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Twitter is testing "Notes" longform tweets

Twitter has announced it's working on longform posts, which can be up to 2,500 words. Happy Thursday, readers. Jordan Parker Erb here, with word that Twitter is working on longform tweets, a function that will let users surpass the 280-character limit.Let's get to it.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app here.SOPA Images/Getty Images1. Get ready to tweet your heart out. Twitter is testing a new longform blogging feature, called Twitter Notes, that could launch in the coming weeks, TechCrunch first reported.Right now, the feature is limited to just a handful of writers in the United States, Canada, Ghana, and the United Kingdom. You can see an example of a Note here.Notes can be a whopping 2,500 words, can include photos, and can be edited after they're published (a feature Twitter users have long been asking for), according to the company's blog.The update will be the biggest change to word count since 2017, when Twitter announced it'd be upping the character limit from 140 to 280.Here's the latest on Twitter Notes.In other news:An Amazon Alexa deviceShutterstock2. Amazon is working on giving Alexa the ability to mimic anyone's voice — dead or alive. An Amazon exec said his team has been instructing Alexa to pick up a voice from a short audio clip and convert it into longer audio output. Here's what we know.3. One of PayPal's first employees shared his biggest takeaway from working with Elon Musk. The former employee said one of his biggest observations of Musk, who was PayPal's CEO, is that he's never doing only one thing at a time. Here's what else he said.4. Every Wall Street firm should know these Big Tech execs. As Wall Street eyes bigger cloud projects, we put together a list of 14 experts from companies like Snowflake, Oracle, and Google Cloud who could make the jump from Silicon Valley to the Street. Meet them here.5. A former Tesla worker rejected a $15 million payout. The employee's lawyers said the payout, which was awarded after the former Tesla elevator operator filed a racial abuse lawsuit, wasn't enough. Now, the employee and Tesla are heading back to court.6. Sweetgreen is winning over Gen Z with TikTok. The salad chain already won over millennials. Now, Sweetgreen is using TikTok videos to expand its appeal to a younger generation. How Sweetgreen is wooing Gen Z.7. Mark Zuckerberg just hinted at an operating system for Meta. In an interview with CNBC's "Mad Money," Zuckerberg said a Facebook operating system may be needed "in order to deliver on what we want to build." Here's what else he said.8. These books can help you weather the crypto tailspin and become a smarter investor. Experts shared their top picks for books that can help you understand digital currencies and their current downturn. Check out their 27 book recommendations.Odds and ends:The Meta Avatars store will allow users to purchase designer outfits.Meta9. Meta just launched a store where users can buy designer clothes for their Avatars. The Meta Avatars Store will sell clothes from brands like Balenciaga, Prada, and Thom Browne — but unlike designer clothes in real life, items will range from $2.99 to $8.99. What we know so far.10. A new way to buy and sell NFTs is now available for the masses. An Insider reporter bought a superhero bunny on Coinbase's new NFT marketplace, but the experience still has her wondering what purpose NFTs truly serve. Read more from her experience.What we're watching today:FedEx and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.Tech Live London is happening today and tomorrow.Linux Security Summit kicks off today in Austin.TechCrunch's annual summer party is happening in Menlo Park, CA.Keep updated with the latest tech news throughout your day by checking out The Refresh from Insider, a dynamic audio news brief from the Insider newsroom. Listen here.Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Lisa Ryan (tweet @lisarya) in New York.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJun 23rd, 2022

A play-by-play of how the Trump and Biden administrations handled their septuagenarian commander-in-chiefs getting sick with COVID

The early days of Biden's illness with COVID look vastly different than Trump's, but the two did share some similarities in how they communicated with the public. President Joe Biden, left, and former President Donald Trump, right, have now both had COVID-19.Getty Images Biden and Trump have something in common besides the presidency: they both caught COVID.  Thanks to vaccines and treatments, the pandemic is in a different place today than it was before the 2020 election. Both Biden and Trump projected resilience through the illness — with different results. Contracting COVID-19 as president may be the one thing that unites Joe Biden and Donald Trump — beyond their time behind the Resolute Desk.Even so, experience suggests the two political foes won't be calling each other to compare notes on symptoms, governing, or Netflix binge-watching.Their approaches to testing positive, at least in the early stages, have been markedly different, from the diagnosis announcement to White House management of their illness. Presidential personalities and health play a role. But a bigger factor is where we were then and are now with the virus. Biden is vaccinated and twice boosted, though 437 people in the US are still dying every day of COVID. No vaccine was yet available to Trump, who was hospitalized for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and received what was then an experimental drug.But both men have taken steps to project strength in their own ways. Here's how Biden and Trump's early handling of a COVID diagnosis compares:In this image released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets President Joe Biden with a fist bump after his arrival at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, July 15, 2022.Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via APBefore testing positiveBiden's diagnosis announcement on July 21 follows a busy couple of days that included travel Wednesday to Massachusetts with members of Congress and his administration. On Tuesday, he met with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at the White House. Photos show Biden was mask-free during his meeting in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud a week ago. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a Thursday statement that Biden had tested negative as recently as Tuesday. As for Trump, he announced on October 2, 2020, that he had COVID. But his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed in his book published last year that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on September 26, 2020 — three days before his presidential debate with Biden. He then tested negative shortly after the positive test, and the White House did not publicly disclose either result.Trump held a Rose Garden Ceremony to celebrate the Senate's confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Multiple news outlets called it a "super-spreader" event. President Donald Trump gets into a SUV at Walter Reed Medical Center in May 2018.Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty ImagesThe announcement True to form, Trump broke his own news on Twitter. At 1 a.m."Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," Trump said. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Then-White House physician Sean Conley issued a statement shortly after Trump's tweet confirming the positive result.  "The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence," Conley wrote.The news came just two days after Bloomberg broke the story that White House advisor Hope Hicks had COVID. At that time, Trump had said he planned to quarantine. When Biden tested positive for COVID, the US first learned of the diagnosis through an email Jean-Pierre sent to reporters, which they then widely disseminated through tweets and news reports. The statement said Biden was taking the antiviral Paxlovid. It also included a letter from Biden's White House physician, Kevin O'Connor, who has worked with him for decades. Biden himself then followed up on Twitter: "Folks, I'm doing great."Later in the day, the White House conducted a press conference with Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus coordinator, who answered questions about Biden's health. But the White House refused to make O'Connor available for questions. Still, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted the Biden administration is doing things "very differently" from the last administration when reporters asked why they weren't being transparent by allowing Biden's doctor to take questions.Jean-Pierre also told a reporter, "I don't think it matters" when asked during the news briefing where Biden caught COVID. "What I was trying to say is what's important now is that he has mild symptoms, is that he's working from the residence on behalf of the American people," she later said.President Joe Biden acknowledges guests and staff as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House July 20, 2022 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPlans changeAfter Biden's illness, he had to cancel a planned trip to Pennsylvania to tout a new crime-fighting fund. Instead, he is isolating in the White House for at least five days, the White House said. Biden's diagnosis also meant canceling a trip to Florida that he had planned for Monday. There, he planned to deliver remarks at a law enforcement conference, and separately, at a rally for the Democratic National Committee.On Friday morning, O'Connor said that Biden's temperature went up the previous night but he responded to Tylenol. Less than a day after Trump first announced he had COVID, the White House flew him eight miles to Walter Reed hospital in a helicopter to be hospitalized. Wearing a navy blue suit and a face mask, Trump walked across the White House lawn to board Marine One. In this photo provided by The White House, President Joe Biden talks on the phone with his national security team from the Treaty Room in the residence of the White House in Washington, Friday, July 22, 2022.Adam Schultz/The White House via APThe reel Shortly after arriving at Walter Reed, Trump posted an 18-second video to his Twitter account to reassure the nation of his condition."I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support," he said. "I'm going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I'm doing very well. We're going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much, I appreciate it. I will never forget it. Thank you." In similar fashion, Biden's White House team also posted an upbeat video of the president's condition. In it, Biden was maskless and wearing a blue blazer, and said he was hard at work and "doing well." "In the meantime, keep the faith," he said. "It's going to be OK."Both presidents posted to Facebook pictures of themselves working. Trump even posted a photo while at Walter Reed. There, the presidential suite — where he could both work and receive care — awaited him. President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.Alex Brandon/AP PhotoThe reaction Trump was fixated on the most recent, primetime January 6 hearing the day of Biden's announcement. He didn't say anything about his successor's illness. Biden, in contrast, wished Trump well when he contracted the novel coronavirus, saying he and his wife, Jill, were praying for the Trumps' "quick and full recovery," while calling it "a bracing reminder to all of us that we have to take this virus seriously."Democrats joined in wishing Trump well but also scolded him for not taking the virus seriously enough. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Trump had created a "brazen invitation for something like this to happen" after appearing before maskless crowds.Opinion columns called Trump "reckless," and "foolish," and said he demonstrated "arrogant negligence." USA Today even posted a picture of all the people who attended the Barrett Rose Garden ceremony and asked readers to help reporters identify who was present, so they could trace the origins of the virus and see who else got infected. Biden faced some backlash for his infection, too. Some critics mocked him on Twitter for last year calling the post-vaccination COVID surges a "pandemic of the unvaccinated" and for falsely saying, "You're not going to get covid if you have these vaccinations." On Thursday, "President Harris" began trending on Twitter, and news organizations, including Insider, wrote explainers about the presidential line of succession in the event Biden couldn't execute his duties. Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, a former White House physician, tweeted: "Hope President Biden is feeling better soon, but as the former White House Physician, I recommend he remain in isolation for the next 913 days, 20 hours, and 51 minutes. Just to be safe…."White House Covid Response Coordinator Ashish Jha speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, July 22, 2022.Andrew Harnik/AP PhotoDoctor's ordersBiden and Trump both released post-COVID-diagnosis statements from their doctors. And they both faced criticism about transparency.Biden's White House has refused to make O'Connor available for questions despite multiple requests from journalists during the White House press briefing. Conley, meanwhile, came under criticism for his refusal to answer some of reporters' questions when Trump was at Walter Reed. Instead, it was Meadows who disclosed that Trump's condition was worse than previously disclosed — he had a fever and his blood oxygen level dropped rapidly.Presidential doctors face a difficult ethical and legal dilemma, however. By law, doctors cannot disclose information about patients without their explicit consent — even when a patient happens to be the president of the United States. If doctors do share such information without patients' consent, they could lose their license, face fines, or even go to prison.  Adding to the public's partial view of the situation is that no law requires presidents to provide information to the public about their health. In this image released by the White House, former President Donald Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, October 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19.Joyce N. Boghosian/The White House via AP'Show him working'Both presidents tried to ease concerns about their conditions and show they're still working.But that's where style similarities end.Trump alarmed medical experts by leaving the hospital to drive past supporters and wave while still under medical care, raising concerns for the Secret Service agents who drove him. They wore full medical protective gear.After being released from Walter Reed, Trump returned to the White House and took off his mask to pose for photos on the Truman balcony. "Don't be afraid of Covid," Trump said in a tweet. "Don't let it dominate your life."At that point in time, 210,000 people living in the United States had died from the disease in a matter of months.Biden told supporters, via his video, that he appreciates their concerns, and he's been holding virtual meetings. He started an economic briefing Friday by apologizing for his voice. "I'm feeling much better than I sound," he said.Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the White House has been preparing for Biden contracting COVID for "several months," given the percentage of cases in the US. She praised the White House for being transparent and making clear that there would be daily updates."What they need to do over the next couple of days is show him working and show him still active and serving as president and I'm certain they'll likely do that," Psaki said on MSNBC, the network she'll join in the fall.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytJul 22nd, 2022

