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#1  Jun 18 - More genocide officers cam footage of attempted murder on teens

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@news      By foshoVoodoo      8 minutes ago


Disband the whole precinct it's gangrene

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#2 Jun 18 - Netanyahu ordered illegal shredding of docs before Bennett takeover

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Shortly before Israel's Naftali Bennett took over as prime minister, his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu ordered documents be shredded in his office, a report claimed yesterday. Sources who worked for Netanyahu said the former prime minister ordered them to discard the documents on Sunday, one day before the new government was due to take office. It was unclear which or how many documents were allegedly destroyed.

According to both civil service regulations and a cabinet decision, the shredding of documents is illegal. All documents, whether public or private, are meant to be preserved in the office's archives, particularly documents pertaining to professional matters.

In a statement, the Prime Minister's office stated it was "unfamiliar with this issue," but claimed it would look into it. A Netanyahu spokesperson denied the claim entirely, stating that "no such thing ever happened."

The documents are stored in safes situated in an area known as the "Aquarium" where the prime ministers and their most senior aides sit. This area of the office typically contains the schedules of senior officials, documents concerning their work and other material. As mandated by law, the documents in the safes were to be moved to the office's archives to be filed so that Bennett, his ministers and his senior aides could access them.

The report quoted unnamed staff who worked for the former prime minister and reported that they had been ordered to shred the documents on Sunday morning, hours before a coalition of parties working to remove Netanyahu from office took over. The staffers said that the order came directly from Netanyahu himself.

On Monday, Netanyahu handed the office and its formal powers over to Bennett after his 12-year rule. The meeting was reportedly unusually abrupt, ending without a traditional handshake, ceremony, or photo-op.

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#3 Jun 18 - Man shot next to two children in New York

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Two young children narrowly missed getting hit by gunfire during a shooting on a sidewalk in New York on Thursday evening.

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is asking the public for help in identifying two men involved in the incident, one of whom opened fire on another man multiple times while the victim was on the ground next to the children.

Video footage from the incident, which took place in the Bronx, shows a man running away from a gunman before falling to the ground, taking the two young children down with him.

One of the a*sailants, dressed in all black with the majority of his face covered, runs up to the group and continues shooting at the man at near-point-blank range as the kids — ages 5 and 10 — scramble around him.

The victim and children try to get up and run away multiple times as the gunman continues to fire.

"Yes, those are children with the victim, who were very fortunately not injured," the NYPD wrote in a tweet accompanying the video it released Friday.


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#4 UK's ÂŁ2bn drop in EU exports 'a disaster'

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The UK has experienced a £2 billion loss of exports to the EU at the first three months of this year, a number described as a “disaster” by the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

According to new figures published by the FDF on Friday, the UKÂ’s food and drink exports to non-EU markets were higher than sales to the EU in the first quarter of 2021.

“The loss of £2 billion of exports to the EU is a disaster for our industry, and is a very clear indication of the scale of losses that UK manufacturers face in the longer-term due to new trade barriers with the EU,” said Dominic Goudie, head of international trade at the FDF.

The FDF, which is an industry lobby group, has revealed that UK sales to the EU has fallen by 47 percent compared with the same period last year, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and post–Brexit trade relations.

Sales to Ireland dropped by more than two thirds over the first three months of this year, while exports to Germany, Spain and Italy plunged by more than 50 percent since March 2020.

UK imports from the EU also experienced a loss of 10 percent, with vegetables, wine and fruit falling between 14% and 20%.

The FDF said the fall in EU–UK trade will be extended “when full checks are implemented at UK borders in 2022.”

Meanwhile, John Whitehead of the Food & Drink Exporters a*sociation criticized the situation, saying that “whilst some of this large drop can be put down to end of year, stockpiling [and] significant business has been lost as a direct result of the additional bureaucracy, customs delays and costs of trading with the EU”.

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#5 Jun 18 - ‘Delta’ variant of COVID-19 becoming dominant globally — WHO

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The Delta variant of COVID-19, first detected in India, tends to become the dominant variant worldwide, Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health OrganizationÂ’s chief scientist, said at a briefing on Friday.

"The Delta variant is well on its way to becoming the dominant variant globally because of its increased transmissibility," Soumya Swaminathan said.

Earlier, the developers of Sputnik V stated that the Russian vaccine was more efficient against the Indian variant that any of those which trial results had been submitted for publication.

