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“It’s worth noting in this latest 56-page indictment, the only Biden accused of wrongdoing is Hunter. The House Oversight Committee has been at this for years and they have so far not been able to provide any concrete evidence that Joe Biden personally profited from his son Hunter’s overseas business. But they are going to try again with this impeachment inquiry that’s set to start next week.” – Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, this morning on Fox Business.

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“President Magill’s actions in front of Congress were an embarrassment to the university, its student body, and its vast network of proud alumni,” the six congressmen wrote in a news release. “She has shown the university and the entire world that she is either incapable or unwilling to combat antisemitism on the university’s campus and take care of its student body. As such, I respectfully call on you to relieve President Magill of her duties as president to protect the lives of Jewish American students at the University of Pennsylvania.”

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Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that federal judges could not entertain complaints of partisan gerrymandering. In its landmark 5-4 decision Rucho v. Common Cause, the court said that it’s not for federal courts to decide whether an election map is designed to give one party an illegal advantage. But Chief Justice John Roberts assured plaintiffs that his decision does not leave them powerless to stop partisan gerrymandering since they still have a path for litigation: state courts.

... New Hampshire lsat week became the latest state to show the promise was largely illusory.

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WASHINGTON — A former California police chief who called for the execution of Donald Trump's political enemies, joined the U.S. Capitol attack and then spread conspiracy theories about Jan. 6 was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison Thursday.

Alan Hostetter was found guilty in July on charges of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering or remaining on restricted grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon and disorderly or disruptive conduct on restricted grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon. He represented himself at a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, a Ronald Reagan appointee, who sentenced him to 135 months Thursday.

Hostetter, who was the chief of the La Habra, California, Police Department in 2010, was arrested in June 2021.

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Republican Congressman Max Miller, who recently made a genocidal call to turn Gaza into a “parking lot,” has joined with Republican Congressman David Kustoff to push through a resolution in the US House of Representatives that “clearly and firmly states that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.”

Miller is one of the most racist individuals in the US Congress.

“Rashida Tlaib,” he said in October about the Palestinian flag outside the congresswoman’s office: “I don’t even want to call it the Palestinian flag, because they’re not a state, they’re a territory that’s about to probably get eviscerated and go away here shortly as we’re going to turn that into a parking lot.”

It’s unclear whether Miller is referring not just to the open-air prison of Gaza but the occupied West Bank as well.

This type of language implicates a top US government official in pushing a genocidal outcome for Gaza. US weaponry has, indeed, been used by Israel, helping it to kill some 7,000 Palestinian children in just two months.

read more: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/anti-palestinian-racist-secures-anti-zionism-anti-semitism-resolution

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BUCKS, Pa. – Newly appointed Central Bucks Board of School Directors, Karen Smith, was sworn into office Monday, however, unlike other her newly sworn fellow Board members who placed their hands on the more traditional Bible, Smith opted to use a stack of books on LGBTQ+ themes and race that had been banned by the previous board.

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Dozens of White House interns sent a letter late Tuesday urging President Joe Biden to demand a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, echoing the calls of a growing number of lawmakers, congressional staffers, administration officials, and ordinary Americans.

"We heed the voices of the American people and call on the administration to demand a permanent cease-fire," reads the letter.

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“The resolution suggests that all anti-Zionism—it states—is antisemitism. That’s either intellectually disingenuous or just factually wrong,” said New York Representative Jerry Nadler, who voted present. “The authors if they were at all familiar with Jewish history & culture should know about Jewish anti-Zionism that was and is expressly not antisemitic. This resolution ignores the fact that even today, certain Orthodox Hasidic Jewish communities … have held views that are at odds with the modern Zionist conception.”

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Fulton county prosecutors have signaled they want prison sentences in the Georgia criminal case against Donald Trump and his top allies for allegedly violating the racketeering statute as part of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to exchanges in private emails.

“We have a long road ahead,” the Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, wrote in one email last month. “Long after these folks are in jail, we will still be practicing law.”

The previously unreported emails, between Willis and defense lawyers, open a window on to the endgame envisioned by prosecutors on her team – which could inform legal strategies ahead of a potential trial next year, such as approaches toward plea deal negotiations.

Prosecutors are not presently expected to offer plea agreements to Trump, his former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and his former election lawyer Rudy Giuliani, but left open the possibility of talks with other co-defendants, the Guardian previously reported.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence could testify against Donald Trump in the latter’s trial for trying to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia.

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According to the company, correcting the aim of the NSTTF heliostats using its software reduced tracking error to 0.33 mrad, surpassing the project target of less than 1.0 mrad. The software also measured the alignment of the mirror facets to improve beam quality.

Concentrated solar is great because it can collect more of the Sun' energy than PV AND can store it AND doesn't create toxic waste at the end of the life of the reflectors. It's weird that it's so much more expensive than PV.

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The V-22 Osprey is prone to crashes and the Navy, Air Force, and Marines have grounded all of them while it investigates.

The Pentagon has grounded all of its V-22 Ospreys following a deadly crash in Japan that killed eight people. This isn’t the first time this has happened to the troubled aircraft, which has a long history of malfunctions, crashes, and death.

