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[] Too dumb to check: Will a woman be ordained a Roman Catholic priest tomorrow? Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Left Column] AP: Heating costs to soar as Biden begs fossil-fuel companies for ‘to bring down rising fuel costs’ as heating fuel might go up 54% year-on-year this winter
Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Culture of Corruption] The Week in Radical Leftism, 10/15/21

Welcome back to Day 269 of the Harris* occupation! What have our Lefty pals been up to this week? Plenty… 10/8 – Biden’s Only Accomplishment! More Americans Think Nation’s Best Days In The Past In technical terms, Biden* may be the most unifying president in recent memory. I honestly would have never predicted that one. […]

The post The Week in Radical Leftism, 10/15/21 appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Comedy] ‘Metroid Dread’: A revitalization of the old action-exploration formula “Metroid Dread” deftly alternates between making the player feel powerful and powerless. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[World] Biden's America headed toward Third World status

About a decade ago I lived in the West African nation of Ghana. It is a wonderful place with delightful people. For those who may be unfamiliar, Ghana isn’t exactly third-world but is most certainly nowhere near on par with economic industrial powerhouses from western Europe or the United States. ... Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM

[AMGN] AbbVie: The Humira Situation Remains Scary Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Liberals & Democrats] Progressives Against Progress
The space race and status envy.
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[Education] Yale provides an insight into how today’s race hustlers think

Two Yale Law administrators coercing a student for a party invite that offended 8-9 students is a rare window into race-based leftism. A Yale law student who is part Cherokee and belongs to the Federalist Society invited people to a back-to-school party, calling his place a “trap house.” The school’s

The post Yale provides an insight into how today’s race hustlers think appeared first on Bookworm Room.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[5f214686-0e39-51f1-9ba8-03cc2801fd1d] David Bossie: Inflation, supply chain are 'high class problems'? Biden, Dems are irresponsible and tone deaf Today’s Democratic Party under the leadership of President Biden is the new unholy trinity of politics: irresponsible, arrogant, and tone deaf. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s promotion of a tweet describing our nation’s ongoing inflation and supply chain crises as "high class problems" is no exception. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[2021 News] AG Garland’s Wife Is an Advisor Closely Linked to Brennan Center and Connected with Far-Left Groups Working to Prevent 2020 Election Audits — HE MUST RECUSE!

AG Garland’s Wife Is an Advisor Closely Linked to Brennan Center and Connected with Far-Left Groups Working to Prevent 2020 Election Audits — HE MUST RECUSE! Can you say huge, gigantic, conflict of interest? Lynn Garland has worked as an unaffiliated volunteer to improve the security and accuracy of election systems since 2004. She is a […]

The post AG Garland’s Wife Is an Advisor Closely Linked to Brennan Center and Connected with Far-Left Groups Working to Prevent 2020 Election Audits — HE MUST RECUSE! appeared first on IHTM.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[] Contrary to what you heard from Chris Cuomo and others, CNN is embracing 'missing white woman syndrome' Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Games] Dying Light PS5, Xbox Series X/S Upgrade Will Update the Game

The developer of Dying Light is currently working on a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade for the zombie parkour game. Techland's announcement comes a little while after it shared the news that Dying Light 2 has been delayed by two months. This was the game’s second official delay, with its lead developer later explaining that the additional time is allowing the studio to better polish game. While the Dying Light community expected a December 7 release for Dying Light 2, it may be getting another port of the first game instead.

In the meantime, Techland appears to be revisiting the original Dying Light to drum up 2021 sales, with the current-gen update now known and a previously confirmed Nintendo Switch port of the game arriving soon. A Nintendo Direct in September established an October 19 release date for Dying Light: Platinum Edition’s Nintendo Switch port, which will grant Switch owners the full Dying Light experience in addition to an four DLCs and several skins. The all-inclusive Dying Light re-release originally dropped earlier this year on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Now, it seems current-gen owners will get a stab at the acclaimed zombie game, too.


Announced via the Dying Light Twitter account, Techland is evidently working on “a next-gen patch for Dying Light 1.” It’s not clear when the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S updates could drop, however. For now, the developer ensures fans that more will be revealed sometime in the future.

It’s a possibility that Techland plans to release Dying Light’s PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades before Dying Light 2: Stay Human’s February 2022 launch. However, that window of time is a short one, as the end of 2021 is quickly approaching. There's also been no confirmation about whether or not the new-gen update will be a free upgrade for current PS4 and Xbox One owners or if Dying Light: Platinum Edition will be a separate release for the new consoles as it is on the Switch. It’s not impossible that Techland could offer both options, but the latter seems probable.

The studio's choice on the matter will likely affect the community’s response. As a recent example, Grand Theft Auto V was met with severe fan backlash after its revealed its own new-gen gameplay was revealed. Many series fans were dissatisfied with the ports' minimal visual improvements and features announced for GTA 5's upgrade at PlayStation Showcase 2021. A major component of that ire was because it's believed those ports will be full-price and charge previous GTA 5 owners for an upgrade, information that has also yet to be confirmed. In a similar situation, Dying Light is over six years old and a current-gen upgrade could spice up gameplay for the modern era. Hopefully, Techland is able to deliever on its PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade without any further delays on Dying Light 2: Stay Human.


Source: Dying Light/Twitter




Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Court Packing] [Ilya Somin] Biden Supreme Court Commission Releases "Discussion Materials" on Court-Packing, Term Limits, and Other Issues The preliminary reports are generally negative on court-packing, but favorable to term limits. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Markets] The first U.S. bitcoin ETF looks set to debut next week from ProShares Trust The first U.S. bitcoin ETF looks set to debut next week from ProShares Trust Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Biden Administration] Biden: $3.5 Trillion Bill Likely Won’t Pass

President Joe Biden on Friday said Democrats' $3.5 trillion social spending bill will likely not pass Congress this year.

The post Biden: $3.5 Trillion Bill Likely Won’t Pass appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Markets] The Wall Street Journal: Freight bellwether J.B. Hunt expects strong shipping demand to extend into 2022 Freight bellwether J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. expects bottlenecks at West Coast ports to intensify heading into the holidays, with congestion continuing to snarl labor-strapped logistics networks and strong shipping demand extending into 2022.
Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Society] #MeToo Groups Silent Over Boy Allegedly Raping Girl in Loudoun School Girls Bathroom

Advocacy groups that once emphatically urged the public to “believe all women” are now silent over a viral report that a skirt-wearing male student allegedly... Read More

The post #MeToo Groups Silent Over Boy Allegedly Raping Girl in Loudoun School Girls Bathroom appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[] West Coast, Messed Coast: A Weed 'State of Emergency' Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Politics] Bill Clinton to spend 4th night in Orange County ICU for IV treatment

The former president was admitted to UC Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday after feeling fatigued.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Democrats] How Serious Are Democrats About Packing the Court? (John Hinderaker) Expanding the Supreme Court so that Joe Biden can nominate two (or perhaps four) new leftists has been on the Democrats’ wish list since the 2020 election. But I don’t see how they can accomplish that objective, since it would require nullifying the filibuster, and it is hard to see either Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema going along with that for such a radical purpose. Perhaps this is why Biden Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Uncategorized] WSJ Editorial: Providence (RI) Schools Seeking “Pretext” To Fire Teacher Ramona Bessinger For Opposing Critical Race Curriculum

"Education Horror Show, Continued - A teacher is targeted after she described the baleful effect of critical race theory."

The post WSJ Editorial: Providence (RI) Schools Seeking “Pretext” To Fire Teacher Ramona Bessinger For Opposing Critical Race Curriculum first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Politics] WHEE!! Biden admits he can’t GET the $3.5 Trillion; Dems mad he can’t BREAK Sinema, Manchin Are you loving this? I’m lovin it. Watching Biden just keep twisting in the wind as more and more knives come out in his party is so hilarious. Sure it doesn’t get . . . Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Entertainment] Britney Spears Says She's "Staying Clear" Of Music Industry Now That She's Gaining Freedom Britney SpearsFor more than a year, fans have heard that Britney Spears does not want to work anymore, and now, she's confirmed it's true. While the pop star's father Jamie Spears is no...
Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Microsoft, Tesla Rival Xpeng Are Buys In Broad Market Rally; Bitcoin ETF Launching With a confirmed market rally, how aggressive should investors get? A Bitcoin futures ETF is about to launch. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[02f4e94a-78ce-58a0-a4fe-e1b9c874842d] 'RHOC' alum Vicki Gunvalson accuses ex-fiancé of cheating: 'No Christian man would do what he's done' "Real Housewives of Orange County" alum Vicki Gunvalson claimed that her ex-fiance, former California governor candidate Steve Lodge, cheated on her during their relationship. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Entertainment] ‘Hadestown’ ushers Broadway back to the Kennedy Center in style The first musical in 19 months starts up in the Opera House. Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[] Please Open Your Memenals To The Book Of ONT, Chapter 69, Verse 420 (Nice!) Bringing in the memes, bringing in the memes, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the memes!... Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[In The News] Gerrymandering: Illinois Democrats Seek to Axe Republicans In New Proposed Congressional Map

by Andrew Trunsky -

Democrats in Illinois’ state legislature Friday released a new map that would shore up all of their party’s incumbents in Congress and likely eliminate two of the state’s five Republicans. The proposal would give Democrats a 14-3 advantage in the state, compared to the current 13-5 map. Illinois is one …

Gerrymandering: Illinois Democrats Seek to Axe Republicans In New Proposed Congressional Map is posted on Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Markets] Bovard: When Barack Obama Got Away With Murder Bovard: When Barack Obama Got Away With Murder

Authored by Jim Bovard via The Libertarian Institute,

This week (Thursday) marked the 10th anniversary of the drone killing of Abdulrahman Al-Aulaqi, a 16 year old born in Colorado and killed in Yemen. He perished as part of Obama’s crackdown on terrorist suspects around the world. His father, who was also an American citizen, was killed two weeks earlier by another drone strike ordered by Obama.

I wrote a piece condemning Obama’s assassination program for Christian Science Monitor in 2011"Assassination Nation: Are There Any Limits on President Obama’s License to Kill?" I derided the Obama administration’s claim that the president possessed a "right to kill Americans without a trial, without notice, and without any chance for targets to legally object…Killings based solely on presidential commands radically transform the relation of the government to the citizenry."

Readers responded by calling for my assassination. My article mentioned an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit pressuring the Obama administration "to disclose the legal standard it uses to place US citizens on government kill lists." 

"Will R." was indignant: "We need to send Bovard and the ACLU to Iran. You shoot traders and the ACLU are a bunch of traders." (I was pretty sure the ACLU was not engaged in international commerce). "Jeff" took the high ground: "Hopefully there will soon be enough to add James Bovard to the [targeted killing] list." Another commenter—self-labeled as "Idiot Savant"—saw a grand opportunity: "Now if we can only convince [Obama] to use this [assassination] authority on the media, who have done more harm than any single terror target could ever dream of..."

Here’s a riff I did on Obama’s assassination program in 2013:

The Obama administration yesterday leaked out its confidential legal paper on killing Americans to NBC News. Obama’s legal wizards decided that the Fifth Amendment’s pledge that no citizen shall "be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" is invalid in cases of imminent attack by terrorists.

Though this might sound reasonable, the memo proceeds to craft a totally bogus notion of "imminent." But, as John Glaser notes at Antiwar.com, "The memo refers to what it calls a 'broader concept of imminence' than what has traditionally been required, like actual intelligence an ongoing plot against the US. 'The condition that an operational leader present an 'imminent' threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,' the memo states, contradicting conventional international law."