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#6 Jun 18 - How the U.S. Vaccine Program is Progressing by State

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#7  Jun 18 - Utah Mom Blames Pfizer & Moderna Covid Vax for Hospitalizing Both Son & Husband

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My son being an athlete and only 17 years old wasn't in a high risk category, but we did feel pressured to administer the vaccine,' Romney said

'There's no other explanation': Utah mom blames COVID vaccines after her 17-year-old athlete son and her husband were BOTH hospitalized with rare blood clots after getting Pfizer and Moderna shots

A mother in Utah is blaming COVID-19 vaccines after her 17-year-old son and her husband were both hospitalized with rare blood clots soon after receiving the shots.

'There's no other explanation for what happened to my son and my husband, we are pretty certain that it was a direct result of the vaccine,' Cherie Romney said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

Romney's son Everest, a healthy six-foot-nine high school basketball player, got his first Pfizer shot on April 21 and began experiencing severe symptoms less than 24 hours later, and her husband Preston suffered clots after getting a Moderna shot, she has said.

Public health officials including the CDC say that the Pfizer and Moderna shots are not a*sociated with an increased risk of rare blood clots, which were seen in a small number who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

But Romney wants to highlight her family's experience as pressure mounts to vaccinate children, who are at incredibly low risk from COVID-19, and as more colleges require young and healthy students to get vaccinated in order to return to campus.

In the interview with Fox host Tucker Carlson, Romney said that her family had felt pressured to get the vaccines out of fear they would be required for school sports or travel.

'We felt a lot of pressure to go get the vaccine. We thought, let's hurry and go get that done before the summer season of basketball starts,' she said.

'I didn't think there was a chance my son or my husband or myself really were going to experience some significant side effects from COVID,' Romney said.

'My son being an athlete and only 17 years old wasn't in a high risk category, but we did feel pressured to administer the vaccine,' she added.

Romney said that Everest began to develop swelling in his neck later that night, and that five days later he was unable to move his head or neck.

'I took him to the pediatrician and the pediatrician said it has nothing to do with the shot, it really doesn't, I think it is a pulled neck muscle,' she said.

Eight days later, Everest was in the pediatric ICU with two blood clots in his brain and one in his neck, Romney said.

While hospitalized, Everest spoke out saying that he also believed the vaccine played a role.

'I think that it caused the swelling and the swelling caused the clots. I don't think that it was directly related, but indirectly the cause of the clots,' he told KSL-TV.

Officials at the hospital declined to comment when pressed by reporters at the NBC affiliate, referring inquires to the Utah Department of Health, which sent a statement.

'To date, there has been no evidence that either of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) cause the extremely rare blood clotting issues that have been confirmed with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,' the statement said.

'Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in American history,' the department said.

Romney says that her husband Preston was hospitalized 'with over 100 blood clots in his lungs' the weekend after her son was discharged from the hospital in May.

She has said that her husband had to have a quarter of his lungs removed to treat the clots. He has also since been released and is in stable condition.


In the U.S. about 313 million doses of COVID vaccines have been administered. The CDC's VAERS reporting database tallies 3,848 blood clotting incidents across all three authorized vaccines, suggesting the incidence of clots is roughly 1 in 100,000.

The severe clots a*sociated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are even more rare, and nearly all of them were found in young adult women under the age of 50, according to the CDC.

The background rate of blood clots that normally occur every year is significantly higher, with roughly 1 or 2 out of every 1,000 Americans experiencing some form of clotting, according to the CDC.

However, Romney's troubling story comes as U.S. health authorities push to vaccinate children under the age of 16, worrying parents who fear there is too little clinical trial data to make an informed decision.



Romney's son Everest, a healthy six-foot-nine high school basketball player, got his first Pfizer shot on April 21 and began experiencing severe symptoms less than 24 hours later



On Thursday, the CDC is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the higher-than-expected number of young men who have had heart inflammation after receiving the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

The emergency CDC meeting will address the 226 plausible cases of heart inflammation in young people - mainly affecting teenage boys and young men - after receiving their second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

While the CDC acknowledged last week that the number of cases was higher than expected, they said it was still rare.

On Wednesday top advisors in the UK reversed course on the planned rollout COVID vaccines to children, saying more data is needed.

Experts on the UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination are understood to have raised 'serious ethical concerns' about vaccinating children because of the tiny risk they face of becoming seriously ill.

The group will release fresh guidance on the highly controversial topic of vaccinating children by the end of the week, according to the Telegraph.

