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Women suck at astronomy too.
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https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/astronomy-funder-finds-gender-diversity-takes-more-good-intentions


Who would've thought?
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She installed a Ring camera in her children's room. A hacker accessed it and harassed her daughter.
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>When Alyssa LeMay heard the strange music and sounds coming from her bedroom, she walked in expecting to find one of her sisters. But the room was empty.

>Then, as the 8-year-old wandered around her room alone, the mysterious song abruptly stopped.

>"Hello there," a man's voice said.

>It wasn't Alyssa's father, who was elsewhere inside the family's Mississippi home. The voice belonged to a stranger. And not only could the faceless man speak to the young girl -- he could see her.

>In a chilling exchange caught on video last week, the LeMays say the man was able to interact with their daughter after hacking into a Ring security camera that had recently been installed in the bedroom shared by Alyssa and her two younger sisters. Over the course of several minutes, the man repeatedly directed a racial slur at Alyssa and tried to persuade her to misbehave, according to a copy of the video obtained by The Washington Post.

>"I can't even put into words how badly I feel and how badly my children feel," Alyssa's mother, Ashley LeMay, told The Post on Thursday. "I did the exact opposite of adding another security measure. I put them at risk and there's nothing I can do to really ease their mind. I can't tell them I know who it is. I can't tell them that they're not going to show up at our house in the middle of the night."

>The LeMays, however, aren't the only people who have experienced this nightmare in recent weeks. Several Ring users nationwide have reported that their security systems were also infiltrated by hackers who harassed them through the camera's two-way talk function. (Ring is an Amazon product. Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

- https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/12/she-installed-ring-camera-her-childrens-room-peace-mind-hacker-accessed-it-harassed-her-year-old-daughter/

Normalfags. When will they learn?
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Trump Signs anti-Semitism Executive Order
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U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that allows colleges to be penalized for allowing anti-Semitism on campus. The move has drawn mixed reactions from the Jewish community since being leaked earlier this week.

Trump turned the signing ceremony into part of the White House’s official celebrations for Hanukkah, which included a reception for his supporters in the Jewish community.

Trump signed the executive order flanked by two of his family members: daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who are both Jewish and senior advisers in the U.S. administration. Trump also invited members of Congress who were present at the reception to the stage, including Jewish Democratic representatives Max Rose (New York) and Elaine Luria (Virginia).

“Across our country, Jewish Americans strengthen, sustain and inspire our nation,” Trump said. “As president, I will always celebrate and honor the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our treasured friend and ally, the State of Israel.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/death-toll-in-ukraines-odessa-fire-rises-to-16/1671458
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Election results 2019: Tories on course to win majority - exit poll
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https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50765773
The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.

The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs - 50 more than at the 2017 election - when all the results have been counted.

Labour would get 191, the Lib Dems 13, the Brexit Party none and the SNP 55.

The Green Party will still have one MP and Plaid Cymru will lose one seat for a total of three, the survey suggests.

The first general election results are due before midnight, with the final total expected to be known by Friday lunchtime.

In the exit poll, voters are asked to fill in a mock ballot paper as they leave the polling station indicating how they have just voted.

The exit poll was conducted by Ipsos Mori at 144 polling stations, with 22,790 interviews.

Exit polls have proved to be very accurate in recent years. In 2017 it correctly predicted a hung Parliament, with no overall winner, and in 2015 it predicted the Conservatives would be the largest party.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that if the exit poll figures are broadly correct then Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will get the backing he needs in Parliament to take the UK out of the EU next month.

It would be the biggest Conservative victory since 1987 and Labour's worst result since 1935, the poll suggests, with the party forecast to lose 71 seats.

But it will not become clear whether the exit poll is accurate until the results start rolling in during the early hours of Friday.

This is the UK's third general election in less than five years - and the first one to take place in December in nearly 100 years - and has been dominated by Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
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Israel gives Myanmar ‘tools, space’ for genocide of Rohingya Muslims: Haaretz
Israel gives Myanmar ‘tools, space’ for genocide of Rohingya Muslims: Haaretz

TheHaaretz newspaperhas shed light on Israel’s “shameful role” in Myanmar’s state-sponsored genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims, citing Tel Aviv's arms sales to the Southeast Asian as well as the regime’s attempts to forge closer relations with the country’s officials.

An opinion piece written by journalist Charles Dunst and published by the Israeli daily on Wednesday criticized Israel’s “passive” stance on Myanmar’s crimes against the Rohingya population, who are denied citizenship and are rendered stateless.

Israel’s “equanimity gave Myanmar the tools and space to carry out atrocities against the Rohingya,” it said.

The article also referred to Israel’s position on the appearance of Myanmar’s de facto leaderAung San Suu Kyi at the International Criminal Court (ICC)in The Hague on Tuesday over genocideallegations.

In a tweet last week, Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar Ronen Gilor wished Suu Kyi “encouragement for a good decision and good luck” in the trial.


Later, however, he deleted his tweet, with Israel’s Foreign Ministry saying it had been written “in error.”

The ministryalso surprisinglycondemned“the atrocities that took place in the Rakhine region against the Rohingya.”

“But this new Israeli statement is still too passive. Most glaringly, it fails to note who committed these ‘atrocities,’” read the article.

https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/12/12/613465/Israel-Myanmar-Rohingya-genocide
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Woman details attack after boyfriend allegedly carved name on her face
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SAN ANTONIO – A man with a history of family violence is accused of carving his name into his girlfriend’s forehead.

Catalina Mireles, 22 says she thought she was going to die.

“He was going to put in the closet until he figured out what he was going to do with my body,” she said.

Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, was arrested after the assault Thursday at an apartment complex on the Northwest Side, according to an arrest affidavit. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Mireles told police Hildreth held her by the neck and punched her in the face when a fight about their relationship escalated, the affidavit states.

He then “carved his name with a knife” into her forehead, the affidavit states.

Hildreth fled the scene before police officers arrived but was arrested Friday.

The affidavit states Hildreth has a history of family violence, and he was previously wanted for burglary assault and family assault.

https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2019/12/08/sapd-man-carved-name-on-girlfriends-face-during-argument-over-relationship/
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Ukraine is not only genocide russians but also banning their language
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The Ombudsman Tatyana Monakhova, yesterday, December 10, at her press conference said that for non-compliance with the provisions of the law on total uralization fines will apply even to children's groups.

So, Monakhova was asked what to do with children's clubs in Kiev, which are mostly conducted in Russian. According to the Ombudsman, all circles will be required to switch to Ukrainian.

“The default language should be Ukrainian. This means that the first time they explain the law, and the second there is a fine. All this is in the law,” she said.

In addition, during a press conference, Monakhova said that fines for violating the law on languages will be from 20 to 700 tax-free minimums.

“Today it’s UAH 9,800–11,700,” she stressed.

You can read more about what Tatyana Monakhova announced yesterday here.

English and Jewish languages are welcome and will not get under the law.


https://strana.ua/news/238675-vyvody-venetsianskoj-komissii-po-zakonu-o-zashchite-ukrainskoho-jazyka-kak-diskriminirujut-russkikh.html


https://strana.ua/news/238640-movnyj-ombudsmen-tatjana-monakhova-shtrafovat-budut-dazhe-detskie-kruzhki.html

https://youtu.be/x3AFZRal4SU
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Trump requests for /pol/acks to stop being retarded
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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/474167-trump-signs-executive-order-combating-anti-semitism-on-campuses

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses that has triggered pushback from some Jewish groups and free speech advocates.

The president signed the order at a White House Hanukkah reception, using the celebration of the upcoming Jewish holiday to detail a crackdown on cases of anti-Semitism on college campuses, including certain protests against Israel.

“This is a very powerful document that we’re signing today,” Trump said, noting the measure has nearly passed Congress in prior years.
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Russia fails as a Navy again
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-ship-fire/fire-at-russias-only-aircraft-carrier-kills-one-injures-12-people-agencies-idUSKBN1YG0OD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least one military serviceman was killed and 12 people were injured by a fire at Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.

The Admiral Kuznetsov caught fire on Thursday during maintenance work in Russia’s Arctic port in Murmansk. Hours later the fire has been brought under control.

The body of a military serviceman was found during the fire-fighting operation, RIA state news agency reported, citing the Northern Fleet.

The number of people injured in the fire rose to 12, with the majority suffering from intoxication with products of combustion, TASS state news agency reported, citing a local emergency medicine unit.

The Admiral Kuznetsov gained notoriety in Britain in 2017 when then-Defence Secretary Michael Fallon dubbed it the “ship of shame” as it passed through waters close to the English coast en route back from the Mediterranean belching black smoke.

After catching fire, the ship was successfully evacuated, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said earlier on Thursday, with emergency services working to tackle the blaze that began in the ship’s hold.

TASS said the blaze had started on the upper deck and that thick, black smoke was billowing from the vessel. Firefighters were finding it difficult to reach the blaze because of the heavy smoke caused by burning cables, TASS reported.

