NYT Uncovers New Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Brett Kavanaugh

The new allegation against the Supreme Court Justice sounds like something we’ve heard before

Two New York Times reporters have been hard at work on an upcoming book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation. And while they’ve been at it, they’ve uncovered some new unsettling allegations against the man who has already been accused of sexual assault in the past.

The reporters say the incident happened at a party during Kavanaugh’s time at Yale. In an op-ed for the Times, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly detailed the allegations, as described by one of the Supreme Court Justice’s classmates, Max Stier. Stier told the reporters he saw Kavanaugh take his pants down while his friends pushed his penis into the hands of a female student.

The reporters say Stier reported his account to senators and the FBI but it was never investigated, even though during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, an investigation seemed more than necessary given Christine Blasey-Ford’s powerful testimony against him. The reporters in this case also said they “corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with” Stier.

But if it all sounds like something we’ve heard before, that’s because it is. Last year, a woman named Deborah Ramirez had a strikingly similar account to what we’re hearing about now. Ramirez was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s who told The New Yorker that she was at a party playing a drinking game when Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and pushed his penis into her while she shoved him away. Those allegations were brought just after Christine Blasey Ford came forward with her allegations about Kavanaugh pinning her down on a bed and assaulting her.

While researching their book, the reporters did a deep dive into Kavanaugh’s prep school days, as well as his time at Yale, which led them to further investigate both Blasey-Ford’s and Ramirez’s claims. They say that have talked to at least seven people who heard about Ramirez’s account of what happened at the party “long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge.” Among them are two former Yale students who heard about the incident just days after it was said to have taken place.

At this point, there has been no shortage of allegations against Kavanaugh. But isn’t one enough?
Still, while many people are angered and concerned about the fact that yet another very unsettling claim is out there against someone in such a powerful position, the President tweeted his support for the Supreme Court Justice.
Democrats are calling for a thorough investigation of the allegations.

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More Than 250 Shelter Pets In The Bahamas Died During Hurricane Dorian

The Humane Society of Grand Bahamas lost almost 300 animal lives when the hurricane flooded the premises

Hurricane Dorian destroyed the Bahamas last week and as the human death toll rises to 50 lives, we can’t forget the animal lives that were lost in the storm too. When the storm waters flooded an animal shelter in Freeport, Bahamas, the shelter staff did everything they could to save hundreds of animals but as the water rose, there was nothing they could do to transport almost 300 animals to higher ground.

Elizabeth Burrows, the executive director of the Humane Society of Grand Bahamas, knew that the building survived several past floods and thought they could weather the storm again. But as Dorian approached, Bahamians had to flee to government shelters that don’t allow pets, so Burrows and her staff took them in.

Burrows and her staff — like Felicia Telfort, the shelter supervisor — did everything they could to keep the nearly 300 animal crates above water, but once the water was chest high, the women had to take cover themselves and climbed into a manhole that led to the attic.

Sadly, the waters overtook the animals and they lost more than 220 dogs and 50 cats. “We had no idea we would get the flood that we did,” Burrows told CBS Miami.

“I felt devastated,” Burrows added. “We couldn’t have predicted this but I still feel responsible. My heart is broken for the shelter animals that we lost, and I feel so bad for the people who trusted their animals to us. And ultimately we could not protect them.”

The storm also destroyed the animal shelter’s medical equipment, food, medicine, and vehicles, but the center remains dedicated to the hundred or so cats and dogs that lived.

“It wasn’t about us being heroes,” Telfort said. “I was about caring about the animals just as much as we cared about ourselves.”

The Humane Society of Grand Bahamas says that their staff has “been at the shelter round the clock” in their attempt to move the pets off the island. For information on how to donate to the center, head to their website.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, a number of cruise ships have rerouted to deliver food, water, and aid to areas affected by the storm. If you too want to help the Bahamas as it recovers from the wreckage, the best way to do that is to donate donate money, goods, or time to organizations like the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity (Forbes compiled this list of organzations to donate to). Another way to help the Bahamas is to travel to the areas not affected by the storm as the Bahamian economy revolves around tourism.

