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Hillary Clinton’s Rally Was Too Boring to Snapchat

Photographed by Lisa Petz, 2016, Better than the Weekend



We’ve all heard it before: There’s never been any man or woman more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton. But does adequate training guarantee a great president who will meet voters expectations? No! A profusion of experience is proving to stale a candidate’s momentum.

Case in point: the palpable boredom meeting Clinton’s campaign. New York Times reporter Amy Chozick tweeted a photo of a nearly empty press pen at an Oct. 3 Clinton rally, lamenting the lack of interest in not only the candidate her publication endorsed, but someone likely to make history as the first female president of the United States.


Less experienced politicians seem to offer a fresh appeal to voters. The last two open presidential elections — Barack Obama in 2008 and George W. Bush in 2000 — favored the least experienced governor or senator. Abraham Lincoln, who had a limited political career before taking office, didn’t even go to college. He still managed to go down in history as the greatest president of all time, according to a poll by The Washington Post.

And then there’s Donald Trump leading a rebellion against the experienced policy-maker. His rallies jam-pack sports arenas, while thousands more stand outside listening to his speech on loudspeakers.


So why are less people flocking to offer support for the more experienced candidate? I attended a Clinton rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania to find out what goes down when the former secretary of state campaigns for commander in chief.

While I was there, I was a on a hunt for the 10 most Snapchat-worthy moments to paint a picture for all of the people out there skipping her rallies.

1. The Snap of the parking lot hu$tler.

The lines leading inside campaign rallies are filled with entrepreneurial spirit. Hats, T-Shirts, buttons and other accessories are sold to help decorate supporters cheering on the candidate they hope to send to the White House. These hustlers may be annoying as ball or boob sweat, but the vendors selling political swag on the campaign trail are the real winners this election — well at least until Nov. 8. According to VICE, vendors sometimes make $1,000 at an event.

You go, Glen Coco.


2. The cutthroat media.

For reporters, the election can be a race for the best soundbite.


3. The connection with locals.

It’s not uncommon for campaign rallies to feature speakers with nearby ties endorsing a candidate. Clinton’s campaign went the extra mile by inviting an area band, Light Weight, to perform as the modest crowd piled in. As a local, I was excited to watch the band have the opportunity to perform at a presidential rally and thought this was a good move by Clinton’s campaign.


4. When you notice misleading campaign strategies.

Each candidate is obviously in it to win it. However, handing out signs that appear to be homemade and projecting the illusion voters prioritize the time to turn their support into arts and crafts time is a major turnoff.


5. When you notice a sign that needed different lettering.

In the words of Barney Stinson, this photo is LEGEN…Wait for it…DARY.


6. The moment she enters the room.

7. Another local connection.

Naming streets and bringing along revered Scranton native Joe Biden, a much more likable candidate, helped her connect with a crowd in a positive way. Trump connects with Americans solely on prejudice, anger toward a crumbling economy crooked political infrastructure and a sexual desire for a perfect 10 with large breasts. Props on the good vibes, Hill.

— I couldn’t even make it to 10 entire Snapchats of this event. I was too bored.

She didn’t connect with the issues most important to me, such as college affordability. Student debt grows by $2,726 every second! It should be one of the most repeated dialogues in this election.

She says college should be more affordable in short snippets and even outlines a plan with Hillary Clinton’s New College Compact, likely to wrangle Bernie Sanders supporters. But she doesn’t stress the issue enough to excite me or make me believe she’ll fight to make it happen. She doesn’t even get me excited for the revolutionary idea that a woman could be president. Shouldn’t I be more excited for my nation?

Overall, you know she’s boring when you struggle to complete a full Snapchat story of her event. And that’s coming from someone who can turn eating a pickle into a mini-movie on Snapchat.




Say hello to the iCar? Volkswagen turns to Apple for help making electric cars





By Andreas Cremer

Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said, as the automaker aims to turn profits on battery-powered vehicles when they launch in 2020.

The U.S. tech giant has brought about a design aesthetic with its iPhone and iPad that set it apart from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd; and Sony Corp and helped make it the most valuable company in the world.

For Europe’s biggest automaker, adopting simplicity as the guiding principle for future styling of electric vehicles (EVs) marks a departure from the era before its 2015 “dieselgate” emissions scandal, when vehicle design conveyed the German group’s engineering prowess and technological ambitions.

