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  • Will it ever end? [Video shows a group of teens assaulting one person who was just standing there]

    05/22/2024 8:33:33 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    X ^ | May 21, 2024 | James Woods
    Will it ever end?
  • Sickening new video shows Hamas line up female Israeli soldiers on Oct. 7: ‘Here are the girls who can get pregnant’

    05/22/2024 6:08:56 PM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 22, 2024 | Ronny Reyes and Reuven Fenton
    Harrowing video released Wednesday shows the moment five female Israeli soldiers — covered in blood and surrounded by the bodies of their massacred comrades — were threatened with rape then taken away to Gaza by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7. Bodycam footage from the Hamas gunmen shows the moment the young women, operating at the Nahal Oz base outside the Gaza Strip, were handcuffed and pressed against a wall while still in pajamas. In the sickening video, the terrorists could be heard gloating and announcing their apparent plans to sexually assault the soldiers. “Here are the girls who can get...
  • BuzzFeed stock soars after Vivek acquires activist stake

    05/22/2024 5:19:01 PM PDT · by RandFan · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | May 22 | By Krystal Hur, CNN
    BuzzFeed’s stock is soaring after former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramasamy revealed that he’s taken an activist stake in the beleaguered media company in a bid to adjust the firm’s strategy. Shares of BuzzFeed gained about 20% on Wednesday after a securities filing revealed that Ramaswamy has acquired a 7.7% stake in the company. The stock popped more than 82% earlier in the day at its highs. “Stay tuned,” Ramaswamy told CNN through spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin. In a statement, BuzzFeed Inc said: “BuzzFeed is purposely structured to protect its editorial integrity. We are always open to hearing ideas from our...
  • Crews respond to massive fire at Redwood City [CA] metal scrapyard

    05/22/2024 5:11:33 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 8 replies
    KRON TV / Yahoo! ^ | May 22, 2024 | Hamza Fahmy
    The Redwood City [CA] Fire Department and Mountain View [CA] Fire Department crews are responding to a large fire at Sims Metal, a metal recycling facility on Seaport Blvd. in Redwood City. Fire officials shared news of the fire at approximately 3:20 p.m. Thick, dark smoke is in the air, accompanied by “the smell of burning plastic,” fire crews said. Stabbing reported at high school in Gilroy Officials said there is potential for smoke impacts in the area and downwind neighborhoods. Smoke is making its way to Sunnyvale, but Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety said there is no active fire...
  • Teens who use marijuana are more likely to suffer psychotic disorders, study finds

    05/22/2024 4:39:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 22, 2024 | Akshay Syal, M.D.
    The new research is more evidence linking cannabis to an increased risk of mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, particularly in adolescence. Teenagers who used cannabis within the last year had a dramatically higher rate of developing a psychotic disorder, according to a study published Wednesday. The study, led by researchers from the University of Toronto, found an 11 times higher risk of developing a psychotic disorder among teenagers who used cannabis compared with those who did not. When the analysis was limited to just emergency room visits and hospitalizations, there was a 27-fold increase in psychotic disorders...
  • Rick Scott joins three-way Senate leadership race to replace McConnell

    05/22/2024 4:28:00 PM PDT · by RandFan · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/22/24 5:44 PM ET | BY ALEXANDER BOLTON -
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Wednesday announced he will join the race to replace retiring Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), throwing a wild card in the race to head a potential new Senate GOP majority in 2025. Scott’s decision to jump into the race gives his Senate Republican colleagues a more conservative alternative to Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), who announced their ambitions to succeed McConnell earlier this year. While Thune and Cornyn are highly respected conservative senators, they haven’t been as willing to challenge McConnell’s leadership as Scott, who has urged Senate Republicans to develop...
  • As AI tools get smarter, they’re growing more covertly racist, experts find