The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, with its planes carrying out air strikes on rebel forces.
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18-Year Old College Student Stabbed to Death
An 18-year-old student at Barnard College was stabbed to death just blocks from the Manhattan school in an armed robbery on Wednesday, Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock said.

There have been no arrests, but "a couple" of people are being questioned by police, NYPD Chief of Patrol Services Rodney Harrison said, stressing the investigation is still in its early stages. Those being questioned are minors, he said.

The student, freshman Tessa Rane Majors, was walking through Morningside Park at 116th Street and Morningside Drive on Wednesday evening when police believe she was confronted by between one and three individuals, Harrison said. A struggle ensued and one of the individuals stabbed Majors with a knife several times.

She staggered her way up to the "surface side" of Morningside Drive, he said, adding that she was found by a school security officer who called 911. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A knife was recovered but it's unclear if it's connected to Majors' murder, he said.

"I'm very confident ... that we're going to bring this individual to justice," Harrison said.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation previously told CNN a witness who spoke to the NYPD said Majors was confronted by 4-5 men during an initial dispute in Morningside Park.

Her cell phone was found a short distance away from where she was found, but she did not have a purse or wallet on her, the source said.
Majors is believed to be a victim of one of two robbery patterns in the area, the source said.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/12/us/barnard-college-student-stabbing/index.html
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Witnesses? FUCK Witnesses. Who said we wanted witnesses? (we did)
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https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/474224-mcconnell-to-move-to-acquit-trump-in-senate-trial-report

>McConnell to move to acquit Trump in Senate trial: report

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to hold a vote to acquit President Trump should the president ultimately be impeached in the House rather than move to dismiss any articles of impeachment sent from the lower chamber.

CNN, citing two Republican senators, reported Thursday that the Senate GOP wants to have a vote for acquittal to try to clear the president of any wrongdoing stemming from his dealings with Ukraine rather than a majority vote to simply dismiss impeachment.

The Constitution requires articles of impeachment to garner 67 votes in support in order to convict and remove Trump, and the GOP, which holds a 53-47 majority in the chamber, is reportedly certain it can keep the vote from hitting the two-thirds threshold.

An unidentified senator told CNN that McConnell would not call a vote to proceed to the House’s articles of impeachment unless he knew he had at least 51 votes to end the Senate trial, which would then trigger a vote on the articles themselves.
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Papa John's wife files divorce
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https://www.businessinsider.com/papa-johns-founder-john-schnatter-getting-divorced-2019-12
>If only you knew how bad things really are.
What's his next move? Are we going to see The Pizza Joker play out irl?
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Washington Has A Shortage Of Single, Educated Men. Could Amazon Fix That?
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>Single, educated women who date men face a quandary in the D.C. region. There are lots of jobs for them here. But not enough men.

>For every 100 single, college-educated individuals in the Washington area, women outnumber men 53-47. And single women with college degrees are coming here at a faster clip than men in the same demographic, census data show.

>It's a regional imbalance that, for straight women, can make dating feel like a maddening game of musical chairs.

>That's been the experience of Emily, a Georgetown resident who asked WAMU's "What's With Washington" series to look into the region's lopsided gender ratio -- and whether the arrival of a major new employer could help correct it.

>It's a question worth asking. Amazon's workforce is notoriously male-dominated, with men making up more than half its employees across the globe, according to company data. That parallels the tech industry in general, in which a high level of male employees has helped create a surplus of single men in the tech capital of Santa Clara County, California.

>Most single women in D.C. are keenly aware of the city's gender imbalance," wrote Emily, who asked us to withhold her last name to avoid publicizing her own dating experience. "But with Amazon coming to the DMV in the near future, is that likely to even out?"

>So could Amazon's expansion into Arlington import enough men to give some local women a statistically better shot at love?

>After crunching some numbers, WAMU concluded that sure, Amazon's arrival here could help some area women find dates. But whether Washington women will want to date Amazon men is another question.

- https://www.npr.org/local/305/2019/12/10/786637781/washington-has-a-shortage-of-single-educated-men-could-amazon-fix-that
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illiterate man stabs library-goers out of frustration
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Suspect in Auburn library triple stabbing arrested after 9-hour manhunt

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article238266933.html

A 33-year-old arrested Tuesday night in connection with a stabbing that left three people injured at Auburn’s Placer County Library earlier that day has been identified.

The man, Opada Joseph Opada, was arrested in the 200 block of Carolyn Street about 10:40 p.m., Auburn Police Department said Wednesday evening. Opada was booked into the Placer County jail on two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail.

Authorities had launched a nine-hour manhunt following the attack, reported at about 1:40 p.m. at the Placer County Library at 350 Nevada St. Police released photos taken from video surveillance, which showed a man running away from the library after the stabbing incident.

Auburn Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Zaucha said Tuesday that two people were hospitalized, one with “critical” wounds, and a third victim was treated and released at the scene. No update on the critical patient’s status has been provided.

The library, near E.V. Cain Middle School and the county’s Office of Education, was closed the remainder of Tuesday “due to an assault inside the facility,” Placer County said in a statement Tuesday.

According to the Placer County website, the library will remain closed Wednesday.

The Placer County Auburn Library has been closed for the day due to an assault inside the facility this afternoon. Residents are urged to avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/h2Vbqy6OLL
— Placer County (@PlacerCA) December 10, 2019
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Ex NYPD officer reveals Minority arrest quota. Whites, asians, jews exempt
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The rules of “collars for dollars” at NYPD Transit District 34 were clear.

Cops who arrested black men were rewarded with more overtime, a now-retired officer, Pierre Maximilien writes in an explosive declaration filed Monday in a discrimination lawsuit brought by Sgt. Edwin Raymond and three other cops.

The declaration is one of the latest developments in a long-running case brought by black and Hispanic cops who charge they were forced to arrest more blacks and Hispanics than other groups. They were treated harshly and denied promotions if they refused, the lawsuit alleges.

Asian, Jewish and white people — known as “soft targets” — were not to be slapped in cuffs. All cops in that district were to fill a collar quota, but black and Hispanic officers who didn’t meet expectations were treated more harshly by then-Commanding Officer Constantin Tsachas, Maximilien writes.

“We were taught by Tsachas’ closest lieutenants that we could not give summons to what they called as ‘soft targets,’” Maximilien writes in his declaration. “The soft targets they were referring to were white, Asian or Jewish people. Instead, it was emphasized that we needed to stop male blacks. Those were the ones Tsachas wanted to go to jail.”

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-nypd-quotas-lawsuit-20191205-osdwj4kounf5xkvurkj3wshqry-story.html
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Police search for man involved in NW Miami-Dade shooting
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https://wsvn.com/news/local/police-search-for-man-allegedly-involved-in-nw-miami-dade-shooting/

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have released the identity of a man who is wanted for attempted murder on a law enforcement officer after, they said, he was involved in a Northwest Miami-Dade shooting.

The Miami-Dade Police Department released a picture of 19-year-old Caludimir Estimable on Tuesday, hoping members of the public who may have information on his whereabouts come forward.
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Yet Another Left Wing Socialist Fraud: Warren's Corporate Stoogery Exposed
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sen-elizabeth-warren-earned-nearly-2-million-consulting-for-corporations-and-financial-firms-records-show/2019/12/08/e8f56638-1a18-11ea-87f7-f2e91143c60d_story.html

>Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) earned nearly $2 million working as a consultant for corporations and financial firms while she was a law professor at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and other law schools, according to records her campaign abruptly released Sunday evening.

>Warren’s consulting work often involved companies dealing with bankruptcy, which was her specialty as an academic. Her campaign had been asked repeatedly for the information and had declined to release it multiple times.

>Her work for some of the companies doesn’t fit neatly with her current presidential campaign brand as a crusader against corporate interests.

>For instance, the documents released Sunday show that Warren made about $80,000 from work she did for creditors in the energy company Enron’s bankruptcy and $20,000 as a consultant for Dow Chemical, a company that was trying to limit the liability it faced from silicone breast implants that were made by a connected firm.

>Earlier this year, Warren had released a list of about 50 cases that she worked on, but the descriptions of the work were at times misleading and the amount of income and dates for her work were not included.

>While the cases released by Warren’s campaign stretch over more than three decades, the figures disclosed Sunday show that nearly all of the money was made from cases filed after she got her job at Harvard in 1995. (Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012.)

Socialism for the plebs, capitalism for the elites. Remember, pay your ever increasing taxes and vote blue, no matter who-- and don't ask questions!
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Woman who wants 'fattest vagina in the world' says surgery transformed sex life
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A woman who hopes to achieve the “world’s fattest vagina” admits that her plastic surgery procedures have their drawbacks.

The “wannabe blow up doll”, who goes by the name Mary Magdalene, says she’s battled health complications as a result of her cosmetic ops.

The 24-year-old says intimate injections have caused her to swell up “down there”.