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‘Curvier’ High School Swimmer Disqualified For Wearing Same Bathing Suit As Everyone Else

A high school swimmer in Alaska was disqualified for being curvier than her teammates

A high school swimmer at Dimond High School in Achorage, Alaska won her 100-meter freestyle race on Friday, September 7, 2019, but her victory was short-lived as she was immediately disqualified for wearing a swimsuit that reportedly revealed too much of her buttocks. The teen was wearing the exact same swimsuit as everyone else on her team, and one coach is calling out the referee’s decision.

Lauren Langford, a swim coach at another high school in the area, penned an article for Medium about the referee’s call, which is now under investigation. Langford wrote how the swimmer was disqualified “while wearing a suit sized to fit snug for racing by the manufacturer and issued to her in accordance with uniform regulations by her team. It is the same suit being worn by each participant yet no other athletes in the program were disqualified.”

Langford made her point especially clear in an interview with The Washington Post, saying, “All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way and the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”

The girl’s mother told KTUU that both her daughters have been routinely targeted by the referees and the other kid’s parents for being curvier than the rest of their teammates. One parent completely crossed the line and photographed the girl in her suit and circulated it with the other parents in an attempt to prove that she was intentionally hiking her swimsuit up to be more revealing. The school district reportedly chastised the parent.

“This young lady and her sisters are being targeted not for the way they wear their suits but for the way those suits fit their curvier, fuller figured bodies,” Langford continued. “The issue has come so far unraveled that parents in opposition of these girls and their swimwear have been heard saying that for the sake of their sons, the mother of these young ladies should cover up her daughters.”

Even more frustrating, the school district has been battling the swim dress code for years and issued those specific swimsuits because they supposedly met the district’s “decency” rules, so if the swimmer’s suit was “inappropriate,” it’s the district’s fault for making her wear it.

As for the swimmer in question, her mother hopes her recent victory is reinstated and that she never has to swim for that ref ever again.

“In a world where young girls are told at every turn that the skin they’re in is not good enough for a thousand reasons,” Langford wrote. “The last thing we need to do in youth athletics is add to that unhealthy dialogue.”

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Mattel Releases Limited Edition ‘Day Of The Dead’ Barbie

The limited edition Barbie drops on Thursday and is a celebration of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead

Barbie sure has evolved since her creation in the 1950’s. While we know she can be just about anything she wants to be (and she sure has been everything), in recent years we’ve seen different cultural representations, rather than just different occupations, of the classic icon, too.

The newest limited edition Barbie’s aim is just that — to celebrate the Día de los Muertos, or, The Day of the Dead. And we don’t have to wait much longer for her to arrive. She’s coming to Walmart and Amazon this Thursday, Mattel just confirmed, so those who celebrate The Day of the Dead and love Barbie might want to pick one up before the holiday arrives.

Your kids will definitely be all about her, too, because she looks downright stunning. She has long, beautiful, black hair that’s streaked with blue highlights and tied into two braids. She wears a black gown covered in gorgeous details like flowers, skulls, and butterflies. And of course, it wouldn’t be fitting without the traditional make-up. Barbie has traditional skull makeup on her face to go along with a butterfly headpiece and jewelry.

The Día de los Muertos starts on October 31 and goes through November 2, which means the doll is coming just in time for the holiday. But if you don’t know a lot about the Mexican celebration, this new doll’s production is the perfect time to learn. The Day of the Dead is a holiday meant to show love and respect for lost loved ones. It’s about deep appreciation for the deceased and “a reaffirmation of indigenous life,” according to National Geographic. The holiday is recognized by UNESCO for its cultural traditions passed down through generations.

The Day of the Day is celebrated over two days. The first day focuses on families remembering children who have died and the second, the focus is on adults. The belief is that on these days the spirits of those who have passed on can join the living to celebrate. People leave out toys for children who have passed and calaveras, which is the iconic skull made from sugar and decorated with beads, feathers, and other items of significance.

Barbie has a long history of changing over the years to celebrate more and more people, jobs, and cultures. And most people are pretty psyched about this one.

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While some are concerned this Barbie veers toward cultural appropriation, Mattel says the doll’s aim is to spread awareness about Mexican traditions.

