MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Dodgers, Yankees knock it out of the park –
MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers: Dodgers, Yankees knock it out of the park
Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. In its dust is a flurry of moves in the past several weeks, notably picking up very strongly in the past 24 hours. Since it's a knee-jerk world and we're only living in it, let's go
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Netflix Releases the Official Trailer for Futuristic Thriller ‘What Happened to Monday’

Netflix releases the trailer for its upcoming sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday, starring Noomi Rapace as seven identical sisters.

Set in the future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a “One Child Policy,” seven identical sisters must avoid government detection by the Child Allocation Bureau while searching for their missing sister.

Raised and named after the days of the week, by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe), the sisters take turns leaving the house on the day of their names as a common identity — Karen Settman — until one day, one of the sisters does not come home.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola and the film written by Max Botkin — What Happened to Monday debuts on Netflix on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Also, ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening’s next animated show is coming to Netflix.

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Ryan Adams Rips the Strokes in Twitter Rant

Ryan Adams unleashed a series of tweets mocking the Strokes Monday, two months after the band detailed the rift between them and the singer-songwriter.

In the book Meet Me in the Bathroom, a look at NYC indie rock in the early 2000s, Adams is painted as a “bad influence” for the Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr.

“Ryan would always come and wake me at two in the morning and have drugs, so I’d just do the drugs and kind of numb out,” Hammond said in the oral history. “I knew I would shoot up drugs from a very young age. I’d been wanting to do heroin since I was 14 years old.”

For undisclosed reasons, Adams decided to respond to the Strokes’ allegations on Twitter Monday.

“[Albert] Hammond is a more horrible songwriter than his dad. If that’s possible. It rains in [southern] CA & washes out the dirt As you were,” Adams tweeted, mocking Albert Hammond Sr.’s 1972 song “It Never Rains in Southern California.”

In Meet Me in the Bathroom, it’s also revealed Strokes singer Julian Casablancas allegedly threatened to beat up Adams if he continued to hang out with Hammond Jr. “Did I specifically tell Ryan to stay away from Albert? I can’t remember the details, to be honest,” Casablancas said. “I think heroin just kind of crosses a line. It can take a persons soul away. So it’s like if someone is trying to give your friend a lobotomy — you’re gonna step in.”

Adams’ response to that Monday: “Julian Casablancas: who got you strung out on lasagna tho?”

Adams, a former friend of the band who once recorded his own version of the Strokes’ debut LP Is This It, continued to tease the band’s in a series of tweets, including their rumored jealousy of the Killers.

“Last Impressions of Actual Songs,” Adams tweeted, a knock on First Impressions of Earth. “I should’ve forced them to get addicted to writing better songs. Too bad @thekillers did it for them.”

Adams then started responding to Strokes fans defending the band on Twitter, resulting at more digs at Casablancas’ side project the Voidz. “I sold more t shirts last night than people who actually made it thru a single Voidz song, bro,” Adams wrote. “What’s he gonna do? Sit on me?”

In Meet Me in the Bathroom, Adams admitted he felt scapegoated by the band for Hammond Jr.’s addiction issues.

“That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did,” Adams said. “I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin. I remember being incredibly worried about him, even after I continued to do speedballs… It was easy to brand me as the problem. I would suspect that they soon learned that I was not the problem.”

The members of the Strokes have not yet responded to Adams on social media.

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Casey Affleck’s Wife Files For Divorce!

Geesh! So much drama with the Affleck family!

On Monday, Casey Affleck‘s wife Summer Phoenix filed for divorce after nine years of marriage. She cited irreconcilable differences.

Related: Casey Affleck Arrogantly Addresses Those Sexual Harassment Allegations

According to legal docs, Summer — who shares 13-year-old Indiana and 9-year-old Atticus with Ben Affleck‘s brother — is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their sons. Additionally, she wants spousal support and attorney fees.

Interesting enough, Joaquin Phoenix‘s sister says the two separated in November 2015, but they didn’t announce their split until March 2016.

Love in Hollywood is a bitch!

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Let Go and Get Going

Let Go and Get Going

If the quarter lands heads five times in a row first, it means we should break up. If tails five times in a row, we should not.

It was an anguished prayer. My girlfriend and I had been dating a few months, and the way forward was a fog. Desperate to know God’s will for our relationship, I turned to a coin in my pocket.

Heads. Heads. Heads. Tails. Sigh. Tails. Tails. Heads.

I was a new Christian, gripped by the Bible’s stories of miraculous answers to prayer — and eager for my own. If God answered prayers with seas parting, armies fleeing, fire falling, and prison doors opening, couldn’t he answer me with a flipping George Washington?

