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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:32 am 
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House Votes To Condemn QAnon Conspiracy Movement

October 2, 202012:41 PM ET
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/02/919123199/house-votes-to-condemn-qanon-conspiracy-movement
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The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning QAnon, the fringe movement that promotes wide-ranging conspiracies about the U.S. government and yet has enjoyed a rising tide inside conservative politics in part because of tacit encouragement from President Trump.

The measure passed 371-18, with one GOP member voting present.

QAnon is a "collective delusion, said House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., "We all must call it what it is: a sick cult."

The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski, a Democrat running for reelection in a competitive New Jersey race, who has been repeatedly and inaccurately accused by the House Republicans' official campaign operation of lobbying on behalf of sexual predators. Malinowski told Buzzfeed those attacks have made him the target of death threats by QAnon believers because a central tenet of the conspiracy involves global sex trafficking rings. "I think they knew exactly what they were doing. They knew they were playing with fire," he said.

The House GOP campaign operation has not relented on the attack, saying Malinowski "must live with the consequences of his actions," and the campaign operation continues to attack other Democratic incumbents for their relationship to Malinowski based on this unsubstantiated claim.

The QAnon conspiracy theories trace back to late 2017, when an anonymous person or persons name "Q" began posting on message boards claiming to possess a security clearance and evidence of a number of global criminal conspiracies, many involving top U.S. political leaders.

QAnon followers have grown exponentially in the past three years, popularized in online conservative political circles because much of the QAnon conspiracy focuses on prominent Democrats as the source of deep-rooted corruption and criminal activity, and that President Trump is the hidden hero trying to expose it all.

Trump has fueled the movement by retweeting QAnon accounts and speaking favorably of its adherents, but the resolution did not name the president.

QAnon adherents have been linked to violence or attempted violence, including the April arrest of an Illinois woman who traveled to New York and threatened to kill former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic nominee.

The movement has also inched closer to elective politics. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America tracked 81 congressional candidates, 24 of which qualified to appear on the ballot in 2020, who explicitly endorsed or promoted QAnon views. Twenty two of those candidates are Republicans, and most are long shots who stand little to no chance of winning come November.

However, at least one QAnon sympathizer is expected to serve in the next Congress. Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Green is favored to win the heavily conservative 14th congressional district. She has embraced QAnon views in social media posts and videos, and Trump has endorsed her in the race.

The resolution was co-sponsored by three Republicans, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, and Denver Riggleman of Virginia. Kinzinger has been publicly calling on political leaders, including those in his party, to more forcefully denounce the QAnon movement.

Many Republicans supported the resolution, but still some argued that Democrats were making it a political issue because it did not also call out antifa, a left-wing fringe political movement.

"At the outset, let me be clear, Republicans are concerned with and do not embrace QAnon," said Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz. "It is a serious issue and Republicans don't discriminate on which dangerous organizations or groups we take seriously. We don't just condemn groups because it's politically convenient, because unlike many of our colleagues across the aisle, we also take the threat of antifa seriously."

However, the resolution did broadly condemn all fringe conspiracy movements, stating the House "condemns all other groups and ideologies, from the far left to the far right, that contribute to the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories and that encourage Americans to destroy public and private property and attack law enforcement officers."

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Murder-hornet sightings in Washington prompt search for nest before they 'slaughter' honeybees
The search for the nests gains urgency ahead of the “slaughter phase,” when there is a rise in hornets' attacks on honeybees that are crucial for pollinating food crops.

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Oct. 3, 2020, 11:16 AM PDT
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Evidence of six sightings of Asian giant hornets, known as murder hornets, in Washington state have prompted an urgent search for a possible nest.

State agriculture officials are working to find and destroy a nest before the hornets enter their "slaughter phase," when they kill honeybees, which are crucial for pollinating some of the state's staple crops, such as raspberries and blueberries.

Murder hornets' attacks on honeybee hives tend to increase around this time of the year, said Sven-Erik Spichiger, a department entomologist, during a virtual news conference Friday.

Many farmers in northwestern states depend on honeybees to pollinate their crops.

The first of the recent sightings occurred nearly two weeks ago when a private landowner in the town of Blaine in Whatcom County, near the Canadian border, captured two murder hornets.

