Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL over alleged ‘collusion’ not to sign him

Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers on March 3 and has not yet found another team, despite having posted one of his best statistical seasons last year.

Free agent Kaepernick has reportedly held pre-season talks with several NFL teams including the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks, but has not signed a contract with any of the league’s 32 squads.

The 29-year old has linked their unwillingness to hire him with the anthem controversy that has swept the league. The grievance filed by the player alleges that NFL teams colluded to keep him out of the league due to his protests last year.

Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 for kneeling during the national anthem to protest against what he viewed as racial injustice in the USA.

Kaepernick’s complaint is filed under Article 17 of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which states that “no club may have a policy not to negotiate or sign contract with any player who is free to negotiate.”

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said in a statement released on Sunday that the player had pursued “every possible avenue with all N.F.L. teams and their executives.”

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) said they support Kaepernick, however, they only learned of the filed grievance through media reports.

The kneeling protests continue to spark controversy in the NFL despite threats by some of the club owners to bench players who disrespect the anthem. Last week, the NFL boss Roger Goodell made it clear that the league would appreciate if the players would stand for the anthem.

His request, however, was ignored by many players who continued to kneel during the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in week six of the NFL season.

Six members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee before their encounter with the Washington Redskins on Sunday. It was the players’ first game for the 49ers since US Vice President Mike Pence walked out of their match last week after more than 20 players failed to stand for the anthem.

The controversial anthem issue is expected to be discussed at this week’s NFL meeting in New York.

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Woman Takes Hilarious “Chinning” Selfies To Fight Against ‘Perfect’ Social Media Photos [10+ Pics]

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

You’ve seen those Instagram photos: they’re perfectly lit, taken from a flattering angle and make the person featured in them look like a million bucks. Oftentimes, they are the result of at least 5-10 minutes of tedious work and filters. While this is common knowledge to the average social media user, it doesn’t detract from the fact that most of us wish we could look like that regardless. That’s where 21-year-old Michelle Liu is different, however.

Liu, a passionate traveler who has championed the “chinning” trend, is aware that only 5 percent of the population naturally meets the criteria for ‘model’. As a result, she has stopped giving any f**ks about her looks and goes out of her way to capture unflattering travel ‘selfies’ from awkward angles. Because she is fighting against “perfect” social media photos, she is winning over the internet.

DesignTaxi reports that Liu began taking unflattering travel selfies to remind herself — and others — that it’s important not to take oneself too seriously. She explained to Mic via email:

“My chinning entertained my friends all through middle school, high school and college, at which point I decided to share my chin with the world.”

Liu began @chinventures in September of 2016. Since then, she has taken hilarious “chinfies” in places such as Prague and Beijing. To capture the artful selfies, Liu uses her iPhone and a selfie stick. She said, “Strangers always notice me chinning…Some appear shocked, others confused, but across the board from my experience, they are usually entertained.”

By not taking herself too seriously, she has made new friends and expanded her worldview. Reportedly, one of her favorite experiences involved four flight attendants. “I never know how strangers will respond when I explain my account and ask them to take ‘chinfies’ with me but this particular crew was so friendly and open to the idea,” she said.

Liu admits she’s okay being “chinsta-famous.” 10+ of her “chinfies” follow:

1) Paris, France

I don’t know about you… but Eiffel in love with this city for sure 😍 Happy #bastille day friends!

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Jul 14, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT

2) Prague, Czech Republic

This place should be on everyone’s czechlist ✔️✔️

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on May 21, 2017 at 4:21pm PDT

3) Brooklyn, New York City, US

Q: Why was a rooster the first to cross the bridge? A: Because it was a good luck charm for the builder 🐓

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Jun 6, 2017 at 6:06pm PDT

4) Amsterdam, Netherlands

I canal’t believe this place is so DAM lit 🚲

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on May 15, 2017 at 1:52pm PDT

5) Tiananmen Square, China

Fun fact: Apparently my great-uncle was one of Chairman Mao’s personal guards 😮

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:15pm PDT

6) Acadia National Park, US

Seriously in disbe-leaf that all of you have (fall)owed me 💕 let me know where I should def go next in my chinventures 🤓

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Oct 8, 2017 at 5:15pm PDT

7) Newbury, Massachusetts, US

☀️sunflower power🌻 Check out the article I leaf-t about my chinning shenanigans in my bio! Ty @mic for interviewing me 🤓

