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  • 10/24/17--18:05: Robert Guillaume dead at 89

    Actor Robert Guillaume, best known for his title role in the TV series "Benson," died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 89.

    His wife Donna Guillaume told CNN he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.

    "He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep," Guillaume said.

    She added that her husband really loved making music, entertaining and making people laugh. He treasured his role as Rafiki in Disney's 1994 animated film "The Lion King," she said.

    Robert Guillaume (L) in 'Benson.'

    Guillaume starred as the level-headed butler Benson DuBois on the sitcom "Benson" from 1979 - 1986. He won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy for his performance in the role in 1985. Dozens of TV roles followed, including turns on "A Different World" and "Sports Night."

    Guillaume is survived by four children, all of whom had spent time visiting with their father in his final weeks, Donna Guillaume said.

    "He was a good father and a good husband. He was a great, great person," she said.

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    ....... Continuing our information enriched pilgrimage to the Ganjaland..

    My Everclear Extraction Hash Recipe


    You'll Need:

    Everclear [a good substitute for this is 99% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.. but it won't taste as good for reasons i'm still unclear on..]
    2 Mason Jars w/ Lids
    1 Metal Mesh Coffee Filter [Cone Shaped]
    1 Spoon
    1 Pyrex Dish/Plate
    3 Or More Grams Of Stem/Seed Free Shake

    The THC molecule consists of over 300 smaller building blocks that fall into a number of groups.. The most interesting of these are cannabinoids & what are known as CBD's. The cannabinoids possess psychoactive properties while the CBD's possess the therapeutically beneficial aspects. & Somewhere in the mists of these divine gifts lurk shadowy agents that act as inhibitors to keep you from experiencing the total effects of that particular strain. The following process is one of a handful of ways to extract & isolate the psychoactive effects from the restraints of inhibition.. In layman's terms, if you take your time & do this right, it's gonna fuck your silly ass up..

    Step 1: 1st, clean every stem, seed & superfluous particle of debris from the shake you plan on using.. Remember that [much like life] you get out of it what you put in.. Next... Freeze your everclear, weed shake & mason jars for 4 hours before you begin because cold is the key to separating the tricombs [thc resin glands] from the plant matter. When you're ready to begin, take your everclear, weed shake, & 1 mason jar out of the freezer & set a timer for 4 minutes & 45 seconds.. Pour the shake into your mason jar, add just enough everclear to cover top of the shake, & then screw the lid back on tightly. Press start on your count down timer & begin to swirl the mixture in a washing machine style, as opposed to shaking the jar randomly, until the time is up.

    Step 2: Grab the 2nd mason jar from the freezer, open it, & set the coffee filter within the mouth of the jar. Then, with one hand holding the filter in place & the other gripping the jar containing the weed/everclear mixture, carefully pour the contents slowly so that all land within the mesh filter. Sitting the 1st jar to the side & grabbing your spoon, you want to quickly strain the excess liquid from the soggy shake. If you watch closely, you'll notice a greenish color in the last of the liquid that you've strained. That is gonna be the chlorophyll which has been dissolved by the water in the alcohol.. This reaction takes place after 5 minutes of plant matter/alcohol contact. We want as little chlorophyll in our hash as possible so stop straining immediately when you detect it. Close your 2nd mason jar's lid tightly & place it back into the freezer for 20 minutes.


    Step 3: Take the 2nd jar from the freezer & swirl it's contents around to loosen the tricomb mud from the bottom of the jar & pour it into the pyrex dish. Let it dry in a lint/dust free area until all liquid is gone & the dish's remaining contents have air dried for 2 hours.. When this method has been mastered, your hash should come out perfectly golden.


    Step 4: Heat enough water to fill the bottom of a shallow pan a few centimeters & then sit the dish containing the hash in the water. After about 30 seconds, the hash should easily scrape up with a razor blade & can be smoked in a joint or pressed into a solid piece to be later sliced off in chunks for smoking through bongs or pipes..

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  • 01/20/14--15:15: The Random Facts Thread
  • Im just going to put all the facts i find on the internet into one thread, kinda like chitlin and his news thread.

