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he one good thing about being an addict is every day is an opportunity for change. Today could be the day for a journey of healing. Today could be the day for full recovery. Today could be the day towards freedom. The thing is it doesn’t happen in a day. It’s a process. Those who work in the addictions field call it “Harm reduction”; I call it tapering off. Once I accepted I was an addict and recognized it as a disease, I decided to find out anything to do with addictions. This was before the days of Google and the Internet. I went to the library and, along with my personal experience, I started to educate myself about my illness. Of course, I also consulted with trained professionals. I wanted to know why. What was it that made me follow a direction I swore I never would? When I was a boy my household was filled with alcohol. At the time my parents drank almost on a daily basis. I always found myself a safe spot to sleep because there were other people who came along with the drunken party. I learned at a young age not to trust anyone. From my safe spot

I could hear the music, the dancing and laughter. It was always the same pattern. At first everyone sounded like they were having fun but within a few hours it would sound like all hell was breaking loose. I could hear the screaming, Columnist glasses breaking and the swearing that came with the sound of a fight. The worst part was hearing my mother pleading. The next morning I would wake up and there would be people sleeping all over the floor. Empty bottles would be all over the place, which I collected for the bottle depot later. I would look around for something to eat and there would be nothing. My mom would wake up but she wouldn’t look at me because she didn’t want me to see the bruises on her face. It was then I decided when I grow up I was never going to drink alcohol.

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t seems that when the air cools down performer and artist. Her critically acclaimed outside, the arts events heat up inside. album, Separate Rooms, was released on April Autumn ushers in new theatre seasons, 6, with Exclaim! giving it a 9/10 review and new art exhibitions and new concert lineups. calling it “a powerful collection of reflective, In this column, I will give you a sneak peek genre-defying pop-folk balladry.” at some of September’s musical highlights – Bonnell’s early musical influences include there’s something here for every member of Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple, and her the family! third full-length album covers serious subject SEPT. 14 matter such as mental illness, early pregnancy GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS loss and the dissolution of love. The Toronto It may be difficult for fans of Great Lake musician wrote Separate Rooms – the album’s Swimmers to believe, but 2018 marks the title track – with Donovan Woods and joined the #YXEMusic 15th anniversary of the Canadian group. The production team of Chris Stringer and Joshua Juno-nominated, Polaris Prize shortlisted ToVan Tassel. Bonnell’s recent single, Your Voice, ronto band released a new album on Aug. 17 called The made it on the CBC Music Top 20, and she’s now on tour Waves, The Wake, which was recorded in a 145-year-old with Great Lake Swimmers. Check her out at The Broadchurch. A review on Exclaim.ca referred to the album as way Theatre on Sept. 14. “an inspired, richly textured set of songs.” SEPT. 14 “Say what you will about Great Lake Swimmers, but THE PROCLAIMERS the Canadian alt-folk outfit can’t be accused of stagnation It bet it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know or resting on former glories,” the review stated. “For their these iconic lyrics: “When I wake up, well I know I’m new LP, The Waves, The Wake, frontman Tony Dekker gonna be/I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to bucks against folk conventions by recruiting a vast array you.” Of course, it’s the first lines in the very catchy and of contributors to add marimba, flute, pipe organ, harp ever-popular song I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The and other eclectic instruments to broaden the Great Lake Proclaimers. Swimmers sound.” Comprised of Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid, If you want to hear tunes from the new album perThe Proclaimers are on a tour of the U.K. and Canada. formed live in our city, you’re in luck: the indie band will The tour comes after recording their 11th studio album, soon set out on a tour taking them throughout Canada, the Angry Cyclist, which was released on Aug. 10, and tourU.S. and Europe. The first stop is in Regina on Sept. 13, ing around the world with 150 shows in 2015 and 2016. where they will perform at The Exchange. The band then The new album is receiving rave reviews so far, with the heads to Saskatoon the following night – Sept. 14 – for a independent cultural journalism publication The Skinny show at 7:30 p.m. at The Broadway Theatre. Tickets are referring to The Proclaimers as “one of the most under$29 in advance or $34 at the door. For more information, rated bands of all time.” go to broadwaytheatre.ca. As Alan O’Hare wrote in his album review on The SEPT. 14 Skinny’s website: “Dyed-in-the-wool blue-eyed soul MEGAN BONNELL boys, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid write and sing Opening for Great Lake Swimmers is Megan Bonnell, songs like it’s the most important thing in the world. It’s a two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee who has certainly the most important thing in their world. . . . been attracting a lot of attention recently as a songwriter, Those who love them, really love them. The rest of you?

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(Continued from page 8) If you’re a Canadian parent with young children, odds are that you’ve watched Splash’N Boots perform through your television in all of their trademark yellow and blue glory. The award-winning duo has 11 albums, three DVDs and performances with The Wiggles and Fred Penner under their collective belt, and The Big Yellow Boot is now seen daily in 8.3 million homes on Treehouse, the much-loved Canadian preschool network. The most recent Splash’N Boots album is the Juno-nominated Love, Kisses and Hugs, a collection of love songs for children and their parents. They are going on tour in support of this new album, with a stop scheduled in Saskatoon on Sept. 24. The show at The Broadway Theatre starts at 6 p.m. Children 12 months and under are free and don’t need a ticket for entry. One of the great things about Splash’N Boots is their commitment to philanthropy, working with hospitals and foundations and with their own grassroots organization, Splash’N Boots 4 Kids. Their current tour was inspired by a boy named Nicholas who was bullied at school. When Nicholas met Splash’N Boots, the duo gave him a yellow and blue heart-shaped pillow to hug. For his birthday, Nicholas told his friends and family members to bring money instead of presents so he could buy other kids hug pillows, too – and he raised $200. Nicholas’ act of kindness inspired Splash’N Boots and, as a result, one child in every community where their tour stops will receive The Big Heart Award. It is things like this, as well as their high-energy performances, catchy lyrics and dedication to creating sustainable, long-term musical programming for Canadian kids, which make me a member of the Yellow’N Blue Crew – as the Splash’N Boots fan base is called. For tickets to the Saskatoon show, go online to broadwayJW090302 James theatre.ca.