It will urge the prime minister to hold off vaccinating under-18s in the immediate future and wait for more safety data to come out of the US and Israel.


Everest was hospitalized in the pediatric ICU with two blood clots in his brain and one in his neck. He was released last month and has been recovering at home

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#8 Jun 18 - The amount of heat the Earth traps has doubled in just 15 years

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(CNN)The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Researchers say it's a "remarkable" amount of energy that is already having far-reaching consequences.

"It's excess energy that's being taken up by the planet," said Norman Loeb, a NASA scientist and lead author of the study, "so it's going to mean further increases in temperatures and more melting of snow and sea ice, which will cause sea level rise — all things that society really cares about."

The study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that what's known as the Earth's energy imbalance — the difference between how much of the sun's energy the planet absorbs and how much energy is radiated back into space — approximately doubled from 2005 to 2019. The result was "striking," the research team wrote.

Life on Earth couldn't exist without the sun's energy, but it matters how much of that energy is radiated back into space. It's a delicate balance that determines the planet's climate.

In addition to higher global temperatures, the most obvious effect of a positive imbalance, Loeb told CNN "we're going to be seeing shifts in atmospheric circulations including more extreme events like droughts."

Using satellite data to measure the imbalance, scientists found that the Earth is gaining more energy than it should and causing the planet to heat up even more, also known as a positive energy imbalance.

Approximately 90 percent of the excess energy from this imbalance ends up in the ocean. And warming ocean temperatures lead to acidification, impacting fish and other marine biodiversity. When researchers compared the satellite measurements with data from a global array of ocean sensors, the findings exhibited a similar trend. The remaining energy, meanwhile, stays in the atmosphere.

The cause of this energy imbalance is certainly due in part to human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers report. It's also affected by some of the positive feedback loops caused by climate change: as global temperature increases, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere also rises, which further increases the temperature. Melting snowpack and sea ice — natural reflectors of solar energy — is decreasing due to global warming as well.

Another contributing factor is how the Pacific Decadal Oscillation — often described as a longer term El Niño-like climate pattern in the Pacific — stayed in a severely warm phase from 2014 through 2020. Because of this sudden flip from a cool to an extended warm phase, cloud cover over the ocean dwindled, allowing the Pacific Ocean to absorb more solar radiation.

"It's man-made change that's shifting the composition of the atmosphere, as well as fluctuations in the climate systems," Loeb said. "The observations are all kind of blended together."

Against the backdrop of the West's historic drought and extreme heat, the study warns that the amount of heat the Earth traps must decline, or climate change will continue to worsen.

Loeb described his team's chosen time period, 2005 to 2019, as a mere snapshot of what's to come in terms of climate impacts, adding that more studies and long-term observations need to be done in order to fully grasp the long-term trend.

"My hope is the rate that we're seeing this energy imbalance subsides in the coming decades," said Loeb. "Otherwise, we're going to see more alarming climate changes."

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#9 Jun 18 - mypillow guy confronted by jordan klepper..... "you guys are horrible"

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The Daily ShowÂ’s Jordan Klepper has made a lot of hay by visiting MAGA rallies for great comedic gain and using his deadpan delivery to illustrate many of the willfully misinformed followers of former President Donald Trump.

Last week, Klepper visited a MAGA rally hosted by MyPillow CEO, and chief stolen election conspiracy theorist, Mike Lindell, and the interview between the two went about how you would imagine


The segment opened with interviews with rally-goers that were pretty much what one would expect: nonmedia savvy individuals leaving themselves vulnerable to editing that makes them look even worse than they reveal themselves to be. But it was the confrontation between Lindell and Klepper that was the “money shot” as it were.

Klepper skeptically confronted the MyPillow CEO on his stolen election conspiracies. “This is the crime of the century you’re describing and they came to the MyPillow guy,” he said, before challenging him on his efforts. “Is this helping, Mike? Ginning all this up?”


“Do you know what this is doing?” Lindell avoided the question and hit back at Klepper, who answered “It’s perpetuating anger, fear, and attacking our democracy.”

Klepper then compared Lindell’s constant promising of new evidence that will finally prove his baseless conspiracies to other unsolved mysteries. “It’s like watching that Bigfoot show,” the Daily Show host said. “They don’t find Bigfoot at the end, but if you tune in next week, maybe it’s going to happen.”