    I just got these off the internet, i dont know if they are true or not. Google it if your so curious.

    Ill post infographics and cool educational type gifs in here as well.

    Feel free to post some too if you come across any.

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  • 10/28/17--06:21: I Was A Racist Cop
  • "I was a racist cop.

    Years ago, I was helping a supervisor at a single-car crash. A black man collided head-on into a concrete divider, and died at the scene. I was detouring the ensnarled traffic when my corporal, who had been alongside the victim, shared an update.

    “When I got here he was alive, but fading. His eyes were opening and closing real slow and I could feel his pulse slowing down.” He paused, and with the smoothness of a perfectly timed punch line, the corporal said “So, I whispered in his ear, ‘Today is the day you die, nigger.’”

    I stood horrified.

    Then, I did nothing.

    Silence is the culture of many police departments. In my second year as a cop ― a career that would span more than a decade across three states ― I was taught the ramifications of speaking out. After a sergeant stole from an impounded car, another whistleblower and I reported him up the chain of command. Within days, I was fired. It was just before Christmas; young, a child on the way, and now my fledgling career tarnished. I received the message loud and clear: Do not kneel."
    "Suspicious Behavior

    With crime trends near record lows, the expense of policing must be justified. Rather than focus on building relationships with communities, officers rely on “proactive policing”: tactics to escape scorn from the administration over low arrest numbers. “Mechanics fix cars, pilots fly planes, cops lock up bad guys,” an old captain used to lecture. This leads to enforcement for the sake of a spreadsheet. The easiest way to add digits is to go to poor neighborhoods and profile ― typically ― young African American and Latino men. Stop, frisk, question, and search, simply because they looked “suspicious.”

    “He didn’t look at me.” Suspicious. “He kept looking at me.” Suspicious. “He was running.” Suspicious. “He was walking too slowly or biking too fast.” Suspicious. “It’s too early or too late; they have no business outside at this time of night; at this time of day.” Suspicious. “They are in the wrong neighborhood, wrong side of the neighborhood, or hanging out too much in their own neighborhood.” Suspicious.

    Rarely, I found a gun or wanted felon. Never did these intrusive fishing expeditions result in the capture of a murderer or rapist. Never. But the arrests satisfied the front office and gave me the affirmation I needed to justify my role.

    A Common Thread of “Bad Guys”

    During my career, I attended four training academies and a slew of advanced classes. The common thread in all this training was an overemphasis on tactical situations, ultimately teaching us to be afraid—especially of black and brown people. Cadets were barraged with graphic imagery and war stories of violence by African Americans or Latinos until eventually, in our minds, “black guys” became synonymous with “bad guys.”

    Daily, I arrested mostly poor, young people of color on petty charges. The discrimination was insidious. I pointed sanctimoniously to the prison cages and said, “See? It’s a breakdown of morality in their community.” This absolved me of my personal responsibility to protest when I saw wrongdoing, leaning instead on simplistic moral judgments like “If you don’t like it, don’t get arrested.”

    During my first visit to one county jail, one of the imprisoned aptly announced: “Welcome to Amistad!” It didn’t look all that different. I routinely saw cages packed with mostly African American and Latino men 30 or 40 deep in spaces intended for 10 or 15. I saw people fed rotten food and endure unbearable jail conditions.

    I knew this was wrong, but dehumanization had set in. Gathered outside one police station with a dozen or so officers, another cop called out, “Hey Shrewsberry, you know why southerners hate Yankees? Because y’all think niggers are people too.” Laughter erupted.

    What did I do?

    I laughed along.

    Then, nothing."

    The rest of the article here:

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    Apple has reportedly fired one of its engineers after his daughter leaked details about the upcoming iPhone X on her YouTube channel.

    On Wednesday Brooke Amelia Peterson posted footage of the 10th anniversary iPhone, which she claimed to have picked up when visiting her dad at Apple's California HQ.

    But in a new video posted on Saturday, Peterson said that her 'honest, wonderful' dad had lost his job as a result of her video, and begged users not to target him.