When the state Department of Agriculture responded to the sighting on Sept. 30, a scientist trapped one hornet alive, a first for the agency, spokeswoman Karla Salp said during the news conference.

Other Blaine residents reported several other sightings that same week.

The number of murder hornets found suggest that a nest has been established in the area, said Spichiger. “We hope to locate the nest in a couple of weeks and eradicate it.”

In order to successfully eradicate the nests, murder hornets need to be caught alive.

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Anyone taken a look at Rolling Stones latest Top 500 Albums of all time, its the saddest list of shit I have seen in a while and they get paid to come up with this crap................. No Prog (to speak off), No Zappa what a sad arsed world we have here. No Wonder Frank always had a gripe about this rag.

If you took all Led Zep, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, CSN(&Y), Joni Mitchel, VU, Pavement, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, throw some Jazz standards and some trashy Rap LP's, threw the all LP names against a wall, you too could come up with the same crappy list. :oops:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/


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They said that for Dark Side of the Moon of Pink Floyd :
“Money” may be rock’s only Top 20 hit in 7/4 time

You have to be a complete ignorant to say something like that !
Don't they know about "All you need is love" ?
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And not a single spot for XTC !
I must have dreamed them...

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Multnomah County DA declines to prosecute 70% of Portland protest cases
Updated Oct 07, 2020; Posted Oct 07, 2020

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Portland police have referred almost 1,000 protest-related cases to the Multnomah District Attorney’s Office since late May and prosecutors have declined to file charges in nearly 70 percent of them, according to an online tracking dashboard unveiled Wednesday.

Prosecutors have so far fielded 974 criminal cases against people in the ongoing demonstrations against racial injustice and police use of force.

They have dropped 666 of them without filing charges, data provided by the office shows.

Prosecutors have issued charges in 95 felony and 33 misdemeanor cases, according to the dashboard.

Another 182 cases remain under review.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reviewed the cases behind the online dashboard and found:

Prosecutors actually have dropped even more cases than the dashboard shows.

The District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that it has issued felony or misdemeanor charges in 128 protest cases through Oct. 5. But court records show prosecutors have subsequently decided to drop all charges in at least 22 of these cases, some that have included allegations of riot, burglary and unlawful use of a weapon.

Interfering with a police officer is the most serious charge in more than half of the protest arrests.

At least 522 cases referred to Multnomah County prosecutors allege interfering with a police officer, a misdemeanor, as the sole or most serious offense. In August, District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced his office would not pursue demonstrators accused of the charge, as well as other minor crimes, unless the allegations involved “deliberate” property damage, theft or force against another person or threats of force.

The DA has set a high bar for riot cases …

Prosecutors thus far have filed felony riot charges against protesters in only 20 of the 159 such cases submitted by police, court records show. The District Attorney’s Office has said it would reconsider 28 of the rejected cases, pending further investigation by police. Another 30 riot cases remain under review.

Schmidt has previously said his office won’t prosecute people on a riot accusation alone. Prosecutors will proceed with a riot case only if it includes an accompanying allegation of specific property damage or use of force.

… as well as assault cases against cops.

Of the 39 cases involving an allegation of a protester assaulting a public safety officer, prosecutors are thus far charging only seven of them, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors have asked police to do investigative follow-up in another 18 cases.

More than a dozen people have been arrested three or more times at Portland protests.

Court records show at least 18 people have been arrested three or more times during demonstrations in Portland since May, most of them for crimes such as interfering with a police officer, riot and disorderly conduct. Nearly all charges against them have been dropped or remain under review, according to figures provided by the District Attorney’s Office.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Taps Jack White As Musical Guest

Oct 9, 20206:44 am PDTScott Bernstein

https://www.jambase.com/article/saturday-night-live-jack-white-morgan-wallen

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Jack White will appear as the musical guest on tomorrow’s episode of Saturday Night Live. The show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, revealed the replacement for Morgan Wallen during an appearance on Today this morning.

Wallen was removed from the spot after video surfaced showing the country star at a party without a mask in violation of COVID-19 safety protocols. Morgan issued an apology via Instagram for his actions and noted he respected Lorne’s decision.

