Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Obama administration knew about Russian bribery plot before uranium deal

Obama administration knew about Russian bribery plot before uranium deal By Bob Fredericks, October 17, 2017 | New York Post

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case October 17, 2017 The Hill

Alex Jones (FULL Commercial Free) Tue 10/17/17: Catherine Austin Fitts, Roger Stone, Jack Posobiec via YouTube


Related article: "During Trump's presidency, McCain has questioned the president's immigration policies and warned him against cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The senator also criticized Trump in August for saying that both white nationalists and counterprotesters were responsible for violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia." Trump warns 'I fight back' after McCain hits foreign policy - The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Oct 17, 2017 via abcnews.go.com

Exclusive: Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay

"It was exciting." The neo-Nazi wanted high stimulation, a natural feel-good drug to help counteract bad feelings inside. Everyone needs a healthy escape sometimes, and that's why urban areas ask for more recreation centers - to let people burn off steam and be part of something positive, not just to have some superficial thing in common with a pack.

This man makes Milo Yiannopoulos look like a parody of him. I hope ex-neo-Nazis aren't flocking over to Antifa to manifest what Milo's friend Richard Spencer is trying to mote it be: peaceful genocide, however the resistance sees fit. Exclusive: Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay - A white supremacist active as recently as the start of this year says today he is publicly renouncing 40 years of hate. Speaking on Channel 4 News he comes out as gay for the first time – and admits to a violent past. By Paraic O'Brien, Channel4.com 17 OCT 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Straight men who have sex with other men




If Lady Gaga said she's straight on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9, why not? Like a new Roman Empire, let everyone be straight again. Straight men who have sex with other men - Can a straight man hook up with a guy and still be straight? Girls can. By Nikki Goldstein, news.com.au August 3, 2017

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Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California by Patrick McGreevy, Oct. 6, 2017 LA Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Really want to be an American cheerleader? Here’s your crappy rulebook


Laura Vikmanis, Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader 929nin.com


Not only do cheerleaders, who are athletes and entertainers in their own right, make an average of less than minimum wage, they're expected to devote their lives to the craft like Takarazuka. Also, cheerleaders weren't always so skinny. I don't think even Carmen Electra was ever a twig, or female with less body fat than the equivalent male of her height and weight. With men in the world who resent women so much so they'd go as far as to abuse them, it's really no wonder S&M has been the Hollywood trend for over a decade. From Telegraph.uk: "Cheerleaders in America’s National Football League (NFL) have made their high school dreams of taking their sport to the ultimate level. But, when they got there, they found they were expected to live on meagre pay, keep their fair skin fake-tanned, and not put on weight." Continued: Really want to be an American cheerleader? Here’s your crappy rulebook by Radhika Sanghani 29 Jan 2014

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Centennial, Thelonious Monk! Round Midnight Soundtrack


This version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" is probably my favorite. The entire movie soundtrack is phenomenal, and although I didn't get to see it in the theaters, I greatly appreciate the film, too.


Round Midnight (movie trailer):


"Round Midnight is a soundtrack album by Herbie Hancock featuring music recorded for Bertrand Tavernier's film Round Midnight released in 1986 on Columbia Records. The album features performances by Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Dexter Gordon, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Lonette McKee, and Cedar Walton, most of whom appear in the film. It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1986, against Ennio Morricone's The Mission, Jerry Goldsmith's Hoosiers, among others. Additional music recorded during the making of the film was released under Dexter Gordon's name as The Other Side of Round Midnight (1986)." Round Midnight (soundtrack) (Wikipedia)

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Who Is Lief Eriksson?


Lief Erikson via Chicago Tribune - Tuesday was Leif Erikson Day in Illinois schools — or not

By Kay Thayer, Oct. 12, 2016


READ: Ten fascinating facts about the statue of Leifur Eiríksson by Magnús Sveinn Helgason | Nov 2 2015 Iceland Magazine

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding by David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson, The New York Times Oct. 4, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

16 Female Discoveries and Inventions That Were Credited to Men


Ada Lovelace via harpersbazaar.com


16 Female Discoveries and Inventions That Were Credited to Men - Here's to women finally getting the recognition they deserve. By Rachel Epstein, Sep 16, 2017 Harper's Bazaar

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Equinox

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time


It's the first day of Autumn, although it's starting to feel like heavenly Indian summer (Visit: Indian Summer: What, Why, and When - What Is an Indian Summer? from The Old Farmer's Almanac). Today, I'm going to attempt making mock salmon rillettes and crème fraîche. All I need is crostini bread to go with that. Enjoy the harvest!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress by Scott Shane and Mike Issac, September 21, 2017 the New York Times

Image via Facebook built an AI system that learned to lie to get what it wants by Dave Gershgorn June 14, 2017 QZ

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Official Trailer



RIP Bernie Casey. Every good hero should have a theme song!