Lindell didn’t like that comparison and stormed off with a disgusted wave, saying, “You guys are horrible.”

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#10 Jun 18 - Pence was met with heckles and chants of "traitor" In a event for a cult

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#11 Jun 18 - Dow falls more than 500 points to close out its worst week since October

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Stocks fell on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average on pace for its worst weekly loss since January, as traders worry the Federal Reserve could start raising rates sooner than expected. Economic comeback plays led the market sell-off.

The blue-chip average dropped 413 points, bringing its week-to-date losses to 3.1%. The S&P 500 fell 0.9%, pushing its loss this week to more than 1.5%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.8%.

St. Louis Federal Reserve President Jim Bullard told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” it was natural for the Fed to tilt a little “hawkish” this week and that the first rate increase from the central bank would likely come in 2022. His comments came after the Fed on Wednesday added two rate hikes to its 2023 forecast and increased its inflation projection for the year, putting pressure on stock prices.

“The fear held by some investors is that if the Fed tightens policy sooner than expected to help cool inflationary pressures, this could weigh on future economic growth,” Truist Advisory Services chief market strategist Keith Lerner said in a note. To be sure, he added it would be premature to give up on the so-called value trade right now.

Pockets of the market most sensitive to the economic rebound led the sell-off this week.

The S&P 500 energy sector and industrials are down 4.5% and 3.3%, respectively, week to date. Financials and materials meanwhile, are down more than 5% each. These groups had been market leaders this year on the back of the economic reopening.

The decline in stocks came as the Fed’s actions caused a drastic flattening of the so-called Treasury yield curve. This means the yields of shorter-duration Treasurys — like the 2-year note — while longer-duration yields like the benchmark 10-year declined. The retreat in long-dated bond yields reflects less optimism toward economic growth, while the jump in short-end yields shows the expectations of the Fed raising rates.

This phenomenon is hurting bank stocks particularly as bank earnings could take a hit when the spread between short-term and long-term rates narrows. Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase shares on Friday lost more than 2% each. Citigroup fell by 1.7% and was headed for its 12th straight daily decline.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that officials have discussed tapering bond buying and would at some point begin slowing the a*set purchases.

“This week’s first whiff of an eventual change in Fed policy was a reminder that emergency monetary conditions and the free-money era will ultimately end,” strategists at MRB Partners wrote in a note. “We expect a series of incremental retreats from the Fed’s benign inflation outlook in the coming months.”

Commodity prices have been under pressure this week as China attempts to cool rising prices and the U.S. dollar strengthens. Copper, gold and platinum fell once again on Friday.

Friday also coincided with the quarterly “quadruple witching” in which options and futures on indexes and equities expire. Many expected trading to be more volatile in light of this event.

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#12  Jun 18 - BREAKING: Space Jam 2 "A New Legacy" Sucks ! Do Not Go Watch This Movie !

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Space Jam 2 "A New Legacy" Sucks, do not go watch this move or purchase!
I will expose it for you so you can save your money!

Why does LeBron want to be like Michael Jordan SOOO Badly but fails in EVERYWAY ?


"The Bunny and The GOAT"?
WHAT GOAT?
I don't recall seeing Kevin Durant in this movie buddy!

HERE ARE THE FACTS BELOW.



FACTS, NOT AN OPINION:
-The pacing of this movie will be horrible,
it will be extremely short! (Which is a good thing because nobody will be able to stay awake watching it). Good thing is it will help you get the BEST sleep of your life!

-The concept/plot of LeBron saving his son through a "computer generated" world will literally be cliché 5th grade material at best. Even the main villain "Al. G Rhythm" is the WORST Villain of all and can't be taken seriously LOL

-LeBron just has this "surprised" face for literally everything in the movie LOL (in which you can correlate to his horrible acting). CARTOON LeBron does a better acting job than Human LeBron.

-The cartoon characters don't sound like them selves!

-He literally reacts and does everything Jordan does in the original Space Jam but WORST.

-The acting is HORRIBLE and even the actors in the movie seem to be on their worst behavior's as if they didn't even take this movie seriously themselves.

-LeBron will get the crew to throw subliminal shots at MJ

-LeBron's SON "Dom" is a complete moron throughout the entirety of the movie. He carries this "my dad never lets me do what I want to do and I hate him" cliché persona the whole time.

-ONLY thing that's great in this movie is the CGI effects!

-All of the "exciting" scenes were already shown in the trailers!
Yoo IMAGINE being dumb enough to put your best scenes in the trailers!