    'You know what guys? Hate on me all you want, but please don't hate on my father, because he's the best person,' she said, welling up.


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    Staff at a Minnesota business were allegedly paid in methamphetamine, instead of money, for their bonuses.

    Police claim employees of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato each received half a gram of the illegal drug during a meeting on Tuesday night, reports local station KMSP-TV.

    It could be worth anything between $40 and $200 — depending on its purity, according to various anti-meth websites.

    The “bonuses” were allegedly doled out by Nancy Loehlein, 39, while her 40-year-old boyfriend Jesse Seifert — who owns the business — was present, according to a Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force statement.

    Agents were tipped off about the alleged unlawful reward system by one of the company’s other six employees. The agents, who’d been monitoring the business for several months, conducted a raid shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.

    During execution of the warrant agents located used syringes which field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine,” according to the statement. “A digital scale containing methamphetamine residue was also located.”

    Seifert had been arrested before the raid on a separate gross misdemeanor driving charge, reports The Smoking Gun. He was taken to Blue Earth County Jail, where he remains in custody.

    Agents said more charges are pending, but would not release further information.

    Task force Cmdr. Jeff Wersal told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Loehlein had not yet been arrested because “we don’t have enough evidence to charge her yet.”

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    When A. Scott Bolden appeared on Fox News to defend National Football League players who protest racism by kneeling during the national anthem, he instead found himself under attack.

    “You’re wearing thousand-dollar cuff links; don’t give me the victim card!” host Tucker Carlson told Bolden, who is black and a partner in an international law firm. “Those cuff links cost more than my first car!”

    After the September appearance, Bolden said racist messages flooded his voice mail and email.

    “ ‘You n-word, S.O.B.,’ ” Bolden recounted from one voice mail, censoring the caller’s language. “ ‘You’re making millions as a lawyer while I’m making $10 an hour, and you have the audacity to complain about racism in this country.’ ”

    President Trump has said his fight with NFL players is about respecting the flag and honoring veterans — not race. But the president and some conservative commentators have made wealth a part of the debate, inflaming racial resentment among Trump’s white working-class supporters who express no tolerance for black athletes raising concerns about institutional racism while making millions of dollars a year.

    Players should be “respectful of the national anthem and flag on behalf of the many Americans who have died defending your right to become a millionaire,” said Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and Trump supporter, during an appearance on Fox & Friends last month.

    Joe Walsh, a former GOP congressman and a syndicated radio talk show host who supports Trump, blasted legendary musician Stevie Wonder for kneeling during the anthem at a September concert.

    “Another ungrateful black multi millionaire,” he tweeted.

    Tensions over the protests flared anew Friday after an ESPN reported that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, who donated $1 million to Trump’s presidential inauguration, said, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” McNair apologized, but most Texans players knelt during the national anthem before their Sunday game against the Seattle Seahawks.

    [‘We can’t have the inmates running the prison’: Anti-protest NFL owners are fighting a losing battle]

    The argument that professional athletes or high-end lawyers like Bolden are ingrates suggests that they didn’t work for their wealth and reflects a sentiment that people of color receive preferential treatment over whites, said Khalil Muhammad, a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

    A poll conducted earlier this year by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found 28 percent of the general public believes whites losing out because of preferences for blacks and Hispanics is a bigger national problem than the reverse. That rose to 46 percent among those who strongly approve of Trump’s performance.

    “The resistance to black advancement is an old problem and repeated pattern in the country, and what whites are reasserting is the privilege of their identity, which translates for many of them into various forms of patriotism and white nationalism,” said Muhammad. “The symbolism of black athletes, a representation of black success, kneeling threatens to take that from them.”

    Trump’s attack on the NFL players is a reflection of that belief, some observers say. He first targeted the athletes in late September, when he said during a Birmingham rally, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ”

    The next day, Trump tweeted that if “a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues” they should be made to stand for the national anthem.

    The White House declined to comment for this story.

    Gingrich continued the theme on Fox News, saying “If you’re a multimillionaire who feels oppressed, you need a therapist, not a publicity stunt.”