Anti-Nuke Greens Menace Europe

Anti-Nuke Greens Menace Europe Authored by Michael Shellenberger via Substack, Germany's Economy and Climate Minister, a Green Party leader, lied about nuclear fuel rods... As Greta Thunberg campaigned against nuclear, Germany’s Minister of Economy and Climate, Robert Habeck, lied about nuclear fuel rods and has lobbied German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to keep nuclear plants closed. The German government is moving forward with plans to close its last three nuclear plants this December despite Europe being gripped by the worst energy crisis in 50 years. Robert Habeck, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, said there is no point in operating them because Germany lacks natural gas, not electricity. “Nuclear power doesn’t help us there at all,” Habeck said on Tuesday. “We have a heating problem or an industry problem, but not an electricity problem — at least not generally throughout the country.” Besides, Habeck said, only Russia could provide Germany with the uranium fuel rods required to keep the nuclear plants operating, and there was no way to make sure the plants would be able to operate safely. But none of what Habeck said was true. Coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy all generate electricity. Less nuclear means using more of coal or natural gas, which is why the German Cabinet, led by Habeck, just approved burning more coal. As for safety, the leading provider of nuclear safety testing said Germany’s nuclear plants could keep operating safely after December. "The plants are in a technically excellent condition," said Joachim Buehler, managing director of TUEV. Buehler said that an extensive check, which is usually done every decade, could instead be done within a few months. It’s true that keeping the three reactors on-line won’t do that much to reduce Germany’s dependence on Russian natural gas. In 2022, nuclear plants will only provide 6% of Germany’s electricity. And if their operation were stretched out in 2023 through reduced use of fuel, German nuclear plants could only save 1.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas in the EU area through the winter and spring, out of a 20 bcm shortfall, assuming Russia follows through with its natural gas cut-off, as most now believe is likely. But, in a crisis, every bit matters, and the amount that nuclear can offset matters much more than many of the other measures Habeck and others have promoted including showering less frequently, closing the curtains at night, and communiting by bike rather than car. For that reason, a new European Commission report on the natural gas crisis, which was set to be released next Wednesday but was leaked yesterday, called on Germany to postpone its nuclear phase-out because it was necessary for nations to “take into account the impact on the security of supply on other Member States.” And it is rather rich for Habeck, a member of the Green Party, to point out nuclear’s limits. After all, it was the Green Party that led the campaign to reduce Germany’s use of nuclear energy from 25% of electricity ten years ago to just 6% today. As for the fuel rods, Australia, Canada, and the United States could all create fuel rods to supply the plants and, just now, Die Welt has reported that, in a confidential meeting on March 4, 10 days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, nuclear energy representatives told Habeck and Steffi Lemke, the Minister for Nuclear Safety, who is also from the Green Party, that they could indeed accelerate the acquisition of nuclear fuel rods. “So far,” notes Die Welt, “the federal government has always emphasized the long delivery times for fuel rods, which alone represent an insurmountable obstacle to extending the service life of German nuclear power plants. The fact that procurement would also be conceivable in 15 months, and thus realistic continued operation under full load from the middle of next year, is generally pushed into the background by government representatives.” In fact, the rods could have been acquired even more quickly than 15 months. In February, just days after Putin’s invasion, the German government asked the US nuclear fuel manufacturer, Westinghouse, an established supplier of German nuclear plants, whether it could make fuel rods on short notice. Westinghouse managers said they could — and that they could deliver them by the end of 2022. Chancellor Scholz & Economy Minister Habeck say Germany’s nuclear plants can’t keep running past Dec. 2022 for lack of fuel rods, but they are lying. In this video, a spokesperson for the nuclear plant explicitly says it can keep operating and that fuel rods aren’t an obstacle. pic.twitter.com/N2il7ep5f2 — Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) July 16, 2022 Lemke and Habeck declined both the offer from Westinghouse and from nuclear operators. As such, it’s now clear that Habeck, Lemke, and other German officials have repeatedly lied, not only about the nuclear fuel rods, but also thus about the broader energy crisis. As such, anti-nuclear Greens are putting Europe in grave danger. A majority of Germans are already ready to cave in to Putin. New polling shows that German support for the boycott of Russian gas had fallen from 44% six weeks ago to just 32% last week. And now, household energy costs are expected to triple in Germany. Government officials are openly expressing concern over the possibility of social unrest. Why are Greens putting their anti-nuclear agenda ahead of protecting European civilization? And what can be done to stop them? Keep reading with a 7-day free trial... Subscribe to Michael Shellenberger to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives. Tyler Durden Mon, 07/18/2022 - 06:30.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytJul 18th, 2022

Biden"s Job Approval Enters Marianas Trench

Biden's Job Approval Enters Marianas Trench As we celebrate America's founding on this 4th of July, mired in inflation that's simply 'not his fault,' President Joe Biden also marks a special occasion - his lowest job approval ratings, ever - all while American pride hits a new low. According to a new CIVIQS rolling job-approval poll, Biden's job approval has plummeted to 30% - with 57% flatly disapproving of the job he's doing. Broken down by age group, just 22% of those aged 18-34 approve of the job Biden is doing, 27% for those 35-49, and 32% of those aged 50-64 thought Biden was doing an ok job. Where's Biden's support coming from? Old people - as 39% of those over the age of 65-years-old think Biden's handling his job well. By political party, 85% of Democrats approve of the way Biden is doing his job, 5% disapprove, and 10% neither approve or disapprove, while 97% of Republicans disapprove vs. 2% who approve (with 2% who neither approve or disapprove). Among independent voters, 59% disapprove, 31% approve, and 10% neither approve or disapprove. According to an aggregate of polls tracked by RealClear Politics, Biden's approval ratings continue to plummet in comparison to former President Donald Trump at the same point in his term. On the bright side, no more mean tweets. As William Campenni notes in American Thinker: It is so sad today to see a dystopian minority, aided by a dysfunctional media establishment, a depraved polity, and a disloyal corporate class, trash all that is so good in the land wherein they fortunately but ungratefully live.  Could not they too join in to say, "I swell with pride and deep within my breast, I thrill to see Old Glory paint the breeze"? Put another way: As you celebrate the 4th tomorrow, remember our President's inspiring words about this great nation. pic.twitter.com/EcNoXNuY8l — Bill D'Agostino (@Banned_Bill) July 3, 2022 Tyler Durden Mon, 07/04/2022 - 17:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeJul 4th, 2022

Twitter is testing "Notes" longform tweets

Twitter has announced it's working on longform posts, which can be up to 2,500 words. Happy Thursday, readers. Jordan Parker Erb here, with word that Twitter is working on longform tweets, a function that will let users surpass the 280-character limit.Let's get to it.If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Download Insider's app here.SOPA Images/Getty Images1. Get ready to tweet your heart out. Twitter is testing a new longform blogging feature, called Twitter Notes, that could launch in the coming weeks, TechCrunch first reported.Right now, the feature is limited to just a handful of writers in the United States, Canada, Ghana, and the United Kingdom. You can see an example of a Note here.Notes can be a whopping 2,500 words, can include photos, and can be edited after they're published (a feature Twitter users have long been asking for), according to the company's blog.The update will be the biggest change to word count since 2017, when Twitter announced it'd be upping the character limit from 140 to 280.Here's the latest on Twitter Notes.In other news:An Amazon Alexa deviceShutterstock2. Amazon is working on giving Alexa the ability to mimic anyone's voice — dead or alive. An Amazon exec said his team has been instructing Alexa to pick up a voice from a short audio clip and convert it into longer audio output. Here's what we know.3. One of PayPal's first employees shared his biggest takeaway from working with Elon Musk. The former employee said one of his biggest observations of Musk, who was PayPal's CEO, is that he's never doing only one thing at a time. Here's what else he said.4. Every Wall Street firm should know these Big Tech execs. As Wall Street eyes bigger cloud projects, we put together a list of 14 experts from companies like Snowflake, Oracle, and Google Cloud who could make the jump from Silicon Valley to the Street. Meet them here.5. A former Tesla worker rejected a $15 million payout. The employee's lawyers said the payout, which was awarded after the former Tesla elevator operator filed a racial abuse lawsuit, wasn't enough. Now, the employee and Tesla are heading back to court.6. Sweetgreen is winning over Gen Z with TikTok. The salad chain already won over millennials. Now, Sweetgreen is using TikTok videos to expand its appeal to a younger generation. How Sweetgreen is wooing Gen Z.7. Mark Zuckerberg just hinted at an operating system for Meta. In an interview with CNBC's "Mad Money," Zuckerberg said a Facebook operating system may be needed "in order to deliver on what we want to build." Here's what else he said.8. These books can help you weather the crypto tailspin and become a smarter investor. Experts shared their top picks for books that can help you understand digital currencies and their current downturn. Check out their 27 book recommendations.Odds and ends:The Meta Avatars store will allow users to purchase designer outfits.Meta9. Meta just launched a store where users can buy designer clothes for their Avatars. The Meta Avatars Store will sell clothes from brands like Balenciaga, Prada, and Thom Browne — but unlike designer clothes in real life, items will range from $2.99 to $8.99. What we know so far.10. A new way to buy and sell NFTs is now available for the masses. An Insider reporter bought a superhero bunny on Coinbase's new NFT marketplace, but the experience still has her wondering what purpose NFTs truly serve. Read more from her experience.What we're watching today:FedEx and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.Tech Live London is happening today and tomorrow.Linux Security Summit kicks off today in Austin.TechCrunch's annual summer party is happening in Menlo Park, CA.Keep updated with the latest tech news throughout your day by checking out The Refresh from Insider, a dynamic audio news brief from the Insider newsroom. Listen here.Curated by Jordan Parker Erb in New York. (Feedback or tips? Email jerb@insider.com or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Lisa Ryan (tweet @lisarya) in New York.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJun 23rd, 2022

Watch Live: Jan. 6 Panel Prime-Time "Show-Trial"