Either way, it’s hard to argue that she will likely be flying off the shelves. The limited edition Barbie retails for $75 and is sure to become a treasured collector’s item for many families.

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New Show ‘Murder House Flip’ Combines Our Love Of True Crime And Home Reno

‘Murder House Flip’ will air in 2020 on new streaming service, Quibi

If you’re like me, the only shows you make time for (now that Game of Thrones is over) are murder mysteries or home renovations shows. If you, too, are part Joanna Gaines meets Keith Morrison there’s a show coming next year that will have you jumping for joy (whilst also saying RIP, obviously).

Murder House Flip is the next home improvement show, with one giant but — instead of renovating your run-of-the-mill suburban house, the hosts of the new series set their sights on homes where high-profile killings took place. Because murder.

Praise all that is Lester Holt, Murder House Flip will feature forensic specialists, renovation experts, and spiritual healers who will tell viewers about the good and bad history of each house and then renovate the home to the taste of potential home buyers. You know, minus the horrific killings that took place behind the walls.

The new series, which will air on new streaming service Quibi, an upcoming mobile-only streaming service. “We are excited to partner with Quibi to deliver a spin on a home makeover show in unique short form content,” Josh Berman, Executive Producer, said in a press release (via Deadline). “Murder House Flip combines home renovations with the intriguing elements of a true crime series.”

According to Berman, the show will focus on “bringing healing and solace to families living in the aftermath of tragic events by transforming dark places into healthy spaces.” Yes, that mean spiritual healers will be on hand to cleanse the house of its murdery juju so that future home-owners can bask in the glory of their new abode without worrying about ghosts and hauntings and shit.

According to the press release, this show will feature houses “known for the mysterious murders and incredible intrigue committed behind their walls. Homeowners turn to the colorful cast of forensic specialists, spiritual healers, and high-end renovation experts to uncover the true crimes, shocking secrets and scandalous history of their homes. Then, cleansing renovations remove the stains of the past and take these homes from morbid to marvelous.” Ohhhhhhh.

Quibi is new but already has some major powerhouses behind it including Liam Hemsworth, Guillermo del Toro, Steven Spielberg, Don Cheadle, Tyra Banks, Idris Elba, and Chrissy Teigen who’ve all signed on for projects. The service will “include premium scripted and unscripted content, chunked into sub-10-minute episodes,” and will cost $5 monthly (with ads) or $8 monthly (without ads).

I don’t know about you but I, for one, am looking forward to all things shiplap and open concept with a little bit of homicide thrown in for good measure. Add in a spiritual cleanser and all of our Saturday nights just got A Lot More Interesting.

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Cruise Ship Reroutes Trip To Deliver Food To Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian

Cruise ship and guests deliver meals to displaced Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian

The Bahamas has long been a favored destination for cruise enthusiasts, so when Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc in the northern Bahamas, one cruise line knew it had to do something to help. Several days ago, Royal Caribbean pledged $1 million in Dorian disaster relief, and today they made good on their promise. One of their ships — the Celebrity Equinox  — set sail for Freeport on Grand Bahama Island to provide relief for displaced Bahamians after the storm.

NBC News reported that cruise staff worked all night to prepare more than 10,000 meals and hundreds of cruise ship guests helped to pack the food which was sent to the island via lifeboats and tug boats. The ship also handed out more than 300,000 bottles of water and the company hopes to park a stationary kitchen on land to keep making meals in the Bahamas.

“The Bahamas hold a special place in our hearts as a treasured place for our guests, and home to more than 500 of our colleagues,” the cruise line explained in a letter. “Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, we are rolling up our sleeves to help our friends.”

The cruise line promised to compensate guests for the unexpected detour, but most seemed more than happy to help.

“If we can go and give meals, that’s the least that we can do,” one guest told NBC News. “Surely it’s great to be in the Bahamas, but what we’re doing for these people — their whole lives, everything they’ve ever had is gone,” she added.

