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  • Lauded rocker Chris Cornell killed himself by hanging

    05/19/2017 5:35:13 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/19/2017 | MESFIN FEKADU and COREY WILLIAMS
    DETROIT — Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, hanged himself Wednesday in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday it completed the preliminary autopsy on Cornell, but that “a full autopsy report has not yet been completed.” A police spokesman told two Detroit newspapers that the singer was found with a band around his neck. Cornell’s death stunned his family and his die-hard fans, who Cornell just performed for hours earlier...
  • Fyre Festival, a Luxury Music Weekend, Crumbles in the Bahamas

    04/29/2017 2:20:35 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 28th, 2017 | Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik
    Famous models on yachts! Exclusive island once owned by Pablo Escobar! Blink-182! Those were just some of the selling points for Fyre Festival, a supposedly opulent music weekend that was scheduled to begin in the Bahamas on Thursday, with first-class culinary experiences and a luxury atmosphere, along with performances by G.O.O.D. Music, Major Lazer, Migos and more. Promoted by Instagram influencers including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski as a never-before-seen V.I.P. event, the gathering with weekend ticket packages starting around $1,200 and topping six-figures with extras was supposed to compete in an increasingly elaborate landscape of...
  • Pro-Trump rioters got away with beating anti-fascists in Berkeley (sweet tears from Salon)

    04/18/2017 12:52:33 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 106 replies
    Salon ^ | 04/18/2017 | Amanda Marcotte
    The Berkeley street violence was a great marketing event for alt-right types eager to attack anti-Trump protesters Most of the demonstrations held on April 15, which was set aside by progressives for marches to demand that Donald Trump reveal his tax returns, were peaceful. The notable exception was the city of Berkeley, California often described as the most liberal community in the nation where things rapidly descended into a street fight between radical right-wingers and more left-leaning counterprotesters. A group of hard-right extremists came to Berkeley to hold a rally in support of Trump. While they are, of...
  • (Homeland Security Secretary) Kelly: Marijuana 'not a factor' in drug war

    04/16/2017 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2017 | Kevin Robillard
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that marijuana is "not a factor" in the war on drugs and that solving the nation's drug problem does not involve "arresting a lot of users." Kelly, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," was discussing his work to stop the flow of drugs into the United States from Central America and Mexico when host Chuck Todd asked whether legalizing marijuana would help or hurt his work. "Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war," Kelly responded, adding later: "It's three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually...
  • Guitarist known as J. Geils found dead in Massachusetts home

    04/11/2017 4:46:17 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 162 replies
    WCBV ^ | 11 April 17
    GROTON, Massachusetts 5 Investigates has learned John Warren Geils Jr., the artist known professionally as J. Geils and part of the rock group The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts home. He was 71. Geils and the band are best known for their album, "Freeze Frame" and the song "Centerfold," which hit No. 1 for six weeks. Geils formed the band during his time at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mechanical engineering. At Worcester, he formed J. Geils Blues Band with Danny Klein, Magic Dick Salwitz, Stephen Jo Bladd, and Peter Wolf, with Seth...
  • Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives (Matt Taibbi)

    04/04/2017 12:40:32 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 10 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 03 April 17 | Matt Taibbi
    Whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteriaSo Michael Flynn, who was Donald Trump's national security adviser before he got busted talking out of school to Russia's ambassador, has reportedly offered to testify in exchange for immunity. For seemingly the 100th time, social media is exploding. This is it! The big reveal! Perhaps it will come off just the way people are expecting. Perhaps Flynn will get a deal, walk into the House or the Senate surrounded by a phalanx of lawyers, and unspool the whole sordid conspiracy. He...
  • 'Nobody really cares': In this Ohio town, Trump and Russia aren't really on the radar

