Single-serving coffee pods like Keurig's K-Cups are having a moment. Nearly one in five adults makes a single-cup-brewed coffee every day, and the industry is now worth several billion dollars. The industry's popularity shouldn't come as a surprise, since coffee pods are simple to make and easy to clean. But, as Mother Jones reports, the cost of convenience might not outweigh the toll the cups are taking on the environment.
The magazine writes that since each pod is individualized and easy to trash, "you must also exponentially increase the packaging — packaging that ultimately ends up in landfills." And the pieces "aren't that easy to recycle either," it adds.
Mother Jones estimated that the 8.3 billion K-Cups produced by Green Mountain are enough to wrap around the equator 10.5 times — and that's just in 2013. More alarmingly, since only five percent of the cups are recyclable, the rest of the pieces end up in landfills. Read the rest of the story at Mother Jones. Jordan Valinsky
Some Americans are so desperate to make a point about America's political system that they're willing to vote for Donald Trump to prove it, Politico reports. That's right: Even though Trump haters might find the real estate mogul's immigration policy "absolutely revolting," his persona to be "a joke," and his comments to be "racist" and "sexist," come time for the Republican primary they're still casting their ballot for The Donald.
"This is the candidate America deserves," Jeff DeFlavio, a small-business owner and registered independent, said of Trump to Politico. "His immigration policy is disgusting to me. It's absolutely revolting... I really don't want him to become president ever. Ever. He would destroy the world, which is what's so wonderful about him."
Another Trump hater, Rasheen Carbin, a Republican, explained that he's voting for Trump to push the Republican Party to the point of finally acknowledging its failings. "I'm going to vote for him because I want the Republican Party to finally acknowledge that it's broken, and if Trump is the nominee, I don't know how it could be more obvious. Sometimes things need to be broken so they can be remade stronger."
For others, the entertainment value Trump provides in a presidential field with which they're otherwise disenchanted is an attraction, Politico says. One such person explained: "Everything Trump says I don't agree with, like building a wall around the country, but I don't think it's going to happen... I don't think anything anybody else says is going to happen, and I'd rather have the guy who brings entertainment value." Another commented, "I think politics is kind of a joke in this country. I don't think it matters who will get elected president."
So far, pollsters don't know how strong the Trump hate vote is, or how likely it is that all these haters will actually follow through on their smack talk. A "real-life political mockumentary" might seem entertaining until it becomes, well, real. Becca Stanek
A membership to the climbing gym Brooklyn Boulders will run you $115 a month, which isn't so terrible when it's also doubling as your office space (this is a big thing in the tech world, apparently). But be warned before you sign up: There's a "hidden fee" of sorts that might make some introverts — or gym-averse workers — squirm:
The co-working areas — open to members, as well as to visitors who pay $28 for a day pass — come with their own fitness rules. "We want to incentivize people to not be sitting," [BKB co-founder Lance] Pinn says. So the gym levees a physical rent for using the space: five sit-ups or five pull-ups every half hour, or one conversation with a stranger in the spirit of enhanced serendipitous innovation. BKB's Somerville location has pull-up bars directly over desks. A few feet away, members do deadlifts and massacre punching bags while wearing bluetooth headsets. "Physicality stimulates innovation and creativity," effuses one sign in the office space. [Bloomberg Business]
BKB currently has office-gyms in New York (Brooklyn and Long Island City), Massachusetts (Somerville), and Illinois (Chicago). Far enough away from these locations that you're feeling safe from the threat of "physical rent" and forced conversations with random strangers? Don't breathe easy just yet — live-work offices are spreading across the country, so if doing squats between meetings sounds horrible, don't share this with your boss. Jeva Lange
Carly Fiorina mostly keeps the fact that she's the lone Republican woman running for president out of the conversation, telling Laura Ingraham Wednesday that she "never made gender an issue" in her campaign. But that didn't keep the GOP candidate from flaring up at the suggestion she's not in the race for the long haul.