But despite these issues, she doesn’t regret spending £76,000 on her surgery transformation.

This is probably because the vagina op has had a positive affect on her sex life.

Mary plans to share snaps of her “fattened” vagina once the area heals up.

While she’s on the road to recovery, the Canadian influencer is still facing complications.

She said: “It’s a lot better than it was. However I have complications with the fat, so I will need to keep getting vagina injections to even it out.

“I am worried about one side, because it keeps growing. I think it’s probably from the swelling.

“But the doctor told me not to worry. So I’m trying to relax.”

Thankfully, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom for the fetish model.

She says the surgery has helped her to feel more confident and creative.

Mary explained: “I feel more confident naked, and I love showing it off in clothes.

“My favourite type of cleavage now is my camel toe. Although when I bend over it looks like I have a ballsack…

“I have been making paintings with my vagina – so this surgery has really inspired me to be more creative as well.”

Mary adds that her vagina surgery has also improved her sex life.

She remarked: “When I have sex it feels a lot tighter – I can squeeze and hug the c*** before it even enters”.

It’s not the first time that the model has spoken about her plastic surgery transformation.
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/real-life/woman-who-wants-fattest-vagina-21063252
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gotta go fast
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Graham: We Will End Impeachment Trial ‘As Quickly As Possible’ — When 51 Senators Have Had Enough
https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/12/08/graham-we-will-end-impeachment-trial-as-quickly-as-possible-when-51-senators-have-had-enough/
On this week’s broadcast of “Sunday Morning Futures,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would work to end a Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump as soon as possible.

Graham said, “Here’s what I’m going to do with the trial: I’m going to try to get it over as quickly as possible, listen to the House case — let them present their case. If there’s nothing new and dramatic, I would be ready to vote, and we can do all this other stuff in congressional oversight.”

He added, “I am saying that I’m going to end this as quickly as I can for the good of the country. When 51 of us say we’ve heard enough, the trial is going to end. The president’s going to be acquitted. He may want to call Schiff. He may want to call Hunter Biden. He may want to call Joe Biden. But here’s my advice to the president: if the Senate is ready to vote and acquit you, you should celebrate that. We can look at this other stuff outside of impeachment. Impeachment is tearing the country apart. I don’t want to give it any more credibility than it deserves.”
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House Intel Committee releases impeachment report, Trump is corrupt, Nunes confirmed as traitor
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>“[T]he impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection.”

https://apnews.com/2aad68c64968dc6f1a450052bbadb90f

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The report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The House released a sweeping impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine. The findings will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping impeachment report, t he House on Tuesday outlined evidence of “significant misconduct” by President Donald Trump toward Ukraine, findings that will now underscore a debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office.

The 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee makes the case that Trump misused the power of his office for personal political gain and, in the course of their investigation, obstructed Congress by stonewalling the proceedings like no other president in history.

The report does not render a judgment on whether Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” warranting impeachment. That is for Congress to decide. Debate will begin Wednesday at a landmark hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

“We have a very difficult decision ahead of us to make,” said Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in releasing the findings. “This kind of conduct by a president of the United States, putting his own personal political interest above the interest of the American people, is exactly why they prescribed a remedy as extraordinary as the remedy of impeachment.”
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Roasties gets choked out by intelligent gentleman
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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/07/small-talk-purgatory-what-tinder-taught-me-about-love?utm_source=pocket-newtab

'This is small talk purgatory': what Tinder taught me about love

...(boring shit omitted here)...
My next IRL date had just moved to New York

But these stories became grotesque in real life. My date spent most of our dinner conversation monologuing about how Americans were “very fat”, which made it difficult to enjoy my chiles rellenos. But when we went back to his apartment for a drink, it was beautifully decorated: full of plants and woven hangings and a bicycle propped against a shelf full of novels. He was smart and handsome and sort of an asshole, but perhaps in a way that would mellow over time in a Darcy-ish manner. We drank some wine and eventually I said I should go home but he got up and kissed me, kissed me well, so I told myself this was what online dating was like, and I should carpe diem and have an experience.

During sex, he choked me. Not for long, and not very hard, but his hands manifested very suddenly around my throat in a way I know was meant to be sexy but which I found, from this relative stranger, totally frightening. I had not indicated this was something I liked, and neither had he. I know people are into that. I could even be into that. But not as a surprise.

Afterwards, he chatted to me as I counted the appropriate number of minutes I needed to wait before making an exit that wouldn’t seem like I was running away. He said that he was really interested in mass shooters and the kinds of messages they left behind and, still naked in bed, he pulled out his phone and showed me a video from 4Chan.
>4chan
It was a compilation of mass shooters’ video manifestos,
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but set to comically upbeat music.
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It’s hilarious, he asserted.
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I said I had to go. The next day he messaged asking why I had run away and gone dark. i ignored him
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Chinese Scientists breed Pig-Monkey hybrid to test human organ transpants
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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/really-scares-me-china-manufactures-monkey-pig-hybrid-to-research-human-monkey-organ-transplants

Chinese scientists have managed to manufacture two chimera piglets that were produced in part with monkey DNA after 4,000 attempts.

"This is the first report of full-term monkey-pig chimeras," Tang Hai told the New Scientist on Friday. Hai, who worked with a team to make the animals, made the announcement at the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing.

The team has a way to go since the two small pigs died a week after birth. The team's goal is to grow human organs in monkeys so they can be transplanted to humans.

The project creates a myriad of ethical concerns and has been condemned by other scientists. "For us to start to manipulate life functions in this kind of way without fully knowing how to turn it off, or stop it if something goes awry really scares me," neuroscientist Douglas Munoz, who works at Queen's University in Canada, said.

In the United States, a human-pig embryo was created in 2017 at Salk Institute in San Diego, but it died after 28 days.
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Trump says people 'flush the toilet 10 times' and seeks solution
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Americans are in the midst of a toilet-flushing epidemic, according to the president.

Speaking to the press on Friday, with the hammer of impeachment poised to fall and countless domestic and international crises to consider, Donald Trump took on a pressing enemy: poor water pressure caused by conservation laws.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water,” Trump said while talking with business owners about what he called ‘‘commonsense” steps to end overregulation.

The government, Trump said, was investigating: “We’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers,” he said, prompting listeners to picture him staring as hard as he could at a tap.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/06/trump-says-people-flush-the-toilet-10-times-and-seeks-solution
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Parents Lose Custody of 15-Year-Old Daughter For Refusing to Allow Sex Change
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The parents of a 15-year-old Finnish girl lost custody of their daughter after refusing to allow her to undergo a sex change.

According to a report by Svenska Yle, the parents prevented the girl from starting hormone treatments to “correct her gender.”

The names of the individuals involved were changed and the EU country in which the events happened were removed from the article to protect the identity of the family.

However, what we do know is that two summers ago after the family moved abroad, their daughter Nea met a new friend group.

She went from acting and dressing very feminine to dressing like a boy and claiming she was born into the wrong body.

Nea then demanded that her parents Kari and Niina allow her to begin hormone therapy and eventually breast removal surgery.

The request was denied and Nea became increasingly angry before one of her friends contacted the police and filed a criminal report against the parents.

Documents show that Nea’s friends were encouraging her to “break contact with her parents” from the beginning.

Nea was taken by authorities and spent a few months in an orphanage before being allowed to return home to her parents, who then planned to move back to Finland.

Nea later returned to the police station with a local transgender activist and a decision to allow her to begin hormone treatment was made without the parents even being consulted.

Nea’s parents eventually gave up on trying to regain full custody of her and now say that she hardly speaks to them.

Her parents watched a video of the girl talking into a camera and saying, “This is how I sound six months after I started taking testosterone.”

She has apparently developed a deeper voice, put on weight and grown more hair, changes that are “irreversible.”

https://summit.news/2019/12/10/parents-lose-custody-of-15-year-old-daughter-for-refusing-to-allow-sex-change/
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Giuliani back in Ukraine
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-05/giuliani-is-in-kyiv-and-ukrainian-officials-are-steering-clear

Rudy Giuliani, whose work in Ukraine is at the heart of U.S. impeachment proceedings, is back in the country -- and officials in Kyiv appear to be keeping their distance.

People with knowledge of his trip say Giuliani flew into Kyiv from Budapest on Wednesday, the same day that U.S. hearings stemming from his shadow diplomacy in Ukraine kicked over to the House Judiciary Committee.Social media postingsshow him meeting with current and previous Ukrainian political figures as part of a cable news documentary series that’s critical of the impeachment inquiry.

But President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine won’t be meeting with him, according to the president’s spokeswoman. Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian billionaire who had ties to Zelenskiy, also said he wasn’t planning to meet Giuliani. Zelenskiy’s predecessor,Petro Poroshenko, met Giuliani twice in Kyiv in 2017; through a spokesman, he, too, said he had no plans to see Giuliani during his trip.