Jack White may not be the only musical guest on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. “There could be some other stuff,” Michaels told Willie Geist in an interview that aired on Today. Lorne explained, “calling somebody on a Thursday to be here for Friday is complicated, it’s gotta be people that are ready to go.” Geist noted Michaels was “still working on a couple of other big names that may show up tomorrow night,” while discussing the situation with the other Today hosts.

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I'm sure she must be a TV evangelist in her spare time :mrgreen:
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Hot takes on Gladys Berejiklian's 'sex scandal' abound — but it's worth digging deeper than the reactions

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For much of this week, New South Wales has been struggling to incorporate a shocking rush of too-much-information about its Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.

It might, at the beginning of the week, have been difficult to imagine that ICAC would be capable of genuine further surprise.

The institution is known for its trophy wall of premiers, having established its hand-biting credentials early on by scalping the very leader who created it.

Its investigations have since flushed out countless salty tales, from cash-grabbing ministers to credit-card-abusing Rear Admirals to a sullen and more or less constant perp-walk of venal local government figures of whom you'd previously not heard, all the way through to a museum curator who stole the teeth from a thylacine (Operation Savoy, 2002, true story) and another premier who forgot being given a delicious bottle of red wine.

In a state still bearing a whiff of the Rum Corps, ICAC has come to represent a queasily unsurprising periodic bulletin that: Yes. There are still public office-bearers out there who are bent.

But on Monday, in the course of hearings into low-level scammer (and 20-year provider of buttock warmth to the Liberal back bench) Daryl Maguire, a genuine bombshell arrived.

The NSW Premier, a notorious workaholic known by family, friends and colleagues for her fastidiousness in matters of personal privacy, admitted to having a "close personal relationship" with Maguire over five years, and concluding only recently.


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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delays election over Covid-19

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is delaying the country's parliamentary election by four weeks to October 17 after the reemergence of Covid-19 in the country last week.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/16/asia/new-zealand-election-delay-coronavrius/index.html
Ghost note: Based on the polls, if the election were held today the governing Labour Party
would win and could govern alone. The party's not doing well in the polls, including NZ First
who are currently a collation partner have been screaming for a delay, hoping with more time
to smear their way into power.....

Labour have remained completely neutral and heeded advise from the medical experts and
the electoral commission hence the election delay.....
The Green Party, who are polling well, unsurprisingly wanted the election to go ahead on the
original date.....

Now, instead of one Month of political bulls#@t from the fat cat National Party
we're going to get two Months of it.....Since this latest covid-19 cluster their comments have been
laughingly Trumpian in tone and content, complete with unfounded conspiracy theories which
appear to be losing them what little support they have left.....

Eight weeks is a long time in politics.....
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^That artist is definitely into teeth. :mrgreen:


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49% of NZ's voters love Jacinda and her teeth.....

Here are the results of yesterdays little general election.....

Labour: 49.1% 64 seats
National: 26.8% 35 seats
Act: 8% 10 seats
Greens: 7.6% 10 seats
NZ First: 2.7% 0 seats
New Conservative: 1.5% 0 seats
The Opportunities Party: 1.4% 0 seats
Māori Party: 1% 1 seat
Advance NZ (Umbrella party): 0.9% 0 seats
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party: 0.3% 0 seats
ONE Party: 0.3% 0 seats
NZ Outdoors Party: 0.1% 0 seats
Vision New Zealand: 0.1% 0 seats
Sustainable New Zealand Party: 0.1% 0 seats
Social Credit: 0.1% 0 seats
HeartlandNZ: 0.1% 0 seats
TEA Party: 0.1% 0 seats

120 seat parliament / 61 seats needed to form a government.....

Labour will no longer need a coalition to govern.....

We'll have a wee wait for the results of the legalise cannabis and euthanasia referendum(s).....

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So the Sheep don't get a seat :mrgreen:


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So the Sheep don't get a seat :mrgreen:


No votes for the sheep, although the sheep beef 'n' dairy farmers appear to have
largely abandoned the fat cat National party :lol:

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Finally.....The Gizz can put 2014 behind him.....

