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Arizona State unveils Pat Tillman statue at Sun Devil Stadium

A bronze likeness of perhaps the greatest Sun Devil in school history now adorns the north end of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The school unveiled a bronze statue of former soldier and pro-football player Pat Tillman during a ceremony Wednesday, a monument designed as a tribute to the man who gave so much —  and as inspiration to the players trying to follow his footsteps.

“Pat spent his whole life trying to be the best person he could possibly be,” Tillman’s brother, Kevin, said before the drape was dropped. “He didn’t focus on money, he didn’t focus on fame, he didn’t focus on a pretty statue. It was, ‘How can I make myself a better person in all these different facets of my life?’ And ASU gave him an opportunity to do that.”

The ceremony, held in the redesigned football facilities in the north end zone, drew several hundred people, including Tillman’s family, former and current ASU players and university officials.

Tillman played at Arizona State from 1994-97 and went on to play for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals before walking away from a multi-million dollar contract to serve his country in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Tillman became an Army Ranger in 2003 and served until he was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004.

Current Sun Devils coach Todd Graham has made sure every wall in the redesigned football complex included at least one photo of the man who never backed down from a challenge. The players see an image of Tillman at the end of the tunnel where they enter the field.

In addition to the images, Graham said the football team will start a new tradition of touching the statue as they charge onto the football field, according to ASU Now.

“I want to challenge our players with this,” he said. “If you come out and touch that statue, you need to pour everything you have onto the field and play with passion because that’s what his life was about — having a passion for what you’re doing.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/08/31/arizona-state-unveils-pat-tillman-statue-at-sun-devil-stadium.html

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Free abortions offered to women affected by Hurricane Harvey

Whole Woman’s Health, a reproductive health care organization, in collaboration with other groups, is offering free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey.

At least 74 women have already taken the organization up on the offer, or have scheduled an appointment for the procedure, the Dallas Morning News reported. The price will be fully covered, as will the cost of transportation and accommodations, the group said.

But Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, argued against the notion of a free abortion, claiming that “there is always a cost.”

“The promotion of this heinous no-cost service is riddled with fallacies because abortion is never free,” Melissa Conway, director of external relations for Texas Right to Life, told Baptist Press. “There is always a cost to abortion. Women are not free from the emotional toll that ensues after abortion and the child is certainly not free to live another day. Abortions, just like the catastrophic effects of a hurricane, are never free and we, as a community, pay the price for their needless destruction.”

The clinic, which also offered free abortions following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, has already raised $15,000 for one woman’s procedure and travel, and aims to raise a total of $40,000 to cover the expenses of other patients.

“Texas doesn’t have a safety net, so we have to help people raise money for services,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the newspaper. “Many of these women are traveling for two days and need support for travel and child care.”  

The clinic has been involved in numerous legal disputes in Texas, the Texas Tribune reported. For example, it recently sued the state over a law that would have banned a second-trimester abortion procedure.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton [Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton] is set to begin Nov. 2 in Texas before federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, the Federalist reported.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/09/15/free-abortions-offered-to-women-affected-by-hurricane-harvey.html

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Trump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ball

(CNN)President Donald Trump retweeted an edited video Sunday morning that showed him swinging a golf club and appearing to hit his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