Watch Live: Jan. 6 Panel Prime-Time 'Show-Trial' Watch the fully-produced circus live here (due to start at 2000ET) As WaPo reports, while the committee is bipartisan, both Republicans on it are fierce Trump critics. McCarthy (Calif.) pulled his handpicked members from the panel last year after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vetoed two of his picks. Many of the details of the proceedings have been kept secret, but Politico reported Tuesday morning that the proceedings will include testimony from US Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards and a documentarian named Nick Quested who was embedded with the Proud Boys during the attack, but it’s unclear what the focus of his testimony will be. In fact, while expectations have been set for a 'smoking gun', 'gotcha' moment for Trump - just like Schiff and his pals did with Russia collusion - WaPo reports that committee aides sought to temper expectations of any shocking revelations during Thursday’s hearing and instead framed the session as an opening argument. “[Thursday] night is connecting the dots,” said a second aide. “A lot of this has been reported and bits and pieces of it have been shared. But our aim is to tie all that together in a comprehensive narrative and to show how it’s a pattern that started before the election and went all the way through January 6.” We look forward to seeing the ratings for this must-watch TV... sigh. *  *  * As we detailed earlier, the Jan. 6 panel will use never-before-seen documentation and closed-door depositions on Thursday to present their grand unifying theory to connect former President Trump to the Capitol riot, as part of a broader effort to keep him in power. Tonight's televised 90-minute hearing, which begins at 8pm ET and is being produced by a former network television executive, will show that the Jan. 6 2021 attack on the Capitol was the result of a coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden," a House Select Committee aide told reporters during a Thursday call. "And indeed, that President Donald Trump was at the center of that effort," the aide added. House Democrats will also feature live testimony from Nick Quested - a British documentarian who was creating a project about the Proud Boys and was present at a meeting between that group and the Oath Keepers, who participated in the Capitol breach. "You’re talking about two witnesses who were there at the very initial breach," said the aide. "We’re going to hear about their experiences from that day — particularly sort of what they heard, what they saw from the rioters." Democrats are expected to connect how the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers interacted with Trump's tweets on Reddit and other message boards, according to Axios, which pointed out two other 'areas of interest.' 1. Efforts by Trump and aides to destroy documents. Trump often tore up White House documents that should have been preserved as presidential records. Some of the presidential records sent to the Jan. 6 committee by the National Archives had been ripped up, then taped back together, the Washington Post reported. A committee witness testified that then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows burned papers in his West Wing fireplace after meeting with a House Republican about challenging the 2020 election, the N.Y. Times and Politico reported. 2. Trump's consideration of invoking the Insurrection Act, a federal law that allows the president to deploy the military domestically. Committee members have studied how close Trump came to invoking the act immediately after the election and leading up to Jan. 6. -Axios Other witnesses include Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, who was the first law enforcement officer injured on the day of the 'insurrection' attempt. Both Edwards and Quested, the documentarian, plan top recount their experiences - "particularly what they saw and heard from the rioters," said a committee aide. January 6 was the violent culmination of an extensive effort to overturn a presidential election. The American people know a lot about those events, but soon they will learn more, and see how close we came to losing our democracy. On Thursday, we will begin to tell that story. pic.twitter.com/hX6RAS9GFR — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 5, 2022 House Republicans, meanwhile, say that the Democrats' use of former ABC News president James Goldston on the presentation may have violated House rules. As the Epoch Times notes, in a letter (pdf) to the Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Committee on House Administration Chairperson Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), GOP lawmakers asked for confirmation that Goldston has been hired as an employee of the committee, and not as a consultant or in an “unofficial capacity.” The letter was signed by Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), and others. It comes after Axios first reported Monday that the former network news executive had joined the committee as an “unannounced adviser” and is “busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special.” Goldston has previously served as a producer for some of the network’s biggest news programs like “20/20,” “Nightline,” and “Good Morning America.” He left ABC in March. Citing congressional laws pertaining to committee staff, the lawmakers noted that a letter is required requesting approval of the Committee on House Administration regarding Goldston’s hiring, along with a signed contract agreement and resume. Under that same law, Goldston would be unable to commence work for the committee until the contract has been approved by the Committee on House Administration. “To our knowledge, the Committee has not received or considered such a request,” wrote the representatives. The GOP lawmakers also cited reports from CNN that Goldston is working with the select committee “to help produce their upcoming hearings” and “helping the committee with the planning of the hearings and their presentation.” They noted that the committees are allowed to “obtain temporary or intermittent services of individual consultants or organizations, to advise the Committee with respect to matters within its jurisdiction,” but that Goldston would not be able to act as an employee of the committee. “The Committee on House Administration will not approve a contract if the services to be provided by the consultant are the regular duties of Committee staff,” lawmakers wrote. “Planning, preparation, and production of hearings are unquestionably the ‘regular duties of Committee staff’.” Republican lawmakers also noted in their letter that Goldston would be barred from working for the Jan. 6 Committee free of charge, noting that such an arrangement would “violate House Rules and the House Ethics Manual regulations which clearly states that no logical distinction can be drawn between the private contribution of in-kind services and the private contribution of money.” Finally, the big question is: Could Trump face criminal charges? Inciting an insurrection or riot is a federal crime, but the Justice Department would have to charge him separately. That’s unlikely, according to Frederick Lawrence, a lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center. Not only would prosecutors have to prove Trump intentionally whipped up his supporters, Lawrence said, but also that he intended for them to break into the Capitol, loot and cause bodily harm. A further complication is a 1969 Supreme Court precedent that shields inflammatory speech under the First Amendment unless it’s aimed at “imminent” lawless behavior. Apart from what Trump said in his speech, prosecutors could take an alternative path if they uncover evidence that the former president or his advisers were involved in planning the riot. Whether such conspiracy charges are viable would depend on the nature of the plotting and how close Trump and his inner circle was to it. “It would all turn on who was in the room and what they are prepared to testify to,” Lawrence said. More than 850 people have been criminally charged in connection with the riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 by a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters. Most are accused of conventional offenses such as trespassing and assault, while 16 members of two right-wing groups are facing a more exotic charge: seditious conspiracy. Tyler Durden Thu, 06/09/2022 - 19:52.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytJun 9th, 2022

Tonight: Jan. 6 Panel To Accuse Trump Of "Coordinated, Multi-Step Effort" To Overturn Election

Tonight: Jan. 6 Panel To Accuse Trump Of 'Coordinated, Multi-Step Effort' To Overturn Election The Jan. 6 panel will use never-before-seen documentation and closed-door depositions on Thursday to present their grand unifying theory to connect former President Trump to the Capitol riot, as part of a broader effort to keep him in power. Tonight's televised 90-minute hearing, which begins at 8pm ET and is being produced by a former network television executive, will show that the Jan. 6 2021 attack on the Capitol was the result of a coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden," a House Select Committee aide told reporters during a Thursday call. "And indeed, that President Donald Trump was at the center of that effort," the aide added. House Democrats will also feature live testimony from Nick Quested - a British documentarian who was creating a project about the Proud Boys and was present at a meeting between that group and the Oath Keepers, who participated in the Capitol breach. "You’re talking about two witnesses who were there at the very initial breach," said the aide. "We’re going to hear about their experiences from that day — particularly sort of what they heard, what they saw from the rioters." Democrats are expected to connect how the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers interacted with Trump's tweets on Reddit and other message boards, according to Axios, which pointed out two other 'areas of interest.' 1. Efforts by Trump and aides to destroy documents. Trump often tore up White House documents that should have been preserved as presidential records. Some of the presidential records sent to the Jan. 6 committee by the National Archives had been ripped up, then taped back together, the Washington Post reported. A committee witness testified that then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows burned papers in his West Wing fireplace after meeting with a House Republican about challenging the 2020 election, the N.Y. Times and Politico reported. 2. Trump's consideration of invoking the Insurrection Act, a federal law that allows the president to deploy the military domestically. Committee members have studied how close Trump came to invoking the act immediately after the election and leading up to Jan. 6. -Axios Other witnesses include Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, who was the first law enforcement officer injured on the day of the 'insurrection' attempt. Both Edwards and Quested, the documentarian, plan top recount their experiences - "particularly what they saw and heard from the rioters," said a committee aide. January 6 was the violent culmination of an extensive effort to overturn a presidential election. The American people know a lot about those events, but soon they will learn more, and see how close we came to losing our democracy. On Thursday, we will begin to tell that story. pic.twitter.com/hX6RAS9GFR — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 5, 2022 House Republicans, meanwhile, say that the Democrats' use of former ABC News president James Goldston on the presentation may have violated House rules. As the Epoch Times notes: In a letter (pdf) to the Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Committee on House Administration Chairperson Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), GOP lawmakers asked for confirmation that Goldston has been hired as an employee of the committee, and not as a consultant or in an “unofficial capacity.” The letter was signed by Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), and others. It comes after Axios first reported Monday that the former network news executive had joined the committee as an “unannounced adviser” and is “busily producing Thursday’s 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special.” Goldston has previously served as a producer for some of the network’s biggest news programs like “20/20,” “Nightline,” and “Good Morning America.” He left ABC in March. Citing congressional laws pertaining to committee staff, the lawmakers noted that a letter is required requesting approval of the Committee on House Administration regarding Goldston’s hiring, along with a signed contract agreement and resume. Under that same law, Goldston would be unable to commence work for the committee until the contract has been approved by the Committee on House Administration. “To our knowledge, the Committee has not received or considered such a request,” wrote the representatives. The GOP lawmakers also cited reports from CNN that Goldston is working with the select committee “to help produce their upcoming hearings” and “helping the committee with the planning of the hearings and their presentation.” They noted that the committees are allowed to “obtain temporary or intermittent services of individual consultants or organizations, to advise the Committee with respect to matters within its jurisdiction,” but that Goldston would not be able to act as an employee of the committee. “The Committee on House Administration will not approve a contract if the services to be provided by the consultant are the regular duties of Committee staff,” lawmakers wrote. “Planning, preparation, and production of hearings are unquestionably the ‘regular duties of Committee staff’.” Republican lawmakers also noted in their letter that Goldston would be barred from working for the Jan. 6 Committee free of charge, noting that such an arrangement would “violate House Rules and the House Ethics Manual regulations which clearly states that no logical distinction can be drawn between the private contribution of in-kind services and the private contribution of money.” Tyler Durden Thu, 06/09/2022 - 12:45.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytJun 9th, 2022

Musk Files Amended 13D: May Engage In Strategic, Governance Discussions With Twitter

Musk Files Amended 13D: May Engage In Strategic, Governance Discussions With Twitter Update (0900ET): Having deleted several 'interesting' tweets on the strategic direction of Twitter, Elon Musk has filed a 13D explaining he may buy more stock and offer his opinions to the board and management. In the rather generic Filing, Musk notes that:  "The Reporting Person holds the Common Stock of the Issuer for investment purposes. Depending on the factors discussed herein, the Reporting Person may, from time to time, acquire additional shares of Common Stock and/or retain and/or sell all or a portion of the shares of Common Stock held by the Reporting Person in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, and/or may distribute the Common Stock held by the Reporting Person to other entities." "From time to time, the Reporting Person may engage in discussions with the Board and/or members of the Issuer’s management team concerning, including, without limitation, potential business combinations and strategic alternatives, the business, operations, capital structure, governance, management, strategy of the Issuer and other matters concerning the Issuer. The Reporting Person may express his views to the Board and/or members of the Issuer’s management team and/or the public through social media or other channels with respect to the Issuer’s business, products and service offerings." All very boiler plate, but it was helped rebound TWTR shares back to almost unchanged... *  *  * Update (0820ET): Following Agrawal's tweet, Musk posted a now-deleted emoji of a hand covering a mouth. Twitter shares were off around 2.9% pre-market, however the initial drop was quickly bought. As Bloomberg notes, "The billionaire behind Tesla Inc. and SpaceX has been vocal about changes he’d consider at the social media platform. Musk wasted no time in appealing to users about prospective moves from turning Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter and adding an edit button for tweets, to granting automatic verification marks to premium users. Those open musings drew in even Amazon.com Inc. founder and space-faring rival Jeff Bezos, among other high-profile personalities." Musk and Twitter Execs had planned a town-hall for employees this week, however it's unclear if that will now happen. *  *  * Following Elon Musk's recent acquisition of 9.2% of Twitter and last Tuesday's formal announcement that he would be joining the Board of Directors, Musk has declined the board seat. "Elon Musk has decided not to join our board," wrote CEO Parag Agrawal, adding "We were excited to collaborate and clear about the risks. We also believed that having Elon as a fiduciary of the company where he, like all board members, has to act in the best interests of the company and all our shareholders, was the best path forward." "Elon's appointment to the board was to become officially effective 4/9, but Elon shared that same morning that he will no longer be joining the board. I believe this is for the best. We have and will always value input from our shareholders whether they are on our Board or not." Elon has decided not to join our board. I sent a brief note to the company, sharing with you all here. pic.twitter.com/lfrXACavvk — Parag Agrawal (@paraga) April 11, 2022 Word of Musk's appointment to the board sent liberals into fits - as the inclusion of the free-speech advocate was seen as a threat to left-wing heterodoxy that underpins Twitter's culture. Of course, for those paying attention, this means that Musk can now own more than 14.9% of the company - a limit that board members must adhere to. As the Wall Street Journal notes, "It was unclear why Musk refused the board seat. Adding Musk would have restricted how big a stake in the company he could own. Musk could now do anything from selling his stake to potentially pursuing a hostile takeover of the company." We await the next Musk tweet with bated breath... Tyler Durden Mon, 04/11/2022 - 09:44.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytApr 11th, 2022

