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  • michaellarbi950 1:34 am on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Mac Miller Has Died at Age 26 

    Mac Miller has died at age 26 of an apparent overdose.
    Mac Miller was found Friday at about noon in his home, unresponsive.
    Miller was once the reality star of an MTV show, “The Most Dope Family,” and most recently dated Ariana Grande, before her engagement to Pete Davidson.
    Mac just recently released a project entitled “Swimming,” this July.

  • michaellarbi950 2:22 pm on September 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Star Trek’ Actor Wil Wheaton Blacklisted on Social Media by Fellow SJWs 

    Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton got a bitter taste of his own mob justice this week when he was blacklisted from a social media site.
    Another way of putting it is that after the online mob Wheaton helped create found him guilty of being impure, they lynched his candy ass.
    And it was glorious.
    Wheaton is best known for his short-lived stint as Wesley Crusher on Next Generation , and I say “short-lived” because his character was so hated by the fans, he pretty much disappeared after the first season and was removed altogether after the fourth. Putting a 14-year-old (who looked 11) on the bridge of the USS Enterprise was too much disbelief to ask even of we Trekkies — or are we Trekkers?
    It doesn’t matter. Next Generation is not really Star Trek because everyone knows that anything titled Star Trek that does not star William Shatner is not Star Trek… it’s just lame.
    Anyway, Wheaton, who is now 46, had been enjoying something of a second career as an insufferable Nerdboy Social Justice Warrior on the Twitters. And, naturally, after Donald Trump won the presidency, Wheaton added the Resistance to his résumé.
    Last month, along with CNN, Wheaton was one of the blacklisting blacklisters desperate to have Alex Jones blacklisted. When Twitter refused to blacklist Jones, Wheaton piously
    announced he was leaving the social media site for something more pure, an alt-Twitter site called Mastodon.
    And it was here that Wil Wheaton got a taste of life in a world of Wil Wheatons…
    It all began when — and how perfect is this? — Wheaton pretty much introduced himself to the Mastodon community by calling for someone to be blacklisted after this someone played an innocent “bofa” joke on him.
    “Bofa” jokes go like this:
    “Hey, did you watch that awesome show on Bofa last night?”
    “What’s Bofa?”
    *points to crotch* “Bofa deez nuts down here.”
    Innocent, dumb, hilarious…
    But joyless Wheaton didn’t think so (he was on TV, you know), and instead of responding with a good-natured “LMFAO,” Wheaton reported this person for abuse.
    There was just one problem: Wheaton is a straight white male (which is the long way of saying Hitler), and the person Wheaton reported for abuse is a transsexual. And as we all know, transsexuals are now on the highest rung of the identity politics ladder, and straight white males are Hitler.
    And then there were Wheaton’s other sins, his past impurities…
    Wheaton is close pals with Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, who was recently indicted for (and cleared of) a #MeToo incident involving a former girlfriend. Wheaton is not only guilty by association with Hardwick; he had the gall to not condemn his friend.
    Finally, (the Ace of Spades rundown on this is a must-read ) there is the incident involving the transphobic blocklist…
    During the whole GamerGate uproar, Wheaton received and disseminated a blocklist (a massive list of WrongThink People blocked by CorrectThink People). Apparently, there was a number of transsexuals on Wheaton’s blocklist (it originated with a feminist angry at men who become women, or something), and a genetically inferior straight white male like Wheaton banning transsexuals is un-for-giv-able.
    And so, the mob of tattletale hall monitors Wheaton helped empower had him blacklisted from Mastodon using the fascist online rules Wheaton helped normalize.
    And now, Wheaton has retreated to the only place he has left, his own blog, where he is using this incident to prove to the world he is not a man :
    This lie that I am anti-trans, or anti-LGBQ, is deeply hurtful to me (I know it’s nothing like the pain LGBTQ people deal with every day, as they simply try to *exist* in a world that treats them so badly, but it is still hurtful in its own way to me)…
    I’m leaving the Fediverse [Mastodon], which has treated me with more cruelty, vitriol, hatred, and contempt than than anyone on the birdsite ever did.
    I know that I’m well-off, well-known, and as a CIS white hetro dude in America, I live life on the lowest difficulty setting. I know that I have very little to complain about. But I still have feelings, and I really do care about the world and the people in it. What I see is a lot of anger and cruelty directed at the IDEA of me, from people who I just hope don’t realize that it really does hurt me, in my heart, to be accused of being someone I am not, and to be the target of a hateful mob
    Wheaton has closed the comments on the post.