    05/22/2024 12:01:10 PM PDT · by Demiurge2 · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/16/24 | Betsy Reed
    Popular artificial intelligence tools are becoming more covertly racist as they advance, says an alarming new report. A team of technology and linguistics researchers revealed this week that large language models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini hold racist stereotypes about speakers of African American Vernacular English, or AAVE, an English dialect created and spoken by Black Americans.... (more)
  • Boeing Starliner historic crewed launch delayed again indefinitely

    05/22/2024 8:02:52 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 12 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 5/22/24 | Celina Chakraborty
    Saturday target date for the highly anticipated crewed maiden voyage of Boeing’s Starliner is now off the table — and NASA has not immediately named a new one. “The team has been in meetings for two consecutive days, assessing flight rationale, system performance, and redundancy,” NASA said in a statement. “There is still forward work in these areas, and the next possible launch opportunity is still being discussed.” The update comes after several previous delays this month, and a week after Starliner mission teams reported a small helium leak in the service module of the spacecraft. They traced the leak...
  • Climate change is making turbulence worse, although deaths are still rare, experts say

    05/21/2024 6:12:21 PM PDT · by jerod · 36 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 21, 2024 | Natalie Stechyson
    Most people who have flown have likely felt their stomach drop when the "fasten seatbelt" sign switches on during a bumpy flight, but turbulence can be severe and experts warn it's becoming more common. "Turbulence fatalities on commercial flights are fortunately very rare, but have sadly increased by one today," Paul Williams, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Reading, U.K., told CBC News in an email interview. On Tuesday, one passenger was killed and 30 were injured after a Singapore Airlines flight from London hit severe turbulence en route, forcing it to make an emergency landing in...
  • Biden To Sell Off 1M Barrels Of Gasoline Held In Reserve To Keep Prices Low Before Election

    05/21/2024 3:14:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/21/24 | Steven Nelson
    The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will sell off 1 million barrels of gasoline held in case of emergencies — with the Energy Department explicitly citing an interest in keeping gas prices low over the summer driving season ahead of the November election. The fuel will be released from the Northeast Gasoline Supply Reserve, a component of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve that was established in 2014 after Superstorm Sandy disrupted gasoline supplies in the New York City area. “The Biden-Harris Administration is laser focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families, especially as drivers hit the road...
  • Meet The College Student Whose Life Was Destroyed By A Hate Crime Hoax

    05/21/2024 11:59:45 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 20, 2024 | Gage Klipper
    Morgan Bettinger was just a regular college student — until one unlucky encounter with a Black Lives Matter activist brought her whole world crashing down. She was branded racist and forced to defend herself for years against a country determined to destroy her. The only problem: none of the accusations were true. Hate crime hoaxes like the type perpetrated against Morgan have become an all-too-common part of American life. We all know the big stories: Jussie Smollet and his hired attackers; Bubba Wallace and the garage door noose; Michael Brown and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” These stories faced hyper-scrutiny in...
  • Yellen sees 'possibility' of $50 billion Ukraine loan from seized Russian assets

    05/21/2024 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 50 replies
    LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said there was a possibility Group of Seven nations would support Ukraine by as much as $50 billion using loans linked to seized Russian assets, Sky News reported on Tuesday. "I believe it's important for the G7 to work together to show a united front and to show that we can generate meaningful resources to support Ukraine over the next several years," she told Sky News.
  • From «rotten herring» to «unknown hero». Vladimir Yakovlev on special propaganda methods for justifying the war

    05/21/2024 8:57:43 AM PDT · by MeganC · 7 replies
    The Insider ^ | 24 March 2022 | Vladimir Yakovlev
    There are only three types of propaganda to which you are exposed every day: white, gray and black propaganda. White propaganda does not involve distortion of facts for achieving political ends. Gray propaganda involves such distortion, but only to a minor degree. Black propaganda allows for every possible distortion of reality to achieve propaganda objectives. The more shameless the propaganda, the more powerful its effect on the audience. Black propaganda is the most powerful because it is not constrained by the need to stick to the facts. I studied at the Journalism Faculty of the Moscow State University, we had...
  • Ocean water is rushing miles underneath the ‘Doomsday Glacier’ with potentially dire impacts on sea level rise