Illinois County Democratic Party Official Resigns After Calling Sunday Parade Massacre "Karma" For Rittenhouse Acquittal

Illinois County Democratic Party Official Resigns After Calling Sunday Parade Massacre "Karma" For Rittenhouse Acquittal A former official with the DuPage County Democratic Party in Illinois has come under fire for callous comments suggesting that Sunday night's mass murder at a Wisconsin Christmas parade was "karma" for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, according to Fox News. Mary Lemanski Mary Lemanski, who was listed as the social media director for the Democratic Party chapter as of this morning, and whose name was removed minutes ago, mocked the Waukesha parade massacre that left at least five dead and 40 injured as "probably just self-defense," and "karma" following the verdict in Kenosha. Lemanski also describes herself as an acting student with the famed Second City comedy group. "Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened," read another post attributed to Lemanski, referring to the SUV driver in the Waukesha case. -Fox News Lemanski - who also lists herself as an acting student with the Second City comedy group - didn't stop there, tweeting that "The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens," adding "even the children." via @drewnatum In a now-deleted tweet, Lemanski wrote "I’m sad," adding "I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin." "You reap what you sow, Wisconsin," she added in a subsequent tweet. When she was called out for being a "scumbag," Lemanski replied. "It's sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening." Lemanski, who hasn't locked her Twitter account (yet), says she 'owns her words,' before complaining that "I've put out music for 20 years nobody gave a shit," adding "Why do people all of a sudden care about a stupid remark? I can't believe my 15 minutes of fame is for this shit." In response to Lemanski's comments, the DuPage Democrats tweeted: "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha.We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as an organization. Our organization does not support hate in any form" We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha.We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as an organization. Our organization does not support hate in any form — DuPage Democrats (@DuPage_Dems) November 22, 2021 And as one Twitter user pointed out, she appears to have resigned. As of a couple minutes ago, according to her Facebook page, she resigned from her post. pic.twitter.com/FQysqN2Uyk — JerBoyce (@JerBoyce) November 22, 2021 Lemanski isn't the only leftist to celebrate after the mass murder. As Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News notes: Entrepreneur and social justice activist Mark L. Feinberg reacted to the shocking incident by appearing to mock the victims. After Feinberg, who is CEO of OTHRSource, sardonically remarked that the killer had acted in “self defense” against the parade attendees, a reference to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, he was told by another Twitter user, “It was a Christmas parade, you nitwit.” “Poor white people,” responded Feinberg. He also responded to another tweet that called the tragedy “just terrible” by claiming the oppression faced by black people was far worse. “More or less terrible than 402+ years of a systemic holocaust against black people (which has killed millions)? After receiving a backlash to his vile comments, Feinberg then tried to play the anti-semitism card. He appears to have deleted all of the tweets captured above. As Chris Menahan highlights, numerous other leftists responded to the massacre by either mocking the victims or blaming “white supremacy.” To reiterate, the killer was an African-American male. Tyler Durden Mon, 11/22/2021 - 12:16.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 22nd, 2021

"Health Should Not Be Political": Packers" Aaron Rodgers Deflects Hysteria About Being Unvaccinated In Lengthy Interview

"Health Should Not Be Political": Packers' Aaron Rodgers Deflects Hysteria About Being Unvaccinated In Lengthy Interview The Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers tested positive for Covid and revealed to the world he was unvaccinated this week, despite previously leading on that he had been immunized.  Rodgers, who appeared on the Pat McAfee show to talk about his decision to not get vaccinated, said he was already feeling better and that he was following the same path for treatment that got Joe Rogan better within days: monoclonal antibodies, vitamins and ivermectin.  "I realize I'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I'd like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies out there," he says at the onset of defending himself. Rodgers started the interview by saying that right off the bat, after speaking to experts, he knew two vaccines were going to be off the table for him since he's allergic to an ingredient in the mRNA vaccines. "Much like the study I put into hosting Jeopardy, I met with a lot of people to get the most information about all the vaccines," Rodgers told Pat McAfee.  From there he goes on to explain that the JNJ vaccine wound up in the news for clotting issues around the time he would have needed to make the decision to get vaccinated, so he didn't take it. He also notes that he followed protocol for unvaccinated players and tested every single day. In the interview, Rodgers says he now "feels great" after testing positive for Covid.  He also brought up some great common sense points, like asking: "If the vaccine is so great, why are so many vaccinated people getting sick?" and "If it is so safe, why to the manufacturers need legal immunity?" Rodgers points to the study out of Israel saying he'll have more robust immunity than he would with a vaccine and makes the point that when Trump was pushing the vaccine, the same hysterical left was all saying they'd never take it.  "Everyone on the squad knew I was not vaccinated. Everyone in the organization knew I was not vaccinated," he said. "I was trying to minimize this conversation going on and on. There were some people in the media who found out about it and sat on it, so I knew I would have to discuss it." "The problem with this is that it's so political," Rodgers continues. "Health should not be political." Speaking about the NFL and the woke mob trying to ensure everyone was vaccinated, Rodgers said: "It was such a witch hunt. They wanted to out and shame every single person that didn't get vaccinated." He also then brought up the rarely-broached-by-the-left topic of why the virus is easier to handle for those in better shape: "Has anyone actually talked about real health? Exercise? Drinking water, eating real food? No. I'm making a decision based on what's best for me and my own health - and for me, it's a no brainer".  "You have a moral obligation to object to unjust rule," Rodgers concludes, quoting Martin Luther King.   Spot on from Aaron Rodgers.. “The right is gonna champion me and the left is gonna cancel me. I don't give a sh*t about either of them. Politics is a total sham. I'm not going on Fox News just like I'm not going to go on CNN.” - Aaron Rodgers pic.twitter.com/lXwG6KxEkm — NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 6, 2021 Tyler Durden Sat, 11/06/2021 - 08:45.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytNov 6th, 2021

Despite DHS Panic Over 400K Migrants In October, Agency Issues "No-Arrest" Guidelines

Despite DHS Panic Over 400K Migrants In October, Agency Issues 'No-Arrest' Guidelines Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, New guidelines promulgated by a top Biden administration official on Thursday advise immigration enforcement agents that being in the country illegally is not by itself enough reason to arrest somebody. More than 11 million illegal immigrants are estimated to be in the United States, but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not have the resources to arrest and seek to remove all of them, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a memorandum laying out the guidelines. He urged agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an office inside DHS, to exercise “discretion” in enforcing immigration rules. “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them,” he wrote. “We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country’s well-being require it,” he added. Only illegal immigrants who pose a threat to national security, pose a threat to public safety, or pose a threat to border security should be targeted for removal, according to the guidelines. Triggers include a noncitizen committing certain crimes or having a serious prior criminal record; being engaged or suspected of terrorism or espionage; or being apprehended while trying to illegally enter the United States at the border. Being in the country without a green card or other legitimatization documents means a person can be removed under U.S. law. The new guidelines mean the administration is acknowledging that it won’t enforce the law, critics immediately charged. “The person who swore an oath to uphold immigration law *as written by Congress* has declared that immigration law will be upheld according only to his diktats,” NumbersUSA, which advocates for lower immigration levels as a way to “allow present and future generations of Americans to enjoy a stabilizing U.S. population,” wrote in a social media post. Level of Illegal Immigration Setting Record The guidance comes as the United States under President Joe Biden sees record-setting levels of illegal immigration. Some experts believe a new fiscal year record will likely be set when the numbers for September come in and are almost certain that at the current pace of border crossings—which rose during the hot summer months instead of following the typical trendline—the yearly record will be eclipsed. "As many as 400,000 migrants" are heading to the U.S. border, NBC News reports. "An unprecedented number...nearly doubling the stunning numbers we've seen the last two months, which were a 21-year high." "As many as 400,000 migrants" are heading to the U.S. border, NBC News reports. "An unprecedented number...nearly doubling the stunning numbers we've seen the last two months, which were a 21-year high." pic.twitter.com/6kPDR1rE1H — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 1, 2021 Biden upon taking office halted construction of the border wall, stopped the Trump era “Remain in Mexico” program, and curtailed use of emergency pandemic powers to expel illegal immigrants. The policies have served to entice illegal immigration, according to experts, immigrants, and members of Congress from both parties. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) linked the jump in illegal immigration to the increasing lack of in-country enforcement seen in Mayorkas’s memo. “The Biden administration has welcomed the flood of illegal aliens crossing our border and is now promising those same illegal aliens that they may stay in the U.S. without repercussions,” he said on Twitter. Mayorkas, nominated to his post by Biden and approved by the Senate, sees it differently. He said in a statement that the guidelines will “require an assessment of the individual and take into account the totality of the facts and circumstances.” “In exercising this discretion, we are guided by the knowledge that there are individuals in our country who have been here for generations and contributed to our country’s well-being, including those who have been on the frontline in the battle against COVID, lead congregations of faith, and teach our children. As we strive to provide them with a path to status, we will not work in conflict by spending resources seeking to remove those who do not pose a threat and, in fact, make our nation stronger,” he added. The guidelines are poised to take effect on Nov. 29. But they’re likely to face legal challenges. The enforcement priorities they’re replacing, which were issued by ICE’s acting director, Tae Johnson, in February, were blocked in August by a federal judge. Johnson attempted to direct agents not to focus on detaining and removing certain illegal immigrants. But U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton, a Trump nominee, found that the Executive Branch was, through Johnson’s memo, trying to “enforce a law enacted by Congress in a way that is contrary to the plain language of the law.” An appeals court panel, though, earlier this month largely overturned the decision. A separate challenge over the February memo was filed over the summer by ICE agents and sheriffs. That case has not been decided yet by a federal district court in Texas. Other lawsuits have been lodged against other aspects of the administration’s immigration policies, including its widespread release of illegal immigrants into the U.S. interior, including one filed by Florida this week. *  *  * Interestingly, as the New York Post notes, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the Biden administration could maintain a Trump-era public health authority that would allow for the rapid deportation of migrant families due to the Covid-19 pandemic, known as Title 42. US District Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote in his Sept. 16 ruling that “in view of the wide availability of testing, vaccines, and other minimization measures, the Court is not convinced that the transmission of COVID-19 during border processing cannot be significantly mitigated.” The appeals court’s decision came hours after NBC News reported that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had asked top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials whether they were prepared for up to 400,000 people to try to enter the US in October if Sullivan’s order was upheld. -NY Post Is Nancy Pelosi going to call this xenophobic? Tyler Durden Fri, 10/01/2021 - 19:40.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeOct 1st, 2021

