‘Ugh, delete’: Editor’s notes on Milo’s rejected autobiography revealed

By ethan / December 28, 2017

An early manuscript of controversial right-wing figure Milo Yiannopoulos’s cancelled autobiography “Dangerous” has been made public. It includes editor comments calling the writing “self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking.”

“I will not accept a manuscript that labels an entire class of people ‘mentally ill,’” one comment reads.

Yiannopoulos’ book deal with publishing giant Simon and Schuster was cancelled in February after it was revealed that he advocated pedophilia. He had reportedly secured an advance of $ 255,000. In July, Yiannopoulos sued Simon and Schuster, with the publisher submitting documents showing their objections to the manuscript.  The text is available for download on the New York State court’s website.

Editor Michael Ives’ criticisms of the book suggest poor writing amid racial epithets. “Throughout the book, your best points seem to be lost in a sea of self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking.”

“Delete entire chapter,” says another comment.

Other notes read, “Delete irrelevant and superfluous ethnic joke” and “This is not the time or place for another black-dick joke.”

Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter after he was accused of orchestrating the harassment of African-American actor Leslie Jones. During an appearance on HBO’s ‘Real Time’ with Bill Maher alongside comedian Larry Wilmore and commentator Malcolm Nance, both African-American, Yiannopoulos told Maher he needed to get “higher IQ guests.”

Ives’ notes also indicate Yiannopoulos’s tendency to not use citations to back up his assertions. “Citations need” and “no basis to say this.”

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In October, the former Breitbart News editor was filmed singing America the Beautiful along with Richard Spencer, the white nationalist figure who engaged in a ‘Heil Hitler’ salute.

Weeks later, Yiannopoulos called thousands of Syrian refugees “rapists,” before backtracking on his comments when he discovered they were actually Christian. He made the comments on an Australian radio station.

In February, protests turned to riots at the University of California in Berkeley after Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Police said they could not guarantee the safety of attendees amid a crowd of demonstrators that included about 150 aggressive anti-fascist protesters intent on shutting down the forum.

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6 injured in Seattle van crash, police say 'not terrorism related'

By ethan / December 28, 2017

Half a dozen people have been hospitalized after a shuttle van ran into pedestrians and crashed into a building at a busy intersection in downtown Seattle, Washington. Police are treating it as a traffic accident.

The crash was reported at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street at 11:55 local time (1955 GMT).

Two of the victims were a man and a woman walking with a young child, according to a witness quoted by the Seattle Times. The child was not struck.

The shuttle van’s driver was having a “medical emergency” when the crash happened, KOMO-TV reporter Kara Kostanich said, citing the Seattle Police Department.

The incident is not terrorism-related, Kostanich said. Two of the injured are in serious condition, she added, quoting the SPD.

Police said the incident is being investigated by traffic detectives.

The intersection remains closed to traffic until further notice.

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‘No Boys Allowed’: Female comedian sued after man with ticket denied entry to show

By ethan / December 28, 2017

A female comedian is reportedly being sued following allegations she refused to allow a man to attend her women-only show in Los Angeles – a case her accuser says is comparable to civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the 1950s.

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Iliza Shlesinger, a former winner of the NBC reality show ‘Last Comic Standing’, has been accused of leading a “war on men” after refusing to let 21-year-old George St. George entry to her “Girls Night In With Iliza – No Boys Allowed” show at LA’s Coronet Theater on November 13. In legal documents published by the Hollywood Reporter, St. George said that he had first been told he would have to sit at the back because of his gender. However, when he later went to pick up the tickets, theater officials told him it was a women-only event and offered him a full refund.

“Simply put, it is against many California laws for a business to discriminate against patrons based on their sex or other personal characteristics, such as race or sexual orientation which should surprise no one,” said the complaint, submitted by attorney Alfred Rava.

The florid 14-page suit, which opens with a quote from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, also compares the event to racial segregation in the southern states during the 20th century, adding that being denied access because of gender is “akin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1955.” That was the year civil rights activist Rosa Parks famously refused to sit at the back of a city bus, sparking a boycott of public transit over racial segregation laws.