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Oct 4, 2017 at 4:56pm PDT

8) Kraków, Poland

A lil throwback, just trying to Polish up on my puns!! | Tag a friend you want to go chinning with 🤔

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Oct 6, 2017 at 4:32pm PDT

9) Glasgow, UK

When the whole British Airways squad chin pics with you. Thanks BA crew for being great sports! #TURNIP #FOR #SCOTLAND

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Mar 3, 2017 at 3:26pm PST


Get out your pumpchin spice lattes friends, it’s time 🍂🍂

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Sep 26, 2017 at 5:19pm PDT

11) The Metropolitan Museum, NYC

12) Times Square, NYC

Happy Saturday! Don’t we all wish our time could be squared on the weekends 🤔

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Jun 10, 2017 at 10:22am PDT

13) London Heathrow Airport

14) John Lennon Wall

🎶imagineeee all the chins livinggg for todaaaay 🎶

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Dec 28, 2016 at 3:30pm PST

15) Danube River

This swan has no chin-chill apparently 🐩

A post shared by Michelle Liu • Chinchelle (@chinventures) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:09am PDT

h/t Design Taxi

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Vietnam Veteran Wins $760,000 in Excessive Force Case Against Kremmling Police

Robert Mark Smith, center, and his legal team step out of the Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, after winning nearly $800,000 in damages.

Denver – A disabled Vietnam veteran has won a $760,000 jury award after Kremmling police brutalized him during an unjustified raid on his mobile home in 2013.

Robert Mark Smith was repeatedly harassed and victimized by the police, who were punishing him for his protests against their prior wrongdoings, according to a news release by the Denver law firm Killmer, Lane & Newman.

The jury made its decision Wednesday in Denver U.S. District Court.

Smith, a Marine, was permanently disabled in 1969 by shrapnel from a minefield explosion in Vietnam. He is a “heroically decorated Vietnam veteran,” the news release says.

“Mr. Smith became known in the Kremmling law enforcement community as a ‘dissenter’ by around the year 2000 because of his frequent, vociferous opposition to the selective enforcement of laws applicable to mobile home parks, and his opposition to the trumped-up accusations lodged against him and his business by law enforcement and certain
community members,” the complaint said.

On March 5, 2013, Kremmling police retaliated against Smith for his prior exercises of protected speech, unconstitutionally raided his home at night without a warrant, and brutally beat him, his 2015 complaint said.

Police Tased Smith and when he fell onto his stomach, they kicked, stomped and punched his ribs, head, and back, the lawsuit says.

Federal Judge Richard Matsch could also order the city to pay attorney’s costs of about $500,000, the news release says.


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Frankenstein astronauts: NASA wants to alter DNA to protect against space radiation

Image: Frankenstein astronauts: NASA wants to alter DNA to protect against space radiation

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Going to the moon is hard on human bodies, as the astronauts on moon missions discovered after dealing with heart-related and other health issues after spending long periods of time in space. When NASA sends astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, they will face even more challenges, and they could have deadly consequences.

Astronauts typically undergo a lot of preparation before heading to space, and for those whose destination is Mars, those preparations might include alterations to their DNA. That’s right; NASA representatives have said they are considering epigenetic modification as one way to deal with the prospect of the dangerous cosmic radiation that these space travelers will be subjected to.

Cosmic radiation regularly bombards every planet in the solar system. Radiation from the sun and cosmic rays carry powerful radiation in high-energy particles that can collide violently with nuclei in human tissue, spurring the production of new particles and harming DNA. This can cause cancer, dementia and other illnesses.

Earth’s magnetic field offers us protection from the bulk of these particles, but those headed for Mars could be subjected to them over an extended period of time – possibly several years. If astronauts on board the International Space Station can be exposed to ten times as much radiation as people on Earth, it’s hard to grasp the staggering amount of radiation that bodies would be subjected to on a trip to Mars.

A few protective measures are currently on the table, and some are more concerning than others. Shielded plating, electromagnetic force fields, and armored suits are unlikely due to practicality issues, but NASA’s Acting Chief Technologist, Dr. Douglas Terrier, presented the alarming possibility of genetic modification in comments to the Times. He said that while they were already investigating drugs that could repair DNA damage, they were also open to the possibility of altering genes or tweaking genetic activity.

