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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead Of VP Kamala Harris" Visit To South

North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Ahead Of VP Kamala Harris' Visit To South Early Sunday morning North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the governments of South Korea and Japan say, which the south's military called a "clear violation" of the UN Security Council’s resolution, demanding that the test firings "immediately stop". CNN cites this fresh missile launch as the 19th this year, with the last coming on August 17, following promises from Kim Jong Un that he'll remain undeterred in expanding his country's "tactical capabilities". He's also of late teased even the possibility of a future nuclear test. Via AFP: People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on Sunday. "The missile had a flight distance of about 600 kilometers (370 miles), altitude of 60 kilometers (37 miles) and speed of about Mach 5, according to the JCS," CNN reports, in reference to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. "The intelligence agencies of South Korea and the US are analyzing further details." Japan’s Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada issued a particularly blistering response, "If you include launches of cruise missiles this is the nineteenth launch, which is an unprecedented pace," he said, adding: "North Korea’s action represent a threat to the peace and security of our country, the region and the international community and to do this as the Ukraine invasion unfolds is unforgivable." The launch seems timed as an intentional warning against a number of developments. "It's North Korea's way of showing defiance of the [US] alliance," AFP cited an analyst at the Rand Corporation, Soo Kim, as saying. First, within the past days, the nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea in preparation for joint drills. These will be the first such joint drills with South Korean forces involving a US aircraft carrier since 2017. South Korea's navy said upon its arrival at the port of Busan on Friday that they will demonstrate "the firm resolve by the Korea-U.S. alliance for the sake of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula." WATCH: USS Ronald Reagan, a U.S. aircraft carrier will visit #SouthKorea on Friday for joint drills for the first time in about four years, officials of both countries said on Monday, as the allies seek to deploy U.S. nuclear-capable "strategic assets" to deter North Korea. pic.twitter.com/vTGybiKJY0 — BNN Newsroom (@BNNBreaking) September 19, 2022 Additionally, Vice President Kamala Harris is days away from touching down in Seoul for an official visit. As the AP previewed last week, "The North Korean threat is also expected to be a key agenda when U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits South Korea next week after attending the state funeral in Tokyo of slain former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe." She's expected to arrive in Japan on Monday, with the whole of the regional trip running through September 29. Tyler Durden Sun, 09/25/2022 - 14:00.....»»

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West Point Turns Over 40+ Pages Of Mostly Blacked Out CRT Emails

West Point Turns Over 40+ Pages Of Mostly Blacked Out CRT Emails Authored by Matt Lamb via The College Fix, A year after request, West Point turns over mostly illegible documents The College Fix recently received more than 50 pages of emails from the United States Military Academy at West Point –15 months after a student reporter filed a public records request. Many of the pages were blacked out with the exception of several articles included in the communications or the initial greeting or ending. The redactions on the initial request were done by The Fix to protect the mailing address of former student reporter and current Fox News employee Ashley Carnahan, who filed it. The June 21, 2021 request asked for six months worth of emails to and from West Point Superintendent Darryl Williams for messages that contained the words “critical race,” “critical race theory,” “systemic racism” or “CRT.” Even the redacted emails reveal requests for assistance in June 2021 with processing what apparently was an overwhelming number of Freedom of Information Act requests for information on CRT at the U.S. Army officer school. West Point staff mobilized to respond to criticism from Congressman In April, May and June of that year, Congressman Mike Waltz raised concerns publicly about the use of CRT at West Point. He filed a request for information in April 2021, according to his office. An April 13, 2021 email had the subject line “Rep Waltz Talking Points_CSA.” CRT discussions continued to occur between Superintendent Williams and Army staff. “Sir, I hope you are having a great weekend! I apologize for emailing you on a Saturday and I want to state up front no need to respond,” a May 8, 2021 email stated. “I just thought you would appreciate some follow on to our discussion yesterday concerning Critical Race Theory. In particular [redacted] , and I have been talking at length on this topic and out of those conversations are a few worthy nuggets.” “USMA is requesting assistance with answering RFIs on Critical Race Theory. Request assistance [from] your SMEs to help formulate a nested response,” Lieutenant General Walter Piatt wrote in a June 16, 2021 email. “RFIs” presumably means “requests for information” while “SMEs” probably means “subject matter experts.” “Darryl: Let’s discuss soonest on the approach to answering the RFIs. This is important for our Academy to get this right. Mark,” an email about three hours later from someone named Mark Lewis stated. A number of the received emails were duplicative – sometimes public records requests will include an email on a thread each time it is fulfilled, meaning that an initial email could be included multiple times any time a subsequent response is added to the response. A separate public records request sent by Judicial Watch yielded over 600 pages of documents which showed the military academy pushed CRT in its trainings. West Point CRT FOIA respons... by The College Fix Tyler Durden Sun, 09/25/2022 - 14:30.....»»

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Pfizer CEO Has COVID For Second Time In Two Months

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Washington Post Columnist Calls For The End Of Impartiality And Balance In Journalism