NZ driver Shane van Gisbergen wins Bathurst 1000 for the first time despite late drama
Oliver Caffrey·20:48, October the 18th, 2020.

Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen has secured a memorable Supercars victory for Holden in the iconic Australian motoring brand's final Bathurst 1000.

In teaming up with now four-times winner Garth Tander, van Gisbergen conquered Mount Panorama for the first time to claim the 161-lap enduro on Sunday.

The Red Bull champion held off numerous fierce passing attempts from Ford's Cameron Waters, who started the great race in pole position.

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Garth Tander and Shane van Gisbergen celebrate their Bathurst 1000 victory.

Not even two safety cars being called in the final nine laps could derail van Gisbergen's charge towards glory.

The New Zealander's previous best result at Bathurst was second in 2016 and 2019, while veteran Tander had previously tasted the ultimate success in 2000, 2009 and 2011.

It was van Gisbergen's 40th Supercars career win and the 34th time a Holden car has won at Mount Panorama.

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The start line of the Bathrust 1000 race at the Mount Panorama track.

Chaz Mostert, who won a dramatic Bathurst 1000 in 2014 driving a Ford, ensured four Holden drivers stood on the podium by coming third – with co-driver Warren Luff.

The result means Commodores have won five of the past six Bathurst 1000s, with only Scott McLaughlin (2019) saluting for Ford since 2015.

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Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen won the Bathurst 1000 race with Holden.

In paying tribute to the brand, van Gisbergen stuck a Holden flag in his car as he completed his victory lap.

"It's just awesome. The last few laps with the safety cars were really tough," he said.

"It's a great way to send out Holden. Thanks to Garth, he did an awesome job. I just wish my mum and dad were here."

Meanwhile, defending champion and compatriot McLaughlin finished fifth in what could be the Ford superstar's last race in Australia before he begins an IndyCar career.

It is Holden's last Supercars race in an official capacity before the red lion is retired by General Motors at the end of this year.

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Chaz Mostert ensured four Holden drivers stood on the podium by coming third

But he was still able to celebrate his third successive Supercars championship after he clinched the title at last month's round at Tailem Bend.

While van Gisbergen took the chequered flag, it was a disastrous day for star Triple Eight team-mate Jamie Whincup, who crashed out on lap-33.


AT A GLANCE

BATHURST 1000 RESULTS

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander (Holden)

2. Cameron Waters/Will Davison (Ford)

3. Chaz Mostert/Warren Luff (Holden)

4. Fabian Coulthard/Tony D'Alberto (Ford)

5. Scott McLaughlin/Tim Slade (Ford)

6. Scott Pye/Dean Fiore (Holden)

7. Lee Holdsworth/Michael Caruso (Ford)

8. Mark Winterbottom/James Golding (Holden)

9. Anton de Pasquale/Brodie Kostecki (Holden)

10. James Courtney/Broc Feeney (Ford)

11. Melania Trump/Ivanka Trump (Hillman) :wink:


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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorspor ... late-drama

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Nice touch :mrgreen:
Looks like its all fords for here on in :wink:


Brock would be spewing!

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Nice touch :mrgreen:
Looks like its all fords for here on in :wink:


Brock would be spewing!

Gutted, seems to be the word :|
https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/holden-axed-in-australia-bev-says-exhusband-peter-brock-would-be-absolutely-gutted/b2ed3a33-fb82-4664-9a5e-07fc7c0bffeb
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The US government will sue Google for alleged anticompetitive abuses in search

By Brian Fung, CNN Business
Updated 9:08 AM ET, Tue October 20, 2020

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/20/tech/doj-google-antitrust-case/index.html

Washington (CNN Business)The Trump administration is expected to sue Google on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, in what is the largest antitrust case against a tech company in more than two decades.

In its complaint, the Justice Department is expected to make sweeping allegations that Google (GOOG) has stifled competition to maintain its powerful position in the marketplace for online search.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The landmark federal complaint follows a year-long antitrust probe by DOJ investigators. And it comes on the heels of a major congressional report finding that Google and other tech giants enjoy "monopoly power" and have wielded their dominance in anticompetitive ways. That report alleges that Amazon has mistreated third-party sellers; that Apple's app store fees and policies are anti-competitive; and that Facebook has sought to eliminate future rivals through targeted acquisitions.

