These are the top 100 movie musicals of all time

Stacker compiled a list of the 100 best movie musicals of all time based on IMDb user ratings. Films had to be listed as a musical on IMDb and have 2,500 votes.   

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The Best 7 Shows to See During Art Cologne

Scrambled Ontologies: A Fabulation
Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf
21 October – 22 December

‘Scrambled Ontologies: A Fabulation’, 2022, exhibition view, Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf. Courtesy: Sies + Höke; Photo: Tino Kukulies

Following her work as co-curator of Lantzscher Skulpturpark 2021, ‘Scrambled Ontologies’ continues Dusseldorf-based curator Victoria Tarak’s interest in the fraught relationships between humans and their environment. Contrary to the exhibition’s title and cryptic press release – which invites us to read the show through the prism of ‘wildness’ – visitors can expect a tightly curated group show that invites concentration and calm. Zoe Leonard’s series ‘Al río / To the River’ (2016–22), for example, hovers between documentary photography and meditative abstraction. By contrast, Grinder (2022), by Anna R. Winder of the b_books publishing collective, is a revolving wooden reading stand that playfully offers an analogue alternative to the insatiable lure of the digital doomscroll. Elsewhere, Jorge Loureiro’s labyrinthine series of pencil drawings, such as Who Will Save the Lazy Sperm (2021), surreally charts the antics of unborn children already failing to adapt to the strictures of a capitalist world in the fallopian tube. Though it’s rarely clear how the works fit the curatorial concept, the show more than makes up for it with sheer sensory appeal.

Landscapes of Labour
KAI 10, Dusseldorf 
26 August 2022 – 8 January 2023

‘Landscapes of Labour’, 2022, exhibition view, KAI 10, Düsseldorf. Courtesy: the artists and KAI 10

The glossy surfaces of culture have always been contingent upon nameless armies of workers and, so far, the supposedly decentralized age of cloud computing doesn’t seem to be much different. In an attempt to correct this critical blindspot, ‘Landscapes of Labour’, curated by Julia Höner, focuses on globalized production processes that often elude the political oversight of individual nation states. Ana Alenso’s installation Mad Rush Extended (2022), for instance, brings together materials from gold mines in Ghana and the artist’s native Venezuela in an effort to visualize the extraction processes underlying most computer circuitry. Meanwhile, Wang Bing’s magisterial film, 15 hours (2017), charts a gruelling shift at a clothing factory in Huzhou that churns out wares destined for the global market. While the thematic structure borders on didactic at times, the depth of the worlds conjured by the individual works, their concurrencies and disparities, rewards patient viewers.

Reinhard Mucha
K20/K21, Dusseldorf 
3 September 2022 – 22 January 2023

Reinhard Mucha, Das Figur-Grund Problem in der Architektur des Barock (für dich allein bleibt nur das Grab), 1985/2022, installation view, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf. Courtesy: © muchaArchiv; Photo: Achim Kukulies  ​

One of the most prominent German artists of the 1980s and ’90s, Reinhard Mucha has all but disappeared from the limelight in recent years. Now, with the largest presentation of the artist’s work to date, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen offers a rare, comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre. If Mucha’s practice is hard to pin down, it’s probably because it weaves together so many seemingly incompatible threads, from conceptual snark married to a love of craft to institutional critique mixed with a heavy dose of autobiography. But bylines like these only get you so far when it comes to describing the deep-seated ambivalence and everyday uncanniness that pervades so many of his sculptures and installations. While the monumental Wartesaal (Waiting Room, 1979–82) takes a critical look at West Germany’s unfaltering faith in technological progress through the lens of impersonal train station infrastructure, assemblages like Der Aufstieg (The Rise, 2007/19) casually tackle similar themes by way of his father’s library of managerial magazines. At its heart, Mucha’s retrospective is as much a ballad to as a parody of the contradictions of postwar West-German society.

Frank Bowling
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
16 November 2022 – 12 February 2023

Frank Bowling, Flogging the Dead Donkey, 2020, acrylic and acrylic gel on canvas with marouflage, 1 × 1.9 m. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth; Photo: Damien Griffiths

This year’s Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize has been awarded to the painter Frank Bowling, and the Museum Ludwig’s accompanying show also illuminates the artist’s noteworthy biography. Born in British Guiana, Bowling migrated to the UK in 1950 at the age of 19 – pretty much the same age I left Trinidad for Germany and, looking at his colour field paintings, I often find myself trying to detect some trace of my own diasporic experiences. But Bowling came from a time before identity was such a hot commodity and, apart from the riotous colours, there’s hardly anything recognizably Caribbean about his work at all. Instead, Bowling’s paintings demand to be taken on their own terms. According to the artist, the colours for the red monochrome at the heart of the exhibition, Flogging the Dead Donkey (2020), were inspired by his experience at traffic lights, when red gives way to a moment of deep mauve. And maybe that’s as good an answer to the diasporic question as any: the sense of having experienced something no one will believe – that is, until you find a way of showing them.

Moyra Davey and Sam Lasko
Clementin Seedorf, Cologne
14 October – 20 November

Sam Lasko, ‘Tripod Studies on Tables’, 2022, clay, ceramics, studio tables, dimensions variable. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: Oskar Lee

The popular but short-lived artist-run gallery Loewngasse has since been reborn as Clementine Seedorf under the sole direction of artist Yvo Cho. For the inaugural presentation, Cho has curated a show that cleverly riffs off the new industrial space, with the scuffed-up coin faces of Moyra Davey’s ‘Copperheads’ series (1990–ongoing) mirroring the surfaces of the building’s exposed and crumbling brickwork. Meanwhile, you could be forgiven for mistaking Sam Lasko’s installation Maquette for Times (2022) for a pile of workshop waste – if it weren’t for the meticulously cast clay details. Taken together, Davey’s and Lasko’s contributions articulate a decidedly provisional approach in dusty beiges and browns, one in which artworks aren’t so much endpoints as intervals in an ongoing cycle of circulation, consumption and excretion.

