Storm Chaser Proposes to Boyfriend Alongside Kansas Tornado

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Joey Krastel, a meteorologist and risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, proposed to his boyfriend Chris Scott in Kansas as a tornado loomed in the distance. The photo of the proposal is quickly going viral.

NBC News reports that the couple met on Instagram, thanks to their shared love of extreme weather: ‘On Tuesday, Krastel, Scott and two of their mutual friends set out to catch a tornado in Kansas, a tornado that inspired the National Weather Service to issue a “tornado emergency” for several counties in the state, as well as the Kansas City metropolitan area. The group began their tornado watch in Salina, Kansas, and winded up following the storm to Tipton, where Krastel popped the question. “It all just kind of came together and happened so quickly,” Krastel said. “I was like ‘OK, this is it.’”‘

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PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at International Mr. Leather 2019

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Congratulations to Jack Thompson, named International Mr. Leather 2019 at the annual competition in Chicago, Ill. Thompson is the first trans person of color to win the title, and after an inspiring speech and a confident showing through the competition, the win was well-deserved.


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mikenov on Twitter: This #evidence regarding possible #collaboration with the #Russian or any other parties and/or entities, or their involvements without collaboration is quite sufficient for the #CounterintelligenceInvestigations. #Mueller #Trump #MuellerReport #FullMellerReport #FBI #CIA #ODNI pic.twitter.com/GwcQcOXzib

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This #evidence regarding possible #collaboration with the #Russian or any other parties and/or entities, or their involvements without collaboration is quite sufficient for the #CounterintelligenceInvestigations.
#Mueller #Trump #MuellerReport #FullMellerReport
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mikenov on Twitter: RT @PIJudicialWatch: …Fox News anchor Bret Baier: Mueller’s statement on obstruction is ‘the exact opposite’ of Bill Barr’s spin https://…

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…Fox News anchor Bret Baier: Mueller’s statement on obstruction is ‘the exact opposite’ of Bill Barr’s spin rawstory.com/2019/05/fox-ne… twitter.com/seanhannity/st…

MUELLER RESIGNS, CLOSES OFFICE: “We are formally closing the special counsel’s office and as well I am resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life” hannity.com/media-room/its…


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mikenov on Twitter: RT @clothinglennyco: Mueller’s words a sharp contrast to Barr’s suggestion lennyco.com/muellers-words… pic.twitter.com/0ZbjkeoWQY

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Mueller’s words a sharp contrast to Barr’s suggestion lennyco.com/muellers-words… pic.twitter.com/0ZbjkeoWQY



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mikenov on Twitter: RT @PrincessBravato: Barr’s video here still looks like a cover up hostage video. twitter.com/MeetThePress/s…

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Barr’s video here still looks like a cover up hostage video. twitter.com/MeetThePress/s…

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mikenov on Twitter: RT @lousandomenico: Robert Mueller Rebuts AG William Barr: Charging Trump With a Crime ‘Unconstitutional’ While in Of… https://t.co/AXLMo…

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mikenov on Twitter: RT @Zachary507: Everything Trump touches turns to shit and now its Barr’s turn. twitter.com/politico/statu…

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Everything Trump touches turns to shit and now its Barr’s turn. twitter.com/politico/statu…

Moments after Mueller’s press conference, Chris Christie declared that the special counsel’s statement “definitely contradicts what [William Barr] said when he summarized Mueller’s report” politico.com/story/2019/05/…


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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump

‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

More Coverage: Full transcript of Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation| Mueller’s full statement on the Russia investigation| I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here’s What Congress Would Be In For.


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Counterintelligence Investigations, and any other investigations, which are very different from the Criminal Investigations but nevertheless do contain the Truth or their own Truths. – M.N.

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Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.

M.N.: The evidence at this point, and according to this particular Investigative Team of Mr. Mueller, “was not sufficient ” to bring the criminal charges in these particular “sitting President” circumstances, but this evidence regarding possible collaboration with the Russian or any other parties and/or entities, or their involvements without collaboration is quite sufficient for the general, political, historical, psychological, criminological, and most importantly, the Counterintelligence Investigations, and any other investigations, which are very different from the Criminal Investigations but nevertheless do contain the Truth or their own Truths. 

Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you. 

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Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.

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The Abwehr was the German military intelligence service for the Reichswehr and Wehrmacht … Patzig was fired in January 1935 as a result, and sent to command the new pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee; he later became Chief of Naval …

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This article deals with explanatory power in the context of the philosophy of science. For a statistical measure of explanatory power, see coefficient of determination or mean squared prediction error.
Explanatory power is the ability of a hypothesis or theory to effectively explain the subject matter it pertains to. The opposite of explanatory power is explanatory impotence.
In the past, various criteria or measures for explanatory power have been proposed. In particular, one hypothesis, theory, or explanation can be said to have more explanatory power than another about the same subject matter
  • if more facts or observations are accounted for;
  • if it changes more “surprising facts” into “a matter of course” (following Peirce);
  • if more details of causal relations are provided, leading to a high accuracy and precision of the description;
  • if it offers greater predictive power, i.e., if it offers more details about what we should expect to see, and what we should not;
  • if it depends less on authorities and more on observations;
  • if it makes fewer assumptions;
  • if it is more falsifiable, i.e., more testable by observation or experiment (following Popper).
Recently, David Deutsch proposed that theorists should seek explanations that are hard to vary.
By this expression he intends to state that a hard to vary explanation provides specific details which fit together so tightly that it is impossible to change any one detail without affecting the whole theory.

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Mueller fails to cut through partisan noise surrounding Trump-Russia report 

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Republicans stood by president as some Democrats embraced impeachment inquiry in response to special counsel’s comments
For two years, Robert Mueller, the special counsel, led one of the most consequential investigations in the history of American politics – a pursuit that was the subject of endless speculation and cast an indelible cloud over Donald Trump’s presidency.
On Wednesday, Mueller sought to cut through the noise in a rare public statement that plainly laid out the facts, despite the sharply partisan lens through which his work has been viewed in American politics.

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#MuggerTrump, #MAAGGATrump: #Make #ABWEHRGERMANY #Great #Again! This is the #NewAbwehr #CriminalSignature.

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Mugger Trump, MAAGGA Trump,
Your are not The MAGA Trump:
Make ABWEHR&GERMANY Great Again!

This is the # New Abwehr # Criminal Signature,
In plain broad daylight, for everyman to see,
And just for the very few to understand.

For the New Abwehr, according to my observations, and most likely for the rest of the global spooks community, phonetic “anagrams“, coding, interpretations, and interplays on the written-spoken language are quite simple, common, and efficient way to broadcast the symbolic messages.

With all that, I will broadcast my message, very direct, without the underlying symbolisism, but also very simple:

FBI, investigate the New Abwehr and the New Abwehr Hypothesis of 1944-2020 Operations very thoroughly. 

Journalists, ziz iz unbelievably juicy story for you, but the point is that it is also very likely The TRUTH. Investigate this story from all possible points of view and angles, but do keep the principle of truth in mind. 

And for all the rest of us, which includes too many interested parties to name: we should take this hypothesis very, very seriously; it does have the tremendous Explanatory Power, whatever it means. 

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Dan Levy is ushering in a new era of queer representation on TV

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Name: Dan Levy, 35

Who he is: Actor, writer, producer

Dan may have a famous father in comedic actor Eugene Levy (for our younger readers, stop what you’re doing and go watch Waiting For Guffman), but he was raised away from the Hollywood spotlight, in Toronto.

Still, he’s found his way to stardom with the wild success of his CBC comedy, Schitt’s Creek. He created and stars in the show with his dad. His sister, Sarah, is also in the cast. It’s a real family affair.

What he’s accomplished: The show first aired in 2015 and has picked up a massive following in its five seasons, thanks in no small part to Catherine O’Hara’s star run as “Moira”, the Rose family matriarch. And her wigs; so many wigs.

