Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry – The Guardian

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Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry  The Guardian

Greenland didn’t just bubble into Trump’s mind randomly – it’s very much on Russia’s radar for its unknown supply of oil, gas and rare metals.


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“trump and russia” – Google News: Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry – The Guardian

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Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry  The Guardian

Greenland didn’t just bubble into Trump’s mind randomly – it’s very much on Russia’s radar for its unknown supply of oil, gas and rare metals.

“trump and russia” – Google News


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‘Love, Simon’ spin-off series is coming to a TV near you

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Iced coffee for everyone! Love, Simon, the groundbreaking gay teen rom-com film, is getting a small-screen spin-off.

The TV show, also titled Love, Simon, will start production later this month and will premiere at a later date on Disney+, the streaming service that will launch in November.

Related: A boyband megastar posted about Love, Simon and Twitter just about lost its mind

Anabelle Comes Home actor Michael Cimino will star as Victor, who embarks on a “journey of discovery as he’s facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and struggling with his sexuality” and who “reaches out to Simon to help him navigate high school,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

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Nick Robinson, who played Simon in the feature film, will executive-produce and narrate the show. Ugly Betty alum Ana Ortiz will costar as Victor’s mother.

Love, Simon is a powerful story embraced by critics and audiences alike for its universal messages of authenticity, love, and acceptance,” Disney+ SVP Agnes Chu said in a statement. “We are honored to partner with the talented team at 20th Century Fox Television to bring this new chapter of a beloved story to Disney+, continuing the personal and uplifting narrative that captivated fans of the original film.”

Related: 7 new gay TV couples we’re already shipping

Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who adapted the Becky Albertalli book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for the 2018 film, will be the showrunners of the TV show. “We could not be more excited to be making Love, Simon for Disney+,” they said. “Writing Love, Simon was one of the most profound and enjoyable experiences of our careers to date and we are beyond thrilled that we get to revisit this world and tell the story of Victor, a brand-new Creekwood student, and his family and friends.”


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Michelangelo Signorile, James Bond, Anti-Gay T-Shirt Shop, Octavia Spencer, Mika, Elite: HOT LINKS

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DON’T DENY THE TRUTH. Michelangelo Signorile slams Log Cabin Republicans in Washington Post op-ed: “What planet has this group been living on?”

BOND 25. And the title is

KENTUCKY. 7-year battle with anti-gay t-shirt shop to go before state Supreme Court: ‘Much of the debate in the case boils down to whether or not Hands On Originals refused to provide a service because of the sexual orientation of a customer — the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization — or refused to print a message that does not align with its beliefs. The human rights commission argues that the shirt company sells goods or services to the general public, a so-called public accommodation in the ordinance, and can’t deny goods or services because of race, gender, national origin or other factors. Attorneys arguing on behalf of Hands On Originals said that the “service” the business provides by printing shirts is the promotion of messages, making its decision a freedom of speech issue.’

JIM WATSON. Ottawa mayor responds to homophobia after coming out: “Social media is an anonymous way to attack people,” he said. “You grow a thicker skin when you’re in politics like I’ve been for many years, but I think it’s just standing up to these bullies and pushing back.”

UNLEARNING PREJUDICE. Homophobia rises in European countries without gay marriage: “Homophobia has risen in European countries that do not legally recognize same-sex relationships, while acceptance of gay and lesbian people has jumped in states where they can marry, research released on Wednesday showed.”

BLESS YOUR HEART. It’s Octavia Spencer’s favorite expression.

DELETED SHIRTLESS SCENE OF THE DAY. Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Mika “Tiny Love”.

TV TRAILER OF THE DAY. Elite Season 2.

HUMP DAY HAIRY. Justin Russo.

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Putin Says Miltiary Base Blast Occurred During Weapons Test, But Holds Back On Details

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Aug. 8 accident at a northern military base occurred during a test of a weapons system, but he added that he could not reveal everything about the incident for security reasons.

Speaking Aug. 21 during a visit to Finland to meet with his counterpart, Sauli Niinisto, Putin said all services monitoring radiation were working and that radiation levels were normal, adding that the same applied for neighboring countries.

