People are slamming famous punk rocker for complaining about the homeless. But he’s got a good reason.

Homeless people  in Venice Beach by Malingering / Flickr Los Angeles is experiencing a homelessness epidemic with the number of unhoused people rising 75% over the past six years. About 54,000 of the city’s four million residents are currently experiencing homelessness and the root cause is the city’s lack of affordable housing. According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3% while rents have gone up 32%. The city recently created a quarter-cent increase in its sales tax to fund programs to help house these residents, but encampments are still popping up throughout the city. Venice Beach, a swanky West L.A. neighborhood famous for its eccentric residents, has seen one of the largest increases in unhoused people. Shell …

Instagram rolls out a new shopping feature

Instagram will let influencers add shopping tags to posts.Image: instagram It was only a matter of time: Instagram is handing over some of its new shopping features to influencers.  Beginning next week, a few dozen influencers and publishers can start tagging specific products, which can be purchased through the Instagram app, in their posts. This move doesn’t let influencers hawk their own products, but it does allow them to add Instagram’s shoppable tags to their posts. When they tag a brand’s product, their followers will be able to buy the item with Instagram’s new checkout feature. Previously, only a handful of brands could use shoppable tags, and only in their own posts. But with this change, a group of high …

Can we finally admit that the Night King from ‘Game of Thrones’ is super hot?

Ice bae will keep you warm during the Long NightImage: hbo This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 3. Last week on Game of Thrones, winter came prematurely. The Night King is dead, but the more shocking twist for many was the discovery that Mr. Long Night can, in fact, Get It. Things got unexpectedly steamy during the Battle of Winterfell. After getting absolutely roasted by Daenerys (rude), our Strong, Silent, Undead type finally let down a bit of that emotional ice wall to give us a smile that melted our hearts. There are literally dozens of us who think the Night King can Get It. And if wanting to bang an ice monster is wrong, …

7 Famous TV Couples That Should Have Never Ended Up Together Betches

So we’re all in agreement these days that we would rather binge watch shows and act like the characters are our real-life friends rather than engaging with society, right? Okay, cool. Glad I’m not the only one. Since we all have emotional investments in television shows even though these characters really should have no bearing on our day-to-day lives, I thought I should indulge this toxic mentality by talking about couples from beloved TV shows that should never have ended up together. God, I have way too much time on my hands. All of these couples are considered iconic, but I’m going to tell you why their relationships at best, wouldn’t work, and at worst, are straight-up toxic. Go ahead, …

Keanu Reeves Is The New Face For Saint Laurent Mens Range And People Online Are Loving It

There are a few people in this world that Internet users love more than others. It’s safe to say that on top of the list, we have celebrities such as Morgan Freeman, Ellen DeGeneres and of course, Keanu Reeves. So there is absolutely nothing surprising about the fact that once any news breaks out about any of these people, Internet users show their full support. Keanu Reeves has been spotted many times spending time alone in cafes or metros. This humble way of living amazes many and shows that not all famous people live in complete luxury. Saint Laurent just announced that Keanu Reeves will be their face for the Fall/Winter men’s range Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello recently …

Mariah Carey talks memes during Billboard speech, launches more of them

Mariah Carey was honored with the icon award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) Wednesday night.While the singers performance made a lot of audience members feel all sorts of emotions, it was her acceptance speech that truly stole the showand won on Twitter. One of the most decorated divas in the history of recorded music performed a medley of her hits, which included Always Be My Baby, Emotions, We Belong Together, and Hero (all of which were No. 1 on Billboards Hot 100) and A No No from her most recent album, Caution. She was the first female artist to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and went on to have six No. 1 albums. She also …

Let’s F*cking Calm Down About Kylie’s Instagram Caption Betches

I guess I will just assume my role as the Betches resident Kylie Jenner response team (of one), because today everyone on the damn internet was in a frenzy about Kylie Jenner’s Instagram tribute to Travis Scott. First of all, now that I used the phrase “everyone on the damn internet” in earnest, please change my name to Gertrude and my age to 80, effective immediately. *Shakes fist at the sky* Great, now that you all have gotten off my lawn, let’s take a moment to dissect the caption that Kylie Jenner posted in honor of Travis Scott’s birthday. Travis turned 28 years old today, and Kylie is only 21, a fact that slightly shocks me, even though I definitely …

FDA allows sale of new electronic tobacco product

(CNN)An electronic tobacco device may now hit the US market after getting a green light from the US Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced Tuesday. Critics have expressed concerns about such research being widely company-funded. “Ensuring new tobacco products undergo a robust premarket evaluation by the FDA is a critical part of our mission to protect the public, particularly youth, and to reduce tobacco-related disease and death,” Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a statement Tuesday. Moira Gilchrist, vice president of strategic and scientific communications for Philip Morris International, said the FDA’s decision was a “milestone” that would allow the company to bring its product — which is sold in other countries — …

