Uber co-founder buys record-breaking LA mansion for $72.5m as drivers fight for wages

Los Angeles sees a spike in the homelessness population while homes the size of football fields are selling for more than $100m Two massive luxury real estate deals in Los Angeles have shone a harsh light on the wealth gap in a region where tens of thousands of people live on the streets while mansions the size of football fields sell for more than $100m. On Monday, Variety reported that the Uber co-founder Garrett Camp and his partner Eliza Nguyen have highest home price in Los Angeles county history. The extraordinary mega-mansion sales come at a time when Los Angeles is faced with widening inequality and escalating concerns about the housing crisis and a LA Times report on the sale, …

UK and other powers to hold crunch talks with Iran over nuclear deal

Talks in Vienna follow decision by Iran to hold back on threat to breach enriched uranium limit Britain and other international powers are set for crunch talks to persuade Iran to abandon its efforts to enrich uranium, after Tehran temporarily held back on its threat to breach the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran had threatened to go over the 300kg limit for low-enriched uranium stockpiles on Thursday, but experts at the UNs International Atomic Energy Agency said progress in increasing the stockpiles had been slower than expected and that the limit may not be reached until the weekend. The temporary reprieve follows pressure from European leaders, especially the French president, Emmanuel Macron. Iran is now waiting on the outcome of talks …

‘Living joyously is a radical act’: why America’s gay bars still matter

Fifty years after Stonewall, and with Trump trying to roll back LGBTQ rights, Dominic Rushe visits three gay bars in different states and finds them as vibrant and vital as ever The gay bar is in trouble. Fifty years after the Stonewall Inn in New York became the symbol for a new wave of gay activism, the three horsemen of the gay bar apocalypse gentrification, assimilation and technology have hollowed out their numbers. Rising rents have shuttered gay bars; more straight venues are accepting of gay patrons; and dating is something people now do with their phones. Even the term gay bar looks a little tired as the LGBTQ community finally comes to terms with its many rainbow stripes. Bare …

Trump says he stopped airstrike on Iran because 150 would have died

US president tweets that he intervened 10 minutes before planned retaliatory attack Donald Trump has said the US air force was cocked and loaded to attack three Iranian targets on Friday morning, but he called off the strike with 10 minutes to spare after being told that the airstrike might kill as many as 150 people. Trump said in a series of morning tweets that he decided late on Thursday that the death toll was not a proportionate response to the Iranian shooting down of a US spy drone off the Iranian coast 24 hours earlier. The tweets revealed how close the world may have come to a Middle East conflagration, and raised questions over why the commander-in-chief was told …

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify at House subcommittee on 19 June Juneteenth The topic of Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017, following sexual harassment allegations. The Texas Nancy Pelosi, said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that has not been the subject of a House hearing since 2007. Reparations had been a semi-dormant issue and occasional punchline in recent years, until Coatess 2014 movies such as the Lethal Weapon series and the classics Barack Obama questioned the implementation of reparations, …

Christian rightwingers warn abortion fight could spark US civil war

Wave of extreme bans seems to have amped up predictions of coming conflict Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US ranging from religious magazines to authors to elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war. Though such dire predictions are not openly speculated that the divide over abortion rights might lead to civil war. Last month, Keller drew explicit comparisons with the antebellum situation over slavery, telling the Guardian: Whether this ever leads to a tragedy, like it did before with our civil war, I cant say. Earlier this month, the Guardian bill unlikely to pass which would criminalize abortion in the state. Along with legislators, the notion of …

Alyssa Milano calls for sex strike as protest over Republican abortion laws

Actor provokes storm with call to regain bodily autonomy as GOP-held legislatures push laws amid quest to overturn Roe v Wade The actor Alyssa Milano ignited a social media storm with a call for women to join her in a sex strike, to protest against cardiac activity is detected Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘It has to be dealt with’: what’s the future for midwest towns affected by climate change?