This most recent crash happened on November 29 during a training exercise in the waters off of Yakushima Island. A CV-22B using the call sign “Gundam 22” was flying eight U.S. service members between locations in the South China Sea when something went wrong and it crashed. The Pentagon has identified the service members aboard, but has only recovered six of the bodies.

The Japanese Defense Forces, which has 14 of its own Ospreys, grounded the vehicles after the crash and said that the U.S. wasn’t giving it enough information about what might have gone wrong. On Wednesday night, the Air Force, Marines, and Navy followed the JDF in grounding their Ospreys.

“Preliminary investigation information indicates a potential materiel failure caused the mishap, but the underlying cause of the failure is unknown at this time,” Air Force Special Operations Command said in a statement. “The standdown will provide time and space for a thorough investigation to determine causal factors and recommendations to ensure the Air Force CV-22 fleet returns to flight operations.”

A statement from the Naval Air Systems Command also said that a materiel issue was to blame. “While the mishap remains under investigation, we are implementing additional risk mitigation controls to ensure the safety of our service members,” the statement said, but didn’t elaborate on what those mitigation controls might be.

The V-22 has been here before. It’s common for the military to ground its fliers after an accident or series of accidents. The Army grounded all of its aviation units in April following multiple helicopter crashes. But this has happened multiple times to the V-22 since its deployment in 2007. The Pentagon last grounded V-22s in February.

The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft. It can take off and land like a helicopter, then its rotor tilts at a 90 degree angle and it can fly like a plane. It’s meant to provide the military with a vehicle that provides the best of both worlds. It can take off and land without a traditional runway, and all the logistical support a runway entails, while maintaining the cruising speed of a traditional aircraft.

The two main issues are dust and the clutch. When an Osprey lands in dirt, it kicks up a lot of debris into the air. That dust circulates through the engines which run so hot that, sometimes, the dust is turned into glass. The glass sticks to the engines and can cause mechanical failure. It’s so bad that there are policies in place that advise pilots to evacuate dust clouds as quickly as possible. The military has designed multiple engine filters to combat the issue, but it persists.

The other problem is what’s called a hard clutch. “A Hard Clutch Engagement event occurs when the clutch, driven by the engine, releases from the rotor system and suddenly reengages, sending an impulse through the drive train, potentially causing damage,” a Marine Corps statement on the issue said in February 2023, the last time it grounded its V-22s.

The Osprey crashes a lot, but not all the incidents are fatal. A Marine was injured in October in a crash. Three Marines died in an Osprey crash in August in Australia. In October 2022, an Osprey caught fire in California. In June 2022, five Marines died in an Osprey crash. An investigation later blamed the hard clutch issue. The list of fatal and non-fatal incidents involving the Osprey is long and it might be months before we know what exactly happened off the coast of Japan.

link: https://www.vice.com/en/article/3aky88/pentagon-grounds-entire-dollar34b-fleet-of-troubled-aircraft-after-yet-another-deadly-crash

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Although legal, the time frame and approach seems designed to shield the company from negligence.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ten Republicans who posed as fake electors for former President Donald Trump in Wisconsin and filed paperwork falsely saying he had won the battleground state have settled a civil lawsuit and admitted their actions were part of an effort to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory, attorneys who filed the case announced Wednesday.

Under the agreement, the fake electors acknowledged that Biden won the state, withdrew their filings and agreed not to serve as presidential electors in 2024 or any other election where Trump is on the ballot.

The 10 fake electors agreed to send a statement to the government offices that received the Electoral College votes saying that their actions were “part of an attempt to improperly overturn the 2020 presidential election results.”


Under the settlement, the 10 fake electors promised to assist the Department of Justice with its ongoing investigation. They also agreed to help the Democrats as they continue their lawsuit against Troupis and Chesebro.

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The two wealthy estate owners were in a years-long feud over the use of a public road which ran through the chocolatier's property.

An American chocolatier has been charged in connection to the murder of two Canadian millionaires in the Caribbean.

Quebec entrepreneur Daniel Langlois and his wife Dominique Marchand were found dead in a charred-out vehicle near a luxury “eco-resort” on the tropical island of Dominica.

Langlois and Marchand were enjoying a nice day on the island when they were “ambushed” by hitmen who shot them and then torched their car, the Daily Mail reported the Dominica Police said. The inferno that engulfed the car reportedly destroyed the bodies to the extent they are impossible to identify, forcing police to rely on “circumstantial evidence” to connect them to Langloid and Marchand.

“This type of terrible and brutal crime cannot be ignored and we cannot allow those responsible to get away with it,” Dominica's Minister of National Security Rayburn Blackmoore said on national radio. ”The government will provide investigators with everything they need to solve this crime.”

Police have detained four people in the death of the two wealthy Canadians, including American chocolatier Jonathan Lehrer.