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CBC journalist switches gears but continues to tell people’s stories

Shannon Boklaschuk Saskatoon Express ric Anderson may have left behind the deadline pressures of working in a busy newsroom, but he hasn’t stopped wanting to share stories about Saskatoon people. “There’s still an itch you have to scratch,” said Anderson, a former CBC Saskatchewan journalist. On Sept. 4, Anderson will launch a new podcast called YXE Underground, which will highlight some of the local people who make Saskatoon shine. Created, produced and hosted by Anderson — who now works in communications at Sherbrooke Community Centre — YXE Underground will showcase vibrant Saskatonians who may not always get the recognition they deserve but who are making a difference in the community. “The goal of this is to interview people that are flying under the radar here in Saskatoon but are still doing really amazing things in the city and in our communities,” he said. Because of the hectic pace of working in daily journalism, Anderson said he didn’t always have time to search out those types of individuals to interview. Now, however, he feels he has more free time to uncover those lessertold stories. “So you can spend some free time actually doing some digging and talking to people and talking to friends and realizing, ‘Yeah, there’s lots of people

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Kristen Hepfner takes her preserves from the trailer to the table at the market. Kristen’s company is Kristen’s Homemade Preserves. She shares space with her mother Donna Hepfner’s company, Donna’s Country Kitchen.

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High school friends form clothing company

Cam Hutchinson Saskatoon Express hat started as text messages between friends has turned into a Saskatoon clothing company. Grayson Isley sent the first text in the thread to his friend Emmanuel Yusuf in June. Isley wondered if Yusuf had any interest in starting a hoodie/clothing company. As a matter of fact, Yusuf said, the idea of going into business had crossed his mind. And that, in a nutshell, is how Bridge City Clothing Co. was founded. Isley and Yusuf are just beginning their senior year at Bethlehem High School. They met in Grade 9 through football and have been friends since. The two sat down and started making plans soon after those texts. “What should we call the company and what would we want to use for a logo? How can we finance it?” “We had some drafts (of logos),” Yusuf said. “Our first draft was YXE. We thought everything in Saskatoon is YXE already. We wanted something that represented Saskatoon. Saskatoon is known for its bridges so we thought Bridge City would be a cool name to go with.” The logo includes the Traffic Bridge. They thought it was important that Saskatoon be represented in the name, but could work in other markets. Bridge City Clothing has had sales in British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec and the United States. The printing is being done at Uno Printing Co. at 124 Second Ave. North. The store will also be carrying Bridge City Clothing. Uno co-owner Mac Maclean is impressed with Yusuf and Isley and the company they have formed. “It’s awesome. It reminds me exactly of when I was about their age,” Maclean said. “I started my own clothing line and that’s how I got into printing and opening this up. So I see a lot of myself in these kids.” Maclean, who has been in the print industry for seven years and opened Uno six months ago, said he doesn’t offer unsolicited advice to Isley and Yusuf. “We tend to stand back. If they want to ask us anything about business or for any tips, we will definitely support them the best that we can, but at the end of the day it’s their business, so we really don’t want to interfere with that. We let them learn and grow on their own.” Yusuf and Isley financed the company. “We invested in it, but we have made out way out of AS090311 Aaron

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Wanetta Gibson was a sophomore, when she met up with Brian Banks, a junior star linebacker, in a stairwell at Long Beach Polytechnic High. They stood in the stairwell making out, and then went their separate ways. That make out session led to an accusation of rape.

Watch the video to see Brian tell what happened to him after their make out session. Then you will see the undercover video of Wanetta, ten years later, saying a rape never occurred.



Wanetta Gibson reached out to Banks on Facebook, of all places, wanting to "let bygones be bygones".  He set up a meeting with her to be secretly recorded, confessing that a rape never happened.  She met him, but refused to go to court, and didn't even give him the courtesy of an apology.

We now know that Brian went to prison off of, what I consider, poor legal advice.  His attorney allegedly told him he would be perceived negatively because he was a big black guy, so he may as well plead no contest.  At 16, he asked if he could talk to his mother, and allegedly the attorney said no.  (I promise you, this scenario has played out in more court cases than you can imagine.)

If a child is facing prison time, or any punishment for that matter, you allow that child to talk to his parent. You do not throw a person to the wolves based off his appearance, when evidence supports his defense.

Yes, appearance does matter (people who decide your fate in court come in with their own perceptions...understand that), but it just influences your legal strategy. You may have to work harder to represent a person who "looks the part", but you do not just give up and send an innocent person to prison.

What happened with Wanetta?


Someone left a comment on the first post I did on this story, saying that Wanetta, now 24, is the mother of two children, a boy and a girl.  According to the LA Times, Wanetta was ordered to pay six hundred dollars or more for their support.

The comment poster also claimed that Wanetta is working on her masters degree.  I'm not sure how true any of this is, but according to the LA Times, the 750,000.00 settlementprobably will not be recouped.  Further, at some point, Wanetta received public assistance, so the money may be gone anyway.

Forgiveness


Can Wanetta be forgiven? Wanetta Gibson may not face any prosecution for her false allegation. A number of people are outraged by what she did, but remember she was fifteen (or maybe fourteen) years old, and there were adults in this situation who caused a lot of this damage.

Wanetta's parents, the prosecutor who brought the case with allegedly nothing more than he said/she said evidence, Brian Banks's former attorney, and the list goes on and on...are as responsible for this as Wanetta Gibson.

Do I believe she should face punishment? Honestly, yes.  You have to be accountable for your actions, but prosecuting people based on false rape allegations may do even more to chill actual victims coming forward.  It is tough enough for rape victims to seek charges against their attackers, courts do not really want to go around locking alleged victims up.

Brian Banks seems to have forgiven Wanetta, even though she apparently did not ask for his forgiveness.

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Jazz club has ‘incredible talent’ for 2018-19

Ned Powers Saskatoon Express anada’s Michael Kaeshammer is noted as the fast-fingered master of boogie woogie. The Saskatoon Jazz Society now knows he’s the man with the fastest getaway numbers at The Bassment, already selling one-third of the possible 180 tickets for his appearance on Dec. 12. “Even though Michael played in Saskatoon as recently as the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival,” said Don Griffith, artistic director of the society, ”he has a strong following in Saskatoon and he’s promising something completely different.” Kaeshammer, who has 12 recordings to his credit, is introducing Something New, which he has crafted with a New Orleans influence. Among the players in his sextet will be Johnny Vidacovich, an award-winning drummer who grew up in New Orleans and played with Astral Project. The Bassment, located on Fourth Avenue in the old Canada Post building, is home to jazz on Saturdays, roots and folk artists on many other nights. Griffiths is trying to find the right combination of returning favourites and rising stars for the 140 to 160 shows he’ll book this year. “There are some artists that I went out and found, there are some who came to me, and I think we’ve already lined up incredible talent as we head into our 10th season in the current building. Artists like our facility, which has great acoustics and a great atmosphere,” said Griffith. The club opens Sept. 8 with The Stone Frigate Big Band, the Saskatoon band which features Robin Knight; delves into some hot blues with Big Dave McLean, the Prairie legend from Winnipeg on Sept. 14; and strikes hot for the bluegrass fans with an appearance by Claire Lynch, known as the queen of bluegrass, on Sept 27. Singer Tim Tamashiro will be returning on Nov. 8. “Anybody who saw him perform with Tommy Banks will want to see him again. Great voice, great smile and a super ambassador for jazz. His show is