Andriy Yermak, a key aide to Zelenskiy who figured prominently in the House’s impeachment report, was in London for a conference on Ukraine. He also said he wasn’t meeting Giuliani. “How can I? I’m in London,” he said.
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When Is Trump's Big Impeachment Date
Monday December 23?

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/474221-parties-clash-as-impeachment-articles-move-closer-to-house-vote
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US lies and deception spelled out in Afghanistan papers' shocking detail
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The documents also underline an important truth. While in conflict the metrics of success will always be contested, when they are massaged so often and so cynically that they undermine the ability to see what is going on, as occurred in Vietnam, it is the setting for historic failure.

If one interview stands out, it is with Michael Flynn, the director of intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] in Afghanistan from June 2009 to October 2010, who would later serve briefly as Donald Trump’s national security adviser before leaving the post in disgrace.

But set against that lack of progress, Flynn continued, was an institutional desire to report and to be the recipient of “good news”.

“Commanders and policymakers, on the spectrum of news, they want always to be good news. Operational commanders, state department policymakers and Department of Defense policymakers are going to be inherently rosy in their assessments. They will be unaccepting of hard-hitting intelligence.”

For Flynn, the problem was not reserved to the higher-ups, but individual commanders at battalion and brigade level.

“[This was true for every] commander. They all said, when they left, they accomplished [the] mission. Every single commander. Not one commander is going to leave Afghanistan or Iraq or any place, not one is going to leave and say, ‘You know what, we didn’t accomplish our mission.’

“So the next guy that shows up finds it screwed up … they do their mission analysis once they are on the ground and then they come back and go, ‘Man, this is really bad.’

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/09/afghanistan-papers-military-washington-post-analysis?=
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Zelenskiy and Putin set to meet in Paris for first Russia-Ukraine peace talks since 2016
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/will-ukraine-s-zelenskiy-russia-s-putin-give-peace-chance-n1097631

MOSCOW — A lot is riding on talks between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, who are set to sit down in Paris on Monday for the first summit between leaders of the two countries since 2016.

A breakthrough would lead to an end of the war in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives since it began almost six years ago.

The sides are still far apart — Ukraine was under Moscow’s control when it was part of the Soviet Union, and some experts allege Russia wants a return of sorts to the previous status quo.

Meanwhile, Ukraine simply wants Russian forces and their allies in the east of the country to leave.

“Our main expectation for [the summit] and any other formats is what I call RUxit,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Pristaiko wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “We want Russia and Russian forces to leave Ukraine.”
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Trump: if Jared Kushner can't achieve peace in Middle East, 'it can't be done'
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/08/trump-jared-kushner-israel-palestinians-peace

If Jared Kushner cannot achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Donald Trump claimed on Saturday, “it can’t be done”.

The president also told the Israeli American Council national summit some Jewish people in America don’t love Israel enough, a remark some said was antisemitic, and attacked the Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar for what he called her “despicable rhetoric” about Israel.

Speaking in Hollywood, Florida, after addressing a Republican dinner in nearby Aventura, the president introduced Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser who has played a leading role in helping the administration craft its Middle East peace plan.

Trump said he had long been told that achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians would be the hardest deal of all. But “if Jared Kushner can’t do it, it can’t be done”, he said.

The White House has said its peace plan is complete and had promised to release it after Israeli elections in September. The long-delayed plan remains under wraps, and Israel appears headed for its third round of elections this year.

The plan also faces rejection by Palestinian officials, who object to the pro-Israel leanings of the Trump administration.
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It's NOT Rigged. You're Just Losing.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/us/politics/fbi-ig-report-russia-investigation.html

Report on F.B.I. Russia Inquiry Finds Serious Errors But Debunks Anti-Trump Plot
A long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s inspector general delivers scathing critique of F.B.I.’s handling of wiretap application but also punctures many conspiracy theories.

A long-awaited report by the Justice Department’s inspector general released on Monday sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s handling of a wiretap application used in the early stages of its Russia investigation but exonerated former bureau leaders of President Trump’s accusations that they engaged in a politicized conspiracy to sabotage him.

Investigators uncovered “no documentary or testimonial evidence” of political bias behind official actions related to the investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, said the report, which totaled more than 400 pages. The F.B.I. had sufficient evidence in July 2016 to lawfully open the investigation, and its use of informants to approach campaign aides followed procedures, the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, determined.

But Mr. Horowitz also uncovered substantial dysfunction, carelessness and serious errors in one part of the sprawling inquiry: the F.B.I.’s applications for court orders approving a wiretap targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser with ties to Russia, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. He found that one low-ranking F.B.I. lawyer altered a related document and referred the lawyer for possible prosecution.
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Methane linked to African lakes
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Scientists think they can now explain at least part of the recent growth in methane (CH4) levels in the atmosphere. Researchers, led from Edinburgh University, UK, say their studies point to a big jump in emissions coming from just the wetlands of South Sudan. Satellite data indicates the region received a large surge of water from East African lakes. "We have independent lines of evidence to show the Sudd wetlands expanded in size, and you can even see it in aerial imagery - they became greener," he told BBC News.

The level of activity is nothing like the same as in the early 2010s, but the Sudd wetlands remain an important source. "It's a huge area so it's not surprising that it's pumping out a lot of methane. To give context - the Sudd is 40,000 sq km: two times the size of Wales. And being that big we expect to see the emissions from space," Dr Lunt told BBC News.

http://archive.is/Liqrw
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Negro President Afghanistan Lies
Can't believe Obama continued W's lies,

We wonder how many young people got fucked up due to these lying mother fuckers

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/09/politics/washington-post-afghanistan-war-investigation/index.html
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We Totally Don't Have A Growing Facist Problem Here
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https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/05/us/west-virginia-corrections-trainees-nazi-salute/index.html

A number of employees of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation have been suspended amid an investigation into a photograph showing a training class apparently giving a Nazi salute, officials said.
The image shows the class members each with a raised arm as the text above reads "HAIL BYRD!" The faces of the trainees and several other people have been blurred out.
The text refers to a training instructor for the class, said the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, which released the photo.
Jeff S. Sandy, cabinet secretary for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, condemned the salute.
"It is distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate," he wrote in a letter. "It undermines the high standards that have been set for our Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. It betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees."
Sen. Joe Manchin said: "This behavior warrants an immediate investigation and anyone who participated in any hateful and disgusting action should not be able to work for or be paid by the federal or state government and should be removed from their position immediately," he said.
While several employees have been suspended, Division of Corrections Commissioner Betsy Jividen has also directed that all copies of the photo be destroyed or otherwise taken out of circulation "to keep its harm from spreading," Sandy said.
The department informed faith and community leaders of the incident and asked for their help in addressing the situation including with recommending changes or additions to training programs, Sandy wrote.
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Haitian slums descend into anarchy as crisis sparks worst violence in years
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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Venite Bernard’s feet are bloodied and torn because, she said, she had no time to grab her sandals when she fled her shack with her youngest children as gangsters roamed the Haitian capital’s most notorious slum, shooting people in their homes.

Now the 47-year-old Bernard and her family are camped in the courtyard of the town hall of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, along with more than 200 others, fleeing an outbreak of violence that is part of what civic leaders say is the country’s worst lawlessness in more than a decade.

“Bandits entered the homes of some people and beat them, and they were shooting,” Bernard said through her tears, lying on a rug in the shade of a tree. “Everyone was running so I left as quickly as I could with the children.”

United Nations peacekeeping troops withdrew from Haiti in 2017 after 15 years, saying they had helped to re-establish law and order in the poorest country in the Americas, where nearly 60 percent of the population survives on less than $2.40 a day.

But that left a security vacuum that has been exacerbated over the past year by police forces being diverted to deal with protests against President Jovenel Moise.

“With limited resources, they have been unable to contain the activity of gangs as they might have wished,” said Serge Therriault, U.N. police commissioner in Haiti in an interview.

An economic downturn with ballooning inflation and a lack of investment in low income districts has also helped boost crime, turning them into no-go areas.

The situation – which diplomats fear represents a growing threat to regional stability that could have knock-on effects on migration and drugs and weapons trafficking – is causing alarm in international circles.