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Rava also claimed that having a ‘No Boys Allowed’ night was as “repugnant” as a “Caucasian Night” or “Heterosexual Night.” St George is suing for unspecified damages.  

RT.com has contacted Schlesinger’s representatives and the Coronet Theatre for comment. Schlesinger has spent the holiday season overseas. On Christmas Day, she tweeted a picture from her show entertaining US troops in Iraq with the United Service Organization (USO).

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Meghan Markle must not get royal title – petition

By ethan / December 28, 2017

Meghan Markle is “unsuitable” for royalty, according to angry petitioners. They insist she must not get an official title when she marries Prince Harry.

Furious royalists say Markle would bring shame on the royal family as a divorcee who has been outspoken on issues like Trump and Brexit, as well as appearing on TV with little clothing on.

Markle appears to have the backing of the entire royal family, and was the first unmarried partner to receive an invite to Sandringham for Christmas this year.
However, some members of the public are not so taken with her. An online petition is circulating as hundreds try to stop Markle getting a title.

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The petition states: “We the undersigned believe that Meghan Markle is unsuitable to be a member of the Royal Family and to have an official position in representing this country.

“She has shown her disrespect for the Monarch and Royal Family by pulling faces and sticking her tongue out to the visitors during her first public appearance with the Queen.”

It also claims Markle “showed a lack of respect towards Harry” during a recent visit to Nottingham, but did not explain how. Markle will also not be respected since the ‘Suits’ actress has been seen scantily clad in magazines and on TV.

“No member of the Royal Family should have naked images of them freely available on the internet as she does,” the petition reads.

“Her constant sex simulation makes her a laughing stock and an embarrassment to this country.”

The petition alleges divorcee Markle was unfaithful to past partners, and issues a plea to “prevent her from having an official role or title after her marriage to Harry.”

The petition was started by a Louise Pawsey and has amassed more than 350 signatories – with a target of 500.

Prime Minister Theresa May, Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles will be sent the petition if reaches its target.

Harry and Meghan are expected to become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but the order must come from the Queen.

Her Majesty gave the Duke of Cambridge, Harry’s brother, his title on his wedding day.

The petition is not likely to have an impact on a smitten Harry, who recently refused to take part in a Boxing Day hunt – for the first time in 20 years since he first took part – because Markle objects to the blood sport.

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‘Caught RED HANDED!’ Trump claims China selling oil to N. Korea despite sanctions

By ethan / December 28, 2017

Donald Trump has accused China of exporting oil to North Korea, in contravention of UN sanctions, after a media report alleged transactions between the two countries. Beijing has denied making illegal shipments.

“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” tweeted the US president.

On Tuesday, the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo claimed US surveillance satellites spotted Chinese vessels engaged in ship-to-ship oil transfers with North Korean ships at sea, citing government sources in Seoul. At least 30 such transfers have allegedly occurred since October.

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September’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2375 imposed an import quota of 500,000 barrels of refined petrol on North Korea, for three months starting in October, as well as restrictions on crude oil transactions. Direct ship-to-ship transfers, which make it harder to account for the oil, are also banned by the UN, which imposed Resolution 2375 in response Pyongyang’s suspected nuclear test earlier that month.

On Thursday, China insisted that it was in full compliance with the resolution, as well as the new UN Security Council resolution passed last week, which places even tighter restrictions on North Korea’s energy imports.

“The situation you have mentioned absolutely does not exist,” Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said when questioned about the media revelations.

In fact, in recent days China has publicized its decision to entirely cut off North Korea’s oil and gas exports following its series of missile and nuclear tests, on the back of its move earlier this year to suspend import of coal from the cash-starved regime, saying that the sanctions-led tightening “reflects its views.” China’s General Administration of Customs published statistics showing that no gasoline or diesel was pumped or shipped to the southern country in either October or November.

Donald Trump has designated North Korea as the prime security threat to the US since his election in 2016, and last month threatened to “utterly destroy” the Asian country in response to any potential acts of aggression.

