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Celerity's Journal
Celerity's Journal
July 31, 2022

Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

Fresh Ricotta Turns a Simple Pasta Dish Sublime



YIELD 4 to 6 servings

TIME 30 minutes

A summer pasta should be simple and fresh, ideally made with vegetables straight from the garden or market. Look for the best artisanal ricotta; top-quality ingredients make all the difference here.


July 31, 2022

St. Germain Cocktail


I’d like to introduce you to my favorite easy cocktail recipe: the St. Germain Cocktail! A blend of St. Germain, gin (or vodka), and lemon that’s topped with a bubbly pour of sparkling wine like prosecco or champagne, it’s effervescent, refreshing, and the sort of beverage I envision myself sipping on at a classy party (or in my pajamas at home). Ever since I impulse bought my first bottle of St. Germain, I have been on a quest for the ultimate collection of St. Germain cocktail recipes. This sparkling one is my fave!

It’s super easy—we’re talking FOUR ingredients, with nothing you need to prep in advance.
It makes any occasion feel extra special and classy.
Even when I’m at my most disorganized in the kitchen, as long as I’m holding a glass filled with this St. Germain prosecco cocktail, I appear the picture of poise.
With 1.5 ounces of gin or vodka per drink, this St. Germain cocktail tends to make me feel like the picture of poise too.
Sip with caution. This St. Germain cocktail might taste light, but its contents are definitely fit for a celebration!

What Kind of Alcohol is St. Germain?

If you’ve never had St. Germain, it’s an elderflower liqueur.
It was originally created in 2007 , and it was named after the St. Germain-Des-Prés area of Paris.
It’s naturally flavored, and each bottle can contain up to 1,000 elderflower blossoms (CRAZY).
St. Germain tastes pleasantly floral, lightly herbal, sweet without being sugary, and is surprisingly versatile. Think of it like an elderflower syrup, but better.
I’m never one to add a big, fancy bottle of alcohol to my home bar that I’ll only use once or twice a year.
I’ve become a St. Germain person, however, and I truly find myself using it often in a variety of cocktail recipes.

July 30, 2022

Lis Smith Says the Path to Trouncing Ron DeSantis Is Straight Through Right-Wing Media

The veteran political adviser and memoirist on how she’d kneecap Ron DeSantis, and how Dems can deploy the Trump taint in the midterms. Plus: Smith name-checks her party’s next superstars.


This week, Inside the Hive cohost Joe Hagan talks to Lis Smith, Democratic campaign veteran and author of the new memoir Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story, which details her journey, the public one and the private one, through Democratic campaigns over the past 17 years, for candidates as varied as Jon Corzine, Barack Obama, Pete Buttigieg, and, most infamously, former governor Andrew Cuomo, whose lurid political demise she details down to the last moments of his time in office. A savvy political operator, Smith trains her sights on stubborn problems like Florida governor Ron DeSantis, and what to do about President Joe Biden, who, despite his abysmal poll numbers, she says is preparing to come out swinging in advance of the midterms.

“If the [midterms] are a referendum on Democrats, we will be screwed in November,” says Smith, but if Biden and his surrogates can effectively target Trump-tainted election deniers and antiabortion Republicans, “that’s a terrain we can win on. And that’s a switch that we need to flip—we need to flip that switch pretty soon. And we have the opportunity to now.” Smith, who helped take Buttigieg’s star to the national level, is now working with Michigan state senator Mallory McMorrow, who went viral with a searing counterattack on anti-LGBTQ+ Republicans. Smith puts McMorrow on a short list of candidates, along with Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas, to form the future of the party.


July 30, 2022

A Trump-Backed Veteran Ran Hard to the Right, Only to Be Outflanked

Joe Kent, a decorated retired Green Beret and House candidate in Washington State, is discovering just how far the modern far right will go.



Joe Kent, a square-jawed Trump devotee running for a House seat in Washington State, is in a bit of a pickle. Kent has campaigned as a “Stop the Steal”-style candidate on Donald Trump’s “America First” platform, positions that apparently caught the eye of the former president, who has endorsed him.

