• Russia's top diplomat looking to bestow special heroic rank upon Elon "Pedo Guy" Musk Russian Elon Musk

    Talk about a bromance. Elon "Pedo Guy" Musk has been offering up Kremlin talking points as solutions to end the unjust war the Russians are waging in Ukraine. In response, Putin's top diplomat is positively gushing over how supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Musk is.

    Love is real.

    Daily Beast:

    "Musk did well, by the way. He's worthy of being awarded with a new officer rank out of order," Medvedev said.

    The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said that he was glad Musk was proposing this peace deal.

    "In fact, it is very positive that a person like Elon Musk is looking for a peaceful way out of the crisis," Peskov said, adding that the proposals "deserve attention."

    Moscow's applause for Musk comes just hours after he set off a firestorm on Twitter when he posted a poll asking if his followers agreed that Ukraine should be "neutral" and that Crimea—which Russia invaded and illegally annexed in 2014—should be given to Russia. Crimea, though, is considered a part of Ukraine, and world leaders have declared the referenda that took place there in 2014 illegitimate.

  • Dr. Oz's research killed more than 300 dogs, many other animals

    In 2004 Columbia University paid the US Department of Agriculture a fine for violations of the Animal Welfare Act during Dr. Oz's scientific experimentation on animals. The University did not deny the allegations.

    Oz, the New Jersey resident who's currently running for U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, was a "principal investigator" at the Columbia University Institute of Comparative Medicine labs for years and assumed "full scientific, administrative, and fiscal responsibility for the conduct" of his studies. Over the course of 75 studies published in academic journals reviewed by Jezebel, Oz's team conducted experiments on at least 1,027 live animal subjects that included dogs, pigs, calves, rabbits, and small rodents. Thirty-four of these experiments resulted in the deaths of at least 329 dogs, while two of his experiments killed 31 pigs, and 38 experiments killed 661 rabbits and rodents.


    In the early 2000s, testimony from a whistleblower and veterinarian named Catherine Dell'Orto about Oz's research detailed extensive suffering inflicted on his team's canine test subjects, including multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which sets minimum standards of care for dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other animals in the possession of animal dealers and laboratories. The law specifically requires researchers and breeders to use pain-relieving drugs or euthanasia on the animals, and not use paralytics without anesthesia, or experiment multiple times on the same animal.

    Months after paying the $2,000 fine, in December 2004, Columbia defended Oz amid the animal abuse allegations, calling him "a highly respected researcher and clinician" who adhered "to the highest standards of animal care," but neglected to deny any of the specific allegations Dell'Orto had made against Oz. On Monday, Jezebel reached out to Columbia's office of communications and public affairs as well as Oz's Senate campaign. Columbia declined to comment, and Oz's campaign has yet to respond. Notably, in April this year, the Daily Beast reported that the university had seemingly cut all ties with Oz, stripping his personal pages from the medical center's website. Oz formerly held senior positions including vice chair of surgery and director of integrated medicine at the medical center.

  • Trump's missing Jan 6th call logs are reported as being in the seized evidence from Mar-a-Lago

    It would appear that the 7-hour gap in Trump's call logs during the January 6th Moron's Rebellion has been found in the seized evidence found at Mar-a-Lago.

    Here is the full document.

  • California to stop harassing black people for crossing streets A welcome sign at the California state line.

    The police are losing a long-abused method of harassment. California now has a law making it illegal for the police to stop people for simply walking across the street. This was a cop-favorite way to grossly harass people in black communities across the state, where there seem to be fewer crosswalks for some strange reason.

    Jaywalking is no longer a crime.

    KTLA:

    Proponents say the law is a win in decriminalizing jaywalking, for which tickets are disproportionately given to low-income individuals or minorities who typically cannot afford to pay the tickets.

    "No longer will law enforcement be able to stop people who are safely crossing the street and burden them with citations and heaps of debt," said Zal Shroff, senior staff attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. "For too long, our jaywalking laws were used as a pretext to stop and harass people, especially low-income people and people of color. The reforms enacted in AB 2147 will put an end to that and, in doing so, make all of California safer for pedestrians."