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‘I didn’t feel like it was the moment to celebrate’ – Cory Hendricks recalls brutal KO at ACB 77

By ethan / December 28, 2017

American MMA fighter Cory Hendricks, who brutally knocked out Russia’s Konstantin Erokhin early in their fight at ACB 77 in Moscow last weekend, told RT Sport about his reserved reaction to the victory.

The 29-year-old former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ reality TV series participant, who now fights in Russian MMA promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), made a big statement last weekend, knocking out another fighter with UFC experience, 34-year-old Erokhin, in spectacular fashion just 30 seconds into their fight.

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Right after Hendricks’ pinpoint head kick sent Erokhin onto the canvas in the early seconds of their fight, he jumped on his opponent to proceed with a vicious ground and pound, knocking the Russian unconscious. Referee Herb Dean waved the fight off and immediately called for medical assistance.

However, it took several minutes to revive the downed Erokhin, who was able to stand straight with support, but was not responsive for some time, and did not react to doctors and team members who were trying to sit him down on a chair and give him an oxygen mask.

Hendricks, who seemed to be more concerned about his opponent’s health than celebrating his victory, calmly looked on as the Russian received the necessary help.

Talking to RT Sport over the phone a few days after his trip to Russia, Hendricks talked about what was going through his mind after the brutal finish he delivered, as well as his impressions of visiting the Russian capital for the first time.  

RT: First of all, congratulations on a spectacular victory last weekend. Your knockout came just 30 seconds into the first round. Could you take us through it? When did you realize that you could execute that roundhouse kick and finish your opponent?

Cory Hendricks: Well, I didn’t actually expect that kick to land as well as it did. I thought it will hit his arms, but it went through, and I saw him falling backwards. So I realized that he was hurt. So I needed to jump on him quickly, he is a tough guy and so I wanted to take advantage, I wanted to finish him off right there and not to give him a chance to recover.

RT: Your reaction to the victory gained you a lot of respect among ACB fans. It looked like you were more concerned about your opponent’s health than celebrating your victory. What was going through your mind right after Herb Dean waved that fight off?

CH: I was happy to get the win, obviously, but I also felt like it was kind of a late stoppage, and he took more punches than needed, you know. I thought that the fight was done before Herb stepped in. But, it’s not my call to make. I was worried that he was hurt real bad, I was just hoping he is OK. Obviously we are going there to hurt each other, but I didn’t want for anything permanent to come out of it. I am glad that the medical crew was there right away to take care of him.

RT: You seem to always be very relaxed and don’t display much emotion, much like many Russian fighters. Fedor Emelianenko would probably be the best example. Is that how you are in your everyday life as well?

CH: Yes, pretty much.

RT: Did people in Moscow think you were Russian, and try to speak to you in Russian?

CH: Yeah, I’ve been told that I look like a Russian before, and yeah there were some people in Moscow who would just come to me and start speaking Russian, like I was Russian, but I told them: ‘Nah, I only speak English, sorry.’

RT: You’re back home in the US now. How does it feel to make such a big change from snowy Moscow to a much warmer place in the States?

CH: Yes, I’m home now in Washington State. And obviously it’s great to be home. I live and train in Las Vegas, Nevada, but I’m from Washington originally and that’s where my family lives. But it was also cool to visit and see Moscow, it was a pretty cool city, it was a great opportunity to go there and check it out. People were really nice to us, we visited Red Square, walked there for a while, that was pretty cool, just driving from the hotel to the venue I felt like it was a long way away so we could see more of this city, there were many cool buildings and cool architecture, and it is a really cool city to see. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Moscow, so I just went there with an open mind. I didn’t like the travel though, it was like 16 hours of flying, so it’s not a fun trip to make. Apart from that, everything was good, but getting there and getting back is no fun.

RT: It was your second fight under the ACB banner. How do you like working with this organization?