The tweet revealed a President still reverting to his old social media habits, namely, those likely to earn him quick criticism, less than two months after retired Gen. John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff.
While Kelly has not sought to stop Trump from tweeting, he has encouraged the President to allow him to vet the tweets before posting them — a request Trump has sometimes acquiesced to.
    The White House did not respond to a request for comment Sunday about the President’s tweet and whether Kelly was aware of it.
    A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment on the tweet.
    The Twitter user Trump retweeted, @Fuctupmind, frequently posts pro-Trump messages and memes, but has also used the platform to disparage transgender individuals and Jews.
    “Please get rid of the Hasidic Jews. They are the worst people on the planet. They have taken over areas in NY,” the account tweeted last November, according to Buzzfeed News. The tweet has since been deleted.
    Former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, who repeatedly criticized the administration about potential conflicts of interest before resigning in July, slammed Trump for the retweet and said he reported it to Twitter for violating the social media platform’s rules of conduct.
    “The President of the United States just retweeted a video vignette that imagines him assaulting his political rival. The man is unfit,” tweeted Shaub, who joined the ethics office as a staff attorney early during the George W. Bush administration and was appointed as the office’s director by President Barack Obama.
    Former Vice President Joe Biden also weighed in Monday night, tweeting: “Just had the chance to see President Trump’s golf swing tweet. Enough. This has to stop. Our children are watching.”
    The tweet, which came as Trump prepares to head to New York for a critical round of powerhouse diplomacy with world leaders at the United Nations, followed a week during which Clinton reemerged in the spotlight as she promoted her new book, “What Happened,” about the 2016 campaign, reviving her fiercest criticisms of Trump and his supporters and reigniting the debate about her stunning, unanticipated loss.
    Trump slammed Clinton over her new book earlier this week too, tweeting that she “blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss.”
    Trump’s Sunday morning Twitter post was one of more than a half-dozen supporters’ tweets the President retweeted Sunday before 8:30 a.m.
    Those other tweets included an image predicting Trump would win every state for reelection in 2020, another showing Trump hauling US companies that have outsourced manufacturing abroad and a tweet claiming that “only true Americans can see that president Trump is making America great.”
    Trump’s retweeting spree came on the heels of a week during which he drew criticism from pockets of his political base as he signaled he was close to a deal with Democrats to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation in exchange for border security measures but not funding for the border wall at the center of his campaign.
    Trump has promised to rescind protections for those undocumented immigrants and said during the campaign they would have to be deported. Grassroots conservative supporters of the President also fumed that Trump would grant legal status to those undocumented immigrants without securing funding for the border wall, which he continues to promise will be built despite a lack of support in Congress.

    South Korea call

    Trump also took to Twitter Sunday morning to tweet about his call late Saturday night with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the ongoing tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
    “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing,” Trump tweeted, appearing to offer a new moniker for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”
    Both leaders’ offices said Trump and Moon pledged during their call to work with the international community to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime, which has so far been undeterred in advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile program despite a tightening of international sanctions.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/17/politics/trump-tweet-clinton/index.html

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    Video of cop taking money out of hot dog vendor’s wallet sparks outrage

    An incident between a University of California Berkeley police officer and a local hot dog vendor has quickly gone viral after video shows the officer writing a ticket and sifting through the vendor’s wallet to take his money.

    The video was posted by a man named Martin Flores on Facebook on Saturday evening as he was trying to buy a hot dog from the man he identified as Juan.

    According to Berkeleyside, Flores began filming after Officer Sean Aranas started citing Juan for vending without a license. His Facebook video had been viewed more than 11.5 million times before the post apparently was deleted.

    In the video, Flores continuously says, “That’s not right,” and Aranas responds at first by saying, “That’s how it works.” A few seconds later, Aranas says, “We’ll take it to the judge, and the judge can decide whether it’s right” and “This is law and order in action.”

    Observers began to heckle Flores, who told the crowd, “I’m working for you.”

    UC Berkeley police told KTVU that it was targeting unregulated street vendors who don’t have a permit to sell food. Police also told the TV station that the vendor’s money was booked as evidence.

    “We are aware of the incident,” UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof told Berkeleyside on Sunday evening. “The officer was tasked with enforcing violations related to vending without a permit on campus. UCPD is looking into the matter.”

    A UC Berkeley Police spokesperson on Monday morning told the Daily Dot that they are also “aware of the incident” and said the police department would have more to say later in the day, which Mogulof confirmed to the Daily Dot.

    According to online records, the vendor was cited for violating the Berkeley Municipal Code for vending without a license at 5:32pm PT just outside California Memorial Stadium during a Cal-Weber State football game. Juan was the only person cited for that alleged violation on Saturday.