27 gift ideas for anyone who just needs a good night"s sleep

Many folks struggle to sleep as the nights get hotter and the days get longer. These sleep gifts encourage relaxation and rest. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.AmazonWe've all been there before — laying in bed, tossing fitfully while the clock ticks on. When sleep eludes, it's an incredibly frustrating experience, one we'd prefer not to go through again. A good night's rest goes a long way, decreasing stressors and improving cognitive ability. Plus, giving a gift that prioritizes your loved one's quality of rest is always heartwarming.From children to adults, everyone deserves peaceful slumber, and these gifts will help your loved ones reach deeper, comfier sleep. And if you decide to gift some things for yourself too, we get it — quality sleep is a form of self-care!The 27 best sleep gifts for a restorative and relaxing slumber:The coziest modal pajamas that don't pillNordstromMoonlight Eco Short Pajama Set, available at Nordstrom, $59The most exciting thing about bedtime is finally putting on those cozy PJs. Nordstrom's Moonlight Pajama line features super soft Tencel modal cotton, guaranteeing stretch and comfort while also being made from at least 50% sustainable materials. The best thing about these PJs is that they don't pill, ensuring endless comfort for many washes to come.A humidifier to help their sinusesNordstromHoneywell Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier available at Amazon, $74.99If you or your loved one lives in a dry climate, consider a humidifier for their nighttime slumber. Humidifiers help introduce more moisture into the air, benefiting your skin, throat, lips, and sinuses. Breathe easy with the Honeywell Designer Series Humidifier, our pick for the best overall humidifier. This humidifier is effective, easy to clean, and large enough to last all day and night. A body pillow that provides the ultimate cuddle for side-sleepersAmazonSnuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Body Pillow, available at Amazon, $69.99Side sleepers, rise up (actually, let's lay down). Our pick for the best body pillow for side sleepers, the Snuggle-Pedic is hypoallergenic and made out of dust mite-resistant rayon. Coming with a temperature-regulating bamboo cover designed to keep you cool while you sleep and cuddle you straight to dreamland, the Snuggle-Pedic is made from memory foam and even  offers free pillow customizations within a 120-night trial period.A temperature-controlled mug for sleepytime teaTargetEmber Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug 10 ounce, available at Target, $129.99This smart mug will keep your tea and other warm beverages at the perfect temperature for you to enjoy before bed. You can read our full review of the Ember Mug 2 here.A fun tool to limit screen time at nightAmazonMobile Phone Jail, available at Amazon, $13.98Help them cut out screen time before bed with this fun but effective phone jail. While this tool is meant to discourage mindless scrolling, the jail unlocks with a key, making it possible for your giftee to retrieve their phone in case of an emergency.A calming night maskSephoraLaneige Cica Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, $34Add this calming face mask to your nighttime skincare routine to unwind before heading to bed. The mask is fragrance-free and has soothing ingredients that will help with redness and irritation, making it one of our favorites.A soothing set of bath and body essentialsNécessaireThe Body Essentials, available at Nécessaire, $60A warm, calming shower before bed is a great way to ensure they'll sleep great every night. This set from Nécessaire includes a body exfoliator, body wash, and body lotion and is available in calming eucalyptus, bergamot, sandalwood scents, and even a fragrance-free option.A journal for curious dreamersAmazonDreamer's Journal: An Illustrated Guide to the Subconscious, available at Amazon, $16.99If you have a friend who claims prophetic powers or loves introspection, a dream journal can encourage them to explore their subconscious mind. With illustrated prompts and a guide to common dream symbolism, this journal is an adventure into the unknown.An affordable and effective sleep maskAmazonNatural Silk Sleep Mask, available at Amazon, $7.99A low price doesn't have to mean low quality, and Alaska Bear's sleep mask is one of our favorites. The high-quality silk mask comes in one- and two-strap models, securely blocking out light without irritating skin all night long.A pair of cloud-like socksBrother VelliesCloud Sock, available at Brother Vellies, $35If they prefer to sleep with toasty feet, gift them these super soft, one-size-fits-all socks. The socks are available in 19 colors, with proceeds from the lavender shade donated to the brand's food distribution and mask-making efforts initiative in Kenya.A meditation app with soothing contentApple StoreSubscription to Calm, from $14.99/monthMeditation can slow down racing minds, and the Calm app curates guided meditations to suit personal needs. A subscription to Calm gives access to a library of bedtime stories and meditations geared towards the user's preferences. This app is likely to help even the most restless people sleep deeper.A small but powerful white noise machineFacebookLectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, available at Amazon, $44.95Don't let the practical nature of this gift fool you. This compact machine produces blanketing white noise, canceling out street noise with fan sounds at various intensities. For anyone trying to get a good night's sleep in a noisy space (who isn't?), we can't recommend this product highly enough.An extra-soft throw blanketAmazonFleece Blanket Throw, available at Amazon, $17.99Treat a loved one to softness and warmth this year with a microfiber fleece throw blanket. Available in five sizes and 30 different colors, this lightweight blanket fits seamlessly into any decor.An aromatherapy diffuserWayfairSpaRoom Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, available at Bed Bath and Beyond, $39.99The simplicity of this aromatherapy diffuser makes it perfect for before bedtime. The five-ounce water tank runs continuously for five hours or intermittently for 10. All you need to do is add a few drops of essential oils and the soothing mist will run throughout the night. We also appreciate the functionality of this diffuser in small spaces.A weighted blanket for all night comfortBrooklinenWeighted Comforter, available at Brooklinen, $211.65As the popularity of weighted blankets soars, this product is sure to be on wish lists everywhere. The Brooklinen weighted comforter can replace regular bed covers, eliminating the need for layered blankets. We recommend also using a machine-washable duvet cover because the comforter itself is dry clean only.A pillow spray for sweet dreamsThisWorksDeep Sleep Pillow Spray, available at Amazon, from $30The spray is vegan and made of cruelty-free ingredients like lavender, vetivert, and chamomile to help relax busy minds as soon as they hit the pillow.A relaxation set for tea loversDavid's TeaDavid's Tea Relaxation Kit, available at David's Tea, $29.50Herbal tea is a favorite bedtime beverage for its soothing properties. With three flavors of loose leaf tea infusions, an eye mask, and a small teacup, this kit is almost like a spa vacation in a box for tea lovers. To help them find their next favorite, you can gift them a variety pack with four soothing flavors.A healthy hot cocoaGoldeCacao Wellness Blend, available at Golde, $29Help expose them to the dream that is healthy hot cocoa with this cacao wellness blend made with turmeric and coconut. It will make them feel all sorts of warm and cozy.A more natural alarm clockPhilipsPhillips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light, available at Amazon, $79.95Night owls and early birds alike will love the soothing alarm clock alternative of this simulated sunrise and sunset. Though there's no app (which is good because it's one less device before bedtime), the SmartSleep's manual controls are simple to use and allow some customization.It's one of our top picks in our wake-up alarm clock guide, and our tester felt the mood-enhancing benefits of the light and felt more refreshed the morning after testing it.A cult favorite pillowcaseLilySilk19 Momme Silk Pillowcase, available at LilySilk, $20 Add some luxury to their bedtime with a high-quality silk pillowcase, featuring an envelope closure and hand-washing instructions. When we reviewed this pillowcase, we found that hot sleepers felt cooler, and testers with a variety of hair textures all noticed decreased frizz.A quality travel pillowAmazonCabeau Evolution Travel Pillow, available at Amazon, $39.99For couch nappers or plane sleepers, a supportive travel pillow is a must-have to avoid neck stiffness. The Cabeau pillow comes in seven colors with a compact travel case and a strap to attach to uncomfortable headrests.A luxurious candleOtherlandChandelier Candle, available at Otherland, $36This beautiful candle has notes of bubbly, saffron, and leather for a not-too-sweet scent that's perfect for cozy nights.A pair of pajamas perfect for all-day wearJambysJambys Pajamas, available at Jambys, from $35For loungewear lovers, Jambys offers pajama separates that effortlessly go between work and sleep from home. Its gender-inclusive styles aren't restrictive or heat-retaining, making them hard to give up when the day starts.A midnight snackPartake FoodsSoft Baked Cookies Variety Pack, available at Partake Foods, $19.99Almost everyone can enjoy the chewy deliciousness of Partake cookies, made without common allergens like gluten, nuts, and soy. The variety pack includes cookie butter, chocolate chip, and triple chocolate cookies just waiting to be part of a midnight snack.A soft and durable sheet setL.L.BeanPima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, available at L.L.Bean, from $119There is nothing better than sinking into bed with amazing sheets, and L.L.Bean's 280-thread-count set is the best we've tried. The fabric is breathable, crisp, and holds up after multiple washes for long-lasting quality worth the price.An adjustable star projectorAmazonBlissLights Laser Star Projector, available at Amazon, from $44.99The lucky stargazer can fall asleep under drifting galaxies with this home projector. They can use the adjustable brightness and tilting base to suit their preferences, and the 1-year warranty ensures the magic won't stop anytime soon.A onesie for grown-upsMeUndiesUnisex Adult Onesie, available at MeUndies, $78 ($62 for members)If they won't buy one for themselves, help them take the leap into comfort with a MeUndies adult onesie. Made from sustainably sourced natural fibers, this zip-up one-piece comes in four solid colors and 12 different patterns. Once they put it on, they'll never take it off.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nyt3 hr. 46 min. ago

Trump Spox Calls For "No Redactions" Of FBI Trump Raid Affidavit After Judge Orders DOJ To Unseal "Portions"

