"We trusted the government not to screw us, but they did. We trusted the tech companies not to take advantage of us. But they did. That is going to happen again, because that is the nature of power." -- Edward Snowden.

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Israel is literally doing Battleship against Palestinian kids.

They created a grid, and they have an app telling people where to go on the grid.

Then when the people go there, they bomb them.

Posted on: Dec 05 09:03

The post Covid boom is over for discretionary items.

When people were locked at home, and flush with stimulus cash, they all bought new furniture and redid their homes.

Furniture has insane markup. A table that costs $20 to make sells for $200 retail.

Posted on: Dec 05 09:02

Different outlets have different definitions of Mass Shooting. For example, Gun Violence Archive and the New York Times study of every mass shooting in 2015 use four or more killed or wounded, not including the shooter. These fill up with a lot of “One Dead, Four Wounded in Shooting Outside Hip-Hop Concert.” The NYT found for 2015 that almost 3 out of 4 mass shooters and victims of mass shooters were black.

Posted on: Dec 05 09:00

Over the weekend Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin explained to the American people what’s really wrong with US foreign policy. Some might find his conclusions surprising.

The US standing in the world is damaged not because we spent 20 years fighting an Afghan government that had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11. The problem has nothing to do with neocon lies about Iraq’s WMDs that led untold civilian deaths in another failed “democratization” mission. It’s not because over the past nearly two years Washington has taken more than $150 billion from the American people to fight a proxy war with Russia through Ukraine.

It’s not the military-industrial complex or its massive lobbying power that extends throughout Congress, the think tanks, and the media.

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California’s Simi Valley, Austin finally explained the real danger to the US global military empire.

It’s us.

According to Secretary Austin, non-interventionists who advocate “an American retreat from responsibility” are the ones destabilizing the world, not endless neocon wars.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:55

The owners of Cup Foods and several other businesses near George Floyd Square are suing the city of Minneapolis, saying that concrete barricades and the lawlessness that flourished within those barriers cut their income and crushed their property values.

The lawsuit accuses Mayor Jacob Frey and other city officials of essentially abandoning the businesses and offering little more than lip service and weak financial help following the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in front of Cup Foods, now known as Unity Foods.

The lawsuit underscores lingering acrimony over the city’s response to the unrest that followed Floyd’s murder; more than three years later, proposed changes to the area around 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, from infrastructure to some form of permanent memorial, are still years off.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:54

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., on Monday released subpoenaed bank records showing that Hunter Biden used a business entity to make monthly payments to his father, President Joe Biden.

The payments to Joe Biden came after Hunter Biden's business account, Owasco PC, received money from Chinese-state linked companies and other foreign nationals and companies, according to financial records obtained by Comer’s panel.

"Hunter Biden’s legal team and the White House’s media allies claim Hunter’s corporate entities never made payments directly to Joe Biden. We can officially add this latest talking point to the list of lies," Comer said in a statement.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:52

As a torrent of foreign money flooded into Hunter Biden-controlled accounts, a money laundering expert hired by a bank that handled the transactions concluded that the Chinese appeared to be buying political influence through the son of the man who was running for president.  The damning evidence was all laid out in a 2018 email that was kept under wraps.  Until now.

Some of the $5 million in Chinese cash eventually made its way into Joe Biden’s own bank account, although the check he deposited labeled it as a “loan repayment.”  What a coincidence.  Because the original $5 million was also portrayed by Hunter as a loan.  Except there was “no loan agreement document submitted,” said the bank.  Legally speaking, it wasn’t a loan at all.

This stunning information was released recently by the House Oversight Committee that is leading an impeachment inquiry against President Biden.  It corroborates the incriminating evidence already uncovered in other financial records, suspicious activity reports (SARs) kept by the Treasury Department, and testimony from Hunter’s former partners, as well as sworn statements by whistleblowers at the FBI and IRS.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:52

Newly disclosed bank records, released on Monday as part of the House Republicans' ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Biden, indicate that Hunter Biden arranged direct, monthly payments to his father. The records show that at least one payment of $1,380 was sent from Hunter Biden’s Owasco PC to Joe Biden in September 17, 2018.