ATLEAST come up with your OWN movie instead of completely RIPPING off Michael Jordan's movie!
You had the nerve to say "I'm not MJ, I'm LJ" but follow his moves! LOL
ALL of the Lebron fans are going to come in here with the excuse "IT WAS MADE FOR CHILDREN"... I don't wanna hear it, save it. Stop being pathetic for your king...
Excuses are like a**holes, everybody has one but they all STINK


You can slapp the thread or whatever you want, just know we know you're slapping it because the truth hurts, you're a BRONs*xUAL, and you know that you don't have what it takes to challenge me.

Me > You

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#13  Jun 18 - Hospital's COVID-19 vaccine mandate causes some employees to sue | USA TODAY

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#14 Jun 18 - ‘They All F*cking Hate Me!’ Trump Ranted About ‘The Blacks’ After George Floyd

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Then-President Donald Trump regretted not taking a harder line against protesters in the wake of the late George Floyd’s death, lamenting that “the Blacks” hated him and would never vote for him anyway.

According to Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Bender’s upcoming book “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” excerpted by Politico Playbook, Trump was seething in the immediate aftermath of Mr. Floyd’s murder, and regretting the meager criminal justice reform he had reluctantly supported.

“For Father’s Day in 2020, what DONALD TRUMP mostly wanted was to avoid his son-in-law. It was JARED KUSHNER who had talked the president into hiring BRAD PARSCALE to run a campaign that was now, just months before the election, in freefall. And when most Americans rejected Trump’s unreasonably truculent response to the civil unrest that was sweeping the country, the president also blamed Kushner. … Trump privately told advisers that he wished he’d been quicker to support police and more aggressive in his pushback against protesters.

“Trump had staked nearly his entire campaign in 2016 around a law-and-order image, and now groaned that the criminal justice reform that Kushner had persuaded him to support made him look weak and — even worse — hadn’t earned him any goodwill among Black voters.

“‘I’ve done all this stuff for the Blacks — it’s always Jared telling me to do this,’ Trump said to one confidante on Father’s Day. ‘And they all f—— hate me, and none of them are going to vote for me.’”



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Trump could scarcely have been quicker to denounce the unrest around George FloydÂ’s murder, continuously praising the National Guard crackdown on protests in Minneapolis. But when white insurrectionists attacked the U.S. Capitol, Trump opposed deploying the National Guard, and praised the invaders while the a*sault was in progress.

In November, 87 percent of Black voters cast their ballots for now-President Joe Biden, according to exit polls.

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#15 Jun 18 - US Government Debt-to-GDP surges to levels not seen since WW2

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#16 Jun 17 - Kim Jong Un Says Pyongyang Ready for Dialogue or Confrontation With US

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In June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared in public for the first time after an almost month-long absence, turning up at the first meeting of the political bureau of the governing party, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea's Kim Jong Un stated at a plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea that the country must prepare for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States during the presidency of Joe Biden, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

Kim, in his remarks, stressed that preparation for confrontation is especially important "in order to protect the dignity of our state" and guarantee a "peaceful environment".

During the meeting, Kim outlined a strategy of relations with Washington, noting the "policy tendency of the newly emerged US administration", according to KCNA.

The North Korean leader also called "for sharply and promptly reacting to and coping with the fast-changing situation and concentrating efforts on taking stable control of the situation on the Korean peninsula",

In early June, Kim appeared in public for the first time after almost a month - an absence that triggered another round of speculation regarding his health and political status.

His comments in regard to relations with the United States come after Pyongyang earlier accused Washington of "hostile policy". US President Joe Biden outlined that he would not meet Kim unless there is a denuclearization pledge from the North Korean leader.

Currently, the White House said it will use "a calibrated practical approach" with regard to its relations with North Korea.

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#17 Ex-Facebook VR exec says he’ll turn U.S. troops into ‘invincible technomancers,’

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Anduril founder Palmer Luckey announced Thursday that his start-up has raised an additional $450 million in funding, which will be used to “turn allied warf*ghters into invincible technomancers.” The company is now valued at $4.6 billion.

Luckey is best known for selling Oculus to Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion before he was fired in 2017 amid controversy for his political donations and financial support of far-right groups. But his announcement of the new funding was unusual.