Kent insists the 2020 election was rigged, and has rationalized the violence on Jan. 6, 2021, by claiming that an otherwise peaceful crowd was infiltrated by Deep State agents provocateurs. In September, he spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C., in support of people accused of storming the Capitol, urging the release of what he called “political prisoners.”

But in recent weeks, far-right figures led by Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist who has spoken admiringly of Adolf Hitler, have started an online drumbeat claiming that Kent, a retired Green Beret and C.I.A. paramilitary officer who has a fistful of Bronze Stars, is actually a deep-state denizen himself.

Kent’s wife, Shannon, was a targeting specialist for the National Security Agency who was killed by a suicide bomber in northeast Syria in 2019 while fighting the Islamic State. After her death, he wrote about how his experiences in the Special Forces had made him more skeptical of “pointless or unwinnable wars.” On his arm is a tattoo inscribed with the date of her killing, along with an image of the World Trade Center aflame after the Sept. 11 attacks.

July 30, 2022

'Paper Girls' Could Be the Next 'Stranger Things'

The cast of the Amazon series breaks down the ’80s nostalgia, the power of strong friendships, and popular graphic novels that inspired the show.


If you were 12 years old and had to cast an older version of yourself for a TV show, which celebrity would you choose? It’s a question the cast of Paper Girls had to ponder as the show spans across three decades—the ’80s, the ’90s, and today’s time—meeting their older selves, like the movie 13 Going on 30 but with a Stranger Things twist.

You’ll be reminded of both, as well as a handful of other sci-fi, coming-of-age classics, as you tune in for the first season, which launches Friday on Amazon. A quartet of the most adorable, snarky newspaper delivery girls meet on one fateful morning after Halloween as they run their routes—only to discover a mind-boggling portal to another world. They hate each other. They love each other. They tolerate each other, because they need to if they want to make it back to the ’80s again.

Paper Girls stems from Brian K. Vaughan’s comic books of the same name, which rose to fame after a handful of glowing reviews with its 2015 release. Just a few months later, Netflix unveiled the wildly popular first season of Stranger Things, which is certainly comparable to this new series. So, before these gals reach Millie Bobby Brown levels of fame—the fashionistas are already on their way—we had to chat with them about what it feels like to be 13 Going on 30-ed. Jason Mantzoukas, who plays the evil overlord “Grandfather” in the back half of the new series, tells me he’d select Michelle Obama to play an older version of his younger self. “Just because that’s a compelling answer,” he says. “A valiant challenge. I’d like to see it.”

There’s a bit I’ve cut out here, though, because his evil villain co-star Adina Porter selected the former first lady a beat before him. “Bring in Michelle Obama!” the actress demands. “I have this idea that I would become wise like Michelle Obama. If you can just throw out anybody, then sure!”

July 30, 2022

Betsy DeVos and the GOP's Plan to Destroy Public Schools

“School choice” is a rhetorical dodge. It’s actually all about entrenching right-wing power, control, and Christian nationalism.


“Republicans are trying to dismantle public education which educates 90% of American kids. That’s the end game, folks,” I recently tweeted upon hearing billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s former Secretary of Education, admit: “I personally think the Department of Education”—which she used to run—“should not exist.” The comment shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been following the GOP’s 70-year crusade to dismantle and privatize our public education system.

After Brown v. Board of Education ruled that segregation was unconstitutional, white supremacy ignited the right-wing culture war that burns across the nation in 2022 with battles over textbooks, critical race theory, school boards, mask mandates, and diversity initiatives. But instead of deploying the overtly racist tactics of the mid-20th century, the GOP now filters its agenda through racially neutral Trojan Horse slogans such as “school choice” and “parental choice.” The latter helped Republican Glenn Youngkin win the governorship of Virginia, and suburban parents have been successfully weaponized by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ efforts to ban books, punish teachers, and help kids avoid “liberal indoctrination” by ignoring the existence of gay people.