    But a recent study found that higher-income African Americans report more personal experience with racism. Among African Americans earning more than $75,000 a year, 65 percent said they had experienced some form of racial discrimination, including racist slurs, negative assumptions and people acting afraid of them. Among black people earning less than $25,000 a year, 40 percent reported such discrimination. The survey, which NPR conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that 92 percent of all African Americans say black people are discriminated against, while 55 percent of white Americans say white people are discriminated against.

    [The NFL player protests, broken down by team and week]

    Trump has struggled to connect with black Americans. He received 8 percent of the black vote in the November general election — the same proportion of blacks who approved of his performance in a Gallup poll this month.

    Since taking office, he has engaged in public feuds with African Americans such as Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon who Trump said was “all talk” and “no action.” He withdrew a White House invitation for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors after star player Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to make the customary congratulatory visit. The president and his press secretary also said ESPN host Jemele Hill should be fired after she said in a tweet Trump was a “white supremacist.”

    And this month, Trump has drawn criticism for a feud with two black women — Myeshia Johnson, wife of an Army sergeant killed during an ambush in Niger, and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), a friend of the family who said the president’s condolence call to the widow was disrespectful and upsetting.

    Chuck Creekmur, founder of entertainment news site, said it was “absurd” for wealthy men such as Trump and Gingrich to purport to speak for the plight of working-class whites, then argue wealthy black men have no credibility to speak about social injustices in black communities.

    “There is no separation between a Stevie Wonder and a Tamir Rice,” Creekmur said, referring to the 12-year-old black boy who was playing with a toy gun when he was shot to death by a Cleveland police officer in 2014. The officer shot the child within seconds of encountering him.

    “If you don’t feel any pain or anguish about that scenario, I question your humanity. And that’s why people are taking a knee,” Creekmur said.

    Leah Wright-Rigeur, a professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, also noted the irony in Trump and his supporters criticizing the athletes for making political statements.

    “People don’t necessarily pay attention to the fact that they say in one breath, ‘I don’t want to hear what sports people have to say about politics,’ but then they will listen to a reality TV star or a rock-and-roll star like Ted Nugent rail against whatever is the political hot topic of the moment,” she said. “It’s about who is allowed to complain, whose voices are allowed to be heard and who is allowed to discuss America and its institutions.”

    the rest at

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    Reports: Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Federal Russia Probe

    Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.

    The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.

    Reuters confirmed, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that Mueller convened a grand jury.

    The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

    Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in connection with a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer.

    Trump Jr. attended the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. It was not clear whether those subpoenas were issued by the grand jury Mueller impaneled.

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    If U ever played sports, U know stretching as much as possible & breaking a sweat before playing, Helps Get the adrenaline

    pumping .. Well this year Nike introduced A hoodie attached to this years warmups to help w/That..Guess where
    this cat took It

    Starts @ 50 second mark

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  • 07/22/14--16:11: The General Business Thread
  • Alright yall this is a spinoff from the Tax Implications thread that was started by @JonnyRoccIT‌ . I made this thread to help out anybody who has general questions about getting started or going forward, legal matters in business, financing/banks/credit, how to find information, building websites, structure, taxation, business plans/proposals, investing, motivation - anything that has to do with running a business please ask the question here and me or @pralims will answer you promptly.

    Anything that has to do with even supplying apps or anything for that matter that can help someone, anybody, somewhere do something easier or better will be greatly appreciated.

    To kick things off I have put the topics in spoilers to make the O/P organized and easier to browse for mobile users.

    Business Entity/Legal Structures

    Sole Proprietorship

    The simplest structure is the sole proprietorship, which usually involves just one individual who owns and operates the enterprise. If you intend to work alone, this structure may be the way to go. The tax aspects of a sole proprietorship are appealing because the expenses and your income from the business are included on your personal income tax return, Form 1040. Your profits and losses are recorded on a form called Schedule C, which is filed with your 1040. The "bottom-line amount" from Schedule C is then transferred to your personal tax return. This is especially attractive because business losses you suffer may offset the income you have earned from your other sources.

