrible individuals suffer the consequences.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  interview  politics  hillary  sexism 
july 2018 by rgl7194
eat well, travel often | shopmidnightrider: “Travel isn’t always pretty....
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” Anthony Bourdain ( June 25th 1956 - June 8th 2018 )
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  EatWellTravelOften  quotes 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Chefs & Celebrities Respond to Anthony Bourdain Death | Tasting Table
News, stories and reactions from the past week
In the week since Anthony Bourdain's tragic death, his friends and, fans have joined chefs and celebrities in pouring forth with words and photos in commemoration.
• This opinion piece in The Washington Post about "why Iranians love Bourdain."
• CNN collected stories from readers about what Bourdain meant to them.
• Netflix announced that it would keep Parts Unknown available to stream.
• "Anthony Bourdain was the best white man," Mallika Rao wrote for Vulture.
• The New York Times on what he meant to people of color.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Watch Pearl Jam Dedicate Tour Kickoff to Anthony Bourdain | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Ever classy, the Seattle rockers also paid respects to the Spade family
Pearl Jam is a class act. Listen to any number of bootlegs from the Seattle rockers and you’ll see that Eddie Vedder and the gang have their hearts in the right place. Well, traditions die hard, and last night, the band came out in a state of love and trust for their European tour kick off at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with a few dedications.
“We dedicate this to Anthony [Bourdain], my friend David [Spade], his brother Andrew [Spade],” Vedder said, the latter two being the brother-in-law and husband, respectively, of designer Kate Spade. “They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you.”
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  music  concert  PJ 
june 2018 by rgl7194
We Need to Talk About Anthony Bourdain | Food & Wine
As I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is.
Chefs die all the time, and no one talks about it. There are a million reasons for this, but the thing is that it happens constantly and it's only spoken of in hushed tones so no one gets upset. Other people's feelings are awkward, and we as a culture are exceptionally crappy at talking about them. We're all afraid of making things worse, or seeing someone in a different way, or having them see us in a vulnerable state. But as I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is. Especially today.
Anthony Bourdain killed himself. I don't know why. Even if I did, it wouldn't matter, because it cannot be undone or make anyone feel any better. There was absolutely no one else in the world like him, and the constant refrain I heard from chefs, writers, and food lovers I met through my work as a journalist was, "I want to be Anthony Bourdain."
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain, Renegade Chef Who Reported From the World’s Tables, Is Dead at 61 - The New York Times
Anthony Bourdain, whose darkly funny memoir about life in New York City restaurant kitchens made him a celebrity chef and touched off his second career as a journalist, food expert and social activist, was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France. He was 61.
His death was being treated as a suicide. Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor for the city of Colmar, in the Alsace region near where Mr. Bourdain was found, said the death was by hanging. “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play,” he said.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain: America’s Ambassador to the World | Editorials | Consequence of Sound
A tribute to a man who followed fate and became America's favorite traveler
Some men get a haircut in high school and just stick with it until the day they lose it all. It’s a metaphor for how the male of the species lives his life post-college: stuck in his ways, unable to change with the times, wondering out loud when things will go back to what they perceive as “normal.” Anthony Bourdain was a man that the world saw change and grow throughout the years, from his first New Yorker piece to his recent alignment with the #MeToo movement. Bourdain always kept it real, but his reality was perpetually changing.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Josh Homme, Barack Obama, More Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain | Consequence of Sound
Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrity chefs, and the late traveler's favorite breakfast restaurant also express their condolences
The world woke up to sad news today when we all learned of the death of Anthony Bourdain, the beloved TV personality, chef, and author. The 61-year-old died of an apparent suicide in France while filming an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. In the wake of his passing, prominent individuals from former political leaders to rock icons have been paying tribute to the late world traveler via social media.
Former President Barack Obama sent out a picture of himself and Bourdain from an 2016 episode of Parts Unknown shot in Hanoi, Vietnam. “He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together,” Obama wrote.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Goodbye Anthony Bourdain – Om on Tech
It has been six days since I got back from Iceland. And every single day has been spent in bed – dealing with conjunctivitis, cold, cough and fever. Despite all precautions, all sort of vitamins and even getting decent sleep. And yet, it has been a rough few days. Even though I have tried to keep up with work — thanks to Zoom video conference, I have fallen behind on my emails.
And if that was not enough, I have been devastated by the news of the suicide of Kate Spade, a designer who works were appreciated by millions of women around the world. But today, my world got a little darker. Anthony Bourdain, a chef and a food journalist I admired deeply committed suicide in France. His show Parts Unknown was the only show worth watching on CNN. I loved his previous travel shows as well.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain has died at 61 | TV News | Consequence of Sound
The Emmy-winning CNN host reportedly committed suicide in France
Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, and Emmy-winning television personality, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.
The news was confirmed by his own network, CNN, who released the following statement:
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Barack Obama Just Delivered Emotional Statement About Anthony Bourdain – The Political Voice
Barack Obama, even out of office, remains the President this country deserves. And more importantly, he’s the leader that this nation needs – now, more than ever. With kindness and compassion, Barack Obama’s abundant intelligence, experience and wisdom was apparent in every move he made as leader of this country. To say he made us proud to be American, would be a massive understatement.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide  obama  twitter 
june 2018 by rgl7194
What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Cities - CityLab
The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings.
Anthony Bourdain is one of the two people who have most inspired my work on cities and urbanism. Where Jane Jacobs helped define my intellectual agenda, it was Bourdain, who died on Friday morning at age 61, who motivated me to spread the message of cities and urbanism broadly.