The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on Haiti on Tuesday, its first in 20 years.
https://www.oann.com/haitian-slums-descend-into-anarchy-as-crisis-sparks-worst-violence-in-years/
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U.S. Court Upholds Tsurubaya Productions' Overseas Rights to Ultraman
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>Tsuburaya Productions announced on Tuesday that the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit has upheld Tsuburaya's international licensing rights to the Ultraman property in the company's legal battle against UM Corporation (UMC). A jury in the district court in the central district of California reached a verdict in favor of Tsuburaya in November 2017. UMC filed motions to overturn the verdict, but the court denied its motions in March 2018. The district court in the central district of California entered final judgement in favor of Tsuburaya in April 2018. UMC filed an appeal in May 2018, claiming that the district court made errors before and during the trial that prejudiced UMC, and therefore required a new trial. On December 5, the Court of Appeal rejected UMC's appeal and affirmed the jury's verdict and district court's judgment after extensive written briefing and an oral argument.
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George Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin's Family and Their Attorneys
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Since the last thread got deleted here we go again.

https://time.com/5744222/george-zimmerman-sues-trayvon-martin-family/

>Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, is suing the teen’s parents, family attorney, the attorney’s book publisher and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming he was defamed when they allowed a witness to give false testimony in an attempt to incriminate him.
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I Worked for Alex Jones. I Regret It.
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On Election Day 2016, I sat in the passenger seat of Alex Jones’s Dodge Hellcat as we swerved through traffic, making our way to a nearby polling place. As Jones punched the gas pedal to the floor, the smell of vodka, like paint thinner, wafted up from the white Dixie cup anchored in the console. My stomach churned as the phone I held streamed live video to Facebook: Jones rambling about voter fraud and rigged elections while I stared at the screen, holding the camera at an angle to hide his double chin. It rarely worked, but I didn’t want to be blamed when he watched the video later.

Four years earlier, Jones — wanting to expand his website, Infowars, into a full-blown guerrilla news operation and hoping to scout new hires from his growing fan base — held an online contest. At 23, I was vulnerable, angry and searching for direction, so I decided to give it a shot. Out of what Infowars said were hundreds of submissions, my video — a half-witted, conspiratorial glance at the creation and function of the Federal Reserve — made it to the final round.

Unconvinced I could cut it as a reporter, Jones offered me a full-time position as a video editor. I quit film school and moved nearly a thousand miles to Austin, Tex., fully invested in propagating his worldview. By the time I found myself seated next to Jones speeding down the highway, I had seen enough of the inner workings of Infowars to know better.

Before we left the office, Jones instructed me to title the video “Alex Jones Denied Right to Vote” when uploading to YouTube. He knew before we left that they wouldn’t let us walk into a polling location with our cameras rolling. I don’t think Jones even intended to vote. Rather, he hoped to turn this into a spectacle, an insult to him personally, another opportunity to play the self-aggrandizing victim.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/magazine/alex-jones-infowars.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage
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Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Alter Ego on ‘Sesame Street,’ Is Dead at 85
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/obituaries/caroll-spinney-dead.html

Sometimes he stood 8 feet 2 inches tall. Sometimes he lived in a garbage can. He often cited numbers and letters of the alphabet, and for nearly a half century on “Sesame Street” hewasBig Bird and Oscar the Grouch, opening magic doors for children on the secrets of growing up and the gentle arts of friendship.

His name was Caroll Spinney — not that many people would know it — and he was the comfortably anonymous whole-body puppeteer who, since the 1969 inception of the public television show that has nurtured untold millions of children, had portrayed the sweet-natured, canary-yellow giant bird and the misanthropic, furry-green bellyacher in the trash can outside 123 Sesame Street.

Mr. Spinney, who also performed his characters in live concerts around the world and at the White House many times and was featured in films, documentaries and record albums, died on Sunday at his home in Woodstock, Conn. He was 85.

His death was announced by Sesame Workshop. It said in a statement that he had lived for some time with dystonia, which causes involuntary muscle contractions.
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Social Media Influencer Sentenced to 14 Years for Devising Plan to Steal Domain Name at Gunpoint
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https://www.businessinsider.com/instagram-influencer-sentenced-14-years-trying-to-get-domain-name-2019-12

An Instagram influencer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after going to extreme lengths to obtain a domain name.


Rossi Lothario Adams II, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was involved in a complex plot to obtain a domain name, which involved enlisting his cousin to hold the owner of the domain name at gunpoint and force him to transfer ownership.

Adams is the founder of social media company "State Snaps", which operated on a range of social media platforms. He founded the firm as a student at Iowa State University.

The site largely showed images of students engaged in "crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity," and once had more than 1 million combined followers on its social media platforms, according to the US Justice Department.

Adams then tried to obtain the domain name 'doitforstate.com,' between 2015 and 2017, according to the DoJ, as his followers often used the slogan 'Do it for State!."

But the owner of the domain, Ethan Deyo, would not sell it.

In June 2017, Adams persuaded his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr, to hold Deyo owner at gunpoint in an attempt to force him into handing over the domain name.

Adams gave Hopkins Jr a demand note which contained instructions for transferring the domain name over. It was thought to be the first time someone had tried to steal a domain name at gunpoint.

Hopkins Jr, according to the DoJ, entered Deyo's home wearing a disguise of pantyhose on his head and dark glasses. He located Deyo, and held the gun to his head while ordering him to transfer the domain over.

Deyo managed to gain control of the gun after quickly turning to move the gun away from his head, and after a brief struggle in which he was shot in the leg, he shot Hopkins Jr several times in the chest and contacted the authorities.

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Laura Keunssberg. Fake news punch
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With the general state of factual reporting being so bad at the moment how is a BBC political editor making such an enormous fuck up able to just pass like nothing happened? The media is so easily manipulated, there's people playing with truth left and right, and you have a leading journalist who just republishes government statement as if it is observed fact. It seems there's such a blatant tactic of publishing lies then retracting them, the media no longer get to say you're lying, the story moves on and meanwhile the original dishonesty seeps memeticly into isolated information bubbles.
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18090162.laura-kuenssberg-faces-criticism-tory-punch-claim/
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Hong Kong Government embarrassed again
A panel of foreign experts overseeing an investigation into allegations of excessive force used by the Hong Kong police force has said it is stepping down, further calling into question the probe.

For months anti-government protesters have been demanding an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality in response to the demonstrations. The government has repeatedly said an independent inquiry is unnecessary and that the existing police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), should complete its review first.

But on Wednesday the group of foreign experts recruited to ensure objectivity in the probe said in a statement that they would be formally standing aside after discussions with the IPCC failed to result in “any agreed process” through which the [IPCC] would be able to conduct an effective investigation.

Experts on the panel had previously cast doubt on the police watchdog’s ability to deliver an objective investigation and called on the government to grant it more powers. The IPCC cannot summon witnesses or force the police to hand over evidence.

The decision by the foreign panel to quit is likely to heighten protesters’ demands for an independent probe. The IPCC is meant to give its full report in late January, in hopes of helping resolve more than six months of protests in the Chinese territory.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/11/foreign-experts-quit-hong-kong-police-brutality-inquiry-over-lack-of-powers
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Florida man charged for sexually assaulting stuffed Olaf from ‘Frozen’ toy
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https://nypost.com/2019/12/07/florida-man-charged-for-sexually-assaulting-stuffed-olaf-from-frozen-toy/
A Florida man got hot and heavy with a “Frozen” toy, cops said.

Cody Christopher Meader allegedly had his way with the stuffed snowman Olaf, from the popular Disney flick, ejaculating on the doll and sticking it back on the shelf at a Target in St. Petersburg.

When he was done, Meader apparently moved on to a large stuffed unicorn and began dry humping it, police said, according to The Smoking Gun.

Meader, 20, of St. Petersburg, was charged Friday with criminal mischief in the Oct. 22 incident in the Target, according to a police report. He remains free on $150 bond.

Meader admitted to doing “stupid stuff” and that he had “nutted” on the Olaf stuffed animal, police said.

The toys were “removed from the store floor,” according to cops.

“The merchandise could not be re-sold and [was] destroyed due to circumstances.”
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'This a trap that Giuliani and Trump literally walked into':
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Russia may know more about the Ukraine scandal than we do

https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-ukraine-spying-trump-giuliani-phone-calls-2019-12?utm_source=feedburner&amp%3Butm_medium=referral&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

There's still a lot we don't know because of Trump's decision to stonewall congressional impeachment investigators from getting testimony from senior White House officials and, importantly, Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani spearheaded Trump's pressure campaign in Ukraine, and he and the president have refused to discuss their communications on the matter, citing attorney-client privilege. But the Russian government may already know everything the two men spoke about thanks to their frequent use of unsecured devices.

The Washington Post reported on Friday that the phones Trump and Giuliani use to communicate with each other were likely vulnerable to infiltration by Russian intelligence.

The House Intelligence Committee said in a report this week that Giuliani often spoke with several top Trump administration officials, and likely the president himself, on his personal cellphone. All the while, Giuliani was working with former Ukrainian officials to dig up political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and his son Hunter.

Congressional investigators believe they have enough evidence to bring three articles of impeachment against Trump: abuse of power, obstruction of Congress, and obstruction of justice.

The first two relate to the Ukraine controversy, in which Trump repeatedly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens. The third relates to Trump's efforts to stymie the former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Nick Canon dissed a dead cat
So nick cannon, a "rapper" has just released a diss track where he mentions Elvis Pussley.

I looked up Elvis Pussley and there's a video on youtube of Elvis Pussley. It turns out Elvis Pussley is a cat belonging to an autistic child and the cat has since died. The cats real name is Cheddar II.