    As a sole proprietor, you must also file a Schedule SE with Form 1040. You use Schedule SE to calculate how much self-employment tax you owe. In addition to paying annual self-employment taxes, you must make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in federal taxes for the year after deducting your withholding and credits, and your withholding will be less than the smaller of:

    1) 90 percent of the tax to be shown on your current year tax return or

    2) 100 percent of your previous year's tax liability.

    The federal government permits you to pay estimated taxes in four equal amounts throughout the year on the 15th of April, June, September and January. With a sole proprietorship, your business earnings are taxed only once, unlike other business structures. Another big plus is that you will have complete control over your business--you make all the decisions. There are a few disadvantages to consider, however. Selecting the sole proprietorship business structure means you are personally responsible for your company's liabilities. As a result, you are placing your assets at risk, and they could be seized to satisfy a business debt or a legal claim filed against you.Raising money for a sole proprietorship can also be difficult. Banks and other financing sources may be reluctant to make business loans to sole proprietorships. In most cases, you will have to depend on your financing sources, such as savings,
    home equity or family loans.


    If your business will be owned and operated by several individuals, you'll want to take a look at structuring your business as a partnership. Partnerships come in two varieties: general partnerships and limited partnerships. In a general partnership, the partners manage the company and assume responsibility for the partnership's debts and other obligations. A limited partnership has both general and limited partners. The general partners own and operate the business and assume liability for the partnership, while the limited partners serve as investors only; they have no control over the company and are not subject to the same liabilities as the general partners.

    Unless you expect to have many passive investors, limited partnerships are generally not the best choice for a new business because of all the required filings and administrative complexities. If you have two or more partners who want to be actively involved, a general partnership would be much easier to form.

    One of the major advantages of a partnership is the tax treatment it enjoys. A partnership does not pay tax on its income but "passes through" any profits or losses to the individual partners. At tax time, the partnership must file a tax return (Form 1065) that reports its income and loss to the IRS. In addition, each partner reports his or her share of income and loss on Schedule K-1 of Form 1065.

    Personal liability is a major concern if you use a general partnership to structure your business. Like sole proprietors, general partners are personally liable for the partnership's obligations and debts. Each general partner can act on behalf of the partnership, take out loans and make decisions that will affect and be binding on all the partners (if the partnership agreement permits). Keep in mind that partnerships are also more expensive to establish than sole proprietorships because they require more legal and accounting services.

    The other portion is in the next post

    As for what state is best to incorporate in, it really depends on what type of business you're trying to build. Please PM me and I may be able to assist you.


    For motivation give these books a read:

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki


    Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill


    @black caesar

    Feel free to post if yall can contribute, anything is plenty.

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  • 10/30/17--15:35: Nikki Minaj niece testifies

    Nicki Minaj’s brother’s former stepdaughter testified in chilling detail Monday how he repeatedly raped her in their Long Island home beginning when she was just 11 years old.

    She also unloaded the grief she’d carried since her younger brother walked in on one of the attacks.

    Jelani Maraj, 38 — who allegedly threatened to have the girl taken away from her mother if she did not comply with his sick plans — even instructed her on how to make anal sex less painful as he raped her, the victim, now 13, said in court.

    “He would call me his puppet and [say] I had no say in what he did to me,” the girl said, wearing glasses and with hair pulled back in a ponytail on the stand.

    The abuse began in April 2015, when she was just 11 and living with her mother and step-dad Maraj on Long Island, the girl said. He started by rubbing his erection on her, but things escalated when the young girl innocently went to his room to greet him one morning that month, she said.

    “It was a Saturday morning,” she said. “I had went to him to go say ‘good morning.’ I had hugged him as usual. I went to go lie next to him as I usually do. When I did that, he told me to go close the door. He told me to take off my pants. Then he told me to come under the covers with him and he started caressing me.”

    Maraj then had sex with the preteen and ejaculated in her mouth, she said. He then allegedly began frequently raping the little girl after school.

    “We would have sex in his bedroom, in my bedroom, in the basement,” she said.