Washington Post Columnist Calls For The End Of Impartiality And Balance In Journalism Authored by Jonathan Turley, In an age of rage, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Jennifer Rubin has long been a standout in her attacks on Republicans and conservatives: “We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party. We have to level them because if there are survivors, if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again.” However, her recent column shows that she has made a clean break not only from Republicans but from reason. The writer (long cited by the Post as their “Republican columnist” for balance) has called for the media to abandon balance and impartiality. Rubin is demanding that the media just become overt advocates in refusing to report both sides in the myriad of political issues in this election. In her column, Rubin rejects the “need for false balance” because the coverage can suggest that Republicans are “rational.” “The Kabuki dance in which Trump, his defenders and his supporters are treated as rational (clever even!) is what comes from a media establishment that refuses to discard its need for false balance that it has developed over the course of decades.” That balance was once called “journalism” but Rubin now calls it facilitating “disinformation.” Balanced reporting is now dangerous and makes the media “a megaphone for disinformation, upholding the pretense that there are two political parties with equally valid takes on reality.” What is striking is how Rubin objects to the current coverage when many already object to a heavy bias in such reporting. Yet, Rubin believes the media must go further. Rubin’s attack on disinformation is ironic given her own past controversies in misrepresenting news, cases, and events. For full disclosure, I clashed with Rubin over her personally attacking me for a theory that I did not agree with in a column that I did not write. I also challenged her on an equally bizarre column where she wrote about my impeachment testimony and later column misrepresenting the holding in an appellate case involving Trump. That false account was never corrected by the Washington Post. It appears that misrepresenting the holding of a major case is not being a “a megaphone for disinformation.” Rubin, however, is not alone in this call to abandon the foundational principle of impartiality in journalism. We have been discussing the rise of advocacy journalism and the rejection of objectivity in journalism schools. Writers, editors, commentators, and academics have embraced rising calls for censorship and speech controls, including President-elect Joe Biden and his key advisers. This movement includes academics rejecting the very concept of objectivity in journalism in favor of open advocacy. Columbia Journalism Dean and New Yorker writer Steve Coll decried how the First Amendment right to freedom of speech was being “weaponized” to protect disinformation. In an interview with The Stanford Daily, Stanford journalism professor, Ted Glasser, insisted that journalism needed to “free itself from this notion of objectivity to develop a sense of social justice.” He rejected the notion that the journalism is based on objectivity and said that he views “journalists as activists because journalism at its best — and indeed history at its best — is all about morality.”  Thus, “Journalists need to be overt and candid advocates for social justice, and it’s hard to do that under the constraints of objectivity.” Lauren Wolfe, the fired freelance editor for the New York Times, has not only gone public to defend her pro-Biden tweet but published a piece titled “I’m a Biased Journalist and I’m Okay With That.”  Former New York Times writer (and now Howard University Journalism Professor) Nikole Hannah-Jones is a leading voice for advocacy journalism. Indeed, Hannah-Jones has declared “all journalism is activism.” Her 1619 Project has been challenged as deeply flawed and she has a long record as a journalist of intolerance, controversial positions on rioting, and fostering conspiracy theories. Hannah-Jones would later help lead the effort at the Times to get rid of an editor and apologize for publishing a column from Sen. Tom Cotten as inaccurate and inflammatory. These figures are killing journalism. Polls show trust in the media at an all-time low with less than 20 percent of citizens trusting television or print media. Yet, reporters and academics continue to destroy the core principles that sustain journalism and ultimately the role of a free press in our society. The result is to turn newspapers like the Post into echo chambers for the values of its reporters and a core of liberal readers. For the rest of the country (including roughly half that voted for Trump), figures like Rubin are saying that they should go elsewhere.  They are. Media outlets like CNN have faced sharp declines in viewership and are trying to break away from this advocacy model to restore ratings. (The move has been denounced by some in the media as potentially helping Republicans by fairly reporting their side of these controversies).  The movement toward advocacy journalism is likely to build in the coming years to remake the media in the image of figures like Hannah-Jones and Rubin. Viewers clearly tune in to Fox News and MSNBC for their strong editorial opinion and commentators. However, there has long been a line between reporters and commentators in how stories are presented. If journalists want to be advocates, they can shift to the side of commentary. That is clearly not sufficient for some like Rubin who do not want readers to be able to receive both sides of these controversies. Readers are to be shaped in their opinions like impressionable children. That was the message from the conference on disinformation led by media and Democratic figures like the recently fired CNN media host Brian Stelter. Even as a columnist, I prefer the approach of Theodore White that “when a reporter sits down at the typewriter, he’s nobody’s friend.” Tyler Durden Sun, 09/25/2022 - 15:30.....»»

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas" strict abortion law would "eliminate all rapists." But clinics say the number of rape cases has been "consistently high": report

"We are struggling to keep up with demand," a Texas Clinic employee told the Associated Press, adding that she has a waitlist for victims. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas on June 8, 2021.Eric Gay/AP Clinics in Texas have been struggling with the demand for assisting rape victims.  "The numbers have stayed consistently high," a rape crisis clinic employee told The AP.  It comes as Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to "eliminate all rapists" as a result of the state's strict abortion law. Clinics in Texas say the number of rape cases has remained "consistently" high, despite Gov. Greg Abbott's assurance that the state's strict abortion law would "eliminate all rapists," according to The Associated Press. Last year, Abbott pledged to eradicate rapists after signing the state's abortion bill that bars people from getting the procedure after a fetal "heartbeat" can be detected on an ultrasound, Insider previously reported. The law has no exceptions for rape or incest — a restriction that abortion advocates and some in the GOP have condemned. "Let's make something very clear: Rape is a crime," Abbott said at the time. "And Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets."He continued: "So goal No. 1 in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person, will be a victim of it."However, Texas clinic employees have expressed the growing number of rape victims has been overwhelming, with one facility near Texas A&M University having to deal with a waitlist, The Associated Press reported. "The numbers have stayed consistently high," Lindsey LeBlanc, executive director of the Sexual Assault Resource Center, told the outlet. "We are struggling to keep up with demand."As The Texas Tribune reported last month the state's abortion trigger law was set in motion after SCOTUS overturned Roe. v Wade, which also includes a provision that says that anyone performing the procedure could face up to life in prison.According to the AP, citing the state Department of Public Safety, there have been over 14,000 rape-related crimes since last year. Democrats recently slammed Abbott for his comments that insinuated rape victims should take a Plan B to avoid getting pregnant. "By accessing health care immediately, they can get the Plan B pill that can prevent a pregnancy from occurring in the first place," Abbott said. "With regard to reporting it to law enforcement, that will ensure that the rapist will be arrested and prosecuted."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Trump says Lindsay Graham "kisses my ass" because "I"ll endorse his friends": book

In a book excerpt, NYT reporter Maggie Haberman detailed a visit to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump spends his summers. Then-President Donald Trump gestures as Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks about an upcoming afternoon vote in the Senate during an event in the White House on November 6, 2019.AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Trump told Maggie Haberman that Lindsey Graham "kisses my ass" to "endorse his friends." Haberman detailed a scene at Bedminster with Trump and an effusive Graham in the vicinity. Over the past seven years, Graham has morphed from Trump critic to confidant. During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Sen. Lindsey Graham and then-candidate Donald Trump were not particularly fond of each other.After Graham called Trump a "jackass" in response to the businessman stating that then-Arizona Sen. John McCain was "not a war hero" after being captured and held prisoner during the Vietnam War, the then-candidate shared the South Carolina Republican's cell phone number.But over the course of Trump's presidency and post-White House life, Graham became a part of the former president's orbit — with the former president recently expressing that the senator "kisses his ass" in order to get political favors from him.In excerpts from New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman's forthcoming book "Confidence Man," which was published in The Atlantic, she detailed a visit to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where the former president has largely spent his summers since leaving the White House.While waiting to speak with Trump, Haberman observed that she saw Graham for the second time in one year in close proximity to the former commander-in-chief; in the most recent appearance, the senator was wearing golf pants."Trump eventually entered the room, having lost a noticeable amount of weight since I had seen him last," Haberman wrote. "Graham followed a minute later and gestured toward Trump. 'The greatest comeback in American history!' Graham declared."She continued: "Trump looked at me. 'You know why Lindsey kisses my ass?' he asked. 'So I'll endorse his friends.'"Graham found the statement to be hilarious, laughing "uproariously," according to Haberman.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Photos show the tragic mass stranding event the killed a super pod of 200 whales in Australia