Trump Spox Calls For 'No Redactions' Of FBI Trump Raid Affidavit After Judge Orders DOJ To Unseal 'Portions' Update (1550ET): In response to Judge Reinhart ordering the DOJ to release a redacted version of the Trump raid affidavit, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich called for no redactions," citing "Democrats' penchant for using redactions to hide government corruption." Trump spokesman @TayFromCA says again that affidavit should be made public and calls for "no redactions," citing "Democrats' penchant for using redactions to hide government corruption." pic.twitter.com/9ZjMVx5AWS — Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) August 18, 2022 *  *  * The Trump-hating judge who signed off on the FBI warrant to raid Mar-a-Lago has ordered the DOJ to unseal portions of the underlying affidavit, after several media outlets and activist groups made the case that it was in the public interest to see it. "I’m not prepared to find that the affidavit should be fully sealed," said Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart following a hearing in which a top government lawyer argued that releasing the document could "severely compromise" an ongoing investigation that's in its "early stages," adding that a line-by-line redaction of the document was unrealistic. "On my initial careful review ... there are portions of it that can be unsealed." Reinhart said he would "give the government a full and fair opportunity" to make redactions, according to Bloomberg, setting a deadline of next Thursday - after which he will review it and release it if he agrees with the redactions. *  *  * Several media organizations have urged a Florida judge to release most of an FBI affidavit which was used to justify the DOJ's search warrant for last week's raid on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. A Palm Beach Police officer at the entrance of former US President Donald Trump's house at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on Aug. 9.Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg According to a filing by the group, which includes the New York Times, AP and CNN, the public has a "clear and powerful interest" in what led to the unprecedented action by the DOJ against the sitting president's top political opponent. While the group says that the document should be released "with only those redactions that are necessary to protect a compelling interest articulated by the government," the Justice Department says that such a redacted version of the affidavit would leave the document so devoid of content that it wouldn't provide any insight. The government has given “little explanation as to how release would harm the ongoing investigation” even though many details of the probe are already public, the group said in the filing in federal court in West Palm Beach, where US District Judge Bruce Reinhart will hold a hearing on the matter Thursday. The affidavit provides the basis on which the judge authorized the search of Trump’s estate. The dispute over its release is the latest fallout from the Aug. 8 search, which culminated in FBI agents carting away 11 sets of classified documents in about 20 boxes. Threats against the FBI -- and the judge -- have jumped since then. -Bloomberg "The secrecy surrounding the search warrant, and the affidavit that led to its issuance, has caused the nation to convulse with intrigue and harmful speculation that will only increase the longer the truth is kept from the public," said Judicial Watch in a statement. "The heat must be replaced with light, and soon." Trump has also called for the document to be publicly released, though he hasn't filed anything in court to back that up. The request comes as Newsweek reports that the FBI raid was specifically intended to recover Trump's personal "stash" of hidden documents - which reportedly deal with a "variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former president, the officials suggest—including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges." When Trump left the White House in January 2021, many of the normal processes of transition were not followed, especially because the president would not admit that he had lost the election or that he would be leaving office. As a result, we now know, some 42 boxes of documents were shipped to Mar-a-Lago by mistake: officials papers under U.S. law, which the National Archives is supposed to take custody of and catalog. Over the past 18 months, the Trump camp and the Archives were engaged in a back-and-forth which resulted in the return of 15 boxes (and some additional documents). As late as June 3, when officials from the FBI and Justice visited Mar-a-Lago to serve a Grand Jury subpoena for specific documents, these negotiations were largely cordial. -Newsweek Meanwhile, as Jack Phillips of the Epoch Times notes, a lawyer representing Trump, and a former FBI official, both expressed doubts that the affidavit used to seek an FBI search warrant for last week’s Mar-a-Lago raid will be unsealed by a judge on Thursday. “I don’t think anybody wants to unseal this thing inside the government,” Chris Swecker, a former assistant director of the FBI, told Fox News on Wednesday, adding that he doubts “very seriously you’re going to see this unsealed tomorrow.” The former official was making reference to a hearing that was scheduled by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart for Thursday about whether the affidavit should be unsealed. The Department of Justice on Monday filed court papers arguing that it should not because releasing it to the public will damage their investigation. But former Trump and other Republicans argue it should be released because it would show why the FBI took the unprecedented and extraordinary step of raiding the home of a former president and possible 2024 candidate. Revealing the affidavit, they argue, would provide more insight into what the Department of Justice is trying to investigate and lay out reasons for why the raid was carried out. On Aug. 12, Reinhart issued an order to unseal the FBI search warrant and property receipt. Lawyer’s Response A lawyer for Trump, Alina Habba, echoed Swecker’s assertion that it appears unlikely the judge will unseal the affidavit on Thursday during a recent Fox News interview. “Judge Reinhart is the same magistrate judge that recused himself from my Hillary [Clinton] case about a month ago. He is definitely not going to be a friendly judge necessarily. I would say it was highly unlikely,” Habba said, noting that the “DOJ is already saying that they do not want us to see what was in the affidavit.” “Usually, that’s to protect witnesses and other things that have been cooperating with the justice system. So while I would love to see it and understand why you would ask for a raid with a cooperating president, do I believe that this judge is going to reveal it? No, I do not,” she said. The Justice Department and the FBI have remained mostly silent regarding the raid, with Attorney General Merrick Garland issuing a statement during a news conference on Aug. 11. Garland said he personally authorized the warrant for the FBI raid but provided little to no insight about why it was carried out or what was taken from Trump’s home. In statements posted on Truth Social, Trump wrote that FBI agents took three of his passports and demanded their return. A spokesperson for the former president confirmed on social media this week that the travel documents were handed back. Tyler Durden Thu, 08/18/2022 - 14:57.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 18th, 2022

FOMC Minutes: Anticipation For "Rate Increases" But Risk Fed Could Tighten "More Than Necessary"; Financial Conditions Already "Tightened Notably"

FOMC Minutes: Anticipation For "Rate Increases" But Risk Fed Could Tighten "More Than Necessary"; Financial Conditions Already "Tightened Notably" As we wrote in our preview to the Minutes from the July FOMC, expectations were wide ranging: on one hand the minutes were expected to detail the Fed's dovish breakaway from forward guidance (as the Fed, like the BOE, finally admitted it has no clue what will happen next week let alone net year). On the other, the market is looking for clues on the rate path and the terminal rate... or in other words, forward guidance. Well, those hoping for some glimpse into what's coming got just that when the Fed revealed moments ago that while "Fed Officials Judged Moving to Restrictive Stance Was Required" as "inflation was “unacceptably high” and inflationary pressures as broad based" and officials also "Judged That Bulk of Tightening Effect Yet to Be Felt" while "Playing Down Lower Commodity Prices Cooling Inflation", there was a rather dovish twist in that nany Fed officials saw a risk to over-tightening, because of constant changes in the economic environment and the lag in the meffect of monetary policy, saying: “the committee could tighten the stance of policy by more than necessary to restore price stability” and furthermore,  officials saw a "slower pace of rate hikes at some point." The question, of course, is when? Here are some more highlights from the minutes: POLICY Several of the participants who commented on issues related to financial stability noted that, on balance, asset valuations had eased from elevated levels in recent months. A few participants mentioned the need to strengthen the oversight and regulation of certain types of nonbank financial institutions. Participants generally judged that the bulk of the effects on real activity had yet to be felt because of lags associated with the transmission of monetary policy, and that while a moderation in economic growth should support a return of inflation to 2 percent, the effects of policy firming on consumer prices were not yet apparent in the data. A number of participants posited that some of the effects of policy actions and communications were showing up more rapidly than had historically been the case, because the expeditious removal of policy accommodation and supporting communications already had led to a significant tightening of financial conditions. RATES All participants agreed 75bps interest rate was appropriate. Many officials saw Fed could tighten more than necessary. Some participants said policy rate would have to reach a sufficiently restrictive level to control inflation and remain there for some time. Participants concurred future rate hikes would depend on incoming information, judged that at some point it would be appropriate to slow pace of increases. INFLATION Participants agreed there was little evidence inflation pressures were subsiding and that it would take considerable time for situation to be resolved. Participants emphasized that slowdown in demand would play an important role in reducing inflation. Participants noted recent readings on inflation expectations were consistent with long-run expectations anchored at 2%. Participants noted that expectations of inflation were an important influence on the behavior of actual inflation and stressed that moving to an appropriately restrictive stance of policy was essential for avoiding an unanchoring of inflation expectations. Participants judged that a significant risk facing the Committee was that elevated inflation could become entrenched if the public began to question the Committee’s resolve to adjust the stance of policy sufficiently. ECONOMY Participants said strength of labor market suggests economic activity stronger than implied by weak Q2, raising possibility of upward GDP revision. BANKS Several participants noted that capital at some of the largest banks had declined in recent quarters. These participants emphasized that it was important that the largest banks have strong capital positions and that appropriate settings of regulatory and supervisory tools can help deliver that outcome. A couple of these participants highlighted the potential role that usage of the countercyclical capital buffer could play in this context. As Bloomberg notes, inflation remains top of mind for the Fed despite market inflation expectations receding: there were 108 inflation mentions in the July minutes, a recent high up from 90 at the June meeting. Meanwhile 2-year breakevens fell from 4.42% at the June Fed meeting to 3.35% at the July meeting and have continued to fall to just 2.74% today. But perhaps the most important comment for markets was the following: Participants noted that the Committee’s credibility with regard to bringing inflation back to the 2 percent objective, together with its forceful policy actions and communications, had already contributed to a notable tightening of financial conditions that would likely help reduce inflation pressures by restraining aggregate demand. This, as we noted, is a ridiculous lie since the Goldman Sachs Financial Conditions index has eased by almost a record amount in the 20-some days since the July FOMC. The Fed's comment however makes it clear: the pivot has begun, at least until the next surge higher in gasoline prices, and as Vanda Research strategist Viraj Patel writes, "we're at halftime in the Fed hiking cycle. And the Fed think the second half will be a lot less aggressive. Good for beaten-down risk sentiment. If the Fed hikes for longer... very possible... it'll be because of strength in US economy. Rates & equities grind higher? ⚠️ We're at halftime in the Fed hiking cycle. And the Fed think the second half will be a lot less aggressive. Good for beaten-down risk sentiment. If the Fed hikes for longer... very possible... it'll be because of strength in US economy. Rates & equities grind higher? $USD #SPX pic.twitter.com/6qhg5MKqZF — Viraj Patel (@VPatelFX) August 17, 2022 In summary, here is the Minutes takeaway by Bloomberg... Many Fed officials saw a risk to over-tightening, because of constant changes in the economic environment and the lag in the effect of monetary policy, saying: “the committee could tighten the stance of policy by more than necessary to restore price stability” Fed officials saw inflation as “unacceptably high” and inflationary pressures as broad based While recent declines in gas prices would help in the short term, they noted that “declines in the prices of oil and some other commodities could not be relied on as providing a basis for sustained lower inflation, as these prices could quickly rebound” All Fed officials backed raising rates by 75 basis points at July meeting “With inflation remaining well above the committee’s objective, participants judged that moving to a restrictive stance of policy was required to meet the committee’s legislative mandate to promote maximum employment and price stability” ... and by us: Minutes TLDR: Fed only cares about gasoline prices and as long as these are flat or dropping, the S&P can go to 5000 But the best summary comes from Steve Chiavarone of Federate Hermes who said the Fed is trying to have it both ways: “On the one hand they are calling inflation unacceptably high and inflationary pressures broad-based. On the other they are hinting at slowing the pace of rate hikes, thus allowing financial conditions to ease, well before there is any real evidence of a meaningful move back towards there 2% target. This leaves the market confused as to whether the Fed is likely to continue to raise rates well into 2023.” Full minutes below: Tyler Durden Wed, 08/17/2022 - 14:14.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 17th, 2022

WEF"s "Global Intelligence Collecting AI" To Erase Ideas From The Internet

WEF's "Global Intelligence Collecting AI" To Erase Ideas From The Internet Via '2nd Smartest Guy in the World' Substack, The World Economic Forum is becoming a little concerned. Unapproved opinions are becoming more popular, and online censors cannot keep up with millions of people becoming more aware and more vocal. The censorship engines employed by Internet platforms, turned out to be quite stupid and incapable. People are even daring to complain about the World Economic Forum, which is obviously completely unacceptable. So, WEF author Inbal Goldberger came up with a solution: she proposes to collect off-platform intelligence from “millions of sources” to spy on people and new ideas, and then merge this information together for “content removal decisions” sent down to “Internet platforms”. To overcome the barriers of traditional detection methodologies, we propose a new framework: rather than relying on AI to detect at scale and humans to review edge cases, an intelligence-based approach is crucial. By bringing human-curated, multi-language, off-platform intelligence into learning sets, AI will then be able to detect nuanced, novel abuses at scale, before they reach mainstream platforms. Supplementing this smarter automated detection with human expertise to review edge cases and identify false positives and negatives and then feeding those findings back into training sets will allow us to create AI with human intelligence baked in. This more intelligent AI gets more sophisticated with each moderation decision, eventually allowing near-perfect detection, at scale. What is this about? What’s new? The way censorship is done these days is that each Internet platform, such as Twitter, has its own moderation team and a decision making engine. Twitter would only look at tweets by any specific twitter user, when deciding on whether to delete any tweets or suspend their authors. Twitter moderators do NOT look at Gettr or other external websites. So, for example, user @JohnSmith12345 may have a Twitter account and narrowly abide by Twitter rules, but at the same time have a Gettr account where he would publish anti-vaccine messages. Twitter would not be able to suspend @JohnSmith12345’s account. That is no longer acceptable to the WEF because they want to silence people and ideas, not individual messages or accounts. This explains why the WEF needs to move beyond the major Internet platforms, in order to collect intelligence about people and ideas everywhere else. Such an approach would allow them to know better what person or idea to censor — on all major platforms at once. They want to collect intelligence from “millions of sources”, and train their “AI systems” to detect thoughts that they do not like, to make content removal decisions handed down to the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and so on. This is a major change from the status quo of each platform deciding what to do based on messages posted to that specific platform only. For example, in addition to looking at my Twitter profile, WEF’s proposed AI would also look at my Gettr profile, and then it would make an “intelligent decision” to remove me from the Internet at once. It is somewhat of a simplification because they also want to look for ideas and not only individuals but, nevertheless, the search for wrongthink becomes globalized. This sounds like an insane conspiracy theory from hell: WEF collecting information on everyone everywhere, and then telling all platforms what posts to remove, based on a global decision-making AI engine that sees everything and can identify individual people and ideas beyond any given platform. If someone ever said that it would be contemplated, I would probably think that this person is insane. It sounds like a sick technological fantasy. Unfortunately, this crazy stuff is real, is in a WEF agenda proposal that is officially posted on their website’s “WEF Agenda” section. And WEF is not messing around. You will have no voice and you will be happy! Of course, this AI content moderation slots straight into the AI social credit score system. And if your social credit score dips below whichever technocommunist AI thresholds as set by the elites, then all kinds of punishments will be meted out, from slashed UBI credits to bug-food rationing to an early granting of the “freedom” to be euthanized. Do NOT comply. *  *  * Become a paid subscriber: support the “Do NOT comply.” It’s 8 cents a day. Tyler Durden Mon, 08/15/2022 - 23:55.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytAug 16th, 2022