This cruise ship’s actions are more than just a kind gesture, it’s a necessary one. Bahamian officials told CNN that the hurricane has damaged roads, government vehicles, and ambulances — making it nearly impossible to provide relief and aid on the island. NPR reports that in Great Abaco Island — which faced the most damage — there is no running water, no electricity, and stores are running out of food.

Royal Carribean also sent their Symphony of the Seas ship to the island with tens of thousands of hot meals as well. Other cruise lines owned by The Walt Disney Co. and Carnival Corp., told NBC News that they would donate money or supplies too.

Hurricane Dorian has destroyed lives, homes, and entire communities — but the one bright spot in all this tragedy is that is hasn’t ruined our humanity.

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America Is Running Out Of White Claw Because We Truly Can’t Have Nice Things

Time to panic — we’re currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of White Claw

In news that will strike fear into the hearts of fruity hard seltzer fans everywhere, White Claw supplies are apparently scarce. That’s right — there is literally a nationwide shortage of the flavored alcoholic beverages, and seriously, we just can’t have anything nice.

No doubt, White Claws are having A Moment. Everyone from your mom to your neighbor to your friends from college can’t stop talking about their White Claw summer and what flavor they love most (say lime or we can’t be friends). It’s 2019 and this country is officially operating under Claw Law.

Which is probably why the newly-iconic beverage is now running out nationwide — it’s a victim of its own weirdly viral popularity.

“We are working around the clock to increase supply given the rapid growth in consumer demand,” Sanjiv Gajiwala, White Claw’s senior vice president of marketing, told CNN Business. “White Claw has accelerated faster than anyone could have predicted.”

You better work. My fun at the pool kind of depends on this. Also? Plenty of us could’ve predicted this. White Claw is queen in my suburban area and has been for quite some time, so where has the rest of the world been? Sleeping on the magnificence of the Claw, apparently.

Gajiwala says the company is “allocating product to our distributor partners to keep all markets in stock the best we can and will continue to do so until we get back to our normal safety stock position.” Until then, we’ll just be stocking up in case this emergency takes some time to correct itself.

CNN Business reports that sales of the Claw shot up 283 percent to $327.7 million in July 2019 compared to the same time last year. What’s more, White Claw sales account for close to 55 percent of all hard seltzer sales during the 4th of July holiday week. That’s up 200 percent since last year’s July 4th sales. Basically, America wants their Claw, y’all.

The beverage’s popularity was likely helped along by the hilarious memes and viral social posts all about Claw Life. This summer, we were blessed with the phrase, “ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws” thanks to comedian Trevor Wallace’s viral video.

Of course, White Claw isn’t the only hard seltzer showing up in coolers at every neighborhood BBQ this summer. Truly and Bon & Viv are also gaining in popularity, and will probably become even more present in your fridge if White Claw can’t bring inventory back to stable levels.

So, stock up on Claw if you can. Or be like me and invest in a Yeti tumbler so you can blend a little vodka and LaCroix for your afternoon at the beach. During tough times, we must be resourceful.

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Texas Makes It Easier To Own Guns Despite Two Mass Shootings In A Month

Texas loosens gun laws just hours after the Odessa shooting took seven lives

Texas just loosened its gun laws, despite two mass shootings in the last month. Just hours after a shooter went on a killing spree in Odessa, Texas leaving 21 people injured and seven dead, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, defended the new gun laws that would ease restrictions on gun owners.

The 10 bills became law at the end of June and went into effect on Sunday, September 1. Collectively, these new laws loosen restrictions on gun ownership in schools, foster homes, churches, and apartment buildings. Schools can no longer prohibit employees from storing guns in their cars in the parking lot. Landlords can’t prohibit tenants from housing guns in their rental units. The laws also make it easier to walk into a church with a gun and for foster homes to store guns.

As usual, proponents of the bill — including Texas governor Abbott — claim that more gun ownership will help people defend themselves, and yet, lawful gun owners and enthusiasts have yet to thwart or protect anyone during a mass shooting.

Kris Brown, president of gun violence prevention advocacy group Brady, was dismayed by the passing of the bill.

