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Hillary Clinton launches book tour with tickets selling for up to $1,200

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The pity party rolls on, at a price of course.

From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton will be back in the spotlight this fall for an unprecedented, big-ticket book tour for her new tome What Happened, with tickets priced as high as $1,200. 

On Monday, the ex-Democratic nominee announced ‘Hillary Clinton Live,’ a 15-city tour, which includes stops in a handful of states she lost in the election last year.

Promotional materials for her first stop, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., promises Clinton plans to ‘let loose’ and tell her audience a ‘personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story’ of her election loss and recovery.

The website promoting the tour, HillaryClintonBookTour.com, features a quote from Clinton too.

‘In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,’ she said. ‘Now I’m letting my guard down,’ she pledged.

The tour kicks off on September 18 in D.C. and continues on all through fall.

Clinton is making stops in the trio of states that are largely blamed for her election loss: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Sticking to blue areas within those states, she’ll head to Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 9 – exactly one year to the day that she gave her concession speech – and then head on to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30.

Clinton is hitting up a trio of Canadian cities too, making appearances in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.   Top-tier ticket packages in those cities cost $3,000 Canadian dollars for two seats, or, in American dollars, about $1,200 a pop.

There are cheaper seats in the states with tickets costing between $50 and $350 to see Clinton in Broward, Florida – another state that she lost to now-President Trump.  Clinton will also visit UC Davis, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Portland.

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady already gave audiences a taste of What Happened in the form of two clips from its audio book, which were aired on Morning Joe last week.

In one of the clips, she talks about what it was like to have Trump breathing down her neck, literally, during the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. ‘It was incredibly uncomfortable he was literally breathing down my neck,’ Clinton said. ‘My skin crawled.’

Clinton said that no matter where she walked onstage, Trump followed.  ‘Staring at me, making faces,’ she said, adding that she would have loved to have ‘hit pause’ and ask everyone in the audience, ‘well, what would you do?’

‘Do you say calm, keep smiling and carry-on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, “Back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up!“‘ Clinton said.

What Happened hits bookshelves on September 12.

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Petition seeks to rename Roosevelt Island, calls FDR racist

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Attention snowflakes: Changing a name does not change history.

From NY Post: Roosevelt Island should be renamed because of FDR’s “racist” decision to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II, a new petition demands.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt — who led the nation through the Great Depression and WWII and told Americans they had “nothing to fear but fear itself” — is nevertheless unworthy of having his name on the 147-acre island that is home to 9,700 New Yorkers, those behind the petition claim.

“To add injury to insult, the name was taken away from the Native American people who were slaughtered by the American settlers,” said Margarita L., who started the petition.

The petition, which has a goal of 1,000 signatures, was posted Aug. 19 on the online petition site Care2Petitions.

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Monument “fight” takes aims at Christopher Columbus, Confederate streets in New York

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Rep. Yvettte Clark: Going to end racism by removal of statues

Rep. Clark is all about identity politics and hating Trump. Her banner on her twitter is #BrooklynResists. Girl, we get your signal loud and clear.

From ABC NY: The statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of Columbus Circle is now at the center of controversy. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants the city to consider it among controversial monuments officials are hoping to remove.

Columbus is revered by many, but others argue he should not be honored because he brutalized and killed many native Americans. Because of that, they argue his legacy is tarnished.

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently commissioned a task force to look at statues and monuments around the city, and after a 90-day review, make a recommendation as to what they believe should happen.

Mark-Viverito argued Columbus should be called into question because of his brutal and bloody past. “There are still to this day conversations happening because of the monuments, other Columbus statues, being talked about,” she said. “I would want the commission to look at that statue as well.”

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, a rally was held Tuesday as protesters fight for the renaming of General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive in Fort Hamilton.

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congresswoman Yvette Clark have called the Secretary of the Army to request the change, but he has said he believes the issue is too divisive.

“When you think about the insult, when you think about the hypocrisy, where you have our Joint Chiefs of Staff coming out with statements in the wake of Charlottesville to say that they don’t tolerate racial bigotry,” Clark said. “For them to have their bases named after Confederates, streets and their roadways named after Confederates, it sends an awfully mixed signal.”