    In response, Flores started a GoFundMe account for Juan, and at the time of this writing, 2,378 donors have raised more than $34,000.

    “The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses,” Flores wrote on the page. “In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard-earned living through citations and removal of their carts … We will ensure that Juan has his personal, legal and professional matters addressed. Juan is a symbol of the injustice that takes place to street vendors.”

    Another online petition was created to force the police department to remove Aranas from his job, accusing him of “continuously target minorities in the community.” As of this writing, nearly 13,000 had signed it.

    “The only beautiful thing here is there is a lot of community support,” Flores told the Daily Californian. “Juan will … benefit from those funds … whether it’s getting a car, getting a permit, whatever is the applicable thing to address the issue.”

    Update 9:15am CT, Sept. 12: Scott Biddy, vice chancellor of Berkeley, released a statement saying that the school cares about the well-being of those from “marginalized communities of color,” it is reviewing the incident, and he has instructed the University of California Police Department to open a complaint investigation. He then provided context for the situation:

    “We have instructed our officers to monitor illegal vending outside our event venues. This action has been motivated at least in part by issues of public health, the interests of local small businesses, and even human trafficking. In addition, while I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.”

    In a Q&A portion of the statement, the school said that $60 was taken from the vendor by the officer, which was “seized as evidence of the suspected proceeds of the violation and booked into evidence.”

    Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/california-berkeley-police-hot-dog-vendor/

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    Hidden In The Money

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    Trump praises non-existent African country in speech to African leaders

    BTW

    Speaking before a group of African leaders at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Donald Trump cited the progress of Nambia’s health system. The problem is, Nambia does not exist.

    “In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak, Trump said. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”

    Trump likely meant Namibia, which does exist. The president delivered his remarks during a lunch attended by leaders from Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Guinea, Senegal, Namibia, and Uganda.

    Unlike several other countries in West Africa last year, Namibia was spared the deadly Ebola outbreak in 2016 that caused widespread panic, including in the United States. Given Ebola outbreaks in other African countries, Namibia boosted its health system to prepare for possible infections in the southwestern African nation.

    Trump began his speech before the African leaders by touting the economic potential in African nations, saying that “so many” of his friends are “going to your countries trying to get rich.”

    “Africa has tremendous business potential,” Trump said. “I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich, I congratulate you. They are spending a lot of money. But it does, it has tremendous business potential.”

    Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/trump-nambia-african-leaders-speech/

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    Here’s How One Grocery Store In Germany Proved A Powerful Point About Bigotry

    With our nation more divided than ever in regards to issues of racism, xenophobia, and everything in between, it’s important to note that diversity is never, ever the enemy.

    And while America may be struggling to find a common ground on these issues, it’s important (and honestly, kind of depressing) to know that we’re not alone. In recent years, Germany has had to deal with its fair share of issues following a 2015 decision to allow more than a million asylum seekers entry into the country. At the heart of the problem is the idea that these immigrants have “failed to assimilate.” Worse still is that many wrongly associate refugees and migrants seeking asylum with terrorism.

    And one German grocery store has made their stance on diversity known. What they did is important and something we all need to see.

    Regular customers at the Edeka supermarket in Hamburg were caught off guard when they walked inside to find a majority of the shelves and display cases mostly empty.

    Upon closer inspection customers began to notice that all non-German products were removed from the store shelves.

    Replacing the items were signs containing anti-xenophobic messages.

    One sign read, This shelf is pretty boring without diversity, while another added, This is howempty a shelf is without foreigners.

    The goal of the pro-diversity campaign was to help German residents realize just how much they depend on the people from around the world.

    You might not think about it when youre browsing the store aisles, but most of the food you place in your shopping cart has been shipped to your store from all around the globe.

    The campaign was met with mixed reviews. Some people were quick to applaud the company for taking a risk in order to prove a point about an important issue.

    Others, however, felt that the supermarket had no right to mix their business affairs with politics, especially considering the closeness of next months election.

    Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/grocery-store-racism/

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    5 Pieces Of Good News About The Recent Surge Of Nazis

    I’m not out of line in saying that 2017 has been a pretty awful year, am I? But even with all the horseshit that’s happened so far (read around on Cracked — we’ve covered quite a bit of that) the misery sandwich has now been garnished with a heaping helping of Charlottesville, and right now, America’s Nazi situation seems … less than optimal. But that doesn’t mean this situation is unfixable. In fact, there are a great many signs out there that modern Nazis might not exactly be goose-stepping across the country in groups of millions in the foreseeable future. Let’s talk about those, because frankly, I think we could all do with a little bit of the good stuff right now.

    5

    The Internet Is Actively Pushing Back

    When the Nazis originally managed to rise to power in 1932 with an approval rating of just around 37 percent, they had two major advantages on their side: History had not yet shown what colossal asshats they’d prove to be, and there was no internet to constantly remind the world of that fact. Today, neither of those advantages exist. The world’s online, we know all about their fuckery, and this combination is making things very, very difficult for them once they’re out in the open.

    By now, you’ve seen the countless social media condemnations of the events of Charlottesville. You’ve read the news, skimmed through the thinkpieces, and you’re currently sitting on the toilet, dropping a big Nazi, and browsing through this column I angrily keyboard-punched into existence. You’ve witnessed the whole world create an amazing tsunami of fury that’s now washing over every single tainted soul who thought it fit to light a tiki torch in the name of hate. Even the company that makes the damn torches pretty much told the marchers to eat their own diapers. For days, the overwhelming majority of non-Nazi-infested corners of the internet have channeled Jello Biafra, and the message is clear — clearer than it could have been at any other point in history. “Nazis not welcome. Go choke on a dick. Signed, the world.”

    For a more hands-on online approach, there are also more direct consequences to goose-stepping to the tune of the bad guys of WWII. A Twitter campaign is currently in the process of identifying the marchers in order to name and shame them in the eyes of the world. As you can imagine, calling out a Nazi in front of their schools and jobs is a fairly effective strategy that sends a fairly solid message: If you’re participating in a Nazi activity and dare to peek out of that moist mud pit you generally revel in, you will be tracked down and publicly branded. And your day shift manager at Big Wally’s Hot Dogs And Tires is not going to be happy.

    There’s a flipside to this, though. Although the internet isn’t as horrible as Nazis, it still is pretty awful. Instead of doing the sane thing and actually checking the available images from Charlottesville to see if there were any people they know and can reliably recognize, many people have taken to internet sleuthing, which in this case means lazily image searching the faces and screaming wolf at the first result. Please don’t ever do that. It’s generally considered impolite to implicate innocent people just because an algorithm decides “These two people have mustaches. SWITCH TO OFFENSE MODE.” Besides, finding out that you kind of look like a Nazi is a pretty shitty thing to discover on a lazy Tuesday, even if it isn’t followed by an inevitable torrent of doxxing.

    4

    Their Figureheads Tend To Fall Or Fade Into Obscurity Real Quickly

    Full disclaimer: In this column, I’m going to lump “Nazis,” “White Supremacists,” and “Alt-Right” under the same swastika. They’ve all been stirring the shit soup that enables things like Charlottesville, and frankly, we’re at a point in history where Godwin’s Law just doesn’t apply anymore.

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    Exhibit A.

    Here’s a super good thing about the far right: It’s lacking a charismatic figurehead — something that you might remember was a fairly important aspect of the Nazis’ grip on power back in the day. Milo was a self-imposed face for the alt-right for a while, but has all but gone the way of the dodo, and was a divisive figure among the movement in any case. If we go straight Nazi, there’s David Duke, but then, there’s always David Duke. After nuclear fire cleanses the earth of all but the most tenacious lifeforms, David Duke will still be wandering the fringes, complaining that the radioactive scorpions are stealing all of the American jobs. No one listens to fucking David Duke. How about Richard Spencer? Nah. He might’ve stood a chance, but thank fuck, this is and will forever remain the guy’s legacy now:

    There’s just no coming back after you become a “Nazi gets punched” meme and your favorite band in the whole wide world takes a mighty public dump on you for associating your movement with them the very same week.