Leher owns a 53-acre chocolate and coffee plantation on the island near the resort Langlois was developing. The businessmen and the Langlois had been in a feud for years over a road that passed through the chocolatier's estate, court documents report the Journal de Montreal. Lehrer objected to the use road, which was public, being used by Langlois for his resort.

read more: https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7bk8y/jonathan-lehrer-daniel-langlois-dominique-marchand-murder-dominica

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Tucson, AZ — Federal inmate and former FBI informant, John Turscak, was charged last week with attempted murder by federal prosecutors for the Black Friday stabbing incident of fellow prisoner Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted for the 2020 murder of George Floyd. The incident has raised questions about the FBI’s involvement and whether or not the stabbing was an “inside job.”

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Another Panera customer has died, allegedly as a result of consuming the Charged Lemonade.

After a lawsuit was filed in October alleging that Panera Bread’s Charged Lemonade beverages led to the death of a 21-year-old woman in 2022, NBC News reports that Panera has just been hit with a second lawsuit related to the energy drink.

A lawsuit filed Monday in Delaware alleges Panera Bread’s highly caffeinated Charged Lemonade led to the death of a 46-year-old Florida resident. Per the filing, the man drank three servings of Charged Lemonade on October 9 purchased at a local Panera. The man then suffered fatal cardiac arrest on his way home. The death certificate provided to NBC lists the official cause of death as “cardiac arrest due to hypertensive disease.”

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the victim’s family members, explains that the victim would often visit the local Panera restaurant on his way home from working at the local supermarket. Due to high blood pressure, he did not consume energy drinks; it’s unclear whether he was aware of the amount of caffeine in the Charged Lemonades. At the time of his death, these beverages were available in self-serve dispensers at the local Panera Bread, “offered side-by-side with all of the store’s non-caffeinated and/or less caffeinated drinks,” the lawsuit notes.

read more: https://thetakeout.com/panera-bread-s-charged-lemonade-sparks-another-lawsui-1851077137

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U.S. health officials have launched an inspection of a plant in Ecuador that made the cinnamon applesauce pouches linked to dozens of cases of acute lead poisoning in U.S. children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that contaminated cinnamon is the likely source of the lead. An FDA team is collecting samples from the Austrofoods plant that shipped the now recalled applesauce pouches sold widely at Dollar Tree and other stores across the U.S.

The agency said health officials in Ecuador found that cinnamon from Austrofood’s supplier had higher levels of lead than the country allows. The company, Negasmart, is facing sanctions while officials there track down the source of the cinnamon, the FDA reported Tuesday.

At least 64 children from 27 states have reported illnesses potentially linked to the products, which were recalled in late October, the FDA said. So far, all of the children are aged 6 or younger.

The recalled applesauce pouches were sold under the brand names WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis. They were sold at the Dollar Tree, on Amazon and in other online outlets.

The pouches were recalled after officials in North Carolina first reported cases of young children who posted high blood lead levels after eating pouches found to contain extremely high levels of lead.

link: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/fda-inspects-maker-of-lead-tainted-applesauce-pouches-in-ecuador

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Former president Donald Trump declined to rule out abusing power if he returns to the White House, after being asked to respond to growing criticism of his authoritarian rhetoric.

The Republican presidential frontrunner has talked about targeting his rivals – referring to them as “vermin” – and vowed to seek retribution if he wins a second term for what he argues are politically motivated prosecutions against him.

Trump had to be asked twice during a televised town hall event in Iowa hosted by Sean Hannity of Fox News to deny that he would abuse power to seek revenge on political opponents if re-elected to the White House.

“Under no circumstances, you are promising America tonight, you would never abuse power as retribution against anybody?” Hannity asked Trump in the interview taped in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday.

“Except for day one,” Trump responded. Trump said on the “day one” he referred to, he would use his presidential powers to close the southern border with Mexico and expand oil drilling.

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Panera, formerly Panera Bread.

This is THE SECOND person who died from drinking this.

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The Southwestern state announced Tuesday that it would spend $500 million on salty water from deep underground and wastewater from oil and gas production as a solution to its shortage.

New Mexico will invest $500 million into purchasing water from controversial sources, including treated oilfield wastewater, as a means to bolster the state’s water portfolio. The purchases are the latest in a long-running series of deals dipping into untapped waters to shore up dwindling supplies as climate change and decades of overconsumption drive aridification of the Southwest.

The water would come from two sources: brackish saltwater, from aquifers deep underground, and produced water—wastewater from oil and gas wells. Neither source, but particularly the latter, is immediately fit for most consumptive purposes. But as traditional water supplies like rivers and groundwater aquifers are depleted in the Southwest, local and state governments are increasingly investing in new water sources to keep up economic and population growth, despite skepticism from environmentalists and water experts.

“In arid states like ours, every drop counts. A warming climate throws that fact into sharper relief every day,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in a press release Tuesday. “This is innovation in action: We’re leveraging the private sector to strengthen our climate resiliency and protect our precious freshwater resources.”

read more: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/06122023/new-mexico-aridity-brackish-produced-water/

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While headlines tend to focus on falling clearance rates in large liberal cities, the decline occurred nationwide in both red and blue cities, counties and states. The violent crime clearance rate, for example, fell considerably between 2019 to 2022 in big cities, which tend to be led by Democrats, as well as in small cities and suburban and rural counties, which tend to be led by Republicans.

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