Padma Lakshmi started a brilliant response chain against Louis C.K. for now suddenly wanting 'consent.'
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It looks like Louis CK has finally learned his lesson about consent, but it's not the lesson you'd want him to learn.

The Acme Comedy Club inMinneapolis dropped a new “consent" policy on their website for a recently announced Louis CK performance at the theater. The theater says Louis CK's show will be “a phone-free experience. "Audiences will have to put their phones and smartwatches into Yondr pouches before the show in order to prevent unsolicited recordings of the show.


The website also delineated a copyright policy, which, oddly enough, contains the word consent. “Use of the Materials without the express prior written consent of Louis CK is strictly prohibited and shall be subject to all available legal remedies, whether inequity or at law at the cost of anyone who violates this prohibition," the statement reads.

Portions of Louis CK's “comeback" sets have been leaked on Twitter, and spoiler: they don't paint him in a positive light. He can be seen making jokes about Parkland shooting survivors, and gender-neutral pronouns. He even makes fun of his own sexual conduct allegations, and it's not in a way that shows he's learned anything.

Padma Lakshmi called the word choice out for what it is. “Oh! So now Louis CK cares about consent," the Top Chef host posted on Twitter. “Very legal & very cool," she added.

Others have taken to Twitter to callout Louis CK's sudden interest in the c-word.

Even though Louis CK issued a statement apologizing for masturbating in front of five different women it doesn't seem as if the comedian has shown remorse for his actions, nor does it seem like he's used the experience to improve as a person. Louis CK's strict legal notices just add insult to injury.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Ready for the weekend? Of course, you are. Here's our weekly dose of good vibes to help you shed the stresses of the workweek and put yourself in a great frame of mind.

These 10 stories made us happy this week because they feature amazing creativity, generosity, and one super-cute fish.

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Hawaiian underwater photographer Yuki Nakano befriended a friendly porcupine fish and now they hang out regularly.

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