The Justice Department's expected suit against Google marks the most consequential step the US government has taken to hold Silicon Valley to account after Washington took a dramatic turn against the tech industry following evidence that major social media platforms were manipulated by foreign election meddling efforts in 2016. Since then, the top executives of major tech platforms have been repeatedly hauled before Congress to face questions about their responsibilities toward political speech; hateful content and misinformation; small businesses and local journalism; and competition.
The looming case could pose an unprecedented risk to Google's wider advertising business, which brought in $134.8 billion in revenue last year, accounting for 84% of Google's total business.

Even as the Justice Department prepares to take Google to court over antitrust concerns, others in the tech industry could face lawsuits of similar magnitude. Officials at the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating Facebook for over a year, and that investigation could culminate in its own landmark litigation.

The pending Google suit also symbolizes the growing criticism, particularly by former Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, against historic levels of economic inequality and corporate concentration in the United States.

"The most important tech industry monopolization case before this one was United States v. Microsoft in 1998," William Kovacic, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, told CNN Business before the suit was announced. During that case, the US government alleged Microsoft broke the law by bundling its browser, Internet Explorer, with every copy of Windows — to the detriment of competition among browser makers. After several years of litigation, Microsoft and the government reached a settlement that imposed new limits on Microsoft's software business.

Experts have since credited that case with paving the way for new innovation — including the rise of Google.
Kovacic said that, as before, the government faces years of litigation ahead — and a challenging path to victory. "None of this will be easy," he said. "You can climb to the summit, but it's a tough climb."

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly taken a personal interest in the investigation and the resulting lawsuit, the New York Times has reported.

After the head of DOJ's antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, recused himself over having previously represented Google in private practice, Barr assigned senior staffers in his own office to oversee the probe. He has reportedly pushed for an aggressive timeline for filing a suit; as far back as March of this year, Barr told the Wall Street Journal he hoped to bring the investigation "to fruition [in] early summer."

Hanging over the case too will be President Donald Trump, who has been vocal in his criticism of tech platforms.

Trump has repeatedly blasted Facebook, Google and Twitter for allegedly systematically censoring conservative views, a claim the companies deny and for which experts have found no evidence. Last year, Trump told Fox Business that "we should be suing Google and Facebook and all that, which perhaps we will, okay?"

Trump's remarks could complicate any lawsuit targeting the tech companies. By nature and longstanding custom, presidents are expected to steer clear of addressing government investigations and potential lawsuits, in order to avoid even the perception of politically motivated litigation.

Google's critics have complained that its search business promotes Google's own apps and services to users while demoting those of its rivals.
"Google search is not a neutral gateway to the information available on the web," David Dinielli, a senior advisor at Omidyar Network and a former DOJ antitrust official, told CNN Business before the suit was announced. "Google search is a set of algorithms designed to make Google — or Alphabet, its parent company — the most money it can possibly make."

Google has also faced antitrust scrutiny and numerous multibillion-dollar fines from European regulators, punishments the company has protested.
-- CNN's Evan Perez contributed reporting.

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Good grief! ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ no longer on TV

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 / 10:39 AM EDT / Updated: Oct 20, 2020 / 12:05 PM EDT
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You won’t find the classic Charlie Brown holiday specials on broadcast television this year.

The Peanuts animated classics, including ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,’ will stream on AppleTV+ through a deal with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions that makes Apple “the home for all things Peanuts,” according to a news release.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” are also included.

The holiday specials have aired annually on broadcast television since the 1960s.

Worry not, though: families can still watch the holiday specials for free, Apple said.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Halloween special will be available for free on Apple TV+ from Oct. 30 until Nov. 1.

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be available for free from Nov. 25 until Nov. 27 on the platform, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be available to customers for free from Dec. 11 until Dec. 13.

For more information about Apple TV+, visit apple.com/tvpr and offers.appletvapp.apple/ and see the full list of supported devices.

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Some Wellington bars ban musicians facing multiple sexual assault claims

Tom Hunt·15:38, 21st of October, 2020.

The Wellington musicians at the centre of multiple sexual assault accusations have been banned from some bars around the city.

