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  • Hollywood's identity crisis: Actors, writers and producers warn of 'reverse racism' in the film industry which has created a 'toxic' climate for anyone who is a white, middle-age man

    07/11/2020 6:13:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/11/20 | Caroline Graham
    **SNIP** Shaken by #MeToo, paralysed by Covid-19, the $50 billion film industry is finally emerging from a four-month lockdown - only to find a new and very different world, where tension is rising as surely as the thermometer. For if the very public Black Lives Matter protests have polarised America, the silent fallout has now reached Hollywood. A revolution is under way. White actors are being fired. Edicts from studio bosses make it clear that only minorities Ė racial and sexual - can be given jobs. A new wave of what has been termed by some as anti-white prejudice is...
  • Harvey Weinstein's assets frozen by ex-wives

    07/11/2020 5:46:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/10/20 | Chris Francescani
    Harvey Weinstein's two ex-wives went to court in April and successfully convinced judges to freeze nearly $6 million of his assets, according to court records reviewed by ABC News this week and three sources close to the disgraced Hollywood producer. The rest of his estate is tied up in bankruptcy and other civil proceedings, multiple sources familiar with the situation confirmed to ABC News. Sources close to Weinstein claimed that the asset freeze has complicated his efforts to appeal his New York conviction and mount a strong defense ahead of his L.A. trial. "He doesn't have the money to file...
  • LeBron James wonít wear social justice phrase on Lakers jerseys, says list of message options donít resonate with his mission

    07/11/2020 4:50:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    AP via KTLA ^ | 7/11/20
    LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice canít be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar wonít wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. ďIt was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players,Ē James said Saturday in a confernece call from Florida. ďI commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. Itís just something that didnít seriously resonate with my mission, with my...
  • Joe Bidenís family racks up arrests for drugs, drunk driving - but no jail time

    07/11/2020 2:25:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/11/20 | Jon Levine
    In August 2019, Caroline Biden, 33, a niece of former Vice President Biden, was busted in Lower Merion Township, Penn., for driving under the influence and without a license, public records show. While the case is active, itís unlikely Caroline will face much in the way of consequences - if history and Biden family rap sheets are any guide. Her arrest, which was never made public, was at least the ninth among Joe Bidenís close family, and followed incidents involving his brother Frank, his son Hunter and his daughter Ashley. The cases - ranging from felony theft to drug possession...
  • Two more charged with terrorism (Oklahoma Biden rally)

    07/11/2020 11:53:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Oklahoman ^ | 7/11/20 | Nolan Clay
    Two more protesters Friday were charged with terrorism after a further investigation into the damage to an Oklahoma City bail bonds business May 30. Haley Lin Crawford and Sydney Lynch are accused in the felony charge of acting with a large crowd of others to unlawfully break the windows of CJ's Bail Bonds. They are the youngest so far to be charged in Oklahoma County District Court over protests May 30 and 31. Crawford's 18th birthday is Saturday, records show. Lynch turned 18 two weeks ago. Both are from Oklahoma City. Investigators said they were identified from a recording made...
  • Feds deny Walz's request for aid to rebuild after riots (disaster area after Biden rally)

    07/11/2020 11:35:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Star Tribune via MSN ^ | 7/11/20 | Ryan Faircloth
    The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz's request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged in the unrest following George Floyd's death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" for the state of Minnesota in his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 2. More than 1,500 buildings were damaged by fires, looting and vandalism in the days of unrest that followed Floyd's May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody, racking up more than $500 million in damages, according to Walz. The governor's spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed...
  • Ghislaine Maxwell requests bail release due to 'unprecedented' Covid-19 risks ($5 mil)