“We are currently redefining the Volkswagen values for the age of electrification,” Klaus Bischoff, head of VW brand design, said in an interview. “What’s at stake is to be as significant, purist and clear as possible and also to visualize a completely new architecture.”

With regulators slashing emissions on a fast timetable, dieselgate has also energized the costly shift to EVs that is necessary to compete in China, VW’s largest market, and to avoid future fines in Europe.

Previously a laggard on electrification, VW has pledged 34 billion euros ($42.45 billion) of investment in EVs, self-driving technology and digital mobility businesses across the group by 2022.

The core namesake brand alone will spend 6 billion euros on a new modular platform dubbed MEB designed to underpin over 20 purely battery-powered models such as the I.D. hatchback, I.D. Crozz crossover and the I.D. Buzz microbus.

Bischoff said VW will use the Geneva auto show on March 5-7 to give early guidance on what the post-I.D. generation of EVs might look like, but declined to elaborate.

Bischoff belongs to VW’s old guard, having worked a quarter of a century in VW’s design operations and the past decade as head of the core brand’s design.

He became famous through a video shot at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show that has since drawn over 2 million hits on YouTube.

It showed Bischoff being yelled at by former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was inspecting a model by South Korean rival Hyundai and had discovered something that had displeased him.

“In the past everything was very centralized, very narrow boundaries were set on the road of success,” Bischoff said. “Today is the most exciting time of my career because I’m allowed to do things that didn’t use to exist that way.”

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‘People would die for Olympic medal, I nearly did’





Canada’s Mark McMorris described his comeback from life-threatening injuries to the podium at the Pyeongchang Olympics as a “miracle” and said inspiring others with his story was worth more than the slopestyle bronze he won on Sunday.

Snowboarding near his home in British Columbia with his brother Craig in March, McMorris caught an edge as he took off for a jump and spiraled into a tree.

Feb 11, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Mark Mcmorris (CAN) competes in the snowboard slopestyle during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

He broke his jaw and left arm, ruptured his spleen, suffered a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.

“People would die for a medal at the Olympics and I nearly did,” he said on Monday, a day after his medal-winning run at the Phoenix Snow Park.

“It’s definitely a miracle and I’m really thankful… to be able to motivate and inspire others – that’s bigger than any medal, right?”

Feb 11, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Mark Mcmorris (CAN) reacts after his run in the snowboard slopestyle during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 11, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Silver medalist Max Parrot (CAN), left, gold medalist Redmond Gerard (USA) and bronze medalist Mark McMorris (CAN) celebrate their victories in the snowboard slopestyle event during the medals ceremony in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Medals Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

McMorris’ remarkable comeback drew praise from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted: “What a journey back to the podium for @MarkMcMorris. Mark – your tenacity and courage inspire so many of us.”

McMorris tweeted two photographs on Monday, one of him in the hospital following his crash and the other on the medal podium. They were accompanied by a caption: “Thank You Life.”

The Canadian could add yet another chapter to his success story before the end of the Games, as McMorris is seen as a gold medal contender in the new Olympic discipline of Big Air.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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Tokyo elementary school is so EXTRA AF with Armani uniforms for students





A public elementary school in Tokyo’s upscale shopping district of Ginza has raised parents’ eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students, media said on Thursday.

Taimei Elementary School is introducing the uniforms for incoming pupils, each costing more than 80,000 yen ($729), including optional items, or more than three times as much as current ones, the Huffington Post said.

Armani’s Japan head office, located in Ginza, is just 200 meters (219 yards) away from the grade school.

“I was surprised, and wondered why such luxury brand-designed uniforms have been picked for a public elementary school,” an unnamed mother was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying.

“I’m worried that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children,” said the woman, whose child is set to start at the school in April, when a new school year begins.

In a letter to parents last November, headmaster Toshitsugu Wada said Taimei was a landmark in Ginza, and the decision to adopt the Armani-designed uniforms aimed at creating an atmosphere suitable for such a school, the Huffington Post said.

Taimei officials were not immediately available for comment, but Wada posted a statement on the school’s home page, promising to provide sufficient explanation on the plan for new uniforms.

“With humility, I take the criticism that explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned.”

(Reporting by Kiyoshi TakenakaEditing by Clarence Fernandez)

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