“We just raised $450M in Series D funding for Anduril,” Luckey said on Twitter. “It will be used to turn American and allied warf*ghters into invincible technomancers who wield the power of autonomous systems to safely accomplish their mission. Our future roadmap is going to blow you away, stay tuned!



Technomancers sometimes appear in post-modern role-playing video games and in science fiction, often as sort of magical wizard-like people with technology enhancements.

Anduril Technologies is a defense company that, among other things, provides border control technology, including towers with cameras and infrared sensors that use artificial intelligence to track movement, in states such as Texas and California.

The company said itÂ’s capable of deploying its artificial intelligence platform, called Lattice, in other places, such as military bases in the U.S. to help detect and track instructions by other people and vehicles, including drones.

Elad Gil, who led the funding round, said Thursday that society isnÂ’t prepared for the growing number of threats and that companies such as Anduril can help in a multitude of areas, from natural disasters to cyberattacks.

He said Anduril provides “sensor networks, towers, drones, and powerful software that ties it all together — whose potential uses include protecting our troops on base, defending our energy infrastructure, combating wildfires, stopping human traffickers, creating a “virtual border” (a rare bipartisan idea), and f*ghting drug cartels. Many of these potential uses can directly save lives.”

Other tech companies are working to make American troops more lethal. Microsoft, for example, won an Army contract in March worth up to $21.9 billion to provide special versions of its HoloLens augmented reality headsets to U.S. f*ghters.

Andreessen Horowitz, 8VC, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Lux Capital, Valor Equity Partners and D1 Capital all participated in the round.

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#18 Jun 17 - Candance Owens Tweets on Juneteenth

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Boogie Woogie Candance









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#19 Jun 17 - Supply crisis could send oil prices soaring above $100 per barrel

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Incredible demand, inflation, and shareholder pressure on oil supermajors to drastically cut emissions could lead to an oil crisis and oil prices above $100 within 3 years, says David Tawil, president of Maglan Capital.

Tawil has been very bullish on oil for some time, and thinks that the prices could hit $100 per barrel soon.

In the near term, oil prices have more room to rise, both from inflationary standpoint but also from demand standpoint, he told Fox Business.

Oil prices are set to rise “consistently and considerably now into the end of the year,” Tawil said.

Moreover, supply from the oil supermajors could be also coming off, due to shareholder and environmental pressure. In the United States, the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns, as well as the US AdministrationÂ’s push toward renewables and away from fossil fuels, would also contribute to lower supply and lead to a supply crunch in coming years, according to Maglan CapitalÂ’s Tawil.

The worldÂ’s largest independent commodity traders are also bullish on oil, not ruling out $100 oil.

Although oil may not be headed to a new supercycle, prices still have room to rise from current levels because of a strong demand rebound and expected tightness in supply, top executives at Trafigura, Vitol, and Glencore said at the FT Commodities Global Summit earlier this week.

There is a chance for $100 oil, Trafigura’s CEO Jeremy Weir said, adding “You need higher prices to incentivize… and also maybe to build on the cost of carbon in the future as well. You also need to attract capital in the business.”

“Higher from here” for the next six months, Glencore's Head of Oil Marketing, Alex Sanna, told the same event.

Russell Hardy, CEO at the world's biggest independent oil trader Vitol, also said that $100 per barrel oil is "of course a possibility," but warned the overenthusiastic bulls that "we're in a slightly artificial market at the moment," as the OPEC+ group still has around 5.5 million barrels per day (bpd) to bring back to the market, by April 2022 per current plans.

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#20 Jun 17 - Today's The 50th Anniversary Of The War On Drugs, 'What Good Is It Doing For Us?'

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When Aaron Hinton walked through the housing project in Brownsville on a recent summer afternoon, he voiced love and pride for this tightknit, but troubled working-class neighborhood in New York City where he grew up.

He pointed to a community garden, the lush plots of vegetables and flowers tended by volunteers, and to the library where he has led after-school programs for kids.

But he also expressed deep rage and sorrow over the scars left by the nation's 50-year-long War on Drugs. "What good is it doing for us?" Hinton asked.

As the United States' harsh approach to drug use and addiction hits the half-century milestone, this question is being asked by a growing number of lawmakers, public health experts and community leaders.

In many parts of the U.S., some of the most severe policies implemented during the drug war are being scaled back or scrapped altogether.

Hinton, a 37-year-old community organizer and activist, said the reckoning is long overdue. He described watching Black men like himself get caught up in drugs year after year and swept into the nation's burgeoning prison system.