Obama top adviser Robert Gibbs had said the 16-year old should have had "a more responsible father" when asked directly about the assassination by drone...

In a January 2017 USA Today piece, I urged Trump to open the files on Obama’s killings:

"Trump should quickly reveal the secret memos underlying Obama’s "targeted killing" drone assassination program.

Administration lawyers defeated lawsuits by the ACLUThe New York Times, and others seeking disclosure of key legal papers on how the president became judge, jury and executioner. A Trump administration could disclose the memos and white papers without endangering anything other than the reputation of the soon-to-be former president and his policymakers.

Didn’t happen. The Trump administration could have exposed vast numbers of abuses by the Obama administration the same way that Obama (partially) opened the files on some of President George W. Bush’s torture policy and other atrocities. But as usual, the Trump team blew the opportunity.

As a result, Obama can pirouette as a champion of civil liberties while the horrendous precedents he set continue to endanger Americans and anyone else in the world in the vicinity of people suspected of bad thoughts by the U.S. government.

Hat tip to Dan Alban, an Institute of Justice lawyer who has scourged the Justice Department, IRS, and plenty of other government agencies.

Tyler Durden Fri, 10/15/2021 - 23:50
Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[topics:in-the-news/sir-david-amess] Saturday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[World] Lament for the Pickup Truck

The current craze for ever bigger pickups makes them more big boy toy than tool for men at work.

The post Lament for the Pickup Truck appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:10/15/2021 11:15:22 PM
[Comedy] @bocxtop don’t understand ppl who are productive during the weekend, weekends are for feeling weird and wondering if ur friends hate u Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Foreign Policy] GooTube: Dems' Kiddie Propaganda Arm, by Michelle Malkin In case you hadn't heard, Vice President Kamala Harris' venture into government space propaganda for children was a galactic bust. The veep's smarmy performance in a NASA agitprop video touting World Space Week was universally ridiculed and exposed this weekend after a local Monterey, California, TV station interviewed one of five child actors who auditioned... Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Politics] South Carolina Companies Will Face Higher Taxes Than China and Europe if Dem Bill Passes Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Uncategorized] Why Do Democrats Cheat?

The short answer: They have to. The longer answer: The Dems have to cheat because they have no legitimate presidential contender to climb into the octagon cage with Donald Trump.  That’s a fact, Jack.  Trump is a tough, battle-tested,  mixed martial arts (MMA) combatant who will destroy any Democratic opponent who can summon the courage […]

The post Why Do Democrats Cheat? appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[World] True North Moves in The Right Direction

Main Street conservatives have a friend in Kevin Roberts, the new president of the Heritage Foundation

The post True North Moves in The Right Direction appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[American Society] Self-Sacrifice Upon the Altar of ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’
The madness spreads.
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[Entertainment] Val McDermid’s new novel is a delightful throwback, complete with a retro song list McDermid’s “1979,” a coming-of-age novel starring an intrepid female journalist, begins a welcome new series. Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[2021 News] Federal judge finds DC jail warden in contempt, demands DOJ civil rights probe of Jan. 6 detainees

Federal judge finds DC jail warden in contempt, demands DOJ civil rights probe of Jan. 6 detainees. Hopefully, Warden Wanda is in deep shit. “For the reasons stated in open court, it is adjudged that the Warden of the D.C. jail Wanda Patten and Director of the D.C. Department of Corrections Quincy Booth are in […]

The post Federal judge finds DC jail warden in contempt, demands DOJ civil rights probe of Jan. 6 detainees appeared first on IHTM.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[600c0434-8966-5eb9-8001-2b36e64b1e95] David Marcus: COVID has given us a new normal and it's not bold or beautiful Among the most foolish utterances of the COVID pandemic, and it's a very competitive category, was that it was the chance to create a bold and beautiful new normal. Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[] Republicans Demand 'Completely Unqualified' Buttigieg Answer Questions About Supply Chain Crisis Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[] Sen. Chuck Schumer doesn't want people to have to choose between heating their homes and buying food Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Discrimination] Shareholder alert focuses on reverse discrimination by Lowe’s (Paul Mirengoff) The American Civil Rights Project (ACR Project), on whose board I serve, is investigating whether the officers and directors of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. have breached their fiduciary duties by violating civil rights laws that protect against racial and other forms of discrimination. The ACR Project has issued this Shareholder Alert explaining the situation and inviting interested shareholders who have held Lowe’s stock since before July 13, 2021 to contact the Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[World] Biden weaponizes terror law against patriots in Virginia

Parents attending school board meetings in America are not terrorists.

Obviously, any sane, rational American would agree. Yet, here we are watching shocking footage of a father concerned about the rape of his daughter in a high school bathroom beaten to the ground by officers for speaking up at a ... Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM

[Right Column] Newsweek OpEd: Radical Green Groups Put Profits Before Planet
Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Entertainment] MCU Spider-Man 4 Would be Different To Homecoming Trilogy

Tom Holland reveals that, should he reprise his role as Spider-Man for a fourth film after No Way Home, it would have to be very different from the Homecoming trilogy. No Way Home is set to conclude Holland's Spider-Man trilogy when it releases later this year. The film, which is one of the MCU's most hotly anticipated upcoming releases, examines the aftermath of Far From Home and the implications of Peter Parker's newfound fame now that his identity as Spider-Man has been shared with the world.

The trailer for No Way Home, which surpassed Avengers: Endgame's previous record for most views within a 24-hour period, shows that the conclusion to the trilogy isn't pulling any punches. After Doctor Strange casts a spell to help Peter regain his anonymity and bring back a sense of normality to his life, a series of threats emerge that threaten the safety of the entire world, including villains from past Spider-Man films, including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and Electro. For months it has also been rumored that former Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also appear in the film in some capacity.


Although it seems that No Way Home will act as a conclusion for Tom Holland's standalone Spider-Man movies, the actor hasn't totally ruled out appearing in a fourth installment. In a new interview with EW, Holland explains that, should a fourth film ever move forward, it would have to be notably different from what they've done with the Homecoming trilogy. The film would have to explore new territory and be tonally different from the films they've done before, says Holland. Read Holland's full comment below:

"I think if we were lucky enough to dive into these characters again, you'd be seeing a very different version. It would no longer be the Homecoming trilogy. We would give it some time and try to build something different and tonally change the films. Whether that happens or not, I don't know. But we were definitely treating [No Way Home] like it was coming to an end, and it felt like it."

It seems like No Way Home will conclusively act as a final installment to the Homecoming era of Spider-Man, but the prospect of a fourth film isn't outside the realm of possibility. Although many standalone MCU films stop on or before the third installment, there are occasional exceptions. Thor: Love and Thunder, for example, the fourth installment in the standalone Thor films, is due out next year. Even Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy had a planned fourth installment at one point.

If Holland does indeed ever return for a fourth Spider-Man film, it would be interesting to see a new angle. Holland noting that they would "give it some time" suggests that, not only would a fourth film need to take some time to put together in the real world, but it could focus on a more grown-up version of Peter Parker. Perhaps Peter is attending university or in the midst of adulthood working at the Daily Bugle as a photographer. While the Homecoming films have been very light and comedic in tone, it would be interesting to see a more mature, or maybe even slightly darker take on Spider-Man. For now, though, it does seem like No Way Home is the last we'll be seeing of Tom Holland's Spider-Man for quite some time. Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to release later this year on December 17th.


Source: EW


Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[topics:things/climate-change] Insulate Britain will suspend campaign to give public 'a break' over half term Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Politics] Five things to know about the Biden administration's vaccine mandates

The Biden administration believes mandating COVID-19 vaccines is the best way to end the pandemic. Here's what you need to know.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[AMD] Apple Is About To Change The World Again Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Markets] Dow closes up over 500 points as stocks get boost from bank earnings Dow closes up over 500 points as stocks get boost from bank earnings Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Opinion] #emptyshelvesJoe believes empty shelves are a sign of a strong economy

by JD Washington -

On Thursday, one of the top trending topics on Twitter was #emptyshelvesJoe. It’s all for good reason, too. Joe Biden has created an economic crisis through his continued mishandling of the U.S. economy. Think about what Joe has done for our economy so far. Businesses across the country are still …

#emptyshelvesJoe believes empty shelves are a sign of a strong economy is posted on Conservative Daily News - Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust - Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Culture] Nike CEO Praises Exec for Confessing to Murder

The CEO of Nike praised top executive Larry Miller for admitting in a Wednesday interview that in 1965 he murdered a teenager.

The post Nike CEO Praises Exec for Confessing to Murder appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Uncategorized] Yale Law School Student Accused of ‘Triggering’ Classmates With Federalist Society Membership, Using ‘Trap House’ in Invitation

"Just 12 hours after the email went out, the student was summoned to the law school’s Office of Student Affairs, which administrators said had received nine discrimination and harassment complaints about his message."

The post Yale Law School Student Accused of ‘Triggering’ Classmates With Federalist Society Membership, Using ‘Trap House’ in Invitation first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Woman at drive-thru demonstrates the absolute absurdity of outdoor mask mandate In what is undoubtedly a leftist state, a woman in a drive-thru could not receive her order from an attendant without first putting a mask on. Seriously. Watch: It’s science pic.twitter.com/4af44k8JpD — . . . Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[4b6d0bf8-682c-5f8b-88bb-38901a3ece33] 'Southern Charm' star Madison LeCroy engaged to boyfriend after dating for 6 months: 'So excited' The "Southern Charm" star, 31, appeared on Amazon Live on Thursday and revealed to the world that Brett popped the question last week after taking LeCroy and her 8-year-old son, Hudson, to a birthday shindig on Kiawah Island in South Carolina. Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Critical Race Theory] Watchdog Seeks Answers on White House Involvement, Garland Conflict in Memo Targeting Parents as Terrorists

A watchdog group alleging the Justice Department’s controversial targeting of parents for speaking up on local school matters was a “White House priority” now seeks... Read More

The post Watchdog Seeks Answers on White House Involvement, Garland Conflict in Memo Targeting Parents as Terrorists appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Entertainment] Robert Durst Sentenced to Life in Prison For the Murder of Susan Berman 20 Years Ago Robert DurstUPDATE: Robert Durst was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, Oct. 14, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney confirms to E! News. The sentencing comes one month after he was...
Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Makes Powerful Move; Google Leads 7 Stocks Flashing Buy Signals The market rally had its best day in months, with Google and Microsoft among new stocks flashing buy signals. Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Markets] : Brooklyn Nets decision to bench Kyrie Irving until he’s vaccinated could cost the all-star guard $15 million "I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice," Irving said on Wednesday
Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[America] The Bookworm Thinker of 14 Oct. 2021

Ms. Book W. Room, writing under the nom de guerre of Andrea Widburg, is employed by the conservative site, American Thinker, to edit submissions to the site and to write several daily posts of her own.  Below are her posts on this date.  Since commentary to the posts are restricted

The post The Bookworm Thinker of 14 Oct. 2021 appeared first on Bookworm Room.

Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[Markets] Walgreens And Safeway Did Years Of "Due Diligence" On Theranos Without Thoroughly Examining Its Testing Device Walgreens And Safeway Did Years Of "Due Diligence" On Theranos Without Thoroughly Examining Its Testing Device

Sometimes, it isn't until the inevitable fraud trial that we find out just how little due diligence corporations, analysts and investors do on companies.

The latest not-so-surprising bombshell to come out of the trial of Elizabeth Holmes, former CEO of Theranos, is that the company's partners, including major chains like Walgreens and Safeway, spent almost no time examining the company's device or its results.