Experts suspect that the super pod of pilot whales chased its squid prey into the shallow waters at Macquarie Heads in Tasmania and became trapped. Tasmania state wildlife services personnel check the carcasses of pilot whales after they were found beached the previous day on Macquarie Heads on the west coast of Tasmania, on September 23, 2022.GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images 200 long-finned pilot whales have now died in the mass stranding event.  Experts suspect that the super pod chased their squid prey into shallow waters and become trapped. The episode comes two years after 380 pilot whales were stranded and died in the same harbor area.  Two pilot whales died in Australia on Friday after becoming stranded on the west coast of Tasmania, bringing the total deaths to 200. Two hundred and thirty have stranded themselves at the Macquarie Heads in Tasmania, but some have been refloated and sent back into the ocean but most have died, according to AP.It is currently unclear why so many whales are stranded in the same place. Pilot whales usually live in family pods of about 30 individuals, let by a dominant female, but sometimes coalesce into super pods, many hundreds-strong, according to The Guardian.Carcasses of pilot whales line the west coast of Tasmania, on September 23, 2022.GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty ImagesSpeaking to ABC, Kris Carlyon from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania suggested that they may have followed prey too close to the shoreline. Tasmania state wildlife services personnel check the carcasses of pilot whales on September 23, 2022.GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images"These guys do feed on squid. That could have brought them to the shore. That will be part of the post-mortem investigation."We'll be looking at stomach contents, what these animals have been feeding on in the last few days. That may offer up some additional clues," Carlyon said.Current priorities lie with removing and disposing of the 25-foot-long carcasses weighing more than 4,000 pounds, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania Incident Controller Brendon Clark said,  per AP. Carcasses of pilot whales line the west coast of Tasmania, on September 23, 2022.GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty ImagesThat would likely include towing the whales into deep waters, ensuring they are far enough that they don't wash back to shore. Clark said over 50 government staff and volunteers have been working on the rescue operation. Rescuers release a stranded pilot whale back in the ocean at Macquarie Heads, on the west coast of Tasmania on September 22, 2022. - About 200 pilot whales have perished after stranding themselves on an exposed, surf-swept beach on the rugged west coast of Tasmania.GLENN NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty ImagesThis event comes just two years after the largest mass whale stranding happened in the same harbor. In 2020, almost 500 pilot whales washed up on Tasmania's western coast, killing 380.The entrance to the harbor is a notoriously shallow and dangerous channel known as Hell's Gate, said AP.The largest ever recorded whale mass stranding was in 1918, when approximately 1,000 pilot whales came ashore on the Chatham Islands in the Pacific Ocean.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Ron DeSantis thinks Chris Christie "missed his moment" by skipping a 2012 White House bid, report says

After mulling over a 2012 presidential bid, Christie eventually declined to challenge then-President Obama and instead opted to run for reelection. Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File DeSantis thinks Chris Christie "missed his moment" in running for the White House in 2016, per WaPo. Christie passed on a 2012 campaign and opted to run in 2016, where he faced Donald Trump. DeSantis is up for reelection in November and could potentially launch a 2024 campaign of his own. In 2009, Chris Christie leaped to the top of the national political conversation, having won the New Jersey gubernatorial election as a Republican only a year after then-President Barack Obama won the solidly-blue state in a landslide.Christie, a hard-charging former federal prosecutor with a blunt demeanor, quickly became a leading pick among Republican voters to potentially take on Obama in the 2012 presidential election. But after mulling over a presidential run that year, Christie eventually declined to challenge Obama and instead opted to run for reelection in 2013.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is up for reelection in November and could potentially launch a 2024 presidential bid of his own, has thought about Christie's decision to forgo a 2012 campaign and instead run in 2016, according to The Washington Post.DeSantis, who could find himself in a race with both Trump and Christie in 2024, feels that the New Jersey governor "missed his moment" by choosing to run in 2016 instead of 2012, according to the report.By the time Christie entered the 2016 contest, Donald Trump had just announced his White House campaign and was quickly becoming a phenomenon within the party, which would lead to him winning the GOP nomination and the general election. And Christie's aura had also dimmed.The New Jersey governor was bruised after a high-profile scandal — dubbed "Bridgegate" — in which several of his political appointees colluded to create backups at the heavily-trafficked George Washington Bridge as political retribution against a local official. There is no indication that DeSantis, who critics note has some political baggage of his own, would defer on a 2024 White House bid should Trump decide to launch a campaign.Per the report, Dan Eberhart, a donor to DeSantis, said that several advisors informed him of the governor's thinking.Eberhart told The Post that many individuals in DeSantis' political orbit want him to run for president in 2024.Earlier this year, The Washington Post reported that Casey DeSantis, the governor's wife, wanted him to launch a 2024 White House bid, citing three individuals with knowledge of related conversations.A recently-released USA Today/Suffolk University poll showed DeSantis ahead of Trump 48%-40% among Florida Republicans in a potential primary matchup.But Trump remains — at the moment — far ahead of any of his potential rivals in virtually every major national poll surveying GOP voters.In a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in mid-September, 52% of respondents said they would back Trump in a 2024 GOP presidential primary, compared to DeSantis with 19% support. Christie was backed by 1% of the respondents.Insider reached out to the DeSantis campaign for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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White House Sent Multiple Nuclear Warnings To Kremlin Via Backchannels

White House Sent Multiple Nuclear Warnings To Kremlin Via Backchannels Authored by by Kyle Anzalone via AntiWar.com, The Joe Biden administration has sent several warnings to Russia via backchannels regarding the possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the Washington Post reports. The White House’s messages to Russia have been intentionally nondescript to foster uncertainty in Moscow about what the US would do if Russia deployed its ultimate weapon. The White House has sent the message several times since the war in Ukraine started, according to the US officials who spoke with the Post. The White House’s communications with the Kremlin have been intentionally vague. "The United States for several months has been sending private communications to Moscow warning Russia’s leadership of the grave consequences that would follow the use of a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. officials, who said the messages underscore what President Biden and his aides have articulated publicly," The Post wrote. EPA via Shutterstock The Biden administration believes these nonspecific threats will deter Russia through "strategic ambiguity." "Strategic ambiguity" is an intentionally unclear policy that causes the enemy not to act out of fear it could cross a red line without knowing it. For nearly 50 years, the US maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" toward Taiwan. By refusing to commit to defending the island, Washington has deterred Taipei from declaring independence. At the same time, suggesting it could defend Taiwan has deterred China from acting more aggressively against the island. However, Biden has taken steps towards abandoning "strategic ambiguity" towards Taiwan. Since taking office, Biden has said he would go to war for Taipei four times. President Vladimir Putin warned last week that he could order a nuclear strike to defend Russian territory. Putin’s threat was Moscow’s most direct warning it could deploy nukes. "If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff," Putin said. Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appeared to expand this nuclear umbrella to Ukrainian territories Moscow plans to annex. The Kremlin planned a series of referendums in areas of Ukraine under its control. If the vote goes as expected, those regions will request entrance into Russia, which Moscow will accept. They said NATO expansion wouldn't be escalatory. It was. They said giving Ukraine long-range weapons wouldn't be escalatory. It was. Now they promise Putin is bluffing. Do you trust them? pic.twitter.com/GITpU5FQnJ — Clint Ehrlich (@ClintEhrlich) September 21, 2022 The Post says it is unclear if the White House reissued the threat after Putin’s statement this week. In January, Moscow and Washington reaffirmed the statement, "nuclear war can never be won, and must never be fought." Tyler Durden Sun, 09/25/2022 - 13:30.....»»

