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Trump Wants To Host The Next G7 Summit At His Florida Resort Which Settled A Bed Bug Lawsuit

First of all, I just want to say this so that you know that you’re not crazy: yes, we live in hell. The President of the United States Donald Trump went off on Twitter to dispel any rumors that the Trump National Doral resort has bedbugs because he wants to host the G7 summit there. 

“Wow, none of those words make sense to me. I know all the words but in that order, they make no sense, Emerald,” you say. Yes, but we live in hell, mami. Just ride the infinite rollercoaster of horrors and try not to puke. I will do my best to explain just one of the ways our dear president Trumpito is an unstable, selfish buffoon… this week… again.

The opposite of what Trump says is usually the truth. 

“No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!” Trump tweeted.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims since he became President. I remember stealing a jumbo crayon from school. I slid it into my pocket while I made eye contact with my second-grader teacher who was literally watching me steal. She asked if I stole a crayon. I said no. I was a more convincing liar than Trump. 

There were definitely bedbugs at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. 

It’s right here, in the lawsuit, LOL! In 2016, 63-year-old Eric Linder filed a lawsuit alleging bedbug infestation at the Trump National Doral. Linder claimed that after spending $300-a-night at the Doral (to eat deadly salmonella-contaminated mousse and support America’s first dictator) he was perturbed to discover “welts, lumps, and marks over much of his face, neck, arms and torso,” caused by alleged bedbugs. 

Linder had photographs to prove his claim. The hotel didn’t say that there were no bedbugs. Instead, management basically said it was Linder’s fault for getting bitten by the bedbugs, which seems pretty consistent with Trump’s victim-blaming attitude. 

“Doral’s management hit back, claiming Linder ‘conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause or contributing cause’ for the insects’ attack,” according to The Guardian. The club settled the lawsuit. 

What is the G7 and why would it be held at a Trump resort? 

I can’t emphasize this enough: the G7 will never be at a Trump resort. In fact, that is a timeline so dark — please, don’t even suggest it. I shudder to think! The G7 is represented by the seven countries with the most advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The annual summit is where global economic policies are discussed. 

It’s a very important meeting with the world’s most powerful people. The 45th summit, held over this past weekend, was in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France at the Hotel du Palais. The hotel was built in 1855, originally as a summer villa for Empress Eugénie. For these reasons, hosting the G7 at a Trump golf course is an absolute joke. You’d have a better shot of Angela Merkel accepting your offer to get bottomless breadsticks at the Olive Garden. 

But why does Trump want to host the G7 at a Trump resort?

Trump’s attempt to steer the next G7 toward one of his resorts is transparently for his own profits. Yes, it is weird for a President to be running a business while he is President. This is unusual behavior. Do you remember Obama telling you to check out this new app called Pattern? Do you remember George Bush Jr. trying to raise money on Kickstarter for a new product called “male leggings” named Meggings”? No! This behavior is unpresidential and unethical. The real tea is that while it is frowned upon, it is perfectly legal. Yes, this is something you should ask your local congressperson about. 

Presidents are not required to give up their businesses, although those who have them typically put them in blind trusts where they are managed by independent parties who make decisions without them. Imagine your President owns a corn business, well if he didn’t put that business into a blind trust, he could make decisions to deregulate FDA corn guidelines, he could influence the stock market to improve the value of corn shares, he could potentially make a lot of decisions to benefit his business at the expense of the American public. Jimmy Carter famously put his peanut farm into a trust. 

Trump has not done this with any of his businesses. Instead, he relinquished control to his two sons. So of course, he wants to host the G7 there, he wants to use our government, our labor, and our tax dollars to pay for his all-too-comfortable lifestyle. I got one word for you, kids: resist.

The Concha Burger Is Real And It May Be The Ultimate Food Mashup

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The Concha Burger Is Real And It May Be The Ultimate Food Mashup

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The burger, shake, and fries are enduring icons of American cuisine. This greasy, calorie-laden food is the stuff of American folklore. Integral to the iconography of the U.S. of A., burgers are the perfect meal anytime of day, any day. But a group of visionaries, added a twist to the American classic to switch it up a little —for the better. In a time of cultural hybridization, the blending of elements from different cultures, an All-American burger, paired with the quintessentially Mexican pan dulce resulted in the cultural hybrid of dreams. I give you: the concha burger. 

If you, like us, love a good pan dulce as much as you love a juicy burger, Mexican food pop up, El Norte, has something to say to you; ¿Por qué no los dos?

El Norte Kitchen, a Mexican food pop up that specializes in “Norteño” food —food typical of the northern region of Mexico— came up with a sweet and savory creation, that’s the stuff of Mexican-American dreams. Replacing the burger buns for a concha, this new sandwich is a sweet and savory delight that will satisfy both your cravings.

Run by a Latinx family, El Norte’s food has Sonoran roots with an Arizonan touch.

El Norte Kitchen is a Pop-Up Restaurant run by the Allen Family. The pop up creates unique Mexican inspired dining experiences in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The Latinx family lived in Tucson, Arizona for years, which is why their food is influenced by the culinary delights they tried in their many travels to the southwestern city.

Ben Allen is the head chef and founder of the pop up and he has a deep love affair with Mexican food.

Ben Allen —the chef and owner of El Norte Kitchen— is devoted to Sonoran food, this love stems from his move from Minnesota to Tucson at 19. He had planned on going to school but ended up cooking across several kitchens instead—falling in love with the region’s style of Mexican food in the process.

The team at El Norte Kitchen works hard to innovate and offer their guests an experience that is fun, delicious and unforgettable —I mean, who could forget a concha burger?