Clark says the streets, which she calls magnets for the alt-right movement, have no place as US military installations. She is introducing legislation at the House of Representatives to have all such names and imagery removed.

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Man vandalizes Manhattan apartment window where two Confederate flags were hanging

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No doubt inspired by antifa’s “peaceful” protests.

From Daily Mail: A man has been arrested for breaking the window of a New York apartment where two Confederate flags had been hanging.

Darren Keen, a 34-year-old DJ, had bragged on Instagram that he had punched the sixth-floor window of the East Village apartment on Friday night. He was arrested about 30 minutes later and charged with criminal mischief. 

Keen, who lives around the corner from the apartment on East 8th Street, had climbed up the fire escape before covering his hand with a shirt and punching the window.

The two Confederate flags along with an American flag and Israeli flags had hung in the windows of the top floor apartment for several months but drew further anger in the aftermath of the deadly protests by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Residents of the neighborhood had gathered outside the apartment block earlier in the week shouting insults and throwing rocks at the window. A tarp was draped from the roof of the building on Friday to try and conceal the flags.

Keen, who is originally from Nebraska, told DNAinfo that his wife had spotted the flag about a month ago but he became enraged when he saw how angry his fellow residents were getting.

‘It’s one thing for me, a white Nebraskan, to be annoyed by redneck culture… to actually see the anger and frustration it was causing disadvantaged people in the neighborhood, it escalated my feelings a lot,’ he said.

In the aftermath of the window breaking, Keen posted several photos on Instagram of his bleeding hand.

Yo I punched this nazi dudes Windows out in front of racist nypd I can’t take it any more. Now they knocking on door when they come to mine I’m gonna blow a massive weed rip in their face and say lets all calm down as they beat and subdue me to keep a white supremacist safe,’ he wrote.

He later shared a photo of himself being arrested saying he had wanted to draw a Wutang logo on the tarp but opted to punch the window when he couldn’t find any paint.

‘Yeah ok I was dumb for punching out the window instead of painting the wutang logo but I did scream “f**k white supremacy wutang is for the children” while getting put into the car,’ he wrote.

When the tarp was taken down on Saturday, the Confederate flag had been removed.

Keen later claimed that police had removed the flags from the man’s window, but the NYPD denied this saying it was freedom of speech.

He also bragged about his charge, saying: ‘I just got a ticket for “mischief” which is lower than vandalism. S**t worked out real good IMO.’

NYPD continue to be stationed outside the apartment.

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Unemployed New Yorkers are giving up on finding jobs

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Heck of a job governor…

Cuomo must be so proud.

From NY Post: It’s quitting time for the unemployed. More than four in 10 out-of-work adults in the Empire State have given up looking for a job, a survey out Wednesday reveals.

While the national average is 33 percent, a full 41 percent of unemployed New York residents have “completely given up on looking for a job,” a survey from Express Employment Professionals, a multinational employment agency, has found.

Only two states — Illinois, at 44 percent, and Michigan, at 42 percent — have a less optimistic bunch of unemployed adults.

And the idled New York workers are more glum than last year, EEP reports. In 2016, only 34 percent of New York state’s unemployed had stopped looking for work, according to the survey, which retained Harris Poll to canvass 1,500 jobless Americans.

“The unemployed in New York are expressing more frustration with finding work, compared to last year and compared to the national average,” said EEP chief executive Bob Funk.

The study did not address why unemployed Empire State workers were less optimistic than most Americans. However, the rise in the percent of workers giving up on looking for a job does reflect, in part, the duration of unemployment, the survey found. In the state, the average amount of time between jobs is 29.1 months compared with 23.5 months nationwide.

Adults in only two of the EEP-analyzed states — Florida, where the average successful search requires 33.1 months, and Oregon, where it takes an average 30.2 months to get off the unemployed rolls — have a tougher time landing a new job.

