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How toxic is the NFL? Coke, Audi, and Avocados from Mexico have refused to buy ANY Super Bowl ads this year, while Pepsi and Budweiser have reduced their ads by more than half. Yep, that's toxic.

Man, it seems another universe when I enjoyed watching Super Bowl commercials. (That '1984' Apple ad still sends chills up my spine.) But that was when I enjoyed football. Man, I planned my whole LIFE around Niner's games; once nearly broke an ankle racing down the street to get Jerry Rice's autograph, etc. But now? Now I wouldn't attend a Niner's game if you paid me. I especially will NOT buy anything the Niner's endorse. A fact which Coke, Audi and Avocados from Mexico are obviously aware of; ditto for Pepsi and Budweiser.

For a split second, hearing the ad boycott for Super Bowl, I thought 'maybe this will wake the NFL up!' But that thought crashed at once. Come on, if you're dealing with people who adore Colin Kaepernick, you're dealing with people who couldn't find their own rears in a hall of mirrors at high noon with both hands and a flashlight. The NFL won't realize it's toxic until it files for bankruptcy (and even then I won't hold my breath).

I feel the same way about all sport now. It is galling to watch these pampered and privileged athletes use their position to inject politics into the sport and insult at least half of the audience. I have turned off, I would rather go watch kids in the park.
 

Kitty Tantrum

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See this is kind of how I feel - even if you "win", you lose in some way. It's unearned gains and if they were easy to get, they're even easier to lose. If not directly, indirectly, if that makes sense. Kind of a tractor way of "making" money off someone else's work.
I think the most distasteful thing for me was just looking at the people in the casino and realizing that most of them are not like me, and don't even have the capacity for reason and self-control to do what I did. Even the ladies I was with thought I was crazy for not continuing to play "on my original twenty dollars" for the rest of the night. They couldn't understand why I wouldn't do the same thing again. They couldn't understand why I wouldn't keep playing.

Most of the people in there were so sad to look at, though. Most of them can't stop until they can't afford to play anymore. And it shows. Rows and rows of people plugged into machines and they all look dead and lifeless and hollow. Very creepy in contrast to garish over-the-top energy of the casino overall.

Might as well have left with a couple pints of everyone's blood, that's kinda how I felt. :vomit:
 
I wasn't totally sure whether this belonged here or in the "healthcare in clown world" thread...

:laughter::poo::vomit:

I. literally. just. can't. even.

So basically they want to turn everyone who is not them into:

Excuse the crude language. And the dark places this will take you. It also has the added bonus of being humilating for the recipient.

And conditions people into allowing themselves to be put in a vulnerable position. It conditions submission to a far greater extent than previously.
 
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Chinese Phone Maker Sues Over U.S. Investment Blacklist
Chinese phone company Xiaomi filed a lawsuit Friday in D.C. federal court against the U.S. government over former President Donald Trump placing it on a blacklist due to alleged ties to the Chinese military, saying the move violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the company's due process rights.
Amazon Asks 9th Circ. To Send Alexa Privacy Suits To Arb.
Amazon urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to send to arbitration two proposed class actions alleging Alexa devices violate state privacy laws by recording children and other household members without consent, arguing the third-party users benefited from the service and are therefore bound by the same Amazon contract that binds purchasers.
Tesla Recalls 135K Vehicles Over Touch-Screen Failures
Tesla is voluntarily recalling almost 135,000 Model S and Model X luxury vehicles for issues with its touch screens while asserting in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the "wear-out condition" isn't a defect and doesn't impact safety.
DOD Deputy Nominee Wants To End 'Use Or Lose' Budgeting
Deputy Defense Secretary nominee Kathleen Hicks said Tuesday that she would seek to overhaul parts of the Pentagon's budget and acquisitions processes, saying the current structure encourages inefficient spending and can scare off innovative technology firms and other "nontraditional" contractors.
Justices Urged To Take Up Clinton Deposition Email Case
A conservative watchdog is gunning to revive a case seeking to depose Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, telling the U.S. Supreme Court a D.C. Circuit panel erroneously overturned a trial court's discovery order and granted Clinton "extraordinary relief."
Senate Confirms Mayorkas As First Latino To Lead DHS
The U.S. Senate voted 56-43 on Tuesday to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, installing the first Latino and first former refugee to fill the cabinet position overseeing U.S. immigration policy and border security.
Ex-US Atty Joins Hemp Trade Group For Ethics Enforcement
The U.S. Hemp Roundtable has hired a former Kentucky U.S. attorney who also served as counsel to Sen. Mitch McConnell to oversee the enforcement of its ethics policy as part of the trade group's effort to distinguish hemp businesses from the marijuana industry.
Sony, TiVo Reach IP Licensing Deal After Turning To Court
TiVo announced Tuesday it has reached a patent licensing deal with Sony, a day after Sony dropped its patent suit against the company in California federal court.
FDA Warns Sites Over Malaria Drug COVID-19 Claims
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it had fired off warning letters to three online sellers of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine over unfounded claims that it can treat or prevent COVID-19.
BREAKING: Bayer Inks $2B Deal To Cover Future Roundup Cancer Claims
Bayer AG on Wednesday said that it reached a settlement of up to $2 billion to resolve potential future claims that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer.
 