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called When You’re Smiling and it will be a collection of favourites by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. from their Rat Pack days,” said Griffith. Guitarist-vocalist Coco Love Alcorn appears again on Oct. 18. She’s been People in the business for 20 years, recorded 10 albums and drew her love for jazz from her father Jack, who was a performer. Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne and David Vest are returning for a night of blues on

A remarkable catch last season, pianistvocalist Champian Fulton, is coming back on Feb. 16. She played in the Sisterhood of Swing, an all-female band at Lincoln Center, New York, in June and reviewers singled out her performance with rave reviews. New for Saskatoon audiences will be Barbra Lica, a singer-songwriter who was the runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2013. A recent album, I’m Still Learning, will provide some originals and she will also sing some standards on Nov. 9. “She called to say she’s on tour this fall,” said Griffith, “and she comes with a bubbly personality, a YouTube presence and she’s very creative. A happy catch for us.”

member of the East Coast family which has won numerous Juno awards. Scheduled on Oct. 24 is The Once, the Newfoundland-based band featuring Geraldine Hollett on vocals and Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on multiple instruments. Joshua Hyslop, who lists Saskatoon as his birthplace, appears on Dec. 6. He sings, plays guitar, banjo and mandolin, and his recording credits include Cold Wind, Where the Mountains Meet the Valley and his latest, Echos. (That’s the way he spells it.) Saskatoon talent plays a big role in the lineup. The Saskatoon Music Association will hold its annual performing gala on Oct. 4. The talent pool ranges from blues star B.C. Read, vocalist Graham Dyck, the duo of Gillian Snider and Leslie Stanwyck, the solo violin work of Hannah Lissell-DeCorby to the rock sounds of Apollo Cruz. Heidi Munro has a bit of a new look, but still tours with a collection of familiar players and songs for an evening of soul music on Oct. 6. Trumpeter Dean McNeill is leading another venture on Oct. 20. Coming together are McNeill, Juno award-winning guitarist Mike Rud, Toronto pianist Amanda Tosoff and Saskatoon violinist Veronique Mathieu, along with a supporting cast of six. Griffith has also arranged for four different Christmas packages. Trevor Wingerter, often the leading voice in stage productions by The Fireside Singers, will team up with pianist Martin Janovsky for A Classic Christmas on Dec. 3. PianistBarbra Lica will perform Nov. 9 at The Bassment. (Photo Supplied) arranger Kim Salkeld is bringNov. 17. Wayne has some strong New Jenie Thai, born in Thailand and raised ing together a group of Saskatoon singers Orleans roots, Vest has credentials with for solo efforts in a Jazz Singers Yulefest near Edmonton, is a vocalist-pianist, due Big Joe Turner, and both are transplanted on Oct. 12, and she’s performed at the on Dec. 8. Solstice, the classic jazz vocal Americans who now live in British Colum- International Blues Competition in Mem- group, returns for its choice date on Dec. bia. phis. The Dime Notes is a group of United 16. Pianist Maurice Drouin brings his favourite singers and musicians together Elizabeth Shepherd, a Canadian singer- Kingdom blues players, working around again for a Dec. 22 appearance. songwriter, is coming back with a new the clarinet playing leadership of David The New Year’s Eve party, which has project on Dec. 1. It is called MONTreal, Kelbie, and they arrive on Oct. 19. a collection of songs she wrote about the The roots schedule gets off to a strong been a hit since the opening of the facility, will be in place as Griffith assembles his people she met on Montreal streets for start, with Jimmy Rankin performing on troupe for a New Orleans-styled evening three years and in the background will be Oct. 11. He has released six solo albums on Dec. 31. film sequences of her Montreal visits. in recent years and is well-known as a

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his wife is a piece of work. She is a heavier lady and I am very fit. She makes comments about how skinny I am. When she came to our home she asked how much the designer charged. I explained I decorated our home myself. She flirts terribly with Ben and I can see him cringing. How do you suggest I deal with her snide remarks and flirtatious behaviour ? Liz

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SASKATOONEXPRESS - September 3-9, 2018 - Page 13

John McCain a positive example for leaders everywhere

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hen people have people he served and did so waxed nostalgic without compromising his about times gone by, conservative ideals. When claiming that life was simpler necessary, he fought fearlessly and easier, that folks knew right for what he believed was right from wrong and obeyed the and was prepared to pay the rules, and that everyone lived consequence for his actions in harmony, I would roll my come election time. But when eyes and my inner self would engaged in a political fight, say “yeah, and hamburger was McCain was generally civil and five cents a pound and a quart he showed respect for those of milk set you back two bits.” with differing opinions. When Columnist It is always easy to look in the battle ended, regardless the rear-view mirror or through of the outcome, he shook his rose-coloured lens that defuse and soften opponents’ hands and there was no malice the reality of yesterday. But the mind plays in the aftermath. He didn’t bully, humiliate tricks and memories often are fantasies or name call his opposition but he did rather than factual reality. loathe and call out those who abused Back in those good old days society power. still had homeless people, but they were Most importantly, McCain called bums or hobos, and no one seemed acknowledged himself as being human and to worry about their survival. The rules of subject to human error. When realizing a right and wrong were inflexible and never mistake was made, he acknowledged it and allowed for mistakes made because of moved to correct it as best he could. exceptional circumstances. He reportedly had a great sense of People went to church on Sunday but humour, often making himself, rather than didn’t necessarily practice their “Christian others, the butt of his humour. Although values” between Monday and Saturday. he suffered greatly as a prisoner of war, he The rights of women were not equal to didn’t let this abuse define him and was men and “fallen” women, along with grateful and thankful for the life he was their subsequent offspring, were often given. ostracized. Physically and intellectually And in death, the majority of his challenged citizens were conveniently Senate colleagues, both Democrats and invisible. Republicans past and present, along with There was no leniency for the plight of most of the American public, loved and immigrants or the working poor. And the respected McCain for his service to his sins of the father were visited upon the country. And respect for McCain went son. (However, it may have seemed like beyond the borders of the USA as people utopia if you were a white Anglo Saxon around the globe lamented the loss of this Protestant family.) good and decent man. So, I now wonder if I am wearing Sadly, for President Trump, his rose-coloured glasses when I say back in pettiness towards McCain during this time that day politicians used to be admired of bereavement magnified the goodness and respected by the electorate, or is that a of McCain and the shallowness of Trump. wistful memory of a naïve youth? Trump delayed flying the flag at half-staff I remember being awe struck when I and only relented when pressure came to bear from the veteran’s organizations and first met a councillor, a member of the legislative assembly or a member of parliament. It seemed that those elected people were altruistically motivated, working towards creating a better community, province and country. They seemed not to be driven by personal fame and fortune. But if those memories are accurate, how did so many in our society now become jaded to the point that going out to vote isn’t worthwhile? Watching the coverage of the funeral of the late United States Senator John McCain, I’m inclined to think my memories of the politicians of yesteryear are reasonably accurate and most were the ONE CANADA: honourable people we thought them to be. DIEFENBAKER’S VISION As a long-term politician McCain is An exhibit curated by the Diefenbaker Canada Centre. remembered as a man with values by which he lived and died. Although he The Canadian Bill of Rights, gender equality and his focus on northern development and belonged to a political party, he often sovereignty were just a few initiatives that put his country before his politics, and formed the Right Honourable John Diefenbaker’s his Republican colleagues called him a vision for a united Canada. Join us to learn how his efforts remain as pressing and relevant today, maverick for it. as ever. From all accounts, he exhibited a Free admission Spectator USA