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Gavin Newsom says he is definitely not running for president in 2024 after his "vulnerable" 2021 recall

"Not happening, no," Gov. Newsom said about running for president in 2024. "I mean it, and I never trust politicians, so I get why you keep asking." California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks onstage during Vox Media's 2022 Code Conference on September 7, 2022.Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Vox Media California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he won't run for president in 2024, despite rumors. Newsom survived a recall election in 2021 when over 60% of voters chose not to recall him.  At the Texas Tribune Festival, Newsom said the recall was a "sobering" experience.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted he will not run for president in 2024, in part due to his close recall election last year. Newsom was asked if he was considering running for president in the next election during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday. "Not happening, no, no, not at all," Newsom said. "I've said it in French, Italian. I don't know German. I mean, I cannot say it enough. But thank you. It's humbling. It is sweet. It's a nice thing to be asked. I mean it, and I never trust politicians, so I get why you keep asking."Rumors have swirled over who could be the potential Democratic presidential nominee in the event that President Joe Biden does not seek reelection. As a leading Democrat known for his sharp criticisms of Republicans, Newsom has been considered by others as a presidential contender. "California, I mean, what a gift," Newsom said Saturday. "Forty million Americans strong. We talk about lavatories of democracy, and we're able to scale ideas that have impact all across this country and around the world. I'm very proud of that privilege, and I don't take it for granted one day."—Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 24, 2022 The first-term governor survived a recall election in 2021 when over 60% of voters opted not to recall him, Business Insider previously reported. He is expected to win his reelection this November against Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle. "I was almost recalled last year. They went after me hard. That's sobering, and that wakes you up. How vulnerable, how fast this is, how people come and go, and you know, people cut you off," Newsom said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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A British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its cockpit windshield "broke" mid-air, passenger says

Caroline Edmunds tweeted a picture of the Airbus's windshield covered in cracks after landing in Athens on Saturday afternoon. The damaged windshield on the BA plane after it made an emergency landing in Athens on Saturday.Caroline Edmunds/Twitter A British Airways flight made an emergency diversion after its windshield shattered mid-flight. Caroline Edwards, who said she was on the flight, tweeted a picture of the jet's broken window. BA told Insider the flight diverted to Athens due to a technical issue. A British Airways flight made an emergency diversion after its windshield shattered mid-flight, according to a passenger.Caroline Edmunds tweeted that she was on BA0624 from London to Rhodes, Greece, on Saturday afternoon when it was forced to land in Athens after the windshield "broke". Edmunds, who posted a picture of the Airbus's windshield after landing in Athens, said the experience was "terrifying" while thanking the pilots for diverting the plane safely. "Now happily waiting for another not so dramatic flight to Rhodes!" she added.Data from FlightRadar24 shows the flight was diverted to Athens on Saturday afternoon. It quickly descended from about 36,000 feet, suggesting the incident occurred at high altitude.A BA spokesperson told Insider in an email: "Due to a technical issue, the flight diverted to Athens and landed safely. We apologised to the customers and a replacement aircraft was arranged to get them to their final destination."Flight tracking data shows the flight eventually departed again from Athens to complete its trip to Rhodes early on Sunday morning. British Airways told Insider it was operated by a different aircraft. Shattered windows might be more closely associated with a plane hitting a foreign object, such as a bird strike at a low altitude, but a faltering windshield at higher levels is not unheard of.In April, a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Washington, DC, was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver when the windshield cracked in mid-air.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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A bargain hunter picked up a 700-year-old medieval script for $75 at a yard sale that could be worth $10,000

Will Sideri bought the leaf at an estate sale in Maine for $75. Academics later confirmed it was a genuine piece that could be worth up to $10,000. The Beauvais Missal was said to be genuine by professors Megan Cook and Lisa Fagin Davis.Megan Cook A shopper got a surprise when he picked up a 700-year-old script for $75, per the Maine Monitor. Academic Lisa Fagin Davis confirmed the piece was genuine, and could be worth up to $10,000. Will Sideri, who bought the script, told the Maine Monitor he doesn't intend to sell the document.  A bargain hunter spent just $75 on a medieval script at a yard sale that could be worth as much as $10,000.The Maine Monitor reported last week that Will Sideri picked up the 700-year-old document at an estate sale in Maine after noticing the leaf adorned in Latin writing alongside some musical notes.The Associated Press reported that Sideri was initially in the market for a "KitchenAid mixer, a bookshelf or vintage clothing" at the estate sale, but ended up spending $75 on the manuscript labelled: "1285 AD. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. $75.''Sideri messaged Megan Cook, an English professor at Colby College who used to teach him, to ask if it was real. Cook got in touch with fellow academic Lisa Fagin Davis, who determined within a few hours that the photo was genuine, per the Monitor.What's more, Davis said it could be worth up to $10,000. An expert on manuscripts confirmed the valuation to the AP.Davis, a Simmons University professor, told Insider in an email: "Leaves of the Beauvais Missal measure around 295 x 205 mm and have 15 or 21 lines of text, or ten staves of music, in two columns."An estate sale in Maine isn't even the most unexpected place where a Beauvais Missal leaf has turned up. Will's leaf is, however, the least expensive leaf sold in recent memory. The most expensive was sold a few years ago for $10,000," she said.Davis, who is also executive director of the Medieval Academy of America, said the script appeared to be from the Beauvais Missal, used in the Beauvais Cathedral in France, that dated back to the late 13th century. It was likely used in Roman Catholic worship. The academic told the Monitor that newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, said to be the inspiration for the film Citizen Kane, once owned the script before selling it in 1942.Davis has written extensively on the Beauvais Missal, and told the Monitor individual scripts were likely torn out of a larger book by art dealers, much to the chagrin of academics. Despite knowing its true value, Sideri told the Monitor he doesn't intend to sell the script, and has handed it over to his parents for safe keeping while he moves home."This is something at the end of the day that I know is cool," he told the AP. "I didn't buy this expecting to sell it."It is rare, but not unheard of, for the true value of a historic piece of art to go awry over time. In 2018, Laura Young bought a Roman Bust at a Goodwill in Austin for $34.99. It turned out to be a genuine 2,000-year-old relic, and was arranged to be returned to its rightful owners in Germany.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Beto O"Rourke doubles down on confronting Gov. Abbott after Uvalde shooting: "I don"t regret being there"