He added in his wide-ranging remarks that it was important for Europe to start sharing information on such accidents in the future.

The accident in the northern Russian region of Arkhangelsk, which killed at least five people and injured several others, raised concerns of atmospheric contamination after emergency officials reported a spike in background radiation levels.

FILE – A view shows an entrance checkpoint of a military garrison near the village of Nyonoksa in Arkhangelsk region, Russia, Oct. 7, 2018.

The White Sea bay where both the shipbuilding port and the regional capital, Arkhangelsk, are located were ordered closed for swimming and fishing, due to the presence of toxic rocket fuel.

Following the accident, there were reports of panic buying of iodine drops in the nearby shipbuilding town of Severodvinsk. Iodine is often taken to protect the thyroid gland from some types of radiation.

Putin on Aug. 19 said there was “no threat” of contamination after the deadly blast, which occurred in the town of Nyonoksa, a Dvina Bay port not far from Severodvinsk, at a naval site that has been used for decades to test naval missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Some U.S. officials have said they believe radioactive elements were involved, and many analysts have focused attention on a nuclear-powered cruise missile that Putin announced was under development last year.

 


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NPR News: 08-21-2019 3PM ET

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Priest arrested for spending church money on beach house, boyfriends, and a Grindr XTRA account

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A Catholic priest from Pennsylvania is accused of stealing almost $100,000 from his church to pay for a lavish beach house, boyfriends, and other personal expenses.

The Chester County District Attorney’s office announced that Joseph McLoone of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania was arrested this week after over a year-long investigation.

Philly Mag reports:

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Chester County detectives began investigating McLoone more than a year ago. He had been with the church since 2010, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia conducted their own internal investigation of McLoone in 2017.

Investigators claim that McLoone opened a secret checking account in 2011 and diverted parishioner donations into that account and misappropriated other church funds undetected for the next seven years.

McLoone allegedly embezzled money from the church into the secret checking account and then used it to pay for expensive dinners, travel expenses, and a beach house in Ocean City, New Jersey, as well as a Grindr XTRA account and to make several multiple online purchases.

When confronted about it by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 58-year-old McLoone admitted to paying for “personal relationships” with men using church funds. He was placed on administrative leave and now faces 18 charges, including multiple counts of felony theft.

“These charges are serious and disturbing,” Kenneth Gavin, chief communications officer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, says. “The Archdiocese and the parish will continue to cooperate with law enforcement as the criminal matter enters its next phase.”

Chester County D.A.’s office put out a statement saying: “Father McLoone held a position of leadership and his parishioners trusted him to properly handle their generous donations to the church. Father McLoone violated the trust of the members of St. Joseph for his own personal gain.”

McLoone, who is out on $50,000 bail, has declined to comment on the matter.

Related: Antigay youth pastor busted for sexting teen boy, asking for x-rated pics


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Lindsey Graham: Horowitz will offer Senate ‘chilling testimony’ on FISA abuse – Washington Examiner

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Lindsey Graham: Horowitz will offer Senate ‘chilling testimony’ on FISA abuseWashington Examiner

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham confirmed Wednesday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify in front of the …


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mikenov on Twitter: Puerto Rico Gov. Vázquez Outlines Plans for Island After Political Turmoil nbcmiami.com/news/local/Pue… via @nbc6

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Puerto Rico Gov. Vázquez Outlines Plans for Island After Political Turmoil nbcmiami.com/news/local/Pue… via @nbc6


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Democratic strategist calls Pete Buttigieg’s sexuality a “distraction” and being gay a choice

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A new article published by Vanity Fair takes a close look at Pete Buttigieg’s historic presidential campaign and how the 2020 hopeful is engaging with Black voters.

Writer Chris Smith praises Buttigieg for his charisma, his intellect, and his fundraising prowess. At the same time, he makes some fair points about his weaknesses, as well, most notably his poor handling of the police situation in South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg has received criticism for how he fired the city’s Black police chief, as well as how he handled allegations of racism against police in the past.