Executives from both chains were led to believe Theranos' lies after "years of due diligence", the Wall Street Journal reported. They even consulted with lawyers and medical experts. But their Achilles Heel was, of course, not spending "significant" time studying the machine itself. 

Walgreens Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon said in court testimony: “Our common understanding was the technology worked as we were told.”

He continued, telling the court that the company did its own due diligence by "leaning in part on staff healthcare experts". Walgreens also reportedly hired a lab firm to evaluate the tests. It then asked experts from Johns Hopkins University to meet with Holmes and her boy-toy, Sunny Balwani. 

“Due to the new-to-the world nature of the technology, it required some work to understand,” Miquelon said.

Despite never getting a device to examine, these experts decided the technology "was sound", the WSJ reported.

Safeway said he also consulted with lab directors at Johns Hopkins. Additionally, he reached out to the University of California, San Francisco. Safeway's former CEO said that the Johns Hopkins crew received a Theranos machine to examine, but the company "took it back" before it could be researched. 

In sum, Safeway conducted "hundreds of hours" of due diligence on Theranos. Executives communicated daily with Holmes, the report says.

And finally, in what should have been a clue, former Safeway CEO Steven Burd even had his blood tested via a finger prick from the Theranos machine. 

"The machine malfunctioned and didn't provide the results," the WSJ article concluded.

This is hardly the first major revelation from the Holmes/Theranos trial. Recall, in late September we wrote about a key Theranos whistleblower being unmasked during the ongoing trial.

Lab director Adam Rosendorff resigned from the company in 2014 and testified on Tuesday that he later got a phone call from the Journal's John Carreyrou, whom he spoke with off the record, according to Bloomberg Law

“I felt obligated to alert the public. I didn’t quite know how I should do that. But when this opportunity presented itself I took advantage of it,” Rosendorff said at trial.

Following their talk, Carreyrou wrote a series of stories in 2015 that catalyzed scrutiny on Theranos. In 2018, his work was made into a book called “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.”

Rosendorff, in the book is referred to under the pseudonym Alan Beam.

“Adam Rosendorff was my first and most important source. I couldn’t have broken the Theranos story without him. Hats off to his integrity and his courage. He’s one of the heroes of this story," Carreyrou said.

Tyler Durden Thu, 10/14/2021 - 19:00
Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[World] [Eugene Volokh] Thursday Open Thread What's on your mind? Published:10/14/2021 6:15:08 PM
[] Joe Biden Has a Response to Supply Disruptions: Ordering Suppliers to Fix Their Disruptions.Surprisingly, Experts Say That's Not Going to Fix The Problem The most incompetent, brain-damaged, mush-mouthed imbecile to ever hold the position of "president" thinks that he can command things to be fixed just by unintelligibly reading remarks written for him by his handlers. President Joe Biden is pushing to ease... Published:10/14/2021 6:15:07 PM
[Economic Theory] Adam Smith and problems with the new paternalism

The economist Carl Menger claimed in 1891 that “in every conflict of interest between the rich and poor, the strong and weak, Smith sides without exception with the latter.” Menger’s claim has been vindicated by recent research. Adam Smith’s advocacy of the interests of the poor is of a piece with his advocacy of what … Continue reading "Adam Smith and problems with the new paternalism"

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Comedy] Ruthie Tompson, who died at age 111, was a Disney trailblazer in ‘a man’s world’ Disney's “Snow White” helped launch Ruthie Tompson on a four-decade career in animation. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[2021 News] Southwest CEO Says No One Will Be Fired Over Vaccine Mandates

Southwest CEO Says No One Will Be Fired Over Vaccine Mandates. Sure, it had nothing to do with pilots and crew or the FAA calling in sick over getting the jab. UH-HUH.

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[World] Democrats Want Virginians to Vote by Mail

In letters to Virginia voters, Vote Forward tries to appear nonpartisan. It isn't.

The post Democrats Want Virginians to Vote by Mail appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Politics] Biden will announce expanded operations at Port of Los Angeles as supply chain crunch continues

The Port of Los Angeles will operate around the clock as supply chain problems threaten holiday shopping season.

Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Middle Column] Leader of Insulate Britain protest group: ‘I don’t particularly care about insulation’
Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[MO] Buy The Dip! Mispriced 8.4% Yield, Set To Soar: British American Tobacco Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[World] The IPOB is not a terrorist organization

Professor Ivan Sheehan’s opinion piece published in the October 4, 2021 edition of the Washington Times and entitled “U.S. Ignores Small African Terrorist Group, IPOB at its peril” was a travesty that could endanger the lives of over 50 million Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. 

The piece was wrong and ... Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM

[] Mayorkas: No More Workplace Raids to Arrest Illegal Aliens Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Podcasts] The Mechanics of ‘Popularism’
Podcast: Post-pandemic syndrome and David Shor mania.
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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Tech] GitHub Revoked Insecure SSH Keys Generated by a Popular git Client

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 Code hosting platform GitHub has revoked weak SSH authentication keys that were generated via the GitKraken git GUI client due to a vulnerability in a third-party library that increased the likelihood of duplicated SSH keys.

As an added precautionary measure, the Microsoft-owned company also said it's building safeguards to prevent vulnerable versions of GitKraken from adding newly generated weak keys.

The problematic dependency, called "keypair," is an open-source SSH key generation library that allows users to create RSA keys for authentication-related purposes. It has been found to impact GitKraken versions 7.6.x, 7.7.x, and 8.0.0, released between May 12, 2021, and September 27, 2021.

The flaw — tracked as CVE-2021-41117 (CVSS score: 8.7) — concerns a bug in the pseudo-random number generator used by the library, resulting in the creation of a weaker form of public SSH keys, which, owing to their low entropy — i.e., the measure of randomness — could boost the probability of key duplication.

"This could enable an attacker to decrypt confidential messages or gain unauthorized access to an account belonging to the victim," keypair's maintainer Julian Gruber said in an advisory published Monday. The issue has since been addressed in keypair version 1.0.4 and GitKraken version 8.0.1.

Axosoft engineer Dan Suceava has been credited with discovering the security weakness, while GitHub security engineer Kevin Jones has been acknowledged for identifying the cause and source code location of the bug. As of writing, there's no evidence the flaw was exploited in the wild to compromise accounts.

Affected users are highly recommended to review and "remove all old GitKraken-generated SSH keys stored locally" and "generate new SSH keys using GitKraken 8.0.1, or later, for each of your Git service providers" such as GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket, among others.

Update: Along with GitHub, Microsoft Azure DevOps, GitLab, and Atlassian Bitbucket have also initiated mass revocations of SSH keys connected to accounts where the GitKraken client was used to synchronize source code, urging users to revoke the SSH public keys and generate new keys using the updated version of the app.

Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Uncategorized] How Did Weak Men Become Strong Enough To Topple The Most Powerful Nation In History?

Donald Trump failed at business… a lot. USFL, Tour de Trump, Trump Resorts, Trump Airlines, Trump University, ect. Leftists love to point that out. But that’s not the whole story. Trump had great successes as well. Not only has he developed world class properties around the globe, but he was also the producer and star […]

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Entertainment] The love affair between Jeff Bezos and ‘Star Trek’ Echoes of the show can be found throughout Bezos' life, including Wednesday's Blue Origin launch with William Shatner. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Lefties on Parade] The Bookworm Thinker of 13 Oct. 2021

Ms. Book W. Room, writing under the nom de guerre of Andrea Widburg, is employed by the conservative site, American Thinker, to edit submissions to the site and to write several daily posts of her own.  Below are her posts on this date.  Since commentary to the posts is restricted

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Politics] CNN: Democrats are very worried about Virginia governor vote in three weeks CNN is reporting that Democrats had thought Virginia was a solidly blue state but are very worried now as the gubernatorial election looms:   Democrats are so nervous that they are sending . . . Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[1becddd5-920f-5148-b767-c36368d3688f] Gov. Kristi Noem: We can't rely on a debt-ridden federal government to take care of us Recently, I was honored to spend some time at the Reagan Ranch in California. Ronald Reagan focused on growing the private sector, creating jobs and building the economy. His vision is my vision. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[ef962a17-df95-5770-86ba-001a1f02c676] Josh Duggar's latest motions in child pornography case denied by court: Here's why Josh Duggar's latest attempts to suppress statements and photos in his child pornography case were unsuccessful and the U.S. District Court overseeing his case is explaining why. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[structure:news] Pictures of the Day:  Tightrope walker practises in Wells Cathedral for the Festival of the Moon Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Uncategorized] Pelosi Thinks Media ‘Could Do a Better Job of Selling’ the $3.5 Trillion Bill

Mama is disappointed her children aren't doing their job of selling the Democrats' agenda.

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Libel] [Eugene Volokh] $400K Libel Judgment in Lawsuit Over Statements During Election Campaign Such libel cases aren't easy to win, but sometimes they can indeed be won. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[In The News] Despite Terror Threats, Syria Reopens To Tourists

by Kaylee Greenlee -

Despite ongoing terror threats and a struggling economy, Syria reopened its borders to tourists, the New York Post reported on Wednesday. The Syrian government began issuing tourist visas in October, and travel agencies are advertising trips to the country, according to the New York Post. Visas are distributed through tour …

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Markets] AT&T stock is dropping toward an 11-year low as its yield rises further above 8% AT&T stock is dropping toward an 11-year low as its yield rises further above 8% Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Biden Administration] Emails Reveal Hunter Biden’s Relationship With Shadowy Chinese Tycoon

Hunter Biden said his business relationship with a mysterious Chinese tycoon later arrested on money laundering charges had "everything to do with my last name," previously unreported emails show.

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Politics] A Radical Dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas Offers a Reproach to Merrick Garland To those stunned by Attorney General Merrick Garland's plan to use the Patriot Act against parents protesting school curriculums, we commend the dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas in a case called Brown v. Entertainment Merchants. It will reassure you that you are not alone. There is at least one justice who comprehends the constitutional standing of parents in respect of their own children. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Falls As Inflation Surges; Fed Minutes Due As Pressure Builds; Datadog Sits In Buy Zone The Dow Jones fell as inflation came in worse than feared. The Fed minutes are due. Apple stock fell again and JPMorgan tumbled on earnings. Published:10/13/2021 1:23:21 PM
[Entertainment] Even Meghan Trainor Gets Starstruck By Her A-List Mommy "Crew" Meghan TrainorDid the ultimate girl group just form in a baby music class? Clash of the Cover Bands judge Meghan Trainor gushed over the fellow musical mommies that helped her enter motherhood after...
Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Baseball] This day in baseball history: The first World Series night game (Paul Mirengoff) The Baltimore Orioles jumped out to a two games to none lead over Pittsburgh in the 1971 World Series. In Game Three, Pittsburgh, finally playing at home, got back in the argument with a 5-1 victory. Steve Blass went all the way to best Mike Cuellar. He allowed only three hits and two walks. Pittsburgh took charge of the game in the seventh inning with three runs. Roberto Clemente reached Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Law] Federal Judge Rules New York Must Provide Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that New York must recognize health care workers’ religious exemptions to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to court documents.... Read More

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Politics] Democrats Attempt to Mislead Public on Cost of Socialist Tax and Spend Bill Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Campus] Media Silent on Virginia School Board’s Alleged Coverup of Trans Bathroom Rape

Mainstream broadcast networks failed to cover a Tuesday night report that alleged a Virginia school board covered up a rape allegation against a boy who wore a skirt in the girls' bathroom, according to a media analysis.

