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Friday, February 15, 2019

As politicians try to work out the details of Britain's exit from the European Union, some people are going to great lengths to get their voices heard.

Even if it means stripping off their shirts.

On Thursday, British journalist and Brexit supporter Rachel Johnson took off her top during an appearance on "The Pledge," a debate show on Sky News.

(I know this is an old item, but I just got my 'vote-by-mail' ballot for a special local election and noticed that it included a postage-paid return envelope, which I had never seen before, so I checked the internet for more info and found this item)

California voters will save themselves a few stamps after Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a measure requiring elections officials to provide prepaid mail ballots in future elections.

The law takes effect in 2019, so you must still pay for your own postage if you vote by mail this November. A handful of counties already include prepaid return envelopes with their mail ballots.

Voting by mail has become an increasingly common practice in California over the past decades, and in the June primary, five counties, including Sacramento, made the switch to a new system where all voters are mailed a ballot. More than two-thirds of California voters in June voted by mail. read more

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The wife of White House communications director Bill Shine has been spreading false information about vaccinations on her Twitter page, claiming that more people should contract measles, which can be deadly to young children.

Darla Shine, a former TV producer and podcaster, falsely claimed Wednesday that sizable measles outbreaks in Washington state and New York are fake.

"Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer," she tweeted, falsely claiming that a 2014 Mayo Clinic study proved the measles cures cancer.

In fact, the study outlined the use of a genetically modified version of the virus to treat one woman's blood cancer. There's no evidence that the standard measles virus cures cancer.

Darla Shine retweeted several people who peddled conspiracy theories that the government intends to hurt people using vaccines and that the injections cause autism. The CDC reports no link between vaccines and autism.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Browns made headlines on Monday when they signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to their team. The 23-year-old Hunt is currently on the commissioner's exempt list stemming from an assault on a woman last year that was caught on camera.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Cleveland will be giving Hunt a one-year deal and that he'll be a restricted free agent in 2020, which means the Browns will still own his rights before the 2020 free agency period.

Yet Colin Kaepernick is still black-balled in the NFL for taking a knee during the National Anthem, an action protected by the 1st Amendment. But in the NFL I guess kicking a women is OK as long as the perp stands for the anthem.

Esquire has found itself embroiled in controversy on social media after a piece about a young white, middle-class teenager was chosen as the focal point for a piece on growing up in America in the March issue of the magazine, which was released during February ― Black History Month. The piece follows 17-year-old high school senior Ryan Morgan from West Bend, Wisconsin. read more


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