"The people who say that I am in this for vice president — that's sexist," Fiorina said on Ingraham's show. "I'm in this to win this job. No one talks about the men being veep. I think I'm qualified to do the job."
Earlier Tuesday, CNN adjusted the criteria for its upcoming Republican presidential debate to make room for Fiorina, who held her own — and then some — at Fox News' debate for lower-polling candidates in August. Jeva Lange
Donald Trump really, really doesn't like Jeb Bush. He resents Bush's WASPy, old money roots. He says his first name with a mocking drawl. He constantly calls Bush "low energy," a sharp dig at Bush's inability to play the role of alpha dog. Trump may, in fact, be running for president to solely to spite Bush, who Trump believes had a role in Univision canceling its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant. "If I'm going down, then Bush is going down with me," Trump reportedly told a confidant. "He's not going to be president of the United States."
All of this has made life miserable for Bush, whose poll numbers are swooning in the sweltering heat of the Summer of Trump. Bush has come under pressure to show donors and voters that he can throw punches as well as he can absorb them, which has only underscored his discomfort with Trump's brawling style of politics. As Jonathan Martin at The New York Times reports, the whole ordeal has turned Bush into a rather unhappy warrior:
[Bush], after a campaign event in Miami, seemed irked when reporters asked him about Mr. Trump.
"He attacks me every day with nonsense, with things that aren't true," Mr. Bush said in Spanish, before saying much the same in English: "He tries to personalize everything. If you are not totally in agreement with him, you're an idiot, or stupid, or you have no energy, or blah, blah, blah. That's what he does."
When a reporter proposed asking "a non-Trump question, if you don't mind," Mr. Bush replied, "I'd love it." [The New York Times]
Unfortunately for Bush, the Trump reality show continues apace, which means Bush will have to continue his reluctant role as The Donald's foil for the foreseeable future. Ryu Spaeth
Hulu finally launched its long-awaited alternative subscription plan on Wednesday, which will offer customers a way to stream the service's programs without commercial interruptions, making it more competitive with streaming rivals Netflix and Amazon. Until now, even Hulu's paid subscribers had to endure multiple commercial breaks, which could not be skipped, while they used the service.
But before you rush over to upgrade your subscription to the ad-free version — priced at $12 a month, up from $8 — you should know the plan has one little caveat: It will still contains ads. Yes, the commercial-free package will still run ads on some programs, Variety reports, including popular titles like Scandal, New Girl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a handful of others.
Hulu's CEO Mike Hopkins explained that the exceptions are a result of studio rights held on certain series. "They have other commitments that they couldn’t free them up for a complete commercial-free offering," he said.
The good news is that remaining advertisements will be confined to pre- and post-roll slots, so you can at least sob through old Grey's Anatomy episodes without any pesky interruptions. Stephanie Talmadge
Europe is in the middle of a colossal migration crisis, as over 350,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa make the difficult journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life. While parts of Eastern Europe have fought to close their borders and train stations, many migrants remain in limbo, waiting for their tickets to Germany or Austria, where they've been greeted by thousands of welcoming volunteers and human rights supporters. Even the police have stood by as new trains roll daily into stations in Munich and Vienna — not even checking passengers' papers.
But for those who haven't yet reached the end of the line, Europe's train stations have become just another stepping stone in the path toward an uncertain future. Below, a selection of sobering photos of the crisis. Jeva Lange
The first public hearing for the six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray was held this morning to determine whether the case should be dismissed, whether the officers should be tried together, and whether State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will stay on the case.
Outside the Circuit Courthouse, protesters have assembled, chanting "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!" and "No justice, no peace!"
— KnightfromABC2 (@Knightfromabc2) September 2, 2015
The assembly has been peaceful, and so far only one protester has been arrested after allegedly attempting to block traffic. Live updates on the hearing and protests are available from the Baltimore Sun here. Bonnie Kristian