Dr. Terrier said: “We’re looking at a range of things from drug therapies, and those seem to be quite promising, to more extreme things like epigenetic modification — I think those have a lot of ethical consequences so they’re still in the experimental thought stages — all the way to manipulation.”

Does this mean we’ll be sending Frankenstein astronauts to Mars? By altering the chemicals controlling the volume on genes, their activity can be either muted or amplified in the event that something goes wrong. The genes of the astronauts could also be changed in order to enhance cell resilience. Their hope is that the body can be altered in such a way that it can essentially make its own defenses against dangerous radiation.

Who will volunteer for this dangerous mission?

Astronauts naturally accept a certain degree of risk when they head into space; after all, human bodies are designed to survive and thrive on Earth, not space, the moon, or Mars. The idea of genetic modification, however, takes the risks to new heights, and it will be interesting to see just how many qualified people would be willing to subject themselves to such a risky procedure for the glory of going to the red planet. No one knows what the consequences of this genetic modification would be, nor how it might affect future generations.

NASA is also closely monitoring the experimental DNA therapy NMN, which will be entering clinical trials soon after rejuvenating elderly mice in lab tests.

Space radiation is a legitimate concern with the potential to cause real harm to astronauts, but are the potential benefits that could be gained by sending humans to Mars worth the risks of tinkering with human DNA?

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Re: American Civil Liberties Union files lawsuit against anti-BDS legislation

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against a Kansas law requiring a high school educator to certify that she will not boycott Israel, on the basis that this violates her First Amendment rights.

The law, in effect since 1 July, requires that any person or company that contracts with the state submit a written certification that they are “not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The Kansas law is similar to legislation that has been passed in other states.

According to the ACLU press release, the US Supreme Court ruled decades ago that political boycotts are protected by the First Amendment. Other decisions have established that the government may not require individuals to sign a certification regarding their political expression in order to obtain employment, contracts, or other benefits.

“The First Amendment prohibits the government from using its financial leverage to impose an ideological litmus test,”, said ACLU attorney Brian Hauss. “This law is an unconstitutional attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate by coercing people not to express their beliefs, including through participation in a political boycott”.

While the ACLU does not take a position on the boycott of Israel, “the organization has long supported the right to participate in political boycotts and has voiced opposition to bills that infringe on this important First Amendment right”.

Read: 13 questions about the origins, objectives and war on BDS 

The lawsuit “argues that the Kansas law violates the First Amendment for several reasons”.

“It compels speech regarding protected political beliefs, associations, and expression; restricts the political expression and association of government contractors; and discriminates against protected expression based on its content and viewpoint”.

The lawsuit thus asks the court to strike down the law and bar the Kansas Department of Education from requiring contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel.

In July, the ACLU sent a letter to members of Congress opposing a bill that would make it a felony to support certain boycotts of companies doing business in Israel and its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. As a result, Senate sponsors of the bill are considering changes.

Read: War on BDS is now a war on American democracy

In a piece published by Haaretz yesterday, Hauss said that while the First Amendment “squarely protects the right to boycott”, in recent times, “a legislative assault on that right has been spreading through the United States –  designed to stamp out constitutionally protected boycotts of Israel”.

From the Boston Tea Party to the Montgomery bus boycott to the campaign to divest from businesses operating in apartheid South Africa, political boycotts have been a proud part of this country’s constitutional tradition,

Hauss wrote.

“That’s why the ACLU has opposed anti-boycott bills in state legislatures for the past several years. That’s why we’ve come out against the Israel Anti-Boycott Act in Congress. And that’s why we’re suing to challenge Kansas’s unconstitutional anti-boycott law”.

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Family of Luke Stewart Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Euclid Police Officers

23-year-old unarmed motorist Luke Stewart (l); and Euclid Police Officer Matthew Rhodes (r).

The family of Luke Stewart filed a federal lawsuit today against the city of Euclid and the two police officers who were directly involved in his March 2017 shooting death — including Matthew Rhodes, the officer who “entered into Luke’s car and beat, tased, and shot Luke multiple times, killing him.”

In August, a Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to indict Rhodes for his role in Stewart’s death.