Sofia Mascate
BPA Space, Cologne
28 October – 27 November

Sofia Mascate, Timeline, 2022, oil on canvas, 40 × 70 cm, BPA Space, Cologne. Courtesy: the artist

In the modest windows of BPA project space, Sofia Mascate presents a playful, if not downright ironic, series of meta paintings based on Diego Velázquez’s portraits of Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain and their pompous display in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. In these textbook ‘bad paintings’, Mascate’s slapdash execution exudes an irreverent silliness that’s underscored by the inclusion of contemporary status symbols: the interior of a private jet titled Lolita Express (2022) or a detail of the princess’s dog labelled ‘Vorsicht, Hund’ (Careful, Dog). But, beneath Mascate’s whimsy, there’s a disturbingly affirmative kind of melancholy. Indeed, part of the reason Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656) went down in history was because he used his courtly mandate to make a painting about the social situation of painting itself, thus asserting his artistic independence from the dictates of his patrons. Nonetheless, the ingratiating appeal to an unnamed authority in Mascate’s exhibition title – ‘Pick Me’ – makes you wonder whether the situation of contemporary painters is really any more ‘autonomous’ than it was back then.

Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel
Jan Kaps, Cologne 
17 November 2022 – 29 January 2023

Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Embroidered quilt with swallowtail caterpillars and butterflies, 22 punctata beetles, poppy flowers and sewing machines, 2022, embroidery on linen, cotton batting, 1.9 × 2.4 m. Courtesy: the artists and Jan Kaps, Cologne; photograph: Simon Vogel

Half a century since Lucy Lippard published Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object (1973), it’s safe to say that craft has re-established itself as a major index of artistic value. For the last 20 years or so, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel have been meditating on the sustained appeal of supposedly obsolescent production techniques. The laboriously hand-crafted sculptures on display at Jan Kaps constantly oscillate between desire and disgust: dismembered human limbs hang limp and lifeless from the polished wooden chest in Oak Cabinet with Giant Flanders Rabbit and Feet (2022) while the surfaces of the rustic stools in their ‘Oak Bench’ series (2022) are infested with elaborately sculpted snails. Amidst geometric fields of opium poppies, visitors will also find an array of the artists’ accoutrements: sewing machines, work shoes, even a flute. In a playfully self-critical turn, they seem to suggest that their obsession with craft is, ultimately, as compulsive as an addiction.

Main image: Moyra Davey, EM Copperhead No. 116, 2017, c-print on fuji colour crystal archive paper, 61 × 51 cm. Courtesy: Gallery Buchholz, Berlin

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Savukku Shankar gets bail in all four cases registered by Chennai cyber crime wing

The court imposed conditions on Shankar preventing him from commenting on the cases and asked him to present himself before the investigators everyday for 15 days.

Egmore Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court granted bail to Youtuber and whistleblower Savukku Shankar in four cases registered by the cyber crime wing of Chennai Central Crime Branch, on November 17. A week ago, the Supreme Court had suspended his six months imprisonment. The court also imposed conditions on Shankar preventing him from commenting on the cases and also asked him to present himself before the investigators everyday for 15 days. After completing the release procedures, he is likely to walk out from the prison on Friday, November 18.

Despite the Supreme Court’s order on November 11, Shankar continued to be imprisoned as he was arrested by the cyber crime wing on November 10 over cases registered in 2020 and 2021. The arrest intimation was served to Shankar by officers of the wing at the Cuddalore Central Prison.

Bail has been granted for all four cases registered against Shankar by the cyber crime wing. Out of the four cases, three have been registered in 2020 and one in 2021. One of the cases registered in 2020 is under sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505(1) (b) (statements conducing to public mischief) and 505(2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The other two cases have been registered under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505(1)(b) under IPC. The 2021 case is registered under sections 5(1)(a), 5(1)(d) and 5(2) of the Official Secrets Act. Section 5 of the Act deals with wrongful communication, etc. of information.

It is to be noted that Shankar was sentenced to six months in prison as the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court held him guilty of criminal contempt of court. Justice GR Swaminathan initiated suo-motu contempt proceedings against Shankar for saying that the “entire judiciary is riddled with corruption” and implying that the judge ‘met’ someone in a connection with a case against right-wing YouTuber Maridhas.

Read: Why Whistleblower-YouTuber ‘Savukku’ Shankar was sentenced to 6 months jail

Shankar was a lower division clerk in the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) and got this job on humanitarian grounds after his father who worked in the same department passed away. Shankar was arrested once in 2008 when the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was in power and was subsequently suspended from the Department as well. After his release, he became a whistleblower and launched a website named Savukku in 2009 where he wrote about government officials, politicians, journalists, lawyers, and high court judges.

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Google searches are not a great indicator of electoral success


This is the era of having more data at our disposal than we know what to do with. And so it is that I came to wonder: Do Google searches correlate well to election results?

This is not entirely an idle question. Google, through its Trends team, publishes data and analysis on what people — in the United States and internationally — are searching for. And since Google searches have become the default mechanism by which people get answers to their questions, it’s reasonable to think that those searches might reveal something about intent. This is Google’s business model after all: If you search for “new car,” Google presumes you want to buy a new vehicle and Google-sold ads for new cars will pop up on every page you open. It’s not complicated.