DeVos was simply being true to form when she made her recent remarks at a Moms for Liberty summit, a training site for conservative activists to learn how to create majorities on local school boards. For years, she has zealously spent her millions on “education reform” and created the blueprint for Republican state legislatures. Specifically, she has been an evangelist for “school choice,” arguably the main policy focus of the 2020 Republican National Convention—which famously had no platform except to “enthusiastically endorse” Donald Trump.

School choice advocates like DeVos want to funnel public funds and resources to private schools and charter schools and away from public schools, which educate the majority of American children. Although Republicans claim their pursuit of “school choice” is to help the children, one should be wise enough to know by now that Republicans—who oppose the child tax credit, gun control, and food stamps—only care about the pre-born. Once you’re out of the womb, you have to pull yourself up from your bootstraps and run for your life to avoid mass shootings.

July 30, 2022

'Pegging' Sets the Internet Alight, Just in Time for the Weekend

Take one gossip item about an alleged royal’s bedroom activities, a sex act that Dan Savage first helped coin a name for 21 years ago, and watch the internet catch light.


The world, we are all acutely aware, lost its innocence some time ago. As soon as something is new, it is consumed by us human jackals online and off, talked about endlessly, new angles and snark devoured in a matter of minutes in the manner of piranha discovering a fresh human leg. Adam and Eve couldn’t say no to that damn apple, and here we are.

Until this week! This week, where once there was ignorance there are the collective, bright, shining eyes of discovery. The world has apparently found out about “pegging”! Pegging has united people in a moment of “Oh, that’s what that means”—unless you’re Dan Savage or a reader of his or someone who has been pegging away happily enough with their partner/s, in which case you’re rolling your eyes at the basic-ness of it all.

“What term, from this day forward, will be the commonly accepted slang for a woman fucking a man in the ass with a strap-on dildo?” Savage asked his “Savage Love” readers 21 years ago. “Pegging” came forth the answer.

The neologism has returned to the public square as the sexual act at the center of a widely shared blind gossip item posted on DeuxMoi. The item claims an unnamed, heterosexual member of the royal family is into this particular sexual activity. The blind gossip item says this royal’s extramarital affair is an “open secret in London and amongst the English aristo set, and is the talk of every party and newsdesk.” How very Bridgerton, and Lady Whistledown!

July 30, 2022

200-Plus Bot Programs and Millions of Fake Customers Are Ruining Sneaker Releases


Last week, 2.4 million raffle entries were reportedly placed on Travis Scott’s web store ahead of the release of his anticipated Air Jordan 1 Low ‘Reverse Mocha’, plus countless more across global retailers. The resulting carnage was at the merciless hands of bots, who seemed to sweep up the lion’s share of available stock. EQL co-founder and chief technology officer Patrick Donelan has analysed the current state of hype releases with brutal honesty.

Penning a lengthy LinkedIn post, Donelan asks, ‘Why does everything fall apart at the crucial moment? Why is this still happening?’ With this latest TS drop just another exemplar of consumer disappointment due to the technological tug ‘o’ war between bots and retailers, one of most telling observations is that ‘the infrastructure that retailers have in place for hype drops hasn’t changed since Travis’s first Jordan Low in 2019’, meaning ‘retailers haven't had access to solutions that were designed for these moments.'

This infrastructure (or perhaps lack thereof) falters when ‘half the internet is sending you traffic all at once’, causing a spike on ‘most systems [that] are simply not designed to handle such extremes.’ And in the event the website can handle that load, there’s the question of separating the bot traffic from real users. According to Donelan, there are over 200 different bot programs on the market capable of wreaking havoc on releases. Even EQL, the platform he helped create in a bid to make getting the W fairer, deals with about 34 per cent bot raffle entries. He says retailers who have switched to their system have prevented a ‘feeding frenzy’ and seen a tenfold decrease in traffic as bots go elsewhere.

Donelan believes that ‘we’re quickly approaching a tipping point in hype commerce—things need to change.’ His proposed solution is to build ‘the solution, an end-to-end platform that prevents sites from crashing, filters out bots and fraud, processes payments, and ensures releases are easier to manage for retailers and and fairer for customers.’ After all, the scene has to accept ‘the next big record-smashing hype launch is always just around the corner.’


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