Conservative media claimed the death of a Democratic National Committee staffer would lead to scandal for the party. So far the conspiracy theorists are the only ones facing legal action. After the death of Seth Rich in July 2016, right-wingers pushed a conspiracy theory claiming Rich had leaked DNC documents to Wikileaks and that Democratic operatives had ordered his murder in retaliation. (He was killed in a suspected robbery attempt and no suspect has been arrested.) The theory was debunked by law enforcement and resulted in a retraction from Fox News, which had claimed Rich was in contact with Wikileaks. But Rich’s family and their associates say they faced harassment from the theory’s true believers. On Monday, Brad Bauman, an unpaid spokesperson for the Rich family filed a defamation suit against a Fox News insider, a far-right media group and its founder, and an InfoWars contributor. Bauman claims the defendants smeared him as a DNC “hitman” who had been … [Read more...] about Seth Rich Family Spokesman Sues for Being Called DNC ‘Hitman’
Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla answered questions about all things Colorado sports in a live Lunch Special chat on Monday. Here are the highlights: What impressed you most and what worried you most about Drew Lock in his debut? Kiszla: Good question. I like it. Was this the dawn of the Drew Lock Era? I dunno, to be honest. What I did like: He has that swagger. He loves playing football. He gets fired up. He drew a TD pass to Courtland Sutton up in the dirt. All good. What I didn’t like: He tends to fling the football a bit too haphazardly. He doesn’t seem to have the playbook mastered. He seems to have one receiver in mind pre-snap and tends to scramble rather than go through his progressions. All young-guy stuff. What were your thoughts about Vic Fangio calling off the 65-yard field-goal attempt at halftime? I’ve never seen a kicker have beef with his head coach like that before. Kiszla: Like Brandon McManus, I would’ve liked to see that 65-yard … [Read more...] about Lunch Special: Is Drew Lock’s biggest obstacle Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello?
Debra Jones61, consulting Where do you live now? Sacramento How long did you live in the Bay Area? 36 years How long has it been since you left? 26 years What made you leave the Bay Area? I initially left for a career opportunity, but I also had two young kids and couldn't afford to buy a house in the city. Are you better off now than when you were living in the Bay Area? Yes! I have 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a pool and a huge lot! I could NEVER afford that in the Bay Area! Plus, my children got excellent educations. Do you have plans of ever moving back to the Bay Area? I do not have "plans," I have dreams. San Francisco is my home. It's where I was born and raised. I am a graduate of SFUSD, SF State and UC Berkeley. I bleed blue and gold. I rep the Warriors, Raiders, even though my heart belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I ache for another 49er championship. I miss Muni, BART, flaming hot days in September, foggy damp mornings, the fog horn, the siren on Tuesdays … [Read more...] about Report: Where the rich and the poor move when they leave the Bay Area
Billionaire Bill Gates and former Vice President Al Gore responded to criticism that their use of jets somehow conflicts with their desire to fight global warming, Axios reported Monday. Gates suggested to Axios’s Amy Harder that his heavy investments in green energy are effectively enough to outweigh his private jet usage. The Microsoft founder owns a private jet and is one of the wealthiest people in the world.“I am investing in climate change very broadly and substantial amounts of money,” Gates, who heads a coalition of billionaires who are investing in clean energy tech, said in an interview with Axios over the summer. He added: “I don’t think there is anyone doing more, but if there is, congratulations to whoever that is.” (RELATED: Exclusive: TheDCNF Asked Paris Climate Accord Backers If They’d Support Banning Private Jets. Most Didn’t Respond) Microsoft principle founder Bill Gates participates in a discussion during a luncheon of … [Read more...] about Mega-Rich Environmentalists Respond To Questions About Their Use Of Private Jets
WASHINGTON - Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about medication meant to prevent the transmission of HIV, according to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say the tech giant's refusal to remove the content has created a public-health crisis. The ads have been viewed millions of times in recent months, Facebook's archive reveals, and LGBT organizations argue they've had a dire effect: They've scared patients, potentially those who may be most at risk of contracting HIV, out of taking preventative drugs, known as PrEP, even though health officials and federal regulators have said they are safe. Many of the ads appear to have been purchased by personal-injury lawyers and entities affiliated with them. They allege in lawsuits that HIV medications, such as Truvada, actually threaten patients with serious side effects. But groups led by GLAAD, which regularly advises Facebook on LGBT issues, say the ads are "false" and have urged Facebook for months to … [Read more...] about Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’