The ban comes as fresh figures show the city has the worst rates for assaults and sexual assaults in the country, with the capital’s party zone, centred on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street, the setting for the majority of offences.

Multiple allegations have been made about the musicians, who are accused on social media of sexual assault, sexual harassment, drugging and rape, mostly in Wellington.

Police on Tuesday opened an investigation and urged people to approach them directly rather than naming people on social media.

Detective Inspector John van den Heuvel of Wellington CIB confirmed on Wednesday police had received “further complaints” since the allegations became public on Tuesday.

He would not respond to questions about whether suspects had been spoken to by police nor how many people had come forward.

When Stuff approached one of the subjects of the accusations on Tuesday afternoon, he refused to comment but said he had been the victim of threats since the allegations surfaced.

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Danger Danger owner Matt McLaughlin has confirmed the accused musicians are banned from his three bars.

Jordan Mills, owner of Betty's bar in Blair Street, off Courtenay Place, said the Courtenay Place hospitality community was close-knit, and he understood bars throughout the Courtenay precinct were banning the accused musicians.

The names of the men had not been officially released but everyone in the industry knew who they were, he said.

Like Mills, Matt McLaughlin, owner of Danger Danger in Courtenay Place, Panhead in Tory Street and the Gasworks in Miramar, confirmed the men were now banned from all his bars.

“They are certainly not welcome, they can get f.....,” he said.

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DotLovesData director Justin Lester’s company ran the figures on assault and sexual assault which painted a grim picture for Wellington.

They were not known to visit his bars, he said.

Wellington student Maya Sims, who lobbied bars around Wellington to ban the men, applauded the move as it “lessens their [alleged] stomping ground”.

Former Wellington mayor Justin Lester, now the director of DotLovesData, compiled figures showing that in the past five years there had been 2056 charges of assault in the Cuba Street to Courtenay Place precinct, and 176 charges for sexual assault.

On a per capita basis, Wellington was top in New Zealand for charges of assault and sexual assault, with offending centred on its party zone.

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Councillor Tamatha Paul said people were staying away from Wellington because it felt unsafe.

During the same period, which ended in July 2020, central Hamilton had the highest number of all crimes charged, followed by the area around the hell hole that is Auckland’s Queen Street. Wellington’s Cuba and Courtenay Place precinct came in third in the total figures for charges. The figures came from police crime data.

Wellington City Council city safety portfolio holder Tamatha Paul said Wellington was becoming a place people did not want to visit “because they don’t feel safe”.

There were known problem areas, such as Te Aro Park, and the council was already looking at ways to address those issues. There were also initiatives such as Zeal and Take 10, where volunteers were out helping young people.

Wellington area investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said police were aware that central Wellington, particularly around Courtenay Place, were overrepresented for disorder and assault. Problems were worse during the weekend and were fuelled by alcohol.

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Wellington’s Courtenay Place precinct is the assault and sexual assault centre of New Zealand, new figures show.

Police were already putting significant resources into the area and were working with the council to reduce problems around excessive alcohol consumption.

Council grants committee chairwoman Fleur Fitzsimons said ending sexual violence in Wellington had been her priority since she was elected, and she received a commitment to deal with it in the council long-term plan in 2018.

“Ending sexual violence is possible. Every instance of sexual violence and harm is preventable.

“Wellington has a long way to go to change our culture which still blames victims and tolerates sexual harassment. This doesn’t mean that we stop trying though.”

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/ ... ult-claims

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A couple of years ago there was spate of drink spikings and subsequent rapes going on in the bars and clubs around the so called Courtenay Place party zone. The police reviewed the cctv footage from the bars clubs and surrounding streets and busted a large number of the scumbags responsible. It was the cctv
footage that got these lowlifes convicted.....Hopefully the same methods will be used again to lock the
current crop of pricks away.....

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Lol, one of my customers' just told me this on the phone and I couldn't stop laughin, lol, the poor guy's gonna have to move to a different country without TV's and make all new friends, lol, because by today, everybody he looks at , knows :D :D :D

I'll have to send him an email thanking him for de-stressing me with laughter today, lol!