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Audiences first assumed Levy’s character, “David”, to be gay. He later has a romantic connection with a female character, providing one of the few “pansexual coming out scenes” in TV history. And certainly the only one with a wine analogy:

“I do drink red wine, but I also drink white wine, and I’ve been known to sample the occasional rosé, and a couple summers back I tried a Merlot that used to be a Chardonnay,” David explains. “I like the wine and not the label.”

The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek will air next year and eventually be available on Netflix.

Why we’re proud: From the get-go, Levy’s take on queer representation in Schitt’s Creek was forward-thinking.

He didn’t make David’s sexuality a big deal because, news flash, a person’s sexuality isn’t a big deal.

Similarly, he consciously ignores homophobia as a plot vehicle.

“I have no patience for homophobia,” he explained at Vulture Festival last year. “As a result, it’s been amazing to take that into the show. We show love and tolerance. If you put something like that out of the equation, you’re saying that doesn’t exist and shouldn’t exist.”

And despite being a screwball fish out of water comedy, the show has handled its more earnest endeavors with the utmost class.

A particularly emotional moment came in a season four episode in which David’s boyfriend, “Patrick”, serenades him with an acoustic cover of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best.”

We’re not crying, you’re crying:

“As a gay person to tell these stories and to have no questions asked and no notes from network and to feel completely uninhibited in saying, ‘This is a gay couple on TV; they’re going to kiss like any straight couple would’ — it’s amazing. Gay relationships have historically not been treated the same as straight relationships,” Levy told The Star.

“You don’t see the same kind of sexuality, intimacy, kissing, because it’s been considered taboo or headline-grabbing for so long. I love that we’ve been able to just tell a relationship as it is, as it exists, for me, for my friends, for people I know, for people out in the world, that doesn’t come with a lesson to be learned. It’s just two people loving each other.”


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Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.

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WATCH: Yvie Oddly teams up with Cazwell for a Sesame Street-inspired journey into weird

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Yvie Oddly is an odd bird, and boy do we love her for it.

The seductress of strange is currently a finalist for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar in the nearly-concluded eleventh season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race.

Related: WATCH: Todrick Hall brings it to the runway with new video ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’

Queerty’s Rashad Sultana chatted with her at the finale taping, which airs Thursday, May 30 on VH1:

Yvie teamed up with queer rapper Cazwell for a satisfyingly bizarre new song and video appropriately titled “Weirdo.”

Sesame Street has never inspired us to get down so hard.

Watch:

Dan Tracer is a queer writer, noisemaker, and amateur astral projector. Find him on Instagram.


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Brian Jordan Alvarez, Mitch McConnell, Chick-Fil-A, Randy Rainbow, Alex Trebek, Brady Bunch, Mathew V: HOT LINKS

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Chick-fil-A by Chris Potter / ccPixs.com (CC BY 2.0)

CHICK-FIL-A. FAA investigating bans on Chick-Fil-A at airports in San Antonio, Texas, and Buffalo: “FAA’s Office of Civil Rights has notified the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) that it has opened investigations into these complaints. The FAA notes that federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding.”

OH, WE’D FILL IT. Mitch McConnell on the potential of an election year Supreme Court seat. ‘The leader took a long sip of what appeared to be iced tea before announcing with a smile, “Oh, we’d fill it,” triggering loud laughter from the audience.’

STEVE BANNON. On Trump’s finances: “This is where it isn’t a witch hunt – even for the hard core, this is where he turns into just a crooked business guy, and one worth $50m instead of $10bn. Not the billionaire he said he was, just another scumbag.”

WINTER HAS COME. Jon Snow is in rehab.

RANDY RAINBOW. Our favorite musical political commentator gets a thorough profile in the Washington Post. “He’s like Brecht meets Jerry Herman,” offers Broadway director Michael Mayer, comparing Rainbow to the 20th-century German playwright and the composer-lyricist of “Hello, Dolly!” “Always dead-on. Always dead funny.”