Since Google is good about sharing its data, the Trends team provided me with the breakdown of searches in the last week and the last day of the campaign by candidate for a number of contested Senate and gubernatorial races nationally, allowing me to answer the question in the first paragraph above. (Google, as it turns out, is even good at second-order question-answering.)

That answer? No, search interest doesn’t overlap much with electoral results.

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We can start by simply comparing the actual results of each contest (as of Wednesday afternoon) with search interest. On the chart below, each candidate (Democrats in blue and Republicans in red) are shown relative to the percentage of the vote they earned (from bottom to top) and to the percentage of search interest they got on Nov. 7 (from left to right).

If search interest matched election results perfectly, every state would sit on the diagonal line. Instead, the result is more of a cloud. The correlation isn’t that strong.

It struck me, though: Maybe this is somehow missing people who’ve already voted? So I took data from Arizona, where results are broken out by vote type (including Election-Day-only) votes, and compared the data. The correlation was stronger. On Nov. 7, for example, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake was the focus of 73 percent of the search results between her and her opponent, Katie Hobbs. The following day, Lake got 70 percent of votes cast. But in the Senate race, the correlation broke down.

Google also gave me a slightly wider window to look at. If we compare searches over the last week to the election results, we see that the correlation is slightly better, but not much. (Visually, we see that states below are generally a bit closer to the diagonal line.) This is still not a great predictor.

But we can also be more concrete. The last-week Google search results did correctly call 45 of the 65 races I looked at. (I excluded races like the contest in Alaska, where the result is determined by ranked-choice balloting.) That’s a decent-but-not-great two-thirds accuracy.

It also includes a lot of blowouts where predicting the winner wasn’t useful. In contests where the actual margin was under 10 points, Google’s search data only got 21 of 37 races right, about 57 percent of the total. Slightly better than a coin toss.

Google and Google Trends are very useful tools, obviously. If, however, you’re looking to them to tell you who’s going to win a close election, you’d be about as well served by flipping a quarter in the air and seeing how it lands.

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Who is Caroline Ellison? FTX insider threatens to release sex tape involving Sam Bankman-Fried and his ex

Sam Bankman-Fried and Caroline Ellison of Alameda Research, two main figures in the ongoing cryptocurrency scandal and crash, are allegedly involved in a sex tape. Reportedly, an anonymous source from within FTX claims to be in possession of the tape. The shocking information was shared on various social media pages, which appear to claim that the clip will be released to the public on November 18, unedited and uncut. 

The collapse and bankruptcy of her former lover’s businesses last week have brought Caroline Ellison, the CEO of Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency trading firm Alameda Research, under the scanner. Bankman-Fried allegedly transferred $10 billion of FTX customer money to Alameda last week in secret. According to New York Post, around $2 billion of the $10 billion is still missing. About 130 FTX Group affiliates, including Alameda, were listed in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition last week.



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Who is Caroline Ellison?

The 28-year-old CEO is currently under fire for the billion-dollar collapse amid reports that she is Sam Bankman’s ex-girlfriend. Ellison, a native of Boston, attended Stanford University and worked at Jane Street as a trader before being associated with FTX and Alameda.

According to an investigation by CoinDesk, Ellison was reportedly Bankman-Fried’s former college classmate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The report also claims that they occasionally dated while running the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency empire, whose value nosedived from an estimated $32 billion at its peak to effectively zero following a rapid decline. 





Meanwhile, news about the alleged sex tape took Twitter by surprise. One person wrote, “Lmao 🤣 rumors are that theres an SBF and Caroline sex tape coming out. This is atrocious. Disgusting 🤢 🤮. Who would degrade someone like this? For real though. You gonna watch it? No lie they both deserve jail for life so f**k them.” “People have no imagination if they are saying ‘how can it get crazier?’ Sam and Caroline have a sex tape, it leaks, she gets the attention of Pete Davidson who decides to be with her, Kim gets jealous, Kanye finds out about FTX, leads him to DeafCon4,” another quipped. 

While it is still unknown whether the sex tape actually exists, the FTX crash appears to be worsening every day. FTX filed for bankruptcy after traders rushed to remove $6 billion from the platform. More chaos ensued after assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars were removed from the site under “suspicious circumstances”. Later, John J Ray III, the newly appointed chief executive of FTX, stated that the organization was cooperating with law authorities and regulators and making every effort to protect customers’ assets.


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10 technologies that have shaped online gambling

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10 technologies that have shaped online gambling

A person playing poker online using their computer

Gambling has been a part of human life for thousands of years in cultures the world over. Chinese gambling goes back over 4,000 years. Cockfighting was a favored pastime in Greece about 2,500 years ago. State-sponsored lotteries in 15th- and 16th-century England helped raise funds for London’s water supply, civil servant salaries, and even the colonization of the Americas. Betting, gaming, and trying one’s luck have been pasttimes for millennia, and most of that was done in person until very recently.

The digital revolution has pushed the growth of online gambling, and COVID-19 has only accelerated that trend. As the world has adopted more and more technological advances, so, too, has online gambling embraced them. Technological evolutions have enabled more people to gamble online, from simple prepaid cards to virtual reality. And enhanced security features have bolstered their confidence in doing so safely, allowing them to dive headfirst into the world of virtual gambling.

OLBG reviewed research from across the internet to understand the different technologies used by online casinos. Continue reading to look at how technology is changing where and how bettors play and pay.