    Supporters say lower-income communities typically do not have the funding or infrastructure to provide safe crosswalks, while the new law could also prevent a jaywalking arrest from turning serious or fatal, citing incidents in San Clemente, the Bay Area and Sacramento over the past few years.

    It isn't just California, but this law is a start.

  • US "conservatives" struggle to hide their overt support of Putin's war in Ukraine

    The Conservative Politica Action Conference has made clear that it stands firmly in support of Putin's Russia and is aghast that the United States is sending arms and funds to help the people of Ukraine. Conservatives would rather see us developing detention centers along our borders for people seeking asylum.

    After some pretty strong Pro-Putin tweeting, CPAC is covering its tracks.

    This stance aligns with other conservative speakers and "leaders," like the TV dinner guy.

    Via DailyKos

  • SEC fines Kim Kardashian for unethically pushing cryptocurrencies

    Celebrity crypto hawkers beware, the SEC is watching. Kim Kardashian has settled charges relating to her failure to disclose paid relationship as a promotor for a cryptocurrency. The SEC wants celebrities to know they are responsible for reporting how much they are paid to hawk security.

    SEC:

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against Kim Kardashian for touting on social media a crypto asset security offered and sold by EthereumMax without disclosing the payment she received for the promotion. Kardashian agreed to settle the charges, pay $1.26 million in penalties, disgorgement, and interest, and cooperate with the Commission's ongoing investigation.

    The SEC's order finds that Kardashian failed to disclose that she was paid $250,000 to publish a post on her Instagram account about EMAX tokens, the crypto asset security being offered by EthereumMax. Kardashian's post contained a link to the EthereumMax website, which provided instructions for potential investors to purchase EMAX tokens.

    "This case is a reminder that, when celebrities or influencers endorse investment opportunities, including crypto asset securities, it doesn't mean that those investment products are right for all investors," said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. "We encourage investors to consider an investment's potential risks and opportunities in light of their own financial goals."

    "Ms. Kardashian's case also serves as a reminder to celebrities and others that the law requires them to disclose to the public when and how much they are paid to promote investing in securities," Chair Gensler added.

    Wonder who could possibly be next?

  • Mon Mothma makes her appearance in "Star Wars: Andor" episode 4 Andor logo

    Andor's fourth installment continues the series' fantastic beat of showing the dark side of the Star Wars universe.

    What does "Mon" mean in Star Wars? Andor episode four puts Mon Mothma center stage. Not a people like the Mon Calamari, or a planet like Mon Cala, Mon Mothma is her own whole person, and she is feeling the Empire creeping up and into her business. Mothma's problems at home are also unfortunate, her husband is a real dick and doesn't deserve cool antiquities.

    After dumping Andor with the Apple Dumpling Gang, Luthen continues to be interesting; however, his apparent master of disguise routine isn't making much sense. I actually expected the sequence to result in Luthen changing into Mon Mothma or a surprise Bail Organa. Changing into himself was kind of anti-climactic.

    Clearly this mission with the ADG will show us how Andor became such an expert stealer of things that save the galaxy, cause that appears to be his first job. Steal stuff to save the galaxy.

    The worthless Corporate security dude is feeling some sort of introspection too. I am glad he got a hug.

    I was hoping for more V.I.N.C.E.N.T. too.

  • At least two more raped minors were denied abortions in Ohio, forced to flee the state

    An affidavit asserts that at least two more minors raped in Ohio were forced to flee the state rather than carry their rapist's children to term, as Ohio law requires. The terrifying stories of dozens of women forced to suffer under the lack of body autonomy are detailed.

    Cincinnati.com:

    At least two more minors made pregnant by sexual assault were forced to leave Ohio to avoid having their rapists' babies, according to sworn affidavits filed by abortion providers.

