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"I should have been a meteorologist. It's the only job (outside of politics) where you can be that wrong that  often and still get a paycheck!" -- Michael Rivero

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The top “regulatory officer” at fallen crypto exchange FTX once served as an attorney for a company that was embroiled in a notorious online poker cheating scandal more than a decade ago — and was caught on tape allegedly aiding the perpetrators of the fraud, according to reports.

Dan Friedberg — a lawyer who was FTX’s chief regulatory officer in the months leading up to its collapse and who also did a stint as its general counsel — also had served as an attorney for UltimateBet, whose collapse was considered one of the largest online gambling scandals in history at the time.

In the alleged scheme — which reportedly claimed actor Ben Affleck among its victims — employees between 2005 and 2008 were accused of using a software exploit dubbed “God mode” to bilk players out of anywhere between $20 million and upwards of $50 million.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:39

Construction workers employed in road building near the Onon River in the Khentii province of Mongolia, have discovered a mass grave containing the remains of many dozens of human corpses lying upon a large rudimentary stone structure.

Forensic experts and archaeologists were called on the site, which was revealed to be a Mongolian royal tomb from the 13th century that the scientists believe to be Genghis Khan’s.

The team of scientists affiliated with the University of Beijing has concluded that the numerous skeletons ʙuʀιᴇᴅ on top of the structure were most likely the slaves who built it and who were then мᴀssᴀcʀᴇᴅ to keep the secret of the location.

The ʀᴇмᴀιɴs of twelve horses were also found on the site, certainly sᴀcʀιғιcᴇᴅ to accompany the Great Khan in ᴅᴇᴀтн.

A total of 68 skeletons were found ʙuʀιᴇᴅ together, almost directly over the top of a rather crude stone structure

The content of the tomb was scattered and badly deteriorated, presumably due to the fact that the site was located beneath the river bed for hundreds of years until the course of the Onon river changed in the 18th century. The ʀᴇмᴀιɴs of a tall male and sixteen female skeletons were identified among hundreds of gold and silver artifacts and thousands of coins.

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Infurirating: Driver Who Almost Killed Over 20 Police Recruits RELEASED After Initial Arrest

A driver who injured and nearly killed as many as 20 police recruits have been released after his initial arrest.

The suspect, Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez, was released because California law forbids suspects from being held for more than 48 hours without their charges being presented by a prosecutor to a judge.

A LA County Sheriff's Department spokesperson stated that Gutierrez would be rearrested once the probe into the incident is completed. That should occur by Wednesday of this coming week at the latest. The spokesperson continued by saying they have the necessary evidence against the suspect but want to ensure it is correctly presented to a jury. No one can blame them for taking extra caution to ensure they get this one just right.

Authorities say they allegedly found weed in Gutierrez's car and are attempting to determine if the suspect was high when he committed this alleged crime.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:33

Krasner took on an aggressive relaxing of many criminal justice measures that put him squarely in the crosshair of many complaints from Pennsylvania residents. They are upset that Krasner has made it easier for criminals to move about their state freely. They don't want to see extended freedom privileges for known criminals. They want to see criminal reform that truly keeps their neighborhoods safer.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:32

On Twitter, they use bots to alter the results.

In real life, they use a lot of different tactics.

Musk keeps teasing how fascinating it is to watch the poll:

Posted on: Nov 21 11:30
Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called for the national COVID-19 emergency to come to an end in a new op-ed Nov. 17.
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Posted on: Nov 21 11:30
Oregon’s new law that will rigidly tighten the state’s gun restrictions led to a massive uptick in attempted firearms purchases, according to NBC affiliate KGW8.
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Most participants in the Army’s pilot program to help potential recruits who fall below acceptable academic and fitness standards meet requirements have sufficiently lost weight and increased their test scores, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said at a fireside chat Friday.
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Posted on: Nov 21 11:28
NBC reporter Ben Collins suggested Friday that Russia would have succeeded in its invasion of Ukraine without Twitter countering Russian propaganda.
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Posted on: Nov 21 11:27
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio revealed the first targets of his investigation into Biden’s Education Department in a document obtained by the Daily Caller.
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Posted on: Nov 21 11:26

 Abortion activists have promoted claims that state-level abortion restrictions limit doctors’ ability to treat miscarriages, leading to instances in which some medical professionals have opted not to offer timely care for women experiencing pregnancy loss, experts say.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:25

In September 2022, President Emmanuel Macron presented a plan for a six-month citizens consultation on euthanasia:

“France’s euthanasia legislation, known as the Claeys-Léonetti law, dates from 2016. This law has been criticised for many years by patients and politicians because it only allows a sick person to be sedated, and only if the prognosis is vital in the short term.”