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Diverse payment options… and cryptocurrencies

A person entering their credit card details into a gambling app

Once upon a time, cash was king in gambling. But now, players can pay in many ways, such as credit and prepaid cards. Players can try to use their Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit cards on their bets. Still, transactions may not always come through mainly because of conservative bank attitudes toward gambling purchases. Providing credit information in such a high-stakes situation may not also be prudent. Some players opt instead to load funds into a prepaid card, which allows them to keep their financial information safe and caps their spending. However, whether those cards would work depends on the jurisdiction a gamer is playing in.

Cryptocurrencies are the latest development in payment methods. They are digital currencies secured through cryptography and used in conjunction with blockchain technology (discussed next). Cryptocurrencies have been an interesting new method of payment. A critical feature of cryptocurrency gambling sites is that they allow players to be completely anonymous, allaying concerns of players’ fraud or security breaches.

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Blockchain technology

The Argo Blockchain logo as displayed on a smartphone screen

Blockchain is a shared, unchangeable ledger that records any transaction, whether physical goods or digital, including those made in cryptocurrency. These records are maintained across several computers linked together without a central server. The decentralized network of blockchain platforms introduces more transparency with cryptocurrencies while keeping sensitive player information secure. As cryptocurrencies allow gamers to play anonymously, blockchain technology can keep track of each player’s wins, losses, and payouts. The resulting playing record is unalterable and publicly available, building integrity into the system from its inception.

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A person using their mobile phone to bet on a sports game

Smartphones have almost become a necessity rather than a luxury in society today. It enables many not just to call their loved ones but also to keep up with the news, shop, and, yes, even gamble. The rise of smartphones began with the introduction of iPhones in 2007. By 2020, 78% of the world had access to a smartphone. Players could now place bets and easily play whatever games they like anywhere in the world with a cellphone signal. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated the popularity of smartphone gambling. Some gamblers, who might have ordinarily taken trips into a casino to place bets, instead chose to play games right from the safety of their homes.

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A person checking their smartwatch while on the move

If smartphones aren’t mobile enough, what about a smartwatch? A smartwatch is a wearable computing device that resembles a traditional wristwatch, just with additional smartphone features such as the ability to check email, answer phone calls, and run applications—including those that support gambling. Some operators have released applications that allow betting, but these have yet to be fully adopted in the industry.

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Fingerprint logins

A person scanning their fingerprint to unlock their iPhone

As online gambling has risen in popularity, so have security concerns. More and more, proving a player is who they are has been an essential part of the process. One way to do that is right at the player’s fingertips. Fingerprint logins are a form of biometric technology that allows people to access online services using images of their fingerprints. This kind of biometric authentication has enhanced the security of online gambling since biometric data is difficult to duplicate.

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Two-factor authentication

A person using a one-time use code to log into an account using two-factor authentication

Another way to add more security is by doubling the locks, which is what two-factor authentication essentially does. Players who have enabled two-factor authentication log into an online portal using two different verification forms; this typically entails a password and then responding to a security question or confirming login from another device owned by the same player. This adds an extra layer of security, making it more difficult for thieves to access a player’s personal and financial information.

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3D slots

An online slot machine designed to look three dimensional

Technology has not only upped the security of online gambling, but it’s also making playing games of chance online more exciting, starting with the simple slot machine. What was once a simple game of chance triggered by pulling a lever is now quite the cinematic experience.

3D technology has upped online gaming’s entertainment value by adding more impressive graphics and even story elements, which gamers can play on their computers much like video games. Winning combinations could trigger cinematic interludes such as flying through the desert or even unlock bonus games like additional gladiator fights. These features enable players to feel they are progressing through an experience rather than repetitively playing slots.

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Cloud services/cloud gaming

A person taking notes while overlooking a server farm cloud computing facility

The cloud refers to services accessed over the internet and not tied to a physical location or hardware. Cloud-based services and games allow people to gamble anywhere, using any device—such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops—connected to the internet. Rather than purchasing a disc or downloading a program to their computers, players can navigate directly to an operator’s website and play online immediately.


Live casino games

A dealer at a casino dealing cards

The excitement of playing on the floor of casinos in Las Vegas or Macau can be a dream come true but barring the funds to do that live casino games come pretty close. In live casino games, a dealer and his table are filmed from a remote studio with cameras broadcasting to players’ computer screens. Each physical card that is dealt also pops up on the player’s screen, allowing them to indicate which cards they want to put in play. Additional features like audio and chat also simulate the social aspects of a gambling environment. Common games played in live casino games include blackjack, roulette, and baccarat.



A person using a VR headset

A step above live casino games, virtual reality casinos, and games in the metaverse let players feel as if they’re there or, even better, somewhere in space or underwater. Inside a virtual reality casino, players can sit at a table, walk up and down the hallways and interact with other players just as they would in a physical space with the help of special headsets, glasses, or gloves with sensors. Because it is a digital world, a poker or blackjack game can instead be set in a created environment (again, much like video games).

Similar to virtual reality casinos, the metaverse is a digital gathering space, but this time players can also interact with each other using their avatars. Minecraft, Animal Crossing, or Fortnite are great examples of metaverses, where players are asked to create their characters and move around in the same digital space. Virtual reality and the metaverse are immersive online worlds that allow people to capture the feel of playing in person while staying home.

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Major bank backs national ID scheme to quell cybercrime

Mentis said NAB was working with the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and the Australian Security Council Commission to combat identity theft. But she questioned why Australians had to give up so much personal information every time they applied for services.

“We are storing it for so long, and we’re doing it because the law expects us,” Mentis said. “The effects of what happens to victims when they have their identity stolen, when they have money taken, it’s just awful.”

Mentis said that 86 400, which NAB bought last year, and Ubank both required less information from customers than NAB.