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Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Markets] Metals Stocks: Gold futures end at one-month high as dollar, bond yields fall after inflation report Gold futures gain 2% on Wednesday to settle at their highest in about a month, finding support as the U.S. dollar and bond yields weakened following reports on inflation.
Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Markets] Untapped Potential: Far Too Little Freight On US Waterways, Experts Say Untapped Potential: Far Too Little Freight On US Waterways, Experts Say

By Nio Mahoney of FreightWaves,

Much of the U.S. waterway system’s enormous potential for commercial transport is going to waste for lack of use or funding, according to marine and trade experts.

While most people are familiar with the importance of roads in transporting freight across the U.S., many have no idea that the more than 25,000 miles of navigable waterways — including rivers, canals and coastal routes — are just as vital.

“We have one of the world’s greatest waterway networks, but we are barely using it,” Joseph Linck, a Brownsville, Texas-based international trade and energy consultant, told FreightWaves.

There are about 25,000 miles of navigable waterways — including rivers, canals and coastal routes — across the United States. Pictured is the Houston Ship Channel, which intersects with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Linck is founder and CEO of Globalstone LC and was the director of the Port of Brownsville in Texas from 1988-90. He’s currently working with a large investment bank that wants to start putting ocean shipping containers in hopper barges using inland waterways to offer the first long-haul container-on-barge service in the U.S.  

The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a 3,000-mile inland waterway running from Boston south along the Atlantic seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf of Mexico to Brownsville.

“Using the waterway, it’s a solution to the U.S. truck driver shortage, because one barge takes away 70-something trucks off the road and can move freight for less than half the price,” Linck said.

The U.S. waterway system consists of over 12,000 miles of inland waterways and 13,000 miles of coastal channels, 360 commercial ports, and 237 lock and dam chambers.  The carrying capacity of barges far outpaces tractor trailers and railcars.

One barge carrying 1,750 pounds of dry cargo is equal to 70 tractor trailer trucks. (Infographic: FreightWaves)

The typical 15-barge tow is capable of hauling cargo totaling 22,500 tons, 767,500 bushels or 6.8 million gallons. That compares to six locomotives and 216 railcars, or 1,050 large tractor trailers.

Barges can move a ton of cargo 647 miles on a single gallon of fuel, and 514 miles on diesel fuel. That compares to 477 miles by rail and 145 miles by truck, according to a 2017 study by the Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  

The Texas A&M study was commissioned by the National Waterways Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that addresses public policy issues related to the U.S.’ inland waterways system.

The waterway transportation system has long contributed to the competitiveness of American agriculture by transporting grain domestically and for export, National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) officials said in an email to FreightWaves.

Corn and soybeans are the most handled agricultural commodities in the Gulf Coast region waterways, along with wheat, distiller’s dried grains with solubles and soybean meal.

“Nearly 70% of U.S. agriculture exports (137.7 million metric tons valued at $108.2 billion) were waterborne in 2019. These exports provide 20% of U.S. farm income,” NGFA said. “In the same year, the U.S. exported nearly 30% of its grain. Of this quantity, more than 50% was inspected through Mississippi River, about 30% was inspected through Pacific Northwest ports, and 5% through Texas Gulf ports.”

Paul Dittman, president of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA), said the waterway system is one of the safest and most efficient modes of transportation in the U.S.

“Every barge movement on our inland waterways within the Gulf Coast or any other inland waterway reduces significant amounts of truck traffic,” Dittman said.

GICA is a New Orleans-based nonprofit consisting of over 200 member companies primarily along the Gulf Coast. Its aim is to facilitate safe, reliable and efficient Gulf Coast waterways.

“The Intracoastal Waterway is the third-busiest inland waterway in the U.S. after the  Mississippi and Ohio rivers,” Dittman said. “The differences on the Mississippi and Ohio River, you’re looking at about 70% dry bulk, 30% bulk liquid, whereas on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway it’s just the opposite.” 

Dittman said the ICW also provides the critical link between the U.S. petrochemical centers in Texas and Louisiana with the rest of the inland waterway system, as well as the entire Gulf Coast from St. Mark’s, Florida, to Brownsville, a distance of over 1,100 miles.

“For these reasons, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is often referred to as the silent giant,” Dittman said.  

Petroleum products, chemicals, agricultural products, manufactured goods, coal and grains are the top commodities transported by U.S. waterways, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

One of the biggest challenges for U.S. waterways is that historically, necessary upkeep such as dredging and infrastructure maintenance has been underfunded.

“Some of the limiting factors that we deal with include aging Army Corp of Engineers infrastructure, which can be problematic if they malfunction,” Dittman said.

One of the potential constraints to waterway transportation is the escalating volume of traffic at aging locks, the part of the waterway system that controls pool depths to make a channel deep enough for vessels to use.

Dittman said the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock (IHNC) in New Orleans provides the only access to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway east of New Orleans, creating a single point of failure if the lock is not available for navigation.

The IHNC was built in 1923. GICA is working closely with the federal government to begin the replacement of the IHNC, but this project will take several years to complete once initiated. 

“It’s effectively 100 years old and is in need of replacement. We’re diligently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the local community to replace this aging piece of infrastructure with a new and larger lock,” Dittman said. 

Some ongoing waterway projects that GICA provided input on include the $169 million Belle Chasse Bridge and Tunnel Replacement Project in Belle Chase, Louisiana, and two new bridges in Texas at South Padre Island and over the San Jacinto River along the Gulf Coast.

Like GICA, grain industry officials have been asking Congress for years to upgrade aging locks and dams on inland waterways.

NGFA officials and partnering waterways stakeholders said they are urging Congress to include funding for the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) in final appropriations packages.  NESP is an Army Corps of Engineers program dedicated to navigation improvements and ecological restoration for the Upper Mississippi River – Illinois Waterway.

“Congress first authorized NESP in 2007, but the program has not received any construction funding. Meanwhile, the vast majority of locks on the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway (UMR-IWW), built in the 1930s and 1940s with 600-foot chambers, have long-surpassed their design life,” NGFA said.

NESP would expand the navigation capacity along the UMR-IWW through the construction of seven new 1,200-foot locks and dams. New and modernized NESP locks would allow a 15-barge tow to pass through in just one lockage, increasing efficiency and boosting U.S. competitiveness.

“Building new locks on the UMR-IWW would spur job creation and help ensure that the U.S. remains competitive as a world grain exporter. For example, the U.S. is no longer the world’s top soybean exporter and key competitors continue to lower their transportation costs by investing in infrastructure,” NGFA said.

“Research from the Department of Agriculture suggests that unless significant improvements are made to farm-to-port infrastructure, U.S. world market share could decline an additional 3-6 percentage points, resulting in $1.5 billion to $3 billion in lost export sales.”

One infrastructure project that has received support is construction funding for a new 1,200-foot lock and dam (Lock and Dam 25) on the Upper Mississippi River, which has been included in both House of Representative and Senate versions of the FY 2022 Energy and Water Appropriations bills.

“This funding has broad bipartisan support from lawmakers up and down the Mississippi River and NGFA is hopeful it will be included in a final agreement on FY 2022 spending,” NGFA said.

While maritime experts work to replace aging locks and bridges along the waterway, the U.S. faces a $47 billion funding gap in infrastructure waterway needs over the next 17 years for navigation-related waterside improvements, according to an assessment issued in January by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

“The inland waterways funding gap is almost entirely for lock and dam infrastructure, which is largely antiquated and prone to failure,” according to the 170-page “Failure to Act: Ports and Inland Waterways — Anchoring the U.S. Economy.”

The ASCE also graded 17 categories of infrastructure in March. The grades ranged from a B for rail to a D-minus for transit to a D-plus for inland waterways.

“We risk significant economic losses, higher costs to consumers, businesses and manufacturers — and our quality of life — if we don’t act urgently,” Thomas Smith, ASCE executive director, said in a statement.

Another issue facing the U.S. waterway system is declining demand for coal, which has historically been a big commodity on waterways but has been on a long downward swing as the U.S. slowly decreases its dependence on fossil fuels.

The Energy Information Administration reports U.S. coal shipments by waterways declined 20% in 2020 from 2019.

In 2019, more than $134 billion worth of cargo transited America’s inland waterways, equating to about 515 million tons, according to Waterways Council Inc.

Linck said the Intracoastal Waterway helped the Port of Brownsville get back to profitability in the late 1980s.

“We initiated new cargo steel and also Midwestern grain by river barge,” Linck said. “We started at the Port of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River and brought those barges down, all the way down to the Mississippi and down the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from New Orleans to Brownsville.”

Linck said it’s possible the U.S. waterway system also has an image problem with modern-day logistics professionals. While moving commodities by inland waterways can be more fuel-efficient and less costly, it takes more long-range planning.

“We need to reeducate all our traffic managers, give them a little more power, get these MBA bean-counting managers off their just-in-time inventory control. They can’t plan right, so they send everything on a truck. They just throw money out there and they get it where it needs to go, basically,” Linck said.

Tyler Durden Wed, 10/13/2021 - 14:20
Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[] Father Who Says His Daughter Was Sexually Attacked by a "Boy in a Skirt" in a Loudoun County School Bathroom Speaks They say the cover up is worse than the crime. In this case, it's hard for the cover up to be worse than the crime, consisting, as it does, of the r*pe and forcible sodomy of an underaged girl. But... Published:10/13/2021 1:23:20 PM
[Comedy] Voteflake

Anyone who protests the results of the 2020 US Presidential Election without any proof or evidence and refuses to recognize Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.

After over 50 cases brought before, and thrown out of, US courts, including the Supreme Court, hundreds of Trump supporters, claiming to be a million supporters, continued to cry and protest and chant outside the White House, like a bunch of voteflakes.

Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[] NYT: Remember "Defund the Police"? Good times, good times Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[Politics] Column: Forget 'personal freedom.' California's statewide school vaccine mandate will save lives

Gov. Gavin Newsom has set in motion COVID-19 vaccination mandates for all public and private school children — making California the first state to require inoculation for classroom learning.

Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[Politics] Biden's Delaware Will Face Higher Taxes Than China and Europe if Dem Bill Passes Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[Anti-Americanism] Hunter Biden opens a GoFundMe account

This country is a disaster. The clusterf**ks are piling up- Afghanistan, the open border, Bidenflation, gas prices, COVID- he’s screwed them all up. His approval rating is in the crapper but no matter what the mess, Biden puts the blame on the unvaccinated. Psaki’s finger-pointing came as Biden’s approval rating nosedived to 38 percent, with […]

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[Tech] Carphone Warehouse leaks Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in full detail


google pixel 6 pro leaks

We can’t really say we’re surprised at this point – the Pixel 6 duo leaked yet again. This time it was Carphone Warehouse that jumped the gun as the retailer published the pages for both models. They have been taken down now, but not before Evan Blass

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spotted them. Here is everything you may want to know about the upcoming Google phones before their October 19 announcement.

We’ll start with the Pixel 6 Pro. It is powered by Google’s first custom-built chipset. Previously, the company designed an image processing chip, but that wasn’t an integrated design. The Google Tensor chipset as it is called has on-device AI hardware for accelerating features like Night Sight, Portrait Mode and the new Magic Eraser (more on that in a bit). It is optimized for power efficiency yet it manages to be 80% faster than the Pixel 5’s Snapdragon 765G.

The Pro model has the most advanced camera on a Google phone ever. It starts with the main module whose 50 MP sensor is much larger than the tiny 1/2.55” sensor inside the Pixel 5. It captures 150% more light, which will be a boon for night time photos.