We need to make this cat video viral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koKgPQN4NEk
here is nick cannons diss track
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7-rnu32LIA
he mentiones Elvis Pussley at 1:17

Im thinking we need some sort of online campaign calling out Nick Canon for disrespecting an autistic kids dead cat. This needs the attention of the news outlets.

Im trying to spread the video on Youtube but I thought 4chan would be so kind as to contribute to this noble cause.

RIP Cheddar II AKA Elvis Pussley
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Greece forces citizens to spend more online in tax evasion crackdown
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Greeks will be forced to spend around a third of their income using electronic means if they want to avoid substantial fines designed to stamp out rampant tax evasion.

The Greek government expects to raise around €500m (£422m) from the plan, said Alex Patelis, the Greek prime minister’s chief economic adviser, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Greece is thought to have the world’s largest shadow economy, with many firms and citizens routinely underreporting income in an attempt to evade taxes.

If Greek citizens do not spend 30% of their income using debit cards, credit cards, bank transfers, or on online transactions, they will be hit with a 22% fine on the shortfall, according to the Telegraph.

Last year, a documentary that labelled tax evasion a “national sport” in Greece attempted to explain the mentality of the country’s taxpayers.

The Institute for Applied Economic Research found that Greece’s shadow economy accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s overall economy.

Many workers still receive their wages in cash, and internet usage in the country is also low by international standards.

The move is part of a prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ plan to revamp the country’s tax system. Mitsotakis was elected in July, and in September announced that the rate of corporate tax would be cut from 28% to 24% next year.

He also promised to cut the rate of tax on the lowest tax bracket, from 22% to 9%, and to give out an annual bonus to pensioners at the end of next year.

Saying that Greece was “no longer Europe’s black sheep”, Mitsotakis pledged to increase a “bold wave of reforms” in order to strengthen the country’s credibility.

Greece, which implemented harsh austerity policies during its decade-long debt crisis, is hoping that its lenders will ease fiscal targets from 2021.

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/greece-forces-citizens-to-spend-more-online-in-tax-evasion-crackdown-091820879.html
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France willing to delay pension reform timing as strikes continue
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The French government said it would see through planned pension reforms but tried to assuage union anger with promises of a gradual introduction of the new system that has sparked nationwide strikes.

Transport systems were paralyzed for a fourth day on Sunday as unions at state railway SNCF and Paris public transport system RATP extended their strike against the changes.

“I am determined to take this pension reform to its completion,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

“If we do not implement a thorough, serious and progressive reform today, someone else will do one tomorrow, but really brutally.”

On Wednesday, Philippe will present a detailed outline of the reform, which aims to end special regimes under which some workers can retire in their early fifties and replace them with a unified system with equal rights for everyone.

Ahead of a meeting of ministers on Sunday afternoon, several cabinet members offered to soften the reforms.

“I want the state budget to be balanced, but let’s not be dogmatic … the calendar is open to discussion,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on France 3 TV.

“We do not want the slope to be too steep for those concerned by the reforms.”

Discussion is focusing on which age groups will be impacted by the reform. In July, a report by pensions tsar Jean-Paul Delevoye said it would affect people born in 1963 or later.


https://www.oann.com/french-pm-says-he-is-determined-to-complete-pension-reform/
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Man eats $120,000 banana taped to wall at Miami art exhibition
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https://m.dw.com/en/man-eats-120000-banana-taped-to-wall-at-miami-art-exhibition/a-51575789
A performance artist at the Art Basel show in Florida's Miami Beach shocked a crowd of onlookers when he ate one of the most appealing pieces at the show on Saturday.
But he didn't require medical attention afterwards, as the artwork was an ordinary banana that had been duct-taped to the wall. "Comedian," a piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, had already been sold to a French collector for $120,000 (€105,000).
The artist, David Datuna, posted a video of the stunt on Instagram titled "Hungry Artist," which showed him shoving the banana in his mouth in front of a group of shocked and giggling art patrons.He was then taken aside for questioning by an unamused representative of the Paris-based Galerie Perrotin, which represents Cattelan.
According to Cattelan's representatives at the Galerie Perrotin, the work was not destroyed.
"He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea," Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
According to Terras, the buyers purchased a certificate of authenticity, which gives them ownership over the idea. The bananas are replaced after they rot.
About 15 minutes after Datuna's stunt, another banana was taped to the wall. Perrotin said it would not press charges.
On Friday, Perrotin sold two editions of "Comedian" for $120,000 each. A third banana was sold to a museum for $150,000.
Cattelan is well-known for offering to loan a fully functioning 18-carat gold toilet called "America" to US President Donald Trump.
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Russia finally banned from international sport for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency
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SEAN IGLE IS AN RACIST AND A SCUMBAG!!

Russia finally banned from international sport for four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency, including the 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup, after an institutionalised conspiracy so breathtaking it would surely make even John le Carré’s jaw drop.

Yet in the small print of Wada’s decision in Lausanne there are caveats and compromises, along with brightly lit pathways for Russian athletes to continue competing on the global stage.

What is printed in big clear letters today might look altogether more squished and blurred in the months ahead. This is a delicate truth. It might yet change.

After all, Russia will still be able to host Euro 2020 matches, and play in the competition, because Wada’s ruling applies only to global events, not continental ones. And while there will be no raising of the Russian tricolour, or full-blooded cries of “Rossiya – svyashchennaya nasha derzhava!” at the Tokyo Olympics next year, hundreds of Russian athletes are likely to be given the all-clear to participate if they can prove they are not linked to their country’s doping programme.

Why they are baning Russians? because it forces their athletes to play for americunt and canadian instead.

where WADA will never dare to ban anyone from sport.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/09/wada-acts-russian-doping-has-it-gone-far-enough-2020-olympics-2022-world-cup
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Indictment Accuses R. Kelly of Marrying Aaliyah By Bribing Official for Fake ID
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>A new indictment accuses disgraced singer R. Kelly of using a bribe to get the paperwork needed to marry the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27, according to a report on Thursday by The New York Times. This is on top of the 13-count indictment filed in Chicago back in July on charges of child pornography. Kelly is also facing criminal charges in Minnesota.

>Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say Kelly bribed a government employee in Illinois on Aug. 30, 1994, to get a fake ID for the teenaged singer. The fraudulent ID let the pair get a marriage license in Illinois, which would later be annulled.

>Earlier this year, Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg told Good Morning America that Kelly did not know Aaliyah's true age when they got married. On Thursday, Greenberg told the Times that this indictment "does not appear to materially alter the landscape."

>The marriage license is dated one day later, Aug. 31, 1994. That's the same year Aaliyah's debut album "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number," which was produced by Kelly, was released.

>Last month, one of Kelly's live-in girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, called herself one of his "victims." Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual and psychological abuse.

- https://jezebel.com/indictment-accuses-r-kelly-of-marrying-aaliyah-by-brib-1840253581

Why this guy was dumb enough to think he could get away with all of this is beyond me.
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There are some acts of blatant stupidity, depravity, carelessness, whatever you want to call it, where even *that* fails act as either explanation or answer.
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Biden: Burisima? Whats that? I never even heard of that before.
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>Joe Biden Contradicts Top Adviser, Claims Was Never Told About Burisma
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/08/joe-biden-contradicts-top-adviser-claims-was-never-warned-about-burisma/
Joe Biden is claiming staffers never warned that his youngest son’s role with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas conglomerate, posed a conflict of interest — contradicting one of his top advisers.

The former vice president, who is increasingly under pressure from voters to explain Hunter Biden’s wheeling and dealing overseas, told NPR in an extensive interview on Friday that his staff never brought the issue to his attention.

“Nobody warned me about a potential conflict of interest. Nobody warned me about that,” Joe Biden said, before suggesting that staffers were unwilling to broach the subject because, at the time, his oldest son Beau was losing his battle with brain cancer. “Well, my son was dying, so I guess that’s why… But … they should have told me.”

Joe Biden’s claim of ignorance, however, is undercut by statements Amos Hochstein, once a top adviser to the former vice president, made in the past. Hochstein, who served as the Obama administration’s special envoy energy affairs, told The New Yorker in July that he had broached the subject of Hunter Biden and Burisma with the former vice president in December 2015.

As “Joe Biden prepared to return to Ukraine, his aides braced for renewed scrutiny of Hunter’s relationship with Burisma,” the magazine noted. “Amos Hochstein, the Obama Administration’s special envoy for energy policy, raised the matter with Biden, but did not go so far as to recommend that Hunter leave the board.”

If Hochstein’s recollection is correct, the former vice president was briefed about the conflict of interest posed by Burisma more than six months after Beau Biden died in May 2015.
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Uh oh, stinky!
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10522729/man-farts-kill-mosquitos/

A man whose farts kill mosquitoes claims to have been signed up by insect repellent companies probing the secret of his killer gas.