    03/08/2017 12:59:09 PM PST · by Drew68 · 22 replies
    Thousands of miles from here, the Kremlin is denying accusations that it meddled in the U.S. presidential election. But in this town of rolling farmland and main streets shaded by grain elevators, the barrage of news coming out about the Trump's administrations ties to Russia has fallen on mostly indifferent ears. "The Russia thing doesn't fit too well here," said Harold Rowland in between bites of his breakfast at McDonald's. "Nobody really cares." Rowland, 75, comes almost every morning to this McDonald's on the outskirts of town to sit and talk with three other Wilmington residents who have formed an...
  • Trump Budget Reflects Working-Class Resentment of the Poor

    03/07/2017 10:49:16 PM PST · by Drew68 · 39 replies
    NYT (via MSN) ^ | 03/07/17 | Eduardo Porter
    You could almost hear the gasps from both sides of the ideological divide when President Trump unveiled the outline of his first budget late last month, proposing to slice $54 billion from the discretionary civilian budget next year to pay for a beefed-up defense. That part of the budget pays for pretty much everything the government does other than the military, pensions and health insurance for older people. And it has been slashed repeatedly already. It adds up to only some $500 billion, hardly the best place to balance a $4 trillion federal budget. After Mr. Trumps proposed cuts it...
  • 19-year-old charged with murder in burglary shooting (Jacksonville, FL)

    02/07/2017 4:21:46 PM PST · by Drew68 · 19 replies
    News 4 Jax ^ | 07 Feb 17 | Vic Micolucci
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 19-year-old has been charged with murder after a homeowner was shot and killed Monday afternoon when he interrupted a burglary at his home, police said. Maleek Williams is also facing an armed burglary charge, police said. Lt. Steve Gallaher said 50-year-old Kyle Simpson returned to his home on Native Dancer Court about 2:30 p.m. Monday and walked in on Williams and another man burglarizing his home. Simpson's family and friends said he was a veteran of over 20 years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. It's so sad he can go to war,...
  • Minnesota becomes a gateway to Canada for rejected African migrants

    02/05/2017 3:36:08 PM PST · by Drew68 · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2/4/17 | Mila Koumpilova
    The men pay hundreds of dollars for middle-of-the-night cab rides north to the Canadian border. They wade into the Red River to dodge border agents in summer and trudge through waist-deep snow in winter. On Christmas Eve, two wandered in the wind-swept flatness and lost their fingers to frostbite. Minnesota has become a key stop for a soaring number of migrants from Somalia and other African countries who sneak into Canada to seek asylum. More than 430 arrived in Winnipeg since April, up from 70 three years ago. Most come by way of Minneapolis, sometimes after grueling treks across Latin...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos is trying to convince colleges that hate speech is cool

    02/04/2017 7:49:00 AM PST · by Drew68 · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 02 Feb 17 | Dan Lieberman
    Sacramento, California (CNN)It's a recent Friday night in downtown Sacramento, and there's a man in a hotel lobby wearing a fur vest and sunglasses. He has a British accent. A line of college-age fans stretches out the door. They're waiting for autographs and selfies. Some are wearing "Make America Great Again" caps. "Milo I love you! Oh my god, thank you -- I love what you do," says one woman to the man in the fur vest. "Thank you for what you're doing," says another college student wearing a Donald Trump hat. The subject of their adulation is not a...
  • Obama, you need to come home (libs in a state of panic)

    01/29/2017 4:00:58 PM PST · by Drew68 · 56 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/28/17 | Karen Hinton
    Barack Obama needs to come back from his vacation. Michelle, too. We need a voice for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Democrats and progressives are frantic about Trump's steady stream of executive orders violating the human and civil rights of people firmly established by law and the U.S. Constitution. Arrogantly some pundits are asking people expressing their outrage "why are you surprised?" "He's doing what he said he would do." No one is surprised that he is doing what he said he would do. We are surprised he is getting away with it so...
  • In the Shopping Cart of a Food Stamp Household: Lots of Soda

    01/15/2017 7:12:22 AM PST · by Drew68 · 183 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan 13, 2017 | Anahad O'Connor
    What do households on food stamps buy at the grocery store? The answer was largely a mystery until now. The United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the $74 billion food stamp program called SNAP, has published a detailed report that provides a glimpse into the shopping cart of the typical household that receives food stamps. The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for 5 percent of the dollars they spent on food. The category of sweetened beverages, which includes fruit juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas, accounted for almost 10...
  • Donald Trump picks science teacher from Albuquerque to head DEA