    Steve Bannon, maybe? He is probably the most powerful person with provable far-right connections right now. On the other hand, he also appears to have the natural charisma of a blobfish and the handsome features of a freshly picked scab. Besides, back when he was working for the administration, he was unable to act as a true spearhead even if he wanted to. And now that he’s been “let go,” he seems more interested in acting like a child whose candy has been taken away and Breitbart-fueled revenge antics than any real figurehead role. Besides, and perhaps strangely, the longtime alt-right champion has recently taken the stance that the alt-right are losers, which I’m sure has absolutely nothing to do with bitterness over the fact that their Nazi antics almost certainly played a part at costing him his job.

    But what about the orange man in the White House (or, more likely, Mar-a-Lago)? Surely, Trump himself is the most obvious choice for a figurehead?

    3

    Nazis Are Actively Hurting Trump Whenever They Rear Their Ugly Heads

    Oh, God, I wish. Trump’s rise to political might does allow certain comparisons to that of a certain Austrian art school dropout, as we’ve pointed out before. But this is not 1930s Germany, and Trump’s recent activities make me almost hope that he’ll go the whole nine yards and go full Nazi in public. Mainly because I’d enjoy seeing Pence, the Cabinet, and the Congress stumble over each other to declare him unfit to serve, which incidentally is a move that they can totally pull off if need be.

    This, combined with the umpteen investigations he’s under, would make you believe that Trump would be lightning-quick to condemn Nazi fuckery. Yet, despite the way it takes him roughly 0.04 seconds to start shithouse Twitter feuds with folks like Rosie O’Donnell, he took two days to condemn actual fucking Nazis marching on U.S. soil and performing domestic terror attacks. His initial reaction was to spout enough “look, clearly more than one side is at fault, here” rhetoric, a proclamation that caused The Daily Stormer to knock itself out with its own raging joy boner. Right after his totally legitimate and unforced “Nazis and KKK bad, I guess” speech, he went right back to defending his original comments. Oh, and he also casually retweeted (and later deleted) alt-right conspiracy theorists, people calling him a fascist, and a train running over a dude with a CNN logo for a face. Smooth.

    Trump could’ve just given the world a quick, presidential “Holy shit, fuck Nazis, amirite?” before heading back to whichever golf course he has chosen to bedevil that week. Instead, he chose to shove his foot in his mouth and then shoot himself in said foot. And he’ll probably repeat this chain of events whenever those pricks pop out again (which I’ll wager they will). So, aside from the natural, sickly tilt of his body that’s caused by the chaos demons controlling his hair, what’s his angle?

    Me, I think he doesn’t have one. I don’t even think he realizes he’s doing anything wrong. For all his faults, I don’t think Donald Trump is a Nazi. He’s probably not actively sieg heil-ing his way about the Oval Office. He’s been known to throw shade at David Duke and his cohorts back in the days of yore. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that he views the portion of his fanboys with heavy national socialist tendencies as the obligatory bad apples in an otherwise perfectly fine basket of, ugh, deplorables. Jesus, Hillary, that was a terrible analogy.

    My theory is that this has everything to do with the way Trump’s campaign, political language, and celebrity profile are now so intertwined with the far-right MAGA horseshittery he ass-pulled during his campaign that even the far right-ridden Europe took one look at his carotene hue and promptly started becoming more liberal. Those Charlottesville fuckers might’ve been throwing straight-up Nazi salutes, but they’re still technically in Trump’s corner, and he’s been pretty consistent in sucking up to the supporter base he’s ended up with … even as all other supporters slowly dwindle away.

    So, there’s a silver lining, I guess: Every time Nazi fucks raise their heads, our President will probably end up dealing with the situation with all the gusto of Superman determinedly shoving kryptonite up his butthole.

