Bigots’ plan to shame Sacramento bakery for making trans ‘Ken doll’ birthday cake backfires

A trans Ken doll cake created by Freeport Bakery in Sacramento. (KTXL-TV) After an initial backlash, a Sacramento bakery has won support online after its special birthday cake order started getting attention, KTXL-TV reported. Earlier this month, Freeport Bakery co-owner Marlene Goetzeler said, the business’ Facebook page lost support after she posted a picture of a trans Ken doll cake, ...

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Move Over Cigarettes: Ramen Is the New Major Currency in U.S. Prisons

Photo Credit: sylvar / Flickr Needless to say life in prison is stressful. Which is why it makes sense that cigarettes would become the prevailing form of currency traded among inmates. Or at least that used to be the case. But now according to a new study released Monday, tobacco has been replaced by a more valuable commodity in U.S. ...

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Virgin Trains controversy 'has helped Jeremy Corbyn's leadership bid'

Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign team believe his public spat with Virgin trains boss Sir Richard Branson has boosted his chances in the Labour leadership race. Sam Tarry, the Labour leader’s campaign director, told the Guardian that “from the point of view of the people we want to mobilise, Richard Branson’s done us a favour”. Labour’s already fractious leadership campaign had become ...

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Passengers on Jeremy Corbyn's train journey: 'I've never once not got a seat'

It certainly wasn’t ram-packed. Boarding Wednesday morning’s 11am train to Newcastle from Kings Cross, the same journey undertaken by Jeremy Corbyn on 11 August, anybody could have had their pick of seats. Asking passengers on the train what they felt about Jeremy Corbyn and Traingate, Dave, a Labour supporter, said he had “strong views” and described the floor-sitting video statement ...

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A Daley reminder of decathlete Thompson’s great achievement | Letters

While the Cabinet Office and various committees are considering the “special circumstances” applying to honours for the victorious and deserving athletes returning from Rio (PM hints at bumper Olympics honours list, 23 August), perhaps they could spend a minute or two contemplating awarding a knighthood to Britain’s greatest ever all-round athlete, Daley Thompson, who won the decathlon in 1980 and 1984 ...

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Italy’s deadly earthquake is the latest in a history of destruction

A man reacts to his damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 2016 (AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte) The Appenines region of central Italy has been struck by a deadly earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.2. The quake, which had an epicentre roughly 10km southeast of Norcia, Italy, occurred just over seven years after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake ...

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Police Surround Woman at French Beach, Force Her to Remove Her 'Burkini'

Photo Credit: Screen capture / YouTube Tuesday in Nice, France, four male police officers clothed in bulletproof vests were photographed surrounding a woman on the beach as they forced her to remove items of clothing. Unfortunately you didn’t just misread that sentence. Technically the woman, who was wearing a beach-appropriate hijab that covers the body and head and is known ...

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'Mr Brexit' meets Mr Brexit: Nigel Farage to stump with Trump

Anti-EU British politician and former Ukip leader Nigel Farage is scheduled to appear with Donald Trump at a rally on Wednesday, a week after the US presidential candidate branded himself “Mr Brexit” and tapped one of the leading American supporters of Brexit to run his campaign. Farage will appear with Trump at an evening rally in Jackson, Mississippi, to tell ...

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Turkey Crosses into Syria: Unipolar Conspiracy or Multipolar Coordination?

This is the precisely the case with the news that Turkish forces have crossed into Syria, with the most common knee-jerk reaction being that President Putin was manipulated by Erdogan as part of some large-scale Machiavellian plot, though of course, without making any mention that this charge could more rightly be directed against the Ayatollah. Anyhow, the prevailing narrative among multipolar supporters ...

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Political trainwrecks: from Corbyn v Virgin to Cameron’s pasty sham

Train travel can be fraught with hazards for a politician, with no chance of a quiet table seat in first class in order to read briefing papers, for fear of photos with your free tea and shortbread being plastered on social media. Economy class travel means “man of the people” credentials, but it can also mean a “ram-packed” carriage. Or ...

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Owen Smith may not beat Jeremy Corbyn, but he passed the Today test | Michael White

Listening to the radio this morning I had an experience I realised I’d almost forgotten. It was the sound of a Labour politician being combatively quizzed on Radio 4 by Today’s John Humphrys in the key 8.10 spot and giving confident, articulate answers in return. When did I last hear that, I wondered? What follows here isn’t a party political ...