ALEX TREBEK. The Jeopardy host’s pancreatic cancer tumors have shrunk by 50 percent: “I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers. an just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this.”

BIG DONATION. Egg Boy gives back: “The Australian teenager who smashed an egg onto the head of Fraser Anning says he has donated more than $100,000 to the survivors of the Christchurch terrorist attack.”

DIONNE WARWICK. Beyoncé has “a long road” to becoming a true icon: “I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status?”

GONE. Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies: “The rhino once roamed across much of Asia, but has now almost disappeared from the wild, with fewer than one hundred animals believed to exist.The death of Tam, who lived at a wildlife reserve on the island of Borneo, was announced on Monday. A female called Iman is now the only remaining member of the species in Malaysia.”

PSA OF THE DAY. We want you to understand this important message.

RENOVATION OF THE DAY. The Brady Bunch house.

FED UP OF THE DAY. Meteorologist goes off on viewers complaining that The Bachelorette got interrupted by a tornado warning.

TRAILER OF THE DAY. Swamp Thing.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Mathew V “Flashback”.

Says Mathew V: “Writing this song was one of the hardest things I‘ve had to do in my life. I wrote this song about my experience with sexual violence/rape at seventeen years old, and how that situation has influenced and affected my life today. It was something that I always knew I had to process, and had always avoided. But with every new song I wrote, I still had this in my closet, this weight on my chest. I worked on this song with Luca Fogale who is an amazing artist in his own respect, and one of my best friends. I had opened up to him about this aspect of my life in the past, and he felt like a very safe space for me to turn to with these feelings. I know that when I went through what I did, I felt so ashamed and alone. I felt like I couldn’t tell anyone what had happened to me because they would think that I was weak, that I was less of a man because I couldn’t fight back, because I was scared. If I’m being totally honest, I felt so poorly about myself at the time that I thought people wouldn’t believe me. I thought that people wouldn’t believe that anyone would have wanted me that way. It was later that I learned how large an issue rape and sexual violence is within the gay community, and in society as a whole. I was lucky enough to have resources to turn to in Vancouver. I called a sexual education toll free phone line and I was directed to the proper medical treatment for my situation. I strongly urge everyone to look into the resources in your area. Start a conversation. This is something we can talk about, and we have to talk about. We have to know where to turn in these situations and that we are safe to come forward and seek help. Ultimately this is the song that I needed to hear at that time to know that I wasn’t alone.”

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Jean-Pierre Fisher.

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Why NFL players should start saving now for a potential 2021 lockout

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Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz went through the CBA negotiations and lockout in 2011. Here’s his advice on what to do this time around.

After a contentious labor lockout in 2011, the NFL and the NFLPA agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that would last 10 seasons. Since that agreement, there has been relative peace between the two sides. But as we near the end of the current CBA, there are warning signs the next round of negotiations in 2021 will be just as heated, as they should be.

I’m in the unique position of having direct knowledge of the previous work stoppage. I was old enough — entering my fourth season — to remember and most importantly, understand it all. I know how we prepared, or didn’t, and how we ended up agreeing to the current CBA. I’ve been a vocal critic of parts of the deal and the hostility between NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith and the NFL. Mostly, I’d like a better working environment.

We are now nearing the time for a new round of bargaining. Recently, it was reported that Smith sent an email to all agents warning them of a potential “work stoppage of at least a year of length.” Details of the entire email can be found here.

This is the first official warning sign that we are headed for a lockout in 2021.

NFL players need to prepare for the worst

This was a necessary announcement, and I hope players start to listen.

The current CBA is outstanding for ownership (that’s not to say players don’t have advantages from it as well), and as I see it, they have the leverage right now. In order for players to get more, the owners need to give more to them, either in the form of dollars, benefits, or possibly more control of player punishment.

The leverage players have in the next round of negotiations is the same as always: sitting out games. Plain and simple. The owners’ bottom line is money. If they lose money, players gain leverage.

Money is also the issue with sitting out games. Just as owners lose money, so do the players. A player’s base salary gets paid each week of the regular season. If there are no games, they don’t get paid. Rightfully so, owners believe they can outlast the players, at least early on, if no money is being made on either side.