  • As someone who spent three decades working closely with intelligence services in the Arab world and the West, the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi knew he was taking a huge risk in entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week to try to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife.
  • A one-time regime insider turned critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman '-- the de facto head of the Saudi kingdom which tolerates no criticism whatsoever '-- Khashoggi had been living in Washington for the previous year in self-imposed exile amid a crackdown on independent voices in his homeland.
  • He had become the darling of western commentators on the Middle East. With almost two million Twitter followers, he was the most famous political pundit in the Arab world and a regular guest on the major TV news networks in Britain and the United States. Would the Saudis dare to cause him harm? It turns out that the answer to that question was 'You betcha.'
  • Following uneventful visits to the consulate and, earlier, the Saudi embassy in Washington, Khashoggi was lured into a murderous plan so brazen, so barbaric, that it would seem far-fetched as a subplot in a John le Carr(C) novel. He went inside the Istanbul consulate, but failed to emerge. Turkish police and intelligence officials claimed that a team of 15 hitmen carrying Saudi diplomatic passports arrived the same morning on two private jets. Their convoy of limousines arrived at the consulate building shortly before Khashoggi did.
  • Their not-so-secret mission? To torture, then execute, Khashoggi, and videotape the ghastly act for whoever had given the order for his merciless dispatch. Khashoggi's body, Turkish officials say, was dismembered and packed into boxes before being whisked away in a black van with darkened windows. The assassins fled the country.
  • Saudi denials were swift. The ambassador to Washington said reports that Saudi authorities had killed Khashoggi were 'absolutely false'. But under the circumstances '-- with his fianc(C)e waiting for him, and no security cameras finding any trace of his leaving the embassy '-- the world is left wondering if bin Salman directed this murder. When another Saudi official chimed in that 'with no body, there is no crime', it was unclear whether he was being ironic. Is this great reforming prince, with aims the West applauds, using brutal methods to dispose of his enemies? What we have learned so far is far from encouraging. A Turkish newspaper close to the government this week published the photographs and names of the alleged Saudi hitmen, and claims to have identified three of them as members of bin Salman's personal protection team.
  • There are also reports in the American media that all surveillance footage was removed from the consulate building, and that all local Turkish employees there were suddenly given the day off. According to the New York Times, among the assassination team was the kingdom's top forensic expert, who brought a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body. None of this has yet been independently verified, but a very dark narrative is emerging.
  • In many respects, bin Salman's regime has been revolutionary: he has let women drive, sided with Israel against Iran and curtailed the religious police. When Boris Johnson was foreign secretary, he said that bin Salman was the best thing to happen to the region in at least a decade, that the style of government of this 33-year-old prince was utterly different. But the cruelty and the bloodletting have not stopped. Saudi Arabia still carries out many public beheadings and other draconian corporal punishments. It continues to wage a war in Yemen which has killed at least 10,000 civilians.
  • Princes and businessmen caught up in a corruption crackdown are reported to have been tortured; Shia demonstrators have been mowed down in the streets and had their villages reduced to rubble; social media activists have been sentenced to thousands of lashes; families of overseas-based activists have been arbitrarily arrested. In an attempt to justify this, bin Salman said this week he was 'trying to get rid of extremism and terrorism without civil war, without stopping the country from growing, with continuous progress in all elements,' adding: 'So if there is a small price in that area, it's better than paying a big debt to do that move.'
  • The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it's for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it's for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable.
  • In truth, Khashoggi never had much time for western-style pluralistic democracy. In the 1970s he joined the Muslim Brotherhood, which exists to rid the Islamic world of western influence. He was a political Islamist until the end, recently praising the Muslim Brotherhood in the Washington Post. He championed the 'moderate' Islamist opposition in Syria, whose crimes against humanity are a matter of record. Khashoggi frequently sugarcoated his Islamist beliefs with constant references to freedom and democracy. But he never hid that he was in favour of a Muslim Brotherhood arc throughout the Middle East. His recurring plea to bin Salman in his columns was to embrace not western-style democracy, but the rise of political Islam which the Arab Spring had inadvertently given rise to. For Khashoggi, secularism was the enemy.
  • He had been a journalist in the 1980s and 1990s, but then became more of a player than a spectator. Before working with a succession of Saudi princes, he edited Saudi newspapers. The exclusive remit a Saudi government''appointed newspaper editor has is to ensure nothing remotely resembling honest journalism makes it into the pages. Khashoggi put the money in the bank '-- making a handsome living was always his top priority. Actions, anyway, speak louder than words.
  • It was Yasin Aktay '-- a former MP for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) '-- whom Khashoggi told his fianc(C)e to call if he did not emerge from the consulate. The AKP is, in effect, the Turkish branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. His most trusted friend, then, was an adviser to President Erdogan, who is fast becoming known as the most vicious persecutor of journalists on earth. Khashoggi never meaningfully criticised Erdogan. So we ought not to see this as the assassination of a liberal reformer.
  • Khashoggi had this undeserved status in the West because of the publicity surrounding his sacking as editor of the Saudi daily Al Watan back in 2003. (I broke the news of his removal for Reuters. I'd worked alongside Khashoggi at the Saudi daily Arab News during the preceding years.) He was dismissed because he allowed a columnist to criticise an Islamist thinker considered to be the founding father of Wahhabism. Thus, overnight, Khashoggi became known as a liberal progressive.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood, though, has always been at odds with the Wahhabi movement. Khashoggi and his fellow travellers believe in imposing Islamic rule by engaging in the democratic process. The Wahhabis loathe democracy as a western invention. Instead, they choose to live life as it supposedly existed during the time of the Muslim prophet. In the final analysis, though, they are different means to achieving the same goal: Islamist theocracy. This matters because, although bin Salman has rejected Wahhabism '-- to the delight of the West '-- he continues to view the Muslim Brotherhood as the main threat most likely to derail his vision for a new Saudi Arabia. Most of the Islamic clerics in Saudi Arabia who have been imprisoned over the past two years '-- Khashoggi's friends '-- have historic ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Khashoggi had therefore emerged as a de facto leader of the Saudi branch. Due to his profile and influence, he was the biggest political threat to bin Salman's rule outside of the royal family.