    12/11/2016 5:36:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 21 replies
    Ok, that was pretty funny! I've sure missed Walter.
  • Austria presidential election: Far-right's Hofer defeated

    12/04/2016 8:45:18 AM PST · by Drew68 · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 04 Dec 16
    Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has lost Austria's presidential election. His campaign manager said he had conceded victory to independent candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen. The Austrian presidency is largely ceremonial but the vote had been seen as a sign of how well populist candidates might do in upcoming elections in the European Union. The result is sure to be welcomed by establishment parties and officials in the EU. The election was a re-run of May's poll which suffered irregularities. Former Green Party head Mr Van der Bellen had a clear lead, according to projections.
  • To the White Millennials Who Voted For Donald Trump (boo hoo)

    11/11/2016 10:13:27 AM PST · by Drew68 · 69 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09 Nov 16 | Tiffany Onyejiaka
    Dear White Millennials Who Voted for Trump, First of all, I wanted to thank you for voting for this monster. Not because I like him, but because you have helped reveal to me that I was so mistaken as to think the majority of white youth were socially progressive. I thought millennials were supposed to be the generation to save this country, yet you all voted for someone who is going to plunge it to the ground. In my nave little brain, I never imagined that 48 percent of white people aged 18-29 would vote for a man who based...
  • Man who beat wife's heroin supplier with baseball bat gets probation

    11/05/2016 5:46:06 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 42 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 03 Nov 16 | John Futty
    The community support for Edwin Sobony II, who was convicted of beating his wife's heroin supplier with a baseball bat, was so overwhelming that it was mentioned by the trial judge at Wednesday's sentencing hearing. Judge Charles Schneider, who has been on the Franklin County Common Pleas bench for 12 years, often gets letters in support of defendants prior to sentencing, "but not the numbers I've received on this case," he said. He said he also noticed that a story reporting the conviction on The Dispatch website prompted more than 400 online comments on the first day from people, "wanting...
  • Child refugee allowed into UK had spent three years at university (22-year old "children")

    11/02/2016 7:40:16 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 30 October 16 | Martin Evans
    More questions have been raised over the Governments child refugee scheme after it was alleged that one youth who claimed to be 16 had spent three years studying at university in Afghanistan before coming to Europe. Haris Stanikzai was among the first group of unaccompanied teenagers allowed into the UK from the jungle camp in Calais. Applying for asylum in Britain, where his uncle already lives, the schoolboy claimed his two younger brothers and two younger sisters had been killed in fighting. But profiles that were posted online before he made his way to Calais, suggested he was considerably older...
  • Marijuana vote in California may herald end of prohibition era

    10/29/2016 11:14:04 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 43 replies
    U.S. voters next month in five states, including bellwether California, are poised to expand the legal use of recreational marijuana to almost a quarter of the American population, a move that could prove to be one of the most consequential shifts in U.S drug policy since the 1930s. Passage in California, where polls show it has wide support, would make pot legal along the entire West Coast and give momentum to efforts to lift the ban nationwide. The state, the most populous in the U.S. with 39 million residents, was the first to allow medical marijuana two decades ago. In...
  • Navy Announces Enlisted Rating Modernization Plan (HISTORIC NAVY RATINGS SYSTEM SCUTTLED!!!)

    09/29/2016 2:47:46 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 51 replies ^ | 29 Sep 16 | Chief of Navy Personnel Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Following the completion of its review earlier this year, the Navy announced Sept. 29, it will modernize all rating titles for Sailors with the establishment of a new classification system that will move towards occupational specialty codes similar to how the other services categorize skill sets. "In modernizing our enlisted rating system we are not only giving our Sailors increased opportunities within the Navy, such as a higher level of flexibility in training and detailing, but also increasing their opportunities when they transition out of the service. In aligning the descriptions of the work our Sailors do...