However, this is still the players’ leverage and they must use it. The NFLPA can remind players, agents, family members, and the media about the need to save money, but it doesn’t always get through to the players.

Why is it hard for some players to save money?

Why does it seem like a hollow request? For starters, there are 1,700 members in the players association. They all range in NFL experience and salary. For the most part, the younger players don’t understand as much about the dynamics of a labor negotiation and also don’t have the money to sit out for an entire season.

Careers are so short that missing out for an entire season of salary is a tough sell, especially when some of these players might not see a large payday or use the extra benefits players might receive in a better CBA.

The NFLPA needs to get those young players on board. Older players tend to be OK with missed paychecks for the greater good because more of them are well off. They also understand the process of the CBA and the post-career perks that can be had.

But, not all players are money savers. As mentioned above, players get their base salaries paid during the season only. Unfortunately, not all players save their money responsibly during the season and are often in need of that first paycheck in September.

During the last round of negotiations, there were multiple reports of veteran players taking out high-interest loans just to get by. In order for the players as a whole to buy into the same idea, the union needs a plan for money during the lockout.

The players need to know what the plan is

It’s smart for the NFLPA leaders to start getting the word out now about the possibility of losing pay for a better CBA. It’s prudent of them to hammer the players over the head with this message. But, the message must also contain a plan for what they want out of the next CBA.

This tweet from Joe Banner sums it up:

In 2011, the players union withheld dues for years and passed those out during the spring months of the lockout. After those months, no money was coming to us. However, it was reported after the deal was struck that the NFLPA had bought insurance for each player up to $200,000 if there had been a lockout during the season.

We weren’t told about this until after this report. I assume the NFLPA kept it quiet so the NFL wouldn’t know what cards we had. On the other hand, knowing money was coming in might have been helpful.

Hopefully the plan of action for this upcoming labor negotiation is shared fully with the players. I sure hope we don’t have a prolonged work stoppage in 2021 but if we do, I’m happy the NFLPA is starting the process of getting the players ready for the battle ahead.


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Mueller fails to cut through partisan noise surrounding Trump-Russia report

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from Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian.

Republicans stood by president as some Democrats embraced impeachment inquiry in response to special counsel’s comments

For two years, Robert Mueller, the special counsel, led one of the most consequential investigations in the history of American politics – a pursuit that was the subject of endless speculation and cast an indelible cloud over Donald Trump’s presidency.

On Wednesday, Mueller sought to cut through the noise in a rare public statement that plainly laid out the facts, despite the sharply partisan lens through which his work has been viewed in American politics.

Related: Democratic candidates urge Trump’s impeachment after Mueller statement

Continue reading…


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#MuggerTrump, #MAAGGATrump: #Make #ABWEHRGERMANY #Great #Again! This is the #NewAbwehr #CriminalSignature.

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from The Trump Investigations Blog by Michael Novakhov – Review Of News And Opinions.

Mugger Trump, MAAGGA Trump,
Your are not The MAGA Trump:
Make ABWEHR&GERMANY Great Again!

This is the # New Abwehr # Criminal Signature,
In plain broad daylight, for everyman to see,
And just for the very few to understand.


For the New Abwehr, according to my observations, and most likely for the rest of the global spooks community, phonetic “anagrams“, coding, interpretations, and interplays on the written-spoken language are quite simple, common, and efficient way to broadcast the symbolic messages.


With all that, I will broadcast my message, very direct, without the underlying symbolisism, but also very simple:


FBI, investigate the New Abwehr and the New Abwehr Hypothesis of 1944-2020 Operations very thoroughly. 


Journalists, ziz iz unbelievably juicy story for you, but the point is that it is also very likely The TRUTH. Investigate this story from all possible points of view and angles, but do keep the principle of truth in mind. 


And for all the rest of us, which includes too many interested parties to name: we should take this hypothesis very, very seriously; it does have the tremendous Explanatory Power, whatever it means. 