    2

    Remember That These Are The Kind Of People Who Feud With Fucking Shia LaBeouf

    Remember back in January, when Shia “I’m an artist now” LaBeouf and a couple of others first set up their four-year He Will Not Divide Us anti-Trump installation, which essentially consisted of LaBeouf and various others chanting those exact words at a camera? Of course you don’t. Passersby were encouraged to participate, which went roughly as well as you’d expect:

    Yeah, that’s Mutt Williams yelling a dude to submission. The fucker he screamed at was actually in full Nazi mode: The phrase he says at the camera, “1488,” is a known Nazi code word that stands for the 14-word phrase “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” and the numerical code for “Heil Hitler.” The Jewish LaBeouf understandably didn’t care much for this.

    Somehow, this event started a strange, ongoing game of cat and mouse between LaBeouf’s collective and the Nazis, who were so sufficiently triggered by their trolling backfire that they started actively sabotaging He Will Not Divide Us. The installation became a hotbed of their trolling, to the point where the New York museum housing the project closed it down. LaBeouf’s team responded by moving the installation to Albuquerque, NM, but vandalism and reports of gunfire in the area forced them to relocate yet again. At this point, they stopped the chanting thing, and instead started live streaming a flag bearing the name of the project from a secure, unknown location. Within two weeks, the flag was replaced with a Pepe shirt and a MAGA hat. After yet another failed attempt to fly the flag at the top of the Foundation For Art And Creative Technology in Liverpool, officials finally ordered the project to shut down.

    I don’t have any grand point to make about this. I just wanted it on record that this is ultimately the brand of Nazi we’re dealing with: guys who need to attack Shia fucking LaBeouf en masse, because this isn’t the resurgence of the Third Reich that we’re dealing with. This is a bunch of sad dudes, and the star of Even Stevens and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull is their Lex Luthor.

    1

    The Rest Of The Right Hates Their Guts

    Question: How many Nazis are we dealing with, actually? Are we running a risk of having the entire Republican party just going “Eh, screw it” and start dealing out jackboots? Answer: Absolutely not. The Charlottesville tiki torch crowd was around a hundred people at most. That’s obviously not every Nazi in a country, or even in the town that weekend, but seeing as roughly every fucking Republican out there completely and utterly condemns them, it’s pretty hard to see them as a secret majority bubbling under the surface. From Paul Ryan to noted curmudgeon Sen. Orrin Hatch to Glenn Beck, noted right-wing figures have come out to vomit disgust all over white supremacy. The list of Republicans who oppose Trump is getting longer every day thanks to his failure to do the same.

    There are similar sentiments in the field, even among some of the most visible Alt-Righters. You might have seen pictures of John “Based Spartan” Turano, the armor-clad Alt-Right brawler who made a habit of clashing with antifa protesters at assorted rallies. One day, a small Jewish protester approached him and asked: “Does my life matter?” That’s the sort of question that’ll make you consider precisely what side you’re on. Up to that point, Turano had seen the left as a violent enemy meant to be smashed into a universal healthcare-demanding pulp. When he started seeing them as ordinary people and seeing people on his own side waving Nazi flags, he fucked right off the movement without ever looking back, going as far as publicly deeming his participation a “horrible mistake.”

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    Dude became badass the second he stopped dressing like a badass.

    I don’t think this is just an isolated event. Even in this political climate, “Nazi” is a word that carries weight. Metaphorically or literally, that weight is generally a fist, and where it’s carried is right at the face of the nearest Nazi. It doesn’t matter which side of the divide you come from — that gut instinct is the same. Maybe you’ve seen the video of the Alt-Right dingus who tried to attend an Oath Keeper rally in Houston this June, armed with a megaphone and a bunch of Nazi Pepe memes? That didn’t go too well for him.

    That entire clip is an education in how the more traditional right wing sees these fuckers spreading Nazi ideals and imagery. The guy is confronted in less than a minute, choked out in under two, and escorted out of the area to the tune of people singing “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” like he’s just been fired by Vince McMahon. “Dude, this isn’t Comic-Con,” someone tells him. “But these are good memes,” is his only defense.