At the time, Hunter Biden’s Owasco PC account was receiving payments from Hudson West III, a joint venture set up with executives from CEFC China Energy. The joint venture appeared to be in the process of winding down after CEFC’s founder and chairman, Ye Jianming, was detained and disappeared in China earlier in 2018, according to emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop.

This new revelation fits a pattern that has emerged in the House investigation into the President and his family’s business dealings. That pattern suggests that Joe and Hunter Biden’s finances were intertwined, while Hunter Biden was raking in millions from his foreign business deals.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:51

The Gaza thing is what definitely killed the Ukraine war.

They were running out of men, but they could have held out for another year, and then after the election, the US could have sent in Polish and Romanian troops backed up by American special forces.

It’s really the funniest thing in the world that American foreign policy is defined by two groups of Israelis arguing over which wars we’re going to fight.

FYI, the US Congress is just an annex of the Knesset.

Posted on: Dec 05 08:09

This frustration is a common sentiment. While official statistics report a modest 5% increase in food outside the home, many consumers, like this individual, perceive a more significant rise, possibly around 20%. It’s not just about the cost; there’s concern about diminishing quality in both food and service. The gap between official figures and lived experiences prompts skepticism about the accuracy of government CPI claims.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:58

Godzilla Minus One: They’re SALTY That YouTubers LIKED It?!

Posted on: Dec 05 07:56

Four of the gold bars Sen. Bob Menendez stashed at his home were previously stolen from the businessman accused of bribing the New Jersey Democrat, according to a report. 

The serial numbers on some of the gold found by the FBI during a June 2022 raid of Menendez’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ, home match identifiers that Fred Daibes reported to police after a 2013 armed robbery, according to NBC News

Robbers made off with $500,000 in cash and 22 gold bars from Daibes’ Edgewater, NJ, home during the 2013 heist, the outlet reports.

Police later nabbed four suspects and recovered the stolen gold. 

The matching serial numbers indicate that authorities have now directly linked at least some of the gold found in Menendez’s home to Daibes, a New Jersey real estate developer and Menendez fundraiser.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:55

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to face the resumption of his long-running trial on numerous corruption charges, after a pause due to the war in Gaza.

A court in Jerusalem is set to start hearing the case, which is focused on several corruption charges against Netanyahu, on Monday, according to reports in the Israeli media. The trial was paused on an emergency order from the country’s justice minister following Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7.

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, bribery and breach of trust in three cases filed in 2019, known as Case 1000, 2000 and 4000.

In Case 1000, the prime minister, along with his wife Sara, is accused of receiving gifts, including champagne and cigars, from prominent Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire businessman James Packer in return for political favours.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:54

The world's largest options market says it is investigating reports of unusual trading activity before last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange declined to discuss the investigation.

But an independent check of publicly available options trading records shows unidentified investors placed exceptionally high numbers of put options - bets that prices would fall - on the stocks of United and American, the two airlines targeted in the attacks. There was no such trend involving other carriers.

Tags: 911
Posted on: Dec 05 07:54

Did Hamas Make Billions Betting Against Israeli Shares Before October 7 Massacre?
Giant gambles against Israel on the markets in Tel Aviv and Wall Street days before Hamas’ attack made billions. Somebody seems to have known about the plan in advance

The story is unfortunately pay-walled and I have yet to find an archive version of it. An archived version is now available.

We know that Batteridge’s law of headlines says:

Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.

It was thereby not Hamas which profited from unusual short positions but likely someone else.

The Haaretz story is based on a very recent study by two law professors with experience in market regulations from New York University and Columbia University.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:43

The parents of a 9-year-old boy accused by a Deadspin writer of wearing blackface during a Kansas City Chiefs football game threatened to sue the outlet and demanded a retraction and apology, NewsNation reported.

What's the background?

The writer of the article, Carron J. Phillips, used a photo for his Deadspin piece showing only half of Holden Armenta's face, which was black. Problem is, the other half of Holden's face was red — one of the Chiefs' team colors:

Posted on: Dec 05 07:41

"Following an alert in the north of the country, an anti-tank missile was detected on an IDF vehicle in the Beit Hillel area. As a result, the vehicle was damaged. Several IDF soldiers were moderately injured as a result of shrapnel," the IDF said in a statement. Wrote in the statement. "In addition, several launches were detected in the Har Dov area. Some of them fell in Lebanese territory. IDF forces attack the sources of fire with artillery fire."