Also, the telephoto lens is back. This one offers 4x optical magnification, which can be extended to 20x using Super Res Zoom. There isn’t much on the ultra wide camera other than that it will have a 12 MP sensor.

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The selfie camera will be fairly wide itself with a 94º field of view (in RAW mode, presumably before lens correction).

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Now for Magic Eraser – it’s an AI tool that removes unwanted people and objects from your photo. This will be most useful in crowded touristy areas where you can’t get the place all to yourself. There’s also Face Unblur, which rescues blurry photos by restoring the face of your subject.

The Pixel 6 Pro will support 30W charging over USB-C, getting to 50% in 30 minutes (the 30W charger will be sold separately). Fast wireless charging at 23W and battery share are also supported.

The display will be a 6.7” LTPO OLED panel with variable refresh rate ranging from 10 Hz to 120 Hz. It will be covered with Gorilla Glass Victus, the whole phone will enjoy IP68 dust and water resistance.

Security will be a key feature for the phone with the new Titan M2 chip, a sequel to the Titan M that was introduced with the Pixel 3 series. To help it fight off new attacks, Google will provide 5 years of security updates.

Other highlight features include offline translations in 55 languages. You can point the camera at a sign to get it translated or get translated captions for a podcast. The At a Glance feature will surface relevant info for upcoming events, e.g. your plane ticket. The Pixels will come with the new Android 12, though some features are Google-exclusive.

Finally, a few accessories. There’s the 30W USB-C charger, of course. Tthe Pixel Stand wireless charger can turn the phone into a hub that can control smart devices and a photo frame that shows pictures from Google Photos. There’s also a translucent protective case made with over 30% post-consumer recycled plastics.

Moving on to the smaller Pixel 6. It too will be powered by the Google Tensor chipset paired with the Titan M2 security chip. The phone will feature the same 50 MP main and 12 MP ultra wide cameras, but it will miss out on the telephoto module.

The display will measure 6.4” and it will be a regular OLED. It will have a high refresh rate, but it doesn't sound like an LTPO panel. It will still be covered with Gorilla Glass Victus and the phone gets an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

water resistance

The same accessories are available for the smaller Pixel 6, though the wireless charging is a fraction slower – 21W.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will launch on October 19, but we should warn you that they will only be available in 8 countries, so getting one will depend on where you live. The smaller Pixel 6 should start at €650.

Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[America] Analyzing how leftism destroys intellectual honesty

An eminent historian is so dedicated to leftism that, even after savaging the 1619 Project, he still can’t see that modern progressivism is the problem. “They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand.” Mark 4:12. [This is a long post but, I

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:48 AM
[Politics] 'Let's Go Brandon' Is America's Cry of Sanity as the Country Seems To Be Going Nuts Much as I love America and free speech sometimes I think the country's gone completely nuts. There's things going on here that should not go on here. Beginning with Attorney General Merrick Garland. As my friend Gerard Baker writes, Merrick Garland has a list, and you're probably on it. The AG has a lengthening list of society offenders. Police departments, Republican states and state legislatures, and parents who think they should be involved in their children's educations. It goes on and... Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[2021 News] Kamala Harris used child actors in her space video

Kamala Harris used child actors in her space video. Everything these people do is phony.

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Politics] BREAKING: Raiders head coach Jon Gruden gets CANCELED over old emails about gays, women, etc Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is no longer part of the team after essentially being cancelled over old emails that were leaked to the New York Times and published tonight: . . . Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[In The News] Gov. Abbott Bans All COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates In Texas

by Ailan Evans -

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order late Monday prohibiting all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state of Texas. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a tweet announcing the executive order. The …

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[World] The Stakes of a Nuclear Missile Monopoly

The consolidation of the defense industry hurts American innovation and resilience.

The post The Stakes of a Nuclear Missile Monopoly appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[BTI] BTI: 8.5% Starting Dividend Yield At Historically Low Price Multiples Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Podcasts] How to Save Freedom: Discourse, Debate Good Places to Start

Discourse and debate promote a free society, says Inez Feltscher Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and host of the “High Noon”... Read More

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[] Greg Abbott reverses himself, issues Executive Order prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates 'by ANY entity in Texas' Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Campus] Leaked Docs: Prestigious DC School Poised To Crack Down on ‘Harmful’ Humor

Students at one of the oldest and most prestigious boys schools in the United States could soon face expulsion for a single "misplaced" joke, according to a draft "anti-bias" policy circulating among school administrators and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[] UPDATE: Professor Canceled by Woke Outrage Mob Has Last Laugh Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[World] Democrats are going down, down, down

Democrats and their party-aligned elites and globalists are on a tight time line to take over the world, cripple the Constitution, capsize capitalism, seize individual liberties, force vaccines into the arms of Americans who don’t want vaccines, and sell that particular brand of socialism-slash-communism-slash-governance-by-surveillance that better belongs with Chinese than ... Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM

[619f71db-b8cc-5667-b2d0-540481c97aaa] Mollie Hemingway: What happened during the 2020 election must be investigated and discussed At the drop of a hat, America’s electoral system went from irredeemably corrupt and broken in 2016 to unquestionably safe in 2020. Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[7661c35c-6c82-5714-90dc-40c772427950] 'Dancing with the Stars' contestants Cheryl Burke, Cody Rigsby return after coronavirus quarantines “Dancing with the Stars” welcomed Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby back to the live stage on Monday after the duo previously had to perform from home due to positive coronavirus tests. Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Right Column] All the Metals We Mined Globally in One Visualization

All the Metals We Mined in One Visualization

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[] The Morning Report - 10/12/21 Good morning, kids. Tuesday and some very interesting turns of events as well as their concomitant frightening reactions from the powers that be, today mostly centered on the never-ending nightmare that is the two-week period to flatten the curve,... Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Administrative Law] [Jonathan H. Adler] On the Sacketts and S.B. 8 Governments should not design laws and regulations to frustrate judicial review. Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Markets] Need to Know: These 10 trends could reshape society — and benefit these stocks Need to Know: These 10 trends could reshape society — and benefit these stocks Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures Rally As Tesla Climbs On Record China Sales; 3 Tech Giants Eye New Buy Points Dow Jones futures rallied Tuesday morning, as Tesla stock raced higher on record China sales. These three tech giants eyed new buy points. Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Entertainment] Teen Mom's Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra Tease Reunion With Carly 2 Years in the Making Tyler Baltierra, Catelynn LowellPrepare to witness a special milestone for Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra. As season 10 of Teen Mom OG continues airing this fall, many fans are hoping to receive an update on the...
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[Entertainment] Pyramid Atlantic Art Center celebrates 40 years of art-making with the exhibition ‘Reflecting Back to the Future’ The Hyattsville center for print-, paper- and bookmaking brings together 40 works by art luminaries from near and far. Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Uncategorized] Texas Gov. Abbott Bans COVID Vaccine Mandates Across the Board

"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, & our best defense against the virus, but should always remain voluntary & never forced."

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Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Coronavirus] South by Southwest (Scott Johnson) Over the weekend through mid-day yesterday Southwest Airlines had canceled more than 2,000 flights. I take that number from the New York Times story, which seems to reflect something like current numbers. This industry report tabulates a variety of relevant numbers and characterizes the situation as an “operational meltdown.” Southwest attributes the “disruptions” to “weather and other external constraints.” Both Southwest and its pilots’ union deny that the company’s vaccine Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Podcasts] Vaccine Mandate Craziness
Podcast: A debate on vaccine mandates.
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[Markets] Global Corporate Tax Deal Spares US From Imposing New Tariffs On EU Global Corporate Tax Deal Spares US From Imposing New Tariffs On EU

Now that Ireland, Estonia and Hungary have agreed to the OECD's global minimum corporate tax framework, trade tensions between the US and several EU members are finally beginning to recede.

As we reported on Friday, 136 OECD members tentatively agreed to adopt a 15% minimum corporate tax rate in exchange for partially re-allocate taxing rights for the largest most profitable companies (including American tech giants) to countries where the companies sell products and services, even if they don't have a large physical in the country.

Since the new tax framework, once established, will grant EU members access to more tax revenue from American multinationals and also requires EU members to abandon controversial "digital service taxes", the US has backed down from threats of imposing new tariffs on certain European goods in retaliation for the DST.

According to Reuters, transitional arrangements for removing DSTs "are being discussed expeditiously" between the EU and US, as Treasury officials told reporters during a conference call that talks over the details of these new arrangements were expected to eliminate the need for the US to consider more retaliatory tariffs against the EU.

The US Trade representative's office has already prepared tariffs against imports from France, Britain, Italy, Spain, Austria, India and Turkey over their digital services taxes. But instead of being imposed, the office will put them on a shelf, where they can be brought back if the OECD deal doesn't come together (members are aiming to have it implemented by 2023, a timeline that some analysts have dismissed as too ambitious).

Proposed US tariffs on French goods would slap 25% duties on cosmetics, handbags and other imports valued at some $1.3 billion annually, while Paris has threatened to retaliate against the US's retaliation.

While the OECD tax deal was crafted in such a way that Treasury and the Trade Rep's office believe it will pass the Congress with bipartisan support (since it's an international tax treaty, it must be ratified by its signatories). But if there's one thing Americans understand about Congress, it's that nothing is guaranteed. the Treasury believes the first part of the deal - known as "Pillar One" - could be implemented in a few months.

Another Treasury official said that implementation for the reallocation of taxing rights, known as "Pillar 1" of the OECD agreement, could take several months to complete, and that the Treasury envisions that it will be done with bipartisan support.

Senior U.S. Senate Republicans have argued that this would require a new international tax treaty, which would require ratification with a two-thirds Senate majority. They told Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a letter that they were concerned that the Biden administration was considering circumventing the need to obtain the Senate's authority to implement treaties.

The US Treasury official said that the Pillar 1 agreement was designed in a way to appeal to both parties, providing tax certainty for U.S. businesses without compromising U.S. revenue. The official said it was premature to consider passage without bipartisan support, but did not say whether a treaty would be required.

The Dems have a lot riding on this deal. Without a higher global minimum corporate tax rate, President Biden would risk driving American firms to relocate abroad with his plans to offset trillions of dollars in spending with tax hikes for corporations and the wealthy.

Tyler Durden Tue, 10/12/2021 - 09:05
Published:10/12/2021 8:12:47 AM
[Markets] : Failing to bring Covid-19 under control will cost $5.3 trillion in lost global growth over next five years, IMF estimates A failure to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to a close would cost the globe $5.3 trillion in lost growth over the next five years, according to a new estimate released by the International Monetary Fund Tuesday.
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[Policy] How To Break the Cycle of Abuse

When I was 10, my mother, a fifth grade teacher, taught a girl close to my age who would arrive at school an hour early every day with matted hair and unbrushed teeth. Her caretakers, elderly grandparents, neglected the girl’s hygiene. My mother did not. She kept a hairbrush, hair ties, a toothbrush, and toothpaste in a desk drawer, just for her.

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Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Politics] Column: Congress has a chance to take bipartisan action on Facebook. Don't let it slip away

Here are three bipartisan steps Congress could take right now to reduce the harm social media platforms cause. Will they act?

Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[bdfdca82-21ee-5fee-9ab9-80b75f80c6b5] Holden & Pye: Trump made conservatives criminal justice reform leaders. Here's how to keep it that way In 2018, President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act into law. This was a generational shift on corrections and sentencing policy preceded by years of work in Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, led by leaders Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tim Scott (R-SC).  Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Uncategorized] Let’s Go Brandon!