CH: They’re great. I like ACB, it’s a great promotion. They’ve got a lot of really talented fighters over there. And they put on some of the best fights I’ve ever seen. They’ve got really well-arranged shows. And I think soon they’re going to get a lot of respect from the MMA community for how good they are. I was very grateful to be a part of the ACB 77 card, it was a great opportunity for me, to go there, to see Moscow, to face a tough opponent. So, I’m really proud of being a part of it.

RT: Your knockout was also recognized by the ACB, and they awarded you some bonus money. Does it motivate you to do the same in your future fights?

CH: Well, ideally, I’m looking to finish all my fights in the first 30 seconds. I’m not banking on it happening, but that’s what I’m shooting for. But right now I’m just looking to improve myself and just keep working my way up, that’s all I’m focusing on. I want to become better and better, and just see how high I can go.

RT: There’s not that much information about you available online, except of course for the fact that you took part in The Ultimate Fighter show. Could you tell us a little bit about your background? We know that you played basketball…

CH: Yeah, I played basketball all my life, then I played for a community college. But then, when I was done with that, I just had a lot of free time on my hands and had nothing to do with that. I met some guys who trained MMA, I started training with them, and I liked that. I kept going, and wanted to see how far I can go with it. But I didn’t really have a martial arts background and I started exactly with MMA. I was 20, may be 21 back when I started practicing it. I would be glad if I started it sooner, but that’s how it happened for me. I wasn’t a big fan of MMA before, I mean, I’ve seen it, I liked watching it but I wasn’t a hardcore fan or anything like that. There are no particular fighters that I liked. I just like different things from different guys, you know, no specific preferences. But if you ask, for me, Jon Jones is the best pound-for-pound fighter.

RT: What do you like doing in your everyday life except for training? Do you have any hobbies?

CH: I like reading, I do some wood working a little bit. I like hiking, I like being outside, just spending time with my friends and family.

by Denis Geyko for RT Sport

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Palestinian student brutally beaten for wishing men ‘Merry Christmas’

By ethan / December 28, 2017

A Muslim student has told of how he feared he would die as he was being kicked in the head, seconds after wishing three men a Merry Christmas outside a pub in northern England.

Ihsan Abualrob was brutally assaulted on Christmas Eve after a night out in Durham. Abualrob is currently studying a Master’s degree in Politics at Durham University, but was left “heartbroken” after he and his friends were attacked.

The Palestinian was in the Happy Wanderer pub with friends when he was called a “suicide bomber” before being attacked outside.

The trio was initially approached when playing pool in the pub.

“We don’t drink and were sitting there chatting when out of the blue a British guy approached us, pulled up a chair uninvited and asked us where we were from,” he told the Northern Echo.

“My friends said from Egypt and myself from Palestine. He said: ‘Egypt, Palestine. You Muslims. Are you suicide bombers?”

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When the group left, they say they were approached outside. Three men began to insult Muslims and mock religion.

Abualrob said: “Merry Christmas, enjoy your holiday.” They turned to leave but were reportedly followed.

“One of them threw a glass towards us,” he said. “Then one of them lunged at me and punched me on my left cheek and I fell to the ground. Then three of them started kicking me in the head, shoulders and body. I grabbed my head in my arms trying to protect my face.”

Abualrob fell in front of the pub, suffering a concussion and bruising on his face and knee. The student said: “Christmas should be a time of love and hope, not violence.”

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of racial or religiously aggravated assault.

A Durham Police spokesman said: “Police were called to an assault outside the Happy Wanderer pub in Durham at around 8.40pm on Christmas Eve. One man was taken to University Hospital North Durham with minor injuries.

“A 49-year-old man and a 23-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated assault with injury.”

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Milwaukee cops drag teenagers from burning car wreckage (VIDEO)

By ethan / December 28, 2017

Two Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes after dragging injured passengers from the burning wreckage of crashed car.

Officers Nicholas Schei and Nicholas Reid witnessed the near-fatal accident in the Hampton Heights area Tuesday, when the driver of a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am lost control and hit a utility pole.

With the car upside down in the middle of the road, the two District Four cops sprung into action to rescue the occupants from the burning, crushed car.