    At the end of the day, it’s signs like these that make me think it’s important to remember that the vast majority of the right — or even of people that have supported Trump at some point — are not necessarily the enemy, especially when there’s actual Nazis running about. The right are just people with a set of demographics that has caused them to have views that differ from those of the left. The Nazis, on the other hand, are a historically documented face of evil. The historically documented face of evil. It takes a truly particular fuckwit, thrill-seeker, or asshole to jump on that wagon. And, as long as the people surrounding that wagon will ridicule them (and maybe choke them out a little, if push comes to sleeper hold), I think we’re going to be just fine.

    Or not. What do I know? At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Moon Nazis attacked tomorrow. Let’s watch that video of Richard Spencer again:

    Pauli is just so tired of all this bullshit, guys. Here he is on Twitter.

    Read more: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-pieces-good-news-about-recent-surge-nazis/

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    Nestl acquires a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee at a valuation north of $700M

    Blue Bottle Coffee, one of Silicon Valley’s favorite coffee projects, is selling a majority stake to Nestlé in a big semi-acquisition this morning that’s no doubt going to validate a lot of interest in the potential of coffee markets.

    Nestlé is acquiring a 68% stake in the company, and it t looks like the leadership of the company isn’t changing as part of this deal. The Financial Times is reporting that Nestle is paying up to $500 million at a valuation north of $700 million, which we understand is in the right ballpark.

    The company has opened up shops in San Francisco, New York, and Tokyo among other cities, and the experience is kind of like walking into an Apple Store. The opportunity there is that if Blue Bottle were to open up a store across from every Starbucks and acquire a customer with more value than one looking to get in and out of the shop as quickly as possible, it could potentially create a pretty substantial coffee business — even if it captured only a fraction of Starbucks’ market.

    Blue Bottle Coffee is the biggest brand in specialty coffee in America and Japan today,” Index Ventures partner Mike Volpi said in a statement. “Their success is a testament to James and Bryan’ genius and ability to create a unique sense of value that’s translated into a large, loyal following. It’s the power of the Blue Bottle brand that attracted us to invest early on, and it’s been incredibly gratifying to watch them build an enduring company.”

    Coffee shops have been a favorite pet project of Silicon Valley investors, which have poured a ton of money into operations like Blue Bottle and Philz. This also isn’t Nestlé’s first big effort in coffee, as it owns the Nespresso one-shot coffee machine that’s a competitor to the Keurig, as well as the Nescafé brand. Blue Bottle has also been a prolific product producer (say that three times fast) by rolling out little cartons of its coffee and placing them in retail outlets, much like Starbucks does.

    Ironically, we noted a little while back that Amazon should try picking up a coffee shop like Blue Bottle or Philz based on the market opportunity against a competitor like Starbucks and the opportunity to expand its Prime footprint. Nestlé has plenty of coffee brands in its portfolio, but a deal of this scale just shows that these coffee startups maybe shouldn’t still be treated as experiments — though they may require a well-capitalized parent (like Amazon or Nestlé) to expand to the level of Starbucks.

    Independently, Blue Bottle raised more than $100 million, and we had actually heard some whispers that it might be checking into potential financing about a year ago — though, at the time, the company outright said this wasn’t happening and that it had not held any conversations with investors at any point about additional financing since the previous round. Either way, a year is quite a long time for a story like Blue Bottle to play out, which hopes to have opened 25 new cafes by the end of the year.

    A representative from Blue Bottle said they would not comment on the specifics of the deal or the valuation of the company.

    Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/nestle-acquires-a-majority-stake-in-blue-bottle-coffee/

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    Guy Shows Off Michigan Shaped Beer Chair

    This guy and his wife wanted to get donations for clean water projects in Africa, so he decided to build intricate wooden chairs in the shape of Michigan to raise money. Part of the set is a discrete beer can dispenser that also keeps the cans cool.?

    Read more: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2017/09/19/guy-shows-off-michigan-shaped-beer-chair/

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