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Colbert Nails Trump Lapdog Rudy Giuliani for His Bogus Conspiracy Theory Peddling

Photo Credit: The Late Show/YouTube Stephen Colbert really hopes the presidential candidates are “feeling okay.” After all, the job they’re gunning for is pretty tough. But despite both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being on the older side, Trump has been perpetuating the right-wing myth that “Hillary Clinton is too ill, too frail to be commander in chief,” Colbert said ...

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Colonial nostalgia is back in fashion, blinding us to the horrors of empire | Kehinde Andrews

Team GB’s historic success at the Rio Olympics has led to the mandatory swell of national pride. Britain is now a “sporting superpower”, according to officials. As inevitable as the outpouring of national pride was the darker side of British imperial pomp being unearthed. Conservative MP Heather Wheeler captured this mood perfectly when she tweeted “Empire Goes for Gold”, based ...

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Corbyn clashes with journalist over train row questions – video

Jeremy Corbyn objected to a reporter repeatedly asking questions about the Virgin Trains controversy at a press conference where he was expecting questions on the NHS. The Labour leader had initially refused to answer questions from Sky News’s Darren McCaffrey Source link

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Angry Jeremy Corbyn reminds Branson of rail nationalisation plans

Jeremy Corbyn has reacted angrily after being repeatedly asked about his public row with Virgin Trains over his account of sitting on the floor of a “ram-packed” service – and reminded the company’s boss, Richard Branson, of his policy to renationalise the railways. Corbyn faced numerous questions about the controversy at an event to launch Labour’s health policies in London ...

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Pentagon Threatens to Down Russian and Syrian Planes

Syrian land and airspace are sovereign state territory. No foreign power may deny its military or other aircraft from operating anywhere within its borders – or Russian planes and ground personnel invited by its government. America and its rogue partners operate illegally in Syria. On the phony pretext of combating ISIS, they’re waging war on its government, terror-bombing selected targets, ...

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Seth Meyers mocks dismal Trump camp: The 12-year-old is the only one ‘who’s got his sh*t together’

While Donald Trump’s campaign for president is fueling conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health, Seth Meyers notes that a CBS focus group of Trump supporters talked about Trump’s erratic behavior and proclivity for not thinking before he speaks. “But there was a slight glimmer of hope in that focus group. Participants were asked to give one word or phrase to ...

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From Booster to Adviser: Sean Hannity Has Erased His Final, Albeit Microscopic, Sliver of Impartiality

Fox News host Sean Hannity.Photo Credit: Fox News Today in Austin, Texas, Republican presidential nominee – it still feels weird to type this – Donald Trump will tape a two-hour interview with his trained news poodle Sean Hannity. The event will likely entail 120 minutes of the Fox News host offering the sentient tangelo peel open-ended softball questions from which Trump can ...

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Behind Traingate: retracing Corbyn's trip to see reality of UK rail travel – live

11.47am BST11:47 As traingate rumbles on, here is what some members of the public are thinking: — Jem Bendell (@jembendell) August 23, 2016 Dear @richardbranson, I’ve often stood on @VirginTrains. Didn’t realise u were watching. Now I know u care, how about a refund? #traingate — Jeremy Swift (@jezpswift) August 24, 2016 Isn’t the key issue with #traingate that Corbyn’s ...

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Owen Smith: Labour should continue to fight Brexit

The Labour party should continue to campaign against Britain’s exit from the European Union and a public vote should be held on the terms of any replacement trade deal before article 50 is invoked, Owen Smith has said. Smith, who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the party, said a new referendum or a general election should be ...

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Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for the NHS will rescue it from Tory dismantling | Diane Abbott

For patients and staff, the crisis in the NHS is becoming more apparent with each passing day. Waiting times for cancer treatment, ambulances, GPs, A&E admissions and for almost all elective surgeries are lengthening, and targets are receding into the distance. The Tories have provoked the first ever all-out strike by junior doctors. Many hospital trusts are racking up debt. ...