    07/11/2020 9:26:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 7/10/20 | Victoria Bekiempis
    Ghislaine Maxwell should be released on bail while awaiting trial for her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epsteinís child sex trafficking ring because of ďthe Covid-19 crisis and its impact on detained defendantsĒ, the British socialiteís lawyers argued in Manhattan federal court papers filed on Friday. Maxwell, 58, was arrested on 2 July at her Bradford, New Hampshire, home. She faces up to 35 years in federal prison if convicted. ďAs this court has noted, the Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented health risk to incarcerated individuals, and Covid-19-related restrictions on attorney communications with pre-trial detainees significantly impair a defendantís ability to...
  • Judge rules petition to recall Seattle mayor can move forward

    07/11/2020 2:47:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    KIRO 7 ^ | 7/10/20
    A judge ruled Friday that a petition to recall Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan can move forward as there was enough evidence for one of seven allegations against her, accusing the mayor of violating her oath of office. That allegation pertained to the police use of chemical weapons, and specifically how Durkan acted after learning police used tear gas on protesters during the pandemic. The charge reads: Charge B alleges that Mayor Durkan failed to institute new policies and safety measures for SPD to prohibit the use of tear gas and other chemical crowd control agents by SPD when such use...
  • Trump should forgive student debt

    07/11/2020 12:19:16 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 100 replies
    Freep | 07/13/2020 | CharlesOconnell
    Many people find such a suggestion outrageous. But after pulling the rug from under Dems on Immigration, Trump can ensure the loyalty of millions of beleaguered graduate debt owers who will never own a home & delay getting married, and wrest them away from the Bernie/AOC camp. Yes, it's not good budgeting, but consider that the secret owners of the Federal Reserve create monies out of nothing, loan it to the Federal Govt, then recoup it back thru making American workers Tax Plantation N-Words for 40% of their time. The whole system is fantastic. Watch Trump on student loan forgiveness.
  • Mandatory Masks-how to protest?

    07/10/2020 3:41:24 PM PDT · by Steven Tyler · 130 replies
    Vanity | July 10, 2020 | Steven Tyler
    A nearby City has declared people must wear a mask to enter a store. How are you protesting? I am considering printing "MAGA" or "Trump 2020" on some dust masks!
  • New cathode coating extends lithium-ion battery life, boosts safety

    07/10/2020 1:04:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | by Jo Napolitano, Argonne National Laboratory
    PEDOT is coated on both primary and secondary particles of NMC cathode used in EVs. This coating protects the cathode against reactivity with electrolyte and extends the life of the battery. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory ================================================================================== The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), has developed a new particle-level cathode coating for lithium-ion batteries meant to increase their life and safety. The idea, three years in the making, was developed at Argonne in collaboration with HKUST. It was funded by the DOE's Office of Renewable Energy and Energy...
  • It's Just A Mask (Vanity)

    07/10/2020 10:32:47 AM PDT · by rlmorel · 65 replies
    Itís just a mask. Itís just six feet. Itís just two weeks. Itís just non-essential businesses. Itís just non-essential workers. Itís just a bar. Itís just a restaurant. Itís just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals. Itís just until the cases go down. Itís just to flatten the curve. Itís just a few inmates. Itís just to keep others from being scared. Itís just for a few more weeks. Itís just church. You could still pray. Itís just prayer. Itís just until we get a vaccine. Itís just a bracelet. Itís just an app. Itís just for tracing. Itís just...
  • Country band Lady A, previously Lady Antebellum, files lawsuit against blues singer with the same name

    07/10/2020 8:50:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    FOX News ^ | 07-09-2020 | By Nate Day
    The trio changed their name in June in light of the term 'Antebellum' referencing a pre-abolition period in the South =============================================================================== top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Country band Lady A has filed a lawsuit over trademark rights against a blues singer who uses the same name. In June, the band -- previously known as Lady Antebellum -- changed their name "after much personal reflection" and conversations with "closest Black friends" because the word "Antebellum" refers to a period of time "which includes slavery," they said. A blues singer from Seattle, Wash.,...
  • THE BANK WAR: Jackson v. Biddle (The History of Wealth & "Money," from Ancient Coins to the Perils of Paper "Money" in America)

    07/10/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 9, 2020 | Bill Federer
    Money supply has a mixed history. Originally, wealth was measured in precious metals of gold, silver, or copper. Exodus 25:3 "And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and copper." Items of gold, silver, or copper had to be weighed. A "shekel" was a fixed unit of weight. Shekels were placed on one side of a scale and on the other side were placed the items of gold, silver, or copper to be weighed. The Bible admonished not cheat, Deuteronomy 25:13 "Do not have two differing weights in your bag -- one heavy, one...