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Footage taken from a police bodycam shows plumes of smoke rising from the car’s hood. In the dramatic video, Reid and Schei race against time to drag two injured youngsters away from the flaming wreck.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, the two men, who came up through the police academy together, are now in line to receive a merit award for their heroics.

“Officers Schlei, Reid and other officers from District Four risked their own lives and pulled the driver, a 16-year-old Milwaukee male, and another teenage male passenger from the car,” the police said in a statement.

“A third teenage male passenger from the vehicle was located nearby. All three victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries,” it added.

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The rescue took less than 60 seconds. However, Schlei said, faced with one of the worst car accidents he has dealt with, the incident seemed much longer.

“I knew the car had the potential to become engulfed but at the time that was not what we were thinking. We were just thinking to keep going until everyone is out,” Schlei said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Officer Reid added: “Obviously, it’s a shock to anyone when you see that kind of car accident. We knew that we had to get those kids out because of the fire. That was our first instinct.”

The driver of the vehicle has been charged with reckless driving.

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London Zoo’s lions so inbred 2 out of 3 cubs dying – report

By ethan / December 28, 2017

London Zoo’s lion family is so inbred that two-thirds of cubs are dying, a new report has found. All members of the pride are descended from nine “founders,” of which six have the same grandparents.

The “founders” were brought to Europe from India in the 1990s as part of the European Endangered Species Program. The idea was to have a pool of pure Asiatic lions that could be introduced to India if the species became locally extinct.

London Zoo received two pairs, Zürich Zoologischer Garten took one pair, and Helsinki Zoo received one male and two females.

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Researchers have concluded that a lack of diversity in the gene pool is causing high levels of stillbirths and infant mortality, risking the species’ existence in Europe. An “extremely high degree of genetic similarity” is also “detrimental” to their health, the researchers say.

The report in the journal of Mammalian Biology found 39 of 57 lion cubs born between 2007 and 2009 had died within four months of birth. As many as 35 of the cubs died within 20 days, three died within two months and one was put down at four months old.

The authors also found over 50 percent of the total historical captive population died within 30 days of birth.

Dr Paul O’Donoghue, one of its authors, said the high number of deaths called into question the zoo’s lion conservation program. The geneticist at the University of Chester said, according to the Daily Mail: “Sixty percent of lion cubs [are dying]. There are situations where they’ve bred the grandfathers with the granddaughters. This shows that the concept that zoos are conservation tools is completely false. This research blows that idea apart.”

The lions are so closely related, the report said, that further matings are not advisable. It suggested that new lions from India need to be added to the breeding program to ensure the “long term viability of the offspring.”

Malcolm Fitzpatrick, curator of mammals for ZSL (Zoological Society of London) told the Daily Mail: “We welcome this study and the advancements in science that will assist in the conservation breeding of Asiatic lions and other endangered species in zoos throughout Europe and India. [It] may also assist with management of isolated populations in the wild that themselves have limited genetic variability.”

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Civil rights activist Erica Garner declared brain-dead after coma

By ethan / December 28, 2017

Erica Garner, who became a prominent civil rights activist after her father’s death in a police chokehold, has been declared brain-dead with no chance of recovery. Garner, 27, was in a coma after a “massive” heart attack.

“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” her mother Esaw Snipes told the New York Daily News on Thursday. “Physically she is still with us.”

An asthma attack on Saturday reportedly stressed Garner’s enlarged heart and triggered cardiac arrest. A CAT scan on Wednesday revealed that she had suffered brain damage “from lack of oxygen” during the heart attack.

Her father, Eric Garner, died in July 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer. His last words were reportedly “I can’t breathe.” His death pushed Erica into activism against police brutality and helped propel the Black Lives Matter movement to national prominence.

“I just left the hospital and it’s not looking good,” Erica’s sister, Emerald Snipes, posted on Facebook on Sunday. “I pray she makes it; she has two little ones to live for.”

Garner gave birth to her second child, a son, in August. She named him Eric, after her late father. It was during the pregnancy that she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. She suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery. Garner also has an 8-year-old daughter.

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