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Cher slams Trump’s ‘disingenuous’ promises to gay fans: ‘My people will not believe him’

Singer and actress Cher ripped into Donald Trump on Tuesday for what she described as his insincere attempts to woo LGBTQ voters. “He’s the most disingenuous man I’ve ever seen,” she told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell in a phone interview. “I want to tell you: my … Continue reading

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How a Proposed $10 Billion Dairy Industry Merger Will Impact Your Glass of Milk

Smiling woman looking at a milk bottle in supermarketPhoto Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock The French dairy giant, Groupe Danone (Dannon in the U.S.) has announced the proposed acquisition of WhiteWave Foods for approximately $10 billion. The deal would combine the world’s largest organic yogurt brand, Stonyfield, with Wallaby, a rapidly growing yogurt label, and the nation’s largest brand of organic milk, Horizon. ...

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Smith and Corbyn pledge to hand power back to party members

Owen Smith has pledged that Labour policies will be bound by party conference decisions both in opposition and in government, as members began to receive their leadership ballots. This followed Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement on Sunday of a raft of proposals for party democracy. Smith said he understood the exclusion members felt during the years of Labour government when the party’s ...

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UK bill of rights will not be scrapped, says Liz Truss

A British bill of rights will go ahead as promised, the justice secretary, Liz Truss, has said, though she refused to give a timeframe for any detailed proposals. There has been repeated speculation that the legislation, which was a 2015 Conservative manifesto promise and set to replace the Human Rights Act introduced by the last Labour government, could be ditched ...

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The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

The following  text is a point by point thematic summary of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky‘s presentation at the the University of the Philippines Cebu Conference on ASEAN and the World, Introduction It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving ...

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While Labour complains, the Tories simply govern | Rafael Behr

Politics chases sporting achievement like a breathless autograph hunter. In the past fortnight, I have seen Team GB’s Olympic success deployed to buttress the case for central planning, public spending, market capitalism, Scotland staying in the union, European solidarity, Brexit, Yorkshirian exceptionalism, John Major, open borders, comprehensive education and, in one self-parodying Twitter excursion by a Tory MP, empire. It ...

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Biracial Kansas family hit with racist letter: ‘This neighborhood does not need any blacks’

Authorities in Wichita, Kansas are searching for the person who allegedly anonymously harassed a biracial family living in their neighborhood, KSN-TV reported. “These are kids under the age of 10 where me and their parents are trying to raise them, you have to love everybody, be friends with e… Continue reading

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Former Fox Host Says Ailes and Bill O'Reilly Contributed to Network Being a 'Playboy Mansion-Like Cult'

Photo Credit: via YouTube As women continue to step forward with charges of sexual harassment against former Fox News head Roger Ailes, former network host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against top executives from the network. In her complaint, Tantaros alleges that Fox higher-ups punished her for complaints about Ailes’ behavior by demoting, and then ...

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Michael Grade defends expanded BBC role for former Labour minister

Michael Grade, the former BBC chairman and Tory peer, has defended the corporation’s expanded role for James Purnell, the former Labour cabinet minister who is tipped to be appointed the next radio chief. Purnell, the BBC’s director of strategy, who recently had education and children’s programming added to his brief, is seen as favourite to take over from Helen Boaden, ...

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Immigration and the Latino vote – Politics for humans podcast

On this episode of Politics for humans, host Sabrina Siddiqui focuses on the huge role immigration has played in this election. She is joined by the Republican National Committee’s Helen Aguirre Ferré, who is the director of Hispanic outreach. “I don’t agree with [Donald Trump’s] characterization of Mexican immigrants, by any stretch of the imagination,” says Aguirre Ferré. However, she ...

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A billionaire Trump backer is funding a massive urine stockpile — here’s why

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign isn’t the only massive piece of human waste that billionaire Republican sugar daddy Robert Mercer is investing in right now. The Intercept directs our attention to a Bloomberg report from earlier this year that reveals Robert Mercer — a hedge fu… Continue reading

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UK economic indicators defy Brexit fears

Britain appears to be bouncing back from the post-Brexit panic in better shape than expected, after a string of indicators showed growth across the manufacturing sector, the building industry and in consumer spending. A survey of manufacturers reported a rise in exports to their highest level in two years. Persimmon, Britain’s biggest housebuilder, said customers were flocking back to view ...

