The Rolling Stones legend releases a memoir called "Life" on October 26. This weekend, both The Times of London and Rolling Stone magazine released exclusive excerpts and headlines have leaked. (Note: The online excerpts are available only via subscription.)
The Rolling Stone collection includes a photo essay heavy on sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The best kind of partying, Richards writes, is the kind you can’t remember. “You get these brief vignettes of what you did [while intoxicated]," Richards writes. “Oh, you don’t remember shooting the gun? Pull up the carpet, look at those holes, man.”
ABC News went through The Times excerpts to uncover that Richards and Mick Jagger haven’t been friends for years. Richards even refers to Jagger as “Her Majesty.” “Sometimes I think: 'I miss my friend.’ ” Richards admits in an excerpt. ”I wonder: 'where did he go?' "
The Daily Record of Scotland reports that the original rift between Jagger and Richards goes back to 1968 when the two swapped girlfriends Marianne Faithfull and model Anita Pallenberg, respectively. Pallenberg is the mother of three of Richards’ children. Richards admits that he acted out of retaliation and that his tryst with Faithfull happened only once, according to the report in the Daily Record. "Marianne and I still have this joke,” he recalls. “She sends me messages: 'I still can't find your socks.' "
Turns out "Karl Rove’s Karl Rove" is a Carl by another name. Politico has a profile Monday about GOP media consultant Carl Forti. Forti, it turns out, is the operative whom Rove refers to as “one of the smartest people in politics you've never heard of.”
Forti is political director for American Crossroads, a group backed by GOP consultants Rove and Ed Gillespie that releases ads to target Democrats and their supporters. Forti also consults for three other Republican groups. The four organizations have spent a reported $33 million on TV advertising targeting anything Obama, Politico reports.
“Carl is a strategic political warrior,” GOP operative Bradley Blakeman tells Politico. He calls Forti “the Alexander the Great of the Republican independent expenditure world.”
Much has been written about the American contributions toward saving the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days trapped underground. Meanwhile, the UK Press Association has published an account of 46-year-old Andre Sougarret, the engineer that Chilean President Sebastian Pinera appointed to oversee the rescue.
Pinera contacted Sougarret three days after the mine cave-in, the Press Association reports. Sourgarret had run El Teniente mine for Chile's state-owned Codelco copper company.
Sougarret quickly established a plan that included three types of drills headed toward the underground shelter, according to the Press Association. With three drills advancing toward the men, Sougarret calculated the potential speed of each drill and bet on three dates. The first drill would reach the miners by December 1. The second, October 10. The last on October 30. At 8:05 a.m. October 9, Plan B broke through. "This last stage for me was like butter," Sougarret told the Press Association. "I always said that if these people are alive and I have contact with them and I can get food to them, they could spend a year (below) and nothing will happen to them. It was a question of time."