"I wanted to fight for those families in Uvalde," O'Rourke said, months after he confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference after the shooting. Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign rally at Republic Square on December 04, 2021.Brandon Bell/Getty Images Beto O'Rourke doesn't regret confronting Gov. Greg Abbott at a Uvalde press conference in May. He accused Abbott of "doing nothing" a day after 21 people were killed at Robb Elementary. "I don't regret being there. I wanted to fight for those families in Uvalde, for our families across the state," O'Rourke said Saturday.  Beto O'Rourke stands by his decision to publicly confront Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about gun control following the Uvalde school shooting.He made the comments at the Texas Tribune Festival in the city of Austin on Saturday, Fox News reported, and blasted Abbott for attending a political fundraiser hours after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary, which left 19 children and two teachers dead. "Not until the next day does he show up in Uvalde, and the first words out of his mouth… He said, 'It could have been worse,' to those families of those children," O'Rouke said, per Fox News. Earlier this year, O' Rourke interrupted Abbott and other high-ranking Texas officials at a press conference a day after the May 24 tragedy, telling them, "you are doing nothing.""You are offering us nothing. You said this was not predictable," he added. "This is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything."Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin responded to O'Rourke, calling him a "sick son of a bitch," as Insider previously reported. O'Rourke was escorted out of the building and continued to reprimand Abbott's lack of support to ban AR-15s. The Democrat, who has been firm on his stance against AR-15s and AK-47s, doubled down on his actions, adding that he was standing up for the families who were impacted by the shooting. "So no, I don't regret being there. I wanted to fight for those families in Uvalde, for our families across the state. The best time to stop the next school shooting is right now, and that means at a minimum, raising the age of purchase for an AR-15 to 21 years," O'Rourke said Saturday, Fox News reported. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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The US military is getting a 2-for-1 replacement for its vaunted Hellfire missile

The AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile builds on the Hellfire's legacy by mashing multiple targeting systems into a single weapon. US soldiers load an AGM-114 Hellfire missile on an AH-64E Apache helicopter in Afghanistan in May 2017.US Army On August 30, the US Army approved the AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile for full-rate production. The JAGM builds on the Hellfire's legacy by mashing multiple targeting systems into a single weapon. This results in one missile that can do the job of both Hellfire missiles currently in service. After nearly four decades of service, the legendary Hellfire missile has a replacement on the way in Lockheed Martin's AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM).On August 30, the US Army approved the JAGM for full-rate production.This new weapon system may look an awful lot like its predecessors, but the JAGM builds upon the Hellfire's low-cost, high-accuracy legacy by mashing multiple targeting systems into a single weapon.This results in one missile that can do the job of both Hellfire missiles currently in American and allied inventories.Living up to the legacy of the HellfireA YAH-64 Apache prototype armed with AGM-114A Hellfire missiles in March 1982.CORBIS/Corbis via Getty ImagesThe AGM-114 Hellfire missile was born in the 1970s out of the pressing need for an effective anti-tank weapon for American rotorcraft like the new AH-64 Apache.In fact, the name Hellfire began as an abbreviation for the longer, "HELiborne, Laser, FIRE and Forget Missile." The weapon soon proved so effective, however, that it was incorporated into a broader variety of platforms.Today's modern iterations of the Hellfire serve aboard helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, watercraft, and even land-based launchers in a surface-to-air capacity.The incredible accuracy of these weapons has even led to the development of the AGM-114 R9X — a Hellfire missile that swaps its explosive warhead for a set of six deployable 18-inch blades meant to take out high-value targets without killing any innocent bystanders. This weapon, however, has been used sparingly by intelligence and special operations agencies and doesn't appear to have made its way into the conventional forces.Today's primary family of Hellfire missiles includes the AGM-114R Hellfire II, commonly known as the Hellfire Romeo, and the AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire.An SH-60 helicopter armed with AGM-1148 Hellfire missiles aboard USS John F. Kennedy in March 2002.Marcelino Caswell/US Navy/Getty ImagesThese two missiles share several elements, including warheads. Yet, they differ dramatically when it comes to targeting, forcing users to maintain separate inventories of each. The AGM-179 Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) will replace both of these specialized weapons.The Hellfire Romeo's DNA is more closely tied to its predecessors, leveraging a highly-accurate Semi-Active Laser (SAL)-guidance system to deliver 20 pounds of explosives to targets more than 6 miles away. It serves as the primary air-to-surface weapon for a number of platforms like the Army's AH-64 Apache, the Marine Corps' AH-1W Super Cobra, and the Air Force's long-loitering MQ-9 Reaper UAV.The other Hellfire missile stocking today's inventories is the AGM-114L Longbow, which swaps out the laser guidance system for a millimeter wave (MMW) radar apparatus that allows the missile to offer high-accuracy performance at beyond-line-of-sight ranges or in environments that can compromise the efficacy of laser guidance (think bad weather or heavy smoke).While the Hellfire Romeo tends to be the general-purpose air-to-surface missile in Army and Marine inventories, the Longbow is the principal anti-tank weapon system for the world-renown tank-hunter Apache. However, despite its proven efficacy, the Longbow missile went out of production in 2005.The AGM-179 JAGM pulls double duty to see through enemy defensesUS Navy littoral combat ship USS Montgomery launches an AGM-114L Longbow on May 12.US Navy/Lt.j.g. Samuel HardgroveUnlike the Hellfire Romeo and Longbow missiles, the AGM-179 JAGM carries a dual-mode seeker that combines both semi-active laser (SAL) and millimeter wave (MMW) radar sensors."It combines the Hellfire Romeo and Longbow options into a single missile," Lockheed Martin's JAGM program director, Joey Drake, told Sandboxx News."So one missile, multiple platforms, multiple missions for all the services," he added.Until now, pilots or other operators would need to make a decision about how to engage a target using the two Hellfire missiles at their disposal.The Romeo's laser targeting system is incredibly accurate when it has direct line of sight, but in bad weather, or when the enemy employs active measures like a smokescreen to hinder targeting, the Longbow's millimeter-wave radar is more effective.With the AGM-179 JAGM, the pilots can skip this calculus and simply engage targets with the same missile regardless of the environment or situation.If the missile is relying on its semi-active laser seeker to close with a target and suddenly finds its view obscured by smoke, for instance, it'll automatically switch over to the millimeter-wave radar sensor without any input from the pilot."The millimeter-wave capability allows us to ignore those things that try to distract us as we navigate our way to engage the target," Drake explained."So no matter what they do in terms of smoke or other feature sets that might be on those platforms to try to divert our attention, we ensure that the mission gets completed."The JAGM offers more capability and less costAn AGM-114 Hellfire missile on a US Air Force MQ-1L drone in June 2004.TSGT Scott Reed, U.S. Air Force, WikipediaHaving one missile that can do the job of two isn't just handy in the fight — it's also a significant cost-saver.The AGM-179 JAGM shares a great deal with the Hellfires it will replace, which means it can be used with the existing Hellfire launchers and infrastructure and will require very little training for ground crews and pilots.But more importantly, it also means cutting down on the number of different weapons units have to keep handy while deployed."From a pure logistics perspective, that's one less missile in inventory that you have to logistically maintain," Drake told Sandboxx News."And because it's used across the various services, it enables those resources to be flexibly used within the battlefield," he added.In a way, the benefits of adopting the AGM-179 JAGM over the Longbow and Romeo Hellfire missiles mirror the reasons NATO adopted the 5.56mm round in 1980.A single round leveraged by all member states made it cheaper and easier to procure and distribute ammunition throughout the alliance in the event of war while increasing the interoperability of disparate national forces. If America needs more ammunition for the fight and Germany has a stockpile of it, it's a simple transfer because both countries use the same rounds.The AGM-179 offers similar benefits for America's varied military branches. Deployed Army, Marine, and Air Force units all using the same missile system drives down logistical overhead. In a pinch, an Army Apache unit in need could even draw JAGMs from a nearby Air Force Reaper unit with a surplus lying around, or vice versa, until more munitions could be delivered.Great-power competition is all about new tech … until the fighting starts. Then it's about efficiencyA US airmen checks an AGM-114 Hellfire II missile.US Air ForceWhile hypersonic missiles and AI-powered drones may draw the majority of attention when it comes to new defense developments, systems like the AGM-179 JAGM offer a glimpse into the economically efficient near-future of warfare.A large-scale conflict with a near-peer like China is often seen as "the big game" of sorts for exquisite and supremely expensive systems like $100 million boost-glide weapons and sleek next-generation stealth fighters.The truth is, these technologies really do matter, but their cutting-edge nature means their use in such a fight would be limited.In 2021, for instance, the US Air Force had approximately 272 F-35As in service — more stealth fighters than any other country has in total — but the vast majority of America's fighter fleets remain older fourth-generation jets.An Apache helicopter fires a Hellfire missile.US DoDFlying alongside those 272 F-35As were more than 450 F-15s of various sorts and nearly a thousand F-16s. Likewise, China's 1,800 fighters include just 150 or fewer stealth jets — with 800 or so fourth-generation fighters and the rest coming from even older stock.Winning a fight between developed industrial nations will really come down to the efficient use of available systems. That means fielding updated and upgraded low-cost weapons and finding new and creative ways to leverage existing systems is just as important as developing and fielding next-generation tech.Programs like the Air Force Research Lab's Rapid Dragon, which aims to leverage existing cargo aircraft to deploy large volleys of cruise missiles, or the AGM-179 JAGM bridge the gap between forward-leaning tech that's too expensive to field in volume and legacy systems that are aging out of relevance.In large-scale warfare, financial attrition can be a devastating weapon. But with new systems like the JAGM, America can ensure it has the firepower it needs to win today's fights while still developing the firepower it will need to win tomorrow's.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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BlackRock says markets will get "Fed up" with too much tightening as growth slows, with Powell showing the most resolve since Paul Volcker