    Maraj tried to make her think the attacks were her fault, telling the young victim she was sending him signals, she told the court .

    “He had mentioned I was brushing myself on him and that I wanted it to happen,” she said.

    Maraj started sodomizing her over the summer, she said.

    “He used lubricant and told me to breathe properly and not to clench so it wouldn’t hurt so much,” she said. “It hurt. I told him to stop and tried to push him away.”

    She also detailed that she “was on my forearms on the bed and my pants were pulled down” the moment her then-8-year-old brother caught Maraj in the act — and how she had to tell the youngster not to talk for fear they’d be “sent away.”

    Maraj’s lawyer David Schwartz has claimed that the girl’s mother Jacqueline Robinson instructed her children to lie to extort $25 million from Minaj.

    Extortion how that muthafucka dont got $25 mil, he is a sick piece of shit and his sister is too for defending him

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    Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the dotard-in-chief does something else that leaves us all collectively facepalming and asking ourselves, what the fuck? This time, it is his comments to a grieving Army widow that have us shaking our head as a nation.

    U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson died in a deadly ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. It took the president nearly two weeks to reach out to Johnson’s widow, and when he finally did on Tuesday, Local 10 reports Trump told Myeshia Johnson, “He knew what he signed up for … but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

    Imagine being the president of the United States and not having the tact or sensitivity to properly address the pregnant widow of a soldier who died in service to the country you are currently running into the ground with your bullshit. For real, bruh?

    Trump called Mrs. Johnson at 4:45 p.m., shortly before her husband’s remains arrived at Miami International Airport.

    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami Gardens) witnessed Mrs. Johnson, who is the mother of a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, leaned over the American flag draping her husband’s casket and sobbed uncontrollably.

    Sgt. Johnson, 25, was a former Walmart employee who became a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He died during a mission fighting alongside Green Berets. His group was ambushed by 50 Islamic militants using rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. Five Nigerian soldiers also died in the ambush.

    Johnson’s body was not recovered for 48 hours after he died.

    The other three victims of the attack were Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Wash.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Ga., according to officials with the Department of Defense.

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    With its sanitary pads for the Indian market, startup company Saathi solves two problems at once. Just 16 percent of women in India use them due to poverty and other reasons, which causes health and social issues. At the same time, manufacturing them wastes millions of gallons of water, and two million tons of pads end up in landfills every year. To help with all that, Saathi's pads are affordable, made from discarded banana tree fibers, manufactured in a sustainable way and 100 percent biodegradable.

    Engadget met with Saathi co-founders Kristin Kagetsu and Tarun Bothra at the Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris. The company not only won €15,000 in the wellbeing cateogry of the Hello Tomorrow Global Startup Challenge, but also the €5,000 Impact prize and grand prize of €100,000 -- a sweep of all categories.

    We take sanitary napkin usage for granted in North America and Europe, but it's a huge issue in India and other developing nations. "In India, out of 100, only 16 women use sanitary pads," Bothra told Engadget. "It varies from region to region as to why. In some places it's not affordable and in others there are religious taboos. There is [also] a lack of education, so they stick to the old ways, which is tree bark or just normal cloth which causes UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other hygiene problems."

    To handle the economic issue, Saathi sells its pads in rural areas at cost and for profit in urban areas (it's distributed in biodegradable, organic plastic sacks in villages and in boxes in cities). At the same time, it is doing educational outreach. "With the 'One Million Pads' initiative, we're able to distribute pads to rural Jharkhand," Kagetsu said. "We're also doing an impact study to see what the difference is when they have pads, and particularly, biodegradable pads, because in rural areas there's no waste infrastructure to deal with disposal."

    The pads have a modern, comfortable design with wings to prevent leakage, and the banana fiber material is 50 percent more absorbent than chemical products used in regular sanitary pads, the creators say. The material is surprisingly soft to the touch and doesn't irritate skin.

    "The structure of banana fiber itself is good for absorbing water; it's better than cotton," said Bothra. "We don't use bleach, we don't use sodium acrylate or any other chemical. They're not skin friendly and can cause rashes and UTIs.