She also said that fighting cybercrime was made more difficult by a continuing shortage of skilled graduates, noting that NAB was short 500 people across the bank, The Australian reported.

Mentis said governments needed to support more training in digital and data skills. She also called on governments to open up skilled migration and improve visa processing to address existing backlogs.

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Google’s Pixel Watch and Pixel 7 Pro are both on sale for their lowest prices

Whoa, Nellie! Early Black Friday deals from the likes of Walmart, Best Buy, and Target have been with us for a minute, but today, it feels like things are really ramping up. The early deals that were first teased by Google are here, and that means there’s a lot of money to save on Pixel stuff.

Starting from the top, the flagship Pixel 7 Pro is on sale for $749 ($150 off) at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and direct from Google. That’s the lowest price yet for Google’s new top-tier phone, which comes with a triple-camera setup (wide, ultra-wide with macro, and telephoto) and ranks up there with the best phones available today. The excellent Android device also has a pretty massive 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED and the latest Tensor G2 CPU for Google’s AI-powered features — like the excellent Recorder app that’s exclusive to Pixels.

But if that’s just too much phone for you, the entry-level Pixel 7 is also on sale for a very enticing $499 ($100 off) at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, and Google. It’s got the same Google-designed Tensor G2 chip, a still-kinda-big 6.3-inch screen that goes up to a respectable 90Hz, and two of the three cameras from the Pro (it omits the 5x telephoto). It’s a great overall package if you don’t need every single spec or if the Pro is just way too massive for you. Read our review of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.

And by the way, if you have an older Pixel phone to trade in, you may want to peek at what Google is offering toward either new phone. Trading in a good-condition Pixel 6 for $479 toward a $499 Pixel 7? Umm, wow.


The Pixel 7 Pro includes a reliably good camera system, great daily performance, and a few clever extras thanks to Google’s custom chipset. Best of all, it costs a little less than the average top-tier flagship.


The Google Pixel 7 upgrades the standard model of the Pixel with Google’s second-gen Tensor CPU and an upgraded ultrawide camera.

The next notable Google deal worthy of your attention is the new Pixel Watch, which is on sale for $299.99 at Target, Best Buy, Amazon, and Google. A totally new smartwatch doesn’t always get discounted by $50 just a month after it’s released, so if you were tempted by Google’s svelte wearable before, this might be the time to take the plunge.

The Pixel Watch is Google’s first true foray into making its own in-house wearable. It may not have hit it out of the park on its first try, as the battery life leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s a very functional smartwatch for notifications on your wrist and tracking your fitness; it also looks pretty sharp and unique with that domed glass case. Also, I have to give respect to opting for a small-ish 41mm case because not all watches need to be huge chonkers on your wrist.

Read our review and check out our excellent Versus video comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.


Google’s first in-house smartwatch has a beautiful domed display and native Fitbit integration for health tracking. It comes with six months of Fitbit Premium and three months of YouTube Music.

Google’s current Pixel Buds Pro deal means the terrific earbuds are back down to their all-time low of $149.99 ($50 off) at Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Google. We actually already highlighted this deal a day early at Wellbots as a bit of an exclusive (which you’d know if you subscribed to our Verge Deals newsletter), and now it’s everywhere. That said, Wellbots is slightly sweetening the deal by discounting it a little further to $142.50 when you use promo code 50VERGE at checkout (while supplies last).

The Pixel Buds Pro are a great pair of noise-canceling earbuds with awesome sound quality and a very good microphone for voice calls. They’re also one of the few earbuds that come in a variety of fun, pastel-like colors in addition to black and white, and they support multipoint connectivity for pairing with more than one device. Quite frankly, you have to spend a decent bit more than this current deal to get earbuds that are head and shoulders above the Pixel Buds Pro. Read our review.


Google’s Pixel Buds Pro are the company’s first earbuds to include ANC. They combine impressive sound, great battery life, and good comfort — all without the connection issues of earlier models. Use offer code 50VERGE at Wellbots for an additional $7.49 off the already discounted price.

Okay, now for another great deal that isn’t all about Google. If you’re in need of some beefy horsepower in your laptop, you can’t go wrong with Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro CPU. Right now, the excellent laptop is on sale at Amazon in the base configuration with 512GB of storage for just $1,999.99, or you can opt for an expanded 1TB of storage for $2,199.99. Both of these prices reflect a $500 discount, which is the steepest sale we’ve ever seen on the M1 generation of MacBook Pros (the previous best was a discount of $400). 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is an exceptional laptop for any content creator or creative type with hefty video, photo, or design workflows. It’s got most of the ports you will need built right into it, including an SDXC card slot, HDMI-out, three Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C ports, and the triumphant return of MagSafe charging. And have we mentioned that it also has excellent battery life? It’s a slam dunk at this price, for sure. Read our review.

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro on a table


The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a creative powerhouse equipped with Apple’s latest silicon. Configurable with either the M1 Pro or M1 Max, the 16-inch screen can be lent out to up to three external displays and a 4K TV simultaneously, thanks to its vast array of ports.

Since the Xbox Series S just got $50 cheaper for the holidays, let’s talk about another solid gaming hardware deal for Microsoft and PC gaming fans. The recently launched Xbox Elite Series 2 Core controller is currently on sale at Newegg for $99.99 ($30 off) when you use offer code 5BFBYA5372 at checkout. Alternatively, you can get it for $109.99 with a digital copy of Watch Dogs: Legion for Xbox from Antonline via eBay.