“To a lot of African Americans, it’s damn near disqualifying, because it’s a front and center issue that’s on the minds of a lot of African American voters and Hispanic voters,” Cornell Belcher, a pollster who worked for both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, says.

“If you can’t keep that situation under control in that pissant town, why on earth are we gonna put you in the presidency?”

It’s a valid criticism and one Mayor Pete has yet to reconcile.

But it’s in Smith’s handling of Buttigieg’s sexuality where things start to get a little dodgy.

He writes:

Buttigieg is also gay and married. Attitudes are shifting with the generations in South Carolina, but for many older, churchgoing black voters, Buttigieg’s sexual orientation goes against their religious beliefs.

Smith then quotes Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic political strategist based in South Carolina, who calls Buttigieg’s sexuality “distracting.”

“The personal stuff is a distraction,” he says. “It presents a challenge.”

The gaffe could easily be written off as a poor choice of words… until, in the next breath, Seawright implies being gay is a choice.

“But the Chinese symbol for crisis is the same one for opportunity,” he says. “He can share his story, and talk about how the things he will fight for will impact communities regardless of who he chooses to love.”

Afterwards, Seawright posted the quote on his Twitter page:


Later in the article, Seawrite, who is a 5th-generation member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which condemns same-sex relationships, suggests that if Buttigieg wants to succeed, he should quit talking about being gay and instead focus on “the issues of the day.”

From where we’re sitting, Buttigieg doesn’t appear to talk any more about his sexuality than any of the other Democratic candidates. (He needn’t bother with folks like Seawrite bringing it up all the time.)

Alternatively, anyone who says being gay is a choice that violates their religious beliefs could do the same: Focus on the “issues of the day” and stop obsessing over Mayor Pete’s sex life.

Related: New Republic in crisis mode after publishing homophobic hit piece about Pete Buttigieg’s sex life


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‘Pose’ Ends Strong Second Season with a Series Best [RECAP]

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The second season of Pose on FX wrapped last night with an installment that may be the best representation of the show at the top of its game. Stylish and packed with pathos, the super-sized episode justified the extended running time with moments of humor, unforgettable ballroom performances and a satisfying tie at the end of nearly every narrative thread.

It’s easy to imagine this was written as a series finale, but, thankfully, the show has been renewed for another season. The one plot point folks may be disappointed to see left unaddressed is Elektra’s body in the closet. Chekhov’s checked luggage may seem like a tell-tale heart pounding away in Elektra’s closet, but if you consider the real-life inspiration for the story, it’s entirely possible the writers never intended for it to resurface later.

So what was addressed? Let’s rehash some of the highlights in our recap below.

The episode opens with a time jump to about nine months in the future. Blanca, now doing nails in her otherwise empty apartment, is clearly not in good health. Pray arrives, the first time interacting since their falling out at Damon’s graduation party. There’s not much more the audience would have gained from seeing more of Blanca being lonely and sad that wasn’t already beautifully conveyed in that final tracking shot last week, so it was a smart move to skip to the reunion.

Pray gets Blanca to the hospital to recover, and it’s heartwarming to see Angel, Elektra, Lulu and Pray all rally to her side. It’s not long before Blanca is spreading her magic across the ward, sort of like the Mother of the House of the Infectious Disease Ward. She also learns Frederica was arrested for arson and insurance fraud.

In a quick flash to the prison, we also learn Frederica was denied bail since she has so many resources. Frederica is enraged and feels like she’s being punished for being a successful woman. Her one regret? Ruining another woman’s business. That’s justice, baby, and it so rarely plays out as satisfyingly in real life.

Before Blanca is released, she’s visited by Damon, back temporarily from Paris. The tour was great, and now they want him to choreograph. He’s thriving. He also started his own extension of the House of Evangelista with his own children.

It is easily the best Damon scene from the series. This maturity and confidence suits him well, and Ryan Jamaal Swain seems liberated from the caricature of naïveté Damon sometimes fell into over the last two seasons.