    The affidavits were filed in Cincinnati as part of a lawsuit aimed at stopping the enforcement of Ohio's strict new abortion law. Originally paused for two weeks, the enforcement delay will be extended to at least Oct. 12.

    If true, the affidavits show that a 10-year-old from Columbus was not the only child or teen rape victim forced to leave the state. They also describe more than two dozen other instances in which the abortion law put women under extreme duress.

  • Avatar's re-release went surprisingly well avatar trailer

    The biggest movie everyone forgot is back! Avatar made $30 million this weekend, $10 million coming from the US of A. Once the largest grossing movie of all time, Avatar has not had the outside-the-theater fan reaction other prominent properties have had. I understand a ride at Walt Disney World is based on it, but I have never been interested.

    $30 million for a 30-year-old movie is pretty darn good.

    Yahoo:

    "Avatar" was the biggest movie in the world over the weekend — again.

    James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi epic was re-released to theaters ahead of the December debut of its long-awaited sequel, "Avatar: The Way of Water." It grossed $30.5 million globally, $10 million of which came from North America.

    The strong box office for the 13-year-old movie is a good sign for "The Way of Water's" chances.

    Image: Screen grab

  • You can join Judd Apatow and the Good Deeds Corps in raising funds for Texas voter registration

    Non-partisan voter registration group the Good Deeds Corps has been hosting a series of backyard movie screenings with the stars in the films. This Sunday, October 2nd, in Los Angeles, CA., Judd Apatow will headline Stars in the Backyard, where he will screen and discuss scenes from his favorite films. Previous events have featured Sandra Oh and Jack Black and have raised over $60k to help register Texas voters.

    Make a donation, or attend.

    The Release:

    Comic Film Legend Judd Apatow to Appear at Stars in
    the Backyard for South Texas Voter Registration Drive
    On October 2 nd Apatow Will Screen His Favorite Scenes From His
    Films at Outdoor Series That Has Previously Raised $60,000 in Funds

    Los Angeles, CA, September 26, 2022 – Stars in the Backyard, an ongoing series of intimate, outdoor
    screenings, welcomes Judd Apatow for an uncensored conversation where he'll screen favorite scenes
    from his many buzzworthy comic films, television shows and documentaries.
    The series is sponsored by the non-partisan Good Deed Corps. the lead organization for the "Texas Turn
    Out" coalition to spur voter registration efforts in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
    Apatow will appear with comedian, actor, author, writer, and comedy historian Wayne Federman The
    screenings will include pre-show live music by comic Dave "Gruber" Allen and Benjamin Jaffe from
    Americana duo HoneyHoney
    Whether writing, directing, or producing (or all three), Apatow has guided such iconic comedies as The-
    40-Year-Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Trainwreck, Knocked Up and more. He's the third celebrity
    to appear in the series. Previously, Jack Black hosted a screening of School of Rock and Sandra Oh did
    likewise with Sideways. Together, those two evenings raised more than $60,000 for the ongoing voter
    registration effort.
    The star-studded screenings take place in the verdant Los Feliz backyard of actor and comic Jim Turner,
    a secret location made available only to ticket holders. Free tacos and popcorn will be served, and an
    open bar will be on tap.
    "We promise stiff drinks, funny conversation and a casual atmosphere and it's all for a good cause," said
    Turner a member of Good Deeds Corps.
    "Our simple mission in Texas is to help turn out record numbers of voters," said Don Foster, Director, The
    Good Deed Corps. "Because the higher the voter turnout, the better the chance the electorate reflects the
    actual demographic diversity of the state. Then, and only then, will true representative democracy be 
    possible."
    Tickets are $250 with limited seating. Doors open at 6 pm. with the screening set for a 7:30 p.m. start
    time.