Fed rate hikes show "an impressive resolve and a commitment rarely seen at the central bank since the days of Chairman Paul Volcker," BlackRock said. Paul Volcker, former Fed Chair 1979 to 1987.Bettmann / Getty Images Slow growth and too much tightening from the Fed will frustrate markets and the economy, BlackRock says.  "Still, we do think that markets, and consequently the economy, will become 'Fed up' with too much tightening," according to a note. The current Fed's campaign to tackle inflation also drew comparisons to the one engineered by former Fed Chair Paul Volcker. Financial markets may stop tolerating the Federal Reserve's tightening cycle while rate hikes work their way through the economy, a note from BlackRock said Thursday.The coming months will be key to assessing how the real economy reacts to the Fed, said Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of global fixed income.But the typical lag between a strong change in monetary policy and effects on the economy will be longer than usual as fiscal stimulus continues to have an impact, he said. For now, the Fed will keep hiking rates based on the economic data that comes in."Still, we do think that markets, and consequently the economy, will become 'Fed up' with too much tightening, if growth (and employment) are tangibly slowing alongside of these tighter policy moves," Rieder warned.The Federal Reserve essentially met investor expectations this past week with a third straight 75-basis-point increase to bring the fed funds rate to 3%-3.25%.That followed hikes of 25 and 50 basis points earlier this year, while policymakers on Wednesday also signaled further increases will eventually bring benchmark rates to nearly 5% by next year. The Fed's pace of rate hikes and its pivot from quantitative easing to quantitative tightening show "an impressive resolve and a commitment rarely seen at the central bank since the days of Chairman Paul Volcker," Rieder noted.In fact, Fed Chair Jerome Powell's drive to bring inflation back down to a 2% target has drawn other comparisons to Volcker in recent days. He notoriously hiked interest rates as high as 20% during the Reagan administration and spurred two market crashes as a result.That fear has essentially now become reality on Wall Street, which has all but abandoned hopes of a dovish pivot from the Powell-led central bank in the near future. "After two decades of being hyper-focused on its growth mandate (at the expense of inflation risks), the tables are turned, with the Fed now pursuing inflation at the expense of growth," said Gautam Khanna, head of US multi Sector fixed income at Insight Investment. And Powell is showing signs that this Fed is willing to take the residual effects in stride as rates move higher, seemingly accepting the Volcker-esque roll with a laser focus on inflation. "'Don't fight the Fed' is the phrase du jour, and with no pivot in sight, does that mean something has to break before inflation breaks?" said Jamie Dutta, market analyst at Vantage. But Rieder estimates that eventually both financial markets and the economy will have had enough of the tightening cycle, especially if growth significantly slows. "Is the economy there yet? No, not yet, but investors are clearly watching every economic and corporate report and survey to see where inflection points are presenting themselves (including global conditions)," he said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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American Airlines passengers report "unnerving" groans and moaning noises from PA system that sound "somewhere between an orgasm and vomiting"