I kept at it for a while longer, each flip shoveling another handful of disappointment over my half-buried hopes. I gave up.

Fireworks Show?

You may have never looked for answers to prayer in a quarter; it’s certainly been a long time since I have. But I wonder if you share an assumption that inspired my flip-a-coin prayer — an assumption that still subtly shapes my own expectations for how God relates to us.

Here’s the assumption: in real, bona fide answers to prayer, we are more like spectators than actors. In other words, we expect answers to prayer to feel something like a fireworks display: we pray, take our seats, and then enjoy the show. We all know (or have experienced) stories that follow this pattern. You pray for healing, and the tumor vanishes overnight. You ask for financial provision, and an anonymous envelope appears in your mailbox. You beg for wisdom, and three people offer you the same unsolicited counsel.

And, of course, Scripture brims with spectacular answers to prayer. Moses prays in the wilderness, and water bursts from the rock (Exodus 17:4–6). Hezekiah cries out for deliverance, and Assyria’s 185,000 keel over dead (2 Kings 19:14–35). The early church pleads for Peter’s release, and the chains fall off his hands (Acts 12:1–11).

Sometimes God bares his mighty arm so powerfully that the world gropes for an explanation.

God’s Answers in Our Acting

But what about when you pray and the tumor disappears through three rounds of chemo? Or when financial provision comes after weeks of scouring the web, looking for a new job? Or when you discern your next steps by researching the options and consulting a mentor? Is God somehow less involved in these answers?

David didn’t think so. At the beginning of his reign, he asks God to “bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you” (2 Samuel 7:29). The answer to that prayer, as the next chapter shows, was not a fireworks display. David did not sit back and watch God destroy his enemies. Instead, “David defeated the Philistines and subdued them” (2 Samuel 8:1); “he defeated Moab” (2 Samuel 8:2); “David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer” (2 Samuel 8:9).

David prayed for help, and then he picked up his sword and went to war.

But then David wrote Psalm 18, a fifty-verse celebration of God’s answer to his prayers for deliverance. He sings, “I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:3). According to David, it was God who “sent out his arrows and scattered them” (Psalm 18:14); it was God who “rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me” (Psalm 18:17).

What’s going on here? Did God defeat these enemies, or did David? The answer, of course, is both. David acted one hundred percent, and God answered one hundred percent. God did not answer David’s prayer apart from David’s acting; he answered through David’s acting.

I Did It, God Did It

If you’re like me, you may hesitate to sing a psalm of praise when God answers your prayers this way. In your small group or with friends, you wish you could share some real, spectacular answer to prayer — some story of how God acted totally apart from anything you did. But for David, God’s answering through our acting is already real and spectacular. Why do we struggle to see it that way?

In Letters to Malcolm, C.S. Lewis gives one reason:

We profanely assume that divine and human action exclude one another like the actions of two fellow-creatures so that “God did this” and “I did this” cannot both be true of the same act except in the sense that each contributed a share. (50)

We sometimes assume that more of our involvement in an answer to prayer means less of God’s involvement. If we contribute seventy percent toward an answer to prayer, then God only contributes thirty percent. But David and the other biblical authors believed they could act one hundred percent and still praise God for answering one hundred percent.

If someone asked David, “Who won those battles?” he could sincerely say, “I won them.” But he wouldn’t waste a breath before adding, “But I’d prefer to say God won them. It’s God who equipped me with strength (Psalm 18:32), who trained my hands for war (Psalm 18:34), and who made my enemies sink under me (Psalm 18:39).”

When David fought and won the battles, he knew God was answering his prayer. And he thought that kind of answer to prayer was so magnificent it deserved worship.

Let Go, Get Going

So when we pray, we do not let go and let God. Rather, we let go and get going. We let go of the burden by admitting our weakness and trusting a specific promise from God, and then we get going by doing whatever needs to happen for our part.

We pray for opportunities to share the gospel, and then we go knock on our neighbor’s door. We plead for strength to resist lustful temptation, and then we text or call a friend. We beg God to guide us with some hard decision, and then we do not flip a coin, but we research, seek counsel, and think hard.

And then, when God answers in our acting, we make a big deal about it. We marvel that the living God is at work in us both to will and to work for his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). We praise him for equipping us with everything good to do his will (Hebrews 13:21). We tell “the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation” (Psalm 40:9).

Answered prayer is more than fireworks. It’s also the thrilling experience of God’s answering in our acting. Both types of answered prayer require God’s supernatural help, both demonstrate his power, and both call for celebration (Psalm 126:2).

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