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What Being a Feminist Actually Means, According to the Woman Who Inspired Beyoncé to Become One

Photo Credit: Chris Boland / www.chrisboland.com This article was originally published at Revelist. Feminism is having a moment: Everyone from Barack Obama to Ivanka Trump is hopping on the bandwagon. While the rising profile of women’s rights is great, it gets hard to separate the heart-felt feminists from the trendy ones. For a decisive definition of the buzzword, Revelist turned to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the award-winning ...

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Jeremy Hunt weekend NHS death claims unhelpful, say civil servants

Jeremy Hunt’s own civil servants believe that his claims about thousands of patients dying because of poor weekend hospital care have undermined the drive to create a “truly seven-day NHS”, according to leaked documents from the Department of Health. A briefing paper produced last month by his department’s team looking at a seven-day service and obtained by the Guardian and ...

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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta casts serious doubts on Trump doctor’s ‘absurd boasts about his health

CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta admitted on Tuesday he didn’t know what to make of a letter Donald Trump’s physician released last year expounding the Republican presidential candidate’s health in bombastic terms. “Whether you’re a doctor or not, that degree of h… Continue reading

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Declassified papers reveal real reason for Thatcher's dash to Riyadh

Margaret Thatcher dashed to Riyadh in order to “smoke out the Saudis” and persuade the country’s ruler, King Fahd, to spend billions on British Hawk and Tornado fighter jets, newly declassified Foreign Office papers show. A series of secret memos show the lengths to which Downing Street went to hide the real reason for Mrs Thatcher’s hastily arranged evening stop-off ...

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KFC Made Sunscreen That Smells Like Fried Chicken

How many times have you wished for a sunscreen that makes you smell like fried chicken? If the answer is “Never,” you are not alone. Nonetheless, fast-food chicken chain KFC has come up with a sunscreen that brings to mind the odor of fried chicken (depending on who you ask, since the AP reports several of its reporters who gave ...

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Jeremy Corbyn promises to 'renationalise' NHS

Jeremy Corbyn will pledge to “renationalise” the NHS on Wednesday as he sets out some of the policies he hopes to use to reunite the Labour party if he succeeds in seeing off a leadership challenge from Owen Smith. At an event in London with his shadow health secretary and close ally Diane Abbott, Corbyn will make a series of ...

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London housing: TfL land set for affordable homes as Sadiq Khan picks expert team

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced two forward steps on his long and testing quest to improve the supply of new homes for low and middle income households. One is the release for development of a piece of Transport for London (TfL) land in Kidbrooke. The other is the start of assembling his expert Homes for Londoners unit at City ...

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Selected Articles: Provoking Nuclear War by Media

Selected Articles: Provoking Nuclear War by Media Provoking Nuclear War by Media By John Pilger, August 23 2016 The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it. The Guardian allowed a brief commentary. Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about ...

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Jeremy Corbyn takes a seat on 'ram-packed' Virgin train – video

Virgin Trains has released CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn taking a seat on a train on 11 August on the London-to-Newcastle service, to dispute his claims there was nowhere to sit. Last week, Corbyn was filmed sitting on the floor of the three-hour train journey calling for the nationalisation of the railways Virgin Trains disputes Jeremy Corbyn claim over lack ...

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'There Was a Market for White Resentment': Tim Wise on Trump, David Duke and the Bigotry That's Risen From the Shadows

Photo Credit: James coreas CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons The ascendance of Donald Trump over the Republican Party has been met with many questions about racial progress and social justice in the United States. Is Donald Trump’s rise to power fueled primary by “white economic anxiety?” Alternatively, is it a function of white racism and nativism? What of his ...

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The Guardian view on the seven-day NHS: the figures don’t add up | Editorial

At first reading, the words in the health department’s private internal briefing can seem measured and unsensational: “The current financial context means we need to demonstrate that 7DS [seven-day services in the NHS] is achievable and realistic.” Who could disagree with that? Lift the stone and peer beneath, however, and the Whitehall calm soon crumbles as the full implications sink ...

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Soldier killed during live shooting exercise in Northumberland

A soldier has been shot dead during a live firing exercise at a military training area in Northumberland, police have said. Officers were called to the Otterburn army training estate at 11.15pm on Monday. A male soldier had received a serious head wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A cordon remained in place on Tuesday and ...

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