Most importantly, Damon reminds Blanca of all the other children out there that need her to raise them. From the beginning, Blanca’s journey of motherhood has been the beating heart of the series, and the notion of Evangelista: The Next Generation is an exciting opportunity for Blanca (and viewers, as well.)

As Blanca leans into life as a grandmother, her own mother, Elektra is shaking up the ball scene. All these new categories have displaced the trans girls at the balls. The emcees are all men, as are the judges.

Pray brings her concern to the council, and they come up with the idea to host a “Butch Queen First Time Up in Drags at a Ball” category. It seems counterintuitive to address Elektra’s concern with ANOTHER category aimed at cis men, but it’s more of a loving homage than anything else.

To help learn to walk in heels, Elektra hosts the boys and gives them some tough love. It’s all too much for the struggling Pray, who leaves the training session in a huff. Ricky follows him outside, and Pray confesses he struggles to embrace his femininity due to his father’s discomfort. In a refreshing change of pace, it’s Ricky imparting the wisdom to the older Pray, explaining how it’s possible to balance masculine and feminine energies, sometimes at the same time.

It’s one hell of a scene. The walking-in-heels lesson is mostly played for comedy, as Elektra read each guy for filth. Then we got this beautiful exchange between Pray and Ricky that addressed internalized homophobia and misogyny in the gay community, attitudes toward homosexuality and femininity in the black community and intergenerational differences between gay men, plus it further developed the relationship between Ricky and Pray.

I mean, what other show can pull all that off over the course of a SERIES, let alone an episode, LET ALONE ONE SCENE?

Meanwhile, Angel’s modeling gigs have dried up. Ms. Ford calls her in and breaks the news. The word is out about Angel’s identity, and most companies have pulled their contracts. Ms. Ford is almost overwhelmingly supportive, though realistic, about her prospects. (I imagine part of the deal to use Eileen Ford’s likeness/name had something to do with portraying her relatively positively.)

This is terrible news for Angel, and she resigns herself to a life on the couch. Papi will not let this stand, so he devises a plan. He’s going to open a business managing trans talent. It sounds optimistic in 2019; in 1991, it sounds insane.

Still, this is Pose, where, no matter what, there is always hope. Papi wisely goes to Ms. Ford and pitches her on this idea of an agency-within-an agency focused on trans/queer talent. She’s skeptical, but he and Angel make a passionate pitch.

“The world doesn’t change,” Angel pleads with a skeptical Ford. “People change it.”

Although not totally sold, Ford agrees to give Papi a desk, a phone and her watchful eye. If he can land a deal within two weeks, she’ll take him up on it.

Wisely, Papi asks Ford for a list of clients deemed not good enough for Ford. These clients tend to be more open-minded, and it’s not long before Papi books Angel a commercial for a new soda in Germany.

The episode and season ends with an extended ball scene, and it’s one of Pose‘s best (which is saying a lot). A member of the House of Ferocity wins the vogueing category and dedicates the trophy to her former House Mother, Candy. Elektra wins mother of the year.

Then it’s time for Candy’s Sweet Refrain, and, you guys are not ready. I wasn’t. (I’m still not?) Angel pushes Blanca out in her wheelchair pretty fresh from the hospital. She starts lip syncing Whitney Houston’s famous rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and it’s … everything. As someone who regularly writes thousands of words about this show every week, I’m at a loss, but I will do my best.

At one point she leaps to her feet and tears away her clothes to reveal a gorgeous red jumpsuit. It finishes with Papi waving a Pride flag and Damon waving a House of Evangelista flag behind her. “Triumphant” doesn’t even begin to describe it. If they could turn the feeling this gave me into a pill, I would take it each day with my Truvada and feel amazing.

The ball ends with the Butch Queens walking, and it’s fun. Elektra takes over the role of emcee, which truly she was born to play. I hope they explore this next season, because it’s a natural fit for her critical eye and acid tongue. Pray gets to have his big Diana Ross moment, and it’s a wonderfully light (though still powerful) note to end on. He doesn’t win, but it doesn’t matter. This wasn’t about a trophy; it was about being comfortable in your own skin, which is infinitely more valuable.