Joe Rwamirama, 48, from Kampala, Uganda says boffins have launched a study into the chemical properties of his unique trouser toxin.
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House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills. Trump and Republicans are ignoring them.
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https://www.vox.com/2019/11/29/20977735/how-many-bills-passed-house-democrats-trump

There’s a pervasive sense of legislative paralysis gripping Capitol Hill. And it’s been there long before the impeachment inquiry began.

For months, President Donald Trump has fired off tweet missives accusing House Democrats of “getting nothing done in Congress,” and being consumed with impeachment.

Trump may want to look to the Republican-controlled Senate instead. Democrats in the House have been passing bills at a rapid clip; as of November 15, the House has passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions. But the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee estimates 80 percent of those bill have hit a snag in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is prioritizing confirming judges over passing bills.

Congress has passed just 70 bills into law this year. Granted, it still has one more year in its term, but the number pales in comparison to recent past sessions of Congress, which typically see anywhere from 300-500 bills passed in two years (and that is even a diminished number from the 700-800 bills passed in the 1970s and 1980s).

Ten of those 70 bills this year have been renaming federal post offices or Veterans Affairs facilities, and many others are related to appropriations or extending programs like the National Flood Insurance or the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

This has led to House Democrats decrying McConnell’s so-called “legislative graveyard,” a moniker the Senate majority leader has proudly adopted. McConnell calls himself the “grim reaper” of Democratic legislation he derides as socialist, but many of the bills that never see the Senate floor are bipartisan issues, like a universal background check bill, net neutrality, and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
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Woman Fakes Rape To Frame Witnesses In Murder Case Against Lover
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https://www.ndtv.com/cities/up-woman-fakes-rape-to-frame-witnesses-in-murder-case-against-lover-cops-2144780

>Police said the three men "framed" by her are witnesses in a murder case in which her boyfriend is an accused.

>Firozabad: Police arrested a 20-year-old woman, her boyfriend and another man on Friday after she allegedly faked rape to frame three witnesses in a murder case against her lover.

>The woman, a resident of Agra, had concocted the story upon her boyfriend's insistence, police said.

>On Wednesday, the woman had alleged that she was gang-raped after which three men -- Geetam, Gyanendra and Raja -- were arrested, police said.

>"It was found during investigation that the woman had floated the gangrape story at the behest of her lover," Senior Superintendent of Police Sachindra Patel said on Friday.

>The SSP claimed the three men "framed" by her are witnesses in a murder case in which her boyfriend Anil is an accused.

>The actual story unfolded after persistent questioning of the woman who frequently changed her version, the SSP pointed out.

>She had claimed to be on her way to a coaching centre in Agra when the three accused told her that her brother had met with an accident.

>The woman claimed they took her in a car and raped her, the SSP added.

>She had said they later threw her out of the car at a secluded spot.
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StubHub what's the truth about the Obama's
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Today's Democrats in a nutshell.

First, is the lie that they stage, about what they claim to be doing:

The daughter of former President George W. Bush(Another sad story, see Ronnie Reagan, Jr. flunked out of Yale freshman year, now on rotation as a MSNBC expert.") asked Obama whether the country can come back fromthe divisive situation unfolding in Washington, D.C., as polls show Americans largely split along party lines on impeachment.

OBAMAS PAY 11.75M FOR MARTHA'S VINEYARD HOME ON NEARLY 30 ACRES: REPORT

"It's surreal, I think," said Obama, speaking from Vietnam, where she is on a trip to promote the education of young girls.

And what they are actually doing:

Selling tickets to a book signing in the wealthiest enclave in Asia at >$600+ each. But tells public, I am helping poor communist girls get an education. Total nonsense, it is all about making themselves rich off their "public service." Good people don't use poor people, they actually help them.
These are very corrupt people.

https://www.stubhub.sg/michelle-obama-tickets/ca31383
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Google's Quantum A.I. Could Save Humanity
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https://ai.google/research/pubs/pub48651/

This publication outlines the potential benefits of maintaining a Quantum Artificial Intelligence developed in part by Google.

https://youtu.be/mciLQ5A-XdE
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Faces 7 More Accusations of Unwanted Touching
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>The additional accounts bring to 22 the number of women accusing Mr. Gooding, who faces charges he groped three of them.

>Seven more women have come forward with accounts of unwanted sexual touching by the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. going back to 2003, prosecutors said in court documents, bringing the number of his accusers to 22.

>Mr. Gooding, 51, has been charged with groping three of the women at Manhattan restaurants and nightclubs in 2018 and 2019. The other 19 have accused him of unwanted contact; those accusations, which come from several states, have not resulted in charges because, for the most part, they took place too long ago. But prosecutors in Manhattan are hoping to persuade a judge to allow the women to testify.

>Prosecutors had previously revealed 12 additional accusers, and in a court filing obtained Monday by The New York Times, they listed seven more. In one accusation detailed in the court filing, a woman said that after she met Mr. Gooding at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in 2009, he took her to a concert, where he began to kiss her in a secluded hallway as she was attempting to leave.

>Mr. Gooding then placed his hands on her buttocks, and pushed onto her crotch so forcefully that her tights ripped, according to the court filing. The woman bit Mr. Gooding's cheek so she could escape, the filing said.

>Another woman accused Mr. Gooding of sliding his hand down her pants and cupping her buttocks at a restaurant in Atlanta in 2011, and a different accuser said that he grabbed her vagina twice at a restaurant in Malibu, Calif., in 2016, according to the court filing. The other four women said Mr. Gooding had groped or kissed them without their consent in Manhattan, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and at a nightclub near the Sundance festival in 2003.

- https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/arts/cuba-gooding-jr-groping.html
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Kerry: Burisima? Whats that? I never even heard of that before.
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John Kerry Claims Ignorance of Hunter Biden’s Burisma Work Despite Evidence
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2019/12/08/john-kerry-claims-ignorance-hunter-bidens-burisma-work-despite-evidence/
Former Secretary of State John Kerry claimed ignorance of Hunter Biden’s work with Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas conglomerate, on Sunday—despite evidence to the contrary from Obama administration officials and even his own stepson.

Kerry, who recently endorsed Joe Biden’s White House bid, was asked about the topic while campaigning with the former vice president in New Hampshire. In particular, Kerry was questioned if he knew about the younger Biden’s decision to join Burisma’s board of directors in 2014 and if he was “comfortable with the arrangement” as secretary of state.

“I had no knowledge about any of that, none,” Kerry told reporters. “No.”

When pressed, Kerry doubled down on the claim, going as far as to say he still knew nothing about the company, event though its at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
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Left-leaning Jewish groups accuse Trump of anti-Semitic stereotypes
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'Vile and bigoted remarks': Left-leaning Jewish groups accuse Trump of anti-Semitic stereotypes
"A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me, you have no choice."

[…]

The Israeli-American Council is nominally nonpolitical, but prominent Trump supporter and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife, Miriam, pledged $76 million to the council this year. At several points in Trump's speech, the crowd chanted, "Four more years" – and at one point chanted, "12 more years," at the president's urging.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/08/jewish-groups-condemn-trump-remarks/4375229002/
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Art Basel: Maurizio Cattelan's $120,000 banana eaten by artist
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-50704136

>An artwork of an overripe banana duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000 (£91,000) has been eaten by a separate performance artist.

>The artwork, titled Comedian, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was on display at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami.

>The art reportedly comes with a certificate of authenticity, meaning owners can replace the banana.

>"[Datuna] did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea," Lucien Terras, a director at the gallery, told the Miami Herald.

>Police were later deployed to guard the replacement banana.

>Art Basel is one of the world's most high-profile contemporary art fairs.
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Adam Schiff Doesn’t Give a Sh*t About America
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Adam Schiff Says Trump ‘Doesn’t Give a Sh*t About What’s Good for Our Country’
>But thats just what Amanda Shitss would say if she Didn’t Give a Sh*t About America
https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-trumps-washington/i-do-hate-what-he-is-doing-adam-schiff-on-trump-impeachment-and-whats-next
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) attacked President Donald Trump in an interview published Friday, stating the president “doesn’t give a shit about what’s good for our country.”

Speaking to The New Yorker, Schiff pointed to the testimony of David Holmes, counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, who said that he was told that the president was detached from what happened in the European country, caring only about “big stuff,” such as a review of allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his beleaguered son, Hunter Biden.

“That says it all. The President doesn’t give a shit about what’s good for our country, what’s good for Ukraine,” the House intel panel chair judged. “It’s all about what’s in it for him personally and for his reelection campaign.”

“That is a perfect summary of this whole scheme,” he said in summation of U.S. diplomat’s testimony.

Last month, Holmes testified that Gordon Sondland, Ambassador to the European Union, took a phone call from President Trump in which the president asked Sondland if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would probe into the Bidens.

“I then heard President Trump ask, quote, ‘So he’s going to do the investigation?’” Holmes said. “Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘he’s going to do it’, adding that President Zelensky will, quote, ‘do anything you ask him to’.”