Fake set.  Fake room.  Fake windows.  Fake flowers.  A phony White House production set resembling the The Gong Show, was built across the street from the White House. The cardboard desks and cheap plastic chairs are a nice touch.  Our crack president, Biden, can now read what he is told from a script directly from […]

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[Entertainment] Kim Kardashian West breathes life into SNL SNL was flatlining. Kardashian West proved to be a defibrillator. Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Right Column] CNN: A global energy crisis is coming – Shortages & price spikes – But climate inspired energy restrictions ignored – CNN blames 1) ‘An unusually long & cold winter’ – 2) ‘Soaring demand for energy’ – 3) ‘Unusually calm winds’

CNN: Governments that have committed to reducing emissions are preemptively trying to send a firm message: This bolsters, not undermines, the case for investing in a broader mix of energy sources. "It's very clear that with energy in the long term, it is important to invest in renewables," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. "That gives us stable prices and more independence, because 90% of the gas is imported to the European Union."

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[World] Non-binary usage sacrifices the very foundation of our language

Folks, I’m more tolerant than most people I know. I no longer run outside and bark at motorcycles when they roar through my quiet neighborhood, rearranging the dishes in my china cabinet. I’ve given up asking restaurant managers to please, for God’s sake, turn down the volume on those piped-in, ... Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM

[2021 News] Southwest Airlines cancels 1,000 flights and blames it on air traffic control issues and the weather: Passengers are left stranded for a second day in a row after pilots’ union sued over vaccine mandate

Southwest has hired replacement pilots… pic.twitter.com/CIK6kEHkfl — I Hate The Media© ???? (@ihatethemedia) October 11, 2021 Southwest Airlines cancels 1,000 flights and blames it on air traffic control issues and the weather: Passengers are left stranded for a second day in a row after pilots’ union sued over vaccine mandate. There are rumors this is […]

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[] 'Eat it, @SouthwestAir': Rep. Chip Roy says Southwest and other airlines should pay back their bailout money Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Uncategorized] Hand Overplayed: Two School Board Associations Denounce NSBA, Reject AG Garland’s Threat Against Concerned Parents

School boards and parents must continue to take a stand.

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[Politics] The Krugman Platinum Debt Plan Now that Congress has kicked the debt ceiling down the road a few months, what of the idea of minting a $1 trillion coin made of platinum? Supposedly our leaders would smelt this trillion dollar slug from a bit of platinum and deposit it at the Federal Reserve, against which the Fed would pay out irredeemable electronic paper ticker tender to cover debts. The scheme's most famous backer turns out to be the Nobel laureate Paul Krugman. Maybe they ought to call the coin "The Krugman." That's how... Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Politics] WATCH: This video message from TRUMP to Ashli Babbitt’s family has LIBS freaking OUT Sure there aren’t a whole hopping lot of things that DON’T make the left and the media flip out, and there are especially no Donald Trump things that don’t give them convulsions. . . . Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[] Sunday Overnight Open Thread (10/10/21) *** The Quotes of The Day Quote I “Fuck Twitter. Fuck NBC News, ABC News, all these stupid ass networks. I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to you. This is real life.” Dave Chappelle Quote II “Their initiatives... Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[World] Have We Actually Finally Reached ‘Peak Trump’?

The 45th president returned to Iowa this weekend, leaving more questions asked than answered about a repeat bid.

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Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[2020 Presidential Election] Bar complaints, the left’s latest tactic for silencing opponents (Paul Mirengoff) Steve has mentioned the bar complaint filed against John Eastman for the legal advice he provided in support of Donald Trump’s effort to stop Joe Biden from becoming president. Christian Adams has written what I consider a powerful takedown of this attempt to punish Eastman for providing legal advice that anti-Trumpers disagree with on a subject they are passionate about. A similar thing is happening to Jeff Clark, the former Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Syndicated News] President Joe Biden’s Schedule for Monday, October 11, 2017

by R. Mitchell -

Summary: President Joe Biden will return to the White House at the crack of … 4:20 PM – there is nothing else on his typically sparse calendar. President Joe Biden’s Itenerary for 10/11/21 3:35 PM Depart family home in Wilmington, Delaware4:25 PM Arrive at the White Hose White House Briefing …

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[TBT] Winners And Losers Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Markets] ASOS says Chief Executive Officer Nick Beighton will step down ASOS says Chief Executive Officer Nick Beighton will step down Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Critical Race Theory] Podcast: The Legacy of Columbus

The controversy surrounding Christopher Columbus has spanned decades. To some, Columbus serves as a symbol of bloodthirsty colonial expansion, a petty tyrant hellbent on pillaging... Read More

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Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[World] [Eugene Volokh] Monday Media: Recommend Your Favorite TV Programs or Films What should we be watching? Naturally, the less obvious, the better. ("There's an interesting and influential movie from 1977, called Star Wars, I think": Not very helpful.) Post your recommendations below. Please avoid music, books, podcasts, and other such materials; I plan to have other threads in the coming weeks covering those media. Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Entertainment] Tom Brady Bonds With Oldest Son Jack in Precious Footage After Big NFL Win Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Vivian Brady, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, Benjamin Brady, Super Bowl 2021, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, InstagramTom Brady had a big day as he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to another win, but nothing compared to a chat he shared with his son following the game. On Sunday, Oct. 10, after the...
Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[9047d360-e6e5-5490-8605-a79e0e288d87] Prince Andrew: Met police is taking no further action after reviewing sex assault claims The Metropolitan Police said in a statement obtained by Fox News early Monday that it will not take any “further action” into sex abuse claims against Prince Andrew and Jeffery Epstein. Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Markets] European markets suffer sluggish start amid interest rate concerns European stock markets were mixed on Monday after Bank of England officials hinted interest rates may rise by end of this year. Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[topics:things/crime] Police feel 'more let down than anybody' about Sarah Everard murder, claims minister Published:10/11/2021 3:21:43 AM
[Tech] 'SNL' pulls no punches in ridiculing Mark Zuckerberg amidst Facebook chaos

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 Social media giant Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg became a laughing stock at Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment.

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che didn’t hold themselves back in ridiculing the company after an eventful week at the Facebook HQs over a whistleblower’s revelations about the firm and the application facing an outage as well.

“This week we found out that sometimes a guy in a hoodie actually can be dangerous,” begam Jost.

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Jost—also a Harvard graduate like Zuckerberg—said he was at the Ivy League school around the same time as the young tech mogul in 2004.

"I feel terrible. Sometimes I wish I had a time machine so I could go back to college and find Mark and say, ‘hey man!… Can I be part of your company?" he said.

"Which explains their rival’s new slogan, ‘TikTok, bring your fat [expletive] over here," he quipped.

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Che chimed in to the mockery of Facebook, saying: "This week, Instagram was down for an entire day, forcing many Instagram addicts to fill their time with Twitter, TikTok or hosting ‘SNL,’" he said, subtly pulling guest host Kim Kardashian’s leg. 

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[Markets] If You're An Aussie Smoker, Move To Nigeria! If You're An Aussie Smoker, Move To Nigeria!

Australia is the world’s most expensive country in which to be a smoker, with one pack alone tearing a hole of more than US$26 in an Australian smoker’s wallet.

Australia's neighbor New Zealand is almost as pricey with a 20 pack of Malboros costing upwards of US$24.

The third most expensive country in the ranking was Ireland, where the identical pack costs the equivalent of almost US$16, according to Numbeo.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz notes, the most expensive countries for smokers stayed the same since 2019, with the Norway and the UK rounding off the top 5.

Infographic: Where Smoking Breaks the Bank | Statista

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France - known to be a nation not opposed to smoking - has also upped its prices from $8.88 in 2019 to $11.70 in 2021.

Cigarette prices in the U.S. have been rising more slowly - from $7.43 a pack in 2019 to $8 a pack this year.

Australia’s, as well as New Zealand’s smokers, are probably jealously eyeing Nigerian's smoking expenses. There, they could get more than 20 cancer sticks for the price of one, meaning that Australians pay more for a single smoke as Nigerians do for a whole pack.

Tyler Durden Mon, 10/11/2021 - 04:15
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[Comedy] @aly__dixon doctor at my check up asked me if i had “any feelings of depression or anxiety” and i said “don’t we all” and she said “no” lol Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Border Crisis] Biden Exempts Some Crimes by Illegal Immigrants as Basis for Deportation

Federal immigration officials no longer will view unlawful entry into the country as the sole basis for detaining and deporting illegal immigrants, under a new... Read More

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Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[2021 News] Capitol Police whistleblower delivers scathing rebuke to two of its senior leaders on Jan. 6

Capitol Police whistleblower delivers scathing rebuke to two of its senior leaders on Jan. 6. We’d bet money that Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats were in on this shit, too! The entire letter is here. The whistleblower alleges, among multiple serious allegations, that former acting chief Yogananda Pittman lied to Congress about an intelligence report […]

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[World] FDA Failures and the Public Health Regime

The Food and Drug Administration, like every other branch of the bureaucracy, is full of corruption and incompetence.

The post FDA Failures and the Public Health Regime appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Politics] Analysis: Bald Weirdos To Play Outsized Role in 2022 Election

The Democratic Party's hopes of preserving President Joe Biden's agenda by retaining control of Congress in 2022 could rest on a unique demographic poised to play an outsized role in the upcoming midterm elections. According to a Washington Free Beacon analysis, 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the bald weirdo. Of the […]

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[Politics] Take a Second Look at the Jobs Report Private Sector Jobs Are Booming Headlines everywhere are calling the September jobs employment report dismal, and it's showing people don't want to work, and other various gloom and doom because the topline number was 300,000 below consensus expectations. Dismal gloom and doom everywhere, people don't want to work, the government doesn't want them to work. I hate to say it, but I have a totally different take. I may not be politically correct from a conservative viewpoint, but it was a solid jobs report. That's right, it... Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[ADP] 5 Safe And Cheap Dividend Stocks To Invest In (October 2021) Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[ffb600a8-6f66-52d2-8bcf-11c8ea087ea4] Vanessa Santos: Battle cry of the COVID mom Yes, my son is a COVID baby. He was born in the spring of 2020, during the peak pandemic pandemonium. And I’m a COVID mom. Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Climate change] Making a few points that ought to be obvious but aren’t

These are random points about issues that ought to be obvious but that Democrats successfully obfuscate. Climate. There is a fundamental difference between Holocaust denial and so-called “climate denial.” I mention this because the Democrats, as they near the end of their ability to milk COVID for power, will return

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[topics:things/volcanos] Watch: New lava river from La Palma volcano destroys more buildings Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[World] [Josh Blackman] For S.B. 8, AG Garland Reversed DOJ's Longstanding Position About Equitable Causes of Action In June 2021, the Garland DOJ agreed with the proper reading of Grupo Mexicano. But that position changed for S.B. 8. Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[World] Dr. Fauci's small man disease and communist authoritarians

This past week, Dr. Anthony Fauci granted an interview to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he said the following.

"What people have to appreciate, [is] that, indeed, you do have personal liberties for yourself, and you should be in control of that, but you are a member of society, and ... Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM

[] L.A. County Sheriff: We won't be enforcing the vaccine mandate Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[American Society] The Injustice of ‘Equity’
This is what they mean by "equity."
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[Entertainment] NASA Rover Captures Breathtaking Mars Landscape Photo You Can't Miss

Mars' landscape may be barren and dangerous to human life, but thanks to photos like this from NASA's advanced rovers, that doesn't stop it from looking any less stunning. Although humans have yet to set foot on Mars, robotics and other technologies have allowed astronomers to closely analyze the mysterious planet. Whether it be bleeding-edge telescopes, rovers, helicopters, orbiters, or something else, humans have found inventive ways to closely study a planet we've never actually visited.