    05/21/2024 8:35:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 137 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 5/21/2024 | Laura Paddison,
    Ocean water is pushing miles beneath Antarctica’s “Doomsday Glacier,” making it more vulnerable to melting than previously thought, according to new research which used radar data from space to perform an X-ray of the crucial glacier. As the salty, relatively warm ocean water meets the ice, it’s causing “vigorous melting” underneath the glacier and could mean global sea level rise projections are being underestimated, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica — nicknamed the “Doomsday Glacier” because its collapse could cause catastrophic sea level rise —...
  • Microplastics found in every human testicle

    05/21/2024 5:33:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 47 replies
    Microplastics found in every human testicle in study. Scientists say discovery may be linked to decades-long decline in sperm counts in men around the world.Microplastics have been found in human testicles, with researchers saying the discovery might be linked to declining sperm counts in men. The scientists tested 23 human testes, as well as 47 testes from pet dogs. They found microplastic pollution in every sample. The human testicles had been preserved and so their sperm count could not be measured. However, the sperm count in the dogs’ testes could be assessed and was lower in samples with higher contamination...
  • JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon signals retirement is closer than ever

    05/20/2024 1:17:41 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 11 replies
    Jamie Dimon’s days as CEO of JPMorgan Chase are numbered — though its unclear by how much.In a response to a question Monday about the bank’s succession planning, Dimon indicated that his expected tenure is less than five more years. That’s a key change from Dimon’s previous responses to succession questions, in which his standard answer had been that retirement was perpetually five years away.
  • "Her Hypocrisies Are ASTOUNDING" Winston Marshall On Taking On Nancy Pelosi. *Vid at link

    05/19/2024 1:41:27 PM PDT · by know.your.why · 13 replies
    Piers Morgan Uncensored ^ | 05/16/2024 | Piers Morgan Uncensored
    I'm just finding out who this Winston Marshall is but man I'm really liking the way he pi**ed off crazy nancy. This interview with Piers Morgan is a few days old but Marshall's hammering on the crazy one happened in the UK back on 5/11/24. I'll put up the link to his UK performance.
  • Trump Indictments Have Ignited a Juggernaut of a Presidential Campaign

    05/19/2024 11:51:58 AM PDT · by libstripper · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 19, 2024 | Gavin Wax
    President Trump just can’t stop winning, as the many indictments levied against him by his political opponents continue to earn him billions of dollars worth of press coverage. In fact, these indictments and the resulting media storm are doing a better job of convincing doubters of the authenticity of his agenda than President Trump and his team could likely do on their own!
  • Justice at last as both parties pledge billions to blood victims

    05/19/2024 5:51:31 AM PDT · by RandFan · 17 replies
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 19 | Caroline Wheeler, Political Editor
    Jeremy Hunt will approve final compensation for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal this week after a Sunday Times campaign for justice was backed across the political divide. The chancellor is preparing to unveil a package worth at least £10 billion ($12 billion) for those affected by the deadliest man-made disaster in postwar Britain. Tens of thousands of people were treated with disease-ridden blood products from the United States in the 1970s and 80s. The prime minister is expected to make an official apology on Monday, acknowledging the failings of the state and the suffering caused, following the publication...
  • Germany's sick man of Europe economy 'could pull the plug on the EU'

    05/18/2024 8:27:06 PM PDT · by RandFan · 19 replies
    Daily Express ^ | May 18 | Story by Jasmine Birtles
    Germany's self-inflicted economic problems have been much in the news in the last couple of years. Having eschewed cheap fossil fuels for 'green' energy sources, the manufacturing powerhouse of Europe has fallen into recession, seen a slowdown in growth, a decline in exports, and a widening trade deficit. Of course, the country's move away from fossil fuels is not the only reason for its economic problems. Other factors include a global economic slowdown affecting its exports, the Ukraine war cutting off supplies of cheap gas, trade tensions, and domestic challenges such as a decline in investment and a shortage of...