"They're spending so much money on these prisons to keep kids locked up," Hinton said, shaking his head. "They don't even spend a fraction of that money sending them to college or some kind of school."

Hinton has lived his whole life under the drug war. He said Brownsville needed help coping with cocaine, heroin and drug-related crime that took root here in the 1970s and 1980s.

His own family was scarred by addiction.

"I've known my mom to be a drug user my whole entire life," Hinton said. "She chose to run the streets and left me with my great-grandmother."

Four years ago, his mom overdosed and died after taking prescription painkillers, part of the opioid epidemic that has k*lled hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Hinton said her death sealed his belief that tough drug war policies and aggressive police tactics would never make his family or his community safer.

The nation pivots (slowly) as evidence mounts against the drug war
During months of interviews for this project, NPR found a growing consensus across the political spectrum — including among some in law enforcement — that the drug war simply didn't work.

"We have been involved in the failed War on Drugs for so very long," said retired Maj. Neill Franklin, a veteran with the Baltimore City Police and the Maryland State Police who led drug task forces for years.

He now believes the response to drugs should be handled by doctors and therapists, not cops and prison guards. "It does not belong in our wheelhouse," Franklin said during a press conference this week.

Some prosecutors have also condemned the drug war model, describing it as ineffective and racially biased.

"Over the last 50 years, we've unfortunately seen the 'War on Drugs' be used as an excuse to declare war on people of color, on poor Americans and so many other marginalized groups," said New York Attorney General Letitia James in a statement sent to NPR.

On Tuesday, two House Democrats introduced legislation that would decriminalize all drugs in the U.S., shifting the national response to a public health model. The measure appears to have zero chance of passage.

But in much of the country, disillusionment with the drug war has already led to repeal of some of the most punitive policies, including mandatory lengthy prison sentences for nonviolent drug users.

In recent years, voters and politicians in 17 states — including red-leaning Alaska and Montana — and the District of Columbia have backed the legalization of recreational marijuana, the most popular illicit drug, a trend that once seemed impossible.

Last November, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small quantities of all drugs, including heroin and methamphetamines.

Many critics say the course correction is too modest and too slow.

"The war on drugs was an absolute miscalculation of human behavior," said Kassandra Frederique, who heads the Drug Policy Alliance, a national group that advocates for total drug decriminalization.

She said the criminal justice model failed to address the underlying need for jobs, health care and safe housing that spur addiction.

Indeed, much of the drug war's architecture remains intact. Federal spending on drugs — much of it devoted to interdiction — is expected to top $37 billion this year.

The U.S. still incarcerates more people than any other nation, with nearly half of the inmates in federal prison held on drug charges.
But the nation has seen a significant decline in state and federal inmate populations, down by a quarter from the peak of 1.6 million in 2009 to roughly 1.2 million last year.

There has also been substantial growth in public funding for health care and treatment for people who use drugs, due in large part to passage of the Affordable Care Act.

"The best outcomes come when you treat the substance use disorder [as a medical condition] as opposed to criminalizing that person and putting them in jail or prison," said Dr. Nora Volkow, who has been head of the National Institute of Drug Abuse since 2003.

Volkow said data shows clearly that the decision half a century ago to punish Americans who struggle with addiction was "devastating ... not just to them but actually to their families."

From a bipartisan War on Drugs to Black Lives Matter

Wounds left by the drug war go far beyond the roughly 20.3 million people who have a substance use disorder.

The campaign — which by some estimates cost more than $1 trillion — also exacerbated racial divisions and infringed on civil liberties in ways that transformed American society.

Frederique, with the Drug Policy Alliance, said the Black Lives Matter movement was inspired in part by cases that revealed a dangerous attitude toward drugs among police.

In Derek Chauvin's murder trial, the former officer's defense claimed aggressive police tactics were justified because of small amounts of fentanyl in George Floyd's body. Critics described the argument as an attempt to "weaponize" Floyd's substance use disorder and jurors found Chauvin guilty.

Breonna Taylor, meanwhile, was shot and k*lled by police in her home during a drug raid. She wasn't a suspect in the case.

"We need to end the drug war not just for our loved ones that are struggling with addiction, but we need to remove the excuse that that is why law enforcement gets to invade our space ... or k*ll us," Frederique said.

The United States has waged aggressive campaigns against substance use before, most notably during alcohol Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s.

The modern drug war began with a symbolic address to the nation by President Richard Nixon on June 17, 1971.