The lawsuit comes seven months after the shooting, the details of which remained rather murky during an ongoing state investigation. The state admitted early, however, that Stewart was unarmed when he was shot and killed. He was not accused of committing a crime that day, when officers approached him while he slept in his car in Euclid. A brief chase ensued before Rhodes climbed into Stewart’s car and shot him.

The family seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as certain reforms from the Euclid Police Department that target the “policies, practices, and customs shown to encourage the use of excessive and unreasonable force and the extrajudicial shooting of civilians, particularly African-Americans …”

A response from the city is expected within three weeks.

For several months now, community members have joined the Stewart family in demanding answers from the city of Euclid. While the investigation was being handled by the state attorney general’s office, city leaders tended to pass the buck onto the BCI. Now, however, the spotlight remains firmly on the city and police department’s ability to communicate what comes next and how they plan to heal the deepening divisions.

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Re: The next war will be waged against Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, says Lieberman

Israel’s Defence Minister has said that the next war waged on Israel’s northern front will not only be against Hezbollah in Lebanon, but also Syria, and hostilities will also include the Gaza Strip. Avigdor Lieberman made his comments in a speech to army officers at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv on Monday on the eve of the Yom Kippur holiday.

“The next war in the north will not only be the Lebanese front, but rather a united front made up of Syria and Lebanon,” Lieberman explained. “The Lebanese army has lost its independence and has become an integral part of Hezbollah.” He added that Israel will not have a war on a single front. “The next war will be fought on both fronts [north and south].” This, obviously, implies that Gaza will again be a target for an Israeli military offensive.

“We are trying our best to prevent the next war,” claimed the extreme right-wing minister, “but in this ‘new’ Middle East, it is no longer predicted that war is unlikely, like in the past.” Such predictions, he suggested, do not reflect the sensitive reality in the region; war may occur from one moment to the next, or overnight.

Read: This is the last chance to help Gaza

“Everything suggests that we must plan for a serious ground invasion, and there is no invasion without strong fire. Our tanks must provide such strong fire, just as the air defence must prevent great losses for Israel.”

The minister concluded that Israel must prepare for any potential scenario, as the new reality holds challenges for everyone.

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At terrorists’ door: RT crew caught in fierce fight against ISIS in Syria (VIDEO)

Syrian government troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, are waging a daily struggle to retake every inch of territory from the Islamic State terrorists in the province of Deir-ez Zor.

Over the past week, Russian jets have intensified their sorties, conducting up to 150 surgical strikes against terrorist convoys coming into Syria from Iraq, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

RT’s Murad Gazdiev managed to get first-hand experience of the fighting as he accompanied the Syrian military across the only bridge over the Euphrates river in the area – straight to the frontline in Hatla village in Deir-ez Zor province.

Gazdiev was standing just 500 meters from IS positions when the terrorists launched their assault, which started with an engine roar leading to fire from guns and heavier weapons.

IS terrorists use a harassing tactic against the troops – opening fire as they hide behind houses, driving around in circles at high speed, firing and quickly retreating before the military can respond, Gazdiev said with salvos audible nearby.

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Re: Israeli-Arab official denounces campaign against Arab dentists

The Higher Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel denounced a propaganda campaign waged by Israeli mass media against Arab dentists, Safa News Agency reported on Sunday.

In a press release, the Head of the Follow-Up Committee Mohamed Baraka said: “The Israeli propaganda machine was unleashed hysterically against Arab citizens, clearly using false information.”

Baraka referred to a report by the extremist right-wing Israeli TV Channel 20, highlighting a video of dozens of Arab dentists singing the Palestinian anthem at the end of an international conference in Colombia.

The Israeli TV said that instead of singing the Israeli anthem ‘Hatikvah,’ the Arab dentists sung the Palestinian anthem ‘Fedai,’ claiming that this calls for the destruction of Israel.

When the video was running, the broadcaster of the Israeli TV translated the words of the Palestinian anthem and accused the Arab dentists of having a hostile mindset against Israel.

Read: Israel hinders 40% of Gaza patients’ access to health care abroad

In his statement, Baraka said that many extremist and right-wing Israelis, including doctors and officials and even MPs, have called for revoking work permits from the Arab dentists or dismissing them from their jobs.

He condemned the campaign against the Association of the Arab Dentists and its president Fakhri Hassan, noting that they are all Arabs and “are not expected at any time to sing the Hatikvah.”

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