CNN's Jeffrey Toobin reportedly masturbating on Zoom call that led to New Yorker suspension

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According to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute "strategy session" along party lines, but that it "seemed like Toobin was on a second video call."

"The sources said that when the groups returned from their breakout rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued," Vice reported.
...(full story on link above)....

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baddy wrote:
Lol, one of my customers' just told me this on the phone and I couldn't stop laughin, lol, the poor guy's gonna have to move to a different country without TV's and make all new friends, lol, because by today, everybody he looks at , knows :D :D :D

I'll have to send him an email thanking him for de-stressing me with laughter today, lol!


CNN's Jeffrey Toobin reportedly masturbating on Zoom call that led to New Yorker suspension

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According to two sources, Toobin was seen masturbating in what was supposed to be a 10-minute "strategy session" along party lines, but that it "seemed like Toobin was on a second video call."

"The sources said that when the groups returned from their breakout rooms, Toobin lowered the camera. The people on the call said they could see Toobin touching his penis. Toobin then left the call. Moments later, he called back in, seemingly unaware of what his colleagues had been able to see, and the simulation continued," Vice reported.
...(full story on link above)....


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just the tip :D :D :D

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A passerby smashed up a busker's guitar -- so Jack White bought him a new one

By Lianne Kolirin, CNN

Updated 1:10 PM ET, Fri October 23, 2020
https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/entertainment/jack-white-guitar-gbr-intl-scli/index.html

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(CNN) When Matt Grant was out busking on the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, "the worst thing that could have happened happened."
The 26-year-old musician was confronted by a woman who grabbed his guitar and smashed it up, leaving him without the means to ply his trade.
Later that evening, Grant set up a crowdfunding page in the hope of raising enough money for a replacement.

He described the incident on the fundraising page, saying: "Often I don't rise to people coming up and talking nonsense but this lady was pushing it too far. She was in my face swearing and shouting at me. I told her to go away and she wasn't having any of it. She grabbed my guitar and smashed it over the ground."

What happened next, however, was a much nicer surprise.
By the following day Grant had raised £4,000 (around $5,200) -- more than enough for the guitar, as well as other pieces of kit he planned to replace.
But when he arrived at music store guitarguitar, the staff had a message for him. They had received a call from a "third party," who was trying to track Grant down to buy him a new guitar.

Much to Grant's surprise, the benefactor turned out to be none other than "Seven Nation Army" singer Jack White.

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The singer-songwriter, who was half of rock duo The White Stripes until 2011, heard about Grant's plight and asked his management to try to find him -- which they did by ringing around the guitar shops in the Scottish capital.
Updating his GoFundMe page on Wednesday, Grant wrote: "Incredible. Jack White from The White Stripes got in touch this morning and decided to buy me a brand new guitar. Unbelievable. From one of the worst things to happen to one of the best. Once again, thank you for everyone's help."

When Grant arrived at guitarguitar to collect his new acoustic instrument, he was put in touch with the singer's manager.
He later took to Instagram with a video of himself busking again on Edinburgh's streets -- playing "Seven Nation Army."

He wrote: "This morning I came into @guitarguitaredinburgh to pick up the new acoustic. Next thing I know I'm on the phone to @officialjackwhitelive 's manager who tells me Jack White has seen my go fund me page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar.

"Flashforward one kid in a candy shop later testing as many guitars as possible and I settle on a #custommade #fenderstratocaster.
"Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity. Apparently he saw what happened and hit up his manager just this morning, who then amazingly tracked me down to the guitar shop just in time for me to walk out with this absolute beauty.

"Thanks Jack. I'd love to thank you personally one day, you're a legend."

Chris Cunningham, a manager at guitarguitar, told CNN: "On the morning that Matt came into the store we received a call from a third party suggesting somebody wanted to buy a guitar for Matt as a gift. They had been phoning around the Edinburgh music stores looking for him. Matt was over the moon."
Jon Wilkinson, White's UK publicist, confirmed to CNN that the guitar was bought by his client but would not comment further.
CNN has reached out to Grant for comment.

The episode follows a spate of celebrity benevolence in recent weeks. Over the summer, "Gladiator" actor Russell Crowe donated almost £3,000 ($3,870) to pay a struggling British student's drama school fees.
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