One such rover contributing to Mars exploration is Perseverance. Perseverance landed on Mars this past February with a simple yet ambitious goal — to traverse the planet searching for ancient life. People have long theorized that Mars was once home to alien lifeforms. If this is true, Perseverance will be the rover to answer that question once and for all. In just a few short months, Perseverance has already collected Martian rock samples, explored new areas on the planet, and more.

Related: NASA's Mars Orbiter Captures Mesmerizing 'Blue Dunes'

Another way Perseverance has kept itself busy is by capturing thousands of photos and sharing them with everyone to see. Wherever Perseverance goes, it takes tons of photos with multiple cameras, shares them with NASA, and NASA then uploads all of those RAW files for the world to browse through. One such photo is the one see above and below, depicting the vast landscape on Mars. This black-and-white image was acquired by Perseverance on September 28 at the local mean solar time of 12:58 using its Left Navigation Camera.

Perseverance has shared countless photos of the Martian surface, but this one stands out as one of the most impressive yet. Unlike most pictures which are usually tight squares, this one is a wide panorama shot of Mars. Looking at the photo, there's a lot on display. It highlights Mars' rolling sand dunes, the sea of rocks scattered throughout those dunes, and detailed patterns in the sand left by wind and dust storms. All of this is set against the Martian sky, which appears eerie and haunting even without the iconic yellow glow.

While this picture doesn't necessarily reveal anything new about Mars, it's yet another reminder of how beautiful and mysterious the planet is. It's devoid of any life, has freezing temperatures, and is nothing but endless dust, rocks, and sand. Even so, it still manages to be extremely alluring. It remains unclear if Perseverance will be successful in its hunt for ancient life, but so long as it keeps taking photos like this, we'll consider the mission a win.

Next: Perseverance Rover Images Confirm Presence of Lake On Ancient Mars

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[Markets] NewsWatch: Stock market’s volatile October history means it’s time to steady yourself for a ‘black swan’ event The two worst U.S. market crashes occurred in October.
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[Entertainment] Kennedy Center stagehands reach agreement with the performing arts venue, sparing ‘Hadestown’ from cancellation A proposed strike had threatened the run of the Tony-winning musical and other performances. Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Middle Column] Climate Lockdowns: British Medical Journal Study Calls For Meat & Dairy Price Hikes To Fight ‘Climate Change’ – Meat consumption in N. America must fall 79% – ‘Substantially fewer journeys by car’

British Medical Journal study: "To meet the planetary health diet recommendations, average meat consumption in Africa can slightly increase (2%), whereas in North America and Europe it needs to fall by 79% and 68%, respectively. ... "Sustainable land travel will involve substantially fewer journeys by car and more journeys taken by foot, bicycle, and public transport, ensuring that all transport is carbon neutral and powered by renewable energy."

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Breitbart News: A report produced by Cambridge University academics has called for foods with so-called high carbon footprints, such as dairy and meat, to be made more expensive in order to save the planet. The Cambridge University-led study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says that “education” alone on changing diets towards more plant-based habits and abandoning car ownership is not enough. The report, “Changing Behaviour for Net Zero 2050” instead suggests there be “rapid, radical changes” to pricing in order to make normal food consumption and travel prohibitively expensive. In forcing people to abandon their cars, the scientists suggest increasing prices of fossil fuels and charging private car owners for road use, including “congestion zone charging and increased parking costs”. “Restricting availability and attractiveness of car use — eg, car-free zones, limited parking, traffic calming measures, and low-speed limits” was also recommended.

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[] CNN's Jim Acosta wonders if Republicans at Trump's Iowa rally could 'feel the darkness that fills his soul' Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Opinion] ‘Equity’ in Action: NYC to Phase out “Gifted and Talented” Program in Public Schools

by Kyle Schmidbauer -

The plan — which will eliminate the high-stakes gifted admissions test and phase out separate advanced classes altogether — will largely fall to the next mayor to implement, since de Blasio has only months left in City Hall. The new program nevertheless drew sharp criticism from outraged parents who said …

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[] The Clock Is Ticking on the Decline & Fall of America Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Uncategorized] Analysis: Kyle Rittenhouse 9/17/21 Evidentiary Hearing Rulings

Rittenhouse’s criminal trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 1, 2021. And thanks to the kind sponsorship of Legal Insurrection, we'll be here live.

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[Entertainment] 15 Bone-Chilling TV Episodes You'll Want to Watch This Spooky Season Midnight Mass, NetflixThe leaves are changing, there's a crispness in the air--for those who don't live in Los Angeles--and bite-sized candy bars are popping up in grocery stores across the county. This can...
Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Uncategorized] Saturday Evening Surcease (Steven Hayward) Well this is distressing. A reader who went to the trouble of ordering a hardback copy of my last book, Patriotism Is Not Enough, sends along these pics of his Golden Retriever, Lily, chewing it to bits. This means that Golden Retrievers, one of my favorite breeds, turn out to be Eastern Straussians. But not everything is distressing this fine fall Saturday evening. William Shatner, the greatest living actor and Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[55e74bec-8a52-5081-b5d0-145e030b1de7] Bravo subpoenaed for footage of Erika Jayne amid lawsuits and legal woes "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" producers were hit with a subpoena on Wednesday. Lawyers are seeking all unaired footage involving Erika Jayne. Published:10/9/2021 10:13:53 PM
[Politics] California moves toward ban on gas lawnmowers and leaf blowers

California will outlaw the sale of new gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers and chainsaws as early as 2024 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Published:10/9/2021 10:13:52 PM
[Markets] Dow Jones Futures: Market Rally Is At Inflection Point, What To Do Now; Tesla FSD Beta Rollout Delayed The market rally is at an inflection point, needing to get above key levels. Tesla delayed its FSD Beta rollout. Published:10/9/2021 10:13:52 PM
[Politics] Are you BETTER OFF than you were TEN MONTHS ago? Is ANYONE? At the rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, President Trump is delivering a barn buster of a campaign rally that is knocking libs into hysteria on social media. But he wasn’t . . . Published:10/9/2021 10:13:52 PM
[Markets] 750 Bases In 80 Countries Is Too Many For Any Nation: Time For The US To Bring Its Troops Home 750 Bases In 80 Countries Is Too Many For Any Nation: Time For The US To Bring Its Troops Home

Authored by Doug Bandow via AntiWar.com,

President Joe Biden did what his three predecessors could or would not: halt a seemingly endless war. It took two decades, but American troops no longer are fighting in Afghanistan.

An important aspect of the US withdrawal was closing Washington’s bases, which once spread across the country. Uncle Sam left Bagram Air Base, America’s biggest facility in Afghanistan, on his way home.

However, some 750 American military facilities remain open in 80 nations and territories around the world.

No other country in human history has had such a dominant presence. Great Britain was the leading colonial power, but its army was small. London had to supplement its own troops with foreign mercenaries, as in the American Revolution. In wars with great powers Britain provided its allies with financial subsidies rather than soldiers.

Previous empires, such as Rome, Persia, and China, were powerful in their own realms but had little reach beyond. The latter never reached outside Asia. Persia was twice halted by the Greek city states. As great as Rome became, its writ never went much beyond the Mediterranean, with Central Europe, North Africa, and the Mideast its boundaries. The New World remained beyond the knowledge let alone control of all three.

A new Quincy Institute study by American University’s David Vine and World Beyond War’s Patterson Deppen and Leah Bolger details the global US military presence. Washington has nearly three times as many bases as embassies and consulates. America also has three times as many installations as all other countries combined. The United Kingdom has 145. Russia two to three dozen. China five. Although the number of US facilities has fallen in half since the end of the Cold War, the number of nations hosting American bases has doubled. Washington is as willing to station forces in undemocratic as democratic countries.

The study figures the annual cost of this expansive base structure to be about $55 billion. Adding increased personnel expenses takes the total up to $80 billion. Wealthier countries, which needlessly enjoy what amounts to defense welfare, typically cover a portion of the cost through "host nation support." Not so Washington’s newest clients. Indeed, through the Global War on Terror over the last two decades the US military spent as much as $100 billion on new construction, mostly in countries, like Iraq and Afghanistan, which were financial black holes.

Although American bases face intense local opposition in some areas, such as Okinawa, facilities are seen as welcome money-makers in others. When President Donald Trump proposed pulling US forces out of Germany many locals’ greatest concern was economic. Indeed, the whining of local politicians who saw America’s presence as a financial rather than security issue was loud enough to heard across "the Pond." Not only did they believe that Americans owed them military protection. In their view Americans also had a duty to bolster their economies.

However, the price of Washington’s globe-spanning is more than economic. Explained Vine, et al.:

"These bases are costly in a number of ways: financially, politically, socially, and environmentally. US bases in foreign lands often raise geopolitical tensions, support undemocratic regimes, and serve as a recruiting tool for militant groups opposed to the US presence and the governments its presence bolsters. In other cases, foreign bases are being used and have made it easier for the United States to launch and execute disastrous wars, including those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya."

Perhaps the most expensive installations were those established in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War. By renting out members of the US military as bodyguards for the Saudi royals Washington underwrote one of the most vile dictatorships in existence, a veritable totalitarian state with no political, religious, or social liberty. Although Crown Prince Mohammed "Slice & Dice" bin Salman, responsible for the murder and dismemberment of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi three years ago, has loosened some social strictures, he has greatly tightened political controls.

Worse from a foreign policy standpoint, America’s presence is one of the grievances which motivated Osama bin Laden to target the US Then Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz admitted in February 2003, before the invasion of Iraq, that America’s regional presence had cost "far more than money." US bombing of Iraq and US troops in Saudi Arabia had "been Osama bin Laden’s principal recruiting device." After the planned invasion, he added: "I can’t imagine anyone here wanting to … be there for another 12 years to continue helping recruit terrorists."

Perhaps the most serious price of endless bases has been endless wars. Obviously, causation is complex. However, going to war usually leads to creation of new facilities. Such installations encourage a continuing military presence. Existence of nearby bases reduces the marginal cost of intervening and increases the maximal temptation to make new commitments, meddle in local controversies, and enter nearby conflicts. Observed the Quincy study: "Since 1980, US bases in the greater Middle East have been used at least 25 times to launch wars or other combat actions in at least 15 countries in that region alone. Since 2001, the US military has been involved in combat in at least 25 countries worldwide."

American military facilities also raise expectations of host and neighboring nations. After Iran attacked Saudi oil facilities in September 2019 the well-pampered Saudi royals expected US retaliation but were sorely disappointed. Although President Donald Trump was right to allow the Saudis to "fight their own wars," as he had tweeted five years before, America’s military presence, which Trump had increased, encouraged Riyadh to expect more – and might have motivated a more conventional president to act.

Vine, et al. point to other costs as well. The Department of Defense is a terrible environmental actor. Although its practices have much improved in recent years, the accumulated damage is enormous. There also are questions about Washington’s tendency to load up US territories, such as Guam, with military installations. Such areas are not exactly foreign, but the Quincy report contended that the heavy base presence "helped perpetuate their colonial relationship with the rest of the United States and their peoples’ second class US citizenship."

Alas, DOD is less than forthcoming about the number of bases it maintains overseas. According to the report: "Until Fiscal Year 2018, the Pentagon produced and published an annual report in accordance with US law. Even when it produced this report, the Pentagon provided incomplete or inaccurate data, failing to document dozens of well-known installations. For example, the Pentagon has long claimed it has only one base in Africa – in Djibouti. But research shows that there are now around 40 installations of varying sizes on the continent; one military official acknowledged 46 installations in 2017."

