North Korea Threatens to Re-Arm With Nuclear Weapons After ‘Troubling’ US Talks

This week: Thai cave boys, bad ScarJo casting, Scott Pruitt is out, a Canadian couple try to avoid arrest and more…
North Korea Threatens to Re-Arm With Nuclear Weapons After ‘Troubling’ US Talks
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The Lead
North Korea Slams U.S. ‘Gangster-Like’ Demands at Nuclear Talks
Who could have seen this coming?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo finished two days of talks with senior North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, telling reporters that the two countries agreed to continue discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War. Following Pompeo’s remarks, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the talks with Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused the U.S. of making unilateral demands for denuclearization.

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Pop Culture by Miu von Furstenberg
Milo Yiannopoulos and Tomi Lahren team up with Sofia Vergara’s embryo suing ex for anti-abortion movie
Oh, and Stacey Dash is participating too. So, basically the sludge in the swamp.
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Scotland Yard investigating 3 new assault charges against Kevin Spacey. Plus, Guy Pearce reveals that he was groped by Spacey on the set of LA Confidential.

Miles Teller nabs Goose’s son role in Top Gun sequel. Meh. I’m just looking forward to Val Kilmer, who will return in the role of Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

More Scarlett Johansson problematic casting, as she is cast to play a trans man. First the Japanese, and now Scarlett Johansson is taking on the trans community with her new film Rub and Tug. I can’t wait until her Rosa Parks film comes out.

Certain celebrities should just not tweet. Amber Heard is one of them.

Justin Bieber directs traffic after his Mercedes breaks down in an intersection. I am just glad to see that he’s working these days.

Singer and white rapper split. The world somehow survives.

Yvette Nicole Brown replaces Chris Hardwick for Walking Dead Comic-Con panel. Now lets have Brown end up as the host of Talking Dead when it returns this fall along with Season 9 of TWD.

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual.“If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to.” But sorry boys and girls, he’s already married.

Pop Culture Bits
Trump plans one-on-one meeting with Putin – CNNPolitics
Donald Trump wants to meet with Putin one on one. Here is the clinker. No note takers will be present, meaning that no one will have an actual record of what was discussed during the meeting. #Shady
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Trump administration reverses Obama-era guidance on use of race in college admissions. Once again Donald Trump proves that he is not a fan of minorities.

Donald Trump Jr. shared a rather surreal image of his father, taking things to a new level of patriotism. In the image, President Trump is dressed in a Revolutionary War uniform (American, of course), standing astride a burning wreckage, holding an American bald eagle and a minigun as the Stars and Stripes flutters in the wind behind him. At the bottom is his surname: “TRUMP.” But Don Jr. was not done.

#SadTrump Residue
  • Trump mocks #MeToo Movement during unhinged Montana rally. Would you expect anything different from a self-admitted pussy grabber?’
  • Ladies & Gentleman, the President of the United States: “I have broken more Elton John records. He seems to have a lot of records. And I, by the way, I don’t have a musical instrument. I don’t have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we’ve broken a lot of records. We’ve broken virtually every record. Because you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don’t need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really, we do it without, like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical – the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth, right? The brain. More important than the mouth is the brain. The brain is much more important.”
News & Politics
Mom Publicly confronts Scott Pruitt: “I just wanted to urge you to resign.”
Say hello to my new hero.
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IT WORKED! The Deplorable EPA leader Scott Pruitt finally resigns. The swamp is a little (just a little) less swampy.

First members of stranded soccer team have reportedly been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand. Twelve boys and their soccer coach have been trapped for two weeks in the 6-mile-long cave – according to multiple reports, the first two emerged around 7pm local time on Sunday.

Badass congresswoman Maxine Waters responds to death threats. “You’d better shoot straight.” Waters made the statement at the Families Belong Together rally in Los Angeles. She’s received death threats after calling on protesters to confront Trump administration officials.

New Mexican President ALMO could be Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. The leftist candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador is not a pushover and Trump better be prepared for some hardball.

Harvey Weinsten charged with three additional sexual assault charges. One count of criminal sex act in the first degree for “a forcible sexual act against a third woman in 2006” could have him facing a life sentence.

Baby Jesus ‘detained’ in US immigration protest. The church said that the display was in response to the US justice department’s separation of migrant children from their parents. Amen to that.

News & Politics Remains

Curt & Frank Recommends
  1. The Stowaway by Tom Bihn. The Stowaway might well be the indispensable, convertible travel bag and backpack that you didn’t even know you needed. 
  2. Ring’s Alarm Home Security System. Ring’s new home security system trades some flash for more value. 
  3. The Staircase. Another fascinating true crime docuseries from Netflix. Did an owl do it?
  4. Amazon Prime Day. You know there is going to be something that you’re going to want.
  5. Song of the Week: Justin Timberlake vies for the “song of the summer” with “SoulMate.
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The More You Know
Google Reportedly Allows Outside App Developers to Read People’s Gmails
Just over a year after promising to no longer scan user emails in Gmail for personalized ads, Google is allowing outside developers to do just that, a new report says.
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Church of Freedom in Christ Ministries apologize for Christians at a gay pride parade in the Philippines. This needs to happen more often.

The Samurai Blue of Japan were eliminated from World Cup play on Monday. But the crushing defeat by Belgium didn’t stop the Japanese national team from cleaning their locker room until it was spotless, and leaving behind a note thanking Russia for hosting them.

Social Injustice
White Woman Arrested After Racist Bus Rant Using N-Word, ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Deportation Threats
A New York woman was arrested after she went on a racist rant and called other passengers the n-word and “illegal immigrants” before attacking one of the several riders who was recording her tirade. Hopefully she has a job that she will be fired from and be replaced by an immigrant.
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Man with “ICE ICE baby” sign arrested after pulling gun at Families Belong Together rally.He owes an apology to Vanilla Ice, along with the obvious.

Subway employee calls police on black family who stopped to eat dinner. “I need somebody to come through here please, ASAP. Now. There’s about eight people in a van, and they’ve been in the store for about an hour. They keep going back and forth to the bathrooms by my back door.” Yes, the Subway employee was white.

US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits. More than 40 servicemen have been given “uncharacterized discharges” in recent weeks after signing up to serve through Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, a special recruitment program that granted them a path to citizenship. This is just so wrong. 

#Aww #Cute #LOL
Two Canadians Try and Try to Avoid Arrest at a Convenience Store
No, this is not an outtake from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is real. God bless Canada.
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End Notes
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