WATCH: Nicholas Fuentes was in Charlottesville; now, he’s leaving Boston U. He explains why.

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 14Aug2017

I’ve never met Nicholas Fuentes. Who knows if I ever will.

But he says he needs to discontinue his academic career at Boston University because of the hateful responses he’s received since participating in that white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA.

Watch as he discusses his situation.

A couple of key points in that video:

“It’s disturbing to me the level of hate that people have been able to express, and been able to feel, against someone they’ve never met. Never saw.”

Would it be fair to say that white supremacists practice this all the time? Are they not opposed to anyone who is not white simply because of the pigmentation of that person’s skin?

“My reason for going down to Charlottesville…was to demonstrate…[against] the fundamental transformation of the composition of our country.”

The transformation of this country has been changing slowly but steadily over decades. Whites have always been the majority, no doubting that, but they’ve always known that Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and others are becoming more numerous. For him to suggest that Whites have never been allowed to vote on this is tantamount to saying that whites alone should have had the authority at some point in the past to lock out or remove anyone who was not one of them.

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One Pac-12 school faces a troubling athletics future; men’s programs could be cut

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The Daily Californian reports that the University of California’s athletic department has crunched the financial numbers, and they are not good.

Cal Athletics’ divisional budget dashboard — which was crafted in spring 2017 — reveals the department turning to cutting roster spots in some men’s sports and exploring the reduction of travel and out-of-state scholarships. More eye-popping is a section in which the department speaks on potential longer-term revenue generation plans.

The San Jose Mercury News adds that the school’s athletic director is heading out the door. He has tried to make the best of a bad financing deal for necessary renovations.

The Golden Bears’ football home — Memorial Stadium — needed significant work because it sits on a major earthquake fault line.

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Bannon exits White House, throws Trump under bus

Photo: Anthony Moretti 20Jan2017

The Weekly Standard has the details.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

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He wants to be an Olympian, so he asked for (and received) citizenship in Russia

The Guardian sorts out how far some people will go to keep their Olympic dreams alive.

He had missed out on the Australian team for the 2016 Rio Olympics and said he wanted to pursue other options to chase his dream of Olympic representation at Tokyo 2020.

“I’m very grateful and I’d particularly like to thank the Russian CyclingFederation, president Vladimir Putin, my coach Vladimir Khozov and the strong team of people behind me that have made this transition possible,” Perkins said.

“I’m ready to race for Russia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, I am working very hard to continually raise the bar in my performances both at training and in racing and will continue to do so every step of the way in the lead up to and at the Games.”

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Sadness overtakes horror as Sierra Leone buries almost 500 mudslide victims

Reuters has the story.

Rescue workers continued bringing bodies to the morgue and those buried included 156 children, said the official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak about the figures.

The government has not given a death toll from the disaster. The Red Cross said on Friday that more than 600 people are still missing, and a search continues for corpses buried in the mud.

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Doklam might mean nothing to you; but to the people of South Asia, it is a major crisis

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The Hindu reports that while India and China continue to stare down each other over a small piece of geography, neighboring countries are watching each move closely.

“The escalating tensions [in Doklam] may have culprits on both sides of the fence, but for many in East Asia it underscores the fact that China is embroiled in multiple territorial disputes across the Eurasian landmass and rim land, “says Richard J, Heydarian, a Manila-based scholar with the De La Salle University. In an emailed response to The Hindu, he points out that that the Doklam crisis puts to test “the whole thesis of a ‘stable, multipolar’ post-American world, since Asia’s two giants are now at loggerheads with no side seemingly willing to back off.”

As Tribune India notes,

Doklam has been an ‘accepted’ disputed area between Bhutan and China since the 1980s. When China started road construction — a unilateral attempt to change the status quo in the area — Bhutan called for India’s help under the purview of India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty of 2007. India’s action is also in its own national interest. If allowed to be completed, this road would not only extinguish Bhutan’s claim over Doklam, but also improve Chinese reach to India’s narrow Siliguri corridor. Yet another obvious purpose is to dent the good relations between India and Bhutan.

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A place where there is still no reliable electricity

Photo: Anthony Moretti 27Nov2016

The Globe and Mail takes us to a place where reliable electricity doesn’t exist. But that’s soon to change.

Pikangikum is one of 22 remote Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario that own a majority stake in Wataynikaneyap Power, a company that is pursuing a plan to upgrade and extend the electricity grid by 1,800 kilometres from Dryden to bring power to the region. The communities now rely on expensive, dirty and unreliable diesel generators.

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