Finally, outside, Blanca waits for Pray when she notices two youths loitering about. They’re homeless and stealing, probably worse, and she invites them to dinner, her treat. It certainly looks like the House of Evangelista will live on.

And thankfully, so will Pose. I know I breathlessly champion the series week after week, but it can’t be underscored enough just how absolutely vital this series is. Even as someone who watches television professionally, I have rarely encountered a series as emotionally evocative. It’s expanded and challenged my own understanding of our greater community. It’s taken enormous pieces of LGBTQ history and distilled them down to the human parts in a way too few films and television shows have even attempted. It’s introduced us to a collection of incredible actresses we would likely never have been exposed to otherwise. It put people on television that most folks would never think they would see on this scale, and it empowered a generation to dare to dream bigger than their current circumstances. While, of course, it’s not flawless, it does exactly what great art should.

Indeed, the world doesn’t change on its own, but we should all be grateful Pose continues to try.

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WATCH: CNN shows Randy Rainbow in a whole new light, no green-screens necessary

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Who knew one of the few (very few) good things to come out of the 2016 US presidential election would be the meteoric rise of a theater queen from Long Island, NY.

Amid the daily chaos of team Trump’s every move and the inconceivable success the circus side-show had on American voters, Randy Rainbow‘s satirical, high-camp musical parodies racked up view after view.

Related: Randy Rainbow Takes On Melania Trump And Makes Life More Bearable

And while he already has two consecutive Queerty Awards under his belt, Randy’s visibility just reached a whole new crowd with a recent CNN profile. Though he “doesn’t like to boast”, apparently Stephen Sondheim told him his lyrics are as good as “anyone writing today.” No big deal.

We think he’s on to something here:


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“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News: Putin’s Use of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to Glorify Stalin – Dark Times Ahead? – Communal News

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Putin’s Use of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to Glorify Stalin – Dark Times Ahead?  Communal News

In a historic move, Russia released the original copy of The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact two months ago. However, the question remains: What is the Kremlin’s end …

“Russia influence in Eastern Europe” – Google News


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RT @EcuadorWicca: #Maduro confirma lo que dijo #Trump, sus funcionarios están hablando con el gobierno de #EEUU wiccaec.com/index.php/bF3

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#Maduro confirma lo que dijo #Trump, sus funcionarios están hablando con el gobierno de #EEUU wiccaec.com/index.php/bF3


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RT @FortRussNews: Moscow DEFENDS #Venezuela and scolds Washington’s attempts for naval blockade is.gd/ZtVpuN #Maduro #Russia #Tr…

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Moscow DEFENDS #Venezuela and scolds Washington’s attempts for naval blockade is.gd/ZtVpuN #Maduro #Russia #Trump #US pic.twitter.com/0VWdwKqPLb



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Straight dude in a panic after watching “sexual things men do with one another” turns him on

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Man sits on the edge of his bed thinking.

A straight-identifying man from the U.K. says he “appreciates” beautiful women, but he’s finding himself increasingly turned on by male bodies and he doesn’t know why, so he’s seeking advice from Dierdre Sanders.

“Despite really appreciating attractive women–their figures, faces, how they dress–it is the sexual things men do with one another that really turns me on,” the 35-year-old explains.

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He writes that he is especially turned on by gay porn, “no matter how the men themselves look.”

“I fancy women but I get very aroused when I see or think about what men do sexually,” he continues, “I want to try sex with another man–but it is not the men themselves I want.”

He confesses: “I worry about my true sexuality because it is so confusing.”

Sounds like textbook bi-curiosity to us.

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In her response, Dierdre encourage the man not to think too hard about it.

“Maybe it is just convention making you feel you should fancy women, or maybe you are turned on by what men get up to because it focuses your thinking on what you’d like to be doing,” she writes.

Whatever the case, she says, “don’t worry about definitions.”

“Focus on forming friendships–which can maybe lead to a relationship–without worrying about gender,” she advises. “And remember, people’s personalities probably matter most then.”

What advice would you give this guy? Share your wisdom in the comments section below…


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