The Mentor of President Macron Jacques Attali considers that euthanasia is an instrument of progress. 

“Euthanasia will be one of the essential instruments of our future societies in all cases. In a capitalist society, killing machines, prostheses that will eliminate life when it is too unbearable, or economically too expensive, will emerge and will be common practice. ”Jacques Attali, 1981

What he says in a more recent statement is that as a socialist he is against extending the life of senior citizens. It’s too costly

Posted on: Nov 21 11:20

The Script Has Flipped: Tech Watchdogs PRAISE Twitter For Bringing Integrity To Fact-Checking

The tables have turned.

Social media platforms have become known for fact-checking. Leftists often proclaim that facts Republicans state are misinformation, and social media platforms quickly ban right-wing accounts. Twitter is taking a new spin on fact-checking, mainly impacting Democrats.

According to Fox News, “NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham on September 28 published a study on the first year of Biden’s presidency. He found that ‘Biden was fact-checked 40 times, while Biden critics were checked on 230 occasions,’ a six-to-one disparity.” Previously, critics of the Democrat party were fact-checked at an unfair rate.

Now, Democrats are getting a taste of their own medicine. However, instead of Twitter banning accounts as previous owners did, the platform now adds comments to Tweets packed with misinformation.

The most famous and hilarious incident of this is what happened to the White House. According to Fox, “The White House on November 1 tweeted, ‘Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.’ That tweet was flagged with a note explaining, ‘Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.’”

Posted on: Nov 21 11:19

Grayscale, the asset manager running the world’s largest bitcoin fund, said in a statement that it won’t share its proof of reserves with customers.

“Due to security concerns, we do not make such on-chain wallet information and confirmation data publicly available through a cryptographic Proof-of-Reserve, or other advanced cryptographic accounting procedure,” said a statement Friday.

Following the implosion of FTX and its subsequent bankruptcy proceedings exposing that customer funds were missing, multiple crypto exchanges have jumped to release proof-of-reserve audits in order to assuage investor concerns over the safety of their funds. Others, like Binance, say they soon plan to do so.

Grayscale wrote in a tweet that it realized that failing to disclose a proof of reserves would be a “disappointment to some,” but added that a “panic sparked by others is not a good enough reason to circumvent complex security arrangements” that have kept its investors’ assets “safe for years.”

Webmaster addition: Oops! Here we go again!

Posted on: Nov 21 11:16

More than 18 million people were injured so badly by their first COVID shot from Pfizer or Moderna that they had to go to the hospital. That’s according to the CDC’s own internal data, which a court just ordered the federal agency to release to a watchdog group.

The CDC started a vaccine monitoring program back at the very beginning of the COVID shot rollout in December of 2020. You might remember it; the program was called V-safe. People were asked to install the V-safe app on their smartphones and then self-report if they have any negative effects from the experimental mRNA shots, which were released to the public under an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.

A lot of people were eager to help, because world governments had scared many folks very badly over the virus. Many thought that the COVID shots were a medical miracle in late 2020. So, more than 10 million people downloaded V-safe on their smartphones, and then proceeded to get vaccinated.

That’s a huge sample size for a medical study. With 10 million people participating in the V-safe self-reporting system, it gives an extremely accurate statistical model to use when studying the 230 million Americans who have had at least one COVID shot.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:15

An earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds, regional governor Ridwan Kamil has said.

The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles), according to US Geological Survey data.

Scores of people were taken to hospital, with many treated outside.

Rescuers were working into the night to try to save others thought to still be trapped under collapsed buildings.

The area where the quake struck is densely populated and prone to landslides, with poorly built houses reduced to rubble in many areas.