Michael Novakhov


5.29.19


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mikenov on Twitter: The #Trump #Investigations #Blog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: #MuggerTrump, #MAAGGATrump: #Make #ABWEHRGERMANY … trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/mugger…

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The #Trump #Investigations #Blog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: #MuggerTrump, #MAAGGATrump: #Make #ABWEHRGERMANY … trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/mugger…


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Straight white rapper releases song about how oppressed he is on the eve of Pride month

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Tom Macdonald

Pride season is upon us. There’s a gay man running for President of the United States. And the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots is less than a month away.

So rapper Tom MacDonald thought it would a great time to release his latest single “Straight White Male,” a #NotAllMen hip hop anthem about how he’s sick of being called a racist, sexist homophobe when he swears he’s anything but.

Related: Grumpy man threatens to sue town for removing his ‘straight pride’ flag

Some of the song’s lyrics include verses like:

I’m not a Nazi
I like black people, black Jesus, black Santa, black coffee
I’m not a racist
I like Hispanics and Negroes and Natives and Asians
Black Power says I’m the problem (Yeah)
Girl Power says I’m the issue (Yeah)
Gay rights think I’m tryna stop ’em (Woo)
All of y’all trippin’ I’ll get you some tissues (Ahh)

Other lyrics include lines like “Honestly I think that everyone looks alike/If they aren’t white then I’m sorry, it’s true” and “Y’all blame me for wages we’re payin’ the women/Y’all blame me for rights that gay people aren’t given.”

We could go on, but we think you get the point.

Related: Feeling left out, fans demand “Straight Pride Night” after Red Sox paint pitcher’s mound rainbow

Last weekend, MacDonald tweeted: “If you don’t think STRAIGHT WHITE MALES are demonized in 2019, you’re trippin.”

The music video, which was released just five days ago, has already racked up over 1.3 million views on Youtube.

Related: Students advertise “Straight Pride” day in Indiana to “take back the rainbow”

Yesterday, MacDonald, whose other song credits include “White Boy,” “Politically Incorrect,” and “Everybody Hates Me,” issued a statement saying he meant for his new single and its accompanying video to be “satirical” and “rooted in comedy.”

But most people aren’t buying the whole “Relax! It’s a joke!” excuse. Generally speaking, for something to be satirical, it has to be 1. funny,  and 2. offer some kind of meaningful insight or criticism.

Jacqueline Arias at the pop culture blog Preen writes:

Satire is meant to “criticize people or ideas in a humorous way, especially in order to make a political point.” Tom misses the mark every time because his brand of humor is neither compelling nor encourages some kind of change. It’s internet troll behavior—he provokes people, waits for angry reactions, then calls them stupid for “not getting it” or overreacting.

For Tom to release a supposedly satirical song where he’s painting himself as the good guy of the White community, it just doesn’t sit well. Contrary to what many of his fans have said, this isn’t a productive way to use one’s straight White male privilege.

Watch the video for “Straight White Male” below. Or don’t.


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The NBA Finals are gonna give us way more Drake than we can handle

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Drake’s a Raptors fan and a Warriors fan. He’s getting all of the attention no matter what.

The world’s most meme-able man will be front and center for the entire NBA Finals, his biggest sports spotlight since becoming “God’s plant” while wielding a virtual axe behind a bush in Fortnite with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Travis Scott, and Ninja. Drake will demand camera time to embarrass himself and others with corny antics and an unwavering passion to prop up his hometown of Toronto. Whether you like it or not, he’s coming.

The conference Finals were just a warm-up for basketball’s biggest celebrity superfan. There, Drake made headlines after massaging the shoulders of Raptors head coach Nick Nurse mid-game.

(Seriously, why does the franchise’s now-unofficial global ambassador gets this much free rein? LOL.)

Then he became the topic of conversation again after feuding with Mallory Edens, the daughter of Bucks owner Wes Edens, after she wore a T-shirt of Drake’s sworn enemy Pusha T to Game 5.