WATCH: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Official Trailer posted on YouTube by 101films
Image via cineplex.com L to R: Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes


Related link: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans) - Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lawmakers Want to Stop Russian Interference and Sex Traffickers on the Web

Congress Versus Internet: Lawmakers Want to Stop Russian Interference and Sex Traffickers on the Web by Tom Porter, 9/20/17 Newsweek

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Related article: From San Francisco Chronicle -- "WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation to crack down on online child sex trafficking is putting Silicon Valley tech companies and California’s two Democratic senators on the spot, as proponents of the legislation try to rewrite a section of a 21-year-old law that the companies argue has been the foundation of the Internet’s growth." Continue reading: Bill that targets child sex trafficking puts California senators in tricky spot by Carolyn Lochhead | September 20, 2017 sfchronicle.com

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Meet the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food

SWERF (a slur meaning "sex worker exclusionary radical feminism") is a Silicon Valley word, which I found out while researching how anti SWERF 'n' TERF (transgender exclusionary radfem) gender equality activism and veganism intersect among intersectional feminists. I guess intersectionality is an important aspect of the Silicon Valley lifestyle.

Many vegans in Silicon are more likely vegan for religious reasons, but will environmentalism, anti-humanism and animal rights drive more Americans toward veganism as Silicon Valley tries to "disrupt" the meat and dairy industry? They say new vegan biotech foods are cheaper, and likewise I think Silicon Valley must be saving a lotta money hiring Hindu and Asian immigrant talent. Meet the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food by Christina Farr | 12 Aug 2017 CNBC

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Indian god-man's conviction in rape case triggers riots

"Tensions escalated in northern India after a court on Aug. 28 sentenced cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison for rape.

"At least 38 people have died amid rioting by his followers since he was convicted on Aug. 25." Read the article: Indian god-man's conviction in rape case triggers riots by Ritu Sharma, ucanews

Free Tampons and Pads Are Making Their Way to U.S. Colleges, High Schools and Middle Schools

As far as gender equality goes, this is a much nicer move than encouraging violence against women or telling us we're lucky to have opportunities to sign up for selective service. But many women don't like to announce their periods to everyone; maybe the guys won't care, but women will feel as we do, and so it would be nice to have privacy, and modesty, too... Free Tampons and Pads Are Making Their Way to U.S. Colleges, High Schools and Middle Schools by Abigail Jones, 9/6/16 Newsweek

Related article: "By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen’s campaign highlights an often ignored fact: Not all people who menstruate are women. “We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re an important part of the population,” he says." Tampons coming to men's rooms at Brown University by Sydney Hutchison, Sep 07, 2016 campusreform.org

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Bath & Body Works Sparkling Limoncello




This scent which comes in many forms from body mist to soap, wasn't my first choice in lemon-scented hand sanitizers, but I couldn't find any of the drugstore brands in lemon, so I got this. Lemon is a scent that helps me with motion sickness if I'm on an extended trip; I hope the fragrance stays popular. Anyway, the Sparkling Limoncello PocketBac starts off like a really medicinal-smelling cleanser, but then it settles into a somewhat lemon drop-like candied sweetness. It's still more refreshing than sweet, closer to plain lemon, which is what I wanted. The body mist is less sweet, but still lemony with a soft undercurrent of sugared grapefruit, neroli and a clean, non-musky woodsy base. It reminds me of lemonade or iced tea, the kind you can get from a convenience store or bodega with names like 'Snapple' or 'Arizona Green Tea.' It's not as floral to me as White Citrus, which I hope to review soon.



The notes on Bath & Body Works' web site are: Sparkling Lemon, Sugared Mint, Fresh Verbena, Orange Blossom, Italian Cedarwood