    Because they contain no plastic or other non-organic materials, the pads biodegrade into compost in just three months, or six months in a landfill. At the same time, they're more environmentally friendly than organic pads created from cotton farming, which consumes millions of gallons of water.

    During manufacturing, no bleach or other chemicals are used, and any water consumed is recycled for banana plantation irrigation. "We're using banana tree fiber, agro-waste, because the trees have to be cut down every harvest anyway," said Kagetsu. "Growing organic cotton is very expensive, and it uses six times more water."

    It was perhaps this mix of health, social and environmental benefits that inspired judges to award Hello Tomorrow's grand prize to Saathi. The conference is largely about science and technology startups, with keynote speeches from JPL/NASA, Adidas and other large organizations. It's ironic that the startup challenge was swept by a small, regional company that makes a decidedly low-tech product.



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    What's American, what being patriotic is, what being American and patriotic looks feels and sounds like, is being hijacked by folks who have their flag avatars and decals plastered everywhere, right next to their MAGA stickers and "don't tread on me" rattlesnake flags. Now the flags, decals, etc. are fine. It's these motherfuckers' attitudes that are full of shit; these types more often than not genuinely believe we don't even belong here in the first place, that we seriously contributed nothing in the way of this country's creation and success, that we should be grateful our ancestors were shipped over here so that we could have the privilege of living in the greatest country on Earth, and that we should just shut the fuck up about any issues we may have.

    They talk about not disrespecting those who fought for our freedoms and liberties without realizing blacks have fought and died in every war on this soil, wars before the U.S.A itself was even formed. These types completely gloss over this country's attempts to strip deprive prevent limit restrict suppress black Americans, including those of who still fucking served, of all the things the flag is supposed to represent. Then these types have the fucking gall to act like black Americans are anti-American, subversive troublemakers and unpatriotic traitors for calling out their country for not upholding the ideals it purports to possess.

    Don't let these jackasses hog the narrative on what being an American or a patriot is.

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    Last year, allegations that superstar football player Peyton Manning had sexually assaulted a female trainer in 1996 when he was at the University of Tennessee resurfaced when he was named as one of the athletes in a Title IX lawsuit claiming that the university was a “hostile sexual environment” for women.

    The trainer, Dr. Jamie Naughright, claimed that Manning had placed his naked genitals on her face. She settled a lawsuit with Manning in 1997 with the agreement that she would leave the school. She once again sued Manning in 2003 after he described her and the incident in an unflattering light in his autobiography.

    In an interview with Inside Edition that aired on Monday, Naughright went into detail about her interaction with Manning, stating that at the time she felt “repulsed” and “intimidated.”

    “I felt something on my face and Peyton had pulled his shorts down and sat his anus and his testicles on my face,” she explained. “So I pushed him up and out. He turned around, pulled his shorts back up.”

    Naughright also noted that “anger” and “violence” on Manning’s face during the alleged assault. “It was definitely a predator, intimidating, anger, violent eyes that he had,” she added.

    Mannings’s attorney provided Inside Edition with the following statement in response to the interview:

    Peyton Manning has been absolutely clear: Jamie Naughright’s accusations are false. When her claims were first investigated 21 years ago, she told a very different story. Her current account was invented several years later in connection with her first of several groundless litigations against Peyton. Most recently, she left Peyton’s mother a vulgar and extremely disturbing voicemail. Ms. Naughright should stop this abusive behavior.”

    Naughright explained that phone call by stating that she’s on Ambien and “somehow found that number and anger and Ambien is not a good combination.”

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    This article is a comprehensive run down on the creation and dissemination of the oft used phrase BLACK ON BLACK CRIME. Its a pretty long read, that draws everything together and puts it int historical/political/social context. i copy and pasted a few paragraphs so you can get the gist

    This argument is a lie decades in the making.