There are conflicting reports as to the exact numbers of deaths, and it is difficult to get a definitive figure as the search and rescue effort continues.

Earlier, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said at least 62 people had died, according to the latest available data.

More than 13,000 people have been displaced Mr Kamil told local media, and the BNPB said over 2,200 homes have been damaged.

Posted on: Nov 21 11:15

"Could all the people currently whining about 'the death of Twitter' since [Elon Musk] bought it… just leave Twitter?"

Posted on: Nov 21 11:01

Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.

By the fall of 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his political advisers were preparing for the next presidential campaign. Although he had not formally announced his candidacy, it was clear that President Kennedy was going to run and he seemed confident about his chances for re-election.

At the end of September, the president traveled west, speaking in nine different states in less than a week. The trip was meant to put a spotlight on natural resources and conservation efforts. But JFK also used it to sound out themes—such as education, national security, and world peace—for his run in 1964.

Webmaster addition: See The Death Of John Kennedy

Posted on: Nov 21 11:00

"So, Trump announces he's running for president, and the Republicans take the House and tee up investigations into the Biden family, and suddenly a special counsel is appointed."

“FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets.” – The Washington Post

Posted on: Nov 21 10:59

On November 18, the Polish foreign ministry stated that it will not allow a Russian delegation to attend the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) summit next month. OSCE is one of the most prominent regional security organizations in the world and its stated goal is to establish a viable security framework that would prevent conflicts in Europe and beyond. However, the reality is a bit different from the organization’s publicly altruistic intentions. The Associated Press asked the Polish foreign ministry if Russia would be denied entry to the OSCE’s December conference and Spokesman Lukasz Jasina responded that it would.

Russia, one of the most important members of the organization, as well as a key player in European security, is being denied entry due to politics. The very fact that this is even possible calls into question the purpose of OSCE or any similar organization dominated by the political West. This year, Poland is chairing the 57-nation organization, with the annual ministerial conference scheduled to be held in the city of Lodz on December 1-2. When asked if Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would be attending the conference, Jasina responded, “We are not expecting a visit by minister Lavrov to Lodz.”

“Delegations should be adjusted to the current EU regulations and not include persons that are sanctioned by the European Union,” according to an announcement by the Polish OSCE Chairmanship. “…a number of Russian nationals were added to the list of sanctioned individuals, including Minister Lavrov,” it added.

Posted on: Nov 21 10:58

Ukrainian troops have shelled Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant over the last two days, Renat Karchaa, an adviser at Russia’s state nuclear operator Rosenergoatom, claimed on Sunday.

Karchaa said the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant was targeted earlier in the day, following a barrage fired at the facility on Saturday, when six projectiles hit the cooling system of one of the rectors and two struck the radioactive waste storage. He added that the employees were unharmed.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the plant was shelled twice on Sunday, while 11 “large-caliber artillery shells” were fired on Saturday. The ministry said that projectiles fell close to the reactors, and that the fire was also directed at power lines.

“It is impossible to assess the consequences of the shelling because there is a danger of new attacks,” Karchaa said. The plant had not been targeted that much since late September. according to the official.

Posted on: Nov 21 10:58

The board overseeing a southeastern Arizona county whose Republican leaders had hoped to recount all Election Day ballots on Friday delayed certifying the results of last week’s vote after hearing from a trio who alleged that counting machines were not certified.

The three men, or some combination of them, have filed at least four cases raising similar claims before the Arizona Supreme Court since 2021, seeking to have the state’s 2020 election results thrown out. The court has dismissed all of them for lack of evidence, waiting too long after the election was certified or asking for relief that could not be granted, in increasingly harsh language.

But Tom Rice, Brian Steiner and Daniel Wood managed to persuade the two Republicans who control the Cochise County board of supervisors that their claims were valid enough for them to delay the certification until a Nov. 28 deadline.

Posted on: Nov 21 10:46

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were "potentially" moles who informed the Justice Department about classified documents being held at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound, the former attorney for Trump Michael Cohen claimed. Last week, Ivanka did not attend her father's announcement about his plans to run in the 2024 presidential elections, telling Fox News afterward "I love my father very much. This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics."

Posted on: Nov 21 10:41