And in what could (and will if the Raptors get blown out) be taken completely out of context for internet jokes, Drake compared the Raptors to a college basketball team after they knocked off the Bucks for good.

There’s still so much more to come.

Why? Because this series pits Drake’s beloved Raptors against … his also-beloved Golden State Warriors.

Drake’s infamous rise as a legendary sports meme subject began with his cult following for anyone who has once dribbled a basketball. But the Warriors hold a special place in Drake’s heart: somewhere between his LeBron James and Kentucky basketball fandom, above his Conor McGregor devotion, and below his appreciation for Alabama football.

Bear with me here in this lengthy list of Drake-Warriors connections that will make you forget this guy actually (supposedly) roots for the Raptors:

  • In 2014, Drake started his friendship with Steph Curry, coining one of his most iconic rap lines, “I been Steph Curry with the shot, Been cookin’ with the sauce, chef, curry with the pot, boy,” in his summer hit “0 to 100 / The Catch up.”
  • That same year, Drake, then officially the Raptors’ global ambassador, tried to recruit free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant to Toronto at a concert. “Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake said to the crowd, according to ESPN. “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” Toronto was hit with a $25,000 tampering fine.
  • In 2015, Drake went to In-N-Out with Curry and his wife Ayesha:
  • In 2016, Drake released a song called “Summer Sixteen” in which he used Draymond Green’s name to compare his relationship with his bodyguard to Curry’s with Green.
  • A few months later, he released “Western Road Flows” where he said, “Shout out to KD, we relate, we get the same attention.”
  • In June 2016, Drake lost $60,000 to rapper French Montana after betting on his friends, the Warriors, to beat LeBron and the Cavs. (They didn’t).
  • Months later, after KD signed with the Warriors, guess who wore his jersey at a concert in the Bay Area:

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  • In 2018, we learned Drake took his friendships to another level after he got tattoos of BOTH Curry and KD’s jersey numbers on his bicep?!

  • Drake also wore DeMarcus Cousins’ high school jersey in his “In My Feelings” music video:
  • When the Raptors beat the Warriors in Toronto at the beginning of the 2018-19 season, KD gave Drake his jersey:

What this leaves is endless meme potential for one of the most meme-able person ever

Drake is in the biggest win-win AND lose-lose situation in celebrity NBA history. Should the Warriors win big, that’s wonderful for him. Those are his friends! But he can’t show that in public, because he’s a Raptors fan. And if the Raptors win, he can’t showboat too much, right? Because again, the Warriors are his friends. Or, can he? Drake is going to show the peril of frontrunning live on national TV. The camera will NEVER stop rolling on him, so we won’t miss a moment.

There’s already precedent for popular artists dominating an NBA Finals scene thanks to Rihanna. In 2017, Rihanna, a mega LeBron fan, dabbed on fans before saying “King is still King, bitch.” She then Crying Jordaned herself and Instagrammed a meme video where she was Simba from the Lion King and LeBron was Mufasa. She’s set the bar sky-high for both Drake and camera operators looking to capture every legendary moment.

If there’s anyone who can live up to Rihanna’s prowess as the entertainer among entertainers in a venue they have no business entertaining in, it’s Drake. Maybe he’ll make for some of the most hilarious moments of the series. Maybe he’ll be cringeworthy throughout.

Either way, buckle up as everyone’s best friend struggles through his very public conundrum. Don’t forget to get your Photoshop ready.


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Maine Becomes 17th State to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

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Maine on Wednesday became the 17th state to ban harmful gay “conversion therapy” for minors when Governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law: “The bill, which was sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Rep. Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford, would prohibit state-licensed counselors, psychologists, social workers, health professionals, guidance counselors as well as pastoral and family therapists from engaging in conversion therapy.”

Tweeted Mills: “Today I signed into law a bill banning conversion therapy, a widely-discredited practice that has no place in Maine. Today, we send an unequivocal message to young LGBTQ people: we stand with you, we support you, and we will always defend your right to be who you are.”

The practice is also banned in Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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