Former White House Chief-Of-Staff Never Witnessed "Intentional Destruction Of Important Papers"

Former White House Chief-Of-Staff Never Witnessed 'Intentional Destruction Of Important Papers' President Trump's former chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney said during an Aug 11 interview with CNN that he never witnessed the "intentional destruction of important papers" during his 15-month stint in the White House. "I never saw the intentional destruction of documents for the purpose of keeping anything from the National Archives or the public in the future," Mulvaney told host Brianna Keilar. "We knew the rules, we taped them back together, and we made copies. As long as copies are preserved, you can pretty much do whatever you want to with the other document," he added. Mick Mulvaney “We all knew the rules, and I never saw the intentional destruction of documents whatsoever for the purpose of keeping anything from the National Archives, or the public in the future.” pic.twitter.com/62KgyjCjgC — Public News DC (@PublicNewsDC) August 12, 2022  As the Epoch Times' Hannah Ng notes: Grilled by Keilar if he had ever seen Trump rip documents, Mulvaney said he had, but asserted that documents were all handled “in the ordinary course of business.” “The flushing,” the host said, referring to claims made by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. “You never heard about him flushing documents?” “Not a single time,” he said. Denied Report Mulvaney’s account contradicts Haberman’s report claiming, “White House staffers regularly found ripped-up printing paper in the toilet of the presidential residence during Trump’s term in office.” The statement came with a pair of photos from an anonymous source purporting to show notes written by Trump in a toilet allegedly at the White House. Trump swiftly denied her account, calling it “another fake story” when it first emerged back in February. “Also, another fake story, that I flushed papers and documents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” Trump said in an emailed statement to the New York Post. Haberman doubled down on her claim in an interview with CNN on Aug. 8, the same day that the FBI conducted a search at Trump Mar a Lago residence and just ahead of the October publication of her book on Trump, “Confidence Man.” Her account this time was again dismissed by a spokesman for the former president. “You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan,” Taylor Budowich told Axios, referring to Haberman, adding that there are “enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class—a media class who is willing to run with anything, as long as it’s anti-Trump.” Tyler Durden Mon, 08/15/2022 - 19:20.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 15th, 2022

The "Big Short" Michael Burry Liquidates Entire Portfolio, Holds Just One Stock At End Of Q2

The "Big Short" Michael Burry Liquidates Entire Portfolio, Holds Just One Stock At End Of Q2 At least the Big Short puts his money where his mouth is... or rather pulls his money as the case may be. After blasting the latest stock market meltup as "silliness" and claiming - correctly - that the US economy is facing a gruesome crash in tweets which he then promptly deletes (conveinetly, another accounts snapshots his tweets for posterity)... pic.twitter.com/D8WnWSJlqC — Cassandra B.C. (@MichaelJBurry__) August 4, 2022 ... Michael Burry - who runs the smallish Scion Capital hedge fund - has done something few of his peers would consider doing: he has traded in line with his statement, and according to his just released 13F, the famed investor has liquidated his entire portfolio which as of March 31, had a notional value of just over $200 million (including $35 million in AAPL put notional), and instead held on to just one stock: private jail operator GEO Group, which he had previously invested in but had dumped all of his holdings at the end of 2021 only to sport a modest $3.3 million, or 501K share position, as of June 30. More notably, and as shown in the chart below, this was the only security he held on to as of the end of Q2. The news that Burry's Scion only held shares of the Boca Raton, Florida-based Geo Group, sent its stock surging 12% to $7.68 extending its gain since the end of the second quarter to 14%. Among others, the hedge fund exited positions including Alphabet, Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Bristol-Myers, and also unwound Apple puts tracking some $36 million in notional value. To be sure, Scion's 13F disclosure, which is required for all money managers overseeing more than $100 million in US stocks, only shows holdings in stocks that trade on the nation’s exchanges. It doesn’t reveal non-US traded securities or short positions. Such filings are also historical, providing a snapshot of a fund’s holdings at the end of a quarter which ended 45 days ago, and may not reflect current investments. It's unclear when during Q2 Burry liquidated his entire portfolio. The 51-year-old investor rose to prominence after a winning wager against mortgages in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis; the outspoken anti-liberal has since become a cult figure on social media, with ominous predictions of a looming downturn. In a May tweet, he raised the specter of a crash similar to the one 14 years ago. Tyler Durden Mon, 08/15/2022 - 14:48.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytAug 15th, 2022

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Tests Positive For COVID-19

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Tests Positive For COVID-19 Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times, Pfizer’s CEO has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Aug. 15. “I would like to let you know that I have tested positive for #COVID19,” CEO Albert Bourla wrote on Twitter. Bourla 60, says he has received four doses of his company’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has proven increasingly ineffective against infection from the virus that causes COVID-19 and severe illness once a person contracts the virus. Bourla reported experiencing mild symptoms. He did not identify any of the symptoms. He said he’s “feeling well.” “We have come so far in our efforts to battle this disease that I am confident I will have a speedy recovery. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of my Pfizer colleagues who worked to make vaccines and treatments available for me and people around the world,” Bourla said. The CEO is isolating and has begun taking a course of Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill. U.S. drug regulators granted emergency authorization for Paxlovid in December 2021 for people aged 12 and older who test positive for COVID-19 and are deemed high-risk for progression to a severe case. Regulators have since curbed or revoked similar clearances for many other drugs, such as Regeneron’s monoclonal antibodies, citing data that indicate the treatments aren’t as effective, or aren’t effective at all, against newer virus variants. Paxlovid has become the most-distributed COVID-19 treatment in the nation, and was administered to President Joe Biden after the president recently tested positive for COVID-19. Biden, who has also received four doses of Pfizer’s shot, experienced a rebound of symptoms after testing negative, which is common for Paxlovid recipients. Previously Promoted 100 Percent Efficacy Bourla is among the officials who have previously promoted the COVID-19 vaccines as being 100 percent effective against infection. pic.twitter.com/4DeM5ND25o — Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) August 15, 2022 In April 2021, for instance, he shared the results from a study that was said to show Pfizer’s vaccine was 100 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 cases in South Africa. All COVID-19 vaccines, though, have been shown to be less effective against both infection and severe illness as newer virus variants have emerged. Against Omicron, which became dominant in the United States and many other countries in late 2021, the vaccines provide little shielding against infection, and decreased protection against severe cases. Emerging data indicate that Omicron subvariants are even better at evading vaccine-based protection. Pfizer and Moderna are among the companies working on Omicron-specific booster shots. Those could be rolled out in the United States as soon as September. Tyler Durden Mon, 08/15/2022 - 13:05.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 15th, 2022

Liberty Gold Reports Q2 2022 Financial and Operating Results

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Liberty Gold Corp. (TSX:LGD, OTCQX:LGDTF) ("Liberty Gold" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the six months ended June 30, 2022. All amounts are presented in United States dollars unless otherwise stated. Q2 2022 and RECENT HIGHLIGHTS: On August 11, 2022, the Company received the final of three staged payments of $6.00 million on the sale of the Halilağa copper gold deposit in Turkey1. On May 18, 2022, the Company received the final $2.50 million option payment for Kinsley, consisting of $1.25 million in cash and $1.25 million in shares of CopAur Minerals Inc. ("CopAur"). Liberty Gold has retained a 1% net smelter royalty on the project. On June 22, 2022, the Company received the 2022 Environmental Excellence Award from the State of Utah, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. The award acknowledges the Company's innovative use of GIS, LIDAR and other technology in successful, ongoing reclamation at its Goldstrike Oxide Gold Property in southwestern Utah2. On March 25, 2022, the Company closed a bought deal financing for gross proceeds of C$30,000,3003. At the Black Pine Project we: Drilled a large-diameter ("PQ") core hole LBP511CA in the vicinity of the original "D-4" discovery in the Rangefront Focus Area ("RFA"), which returned 1.38 grams per tonne gold ("g/t Au") over 100.4 meters ("m"). Released reverse circulation drill results from the RFA, which now encompasses an area of approximately one square kilometre, containing a high-grade gold mineralized core zone which has been defined over significant portion of the discovery area. It remains open to the northwest, northeast and east, including along the entire northern edge of the drilled area, a distance of over 1 kilometer. RFA drill highlights include4: LBP568: 68.6 m grading 0.39 g/t Au and 35.1 m grading 1.13 g/t Au LBP569: 19.8 m grading 0.43 g/t Au (from 7 m down-hole) and 25.9 m grading 0.45 g/t Au and 30.5 m grading 0.49 g/t Au LBP577: 65.5 m grading 0.30 g/t Au (open to the north) LBP578: 71.6 m grading 0.43 g/t Au (open to the north) Released results from 14 PQ core holes for further metallurgical testing, with excellent results, including6: 3.98 g/t Au over 25.3 m including 8.55 g/t Au over 9.6 m in LBP499C in North Tallman 4.80 g/t Au over 21.2 m including 11.0 g/t Au over 7.5 m in LBP508C in F Zone 1.09 g/t Au over 29.1 m in LBP530C in M Zone Drilled RC holes in several targets, including a western extension of the CD Zone, a new target south of the CD Zone, and various waste rock dumps and pit backfill areas. Drilling resumed in the M, E, F and RFA Zones in July, targeting near surface oxide gold targets. Accelerated the Black Pine process water acquisition program. At the Goldstrike Project we: Published results from sonic drilling in the historic heap leach pad and adjacent backfill areas where all 23 holes returned at least 15 m true thickness at grades in excess of the reporting cut-off of 0.15 g/t Au. A number of holes in the thicker portions of the pads returned up to 44 m of continuous mineralization indicating substantial volumes of unleached or partially leached material remain in the historic leach pads. Highlights include 1.02 g/t Au over 25.9 m from surface, including 2.17 g/t Au over 9.1 m in PGS8915. Commenced host rock geochemical characterisation studies for the Goldstrike mine host rock sequence. Completed metallurgical bulk sampling with 11 bulk samples (600-700kg each) taken across the various mineralized units exposed at the surface in historic open pits. These and composites from the sonic drilling program were sent to Kappes Cassiday Associates in Reno, NV for column testing. Completed Phase 3 PQ metallurgical core drilling, with 11 holes completed. Assays are pending for all holes. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA The following selected financial data is derived from our unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto (the "Interim Financial Statements") for the six months ended June 30, 2022, as prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards – IAS 34: Interim Financial Statements. A copy of the Interim Financial Statements is available on the Company's website at www.libertygold.ca or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The information in the tables below is presented in $000s except per share data:           Three months endedJune 30,   Six months endedJune 30,       2022       2021       2022       2021   Attributable to shareholders:         Loss for ...Full story available on Benzinga.com.....»»