Holmes then conceded to lawmakers that he did not take notes of the conversation he eavesdropped on between the president and ambassador.
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Meanwhile, In Real Life
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If you're done being obsessed and seethpilled..

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/world/asia/new-zealand-volcano-white-island.amp.html
>New Zealand Volcano
Eruption Leaves ‘No Signs of Life’ on White Island

At least five people have been confirmed killed after a volcano suddenly erupted on Monday on a popular island destination off the eastern coast of New Zealand on Monday, trapping dozens of tourists.

That toll is expected to rise. The New Zealand police said in a statement on Tuesday that “no signs of life have been seen at any point” on the island by reconnaissance flights made since the eruption. “Anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued,” the police said.

Twenty-three people, including the five dead, were evacuated on Monday, said a New Zealand deputy police commissioner, John Tims. Officers said that more people were stranded on the island after the eruption.

Among the missing were about a dozen people who were seen on a webcam exploring the upper reaches of the volcano’s crater just before the eruption at 2:11 p.m. local time, Reuters reported.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the tourists on White Island seemed to have little time to seek shelter before the “very significant” eruption occurred. “A number of people are reportedly injured,” she said.

The island, also known as Whakaari, is privately owned and is typically visited by thousands of tourists every year.
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‘I Shouldn’t Have’ Claimed to be Native American
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she should not have claimed to be Native American, the latest mea culpa this year after boasting about DNA test results last year.

Warren in 2018 said a DNA test proved that she had Native American ancestry, telling President Donald Trump he owed money to a charity of her choice. Trump had challenged Warren to take a test, ridiculing her claims.

The test showed she had as little as 1/1024th Native American heritage, which would be less than most people descended from Europeans.

Warren, 70, apologized in public for the first time in August about her claim of Native American heritage, saying she regretted “the harm that I have caused.”

Asked about the issue at a New Hampshire town hall on Dec. 6, Warren said she’s not a Native American.

“I grew up in Oklahoma and my three older brothers and I learned about our family the same way most people do, from our mom and our dad. My family is very important to me and that’s why, many years ago, I sometimes identify as Native American,” she said, claiming that the identity “never had anything to do with any job that I got, or any benefit.”

Warren wrote “American Indian” on one of her job applications and was described as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color.”

“But even so, I shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color, I am not a citizen of a tribe. And I have apologized for confusion I have caused on tribal citizenship, on tribal sovereignty, and for any harm that I’ve caused,” Warren added on Friday.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/warren-i-shouldnt-have-claimed-to-be-native-american_3167886.html
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Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators
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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/07/us/video-games-child-sex-abuse.html

When Kate’s 13-year-old son took up Minecraft and Fortnite, she did not worry.

The video games were hardly Grand Theft Auto — banned in their home because it was too violent — and he played in a room where she could keep an eye on him.

But about six weeks later, Kate saw something appalling pop up on the screen: a video of bestiality involving a young boy. Horrified, she scrolled through her son’s account on Discord, a platform where gamers can chat while playing. The conversations were filled with graphic language and imagery of sexual acts posted by others, she said.

Her son broke into tears when she questioned him last month.

“I think it’s a huge weight off them for somebody to step in and say, ‘Actually this is child abuse, and you’re being abused and you’re a victim here,’” said Kate, who asked not to be identified by her full name to protect her family’s privacy.

Sexual predators and other bad actors have found an easy access point into the lives of young people: They are meeting them online through multiplayer video games and chat apps, making virtual connections right in their victims’ homes.

The criminals strike up a conversation and gradually build trust. Often they pose as children, confiding in their victims with false stories of hardship or self-loathing. Their goal, typically, is to dupe children into sharing sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves — which they use as blackmail for more imagery, much of it increasingly graphic and violent.

Reports of abuse are emerging with unprecedented frequency around the country, with some perpetrators grooming hundreds and even thousands of victims, according to a review of prosecutions, court records, law enforcement reports and academic studies. Games are a common target, but predators are also finding many victims on social platforms like Instagram and Kik Messenger.
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anon, what have you done today?

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/12/08/huge-turnout-hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-offer-last-chance-leader-carrie-lam-meet-demands/
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New Jersey man pleads guilty in GoFundMe scam that netted $400K
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A New Jersey man pleaded guilty for being the mastermind behind a crowd-funding scheme that netted more than $400,000.

Mark D'Amico pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree misapplication of entrusted property Friday.

Prosecutors said D'Amico and Katelyn McClure used GoFundMe to raise money for Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man they said used his last $20 to help them when they're vehicle ran out of gas in Philadelphia in 2018. McClure posted about the story online and it went viral, with thousands of people donating to the GoFundMe page the couple created with the stated purpose of getting Bobbitt back on his feet.

But prosecutors said D'Amico and McClure fabricated the story and spent the money on vacations, a BMW and other luxury goods. They said Bobbitt's share was $25,000, some of which he spent on drugs. Unspent money was to be given back to the donors.

Bobbitt pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy and federal money laundering and was sentenced to five years of probation. McClure also pleaded guilty to federal charges.

D'Amico is expected to receive a 5-year prison sentence during a hearing in April. He still faces federal charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.

"We are pleased that this defendant accepted responsibility for his role in this scam," Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina said. "He will be required to make full restitution to GoFundMe and the donors -- the true victims in this case -- and has agreed to a five-year term in New Jersey state prison."

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/12/07/New-Jersey-man-pleads-guilty-in-GoFundMe-scam-that-netted-400K/4171575743616/
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Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/world/europe/ukraine-impeachment-military-aid.html

Ukraine’s government learned of the military aid freeze during the Trump administration’s pressure campaign — and tried to keep that knowledge from going public, an ex-deputy foreign minister said.

KYIV, Ukraine — As deputy foreign minister, it was Olena Zerkal’s job to read incoming diplomatic cables from embassies around the world. One from Washington caught her eye back in July, she recalled: It said the Trump administration had frozen military aid for Ukraine.

“We had this information,” Ms. Zerkal said in an interview. “It was definitely mentioned there were some issues.”

The timing of when Ukraine knew of the hold on the military aid is a critical question in the impeachment hearings in Congress. Democrats are trying to build a case that President Trump pressured President Volodymyr Zelensky by withholding the aid and a White House meeting — at the same time he was pressing for a public announcement that Ukraine would investigate his political rivals.

Mr. Trump and his allies have also made the timing issue part of his defense. How could Ukrainian officials feel the pressure of the aid freeze, they ask, if they did not know about it when the White House was pushing them to investigate Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., one of Mr. Trump’s biggest challengers in the 2020 American presidential election?
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Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal sues Fox News over Tucker Carlson segment about alleged Trump affair
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/06/karen-mcdougal-sues-fox-news-over-tucker-carlson-segment-trump/4351801002/

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed to have an affair with Donald Trump before he became president, filed a lawsuit against Fox News in New York state court on Thursday, alleging the network allowed its host Tucker Carlson to make "demonstrably false" accusations against McDougal.

McDougal's attorney, Eric Bernstein, said Carlson and Fox were "grossly irresponsible and manifested a reckless disregard for truth" in allowing Carlson to say on-air in a December 2018 segment that McDougal extorted Trump for a payment of $150,000 in August 2016.

Carlson had presented what he called "undisputed" facts about two women, McDougal and Stormy Daniels, who had "approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn't give them money."

The host called the situation "like a classic case of extortion."

Instead, Bernstein explained, the payment had come from American Media Inc. (AMI), the owner of the National Enquirer, to suppress a story about her affair with Trump, before the 2016 election.

AMI said in a nonprosecution agreement with federal prosecutors that the payments had been made "in cooperation, consultation, and concert with" a presidential campaign, without naming Trump.
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THERE ARE TAPES
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Remember when Lev Parnas said he had proof? Well he just handed it over to the House Intelligence Committee. God bless his sneaky rat bastard soul.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-intelligence-committee-possession-video-audio-recordings-giuliani/story?id=

The House Intelligence Committee is in possession of audio and video recordings and photographs provided to the committee by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

The material submitted to the committee includes audio, video and photos that include Giuliani and Trump. It was unclear what the content depicts and the committees only began accessing the material last week.

"We have subpoenaed Mr. Parnas and Mr. [Igor] Fruman for their records. We would like them to fully comply with those subpoenas," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff told CNN Sunday, with a committee spokesperson adding they would not elaborate beyond the chairman's comments.

An attorney for Parnas, Joseph A. Bondy, also declined to comment, directing ABC News to a statement released earlier in the day Sunday reading in part, "Mr. Parnas has vociferously and publicly asserted his wish to comply with his previously issued subpoena and to provide the House Intelligence Committee with truthful and important information that is in furtherance of justice, not to obstruct it."

The statement goes on to say, "His evidence and potential testimony is non-partisan, and not intended to be part of a battle between the left and the right, but rather an aid in the determination by our government of what is in the best interests of our nation."
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