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    Donations are tax deductible. To make a donation and attend please
    visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/juddapatow
    More information about Texas Turnout available here: https://texasturnout.org
    About The Good Deeds Corps (The lead organization of the Texas Turnout coalition.):
    The Good Deeds Corps is a 501c3 nonpartisan organization formed to promote voter registration with the
    goal of ensuring an inclusive and diverse electorate. It advances a strong, engaged civil society that
    embodies a diversity of voice and perspective through acts of compassion and generosity.
    After a very successful, unconventional relational organizing campaign (Georgia Rising) to get out the
    vote in several Georgia counties in 2020-21, The Good Deed Corps set its sights on increasing voter
    registration and voter turnout in Texas's Rio Grande Valley where voter turnout rarely exceeds 50%.
    The Texas Turnout campaign is designed to engage would-be voters with a comprehensive, multifaceted,
    localized approach based on one fundamental concept; relaxed (even fun!) community-based organizing. 
    The Texas Turnout coalition of nonpartisan, nonprofit civic engagement organizations includes: The Good
    Deed Corps,  Rideshare2Vote Aware, League of Women Voters RGV, VoteRiders, Futuro RGV, AACT
    Now, Texas Rising, NextGen Texas and Black Voters Matter.
    Each group brings a piece of the puzzle necessary to find eligible voters, register them, provide them with
    the material necessary to be informed voters, help them get voter IDs, provide rides to the polls, recruit
    volunteer deputy registrars, stay engaged and culturally fluent and ultimately export the model to other
    parts of the state.
    Texas Turnout has already helped register thousands of young Hispanic voters in three counties in the
    Texas Rio Grande Valley and made sure they're informed and able to get to the polls.
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    All contributions are tax deductible. For more information, visit TheGoodDeedCorps.org.

  • Watch Mike Lindell brag about trying to take all the drugs in Minnesota Mike Lindell in sad clown face

    "There is no room in the drug culture for amateurs." — Uncle Duke, Doonesbury

    Trump sycophant and pillow salesperson Mike Lindell claims to have once tried to rid Minnesota of drugs by ingesting them all. Assuming Minnesota has a high volume of low-quality pharmaceuticals, this explains much about Mr. Lindell's beliefs and behaviors.

    Crooks and Liars:

    So, anyway, Lindell says that Trump isn't racist.

    Lindell said on this show that he just met for 7 hours with a New York Times reporter. He went on to say that he told him he never voted in his life until after he met Trump in 2016, and people in inner-city Minneapolis vouch for him that he's not a racist.

    And he added that he tried to rid the state of Minnesota of drugs by "doing them all."

    Trump isn't a racist? I wonder if Lindell is having flashbacks.

  • How many licks to get to the center of an Apple Watch Ultra? Apple Watch Ultra vs hammer

    Watch as this gentleman performs a meaningless test, the watch was not on his wrist when he repeatedly struck it with a sledgehammer, so the test doesn't meet real-world conditions. If he wanted to test it, he'd have worn it and found someone to swing the hammer. Maybe try TaskRabbit?

    What a waste of a very expensive watch. The disappointment that after repeated hammer blows, the front and back were intact, but the watch had stopped turning on felt odd to me, as I was impressed with ONE hammer strike. Poor table.

    Additionally, if it can not stop a bullet the watch has less utility than a run-of-the-mill Amazonian bracelet and can not be called "Ultra."

    Image: screen grab

  • "Girls who code" book series banned by a Pennsylvania school district

    Continuing to demonstrate how evil the Christian Fascist movement is, in the United States, Central York school district in Pennsylvania has banned a popular book series that helps girls learn computer programming.

    Exactly how is having STEM materials focused on engaging girls "too activist?" Who knows, these people are just salting the earth.

    The Guardian:

    The books are four of more than 1,500 unique book titles that have been banned by schools across the country after conservative pushes to censor books. According to a report released by Pen America in April, 138 school districts across 32 states have banned books from their classrooms and school libraries.

    A recent update to Pen America's banned book index said the Central York school district last year banned the books The Friendship Code, Team BFF: Race to the Finish!, Lights, Music, Code! and Spotlight on Coding Club!. The school district has over 400 banned titles on the index.