‘The Simpsons’ mocked upstate New York and politicians couldn’t help but weigh in

(CNN)Upstate New York is the latest recipient of the “The Simpsons’” scathing satire. In classic Simpsons fashion, the lyrics pull no punches. Start watching Fox News / Stop watching your weight There is no fancy part of it / Upstate New York. They’re fond of their booze / Hot wing sauce is great I’m gonna clog my heart in it / Upstate New York. I want to sleep in, in a city that never wakes, And find I’m fitting right in, one of the gang, par for the course. The Kodak plant’s closed, but I’m a-longin’ to stay, And go on disability in upstate New York. Can’t make it anywhere but I can make it there, I love you so, …

This robotic roommate wants to help lonely young people keep in touch with their friends

Image: vicky leta / mashable I lost all my friends nine years ago.  It was my own fault. I hooked up with a friend’s boyfriend and instantly regretted it. I betrayed a friend I really cared about and nothing I could say or do would erase what I’d done. When our entire friendship group eventually found out, one by one, friends began dropping like flies. Some sent messages to tell me they knew what I’d done, and others simply faded away. This moment is, to date, the most shameful of my life.  Nearly a decade later, I still have an unconquerable urge to know how these former friends of mine are doing. So, I look them up on Google, Facebook, …

May seeks EU exit well before October deadline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “I have voted consistently in Parliament for us to leave the European Union.” Theresa May has said she hopes the UK will leave the EU well before the new 31 October Brexit deadline. She told MPs there was no reason the UK could not leave in a matter of weeks once MPs backed an agreement, which they have so far rejected three times. She signalled she hoped to get Labour backing for any new customs proposal before putting it to Parliament again. She said their aims were “very similar” and “sometimes people use different terms to mean the same thing”. Labour wants the PM to sign up to the idea …

What’s gone wrong at Green’s Topshop empire?

Image copyright Daily Herald Archive Image caption Arcadia grew out of Burton Group, whose roots go back to 1903 What is the history of Arcadia? The Arcadia Group’s origins date back to 1903 and the formation of the Burton menswear chain, which grew to acquire brands such as Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, and renamed itself Arcadia in 1998. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Topshop is considered the jewel in Arcadia’s crown What was behind the rise of the fashion empire? The group seemed to be doing well, particularly the jewel in its crown, Topshop, which became known as a trend setter and attracted celebrity endorsements. Kate Moss has twice worked with Sir Philip on Topshop lines, while Cara Delevingne, …

Men’s makeup brands are discreet and all over Instagram

It's not a fancy pen, it's a concealer stick.Image: Stryx Nestled on my Instagram feed between a picture of a high school friend living their adult life and one of the Kardashians (they’re starting to blur together), was a sponsored post for “makeup for men” entitled War Paint. As I sat there watching the ad jump to life— a tattooed man covering his well-lit skin with a black beauty blender— I couldn’t get over the fact that it’s literally called “War Paint.” Over time, I scrolled into more of these sponsored ads, like a weasel wandering into well-laid traps. Granted, I’m a gay guy who’s been wearing makeup since high school; some tinted moisturizer here, some blush there, but makeup …

A comprehensive beginner’s guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Welcome to your cram session! Let's get crackin'.Image: bob Al-Greene/Mashable Warning: Heavy spoilers from throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe are present in this post, excluding Avengers: Endgame Proceed with caution. So, you’ve got a ticket to see Avengers: Endgame. But the thing is… you’ve never seen a Marvel movie, have no idea what an Infinity Stone is, and are pretty sure Thanos is a brand of dish detergent.  Bad news: Endgame is out now, so you’ve only got a little time to get caught up before diving in to 2019’s most anticipated premiere.  Good news: We’re here to help you cram before you hit the theater! Prioritizing efficiency over thoroughness, here are all of the Marvel basics you need to …

Busting the myth that depression doesn’t affect people in poor countries

The long read: For decades, many psychiatrists believed depression was a uniquely western phenomenon. But in the last few years, a new movement has turned this thinking on its head When Vikram Patel first began to study mental health, he believed depression only existed in rich nations. But today, he is the single most influential figure in the growing global movement to treat mental illness in poor countries, especially the most common disorder, depression. In 1993, Patel, who was born in Mumbai, finished his training as a psychiatrist in London and moved with his wife to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, to begin a two-year research fellowship at the national university. His purpose was to find evidence for the view, then …