Buttered and cut in half, the concha is stuffed with a beef patty, pepper Jack cheese, bacon, jalapeños, and pickled onions. Sadly though, it was a short-lived offer. Ben Allen told Fork Yeah about how they came up with the idea and how excited guests were to get their hands on this little piece of culinary heaven. “We let everybody know ahead of time that it was just kind of a trial and error test run and we’d be doing a limited quantity,” said Allen. “About an hour before we opened that morning for the pop up, we had a full bar waiting for these burgers.” “When we started serving them we actually sold out in about 20 minutes.”

El Norte Kitchen also serves Sonoran-style burritos and hot dogs.

If you’ve never had a Sonoran-style burrito, know that they are worth waiting in line for, outside and around the block. That is, after all, the strength of the pop-up: stuff you can’t get around here anywhere else. Stuff like El Norte burritos, which start with specially ordered flour tortillas, arriving from Arizona, filled and then re-seared on the flat-top to give it a golden patina and crunch. The pop up also serves up Sonoran Hot Dogs, wrapped in bacon, seared, and finished with mayo, beans, and avocado; carne asada fries, perfect churros, and more —hungry yet?

Allen’s favorite burrito is the “California style”

“It’s kind of that all in one meal, you get your steak, you get your French fries, all wrapped in a tortilla. So that was my go to meal on drunk nights or early mornings,” shares Allen. “It was just that one and done.” The California burrito famously has steak, french fries, guacamole, cheese and beans all wrapped up in a bomb of calories and delicious goodness.

Find El Norte Kitchen in St. Paul, Minnesota. Follow their social media or visit their website to find out where they’ll be popping up next.

Basically Everybody Who Isn’t A Billionaire Is Coming For Bill Gates Since He Said He Couldn’t Live Off Of $7 Billion

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Basically Everybody Who Isn’t A Billionaire Is Coming For Bill Gates Since He Said He Couldn’t Live Off Of $7 Billion

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The wealth gap between the world’s wealthy and, well, the rest of us has been amplified in recent years and particularly here in the United States. As the 2020 election nears, candidates across the political spectrum are ramping up their arguments and plans on how to combat income inequality.

In the US, the top 1% of Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 90%. This is an immense problem for America’s middle-class and is contributing the growing Social Democrat movement sweeping the country. Many candidates are releasing their plans and few have received more attention than Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

In the interview, it’s what he didn’t say that spoke volumes.

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Bill Gates, the second-wealthiest man in the world with an estimated net worth of $107 billion, declined to say Wednesday whether he’d vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president, given her proposed plan to tax billionaires at a rate of 6 percent.

And after a glib comment that he’d have to “do a little math” about what his net worth would be in a world post-Warren, the under-45 crowd had a few choice words for the 64-year-old Microsoft co-founder.

And the consensus is basically this: ‘OK, Boomer.’

Twitter did what Twitter does best and came hard for the Microsoft founder.

“I’m not Bill Gates, so his math is probably better than mine, but he’s worth 106 billion dollars, so if you took away 100 billion, it seems like that would leave him with SIX FUCKING BILLION DOLLARS,” Carter Bays, the producer and screenwriter, tweeted.

Another user tweeted it out just how insanely wealthy Bill Gates would still be even if Warren taxed him by more than $100 billion.

I mean, just let that settle in. Like should anyone really be this wealthy? Twitter doesn’t seem to think so. Others laid the blame with the media who have largely let Bill Gates lead his wealthy life without holding him accountable.

The responses — some earnest, some dripping in irony — highlighted the cultural rift between the baby boomer generation and its younger counterparts. 

And if there is a culture war, the phrase “ok boomer” has become its de facto rallying cry, a way to dismiss the more conservative politics that older generations represent.

Politics like, for example, not taxing the ultra-wealthy to fund social services.

“If I had to pay $20 billion, it’s fine,” Gates said on Wednesday during a financial conference hosted by the New York Times. “But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.”

He also declined to say who he’d cast his vote for given the choice between Trump and Warren. “I hope the more professional candidate is the electable candidate,” he said.

To be clear, Warren’s proposal would not tax Gates’ wealth at a rate of over 90 percent, as Gates suggested.

It would be six percent for people worth more than $1 billion. Warren has said the revenue from that tax would fund healthcare for the entire country. Even Tom Steyer, the 62-year-old billionaire funding his own race for the presidency, weighed in.

“@BillGates, a wealth tax is the right thing to do,” he tweeted Wednesday night. “Don’t panic — you’ll be alright.”

But Gates is far from the only billionaire to bemoan Warren’s plan. Financier Leon Cooperman publicly sparred with Warren last week after writing in a letter that she treats wealthy people like “an ungrateful child.”

“Warren’s tax could cut roughly in half the fortunes of the very wealthy over its first 10 years. The aggressiveness of her plan should not be understated,” Michael Strain, an economist at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, tweeted this week. 

He later told Vox in an interview: “No group of Americans should be treated as a tool to raise the welfare of the rest of society.”

But for all those worried billionaires, don’t worry. The Warren campaign has released this handy calculator to show just how much they may have to pay.

Elizabeth Warren’s campaign just rolled out a handy wealth tax calculator for any billionaires worried about what they’d have to pay under her proposed tax plan. 

The Massachusetts senator, who’s polling neck-and-neck with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said she’d double her proposed wealth tax on billionaires from 3% to 6% to fund her progressive health care, climate, child care, and student loan proposals.

Under the plan, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would pay $4.249 billion. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who happens to be the richest man in the world, would pay $6.697 billion. And Bill Gates, who declined to say whether he’d vote for Warren earlier this week, would pay $6.379 billion if her plan goes into effect.

“Don’t worry too much about Bill Gates — if history is any guide, if billionaires do nothing other than invest their wealth in the stock market, it’s likely that their wealth will continue to grow,” Warren’s website reads.