    The Central York school district did not immediately respond to request for comment on its ban of the Girls Who Code series.

    The series features a group of girls who become friends in their school's coding club. The series is in partnership with Girls Who Code, a non-profit that runs computer coding clubs and programming in schools for girls.

    The CEO and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, expressed her anger over the series being banned.

  • Putin bestows Russian citizenship upon Edward Snowden Snowden now a Russian

    As many Russian citizens are fleeing to any country that will take them, trying to avoid serving in Putin's unjust war in Ukraine, Edward Snowden has become a proud Russian national.

    CNN:

    President Vladimir Putin has granted former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden Russian citizenship, according to an official decree published on the Russian government portal Monday. 

    Snowden, who admitted to leaking information about US surveillance programs to the press, has been in Russia since 2013. He is facing espionage charges in the US and up to 30 years in prison.

  • Trump's right-hand man and an insurrectionist leader were texting one another Mark Meadows in clownface

    There is no question Mark Meadows was texting with election conspiracy fanboi Phil Waldron and being kept appraised of his efforts to steal the election in Arizona. Who may never know precisely who called one of the rebels during their attack on the US Capitol from the White House, but we know the 9-second phone call was placed and answered.

    CNN:

    Phil Waldron, an early proponent of various election-related conspiracy theories, texted Meadows on December 23 that an Arizona judge had dismissed a lawsuit filed by friendly GOP lawmakers there. The suit demanded state election officials hand over voting machines and other election equipment, as part of the hunt for evidence to support Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud.

    In relaying the news to Meadows, Waldron said the decision would allow opponents to engage in "delay tactics" preventing Waldron and his associates from immediately accessing machines. Waldron also characterized Arizona as "our lead domino we were counting on to start the cascade," referring to similar efforts in other states like Georgia.

    "Pathetic," Meadows responded.

    The messages, which have not been previously reported, shed new light on how Waldron's reach extended into the highest levels of the White House and the extent to which Meadows was kept abreast of plans for accessing voting machines, a topic sources tell CNN, and court documents suggest, is of particular interest to state and federal prosecutors probing efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

  • To solve homelessness Lakewood, New Jersey enacts their policy of cruelty to all

    The city of Lakewood, New Jersey, eliminated their homeless shelter and made the process of getting access to their remaining services hard for people to navigate, however, their town square wasn't cleaning up. Rather than allow homeless people to rest in the shade of their trees, the city has cut down over 30 trees, ruining the park for everyone.

    Slate:

    Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles told the Asbury Park Press, which led reporting on the decision, that the move was necessary. He cited complaints received by the police department's Quality of Life unit about homeless people. "They were harassing people, defecating between the cars and residents were complaining," he said, according to the paper.

    Brigham said there was no warning or debate. One morning, when he came to deliver donated produce from a local farm to local homeless people (something he often does), the trees had already been cut down and thrown into a dumpster. "It didn't take me long to figure out that they did it just because of the homeless," he told me. "I said to myself, 'That's pretty extreme.' "

    We sat at a concrete bench with a built-in chessboard. Brigham craned his neck, trying to help me imagine what it had looked like before the trees were cut. "I'm just gonna count on this side: one, two, three, four, five, six." He turned to the other side and continued. "One, two, three, four, five, six. That's 12. Then there's on the outside. They cut maybe around 30 trees." We'd only been sitting a few minutes, but I could see Brigham turn slightly red, and sweat began to bead down the side of his face. "I mean, it was beautiful. These trees were big. They were probably about 15 feet tall. The shade would cover this table. We'd be sitting in the shade here," he said.


    There were two high school boys with bikes sitting in the municipal parking lot with their backs to the town square. I asked Onesimo, a 15-year-old, if he knew what happened here. "They cut the trees down, I guess, which is sad because it really helped the beauty of the place," he said. People came to "chillax in the shade. Kids would come here and play, but the sun is really strong now. You're basically asking to get sunburn, so no one comes here anymore."