The pricier Xbox Elite Series 2 controller has remained one of the best go-to options for an ultra-luxe, premium gamepad for Xbox and PC gamers, but the Elite Series 2 Core presents a more affordable take. The Elite Core has that same formula with a hefty build, built-in rechargeable battery, hair-trigger shoulder buttons, and four customizable rear paddles and offers it in a two-tone black and white paint job for a lower price of $129.99 instead of $179.99. What you’re not getting with the Core is the added accessories (you can buy them separately for $59.99) and a shorter 90-day warranty — which is what the regular Elite controller had until Microsoft extended it due to recurring hardware issues.


The Xbox Elite Series 2 Core Controller is functionally identical to the more expensive Elite Series 2 but doesn’t come with an extra D-pad, back paddles, thumbsticks, or a charging case. Right now, Newegg has the Elite Series 2 Core for $99.99 when you use code 5BFBYA5372 at checkout.

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Great Deer Hunter Contest – Daily Dodge

“The Great Hunter Contest”

Submit your 2022 Gun or Archery photo Saturday, November 19th through November 30th, 2022.
This will be a fan voted contest, three winners will be picked in this contest based on how many votes they receive.
Voting will be open December 3 through December 7. Fans can vote once per day.

  • 1st place prize: $200 Fleet Farm Gift Card, $250 Seed Xtreme Gift Card for Homesteading, Wildlife, or Landscape Seed, and $200 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card
  • 2nd place prize: $200 Fleet Farm Gift Card & $200 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card
  • 3rd place prize: $100 Fleet Farm Gift Card & $100 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card

Submissions for this contest open on November 19.



  1. These rules govern The Great Hunter promotion (the “Promotion”) being conducted by WBEV 100 Bill McCollum Way, Beaver Dam WI 53916 (“GKB”) beginning on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 at 9am CST and ending on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 at 11:59pm.
  • To participate in the Promotion, you may enter via the following method(s):  
  1. To participate in the Promotion, you may log onto the Contest page on dailydodge.com and follow the links and instructions to enter the Promotion and submit a picture of your kill, your first and last name, complete address, city, state, zip code, telephone number, date of birth, date harvested, and your confirmation number from registration in the online entry form. Only one internet entry per person and one internet entry per email address is permitted.  Internet entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning an email address or the domain associated with the submitted email address.  Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address.  Entries submitted will not be acknowledged or returned.  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited.  Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by GKB.  GKB’s computer is the official time keeping device for the Promotion.  GKB is not responsible for entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties or other technological problems. Each entrant must agree to GKB’s online submission release in order to submit his or her entry.
  1. The Promotion is open to all persons who are 18 and older (you may enter your son or daughter if they are under 18 years of age) and who reside in our listening area. Employees of GKB, its subsidiary and affiliated entities, GKB’s advertising and promotional agencies, its participating sponsors, and the members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings, or children) and/or households (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate or win.  This Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  • Listeners are eligible to win a prize in a Promotion conducted by GKB only once every seven (7) days and only once every thirty (30) days if the prize is valued over $600.  Only one (1) winner per household is permitted in any GKB promotion.
  • The winner must provide valid government-issued photo identification and provide his or her complete address, date of birth, phone number, and their confirmation number from registering their kill to claim a prize.
  • Entrants are required to provide truthful information and GKB will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent.  GKB will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements. 
  1. Three prizes will be awarded in this Promotion.  The prizes consist of the following:
  • 1st place prize: $200 Fleet Farm Gift Card, $250 Seed Xtreme Gift Card for Homesteading, Wildlife, or Landscape Seed, and $200 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card
  • 2nd place prize: $200 Fleet Farm Gift Card & $200 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card
  • 3rd place prize: $100 Fleet Farm Gift Card & $100 Beaver Dam Food Pride Gift Card

The gift cards will be subject to the terms and conditions as set forth by the issuer of the gift card. 

  1. All prizes or prize certificates may be picked up at the office of GKB at the address below.  The winner will forfeit any prize or prize certificate not claimed within thirty (30) days of winning.  In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  GKB is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.
  • There is no substitution, transfer or cash equivalent for prizes, except that GKB may, at its sole discretion, substitute prizes or cash of comparable value.  The prizes are expressly limited to the item(s) listed above and unless otherwise expressly specified, do not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses.  Other restrictions may apply.
  1. Decisions of GKB management with respect to the Promotion are final.
  • Voting will open 9am CST on Saturday, December 3rd until Wednesday, December 7th at 11:59pm.  One vote per person per day will be permitted. The winners will be determined by number of votes on Friday, December 9th, 2022 at noon.  Winner will be notified by 5pm CST on Monday, December 12th, 2022.
  • Odds of winning a prize depends upon the number of votes received. 
  • The winner must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of winning or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected by whoever had the next highest amount of votes.  If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner forfeits the prize.
  1. Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.  The winner will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner’s full Social Security Number or the equivalent for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more or for any prizes awarded by GKB in a calendar year with an aggregate value of $600 or more.  Failure to submit a complete W-9 or equivalent will result in forfeiture of the prize.  Such winnings of $600 or more will be reported to the IRS. 
  • By participating in the Promotion, the winner agrees to have the winner’s name, voice and likeness used in any advertising or broadcasting material relating to the Promotion without additional financial or other compensation, and, where legal, to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize.
  • Prior to awarding any prize(s) or prize certificate(s), GKB, in its sole discretion, may require Promotion winner(s) (and any travel companion(s) or guest(s)) to sign a liability release, agreeing to release and hold harmless GKB, its subsidiary and affiliated entities, their respective officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives and all of their successors and assigns from and against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize and participation in the Promotion.
  • If for any reason this Promotion cannot be executed as planned, including, but not limited to, as a result of infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of GKB that corrupt or affect the security, administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Promotion, or if the Promotion is compromised or becomes technically corrupted in any way, electronically or otherwise, the Station reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend, or modify the Promotion.  If the Promotion is terminated before the original end date, GKB reserves the right to select the winner(s) by random drawing from among all eligible non-suspect entries received as of the termination time/date or otherwise modify the procedure for selecting winner(s).
  • GKB, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of GKB’s website.  Failure to comply with the rules of the Promotion may result in a contestant’s disqualification and/or forfeiture of any prize or prizes.  If GKB makes a good faith determination that an entrant has cheated or committed fraudulent activity in connection with a Promotion, GKB reserves the right to disqualify that entrant from entering and/or winning future Promotions and to prosecute and seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • GKB reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Promotion, including, without limitation, the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement.  If due to circumstances beyond the control of GKB, any competition or prize-related event or travel is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, GKB reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel, terminate, suspend, or modify the Promotion and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.
  • GKB is not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of a prize.
  • For a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by Monday, December 12th, 2022 to “The Great Hunting Contest – Official Rules,” Attn:  Promotions, GKB 100 Bill McCollum Way, Beaver Dam WI 53916.  For the names of the prize winners send a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by February 8th, 2023 to the above address marked “The Great Hunting Contest – Winner List.”  The Official Rules and the Winner List (when completed) shall also be available during regular business hours at the main offices of GKB and may be posted online at dailydodge.com.
  1. By use of GKB’s website or by entering the Promotion through GKB’s website, you agree to the website’s Terms of Use Agreement located at goodkarmabrands.com and to the use of your personal information as described in the Privacy Policy located at goodkarmabrands.com