  • Worse, from the royals' point of view, was that Khashoggi had dirt on Saudi links to al Qaeda before the 9/11 attacks. He had befriended Osama bin Laden in the 1980s and 1990s in Afghanistan and Sudan while championing his jihad against the Soviets in dispatches. At that same time, he was employed by the Saudi intelligence services to try to persuade bin Laden to make peace with the Saudi royal family. The result? Khashoggi was the only non-royal Saudi who had the beef on the royals' intimate dealing with al Qaeda in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks. That would have been crucial if he had escalated his campaign to undermine the crown prince.
  • Like the Saudi royals, Khashoggi dissociated himself from bin Laden after 9/11 (which Khashoggi and I watched unfold together in the Arab News office in Jeddah). But he then teamed up as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to London and then Washington, Prince Turki Al Faisal. The latter had been Saudi intelligence chief from 1977 until just ten days before the 9/11 attacks, when he inexplicably resigned. Once again, by working alongside Prince Turki during the latter's ambassadorial stints, as he had while reporting on bin Laden, Khashoggi mixed with British, US and Saudi intelligence officials. In short, he was uniquely able to acquire invaluable inside information.
  • The Saudis, too, may have worried that Khashoggi had become a US asset. In Washington in 2005, a senior Pentagon official told me of a ridiculous plan they had to take 'the Saudi out of Arabia' (as was the rage post-9/11). It involved establishing a council of selected Saudi figures in Mecca to govern the country under US auspices after the US took control of the oil. He named three Saudis the Pentagon team were in regular contact with regarding the project. One of them was Khashoggi. A fantasy, certainly, but it shows how highly he was regarded by those imagining a different Saudi Arabia.
  • Perhaps it was for this and other reasons '-- and working according to the dictum of keeping your enemies closer '-- that a few weeks ago, according to a friend of Khashoggi, bin Salman had made a traditional tribal offer of reconciliation '-- offering him a place as an adviser if he returned to the kingdom. Khashoggi had declined because of 'moral and religious' principles. And that may have been the fatal snub, not least because Khashoggi had earlier this year established a new political party in the US called Democracy for the Arab World Now, which would support Islamist gains in democratic elections throughout the region. Bin Salman's nightmare of a Khashoggi-led Islamist political opposition was about to become a reality.
  • The West has been fawning over bin Salman. But how now to overlook what seems to be a brazen Mafia-style murder? 'I don't like hearing about it,' Donald Trump said. 'Nobody knows anything about it, but there's some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.' Well, there are plenty more stories where that came from, stories about a ruthless prince whose opponents have a habit of disappearing. The fate of Khashoggi is the latest sign of what's really happening inside Saudi Arabia. For how much longer will our leaders look the other way?
  • This article was originally published in The Spectator magazine.
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      • Bird SFMTA Application Assessment GUIDING PRINCIPLE EVALUATION CRITERIA APPLICANT PROPOSAL SUMMARY SFMTA ANALYSIS RATING Safety Strategies to educate and train users should result in safe operations of scooters by riders. ‚· Swipe-through screens ‚· Field staff instructed to proactively educate users about safe riding In addition to baseline strategies proposed by most or all other applicants, applicant included some innovative strategies. Training field staff to proactively approach users on safe riding behavior likely to result in safer operations but may not reach all users. FairStrategies to promote and distribute helmets should result in helmet use by riders. ‚· Free helmet upon request; field staff will encourage helmet use Met only baseline strategies proposed by most or all other applicants. Based on the SFMTA's observations during the scooter roll out in spring 2018, these baseline strategies taken alone did not result in high levels of helmet use. Field staff approaching users regarding helmet use is unlikely to improve usage if staff or riders do not have a helmet on hand. PoorDisabled Access Strategies to ensure properly parked scooters, including any commitments to locking or tethering, should result in parking that does not block the right of way. ‚· Willing to implement locking mechanism but does not recommend implementation ‚· Will require photo for proof of proper parking ‚· Will deploy in "nests" on private property Willingness to implement locking technology and variety of additional strategies are likely to result in improved parking behavior compared to scooter roll out in spring 2018; the SFMTA evaluates this strategy at a similar level of effectiveness to most applications. FairUser penalties for poor compliance by users with laws governing scooter operation, including possibility of suspension by the applicant, should support appropriate operation and parking by users. ‚· Provided examples of types of penalties that could be issued, but didn't clearly define when penalties would be levied Lack of detail in response underscored lack of commitment to leveraging penalties and incentives. Poor
      • Equitable Access Approach to providing service to low-income residents, including diverse payment options and fare discounts, should reduce barriers to participation. ‚· Over 50% discount for low income users ‚· Limited detail in describing mechanism to participate ‚· Cash option; no mention of SMS option Despite significantly discounted rates the SFMTA concludes that low income users would face barriers to accessing applicant's services based on the lack of detail about how users would access/qualify for these benefits. PoorService Area beyond the downtown core and commitment to rebalancing should ensure availability of scooters in underserved areas. ‚· With fewer than 750 scooters, would deploy downtown core only ‚· No commitment to redistributing for geographic equity ‚· Would do community outreach first six months to determine expansion proposal ‚· No mention of service hours The SFMTA concludes that the applicant's proposed small service area and lack of specific rebalancing plans are insufficient to ensure availability in underserved communities. Note: Plans to conduct outreach to identify more equitable service after 6 months are insufficiently detailed to be considered in evaluation of service area. PoorCommunity Outreach Outreach approach should include strategies to ensure that low income residents are aware of service and how to participate.‚· Mentions outreach to determine where to expand service during second half of pilot to Communities of Concern, for larger numbers of scooters ‚· Mentions but does not describe engagement strategy for providing scooter share service in Communities of Concern that are underserved by transit ‚· Enhanced multilingual communications outreach Applicant demonstrates some understanding of the SFMTA's goals to promote low income programs but does not provide sufficient detail as to how that would be accomplished. The SFMTA negatively evaluates this lack of detail as unlikely to ensure that low income residents are aware of services and how to participate. PoorApproach to outreach should ensure that members of the public, including those that choose not to use scooter services, have the opportunity to be heard and to stay informed about program. ‚· Mentions intent to participate in events to be available to answer questions and build community partnerships to be more affordable and accessible; does not articulate plans to address feedback Attending events and meeting with stakeholders is a baseline strategy proposed by most applicants; without specific goals or plans to address feedback, the SFMTA negatively evaluates lack of detail as unlikely to result in applicant successfully listening to and addressing community feedback. Poor