  • michaellarbi950 2:16 pm on September 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Latin American nations relax passport rules for Venezuelan migrants 

    Neighbouring countries are calling on Venezuela to speed up its passport registry services

    Eleven Latin American countries have signed a joint-agreement to accept Venezuelan migrants arriving to their borders with expired travel documents.
    The move arrives after a shortage of paper and a corrupted passport registry service left countless Venezuelans without proper documents to flee from starvation and hyperinflation, as the nation’s economy continues to go into free-fall.
    The countries involved in the declaration — agreed upon after a two-day meeting in the Ecuadorean capital of Quito — are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay

    The Saime, Venezuela’s registry service, is overrun by “mafias” that
    reportedly charge as much as $1,000 to £5,000 to renew a single passport, according to the government.
    Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has claimed migrants who fled the country “regret” leaving, saying they “fall for propaganda only to leave and clean toilets in Miami”.
    Over 2.3m Venezuelans have left since the country began experiencing utter collapse, with severe shortages and hyperinflation leading to starvation and international outcry.

    The crisis has forced neighbouring countries to grapple with helping thousands of Venezuelans entering their borders at an ever-increasing rate.
    Some nations have responded by restricting certain migrants, including Ecuador, which began demanding Venezuelans show up-to-date passports in August. A court later ruled the policy violated a free travel agreement already in effect throughout the region, however.

  • michaellarbi950 2:07 pm on September 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    John McCain, war hero and giant of the Senate, dies at 81 