Administrator: GKB 100 Bill McCollum Way, Beaver Dam WI 53916

Sponsor:  Fleet Farm, Beaver Dam; Seed Xtreme; Beaver Dam Food Pride

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View from the Back Row: Lottery fever

I’ve been thinking about the $2.04 billion dollar lottery purse that someone finally won in Altadena, California, last week. I would bet a quarter that many of you, like me, have entertained fantasies about what you would do with all that money. The odds of winning were roughly one in 292.2 million. To put that in perspective, the National Weather Service says that a person has a 1-in-15,300 chance of getting struck by lightning in their lifetime, defined as an 80-year lifespan. That makes your odds of getting struck by lightning nearly 20,000 times higher than hitting the lucky numbers for last week’s jackpot.

According to data from the University of Florida, people also have a one in 4.3 million chance of being killed by a shark, and fireworks accidents have a one in 340,733 chance of taking your life. Your chance of getting attacked by an alligator is also more than winning the lottery: one in 3.1 million. We all do, however, have a good chance (roughly one in 243) of getting audited by the Internal Revenue Service, and this is before the thousands of new IRS agents that the Biden Administration is supposedly hiring come to work.

Someone has won a staggering amount of money, the largest in Powerball history, and they must identify themselves because California is one of the Powerball states where winners cannot remain anonymous. If the winner takes a single payoff, the pretax lump sum would be $997.6 million dollars. Financial planners, however, say that the smart thing to do would be to avoid the initial tax bill of $369.1 million and draw the money out as an annuity over 30 years. Less than 20% of winners chose this option, preferring to immediately receive the money. Although most of them believe that they would be the exception, these newfound lottery riches often bring bad luck, sadness, and heartache.

It’s known as the “lottery curse:” winning the lottery and then having their “lucky” win turn sour, leading to divorce, bankruptcy, and even death. Here’s just one true story about William Post III, who won $16 million dollars in the Pennsylvania Lottery on a $20 bet. “Everybody dreams of winning money, but nobody realizes the nightmares that come out of the woodwork or the problems,” he said. How could that happen? Unfortunately, Post spent his money wildly. He was smart enough to take a yearly annuity, but he spent his entire first installment, $400,000, in just two weeks. After a year, he was half a million dollars in debt. His girlfriend then sued him, claiming they had agreed to share the money if he won. When she won her court claim, he couldn’t pay, so his lottery payouts were frozen. Next, he had to declare bankruptcy, and he only managed to hold on to about $2.6 million of his winnings, which he immediately spent. He was arrested for assault after firing a shotgun at a man who was pestering him for money. Worst of all, his brother hired a hitman to kill him and his wife, so he’d inherit the money. Post was on wife number six at that point. Thirteen years later, he died alone and penniless. He’d been living off welfare payments. 

The reality is that gambling is a loser’s game. The odds are always stacked in favor of the house. I figured this out for myself the hard way. About 1960, I was on a destroyer escort out of Boston, doing Cold War patrols off Nova Scotia.  A friend of mine liked to play the horses, and one weekend in port he invited me to accompany him to the thoroughbred track at Suffolk Downs in East Boston. I lost every race that I bet on, but I didn’t lose much because they were only $2 bets. To be honest, I picked horses based on their names in the racing form (names like “Bold Commander,” “Fighting Bob,” etc.), but I decided that day that I had other uses for my limited funds than to just throw them away. You might be thinking, “Well, I never gamble;” but that’s not exactly true. Every time you leave home, you are taking a chance that you won’t make it back: car wrecks, slip and falls, drive by shootings, tornados, etc. Even when you get married, you are taking a chance. Almost 50% of all marriages fail. Those are bad odds, but still better than betting against the house at your local casino.

Gambling has been around since the beginning of recorded history. A pair of dice were found in an Egyptian tomb dating from 3,000 BC. Gambling for money was forbidden in ancient Rome, so the Romans invented the first gambling “chips” so they could claim they were not playing for real money if nabbed by the authorities. In the 17th century, the famous Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote” (1605), wrote about the game of “ventiuna” (21) which we know as “Blackjack.” Also in the early 17th century, the first casino was established in Venice. My first casino experience was at Monte Carlo in Monaco about 1962, although I was smart enough to go bowling for the first time in the basement instead of gambling upstairs.

