[The Hill] Former San Francisco 49er Jason Hairston was found dead in his California home this week.
The former NFL linebacker, who joined Donald Trump Jr. on a hunting trips just weeks ago, was confirmed dead by his hunting gear company, KUIU, on Wednesday.
"We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston. His legacy lives on in KUIU’s spirit of relentless innovation," the company said on Twitter.
The company later revealed on its website that Hairston took his own life.
"He is survived by his wife Kirstyn and 2 children," KUIU wrote. "The family has requested that donations be made to support CTE-related research at the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation in lieu of sending flowers."
Trump Jr. also took to Instagram to express condolences for his friend shortly after his passing, calling Hairston "an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come."
"Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors," Trump Jr. said in his post. "You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you. R.I.P."
[BBC] US rapper Mac Miller has been found dead at his California home, US media report.
Reports say the 26-year-old, who was open about his substance abuse, died from an apparent overdose. He really was getting on in years.
The rapper, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, rose to fame after topping US charts with his debut album in 2011.
He released his latest record, Swimming, earlier this year and was due to go on tour. Miller went through a well-publicised break-up with singer and girlfriend Ariana Grande earlier this year.
The pair collaborated on a number of songs and performed together at the One Love Manchester concert in 2017. Charges were filed against the rapper last month after he was arrested in May for driving under the influence and hit and run.
Grande spoke out publicly about ending their "toxic relationship" after fans blamed her for his arrest.
not the first guy to smoke pot, it is still a crux behavior: like licorice you either like it or you don't.
plus he's in Nevada, Reno no less : the city that has'nt recovered from 2008 but has recently had weed legalized.....they tend to go nuts for the first couple years just say'in
like the Isrealis dont smoke Lebonese give me a break
[NYSlimes] The Venezuelans dying and suffering under Maduro thank the NY Times for damaging any coup in an attempt to hurt Trump
The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela over the last year to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to American officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks.
Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble for Washington, given its long history of covert intervention across Latin America. Many in the region still deeply resent the United States for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the abuses military regimes committed during the Cold War.
The White House, which declined to answer detailed questions about the talks, said in a statement that it was important to engage in "dialogue with all Venezuelans who demonstrate a desire for democracy" in order to "bring positive change to a country that has suffered so much under Maduro."
But one of the Venezuelan military commanders involved in the secret talks was hardly an ideal figure to help restore democracy: He is on the American government's own sanctions list of corrupt officials in Venezuela.
He and other members of the Venezuelan security apparatus have been accused by Washington of a wide range of serious crimes, including torturing critics, jailing hundreds of political prisoners, wounding thousands of civilians, trafficking drugs and collaborating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States.
American officials eventually decided not to help the plotters, and the coup plans stalled. But the Trump administration's willingness to meet several times with mutinous officers intent on toppling a president in the hemisphere could backfire politically. That's the whole pointy of the article
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09/08/2018 08:38 ||
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So, according to the NYT, the WH under Obama meddling in Israel's internal politics against Netanhanyu was "appropriate" and this is "conspiracy"... because the (R)epublicans are in the WH.
[Bloomberg - bias alert] The birthplace of Ikea flat packs and Volvo cars is starting to look just as vulnerable to the populist movement as Italy, Hungary and the U.S. The HORROR!
A bastion of welfare and equality, Sweden faces an election on Sunday that could be its most tumultuous in a century. As in other democracies across the world, the establishment is being challenged on multiple fronts. The long-dominant Social Democrats are headed for their worst result since general voting started in 1921. The biggest opposition party, the conservative Moderates, may see its backing cut to about half the electoral support it enjoyed at the start of this decade
For a country that prides itself on stability and is seen as a model for social democracy across the world, the development is hard to grasp. But voters are now flocking to a party that was born of Sweden's neo-Nazi, white supremacist movement. Slur done, how about acknowledging they hate the EU and unfettered immigrant colonists? For good reason
The Sweden Democrats, whose stated goal is to rip their country out of the European Union, could win about 20 percent of the vote on Sept. 9. Fifteen years ago they weren't even big enough to make it into the parliament. Meanwhile, the other end of the political spectrum is also poised to do well, with the former communist Left Party set to win almost 10 percent.
The vote could bring to an end the dominance of Sweden's two main political blocs, which have defended centrist policies for the past century. The uncertainty has spooked investors, helping to weaken the krona to levels not seen since the global financial crisis.
For a country that prides itself on stability and is seen as a model for social democracy across the world, the development is hard to grasp. But voters are now flocking to a party that was born of Sweden's neo-Nazi, white supremacist movement.
They keep doing this, and people will eventually vote for real Nazis on the assumption that they are the only ones willing to do something about Islamic immivasion.
Some nasty propaganda within that article. The largest party named "Social Democrats" is not a centrist party -- they put Sweden on an accelerated path to socialism that was close to destroying the economy by the 70s. There was a massive brain drain of businessmen and ambitious young people to the rest of Western Europe in the 60s and 70s. By the 80s the Social Democrats were finally voted out of power and the actual "centrist" political parties (included such idiotically named as the "Moderates") worked to somewhat undo the damage but more importantly to deviate from the path to total socialism. When Sweden joined the EU it actually helped the country to get rid of a large amount of socialist crap -- because the EU was *relatively* more free. As for the "Left Party" these are unrepentant marxists who have pretty much always had close to 10 percent of the votes, and always cooperated with the Socialist Democrats, but felt they needed a change of named from "Communist Party" when the Soviet Union imploded.