    Statistical data collected by the FBI in 2016 reported that 90.1 percent of black homicide victims were killed by black perpetrators. Similarly, 83.5 percent of white homicide victims were killed by other whites, a figure comparable to that for black victims. And yet the term “white-on-white crime” does not exist in American lexicon. According to Columbia University professor Carla Shedd, “All violence and crime is about proximity” to the point that the label “‘black-on-black crime’ is an unnecessary specification.” Furthermore, the extent to which black individuals are committing crime has been vastly exaggerated in the public imagination. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics maintains that less than one percent of all black Americans commit a violent crime in any given year, which, stated differently, means that 99 percent of black Americans do not commit crimes to contribute to the black-on-black crime categorization.

    Crime was on the upswing in the 1980s. Mainstream news sources like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post treated violent crimes in the city like spectacles, covering the goriest details with specificity and frequency that created a national panic over crime and the black Americans that seemed to be at the center of it. Thus, black-on-black crime emerged as a racialized means of understanding this wave of violence and its confluence with continued urban decline. Not only had they placed a major burden on the resources of struggling cities with their dependency, they were making those same cities hotbeds of violent crime. Both lent further credence to the idea that there was something wrong with black communities. According to conservative St. Louis planner Joe Plann, the city’s deterioration in the 1980s, not unlike that of many others, was due to the fact that “kids became more unstable and started this ‘black-on-black violence’ stuff”.

    Construction of the black-on-black crime myth began as federal housing programs stimulated homeownership for whites in suburbia and conspired with real estate developers to discourage such ownership for blacks. In 1950, the National Association of Real Estate Boards maintained that “a Realtor should never be instrumental in introducing into a neighborhood… any race, or nationality, or individuals whose presence will clearly be detrimental to property values.” Inspired by the efforts begun by the Federal Housing Administration, which created maps to indicate which areas were right (read: white) for investment for use by banks and private lenders, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation further entrenched discriminatory redlining as public policy, offering loans on a selective basis and insuring only those properties that agreed to restrictive covenants.

    Chicago provides a particularly insightful case study into the depths to which state-sanctioned discrimination confined black Americans to concentrated poverty. Thanks to the city’s enthusiasm for restrictive covenants, nearly half of all residential neighborhoods in Chicago were inaccessible to black families by the 1940s. After the power to enforce restrictive covenants was compromised, Chicago relied on public housing to keep black communities in check. Between 1950 and the mid-1960s almost all (98 percent) of the public housing complexes built in Chicago were constructed in black neighborhoods.

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    John Kelly Says ‘Lack Of An Ability To Compromise Led To The Civil War’

    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday said that the Civil War stemmed from a “lack of an ability to compromise,” ignoring that the two sides fought over whether slavery should be legal.

    Kelly made the comments in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, also telling the new Fox host that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man.”

    Ingraham asked Kelly about a church in Virginia that decided to remove plaques honoring George Washington and Robert E. Lee since the plaques “create a distraction in our worship space and may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church and an impediment to our growth and to full community with our neighbors.”

    Kelly said that Americans should not “take what is today accepted as right and wrong” and apply it to history.

    “It shows you how much of a lack of appreciation of history and what history is. I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state
    , which in 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first, back in those days, and now it’s different today,” Kelly told Ingraham.

    But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil war,” he added. “And men of women of good faith on both sides made their stand, where their conscience had them make their stand.”


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    With Donald Trump getting the Republiklan presidential nomination coupled with the Neo Gestopo pigs being able to kill black people with impunity, CACs have not only become more comfort with their racist views, they've once again have the confidence to practice racism and white supremacy without fear of reprisals. This confidence has manifested itself in being able to call black niggers freely and openly without free of punishment.

    What would you do if a CAC called you a nigger? Since I have impulse control disorder and since my mantra is to confront racism and white supremacy then brutally suppress it. Rex would proceed to beat the racist piece of shit like the Romans did Jesus during the Passion.
    Man Calls Guy a Nigger, Gets Beat Up
    Black Man Goes Off and Beats Up White Couple After He was Called a Nigger, 2016
    Racist White Girl Gets Beat Up
    Watch What Happened When a White Girl Accidentally Calls a Black Girl a Nigger

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