While the Bible never explicitly outlaws gambling, betting, or playing the lottery, it does warn us to avoid the love of money. For example: “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it” (Proverbs 13:11, KJV), and “A man with an evil eye hastens after riches and does not consider that poverty shall come upon him” (Proverbs 28:22, KJV).

Some may be surprised to learn that while the Mississippi lottery didn’t come online until 2018, there was a state lottery in Mississippi as early as July 1803. The proceeds were to benefit the recently established Jefferson College in Natchez; however, the idea never caught on and tickets sold were refunded in 1805. Another state lottery attempt was made in February 1867, during Reconstruction, to fund the Mississippi Agricultural and Manufacturing Aid Society. Again, the attempt was unsuccessful and repealed in 1869. The Mississippi Constitution of 1890, infamous for many reasons, and the one still in effect, banned lotteries, and this ban remained in effect until legislation finally passed establishing the current lottery. Ironically, the lottery was sold to the public as “the proceeds would go to education.” In my opinion, the jury is still out on that promise.

What would I do with the money? Simply put, I would like to heal the sick, feed the hungry, mend the broken hearts, house the homeless, clothe the naked, educate the youth, and advocate for world peace as long as the money lasted.  Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I can truly say that I’m one of those lucky people who doesn’t need anything. I have no use for a mega yacht, a gold bathtub, or a pet leopard. I loved my Navy and teaching careers, so I’ve never worked a day in my life.

I was raised poor on a dirt scrabble farm, so I never expected much. I didn’t even know I was poor until I went to school and my first-grade classmates made fun of me because I wore the same clothes to school every day. I never had any money until I joined the Navy, and that $90 per month, three hots and a cot looked like high living to me. I sent most of my pay home to my mama for years, and I can remember coming home on leave from Vietnam, when she died, seeing the ground through holes in the floor of the house trailer where she lived. I do, however, have a few simple fantasies that I’d like to pursue. You can tell a lot about people by what they do with their money. It’s a character test, and I would try to pass.

First, I’d like to check into one of those fat farms out in the New Mexico desert for a few weeks. I went to school at New Mexico State, and I saw a couple of them around Las Cruces that seemed to have excellent programs. A few weeks of enough sleep, eating right, and proper exercise would put some more fuel in my tank. I would also like one with a psychological component so that I could work on getting my attitude straight.

Next, I’d like to have daily access to a professional French teacher, preferably a native of Paris, so that I wouldn’t have to depend on “Babel” to keep my French up to date. Like most languages, French is “use it or lose it,” and books and the internet have their limits. I would prefer someone from Paris because I have found them to be “all business, no nonsense” people like natives of New York City.

I guess my one purely materialistic purchase would be a 58-year-old antique automobile. My first ship, the cruiser, USS Springfield (CLG-7), had been overseas for three years, and we came back to Brooklyn, New York, for a long overhaul. First, however, we had to stop at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia, to offload missiles and ammunition. I was on watch topside on the bridge when we pulled alongside and, looking down, I saw the most beautiful car I’d ever seen on the pier – a brand new 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint convertible. It was black, with a red interior, a V-8 engine, and four on the floor. Maybe it was because it was the first new American car I’d seen in three years, but it has stuck in my mind and been my dream car ever since. If you know of one, running or not, give me a call.

While I can think of a couple other things, like renting an old sailboat in Bay St. Louis harbor to live on if I came out of retirement and taught sailing and English at St. Stanislaus College (High School), or leasing  my own space under the canopy in New Orleans’ French Market to sell used books (“The Book Lover:” I have the application form), my final lottery “splurge” might seem a little quixotic: I would spend what was necessary to restart the William Carey University football team.

It makes perfect sense: a university with a medical school, a pharmacy school, a physical therapy school, a nursing school, and the highest-ranking school of education in Mississippi is a school that any football team could be proud of. There is certainly a precedent – Carey fielded a winning team in 1954 and 1955. It was loaded with Korean War veterans and junior college graduates. In fact, the head coach, Les De Vall, came down from Hinds Junior College in Raymond and brought several of his players with him. His assistant coach was Glenn Daughtrey who had been head football coach at Soso High School. When the players were being recruited in early 1954, shortly before the school’s name was changed to William Carey College, it was known as Mississippi Women’s College, and male players for both the baseball and football teams were sometimes derisively referred to by their opponents as the “Skirts.” I even have a coach in mind. I would recommend offering the job to the great but unappreciated coach who made USM a giant killer despite having the lowest athletic budget in Division One football.

This is not meant to be a cautionary tale – winning the lottery or any gambling jackpot, for that matter, has the potential to change lives. You must be in it to win it. But it must be pointed out that, for every winner, there are literally millions, or in this case, billions, of losers.  On one of my around the world cruises, I read the complete works of Charles Dickens. His opening lines to “The Tale of Two Cities” (1859), sum up for me both the positive and the negative aspects of seeing lucky numbers tumble out of the power ball hopper:

It was the best of times,

it was the worst of times,

it was the age of wisdom,

it was the age of foolishness,

it was the epoch of belief,

it was the season of light, 

it was the season of darkness,

it was the spring of hope,

it was the winter of despair.


Light a candle for me.


Benny Hornsby of Oak Grove is a retired U.S. Navy captain. Visit his website, bennyhornsby.com, or email him: villefranche60@yahoo.com.

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