Passengers on at least three separate flights say they experienced the bizarre noises on recent trips, and the airline is currently investigating. TikTok/emmersoncollins1 Passengers on at least three American Airlines flights reported bizarre moaning and groaning noises from in-flight intercom systems.  In a viral video, one passenger described the sound as "somewhere between an orgasm and vomiting." According to an American Airlines spokesperson, the PA systems "are hardwired and there is no external access." Passengers aboard an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Dallas earlier this month were thrown into a state of confusion and concern when strange noises began emanating from the plane's public announcement system. As documented by Emerson Collins in a now viral video, a bizarre series of ominous moans and groans suddenly filled the cabin shortly before takeoff, puzzling passengers and flight attendants, and then continued for the duration of the flight. "Someone on this flight seems to have broken into the intercom system and continues to make a sound that is somewhere between an orgasm and vomiting," Collins says in the video shared on TikTok. —Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) September 23, 2022As Collins continues to capture the bizarre series of noises, a flight attendant acknowledges them and tells passengers employees are trying to turn them off. "Ladies and gentlemen, we realize there's an extremely irritating sound coming over the public announcements," a flight attendant says in the video. "The flight deck is trying to troubleshoot, trying to turn it off, so please be patient with us, we know this is a very odd anomaly and none of us are enjoying it."Later in the video, a flight attendant is overheard saying "I swear it's a prank," while walking down the aisle. According to an American Airlines spokesperson, the sounds were the result of a technical issue, noting that systems on their aircraft "are hardwired and there is no external access.""Following the initial report, our maintenance team thoroughly inspected the aircraft and the PA system, and determined the sounds were caused by a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier, which raises the volume of the PA system when the engines are running," the spokesperson told Insider. However, it appears this wasn't the only American Airlines flight that has been subject to strange noises. According to The Los Angeles Times, a passenger on a July flight from New York City to Los Angeles reported similar sounds. The passenger, Bradley P. Allen, told the Times the noises were nearly identical to those shared by Collins, comparing them to someone who is "incapacitated by a severe gastrointestinal problem, and is just moaning." He called the experience "unnerving." On Twitter, yet another passenger on an American Airlines flight — this time from Orange County, California, to Dallas — came forward last week to share a similar experience, writing "someone keeps hacking into the PA and making moaning and screaming sounds." "The flight attendants are standing by their phones because it isn't them and the captain just came on and told us they don't think the flight systems are compromised so we will finish the flight to DFW," the passenger wrote.He continued: "I also feel the need to add that the 'hacked into' part is the part I'm having the most trouble with — it doesn't feel physically possible. At same time, cannot for the life of me figure out what the eventual explanation is gonna be."The American Airlines spokesperson told Insider the company is reviewing the additional claims, and also noted that there is no WiFi component to the PA systems, which would make an external hack difficult. "Our team is reviewing the additional reports," the spokesperson said. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Trump has called several GOP donors who contributed money to Ron DeSantis asking them to stop boosting the Florida governor: report

Former President Trump has tracked appearances made by DeSantis, while also monitoring the governor's poll numbers, per The Washington Post. Then-President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the White House on April 28, 2020.AP Photo/Evan Vucci Trump has informed some political donors to stop boosting Ron DeSantis, per The Washington Post. During his calls with donors, the ex-president said that DeSantis could be a potential 2024 rival. Trump's endorsement of DeSantis' 2018 gubernatorial bid was a key moment in the governor's political rise. Former President Donald Trump has asked several of his donors to refrain from boosting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who has emerged as one of the former president's most formidable potential rivals in a GOP presidential primary matchup — according to The Washington Post.Trump was instrumental in shaping DeSantis' political rise in the Sunshine State, endorsing the little-known congressman in the 2018 gubernatorial primary over a more established rival, then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.With the MAGA movement behind DeSantis, he became unstoppable in the GOP primary that year, romping to an easy win over Putnam and narrowly winning the general election over Andrew Gillum, the onetime Democratic star.But the former president, who established Florida as the center of his political operations after leaving the White House last year, now finds himself having to coexist with a longtime political ally who has the potential to eclipse him in the minds of many Republicans who may not be keen on a third Trump presidential campaign.DeSantis is currently in the midst of a reelection campaign against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist, while also stumping for Republican candidates across the country — a sign of his growing influence within the party.And Trump has noticed how much DeSantis has become a political draw on his own, according to The Post.Per the newspaper's report, the former president has tracked appearances made by DeSantis, while also monitoring the governor's poll numbers.Trump has also taken the step of informing several donors who have also contributed to DeSantis to cease their support of the governor, telling them that the Florida Republican could be a potential 2024 rival, according to an individual tied to the donor world who spoke with The Post.DeSantis has received financial support from the billionaire Citadel founder Ken Griffin, who has said publicly that he would not back a Trump presidential campaign in 2024 and called the former president's White House tenure "pointlessly divisive."Despite the behind-the-scenes transitions, Trump and DeSantis remain in similar social circles and even ran into each other at a wedding at the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort, per the report.Insider reached out to representatives of Trump and DeSantis for comment.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Take a look inside the most expensive home in the country, a penthouse in New York City"s Central Park Tower that just listed for $250 million

At 1,416 feet above the city, it's the world's tallest residence, occupying the top three floors of the luxury skyscraper Central Park Tower. Cody Boone, SERHANT Studios A $250 million NYC penthouse just hit the market, becoming the most expensive home in the US. At 1,416 feet above the city, it's the world's tallest residence, located within the luxury skyscraper Central Park Tower on Billionaires' Row. Take a look inside the apartment, which boasts 17,545 square feet of interior living space. A new residence has taken the title of most expensive home in the US.Cody Boone, SERHANT StudiosIt's located in New York City on none other than Billionaires' Row.Cody Boone, SERHANT StudiosBillionaires' Row refers to a stretch of the city along the southern edge of Central Park, home to some of the richest people in the world. It's the site of eight luxury skyscrapers, one of which is Central Park Tower ...Five of the eight Billionaires' Row skyscrapers as seen from Central Park.Katie Warren/Samantha Lee/Business Insider... which is where we find our latest jaw-dropping residence.SERHANT. StudiosThe tower itself has 131 floors.Evan JosephIt's 1,550 feet tall. (The Empire State Building, for context, is 1,454 feet tall when you include its antenna.)SERHANT. StudiosThis makes Central Park Tower the tallest residential building in the world and the second-tallest building in the US, after One World Trade Center.Cody Boone, SERHANT StudiosThe penthouse there listed for a whopping $250 million last week.Cody Boone, SERHANT StudiosIt occupies the top three floors of the tower, floors 129-131, soaring 1,416 feet above the city. It's so tall that apparently you're able to see the curvature of the earth with the naked eye from its terrace.Cody Boone, SERHANT StudiosThe residence has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and three powder rooms.Evan JosephOn the 129th floor, you'll find a 1,500-square-foot grand salon (pictured here), library, media room, guest and staff bedrooms, observatory, and private reception gallery.On the middle floor are most of the bedrooms, as well as a gaming lounge and multiple dressing rooms.The 131th floor has a massive private ballroom of nearly 2,000 square feet, in addition to a study, storage spaces, private gym, catering kitchen, and the terrace. This the highest ballroom and highest terrace in the world.All told, the triplex boasts 17,545 square feet of interior space and 1,433 square feet outside.Evan JosephDid I mention it has 27-foot-high ceilings?Beyond those three floors, whoever lives in the penthouse will also have access to plenty of amenities elsewhere in the building.SERHANT. StudiosIf we head down those 130 floors, we'll reach the lobby, where we find a communal lounging space and this chandelier made of 2,000 crystal pieces.SERHANT. StudiosThe chandelier, in fact, marks the first New York City residential commission from glass art company Lalique in more than 100 years.SERHANT. StudiosGoing up several floors, we find ourselves at the 14th floor.SERHANT. StudiosThere are plenty of communal lounging spaces here as well.SERHANT. StudiosThey get lots of natural light during the day.SERHANT. StudiosThere's also a movie theater.SERHANT. StudiosWhen we step outside, we find a 60-foot-long outdoor pool ...SERHANT. Studios... with views of nearby buildings.SERHANT. StudiosThere's also a private outdoor park.SERHANT. StudiosHelpful for those moments you need to take a step back from the city and seek out some peace and quiet.SERHANT. StudiosGoing up two floors, to 16, we find more recreational spaces.SERHANT. StudiosThere's an indoor basketball court ...SERHANT. Studios... a gym ...SERHANT. Studios... and another pool, though this one is indoors.Evan JosephAfter taking a much longer elevator ride, we get to the 100th floor.Jonathan Walgamott of ExtellOn this floor, we'll find the pinnacle of Central Park Club, a residential club that's the highest private club in the world.SERHANT. StudiosThere's a grand ballroom, sky lounge, private bar and restaurant with menus created by Michelin-starred chefs ...SERHANT. Studios... there's also a wine cellar and cigar humidor.SERHANT. StudiosRyan Serhant, the listing agent for the penthouse, previously told Insider's Zoe Rosenberg of the property: "It's massive. It's insane. I've never seen anything like it."SERHANT. StudiosSource: InsiderBut for all the luxury of the penthouse and the building's many amenities, the $250 million listing price could still be a tough ask.SERHANT. StudiosThe most expensive home sold in New York City so far this year — a 6,791-square-foot penthouse on the 20th floor of Aman's upcoming hotel — went for $74 million, roughly one-third of the asking price for Central Park Tower's penthouse.SERHANT. StudiosSource: InsiderBefore Central Park Tower's penthouse, the most expensive home in the US was former Disney CEO Michael Eisner's Malibu estate, listing for $225 million.Westside Estate AgencySource: InsiderRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Miami Herald editorial says Gov. DeSantis" is "flirting" with Christian nationalism and warns of white supremacy link

