Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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Facebook adds badges so your politicians know who you are

June 8, 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Harvard's commencement in May 2017.Image: facebook/mark zuckerberg Facebook is turning into more and more of a Town Hall. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s new Pride Month features celebrate the LGBTQ community with style The social network introduced three features Wednesday that are meant to help elected officials better connect with their constituents and vice-versa. The products provide a way for politicians to identify local constituents and…

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Snapchat snaps startup to help it with location tracking

June 6, 2017

Image: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES Snap may have lost a bunch of money last quarter, and by a bunch we mean $2.2 billion. But it’s just a young company trying to build a sustainable business modeland that means adding some “creepy” advertising. SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s new ‘limitless’ snaps will change everything Placed, its latest acquisition first reported by GeekWire Monday and confirmed to Mashable by Snap, may help on that mission….

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the…

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Hillary Clinton thinks Facebook and Twitter are bad for democracy

June 1, 2017

She's not happy.Image: recode Hillary Clinton is not happy with Twitter. Or Facebook. Responding to a question from Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal at the Code Conference regarding whether Twitter has been “bad or good for our national discourse,” the former presidential candidate expounded upon the ways that Twitter has negatively impacted our politics. SEE ALSO: Hillary Clinton says Facebook must ‘prevent fake news from creating a new reality’ “I…

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 25, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a…

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Why Trump Allies Want To Talk Impeachment And Dem Leadership Doesn’t

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON With President Donald Trumps approval rating sinking and congressional Republicans pushing a deeply unpopular agenda, Democrats have a real chance to take back the House. But that opportunity is being complicated by one word that is coming up with increasing regularity on the midterm campaign trail: impeachment. In focus groups in swing districts and in Georgia-06 (where a special election is being held this June) where we do think…

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Another White Supremacist Monument Comes Down. At Least 700 More To Go.

May 20, 2017

Its the fourth and final Confederate monument the city hadslated to take down, and its removal marks the end of one of Americas more successful and publicized campaigns to expel symbols of white supremacy from public property. This cult had one goal, he explained, through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity. The…

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Bush, Obama Lawyers Slam Trump’s Possible Meddling In FBI Russia Probe

May 18, 2017

Asked at a Wednesday conference if he could hypothetically conceive of a similar conversation between former President George W. Bush and a top law enforcement official about an ongoing criminal investigation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was emphatic. Neil Eggleston, former President Barack Obamas White House counsel during the last years of his administration, responded similarly. Comey had been leading the FBI investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with…

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We should have listened to the broken teenagers – BBC News

May 16, 2017

Image copyright BBC Sport Image caption Maggie Oliver when she was a serving officer with Greater Manchester Police It wasn’t long before I was working on rapes, domestic abuse and child protection jobs – the kind of cases that other officers working in Moss Side generally didn’t want to do. And I was good at them. But if you won the trust of vulnerable girls who’d been through hell, you…

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