Category: earningsSource: benzingaAug 13th, 2022

Kim Jong Un Was "Seriously Ill" With COVID, Blames S.Korea For Sending Tainted Objects Across Border

Kim Jong Un Was 'Seriously Ill' With COVID, Blames S.Korea For Sending Tainted Objects Across Border In a rare public admission, North Korea's government has confirmed that dictator Kim Jong Un became seriously ill during a recent Covid-19 outbreak in the country, though without specifically naming the virus. In Thursday statements by his sister Kim Yo Jong, it was revealed he had a "high fever" but as she described it, continued to work out of greater concern for the people amid the outbreak. Bloomberg writes of the statement from KCNA:  Still, she added in a quivering voice that her brother "could not lie down for even a moment because of his concerns for the people," with state TV showing audience members in tears as she delivered her remarks. She didn’t say whether the elder Kim was among what North Korea calls "fever cases" or specify the date of his illness. Via The Independent Kim has emerged apparently healthy after spending most of last month away from public appearances, and was recently seen at a public event declaring "victory" in the "great quarantine war." Pyongyang says it has at this point defeated the virus, which was slow to emerge in the country likely due to its extreme isolation. Kim Yo Jong in her address took the opportunity to lash out further at South Korea, which Pyongyang blames for spreading the outbreak, bizarrely charging that the south's propaganda leaflets which routinely come across the border carried the virus in. According to more of her statements via Bloomberg:  Repeating dubious claims that the pamphlets caused the recent Covid outbreak in the north, Kim Yo Jong blamed "South Korean puppets" for sending "dirty objects" across the border in leaflets carried by balloons, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday. The revelation of her brother’s illness marked an unusual admission for a regime that rarely comments on the leader’s health -- and then only to show that he shares the struggles of the people. In a May speech she had warned Seoul directly, saying "If the enemy continues to do such a dangerous thing that can introduce virus into our republic, we will respond by eradicating not only the virus but also the South Korean authorities." BREAKING: North Korean TV airs video and audio of the leader’s sister Kim Yo Jong giving a speech for the first time. The audience is shown crying as she says Kim Jong Un had a fever during the COVID-19 outbreak and as she threatens South Korean authorities with "extermination" pic.twitter.com/BKuqv7GIiu — NK NEWS (@nknewsorg) August 11, 2022 While North Korean authorities have acknowledged hundreds of thousands of what it has called "fever cases" over the last months, it hasn't specifically name it as Covid per se - perhaps in part as the country lacks enough testing kits, and also has consistently rejected foreign Covid vaccines.  Kim Jong Un, who is a smoker and has in prior years been overweight, is subject of frequent speculation about his health, given also he's recently gone through rapid weight loss. It's widely perceived that if anything were to happen to him that power would immediately be in the hands of his influential sister, who over the past half-decade has consistently been seen by his side. Tyler Durden Thu, 08/11/2022 - 20:00.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytAug 11th, 2022

Hopkins: The "Unvaccinated" Question (Revisited)

Hopkins: The "Unvaccinated" Question (Revisited) Authored by CJ Hopkins via The Consent Factory, On 1 September, 1941, Chief of Reich Security Reinhard Heydrich, one of the most fanatical, mass-murdering Nazis, issued a now notorious decree ordering Jews above the age of six to wear an identifying badge in public. The Jewish Badge, a yellow Star of David with the word “Jew” inscribed inside the star, was meant to stigmatize and humiliate the Jews and was also used to segregate them and monitor and control their movements. Nothing like that is happening currently, especially not in New Normal Germany. What is happening currently in New Normal Germany is the fascist fanatics in control of the government are rewriting the “Infection Protection Act,” again — as they have been doing repeatedly for the last two years — in order to allow themselves to continue to violate the German constitution (the “Grundgesetz“) and rule the nation by arbitrary decree under the guise of “protecting the public health.” This repeatedly revised “Infection Protection Act” — which has granted the government of New Normal Germany the authority to order lockdowns, curfews, the outlawing of protests against the New Normal, the mandatory wearing of medical-looking masks, the segregation and persecution of “the Unvaccinated,” etc. — is of course in no way remotely comparable to the “Enabling Act of 1933,” which granted the government of Nazi Germany the authority to issue whatever decrees it wanted under the guise of “remedying the distress of the people.” There is absolutely no similarity whatsoever between these two pieces of legislation. I mean, look at this “Autumn/Winter Plan” for the new revision of the “Infection Protection Act,” which will remain in effect from October until Easter, and which government officials and state propagandists (a/k/a the German media) are likening to “snow chain ordinances.” There is absolutely nothing creepily fascistic or remotely Nazi about this plan. Sorry, it’s in German. Allow me to translate. On planes and trains and at the airports and train stations, everyone will be forced to wear doggy-snout masks — i.e., FFP2 “Filtering Face Pieces” as defined by the EN 149 standard — except for the staff of the airports and train stations, and the flight attendants, conductors, etc., who will only be forced to wear “medical-looking masks.” In hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, everyone, including the staff, will not only be forced to wear the dog-snout masks but they will also be forced to submit to testing, unless they can provide proof of “vaccination” (or recovery, which also means being tested) within the previous three-month period. On the premises of private companies, i.e., offices, factories, warehouses, and so on, the previously rescinded Arbeitsschutzverordnung (“Corona Occupational Safety Ordinance”) — masks, tests, forced “vaccinations,” “social distancing,” plastic barriers, etc. — will go back into effect in October and will remain in effect until the Easter holidays. The individual federal states will be empowered to impose other senseless “restrictions,” like general mask mandates in shops, restaurants, and every other type of “interior spaces,” limits on the number of people who can gather publicly or in their homes, and mandatory masks for kids in schools and testing in kindergartens and daycare facilities. In restaurants, bars, theaters, museums, sports facilities, and pretty much everywhere else in society, the federal states can demand that people show proof of recent “vaccination” or recovery to be exempted from having to wear a mask. OK, allow me to translate again. What that last part means is that anyone who refuses to submit to repeated “vaccination” or testing will be forced to wear a mask in public to identify themselves as “Unvaccinated” (i.e., the New Normal Reich’s official “Untermenschen”). So, OK, maybe it’s a little creepily fascistic and not as non-Nazi as I suggested above. I put it this way in a recent tweet … Needless to say, this could get confusing, as the New Normals are extremely attached to their masks, which they’ve been wearing — like Nazis wore swastika lapel pins — to publicly signal their “solidarity” (i.e., mindless conformity to the new official ideology) for going on the last two and half years. And now the masks will function like the “Jewish Badges” with the Star of David that the Nazis forced the Jews to wear, except on public transportation, and planes and trains, unless the federal states decide to force everyone to wear masks everywhere, in which case … well, you get the general idea. Still, the fact that everyone will have to present their “vaccination papers” (or their “recovery papers”) to enter a restaurant, or a bar, or go to the cinema or the theater, and, basically, to do anything else in society, should make up for the mask confusion. I mean, what kind of a fascist society would it be if you didn’t have to show your “papers” to some beady-eyed goon to get a cup of coffee? Now, before you report me to the BfV, i.e., Germany’s federal domestic intelligence agency, for “relativizing the Holocaust” and “delegitimizing the democratic state,” both of which are crimes here in Germany, I want to say, again, for the record, that I do not advocate using the yellow Star of David to protest the New Normal (as in the photo in the tweet above). I think it is foolish, and counterproductive. The New Normal has nothing to do with the Holocaust, or the Jews, or even Nazism per se. But let’s be clear about what’s happening in Germany. What is happening is, a new official ideology is being imposed on society. It is being imposed on society by force. And now, those of us who refuse to conform to it will be ordered to walk around in public wearing visible symbols of our non-conformity. I’m sorry, but the parallels are undeniable. This new official ideology has nothing to do with a respiratory virus or any other public health threat. At this point, I do not have to repeat this argument. The majority of countries around the world have finally rescinded their “emergency measures” and acknowledged the facts that we “conspiracy theorists” have been citing for the past two and a half years, and that we have been relentlessly demonized and censored for citing. Not even Germany’s recent independent evaluation of its “Corona Measures” could produce any evidence supporting their effectiveness. Seriously, the New Normal German authorities are basing their claim for the efficacy of mask mandates on “the Golden Syrian Hamster Model.” (You probably think I’m joking, but I’m not.) And Karl Lauterbach, the fanatical Minister of Health, has openly stated that forcing “the Unvaccinated” to wear masks in public is a “motivation” tactic to harass them into following orders and submitting to a “vaccination” that even the German government now admits has killed or seriously injured tens of thousands of people, at minimum, in Germany. No, this new official ideology, the New Normal — which is still very much in effect in places like Germany, China, Canada, Australia, New York, California, etc. — is nakedly, undeniably, purely ideological. It is based, not on facts, but belief. It is a belief system, as is every other ideology. It is essentially no different than an official religion … one which demonizes and persecutes all other religions, and non-religions, and all other belief systems. According to this new official belief system, those of us who maintain different beliefs, and refuse to convert to the new official beliefs (or pretend to convert to the new official beliefs), are dangerous, foreign elements in society. And thus, from now on, in New Normal Germany, we will be forced to wear a visible symbol of our different beliefs (our “otherness”) in public, so that the authorities and the Good German masses will be able to identify us. Is any of this sounding vaguely familiar? I’m fairly certain that someone will read this (and see the tweets I included above) and report me for “relativizing the Holocaust.” For the record, I am not “relativizing the Holocaust.” I’m comparing one totalitarian system to another. Yes, Nazi Germany and New Normal Germany are two very different totalitarian systems, and I have outlined their essential differences and similarities, but, come on, this is not that fucking hard. In Nazi Germany, the Jews were the scapegoats. In New Normal Germany, it’s “the Unvaccinated.” How much more blatant does it have to get before people stop pretending that this isn’t what it is? Do the authorities have to literally put us in camps? How many more people have to die or be seriously injured by “vaccinations” they did not need but were forced to submit to? I’m not talking to the New Normals now, nor to the people who have been fighting this all along. I’m talking to the people who see what is happening, and are horrified by what is happening, but, for whatever reasons, have refused to speak out … and, yes, I know there are very good reasons. Some of you have families to support, and careers to protect, and, seriously, I get it. But how far does it have to go? At what point do you feel you have to speak out regardless of the personal and professional consequences? Maybe take some time and meditate on that. Oh, and here’s a little visual aid that might help folks with their meditations. It’s some graffiti that someone painted on the wall of a courtyard here in New Normal Germany, in the Autumn of 2021, I think. I posted it back then, but it didn’t make much of an impression. Perhaps it will make one now. I’ll translate. It reads “GAS THE UNVACCINATED.” Tyler Durden Mon, 08/08/2022 - 02:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeAug 8th, 2022