The Biden administration should make rationalizing the US base network a priority. Indeed, this should be an integral part of the Global Posture Review that the president announced in his February speech to State Department employees. He explained that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin would lead the process "so that our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities. It will be coordinated across all elements of our national security."

The initial task should be publicly listing military installations and their purposes. Then facilities should be consolidated, even if doing so angers local politicians and communities. After all, this process should be relatively painless overseas, in contrast to domestic base closures, which inevitably trigger fevered local and congressional opposition.

The next step would be tougher but necessary. The administration should rethink the underlying commitments used to justify the bases. Europe has no need of a US military presence for defense: the continent enjoys an 11-1 economic advantage and more than 3-1 population edge over Russia. South Korea has a 55-1 economic and 2-1 population superiority over the North. The Mideast Gulf monarchies are well-armed and now working with Israel as well as each other. Washington’s presence in Iraq is unnecessary, since it and its neighbors could together confront any remaining threats from the Islamic State. America’s intervention in the Syrian civil war never made sense. The Marine Expeditionary Force stationed on Okinawa is tied to Korean rather than Chinese contingencies and America’s bases there unfairly burden the local population.

Ending US security guarantees and avoiding fights not America’s own would allow Washington to shutter many existing military facilities. Halting endless wars in the Mideast would diminish the importance of logistical nodes in Germany and elsewhere. In appropriate cases the US could replace its bases with emergency access to foreign facilities to deal with unexpected contingencies. In broad sweep Washington should move from frontline to reserve status around the world.

The international threat environment has changed dramatically since the end of World War II, yet America’s global network persists. The impact of the Soviet collapse and Warsaw Pact dissolution was too great not to have eliminated some US facilities, but otherwise the Pentagon has been reluctant to leave existing bases.

The only sure way to close a local installation, it seems, is to lose a war, as in Vietnam and Afghanistan. That needs to change. America no longer can afford to garrison the globe. The Biden administration should make the US into a normal country again. And that means no more imperial legions stationed around the world for purposes other than America’s defense.

Tyler Durden Sat, 10/09/2021 - 23:00
Published:10/9/2021 10:13:52 PM
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[Opinion] Stanford Epidemiologist Says COVID Vaccination Is Primarily a Matter of Personal Health, Not Public Health

by Eric Brakey -

As one-size-fits-all COVID vaccine mandates sweep government, academia, and corporate America, new data are emerging that undermine the public health justifications for these policies. Studies from multiple countries now indicate that vaccination alone is less effective than the acquired immunity many already possess and unable to prevent transmission in the …

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[] A Florida epidemiologist who will 'prob end up voting for her' calls out Nikki Fried over her 'sloppy data dump' on masks in schools Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[2021 News] Biden faux pas 10.8.21

Biden faux pas 10.8.21. What is Biden saying? Little problem here?? https://t.co/TUeuPiYlLz — Eric Giese ???? ?? (@RealEricGiese) October 8, 2021

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Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Politics] Job Growth Under Biden Administration Remains Stagnant  Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[structure:news] Surging demand for flu jab leaves pharmacies out of stock Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Markets] Stocks struggle to interpret Friday's jobs data, end the day near the flat line Stocks struggle to interpret Friday's jobs data, end the day near the flat line Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Biden Administration] Biden Calls Dismal September Jobs Report ‘Real Progress’

The September jobs report signaled dim economic progress. The economy created just 194,000 jobs, falling 300,000 short of the Dow Jones projections. In a press conference Friday after the release of the report, President Joe Biden said the economy is making "real progress."

The post Biden Calls Dismal September Jobs Report ‘Real Progress’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[c15b96aa-b7ba-5d78-bbd4-c65a8eacf77d] RNC Chairwoman McDaniel: Biden’s economy is failing Americans and September jobs report proves it The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its September jobs report, and the results clearly indicate that Joe Biden’s agenda isn’t working. Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Entertainment] Netflix's Maid: The 10 Best Characters

Debuting on September 28, 2021, the Netflix original drama series Maid has become one of the platform's most popular new titles. Based on the Stephanie Land memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, much of the appeal comes from protagonist Alex (Margaret Qualley), a woman who leaves her abusive husband with her young daughter in tow and begins life as a domestic worker.


While Alex is the primary player, it's her close friends, casual acquaintances, and complicated family members that help and sometimes hinder her path to happiness and success as she struggles to make ends meet and provide for her daughter Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet).

10 Alex

Maid is Alex's story through and through. As the central character whose primary conflict derives from domestic abuse and the need to flee a toxic environment to raise her young daughter in safe surroundings, the audience relates to her strife, roots for her scrappy ingenuity, and genuinely want to see her overcome such a hardscrabble existence to find happiness.

Qualley gives a terrific performance as Alex, conveying the internal pain while keeping a positive attitude in front of her daughter (for the most part). Viewers identify and empathize with Alex, be it in her nasty custody battle, feckless job interviews, and the like. As such, she's one of the best TV moms of the past decade as well as one of the most memorable maid characters on TV.

9 Maddy

Since almost every decision Alex makes is in service of keeping her young daughter safe, sound, clean, and fed, Maddy is an extremely vital character to the drama. What makes Maddy really interesting is how she resembles her abusive father, Sean, more than she does Alex, which serves as a reminder of Alex's traumatic past. Moreover, the custody battle for Maddy provides endless drama.


The intimate moments between Alex and the charming Maddy are the heartbeat of the show, reinforcing a mother-daughter bond that everyone wants to see turn out well for both characters. If Alex did not have Maddy to look after, her decisions would be far different and Maid would be a different show entirely.

8 Paula

Played by Qualley's real-life mother Andie MacDowell, Paula is one of the most complex and colorful characters in the show. The free-spirited artist with eccentric paintings and sculptures is a flaky, unreliable mother who isn't the best role model for Alex. In fact, she's quite a burden most of the time, creating an oddly positive and negative mother-daughter TV dynamic.

Beyond providing insight into how Alex grew up in a hurtful household, it's the genuine bond between Qualley and MacDowell that really shines through, lending a profound art-imitates-life vibe that makes the overall show more believable.

7 Regina

While Regina (Anika Noni Rose) isn't the kindest soul, she is instrumental in Alex's professional growth. As Alex's extremely wealthy, stuck-up first client, lawyer Regina tries to get Alex in trouble when her cleaning isn't up to a certain standard. When Alex passes out from exhaustion, Regina is quick to label her a drug addict.

Despite the cruelty, Regina indirectly steels Alex for a thankless job that never seems good enough. Far from one-dimensional, Regina shows a surprising side of her insecure self when she bares her soul to Alex during Thanksgiving, which goes a long way in shaping the employer-client kinship.

6 Sean

If poverty isn't the primary villain in Maid, then it's most certainly Sean (Nick Robinson), Alex's abusive boyfriend who she finally breaks free of as the series begins. Wracked by addiction and anger, Sean is the last person Alex wants to raise Maddy around.


It's Sean's unforgivable behavior that has sidetracked Alex's life and causes her to undergo a massive lifestyle change. Yet, Sean makes it difficult to escape as he controls her funds, access to her car and phone, and manipulates her outside contacts, proving that domestic abuse persists even after fleeing the domicile.

5 Yolanda

Yolanda (Tracy Vilar) proves to be a helpful character who hires Alex at the Value Maids cleaning company when she is at her most desperate. Despite Alex's harried appearance and lack of experience, Yolanda is stern but kind enough to allow her a trial position.

Whereas most of the women in Alex's life are contentious and mean-spirited, Yolanda offers a ray of hope by extending Alex an occupational lifeline. It's just the opportunity that Alex needs to lift her and Maddy from poverty, which she takes and makes the most out of.

4 Hank

As Alex's estranged father with anger and addiction issues that mirror Sean's, Hank (Billy Burke) is a very important character. The villainous TV dad hasn't been in Maddy's life since she was in diapers and is too cold-hearted to invite his daughter and granddaughter to stay with him, prompting their travels through various shelters. In the end, he even sides with Sean.

As one of the two biggest antagonists in Alex's life, Hank's character is crucial to Alex's overhauled lifestyle. He embodies everything that she hopes to avoid in the future and vows to keep Maddy away from.

3 Denise

Denise (BJ Harrison) is one of the few characters in the show who provides an olive branch to Alex in her greatest time of need. Denise runs the domestic violence shelter that Alex and Maddy find refuge in and shows more clemency to her than most.


Whether she is encouraging Alex to breathe easy and relax in the shelter or providing dolls to calm Maddy, Denise has a good heart and kind spirit that goes a long way in offering Alex hope, agency, and a way to pull herself out of her dire circumstances.

2 Nate

Through all of the hardships that Alex faces, her most reliable friend proves to be Nate (Raymond Ablack). Her old acquaintance shows tremendous support time and again, including offering help cleaning, giving her a phone charger, and providing moral support during the custody battle.

Nate's biggest act of kindness comes when all of Alex's friends side with Sean when he brings a date to Maddy's birthday party. Nate is the only one who keeps the isolated Alex company, and later allows her and Maddy to stay at his place. A true friend, Alex needs far more Nates in her life.

1 Danielle

One of the few female characters who assist Alex includes Danielle (Aimee Carrero), a fellow resident at the domestic violence shelter. In addition to providing some much-needed levity regarding Regina's stolen dog, Danielle uplifts Alex by expressing what a good mother she is and comforts her until the custody trial begins.

In addition to welcoming and helping Alex adjust to her new residence, Danielle is responsible for Yolanda paying Alex the money she rightfully earned. Alas, Danielle left the shelter to return to her ex, but not before touching Alex's life in a profound way.

Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[World] [Josh Blackman] Texas Files Emergency Motion For Stay In S.B. 8 Case "This Court’s immediate intervention is necessary to vindicate Texas’s sovereign interest in preventing a single federal district court from superintending every Texas court." Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Uncategorized] Google, YouTube to Prohibit Monetization of Videos Featuring ‘Climate Denial’ Content

"we've heard directly from a growing number of our advertising and publisher partners who have expressed concerns about ads that run alongside or promote inaccurate claims about climate change"

The post Google, YouTube to Prohibit Monetization of Videos Featuring ‘Climate Denial’ Content first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Entertainment] Warner Williams, master of the Piedmont blues, dies at 91 He was known for the breadth of his repertoire, and folklorists regarded him as one of the last of the Black “songsters.” Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Markets] Could Energy Lead the Stock Market Higher in 2022? The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI), S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC), and Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC) were all lower, with the Nasdaq underperforming the others. Investors also saw midstream energy companies post gains on the expectation that greater production will lead to more transmission of oil and natural gas through pipelines. Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[5188c383-af53-51dd-83bc-ba8219ac9234] ‘RHOBH’ star Erika Jayne looks glum during LA outing following bombshell reunion teaser Erika Jayne stepped out to run errands wearing no makeup days after sharing the explosive trailer for the upcoming "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion. In the four-part show, Jayne is questioned by host Andy Cohen over her divorce and ongoing bankruptcy case. Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Babylon Bee CEO blasts Big Tech as company files brief in support of Gov. Desantis FIGHTING BACK “They’re engaging in politically motivated viewpoint discrimination,” said Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon on Fox & Friends this morning. The “they” here, we all know, is big tech. And everyone knows that’s . . . Published:10/8/2021 5:18:22 PM
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