The Miami Herald editorial said there was an overlap between white supremacy and Florida Gov. DeSantis' "Christian nationalist shtick." Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference held at the Cox Science Center & Aquarium on June 08, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images The Miami Herald editorial criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' "Christian nationalist shtick." The publication warned that Christian nationalism, growing in popularity in the GOP, has links to white supremacy. The editorial concluded that Democrats must do more to counter Christian nationalist rhetoric. The Miami Herald published an editorial criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' "flirting with Christian nationalism," warning that it overlaps with white supremacy. DeSantis and other conservative leaders such as Rep. Lauren Boebert and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, have recently touted Christian nationalist ideas – a political ideology that asserts an intrinsic connection between being American and being Christian.The influential daily newspaper, one of the most widely read in the state, points to DeSantis' invoking of Christian war imagery, as he said in a recent speech: "Put on the full armor of God. Stand firm against the left's schemes."Republicans such as DeSantis have found a "political gold mine" by pitting Christians against the "so-called evils of the left," such as LGBTQ people and "woke" teachers, the paper says.But, the newspaper's editorial board warns that Christian nationalism can have dangerous appeal beyond just religion."We cannot overlook the overlap between Christian nationalism — and its nostalgia for our "Anglo-Protestant" past — and white supremacy," the editorial says, noting that many devout Christians enslaved Black people centuries ago.The article also cites recent data, laid out by Robert P. Jones, the head of the Public Religion Research Institute, which suggests that "the more racist attitudes a person holds, the more likely he or she is to identify as a white Christian."Christian nationalism is also not just about religion, according to Ryan Burge, an Eastern Illinois University professor who studies the intersection between religion and political behavior.Burge told the paper that its appeal also related to nostalgia for the days when traditional values weren't questioned – when "a woman was a woman and a man was a man," a popular gripe amongst conservatives.The paper suggested that DeSantis' embracing of Christian nationalism hints at him eyeing 2024 GOP presidential primary voters, as Florida, which he won by a "razor-thin" margin in 2018, has long been considered a purple state.The paper also criticizes Democrats for failing to come up with an effective counter-narrative to politicians like DeSantis that does not demonize religion or come across as proselytizing."If DeSantis is telling his followers to go fight to shape the nation to their religious liking, the counter-narrative should be that this rhetoric could not only incite violence, but it also undermines Christianity itself," the editorial says."The governor's Christian nationalist shtick only separates us," the paper says, adding that Democrats should "counter it more boldly and bring back into their tent voters who feel that, on the issues of religion and faith, the party has nothing to say to them."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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"Free doobie on your pillow!": Cannabis friendly vacation rentals are becoming more popular

The Bud and Breakfast is taking off as more people are booking marijuana friendly vacation rentals when they travel to places where its legal. Travelers can book vacation rentals that offer unique cannabis-related amenities during their stay.BudandBreakfast.com Cannabis tourism is a $17 billion industry, reports say. BudandBreakfast.com is a site for travelers to search for stays offering a cannabis friendly experience. The cannabis industry is expected to hit $42 billion in legal sales in the next five years, according to reports. A niche corner of the travel industry is getting increasingly popular among tourists who want to experience a cannabis friendly getaway.As marijuana use becomes more widely accepted, travelers can go to BudandBreakfast.com to find accommodations in cities where the drug is legal.The company, founded in 2013, features 2,000 active listings of cannabis-friendly lodging on its site in places like Chicago, New York, Hawaii, and Jamaica.Like Airbnb, owners can list their home or business for guests. While some simply specify that they permit cannabis use on the property, others offer unique marijuana-infused experiences. "We get dozens of bookings per day now," founder Sean Roby said. "We have places that are booked out six months in advance."Where normal hotels leave chocolate or fresh towels on guests' beds, one Denver listing advertised a "free doobie" on the pillow for visitors.Thanks to legal recreational use in 19 states, cannabis tourism is a $17 billion industry, according to data from Forbes. As this one-of-a-kind style of travel takes off, content creators are taking notice. @cheflivvasquez Let's talk about #hicksvillepines Bud & Breakfast! #traveltips #stonergirltraveltips #hicksville #fyp #california #greenscreen ♬ Blue Blood - Heinz Kiessling & Various Artists  Washington bed-and-breakfast owner Nicole Butler offers her guests cannabis candy upon check-in, then meals and snacks for the "munchies," CNBC reports.According to Butler, business is booming and the former hairstylist now manages the bed-and-breakfast full time."I've really just tried to give people what they're used to, just with the added element of cannabis," said Butler.Marijuana friendly tourism is still evolving, but doesn't seem to be slowing down. Legal cannabis sales are projected to hit $42 billion in 2026, according to data obtained by CNBC.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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