A brilliant chef-turned-writer-turned-TV-star who was as good or better on camera as he was on the page, most people saw him as a chronicler of food and culture. But I always saw him as a chronicler of cities, and a truly great urbanist. He may not have seen himself that way—in recent years he ceased to refer to himself as a chef or a journalist, so single-minded was he as a traveler and epicurean—but it’s a central part of his work and legacy.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Dead at 61 - The Atlantic
The chef and writer, who died at 61, changed the way we think about restaurant kitchens and the people who work within them.
What made Anthony Bourdain distinct as a writer was what made him a great television personality: He unprettified reality and found a deeper truth in the lives of people who made food. He did not so much glorify the hot line as much as talk about the grit it took to work and live there, the strangely insulated and relatively safe world it became for people who had often grown up in unsafe worlds, the barracks mentality that fostered its own language and code of behavior.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain very nearly ate his first meal in Japan at a Starbucks. As he recounts in Kitchen Confidential, the 2000 memoir that made him a celebrity, he had been dispatched in 1998 by the owners of Les Halles, the New York restaurant where he was executive chef, to open a Tokyo branch. Hungover and bleary-eyed at 5 a.m., the man who would one day preach the gospel of culinary adventurism—but at the time had almost no experience with international travel—“didn’t have the nerve” to go into a noodle shop, being “acutely aware of how freakish and un-Japanese I looked.” He writes, “The prospect of pushing aside the banner to one of these places, sliding back the door and stepping inside, then squeezing on to a stool at a packed counter and trying to figure out how and what to order was a little frightening.” Thankfully for him—and the rest of us—fortified by a latte, he summoned the nerve to go out and slurp down some soba.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dead | Tasting Table
The ‘Parts Unknown' host was 61
Anthony Bourdain, TV host, author and one of the most prominent celebrity chefs in the food world, has passed away, CNN announces.
The Parts Unknown host was in France working on a future episode, when close friend and Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert discovered him unconscious in his hotel room. Although exact details have not been announced, CNN confirms that the cause of death was suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network says in a statement. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time." 
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dies By Suicide: His Best Music Moments - Stereogum
This morning brings the impossibly sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the near-universally beloved celebrity chef and TV host, has died. CNN reports that Bourdain died via suicide in France, where he was filming an episode of his show Parts Unknown. His friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found him unresponsive in his hotel room this morning. Bourdain was 61.
Bourdain was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. After dropping out of Vassar, he became a chef, coming up in New York’s restaurant scene. Bourdain became famous after he turned his 1999 New Yorker article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” into the bestselling 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly. From there, Bourdain hosted the TV shows A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown, venturing around the world to speak with locals and to try the different kids of food, always doing whatever he could to show local cultures on entirely human terms.
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june 2018 by rgl7194
Can you commit manslaughter by sending texts? We’re about to find out | Ars Technica
"All you have to do is turn on the generator and you will be free and happy."
An involuntary manslaughter trial began Tuesday for a Massachusetts woman who as a teen texted her boyfriend and urged him to commit suicide.
The woman, Michelle Carter, faces a maximum 20-year prison term if convicted at a bench trial in Bristol County. Attorneys for Carter, who was 18 at the time of the texts, had tried to fend off the charges, saying her texts to 17-year-old Conrad Roy were protected speech under the First Amendment. The state's top court, the Supreme Judicial Court, set no line in the sand on when speech loses its constitutional protection. Instead, the court upheld the indictment for involuntary manslaughter on "the basis of words alone."
legal  crime  suicide  social_media 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » 13 Reasons Why
The buzz comes AFTER!
We were searching the Netflix/Amazon files for something to watch. Primarily new, one of their series, something we could sink our teeth into while we await “House of Cards” and “Bloodline.”
Not that I used to employ Netflix this way. I used to assume everything was on there, now that’s not the case, now it’s HBO with a whole hell of a lot more product all available instantly, but we’ll get to that feature later.
And after dissecting the offerings, I take my watching time seriously, we delved into “Dear White People,” which was a mistake, not because of the subject matter, that intrigued me, but because it instantly became soap opera sophomoric with modern details thrown in. I mean I’m better off watching “Atlanta,” which I’ve never seen, but is now unavailable. What’s with these filmed entertainment people, haven’t they learned any lessons from music? I’m paying for all these services already, I’m certainly not gonna buy it.
So we dug into “13 Reasons Why.”
teenager  netflix  tv  suicide  mental_health 
may 2017 by rgl7194
‘13 Reasons Why’ Is a Huge Success, and an Even Bigger Source of Controversy
In the face of protests from parents and medical groups, the Netflix series just got renewed for a second season
Because it airs on the notoriously opaque Netflix, we’ll likely never know how many people actually watched 13 Reasons Why, the unflinching high school drama enumerating the events that led bright, sensitive high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) to take her own life. But by every qualitative standard, 13 Reasons is a smash. In a sort of reverse baton passing, the cast presented an award at this weekend’s MTV Movie & TV Awards to the Stranger Things ensemble. More than a month after its premiere, the show is still very much in the cultural conversation. And in the ultimate act of validation for a piece of teen-targeted pop culture, the show also gave rise to a vindictive meme. The show was just renewed for a second season on the back of those successes.
teenager  netflix  tv  suicide  mental_health 
may 2017 by rgl7194

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