Speaking from the White House, Nixon declared the federal government would now treat drug addiction as "public enemy No. 1," suggesting substance use might be vanquished once and for all.

"In order to f*ght and defeat this enemy," Nixon said, "it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive."

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Studies show from the outset drug laws were implemented with a stark racial bias, leading to unprecedented levels of mass incarceration for Black and brown men.

As recently as 2018, Black men were nearly six times more likely than white men to be locked up in state or federal correctional facilities, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Researchers have long concluded the pattern has far-reaching impacts on Black families, making it harder to find employment and housing, while also preventing many people of color with drug records from voting.

In a 1994 interview published in Harper's Magazine, Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman suggested racial animus was among the motives shaping the drug war.

"We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the [Vietnam] War or Black," Ehrlichman said. "But by getting the public to a*sociate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities."


Despite those concerns, Democrats and Republicans partnered on the drug war decade after decade, approving ever-more-severe laws, creating new state and federal bureaucracies to interdict drugs, and funding new armies of police and federal agents.

At times, the f*ght on America's streets resembled an actual war, especially in poor communities and communities of color.

Police units carried out drug raids with military-style hardware that included body armor, a*sault weapons and tanks equipped with battering rams.

"What we need is another D-Day, not another Vietnam, not another limited war fought on the cheap," declared then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., in 1989.

Biden, who chaired the influential Senate Judiciary Committee, later co-authored the controversial 1994 crime bill that helped fund a vast new complex of state and federal prisons, which remains the largest in the world.

On the campaign trail in 2020, Biden stopped short of repudiating his past drug policy ideas but said he now believes no American should be incarcerated for addiction. He also endorsed national decriminalization of marijuana.

While few policy experts believe the drug war will come to a conclusive end any time soon, the end of bipartisan backing for punitive drug laws is a significant development.

More drugs bring more deaths and more doubts

Adding to pressure for change is the fact that despite a half-century of interdiction, America's streets are flooded with more potent and dangerous drugs than ever before — primarily methamphetamines and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

"Back in the day, when we would see 5, 10 kilograms of meth, that would make you a hero if you made a seizure like that," said Matthew Donahue, the head of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Now it's common for us to see 100-, 200- and 300-kilogram seizures of meth," he added. "It doesn't make a dent to the price."

Efforts to disrupt illegal drug supplies suffered yet another major blow last year after Mexican officials repudiated drug war tactics and began blocking most interdiction efforts south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It's a national health threat, it's a national safety threat," Donahue told NPR.

Last year, drug overdoses hit a devastating new record of 90,000 deaths, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The drug war failed to stop the opioid epidemic

Critics say the effectiveness of the drug war model has been called into question for another reason: the nation's prescription opioid epidemic.

Beginning in the late 1990s, some of the nation's largest drug companies and pharmacy chains invested heavily in the opioid business.

State and federal regulators and law enforcement failed to intervene as communities were flooded with legally manufactured painkillers, including Oxycontin.

"They were utterly failing to take into account diversion," said West Virginia Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who sued the DEA for not curbing opioid production quotas sooner.

"It's as close to a criminal act as you can find," Morrisey said.

One of the epicenters of the prescription opioid epidemic was Huntington, a small city in West Virginia along the Ohio River hit hard by the loss of factory and coal jobs.

"It was pretty bad. Eighty-one million opioid pills over an eight-year period came into this area," said Courtney Hessler, a reporter with The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch.

Public health officials say 1 in 10 residents in the area still battle addiction. Hessler herself wound up in foster care after her mother struggled with opioids.

In recent months, she has reported on a landmark opioid trial that will test who — if anyone — will be held accountable for drug policies that failed to keep families and communities safe.

"I think it's important. You know there's thousands of children that grew up the way that I did," Hessler said. "These people want answers."

During dozens of interviews, community leaders told NPR that places like Huntington, W.Va., and Brownsville, N.Y., will recover from the drug war and rebuild.

They predicted many parts of the country will accelerate the shift toward a public health model for addiction: treating drug users more often like patients with a chronic illness and less often as criminals.

But ending wars is hard and stigma surrounding drug use, heightened by a half-century of punitive policies, remains deeply entrenched. Aaron Hinton, the activist in Brownsville, said it may take decades to unwind the harm done to his neighborhood.

"It's one step forward, two steps back," Hinton said. "But I remain hopeful. Why? Because what else am I going to do?"

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