      • Labor Should demonstrate understanding of operational needs and resource requirements to ensure service reliability. ‚· Lack of detail regarding operations/rebalancing plan beyond nightly retrieval and recharging ‚· Will hire Fleet Coordinator and Community Manager; rest will be contracted out The SFMTA negatively evaluates applicant's lack of detailed strategy for operations and rebalancing as insufficient to ensure safe and reliable operational practices. PoorApproach to hiring and training employees and/or contractors should ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills to ensure safe operational practices and knowledge of the communities in which they operate. ‚· All field staff (except one Fleet Coordinator and one Community Manager) are independent contractors; this includes maintenance staff ‚· Video training for contractors; contractors are "expected to already have knowledge relevant to the services provided" ‚· No charging facility - chargers charge scooters on their own including in private homes The SFMTA negatively evaluates the applicant's reliance on minimally trained independent contractors for charging and in particular for maintenance activities, which could compromise safety and reliability of system. PoorSustainability Approaches to operations and disposal should demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability. ‚· No mention of recycling ‚· No mention of battery recycling ‚· "Damaged beyond repair" units are shipped to Southern California for parts salvage or reuse/proper disposal ‚· Units maintained by independent contractors (likely less training) The SFMTA negatively evaluates the applicant's response, which fails to address critical requirements of San Francisco's Zero Waste Policy. PoorExperience & Qualifications Applicant's experience in operating and maintaining shared mobility systems, in San Francisco and elsewhere as well as applicant's history, and the history of their users, in complying with city regulations should demonstrate their capacity to comply with the terms of the scooter share permit. ‚· Have operated shared scooter systems in SF and scooter share and bikeshare in many cities ‚· Public Works impounded 169 improperly parked Bird scooters and issued 5 violations; the initial violation in the amount of $1,637.00 was paid, subsequent violations were outstanding with a total of $13,910.17 owed as of the June 7th application deadline but have since been paid. The applicant demonstrates experience operating shared scooter service, but the SFMTA negatively evaluates applicant's history of violations, which indicates that past strategies have been insufficient to ensure user compliance with laws. Poor
      • Data Transmission & Data Privacy Comply with Transportation Code requirements to provide SFMTA with aggregate demographic data and real time location, and submit a data privacy policy consistent with the Director's guidelines ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to data provision and privacy Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Electronic Payment System Provide electronic payment system compliant with PCI DSS ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to electronic payment systems Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Multilingual Website, Call Center & API Provide a multilingual website with languages determined by SFMTA, call center and mobile application customer interface. ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to customer service including multilingual options Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Financial Assurances Agree to Transportation Code requirements concerning insurance, payment of $10,000 into public property repair and maintenance endowment, and agree to reimburse the SFMTA for any costs incurred for abating violations of Powered Scooter Share requirements ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to financial assurances Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A
      • HOPR SFMTA Application Analysis & Rating GUIDING PRINCIPLE EVALUATION CRITERIA APPLICANT PROPOSAL SUMMARY SFMTA ANALYSIS RATING Safety Strategies to educate and train users should result in safe operations of scooters by riders. ‚· Swipe-through screens ‚· 10 free rides for users who take a scooter safety class In addition to baseline strategies proposed by most or all other applicants, included some innovative strategies. Offering incentives for safety classes will result in safer operations compared to most applicants, but may not reach all users. FairStrategies to promote and distribute helmets should result in helmet use by riders. ‚· Helmet provided with rental Providing helmets with rental is the surest way to ensure consistent helmet use. The SFMTA evaluates this strategy as highly likely to result in helmet use compared to baseline strategies. StrongDisabled Access Strategies to ensure properly parked scooters, including any commitments to locking or tethering, should result in parking that does not block the right of way. ‚· Cable tether ready to deploy as of July 2018 ‚· Geofenced preferred parking ‚· Plan to deploy racks Readiness to implement locking technology and variety of additional strategies are likely to result in improved parking behavior compared to scooter roll out in spring 2018. Due to readiness to implement, the SFMTA evaluates this strategy as more effective than most applicants. StrongUser penalties for poor compliance by users with laws governing scooter operation, including possibility of suspension by the applicant, should support appropriate operation and parking by users. ‚· Provided examples of types of penalties that could be issued, but didn't clearly define when penalties would be levied ‚· Points-based incentive system rewards and penalizes users based on riding and parking behavior but little detail on how points would be assigned Lack of detail in response underscored lack of commitment to leveraging penalties and incentives. Poor
      • Equitable Access Approach to providing service to low-income residents, including diverse payment options and fare discounts, should reduce barriers to participation. ‚· Over 50% discount for low income users ‚· Subscription plan available ‚· Limited description of mechanism for participation ‚· Cash and SMS option Despite significantly discounted rates, the SFMTA concludes that low income users would face barriers to accessing applicant's services based on the lack of detail about how users would access/qualify for these benefits. Poor Equitable Access Community Outreach Service Area beyond the downtown core and commitment to rebalancing should ensure availability of scooters in underserved areas. ‚· Request 1,000 scooters and would deploy in all of SF minus Twin Peaks and south west neighborhoods; do not say whether service area would differ for smaller fleet ‚· No commitment to redistributing for geographic equity ‚· Service hours: 5am to midnight Broad service area for larger fleet would ensure some degree of geographic equity and extended service hours will serve users when transit is limited. However, lack of rebalancing would result in reduced availability in underserved communities throughout the day, and the SFMTA is unable to evaluate service area for smaller fleet sizes. FairOutreach approach should include strategies to ensure that low income residents are aware of service and how to participate.‚· Mentions but does not describe presence at community events and inclusive, diverse marketing campaigns ‚· Mention but do not describe collaboration with community organizations to promote low-cost scooter share programs The SFMTA negatively evaluates lack of detail as unlikely to ensure that low income residents are aware of services and how to participate. PoorCommunity Outreach Labor Approach to outreach should ensure that members of the public, including those that choose not to use scooter services, have the opportunity to be heard and to stay informed about program. ‚· No mention of attempts to engage members of the public generally Failure to include strategies to engage members of the public who do not choose to use scooter services is a flaw in application. Poor