    07/09/2020 5:51:49 PM PDT · by WLusvardi · 8 replies ^ | JULY 9, 2020 | WAYNE LUSVARDI
    ďBe careful what you wish for. You might get itĒ said the proverbial Aesop (260 B.C.) in one of his ancient Greek fables. Something like this is playing out with the California Legislature that is getting just what it said it wanted when it passed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 in Assembly Bill 32, which created the stateís Cap and Trade Program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGís) from polluting industries. But lawmakers are just now learning that if you run out of emissions, you run out of revenues. Due to the government-created coronavirus business shutdowns, Californiaís greenhouse...
  • Robert De Niro says coronavirus decimated his finances

    07/09/2020 5:16:25 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 112 replies
    nypost ^ | 7/9/2020 | degregory
    Robert De Niro says heís running out of dinero. The coronavirus dealt a massive financial blow to the actorís finances he revealed in court, as his estranged wife asked for an emergency order to raise her monthly American Express card credit limit from $50,000 to $100,000. The ďIrishmanĒ actor appeared by phone on a Skype call in his Manhattan divorce case with Grace Hightower as her lawyer told a judge that De Niro unfairly cut her monthly Am-Ex allowance from $100,000 to $50,000 and said she and their children had been banned from an upstate compound where De Niro is...
  • NM to ban indoor dining again (Too many covid19 cases, Dem gov making NM even poorer)

    07/09/2020 4:31:04 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 42 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 9, 2020 | Dan McKay
    SANTA FE ó Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that New Mexico will tighten its public health restrictions and reimpose a ban on indoor dining to help combat an explosion of new coronavirus cases in much of the state. Starting Monday, dining inside a restaurant will be prohibited, though outdoor and patio seating will be allowed at 50% capacity. Restaurants and breweries may also continue curbside pickup services. New Mexico is also set to eliminate an exception to the stateís mask mandate that previously allowed people to exercise without wearing one. Furthermore, the governor said, no contact sports will be...
  • FCO advises against cruise ship travel (England)

    07/09/2020 1:06:32 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 11 replies
    Cruise Adviser ^ | July 9, 2020 | cruise adviser
    FCO advises against cruise ship travel Statement follows advice in March about over 70s and chronically ill The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released a statement advising against cruise ship travel. The move is being seen as the government reinforcing the message that the cruise industry is not part of the wider travel industry being opened up from tomorrow. ďThe Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England. ďThe government will continue to review its cruise ship travel...
  • Colby Cosh: Why can't basic income champions see that now is the worst time?

    07/09/2020 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 4 replies
    Does anyone else have an ďAm I being given crazy pillsĒ moment when somebody trumpets some version of a universal basic income nowadays? On Tuesday the Parliamentary Budget Office published a response to a request by Independent Group Sen. Yuen Pau Woo; Sen. Woo had asked the PBO to estimate the costs of a federal guaranteed basic income for all Canadians between the ages of 18 and 64. The senator proposed that the income amount ought to be in line with Ontarioís aborted 2017 pilot project on basic income: $16,989 for individuals, $24,027 for couples. He wanted to know the...
  • Police: $23 million lost due to ongoing Portland protests (/Biden rally)

    07/09/2020 3:39:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Times Union ^ | 7/08/20 | Gillian Flaccus
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Downtown businesses in Portland, Oregon, have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday. At a police briefing, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said the intensity of the violence by an ďagitator corpsĒ and the length of the protests that are now in their sixth week are unprecedented in Oregon's largest city. Davis made a sharp distinction between Black Lives Matter protesters, whom he said were not violent, and a smaller group of people he repeatedly called ďagitators.Ē ďQuite frankly,...