Those who have felt the effects no longer doubt climate change is happening; how to prepare for it is a different issue Larry Turner doesnt expect to be back. Were going to lose our town, he said as he hosed down what little he was able to rescue from his 95-year-old mothers house after weeks underwater in the small Iowa community of Pacific Junction. Ive been here 68 years and this is the worst Ive ever seen. Every home got destroyed. Pacific Junctions 470 residents were forced to flee in mid-March after a surge of water hit the Missouri river and busted through levees the length of Iowa to create the regions biggest floods in living memory. The breach that …

House Democrats pass bill directing Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

Only a few Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the measure, which Mitch McConnell said will go nowhere Democrats on Thursday passed their first significant international agreement to limit the pollution that is heating the world. The needed and the vision Paris climate agreement would have an unmeasurable effect globally and hurt the economy. My colleagues on the left think these self-inflicted national injuries just feel like this greening of America is the right thing to do, McConnell Green New Deal, expecting that many Democrats would not be able to stand behind the specifics and the costs of the sweeping proposal. Donald Trump made it a campaign promise, exit the 2015 Paris deal, in which almost all the nations …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …

Authorities thwart US veteran’s plan to bomb California white supremacist rally

Mark Domingo allegedly said he wanted revenge for attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month A terror plot by an army veteran who converted to Islam and planned to bomb a white supremacist rally in southern California as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks was thwarted, federal prosecutors said Monday. Mark Domingo, 26, an infantryman who served a combat stint in Afghanistan, was arrested by federal agents Friday while finalizing plans to plant a bomb at a Nazi rally that had been scheduled Sunday in Long Beach. Domingo was arrested on a charge of providing material support to terrorists and a criminal complaint said he had been planning since March to manufacture and use …

Trump orders officials to charge fees for asylum seekers fleeing persecution

Officials directed to tighten regulations on asylum claims, with people who cross border illegally to be barred from working Donald Trump has directed officials to toughen rules for asylum seekers, including by introducing a fee for their applications and barring those who entered the country illegally from working until their claims are approved. The moves are the latest effort by the Trump administration to restrict asylum, a process meant to protect people fleeing persecution and violence in their home country.Many of the changes would be dramatic shifts in how asylum seekers are treated, but would also require time-intensive regulatory procedures before they go into effect, which will probably take months. Trump administration officials have for more than two yearsblamed US …

Tesla gets restraining order against alleged harasser

Carmaker says man trespassed on factory in California and drove at security guard Tesla has been granted a temporary restraining order to prevent an alleged harasser from approaching the carmakers California factory. The electric carmaker claimed in its application for the order that the man had repeatedly harassed its employees. He allegedly controls a Twitter account which frequently claimsthat Tesla engages in fraud and which claims to be betting that Tesla shares will fall. The man, a resident of Fremont, California, is named in the order, granted by a court in the state. He is allegedly part of a loose online community that believes Tesla is the Electrek website, the man is not allowed within 100 yards of several Tesla …

Louisiana: advocates concerned after three black churches burned in a week

NAACP president called fires domestic terrorism as civil rights advocates believe black congregations are being targeted After three churches in central Louisiana were destroyed by fire in little more than a week, civil rights advocates have expressed concern that black congregations are being targeted. We must not turn a blind eye to any incident where people are targeted because of the color of their skin or their faith, said Derrick Johnson, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in a statement on Monday. He also referred to the fires as domestic terrorism. Three Baptist churches in St Landry Parish Mount Pleasant, St Mary and Greater Union burned between 26 March and 4 April. Sheriff Bobby …

Mar-a-Lago’s bizarre breach: a mystery woman, malware and Trump’s ‘circus’

The glitzy resort known as the winter White House affords people easy access to the worlds most powerful man The young Chinese lady at the Mar-a-Lago security tent looked nothing like a typical member of Donald Trumps Palm Beach elite. She carried no swimming attire but explained in broken English she was there to use the pool. The name she gave appeared nowhere in the list of club members. They let her in anyway. So began another peculiar chapter in an already lengthy catalogue of extraordinary and controversial misadventures that have engulfed the glitzy waterfront mansion that Trump likes to call his winter White House. As the president ended the week insisting it was no big deal that Mar-a-Lagos security …

Chicago to elect first black female mayor in historic runoff vote

Lori Lightfoot, who has never held office, and Toni Preckwinkle, dogged by a political scandal, are competing for the highest office in the city Chicago is about to elect its first black female mayor. In a runoff election on Tuesday, the city will elevate either the former police board president Lori Lightfoot or the Cook county board president, Toni Preckwinkle, to the highest office in the city. Lightfoot, who would also be the citys first openly lesbian mayor, is a heavy favorite to replace the outgoing mayor, Rahm Emanuel, in led the crowded pack of mayoral hopefuls, in part on the basis of her significant experience in Chicago politics. But the arrest in early January of Ed Burke the longest-serving …