      • Community Outreach Labor Should demonstrate understanding of operational needs and resource requirements to ensure service reliability. ‚· Locking racks (HOPR Pods) required for deployment ‚· Lack of detail on rebalancing/redistribution ‚· Labor plan for 300 scooters: 1 operations manager, 1 marketing manager, 1 mechanic, 3 field technicians The SFMTA negatively evaluates applicant's lack of detailed strategy and low level of staffing for operations and rebalancing as insufficient to ensure safe and reliable operational practices. Required locking racks (HOPR Pods) would significantly delay program launch based on required coordination with the City; the SFMTA evaluates this as incompatible with current pilot permit program. PoorLabor Sustainability Approach to hiring and training employees and/or contractors should ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills to ensure safe operational practices and knowledge of the communities in which they operate. ‚· Very limited detail regarding labor and operations ‚· Field and maintenance staff are full & part-time hourly employees ‚· Mentions but does not describe continued training opportunities The SFMTA negatively evaluates lack of detail regarding training programs as unlikely to result in safe operational practices compared to other applicants. PoorApproaches to operations and disposal should demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability. ‚· No mention of recycling ‚· No mention of battery recycling ‚· No mention of reuse/salvaging of parts ‚· General compliance statement regarding hazardous substances ‚· Electric bikes used for rebalancing The SFMTA negatively evaluates the applicant's response, which fails to address critical requirements of San Francisco's Zero Waste Policy. PoorExperience & Qualifications Applicant's experience in operating and maintaining shared mobility systems, in San Francisco and elsewhere as well as applicant's history, and the history of their users, in complying with city regulations should demonstrate their capacity to comply with the terms of the scooter share permit. ‚· Have operated dockless bikeshare in many cities The SFMTA positively evaluates the applicant's experience operating stationless bikeshare services; however, applicant has not operated a scooter share system nor do they have a history of collaboration with the SFMTA. Fair
      • Data Transmission & Data Privacy Comply with Transportation Code requirements to provide SFMTA with aggregate demographic data and real time location, and submit a data privacy policy consistent with the Director's guidelines ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to data provision and privacy Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Electronic Payment System Provide electronic payment system compliant with PCI DSS ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to electronic payment systems Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Multilingual Website, Call Center & API Provide a multilingual website with languages determined by SFMTA, call center and mobile application customer interface. ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to customer service including multilingual options Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A Financial Assurances Agree to Transportation Code requirements concerning insurance, payment of $10,000 into public property repair and maintenance endowment, and agree to reimburse the SFMTA for any costs incurred for abating violations of Powered Scooter Share requirements ‚· When submitting application, applicant agreed to comply with Transportation Code requirements and Terms and Conditions related to financial assurances Satisfactory - agrees to comply. N/A
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    • San Francisco Is About to Let Electric Scooters Back the Streets. But One Scooter Company Isn't Happy. - Hit & Run : Reason.com
      • Benoit Tessier/REUTERS/Newscom After months of hostility, harassment, and the outright seizure of their vehicles by city officials, San Francisco may finally allow dockless electric scooter companies back onto city streets. Come Monday, SFMTA'--the city's transit agency'--plans to allow local scooter start-ups Scoot and Skip to begin operations in the city once again under heavily-conditioned circumstances.
      • Threatening the return of scooter service however is none other than scooter giant Lime, which was denied a permit and is now suing the city, claiming the process by which these permits were awarded was biased.
      • "Lime believes that after selecting two other less experienced electric scooter companies and comparatively weaker applications in a process that was riddled with bias, the SFMTA should revisit the decision and employ a fair selection process," said the company in a statement.
      • Lime had been one of the initial companies to drop its scooters on San Francisco's streets back in March 2018, along with other early entrants Bird and Skip, and thus was on the receiving end of San Francisco's early efforts to quash their permissionless innovation.
      • Despite their being no prohibition on these dockless e-scooters at the time, San Francisco officials took the view that they were public nuisances, impounding over 500 of the vehicles (including 130 from Lime alone) and sending cease-and-desist letters to the three companies.
      • What followed was a months-long process by which city hall and SFMTA cobbled together a pilot program that would issue permits to five companies and allow up to 2,500 scooters back onto city streets. At the time Lime, agreed to comply with the new regulations, and along with eleven other scooter companies, applied for a permit.
      • When permits were finally issued at the end of August, the city inexplicably decided to award them to only two companies'--the aforementioned Scoot and Skip'--and allow them to only deploy 1,250 scooters.
      • Neither Lime, nor Bird or Spin, were given permits, in what the company is now claiming is an attempt to unfairly penalize them for operating a lawful, but not explicitly-allowed transit service.
      • "SFMTA's development of the pilot program and permitting process was biased and flawed from the outset, and aimed to punish companies that lawfully deployed scooters earlier this year," said Lime.
      • All companies applying for permits to operate in San Francisco were evaluated on a number of categories, including safety, community outreach, plans for low-income and disabled access, and crucially each company's "experience and qualifications" operating scooter programs.
      • Lime, Bird, and Spin'--the three companies to put vehicles out on the street before the city's big scooter crackdown'--were all given a 'poor' grade for this last metric, with SFMTA officials claiming that their jumping the gun on providing scooter service meant these companies could not be trusted to follow city regulations going forward.
      • Also downgraded in this category was ride-sharing company Lyft, a new player in the scooter market, who'--despite never having deployed a single scooter on San Francisco's streets'--was dinged for the traffic violations its drivers had racked up over the years.
      • Lyft has also raised complaints about the arbitrary and biased nature of San Francisco's scooter permitting process. In a late September letter sent to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, Lyft President John Zimmer claimed that initial analysis by city staff ranked his company's application higher, but was then downgraded when the final analysis was released.
      • "The fact that the final result differed substantially from the initial analysis is indicative of a larger frustration with the process. Scoring criteria was not published in advance, and the scoring analysis that was released afterwards was not tied to the requirements set forth in [permit program regulation]" wrote Zimmer. "This led to what appears to be more arbitrary and inconsistent scoring results."
      • Zimmer's letter asks the city to reconsider granting only two permits. Lime is going further, demanding that all scooter operations be halted until a fairer appraisal of its application can be conducted.
      • San Francisco city officials have so far shrugged off Lime's lawsuit, telling the company to work within the system, which they insist was totally above board.