    John McCain , a giant of the Senate who survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to become a leading actor on the political stage for decades, died Saturday at the age of 81.
    In a statement, McCain’s office wrote that the Arizona senator died at 4:28 p.m., where he was accompanied by his wife, Cindy, and their family.
    “At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years,” McCain’s office wrote.
    McCain’s death from brain cancer came more than a year after he announced he had the condition in July of 2017.
    His family announced Friday that he had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for an aggressive gioblastoma because the “progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age” had rendered “their verdict.”
    The news prompted an outpouring of tribute and sympathy from Republicans and Democrats alike, a testament to the respect McCain built among colleagues in both parties despite his habit of calling them out during clashes over politics and policy.
    McCain has been absent from the Senate this year, and cast his last vote on Dec. 7. Before he left, treatment has forced him to use a wheelchair in his final days in Washington. But that did nothing to move the political spotlight from the Arizona Republican, whose maverick reputation was underlined in his final months in office.
    Even while battling for his health at home in Arizona, McCain influenced the debate in Washington.
    In July, he criticized President Trump for not taking a tougher stance with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit, blasting the president’s performance as “disgraceful” and the summit itself as a “tragic mistake”
    The month before, McCain slammed Trump’s trade policies, telling allies after the G7 summit that “Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.”
    He also urged the Trump this year to stop attacking the media, warning in a Washington Post op-ed that some foreign leaders were using his words as cover to silence critics in their own countries.
    The criticisms did not sit well with the president, who declined to mention McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, when he signed the defense authorization bill into law, even though it was named after him.
    Whether in Washington or Arizona, McCain put his stamp on Trump’s first two years in Washington.
    Just more than a week after his diagnosis, McCain walked to the Senate well to give a thumbs-down on an ObamaCare repeal bill, killing the measure and essentially saving the signature law of Barack Obama , the man who defeated him for the presidency in 2008.
    It was the kind of vote that only a senator with McCain’s stature could have made, and it underlined his place as one of the chamber’s all-time members.
    Afterward, he simply told reporters, “I thought it was the right thing to do.”
    For six terms in the Senate, McCain was full of surprises.
    The senator challenged George W. Bush for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, burnishing his reputation as a friend of reporters on a campaign bus nicknamed the “Straight Talk Express.”
    McCain lost the nomination, but discovered his political brand: party maverick.
    He voted against the Bush tax cuts and backed campaign finance legislation opposed by many in his party.
    He backed Bush on the Iraq War, and supported the “surge” of 20,000 U.S. troops in 2007 that brought some stability to the country.
    As 2007 opened, McCain was the frontrunner for the GOP nomination to succeed Bush, but his campaign faltered and was all but finished by the summer. Remarkably, he made a comeback by the end of the year and won primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, eventually riding a strong showing on Super Tuesday to the GOP nomination.
    In the campaign against Obama, McCain made the surprise choice of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) as his running mate, a move that initially energized Republicans but eventually appeared to hurt the ticket. Years later, some would point to that moment as an opening for the later Trump era.
    With or without Palin, McCain faced a daunting task in defeating Obama – given the Iraq War and Bush’s unpopularity – and he lost the election in a landslide.
    That returned McCain to the Senate, where for the next nine years he continued a career that would leave him as a legend of the chamber.
    If he lost some of his maverick image in the partisan battles with Obama, he won back that identity again this year as he became one of Trump’s most forceful critics among Republicans on Capitol Hill.
    McCain gave voice to concerns that many of his GOP colleagues held privately but often kept to themselves to avoid open battle with the president and his passionate base of supporters. Usually a loyal Republican, he was not afraid to go his own way when he thought principle demanded it.
    When he did stray from the reservation, colleagues didn’t dare to criticize him publicly.
    McCain saw his life’s purpose as duty to country.
    He said that idea was imbued in him at an early age as the son and grandson of four-star Navy admirals, which he saw as a distinct difference between himself and the president.
    “I was raised in a military family. I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day,” he told Lesley Stahl of CBS’s “60 Minutes” earlier this year.
    McCain was born at a U.S. naval air station in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, the son of John S. McCain Jr., who would go on to become the commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Roberta McCain.
    He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, 790th out of a class of 795 and was later deployed as a naval aviator flying attack missions over enemy territory during the Vietnam War.
    The trajectory of his life changed abruptly on Oct. 26, 1967, when his Skyhawk jet was shot down over North Vietnam by a barrage of surface-to-air missiles.
    McCain ejected from the plane but suffered serious injuries, breaking both arms and his right leg. He spent the next five and a half years in captivity as a prisoner of war.
    His legacy as a hero became defined by his confinement.
    He refused his captors’ offer to release him early from the “Hanoi Hilton,” an infamous prison camp, shortly after his father was appointed commander of U.S. Pacific forces, depriving the North Vietnamese of a propaganda victory.
    His guards retaliated with beatings, re-breaking his arm and cracking his ribs.
    The act of resistance earned him the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and became the central theme of his political career – the idea of service to country over self.
    McCain was appointed as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate in 1977 and formed a close relationship with former Armed Services Committee Chairman John Tower (R-Texas). He was elected to the House in 1982 and the Senate in 1986.
    In his 2000 presidential bid against Bush, the heavy favorite, he framed himself as an independent-minded maverick. His rollicking style of campaigning was epitomized by the Straight Talk Express, aboard which he would make himself available for extended bull sessions with reporters.
    At a time when campaigns were becoming increasingly scripted and access to top-tier candidates was limited, journalists were charmed by the approach. It earned him generally positive coverage.
    McCain at the time even famously referred to the media as “my base.”