Posted on: Dec 05 07:22

 Tony Curtis Looking Suave In a Velvet Jacket

A peek behind the curtain of history can tell us a lot about the stars and celebrities we think we know so much about. Viewing photographs of the events reveals just how decadent the world's most famous club really was.


Studio 54 was a club where the famous and the infamous would mingle randomly and lines of would-be dancers would beg to get in. What happened behind the walls of this historic New York City club? How long did the parties last, and what did stars like Mick Jagger, Jamie Lee Curtis and a very young Drew Barrymore do in these all-night ragers?


Take a closer look, as these new colorful rare photos and stories delve deeper into the history than you'll think you know, telling the real stories and hidden secrets of Studio 54.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:20

In a significant move to curb illegal immigration, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced on Sunday that he would sign a bill into law criminalizing unauthorized entry into the state.

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 4, empowers police officers across all agencies to arrest migrants entering the state illegally. This announcement comes amidst the escalating crisis at the U.S. southern border, which has seen an unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants, largely attributed to President Biden's open border policies.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:18

A Fulton County judge has handed down lenient sentences consisting of $500 fines and no jail time for two rioters involved in the burning down of an Atlanta Wendy’s after an Atlanta Police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in 2020.

Chisom Kingston and Natalie White, the two convicted, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and two counts of first-degree arson.

They have been sentenced to five years of probation, a $500 fine, and are required to complete 150 hours of community service.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:17

Thousands of people gathered late Saturday night with hostages released by Hamas and demanded the immediate release of hostages still in Gaza.


"I come to thank you because without you I wouldn't be here. Now we have to get my (son) Sasha and everyone back," said freed hostage Yelena Trupanov, 50, during the event in Tel Aviv.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

As I’ve been saying for some time, the rampant corruption of America’s rigged elections is even more comically obvious in 2023 — than it was in 2021 and 2020.

Just look at last week’s news from Pennsylvania, where a county official has resigned over the “failures” of the elections he supervised!

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, often celebrated as the hometown of President Biden, the sentiments of local residents tell a story that contrasts sharply with the narrative presented by the administration. Interviews conducted on the streets uncovered deep-seated feelings of disillusionment and discontent for the Biden administration.

“He praises here, but I don’t, I don’t think he actually, like grew up here,” one Scranton resident said.

It’s not just Republicans expressing their disappointment; Democrats are joining the chorus too. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m not happy,” said another person.

“I think he’s the worst president we ever had to be honest with you… this economy sucks,” the last interviewee said.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

One of the most fascinating ways to explore Toronto's past is through this remarkable collection of photographs that capture everyday life in the city in the 1960s.


These images, captured by gcosserat on Flickr, offer a unique glimpse into a bygone era, showcasing the people, places, and moments that defined the city during this transformative decade.


In the early 1960s, Toronto's skyline consisted of a collection of buildings painted in sepia tones, including banks, hotels, and church spiers.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

Ex-Capitol Police Officer, as recently promised, has released the first tranche of twelve hours of J6 police scanner audio as Capitol Police discussed mobilizing to address the threat of extremists who have laid siege to the Congress during the 2020 election certification.

“Here we go… Episode 1,” Johnson posted on X on Sunday. “The mainstream media is telling you that J6 was an insurrection.”

“Please tell me if the actions of Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman were heroic and proper,” he added. “To give so some context Pittman’s call sign is Unit 2 and she is sitting on a dias in the USCP Commander Center where she can hear the radio traffic and she has a 360 degree view of the outside of the Capitol.”

“She can also see the actives inside the Capitol where there is a camera,” he continued. “Chief Steven A Sund was on the phone trying to obtain approval for the National Guard’s assistance and assistance from other law enforcement agencies. I was on the ground trying to de-escalate the situation specially asking Pittman for help. My call sign was 405J-John.”

Posted on: Dec 05 07:15