      • "The SFMTA's permitting process for the pilot program was thoughtful, fair and transparent. It includes an appeal process that Lime should be pursuing instead of wasting everyone's resources by running to court," said City Attorney spokesperson John Cote to the San Francisco Examiner.
      • While one can quibble with Lime's attempt to temporarily stop scooters' return to San Francisco, one can hardly blame them for not trusting the official appeals process given the continual hostility of city government to scooters.
      • Indeed, SFMTA's refusal to even issue the maximum number of permits allowed by law shows the degree to which San Francisco officials see e-scooter companies, not as valuable partners offering an innovative new service, but instead as hostile invaders that must be kept at bay.
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    • Teacher on Vonnegut
      • I am a High School English
      • teacher in Canada, and I just wanted to thank you for referencing the short
      • story titled Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut.
      • After hearing about it on your
      • podcast, I immediately looked into it and had my students read and deconstruct
      • the short story. The results were amazing. I just want you to know
      • how aware students are about this pendulum swing of "hyper equality"
      • and its impact. My students clearly articulated a variety of opinions
      • about how all these social justice groups are actually creating a more divisive
      • society in the end. I was proud of how well my students could see the
      • errors in society and discuss them (in a non-judgmental environment - unlike
      • the universities today) openly and freely. There is hope for the
      • Your show and the work you and
      • Jon are doing is having an impact directly and indirectly on more people than
    • Lindsey Graham: 'To the extent that it matters, I'm not gay' - Washington Times
      • Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday quashed rumors of being gay after Chelsea Handler wrote a tweet mocking the single Republican as being closeted, which many critics deemed homophobic.
      • Ms. Handler faced backlash Thursday after she tweeted: ''If you're wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it's probably because it's #NationalComingOutDay. Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.''
      • Conservatives and members of the gay community accused the tweet of being ''homophobic,'' arguing that Ms. Handler was using sexual orientation as an insult. The comedian, an advocate for women's and LGBT rights, let the tweet stand and never followed up with further explanation.
      • TMZ caught up with Mr. Graham at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in suburban D.C. on Friday and asked what he thought of Ms. Handler's comments.
      • ''I don't think much about what she says at all,'' the South Carolina Republican said. ''If she wants to live her life that way, that's up to her.
      • ''She knows zero about me,'' he said. ''To the extent that it matters, I'm not gay.''
      • ''These comments '-- I don't think they reflect well on her,'' he added. ''We're moving on from that. Belittling people is not as fun as it used to be, and that's a good thing.''
      • Mr. Graham, who has never married and has no children, has faced rumors of being gay in left-wing circles that attempt to portray him as a hypocrite on LGBT and women's issues.
      • In January, Ms. Handler similarly faced backlash for a vulgar tweet calling on Mr. Graham to come out of the closet.
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  • Mid-Terms
    • Dvorak Prop List
      • Analyst '' John C Dvorak(unaffiliated with either party)
      • Prop. 1 Recommendedvote weak NO
      • $4 billion debt for California for affordable housing. Thesesorts of funds are commonly squandered by the state bureaucracies and shouldnot be encouraged. Leveraging veterans seems like a trick.
      • Prop. 2 Recommendedvote weak NO
      • Another $5.6 debt for California. Again looks like money to be squandered by the bureaucrats. Ballot arguments arecontradictory which creates an automatic NO.
      • Prop 3. Recommendedvote strong NO
      • Money grab in the form of a clean water initiative.
      • Prop. 4 Recommendedvote moderate YES
      • Reasonable at reasonable costs to benefit Children's hospitals.Good bill. Weak argument against the bill.
      • Prop. 5 Recommended vote strong YES
      • Gives a tax break to a few disabled and older people whentransferring their home. The ''no'' campaign is extremely misleading andshameful.
      • Prop. 6 Recommended vote strong YES
      • Reasons, very misleading ''no'' campaign for a bill that doesnothing more than repeal a new gasoline tax that was implemented as a moneygrab. Shameless attempt to fool the public with sketchy assertions.
      • Prop 7 Recommendedvote weak YES
      • This is a gateway bill that may or may not lead to the dissolutionof the daylight savings time switchover. The arguments are sketchy.
      • Prop. 8 Recommendedvote moderate NO
      • This is a hotly contested initiative with contradictoryassertions. This situation should always result in a no vote. The website foreither side are not convincing but the ''yes'' websiteis creepier.
      • Prop. 9 Recommended vote REMOVED
      • This was the initiative to split California into threestates.
      • Prop. 10 Recommendedvote weak YES
      • This turns over to the local municipalities control of rentstabilization laws taking them away from the state government. That's all itdoes. The ''no'' campaign is very creepy and misleading with unproveableassertions.
      • Prop 11 Recommendedvote BLANK
      • There is no counter argument on the ballot information guideor anywhere else leading me to believe these are policies that are already inplace and this initiative is targeting something specific which is neverdiscussed. I'll probably vote NO because this is very suspicious. Will probablypass easily.
      • Prop. 12 Recommendedvote strong NO
      • This appears to be misdirection as seen in a lot of thesebills. Very misleading bill from the looks of it as it actuallyre-establishes cruel practices that were already outlawed. Seems to bethe creation of the egg lobby. Bills like this need to always be voted against.
      • Cheat sheet take to voting booth
      • 1 '' NO 5 ''YES 9 -- Missing
      • 2 '' NO 6 ''YES 10 -- YES
      • 3 '' NO 7 ''YES 11 '' blank
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    • Prince Estate Demands Trump Stop Playing 'Purple Rain' at Rallies '' Rolling Stone
      • The Prince estate issued a statement Thursday requesting that Donald Trump cease using ''Purple Rain'' at the president's rallies.
      • At recent pre-Election Day rallies, like the one Trump held in Mississippi last week, the playlist at the event has featured Prince's ''Purple Rain.'' Word of the song's usage made its way to the Prince estate, which issued the statement through Prince's half-brother Omarr Baker.
      • ''The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince's songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,'' Baker tweeted Thursday. The statement initially appeared on the account belonging to longtime Prince associate Jeremiah ''Dr. Funkenberry'' Freed, the Star Tribune reports.
      • It's unclear whether the Prince estate '' which was notoriously protective of Prince's music when the singer was alive '' filed an actual cease-and-desist notice to ensure that Trump rallies stop using ''Purple Rain.'' The Prince estate and the Trump administration did not respond to the Associated Press' request for comment.
      • The Prince estate is the latest in a long line of artists to asked Trump to quit using their music at rallies: The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Aerosmith and more have all demanded that Trump stop employing their songs, a request that dates back to Trump's time campaigning as the Republican presidential candidate.
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