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[Times of Israel] Hungary’s controversial Holocaust museum will open next year despite opposition by some in the Jewish community to its premise and staff, according to a government statement.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, said Friday at a news conference that the House of Fates will open in Budapest in 2019, four years after the building for the new institution was completed. The local Chabad community has replaced the country’s other Jewish federation of communities as a partner in the museum, according to the report.
"The horrors of the Nazi and communist dictatorships of the 20th century must never be forgotten," Gulyás said, according to the MTI news agency. "The fact that Hungary’s Jews were shipped off to death camps after the German invasion of March 19, 1944 doesn’t absolve the state ... of the crime of failing to protect its citizens. There’s no collective guilt, only state responsibility."
[DE] WikiLeaks released a trove of CIA documents on Tuesday that it claimed revealed details of its secret hacking arsenal.
The release included 8,761 documents that it claimed revealed details of "malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized 'zero day' exploits, malware remote control systems and associated documentation."
The leaks purportedly revealed that a top secret CIA unit used the German city of Frankfurt am Main as the starting point for numerous hacking attacks on Europe, China and the Middle East.
WikiLeaks reported that the group developed trojans and other malicious software in the American Consulate General Office, the largest US consulate in the world. The programs focused on targets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The documents revealed that CIA experts worked in the building under cover and included advice for life in Germany.
"Do not leave anything electronic or sensitive unattended in your room," it told employees, also advising them to enjoy Lufthansa's free alcohol "in moderation."
The Frankfurt hackers, part of the Center for Cyber Intelligence Europe, were said to be given diplomatic passports and a State Department identity. It instructed employees how to safely enter Germany. A WikiLeaks tweet published an section of the Frankfurt information.
[The Hill] A federal judge in Florida issued a ruling on Friday directing 32 county election officials to provide Spanish-language ballots, a move that could help more than 30,000 Puerto Ricans in the state vote.
Reuters reported that Chief Judge Mark Walker of the federal court in Tallahassee ruled that failing to help eligible voters is likely a violation of the Voting Rights Act.
"Puerto Ricans are American citizens," Walker wrote, according to Reuters. "Unique among Americans, they are not educated primarily in English ‐ and do not need to be. But, like all American citizens, they possess the fundamental right to vote."
The decision comes after several non-profit groups sued Florida’s Secretary of State Kenneth Detzner and the elections supervisor of 32 counties. The groups called for the specific counties to offer bilingual ballots and assistance for non English-speakers, with a focus on the growing population of Puerto Ricans in the state, including those displaced from last year's Hurricane Maria. After Hurricane Maria, more than 56,000 Puerto Ricans reportedly resettled in Florida.
In his ruling, Walker ordered Detzner to direct election officials to print sample Spanish ballots that mirror their English counterparts, HuffPost reported. He also ruled that election supervisors must provide the sample ballots and polling places with posted notices.
Sarah Revell, a spokeswoman for Detzner (R) told HuffPost that the Secretary of State would order election officials to comply with the ruling.
Reuters noted that the decision from Walker could be significant given Florida's reputation as a swing state.
It could be additionally impactful with the amount of Puerto Ricans who were displaced by Hurricane Maria living in the state.
"Florida is the world’s greatest melting pot, and we don’t want any registered voters to not be able to exercise their right because of a language barrier," John Tupps, a spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), told Reuters.
Not that big a deal. You still need a FL drivers license or non-driver ID card, passport or CCW card (can you dig it?) to vote. Anyone who has any of those has proven residency in the process and really should be allowed to vote.
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I find it reasonable to require Spanish language ballots, in Florida or anywhere else, because Spanish is the native language of a block of US citizens - from Puerto Rico. Naturalized citizens from other Spanish-language countries are incidental beneficiaries.
If someone doesn't understand English, how do they get their information on candidates and issues to vote? If someone is only able to read Spanish venues that I believe may be biased to one frame of thought, not being able to get information from several sources for a good understanding, only printing the ballots in Spanish does a disservice. How about educating people in America to understand English so all can participate making that important informed choice.
[Free Beacon] Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley appeared outside a mosque that has played host to numerous radical figures during her primary campaign this year.
Dr. Wesley Muhammad gave a lecture at Boston’s Muhammad Mosque No. 11 in February entitled "The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews: The Homosexual Conspiracy!" Months earlier, anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Christopher Bollyn gave a lecture on his views that Zionists and Israelis were behind the 9/11 attacks and Randy Muhammad spoke about "The Truth About UFO's."
Pressley appeared outside the mosque in July.
The Boston city councilor made headlines earlier this week when she sent yet another shock to the Democratic establishment by defeating ten-term congressman Michael Capuano. Unlike previous upsets of moderate Democrats such as New York's Joe Crowley, Capuano was a strident liberal and a member of the Progressive Caucus.
A Yahoo News profile of Pressley's primary campaign indicated she owed her win to a strong ground game, holding dozens of events in a single afternoon.
[MAIL] It appears Dracula may have been onto something when he drank the blood of young maidens.
Scores of start-ups have been tinkering with transfusions of blood from younger adults to treat age-related diseases.
But a leading geneticist at University College London insists those experiments are no joke, and are seriously considered by leading physicians to be one of the most promising ventures in modern medicine.
Publishing an analysis of data in the journal Nature, Dame Linda Partridge, a geneticist, says research shows young blood could allow humans to live a life free of diseases like cancer, dementia and heart disease, right up until their deaths.
Her work forms part of a wave of studies and trials, including a set of human trials backed by Peter Thiel at a San Francisco start-up called Ambrosia, injecting older adults with young blood - something that would cost $8,000 if it were rolled out to the public.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.