“Many states took the opportunity in the last two years to learn lessons from the tragedies in Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, and the every day gun violence that plagues our citizens, and enacted new laws to protect public safety through expanded background checks and extreme risk laws,” Brown told CNN. “Texas lawmakers, instead… doubled down on an NRA led agenda to encourage guns everywhere, no matter the risks and costs to safety.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs also told CNN that the FBI is in Texas frequently now, due to the high volume of mass shootings. “[We’re] here now almost every other week supporting our local and state partners on active shooters. We’re almost every two weeks an active shooter in this country.”

In Texas alone, the Odessa shooting on Saturday took seven lives and the El Paso shooting last month took 22. Across the entire US, 53 people died in mass shootings in August.

At a press conference (via Vox), Governor Abbot (who once encouraged Texans to buy more guns because he was “embarrassed” that California outpaced Texas in new gun purchases), stated that he would not limit access to assault rifles, seemingly breezing over the fact that assault riffles were used in both of the recent Texas massacres. As for the state’s fears about future mass shootings, he only promised to “look at every issue” and recently tweeted that he was looking at a “legislative package” that would speed up executions for convicted mass murders.

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Greta Thunberg Claps Back At Haters: ‘Being Different Is A Superpower’

The 16-year-old environmental activist set her haters straight

16-year-old environmental activist and Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg is a total badass. While many kids her age are texting with friends, playing video games, or hanging out at the mall, she is out there changing the world. She attends climate change summits, protests environmental violations around the world, and rallys other teens to do the same. Because no good deed goes unpunished, and because there are so many a-holes out there, some people don’t like Greta. But instead of finding issues with the actual work she is doing, they have been saying nasty things about the way she looks.

Because she is a a true role model and basically the coolest teen in the world, she is using this hatred-spewing incident as an opportunity to teach the world a lesson. The Swedish teen faced her most recent backlash head-on in true role-model-style, opening up about her Asperger’s diagnosis and sending a beautiful message about the power of being different.

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When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning! I have Asperger’s syndrome and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances – being different is a superpower. I'm not public about my diagnosis to "hide" behind it, but because I know many ignorant people still see it as an "illness", or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before. Before I started school striking I had no energy, no friends and I didn’t speak to anyone. I just sat alone at home, with an eating disorder. All of that is gone now, since I have found a meaning, in a world that sometimes seems meaningless to so many people. #aspiepower #neurodiverse #npf

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“When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” Thunberg wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “I have Asperger’s and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And – given the right circumstances –being different is a superpower.”

She continued to explain the reason why she doesn’t speak about her diagnosis very often. It’s not because she is trying to “hide” behind it, but because she is worried about how “ignorant people” may respond. “I know many ignorant people still see it as an ‘illness’, or something negative. And believe me, my diagnosis has limited me before,” she continued. “Before I started school striking I had no energy, no friends and I didn’t speak to anyone. I just sat alone at home, with an eating disorder. All of that is gone now, since I have found a meaning, in a world that sometimes seems shallow and meaningless to so many people.”

Her posts on Twitter and Instagram have since gone viral, and many people rushed to support Greta, who has become the face of the youth environmental movement by rallying teens around the world to protest. Most recently, she spent 15 days at sea to attend a climate change summit in New York City, where she rallied hundreds of young people to protest outside the UN.

“They are trying to humiliate you because THEY are so embarrassed. Because YOU have shown the world how pathetic, greedy and useless they all are,” Jameela Jamil responded on Instagram. “They won’t succeed in humiliating you because you’re bigger than them. You’re bigger than all of us. And we are all behind you, pointing our fingers at them with you. Thank you for your tireless efforts. You’re going to win, and change the world.”

“Amen to that. Don’t let anyone stop you on your quest. The world needs you!” Princess Martha Louise of Norway wrote.

In case you are curious what provoked Greta’s inspirational message, it was trolls being trolls and spewing idiotic hate.

Some ignorant idiot who thinks it is okay to critique children’s looks responded to one of her recent tweets by comparing her head to a potato.

Some jerk even made a nasty video mocking her looks.

Attacking a child’s looks is never okay, even if you don’t totally agree with the message they are sending. While Greta’s “school strike for climate” mission may not be universally supported, if you have a problem with it, attack the cause and not her looks!

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