    He exceeded expectations by crushing Bush in New Hampshire and Michigan, thanks in part to strong support from independents. But he suffered a critical loss in South Carolina, which at the time was seen as critical to winning the GOP nomination.
    McCain allies suspected Bush’s top political strategist Karl Rove of orchestrating a smear campaign by spreading rumors related to the race of McCain’s adopted daughter, who is from Bangladesh.
    The episode appeared to create lingering tension in their relationship, and McCain was later one of only two Senate Republicans to vote against Bush’s 2001 massive tax-cut package and one of only three to vote against Bush’s second tax bill.
    His relationship with Bush was frosty enough that Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and a fellow Vietnam War veteran, asked him to serve as his running mate.
    McCain said years later that he “never even considered such a thing” because he identified as a “conservative Republican.”
    McCain’s political career was almost derailed in the early 1990s after being named one of the “Keating Five,” five senators who were accused of intervening with federal regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, a wealthy political donor, who was sentenced to prison for his role in the savings and loan crisis.
    McCain was admonished by the Ethics Committee for “poor judgment,” a rebuke that hung heavily over a man who considered his honor the most important thing in his life.
    The experience motivated McCain to rebrand himself as a government reformer and champion of campaign finance regulation. It culminated in his driving role behind passage of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the biggest change to campaign laws since Congress rewrote them in the mid 1970s.
    It was a remarkable feat considering that most Republicans opposed the bill and at the time controlled the White House and House. McCain helped whip up enough public sentiment for the bill that his party felt it had no choice but to accept.
    The clashes with Bush and crusade for campaign reform endeared him with many Democrats but created lasting damage with the GOP’s conservative base.
    McCain later faced serious primary challenges from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) in 2010 and former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward in 2016 but ended up beating both easily.
    Throughout his career, McCain was known for his fiery personality, writing in a 2002 memoir, “I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public’s.”
    Amid a rift with Bush and conservative Republicans in the early 2000s, Democrats said McCain mulled leaving the GOP and becoming an independent. McCain denied the reports, telling The Hill in 2008, “As I said in 2001, I never considered leaving the Republican Party, period.”
    As the end of Bush’s second term approached, McCain put less emphasis on good-government issues and picked fewer fights with the GOP leadership, stressing instead his national security credentials at a time of war while he eyed another bid for the White House.
    He scored another major legislative victory in 2006 when working with then-Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Va.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to enact legislation setting up military commissions to prosecute suspected terrorists and stripping terrorist detainees of habeas corpus rights in court.
    Yet McCain also battled the Bush administration over harsh interrogation tactics and helped pass an amendment in 2005 that required the military to follow the Army Field Manual on Interrogation, which prohibits waterboarding.
    McCain started off the 2008 presidential campaign as the favorite, with impressive fundraising totals and grade-A staff such as Terry Nelson, who served as national political director of Bush’s 2004 reelection effort.
    The top-heavy campaign, however, spent money at a furious rate and soon teetered on the brink of insolvency, forcing McCain to downsize his political operation dramatically and run a bare-bones campaign.
    Through the ups and downs, McCain kept his mordant humor.
    “In the words of Chairman Mao, it’s always darkest before it gets pitch black,” was his favorite apocryphal quote.
    His chances of winning the 2008 GOP primary seemed slim, but he staged an impressive comeback in New Hampshire by holding town hall meetings in just about every nook and cranny of the state.
    McCain’s resounding victory over Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney propelled him to the nomination at a time when many Republican strategists thought McCain had the best chance of the field in a general election because of voters’ fatigue of the Bush administration.
    In the general election, McCain’s friendly relationship with the press, which he thought was biased in favor of Obama, soured.
    McCain held a grudge against The Washington Post and The New York Times for months after the election, making it clear to reporters on Capitol Hill from those publications that he had not forgotten what he thought was unduly negative coverage.
    Beyond voter fatigue with Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, McCain was also hurt by the financial meltdown in October of 2008. McCain didn’t help himself by declaring “the fundamentals of the economy are strong” as it was becoming clear the nation was headed into a major recession.
    McCain’s landslide loss was a major, if inevitable, disappointment for the senator.
    For years afterward he would joke about his failed presidential ambitions.
    One favorite quip was to claim he “slept like a baby” after falling short of the presidency: “I would wake up every two hours and cry.”
    The loss left him raw and he became one of Obama’s harshest critics, regularly excoriating him on issues ranging from health care to national security.
    One memorable exchange came during a televised health-care summit at the White House in 2010 when Obama cut McCain off in mid-rant about the pending health-care bill, declaring, “We’re not campaigning anymore. The election is over.”
    McCain became more immersed in defense issues when he took over as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee at the beginning of 2015.
    He consistently pushed to raise caps on defense spending, and played a role in persuading GOP leaders to undo the automatic cuts known as sequestration implemented by the 2011 Budget Control Act.
    He became one of Congress’s biggest celebrities and in his final years tourists regularly stopped him on Capitol Hill to ask for selfies and autographs.
    During one of his final appearances in the Senate chamber, a late-night December vote on the Senate tax bill, colleagues came over to him one by one while he sat in his wheelchair on the edge of the floor to express thanks for his service and personal feelings of affection and admiration.
    McCain was a favorite among colleagues and reporters on Capitol Hill because of his humor, his practical sense, his willingness to work with adversaries and his obvious love for the nation.
    Even when it became clear he had only a few months to live, he kept a positive, resolute attitude.
    When CBS’s Stahl asked him in September whether the diagnosis had changed him, McCain replied, “No.”
    “You just have to understand that it’s not that you’re leaving. It’s that you – that you stayed. I celebrate what a guy who stood fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy has been able to do. I am so grateful,” he said.

