Civil servants in Northern Ireland are now required to refer to trans and non-binary people by their correct pronouns. Last year, the civil service re-wrote a policy document which now requires all staff to use the correct pronouns of trans and non-binary employees. While the document was re-written last year, the decision…
British broadcaster Channel 4 is set to make history by showing Nigel Farage, wait, sorry, we mean an erect penis on terrestrial television for the first time. In a show that will no doubt have its ups and downs, the upcoming documentary Me & My Penis will explore the changing landscape of how men think ……
HOW HE THINKS. Trump thought he could “settle” Mueller investigation: “At one point, as the investigation seemed to be intensifying,” Schmidt writes, Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn “that there was nothing to worry about because if it was zeroing in on him, he would simply settle with Mueller. He would settle the case, as if he were negotiating terms in a lawsuit.”
CHADWICK BOSEMAN. Posthumous tweet from late Black Panther‘s account becomes most liked of all time.
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ANDREW SULLIVAN. NYT’s Ben Smith says he still reads him, but can’t defend him: “He was a star in his 20s, when he ran The New Republic, so celebrated that he posed for Annie Leibovitz in a Gap ad in a white T-shirt and a memorably coy expression. He was a master of provocations there that included one that defined him, arguing long before it was part of mainstream political debate that same-sex couples should have the right to marry. But he also published a cover story, an excerpt from ‘The Bell Curve,’ that claimed to show a link between race and I.Q., a decision that has increasingly consumed his legacy.”
MICHAEL FLYNN. Appeals court denies Flynn and DOJ’s effort to end case: “The 8-2 decision restores power to a judge to question the Justice Department’s moves in the politically divisive case, when Attorney General William Barr dropped charges against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser earlier this year despite twice pleading guilty to lying under oath to lying to the FBI.”
RUSSIA. DOJ never fully investigated Trump’s ties: “The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials, keeping investigators from completing an examination of President Trump’s decades-long personal and business ties to Russia.”
ITALY. Older gay people, in pictures. “Photographer Melissa Ianniello’s long-term project investigates the double taboos of homosexuality and old age in Italy. The subjects of her intimate portraits are a group of gay men and lesbians between 60 and 90 years old, captured as couples or alone in their own homes”
$200 AIRLINE TICKET-CHANGE FEES. United just got rid of them: “United Airlines on Sunday said that it will permanently scrap fees to change domestic flights, a big bet that more flexible policies will win over much-needed customers as the pain from the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on air travel continue to mount.”
LOYALTY PLEDGE. Trump demanded loyalty pledge from FBI director John Kelly, didn’t get it: “Schmidt reports that ‘throughout Kelly’s time working directly with Trump, Kelly was repeatedly struck by how Trump failed to understand how those who worked for him — like Kelly and other top former generals — had interest in being loyal not to him, but to the institutions of American democracy.’”
FLORIDA. Department of Health says number of COVID cases in schools is confidential: “In the interest of public health in Florida, the Surgeon General instructed County Health Departments to provides [sic] school districts with information regarding COVID-19 cases in their schools. However, this information is considered confidential,” a Florida Department of Health spokesman said in an emailed statement.
A California woman couldn’t keep her dentures in her mouth while she shouted racist and xenophobic insults at an Asian-American woman during a recent Trump rally in Beverly Hills.
The woman, who goes by the name Carla Canada, was caught on video wearing Trump insignia (but no mask, of course) and shouting at a counter-protester who was holding a sign that read “Trump/Pence out now!”
“You’re in America!” Canada yelled at the woman. “Go back to where your ancestors came! F*ck communism!”
Bella Thorne claimed that her controversial OnlyFans account would serve as research for an upcoming film project with friend Sean Baker, but the director has now said that this isn’t true. Former Disney star Bella Thorne, who came out as pansexual last year, has been swamped in controversy during the last week over…
The Middle Ages conjure an image of darkness, stagnation and regressive attitudes – but a resurfaced queer medieval story has proved this is far from the full picture. A recently resurfaced tale from 12th century Ireland is forcing many people to re-evaluate their perception of the Middle Ages as being a time of stagnation…
A caravan of armed Trump supporters gathered and drove into Portland, Oregon on Sunday night, spraying pepper spray, shooting paintballs, and inciting violence that led to at least one man’s death.
The Oregonian reports: “Portland police said the man was shot around 8:45 p.m. near Southwest Third Avenue and Alder Street. The agency did not say whether the incident was related to the demonstrations. A photo from the scene showed the man wearing a hat with a Patriot Prayer logo. The far-right group has been at the center of multiple Portland demonstrations that often culminate in violent clashes. … Various scuffles between pro-Trump demonstrators and counter-protesters had broken out in the hours since a vehicle rally in support of President Donald Trump, which began in near Clackamas Town Center, reached Portland. Organizers of the event encouraged demonstrators to come armed, but not carry their firearms openly. The fatal shooting occurred after most of the Trump caravan had left downtown.”
Said Portland police in a statement: “Homicide detectives are aware of videos circulating on social media that show the shooting. It is important for detectives get a full and accurate picture of what happened before, during, and after the shooting. If anyone was a witness, has video, or has information about the homicide, they’re asked to contact the primary detectives. “
This tweet thread from NYT correspondent Mike Baker is a good summation of the events that took place: