Tuesday, July 31, 2018

#BLACKWOMANMAGIC - MAYA MOORE On SLAM MAG!!!




29-year-old JEFFERSON CITY, MO-native MINNESOTA LYNX Forward #23 MAYA MOORE is the cover story for the current issue of SLAM Magazine!!!


Here are some interview interludes:

On seeing the mural of herself in the city of MINNEAPOLIS, MN that stretches for an entire city block:

“I had heard they were going to do something big> I was driving to the game with my mom,” she says, “turned the corner, and I was like, OK…there it is. And my mom was like, ‘Oh my goodnessI felt kind of like I was two people at once. One side of me felt like the women’s basketball fan, the basketball fan that’s just been waiting for this sort of celebration of our game, of where we’re going.


And the other side?
“Oh my. That’s me.”
On at age 11, she and her Mom moving from JEFFERSON CITY to ATLANTA:
 “Went to four different middle schools. So along with my faith and my mom, basketball was my constant. I was a kid who loved to play, which is the beautiful part of my story.” 
Back then she had a portable goal that she lugged from apartment to apartment (“We lived in apartments from 11 until…” she pauses, and then laughs at the realization, “…now?”), and she would set it up on the patio and play that way.
“I have a high achieving personality. I would just play until I got tired and went inside—and generally it was my mom yelling at me to come inside.”
On because she lives in ATLANTA, MINNEAPOLIS, and YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA, having a hairdresser in each city in which she resides:
“I’m 100 percent sure there’s no one in Ekat who could fully do my hair,cIt might appear to be simple, but it’s not. Maybe a basic wash. Maybe.”
On getting caught up in the argument of competing against vs competing with men:
“I try to be really careful about getting caught up in competing with men. I think there’s a depth to what guys do and a depth to what women do. I think one of the more obvious ones is that we have the ability to compete with each other. You hear me? Not against. With each other. You can see the competing hard... “wanting to win, while celebrating each other.
“Obviously, there’s similarities. We’re athletic, we’re strong, women are physical specimens. We have strength and athleticism—it’s not the same level as a guy, and that’s OK, but what I can be respected for is my way to connect with people, or my strength in overcoming adversity. But if you don’t talk about that as being valuable, people overlook those little things that really are strength.”
On her identity as a CHRISTIAN:
“My identity is not limited to being the best basketball player, Or even just being black. I mean, I’m a black woman, and I own that. I try just to do as much as I can to live an authentic life and point people to truth. And being authentic means admitting when I don’t know. And admitting that I could’ve been better. And admitting I want to be better if I can.”

-CCG













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Could KOBE BRYANT COME BACK To The LAKERS???


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This past weekend in HOLLYWOOD, NBA legend SHAQUILLE O'NEAL was spotted leaving the BUDWEISER LIVE 5x5 CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME in Downtown LOS ANGELES when he was asked if he world ever consider making comeback!!!

TMZ reports SHAQ DIESEL automatically dispelled any such notion.

However; SHAQ-FU did hint at KOBE BLACK MAMBA BRYANT preparing to lace-up his sneaks for a return to the LAKERS.

SHAQ  said;
"Kobe coming back. You heard it here first."
ESPN: FIRST TAKE Host MOLLY QERIM ROSE (she and finance JALEN ROSE recently got married) posed the question for Analysts MINA KIMES and DOMINIQUE FOXWORTH, Do YOU want KOBE BRYANT To COME BACK To The LAKERS???

-CCG














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MOVIE TRAILER - VENOM!!!



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TOM HARDY does double-duty as Journalist EDDIE BROCK and Superhero VENOM in forthcoming MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE film VENOM!!!

VENOM chronicles the days following a scandal, journalist Eddie Brock attempts to revive his career by investigating the Life Foundation, but comes into contact with an alien symbiote that bonds with him, giving him superpowers as long as they share the same body.


VENOM - CAST:


Tom Hardy...Eddie Brock /  Venom
Michelle Williams...Anne Weying
Woody Harrelson
Jenny Slate
Riz Ahmed...Dr. Carlton Drake
Marcella Bragio...Neighborhood Couple 
Reid Scott...Patrick Mulligan (rumored)
Michelle Lee...Donna Diego 
Scott Haze...(rumored)
Mac Brandt...Jack the Bartender 
Christian Convery...Joey-8 Year Old Boy 
Sam Medina...Parolee 
Sope Aluko...Dr. Rosie Collins 
Wayne Pére...Dr. Emerson 
Gail Gamble...Driver / Street Pedestrian

Will you be going to see VENOM???

VENOM is scheduled for release friday, October 5, 2018.

-CCG



ALY RAISMAN On HEROES ISSUE For ESPN MAG!!!





Learn how Coach SCOTT BEIGEL SAVED So MANY LIVES, about 12 WOMEN Who WERE A PART Of The MOVEMENT That TOOK DOWN Dr. LARRY NASSAR, the team of ROYAL THAI NAVY SEALS Who Were A LIGHT In The DARKNESS, and so Much MORE as Team USA GOLD MEDAL OLYMPIC Gymnast ALY RAISMAN is the cover story for THE HEROES ISSUE of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!


-CCG




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BRAZILIAN MODEL SPENDS OVER $50,000 On COSMETIC SURGERY To TURN HERSELF Into NICKI MINAJ!!!



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Meet BRAZILIAN Bombshell KAREN HARVARY!!!

19-year-old KARN HARVARD has reportedly spent at least $50,000 on cosmetic procedures to help her achieve her goal of looking like NICKI MINAJ.

MEDIATAKEOUT reports KAREN stated to the Brazilian press;
"As a super fan of Nicki, it's an honor to compare with her."

However; Karen apparently decided to go XXL.

NICKI MINAJ has been measured at about 46 inches though her butt and hips, while reports from her homeland of BRAZIL have Karen measured at 60 INCHES.



-CCG






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2018 BEST NEW MOPEDS & SCOOTERS!!!



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I f you are in the market for a mode of transportation that has less strict licensing requirements, then a moped or scooter may be just the vehicle for you!!!

SKATEBOARDER  reports a moped looks like a small motorcycle and it has a similar speed with a bicycle.  Mopeds have bicycle pedals and an engine.  Mopeds are also known as “motorized bicycle” or “scooters.”  The word “moped” is actually a combination of two words -“motor” and “pedal.”
Mopeds are the best transportation for urban areas.  It is smaller than a motorcycle and weighs less.  It does not require too much investment compared to motorcycles.  You don’t have to spend too much for its fuel.  Mopeds are easier to learn because it weighs less and does not move faster.  Check out our exclusive moped reviews and in-depth analysis to help you in making a decision.
Courtesy of the really good folks over at SKATEBOARDER, here are the CCG Sleek 7 from the 2018 BEST NEW MOPEDS & SCOOTERS:
1. AVANTI 150CC SCOOTER SPORT STYLE (photo above)

The Avanti 150cc Scooter Sport style is our best choice for a smooth ride of all scooters for sale.  It has a front disc brake and a rear drum brake. It uses 13″ alloy wheels 13″. It has a powerful braking system and a smooth acceleration.  It has a low center of gravity which provides excellent handling so as to guarantee that the rider’s excitement does not stop. This scooter is DOT/EPA certified. Overall you get the best value for your price with this scooter while being safe due to its improved features.








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2. TAO TAO SCOOTER POWER MAX 150CC

Taotao Scooter Power Max 150cc is our second best choice.  It is a fully automatic street legal scooter. It is much cheaper compared to the other brands and models.  This scooter is not only capable of keeping up with the traffic but it is also suitable for freeways.  With a speed of 55+mph, you will feel like you are riding a motorcycle.  It also features technical upgrades such as an enhanced gauge cluster complete with a tachometer.  If you are planning a long distance ride then the TaoTao Powermax 150 is an excellent choice.







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3. JETSON ELECTRIC BIKE ECO-FRIENDLY SCOOTER

The Jetson Electric Bike Eco-Friendly Scooter is our third best choice.  It can travel up to 35 miles per charge. It is ideal for all types of commuters who are searching for a reliable scooter without the stress of mixing oil and fuel. It has a charging time of 6 hours. It is street legal in most states that do not require any license, insurance or registration. It features a digital Speedometer, LED Headlight and Turn Signals, Front Disc Brakes, and Smart Battery Charger. There are different colors to choose from.  Jetson Electric Bike Eco-Friendly Scooter is the ideal scooter for short distance travel or for a fun ride anytime!







50cc Gas Street Legal Scooter TaoTao ATM50-A1 - Blue

4. TAOTAO ATM50 - A1 STREET LEGAL SCOOTER

TaoTao ATM50-A1 Street Legal Scooter is our fourth best choice.  It is street legal and gas powered. It can get you wherever you want to go with its fuel efficiency.  The TaoTao ATM50-A1 Street Legal Scooter can keep up with any traffic in different situations. It features an automatic transmission and an electric start. With the TaoTao ATM50-A1 Street Legal Scooter, you can enjoy a high performance and stylish scooter at an affordable price.



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5. RAZOR POCKET MOD ELECTRIC SCOOTER

The Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter is our fifth best choice.  This is a vintage-inspired scooter. It is being run by a chain-driven electric motor. It uses large 12-inch pneumatic tires to give you a smoother ride. It also features rear suspension system. The built-in battery of this scooter can run up to 10 miles on a single charge. It is recommended for kids who are 13 years old and above. This product is HAZMAT, non-returnable. It has a storage compartment under the seat.  This scooter is designed for girls, however, there are various colors which are suitable for guys.  It has a sleek and Euro design.  It is popular among teenagers which make it a perfect gift idea.  It is ideal for riding around the neighborhood especially for teens which are not old enough to drive.



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6. TAOTAO POWER MAX XCOOTER 150CC MOPED

The Taotao Powermax Scooter 150cc Moped is our sixth best choice.  It is gas powered and includes a windshield and a trunk. It uses 3.5-10 wider tires with aluminum rims for a comfortable ride. It is legal in California. This scooter is fully automatic with a gas mileage of up to 120 MPG.  This model is one of the nicest scooters on the market today.  It has a superior gas mileage as well as a 1.4-gallon tank for longer rides.  It features front disc brake, front and rear suspension and electric start. If you want an easy and comfortable ride then this is the perfect choice for you.




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7. TAOTAO USA Inc. RENEGADE TPGS-805 SCOOTER

TaoTao USA Inc Renegade TPGS-805 Moped Scooter is our seventh best choice.  It is one of the best Moped street legal scooters on the market today.  It has an electric start and a kick start backup.  It features a fully automatic transmission drive.  It is a perfect transportation for shopping or for fun.
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NEXT 5 BEST NEW 2018 MOPEDS & SCOOTERS:


8. TAOTAO THUNDER 50 GAS-POWEREDSCOOTER

9. TAOTAO QUANTUM 150

10.  TAOTAO GAS-POWERED SCOOTER ATM50 - A1

11.TAOTAO CY40-B 49CC GAS AUTOMATIC SCOOTER

12.TAOTAO ATM50 CC SPORTY SCOOTER 


-CCG



Monday, July 30, 2018

MUGSHOT MAYHEM - 25 WEALTHIEST CRIMINALS In MODERN HISTORY On NEWSWEEK MAG!!!



25 Wealthiest Criminals

TRUTH Be TOLD; becoming a professional criminal is NOT the wisest career choice!!!

Some of the wealthiest criminals in history met unfortunate ends–winding up on the run, in prison or in the morgue.
Still, a bleak fate didn’t didn’t deter the super-wealthy criminals on our list, no matter what their crimes–embezzlement, drug-running, Ponzi schemes, prostitution or even murder. The allure of financial gain proved too hard too hard to ignore.
Many of the criminals in our slideshow made their bank trafficking drugs, including Puerto Rican cocaine lord José Figueroa Agosto, Medellín Cartel head Carlos Lehder and the infamous Pablo Escobar. They oversaw massive empires that made them rich and allowed them to indulge their every whim. At one point, it’s rumored that Escobar offered to pay off Colombia’s $10 billion national debt to avoid extradition to the United States. (The government refused his offer. )
Others, like mobsters Al Capone, Anthony Salerno and Semion Mogilevich, focused their illicit activities on gambling and extortion.  
And some were strictly white collar: Kenneth Lay, Bernard Madoff and Allen Stafford all committed fraud on a massive scale, through embezzlement, pyramid schemes and defrauding stockholders.
Of course the net worth of a criminal is highly subjective, since lawbreakers aren’t known for being scrupulous bookkeepers: It’s estimated that Griselda Blanco, the Colombian “Godmother of Cocaine,” was worth $2 billion at her peak. But she went to great lengths to hide her profits before being gunned down outside a Medellin butcher shop in 2012.
Our ranking are based on previously reported information about the net worth of these ne'er-do-wells’ at the height of their criminal enterprises.

TAKE NOTE: There were many TIES.

The really great folks have made us an offer that we could NOT refuse, here are the CCG Dirty Dozen from the 25 WEALTHIEST CRIMINALS In MODERN HISTORY:



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12. BERNARD "BERNIE" MADOFF

Crime: Fraud, money laundering.

Madoff is the mastermind behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history, defrauding thousands of clients—including celebs like Steven Spielberg, Larry King and Kevin Bacon—of an estimated $64 billion. He was arrested in 2008 and, after pleading guilty, sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed by law.








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11. "FREEWAY" RICK ROSS

Crime: Drug trafficking

During the 1980s, Ross launched a drug empire in Los Angeles. He became so successful that at the height of his criminal behavior, his empire stretched to cities across the U.S. In 1996, Ross was arrested for cocaine possession and sentenced to life in prison.

After his conviction, a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News revealed a connection between Ross’s cocaine source, Danilo Blandón, and the CIA during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, where senior members of President Ronald Reagan’s administration secretly sold arms to Iran. The accusation was that money intended for humanitarian assistance from the U.S. went to Nicaraguan Contras, a rebel group, to facilitate the arms sale, but ultimately led Nicaragua’s illegal drug trade. It’s estimated that Ross received his supply directly from these Reagan funded Nicaraguan drug traffickers.






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Crime: Murder, drug trafficking, money laundering.

This Mexican drug lord spent years on the run while still overseeing one of the largest illegal drug operations in the world.

Even though investigators considered him a danger, people in his hometown of Sinaloa thought of him as a Robin Hood type. They believe Guzmán secretly funded projects, and credit his gangs with keeping the peace in the community, although federal investigators see this as merely propaganda from Guzmán’s operation.

El Chapo escaped from prison in Mexico twice before being extradited to the U.S. in 2016.




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Crime: Illegal gambling.

In the early 1980s this Japanese mob boss led the infamous Inagawa-kai gang and led the yakuza away from extortion and violence and into real estate, banking and other more “legitimate” businesses.

Known as “The Gangster with the Golden Touch,” Ishii amassed more than $4 billion, which he invested in projects around the world. (He even hired Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush's brother, as an advisor.) By end of the decade, as the Japanese economic bubble burst, his power (and his health) declined rapidly. After his death in 1991, more than 6,000 people attended his funeral at Tokyo’s Ikegami Honmonji temple.




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Crime: Drug trafficking, murder.

Nicknamed the “Cocaine Godmother,” Blanco was a major player in the Miami cocaine trade from the 1950s until the early 2000s. Arrested in 1985, she was sentenced to more than a decade in prison, but continued to run her operation from behind bars. (While in prison she was convicted of three murders from before her arrest, extending her sentence.)

Blanco was released from prison in 2004 and deported back to Colombia, where she was shot down outside a butcher shop in 2012 by an unknown assailant. Catherine Zeta Jones played Blanco in the 2018 Lifetime TV movie Cocaine Godmother.





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Crime: Fraud. 

As chairman of Stanford Financial Group, this Texas businessman was accused of masterminding an $8 billion Ponzi scheme that stretched from Texas to the Caribbean (he was a dual citizen of the U.S. and Antigua) and beyond. 

He was convicted of fraud in 2012 and is currently serving a 110-year prison sentence.






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The “Queen of Mean” was a businesswoman whose investigation into a charge of non-payments to contractors led to her conviction of tax evasion.

She was sentenced to 16 years in prison but was released after just 19 months. Helmsley died in 2007, leaving $12 million to her dog, Trouble.







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Crime: Drug trafficking.

The co-founder of the Medellín drug cartel, Lehder began his criminal career as a car thief and actually shared a cell with George Jung, who also appears on this list. Ledher eventually started a massive cocaine empire based out of Norman’s Cay, his private island in the Bahamas. (It’s estimated more than 650lbs of cocaine arrived on the island daily.)

By the late ‘70s, Lehder's personal net worth soared into the billions— he even offered to pay Colombia’s foreign debt if authorities left his operation alone. He was extradited to the States in 1987 and is currently serving a 135-year prison sentence.





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Crime: Drug trafficking.

Dubbed the “Opium King,” Khun Sa was born Zhang Qifu in Myanmar, then known as Burma. Starting in the 1960s, he became one of the most notorious heroin traffickers in the Golden Triangle, earning him the nickname “the Opium King.” At his peak, Khun Sa (literally "Prince Prosperous”) commanded an army of 20,000 men that was better armed than the Burmese military. 

In 1988, Khun Sa offered to sell his entire heroin crop to the Australian government, which would have ended nearly half the world’s heroin trade, for about $37 million. (They declined.) 

Khun Sa never faced drug charges in in his homeland but was convicted in absentia by a U.S. federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges in 1990. 






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Crime: Weapons smuggling, terrorism.

After the fall of the Soviet Union Bout, a former military translator, smuggled weapons to Africa and the Middle East—where his clients purportedly included the Talian.

In 2008, the so-called “Merchant of Death” was extradited to the United States and charged with selling arms to revolutionaries in Colombia for use against American forces. In 2011 he was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.




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Crime: Drug trafficking, murder, terrorism.

The son of a police officer, Ibrahim has been the head of the D-Company crime syndicate since the 1970s. He’s accused of drug trafficking and terrorism, and was allegedly involved in the 1993 Bombay bombings (photographed) that killed 257 people. He’s also been linked to real estate operations, gambling and the Bollywood film industry.

DAWOOD IBRAHIM is still at large.



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3. SEMION MOGILEVICH

Crime: Racketeering, drug trafficking, murder, arms trafficking, fraud, money laundering, prostitution, extortion.

Considered the “boss of bosses” in the Russian mafia, Mogilevich also has close ties to numerous Russian political officials, including Vladimir Putin.

SEMION MOGILEVICH is still at large and is believed to be living in RUSSIA.




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2. AMADO CARRILLO FUENTES

Crime: Drug trafficking, weapon charges and murder.

Fuentes (far left) seized control of Mexico’s Juárez drug cartel in 1993. He transported his drugs via a vast fleet of jets and laundered money through Colombia. (Over the course of his career it’s estimated Fuentes generated more than $25 billion in profits.)

Authorities in both the U.S. and Mexico were looking for Fuentes when he suddenly died in 1997 after eight hours of extensive plastic surgery to alter his appearance.






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1. PABLO ESCOBAR

Crime: Drug trafficking, kidnapping, bribery, murder, terrorism.

Born in Rionegro, Colombia, in 1949, Pablo Escobar is considered the most successful criminal in modern history: The “King of Coke” developed ingenious ways of smuggling drugs into the U.S., including soaking jeans in liquid cocaine and then shipping them through customs. It’s estimated that under his control, the Medellín Cartel was responsible for 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, bringing in more than US $70 million per day. (The cartel reportedly spent more than $1,000 a week on rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash.)

Escobar ruled through fear and massacred thousands, but before the height of his power he actually served in Colombia’s House of Representatives and remains a popular pop culture icon even today. He died in a shootout with authorities in 1993, though relatives and supporters insist he committed suicide rather than face capture

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