In addition:

  • A growing number of out-of-work New York residents said they lost their jobs because they were laid off, the survey found.
  • Of the respondents in the state, 27 percent this year said they were laid off; last year, 16 percent attributed their job losses to layoffs. Nationally, 22 percent of idled workers said they were laid off.
  • Seventeen percent this year said they quit their jobs — while a year ago, that number sat at 22 percent.
  •   Out-of-work people looking for a job spent an average 10 hours a week on the hunt. That compares with 13.3 hours nationally.

Unemployed state residents looking for a job were more optimistic than the national average, the survey found. Ninety-two percent said they agreed with the statement: “I’m hopeful that I will find a job I really want in the next six months.”

That was bettered only by the 95 percent positive response by unemployed adults living in Oklahoma.

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The truth hurts! Al Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth flounders in 15th place at box office

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Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Hahahahahahahaha.

From Daily Mail: Al Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth is struggling to heat up the box office, clocking in at just 15th place – six spots under where the original was at this point in 2006.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which follows the ex-VP’s continuing attempts to raise awareness of global warming, made $900,000 across 180 screens on the weekend of August 4-6, according to Box Office Mojo.

But the original made $1,356,387 across just 77 screens at the same point in its run in 2006, leaving Paramount’s confidence in the movie’s appeal looking misplaced.

The film, which contrasts Gore’s attempts to promote renewable energy with Donald Trump’s election campaign promises to end the Environmental Protection Agency, was placed directly behind The Big Sick.

That low-budget indie rom-com hauled in $2.2m that weekend, which was its sixth week in cinemas. That means it made a full $1.3m more than Gore’s effort.

The original Inconvenient Truth, however, was in ninth place at the same point in its run, and took $17,600 per screen in that weekend compared to the sequel’s $5,000.

This disappointing show comes even after Gore promoted the film on his Twitter account with the hashtag #BeInconvenient. 

An Inconvenient Sequel is now in its second week in cinemas, having opened on just four screens in New York and LA on the weekend of July 28.

That slow build mimicked the first film’s release, which was also in an initial four theaters on 2006’s Memorial Day weekend, Box Office Mojo reported at the time.

But while the original made $281,330 on four screens, the sequel pulled in less than half that – a mere $124,823.

Paramount is planning to increase the film’s spread to more than 500 cinemas for its third weekend, something that An Inconvenient Truth didn’t reach until its fifth.

But whether the audiences are hungry for more Gore – even in a quiet period that’s seen the top three spots taken by critical flops The Dark Tower and The Emoji Movie, and Dunkirk, a film about Britain in WWII – remains to be seen.

It won’t be helped by a muted critical reception, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving it an average of 77 per cent compared to the original’s 91 per cent.

That’s enough to get the film a ‘certified fresh’ rating, but is ‘arguably less impactful’, the site’s summary says.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Hollyweird: Actor Robert Pattinson asked to pleasure a dog for new film

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Robert Pattinson: “It was fun…”

A fake dog penis was used as Robert refused to do the scene with the animal. Well, guess THAT makes it A-OK!

Another Hollyweird movie I won’t be seeing.

From Daily Star: Robert Pattinson got the mother of all requests on his latest film. The Twilight star, who used to date Kristen Stewart, told US TV host Jimmy Kimmel that he was asked to “pleasure a dog” for his latest film Good Time.

R-Patz, 31, plays a New York criminal fighting to save his little brother in one night of chaos in the highly-anticipated film.

Rob told Jimmy that his character in the film, Corey, has an affinity with dogs as he thinks he was one in a previous life. He said: “He thinks he has control over animals and stuff.

“There’s this one scene we shot where basically a drug dealer bursts in to the room and I was sleeping with the dog and basically giving the dog a hand job.”

Pattinson said the director told him on set to “just do it for real man, don’t be a p***y.”

However, the star, who is now with singer FKA Twigs, said he refused to perform the sex act in real life. In the end, a fake dog penis was used instead.

However, after all that, the scene was cut from the final edit. Pattinson added: “It was fun… it will be on the DVD extras.”

See his interview on Jimmy Kimmel here.

h/t Drudge

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