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  • michaellarbi950 11:15 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Jailed Russian of Interest in U.S. Election Probe, Official Says 

  • michaellarbi950 7:35 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Jeremy Corbyn Says Labour Is Facing More Media Hostility ‘Than Ever Before’ 

  • michaellarbi950 7:31 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Ancient horse found perfectly preserved in permafrost 

    Foal was 2 months old when it died and lived 30,000 to 40,000 years ago

    Russian scientists have found the carcass of an ancient foal perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost.
    The fossil discovered in the region of Yakutia has its skin, hair, hooves and tail preserved. Yakutia is also famous for having woolly mammoth fossils found in the permafrost.

    Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in the regional capital of Yakutsk, was surprised to see the perfect state of the find. He noted it’s the best-preserved ancient foal found to date.
    The foal was discovered in the Batagaika crater, a huge 100-metre (328-foot) deep depression in the East Siberian taiga.

    The ancient foal, discovered in the region of Yakutia, has its skin, hair, hooves and tail preserved

  • michaellarbi950 7:22 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Emergency Brexit talks as ministers hide no-deal plans 

    Greg Clark has held talks with Irish officials to try to avoid publishing the government’s plans for a worst-case scenario
    Greg Clark, the business secretary, has held urgent talks with officials in Dublin on an emergency agreement to keep the lights on in Northern Ireland after a “no-deal” Brexit.
    Downing Street wants to avoid publishing its plans for a worst-case scenario that include importing thousands of generators north of the border.
    The electricity industry has operated a single wholesale market across the island of Ireland since 2007 but it is underpinned by European Union law.
    Without legal certainty Northern Ireland, a net importer, could be left short of supplies in a chaotic Brexit. Draft contingency plans, first reported by The Times , include the mass importation of generators, some placed on barges, to ensure sufficient capacity.

  • michaellarbi950 7:09 pm on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Rich man, poor man: The high-income guy can expect to live 8 years longer 

    For men, the highest income earners have a life expectancy of 83, while the lowest income workers can expect to live to 75. Among women, the richest can expect to live to 86, compared to an average life expectancy of 83 for poor women.

  • michaellarbi950 11:35 am on August 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    80% of rise in Britain’s population over 15 years was because of migration, analysis finds Steven Swinford 1 day ago 

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