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Monday, December 09, 2019

F1 rejects Mercedes appeal for review of Hamilton-Verstappen incident

Dutch F1 driver Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing takes part in the first practice session of the Qatar Grand Prix Formula One race at the Losail Circuit. Hasan Bratic/dpa

Formula One has rejected an appeal from the Mercedes team over an incident involving their driver Lewis Hamilton and his world title rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull at last week's Brazilian Grand Prix. Race stewards decided after a hearing that Mercedes' request for a review of the incident would bot be granted. Based on new video evidence Mercedes wanted them to have another look at the incident in which they said Verstappen drove Hamilton off the track without being punished. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner spoke of "the right decision" and Mercedes motor sport chief Toto Wolff sai...

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Tyler Dinsmoor under arrest on Whidbey Island

The American right is so awash in grifters weaseling every dollar they can out of their gullibly authoritarian followers’ bank accounts that what used to be a political orientation has just become a massive network of scam artists. Whether it’s Donald Trump ripping off his hordes of fans with bogus email appeals, the “MyPillow” guy and his MAGA cohorts pushing election denialism, Alex Jones and his Infowars operation reeling in the suckers with his health claims, Chris Rufo pitching “critical race theory” and “groomer” rhetoric to the eager media, or white nationalist Nick Fuentes setting up shop in a pricey Chicago suburb thanks to his eager donors, it’s just one big race to suck up those donor dollars.

Crowdfunding at platforms like GoFundMe has become an essential tool for right-wing grifters, notably people like the Jan. 6 insurrectionists who use pleas for legal assistance to suck up thousands of dollars in donations. The Anti-Defamation League this week released a report showing that extremist crowdfunders have generated at least $6,246,072 from 324 campaigns over the past six years—and that their preferred platform by far is GiveSendGo, the conservative “free speech” outfit with a high tolerance for extremism.

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