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Luna Novem

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I think the most distasteful thing for me was just looking at the people in the casino and realizing that most of them are not like me, and don't even have the capacity for reason and self-control to do what I did. Even the ladies I was with thought I was crazy for not continuing to play "on my original twenty dollars" for the rest of the night. They couldn't understand why I wouldn't do the same thing again. They couldn't understand why I wouldn't keep playing.

Most of the people in there were so sad to look at, though. Most of them can't stop until they can't afford to play anymore. And it shows. Rows and rows of people plugged into machines and they all look dead and lifeless and hollow. Very creepy in contrast to garish over-the-top energy of the casino overall.

Might as well have left with a couple pints of everyone's blood, that's kinda how I felt. :vomit:
I have only been in a casino once in my life. It was in Niagara Falls. I was visiting with my sister and brother-in-law, and my sister wanted to go to the casino. My brother-in-law and I did our own thing until it was time to get her. I went into the casino to try and find her and literally got lost. Like you said, rows and rows, and they all looked identical. It was like some kind of maze. I remember thinking morbidly that it seemed like purgatory, lol.
 

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Rittenhouse Fires Former Lead Atty John Pierce

By Ryan Boysen


Law360 (February 5, 2021, 7:31 PM EST) -- Teenage shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse has fired his former lead attorney, John Pierce of Pierce Bainbridge, in what appears to be a dispute over the lawyer's involvement in the fundraising apparatus that's raised millions on Rittenhouse's behalf.

The move comes as prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are seeking to revoke Rittenhouse's bail over a series of events that apparently began when Pierce provided incorrect information to the court about the defendant's whereabouts.

In a Thursday post on Twitter, the fundraising operation, Free Kyle USA, announced that "John Pierce was terminated by Kyle" earlier in the week.

"Following the recommendation of attorney's and accountants everywhere, we've been offline for a few weeks to setup an independent irrevocable trust strictly for the benefit of Kyle," the post said. "John Pierce opposed that idea. It is clear that by doing so, we made the right decision."

"When we begin raising funds again, John Pierce has no involvement and is not connected in any way to the funds being raised," the account said in a follow-up post. "John does not speak for Kyle anymore."

In a statement, Pierce said he wished Rittenhouse the best but declined to comment further.

"Kyle is a terrific young man and is totally innocent. 100% perfect self-defense," Pierce said. "It was the most gratifying moment of my professional life to reunite him with his mother."

The dust-up is just the latest in a long line of financial entanglements that have repeatedly gotten Pierce into trouble.

Pierce began representing Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, just days after the Illinois native was accused of killing two men and wounding another in an August shooting incident at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha.

Pierce, who primarily litigates business disputes, hired two experienced criminal attorneys to handle the murder case against Rittenhouse. Along with fellow conservative firebrand attorney L. Lin Wood, Pierce orchestrated a fundraising effort that allowed Rittenhouse to post a $2 million bond in November. Those efforts also helped cement Rittenhouse's status as a newly minted right-wing Second Amendment icon.

Wood and his #FightBack Foundation, which had led the fundraising efforts, then parted ways with Rittenhouse and Pierce to focus on filing suits that sought to overturn the results of the November presidential election. Free Kyle USA was created shortly thereafter.

In December, Pierce withdrew from Rittenhouse's criminal case, however, after prosecutors noted that the attorney was tens of millions of dollars in debt following the collapse of his previous firm last spring, yet was also in charge of Rittenhouse's fundraising efforts.

"Given his own substantial personal debts, his involvement with an unregulated and opaque 'slush fund' provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud," the prosecutors said.

At the time, Pierce called those allegations "ludicrous" and said Rittenhouse's mother would ultimately have full control over the fundraising proceeds. Pierce had filed a defamation suit against Yahoo on Rittenhouse's behalf and said he planned to file many more going forward.

Rittenhouse has reportedly hired Robert Barnes, another well-known conservative attorney who is also currently defending conspiracy theorist and conservative pundit Alex Jones in several defamation cases.

The shake-up comes as prosecutors in Kenosha are seeking to revoke Rittenhouse's bail and send him back to jail, claiming Rittenhouse had provided faulty information about his whereabouts.

In court documents, Pierce said an officer with the Kenosha Police Department told him he "absolutely should not" write down Rittenhouse's actual address on a court form, because it could endanger the defendant's safety. The Kenosha police have put out a statement disputing Pierce's version of events.

That form apparently listed Rittenhouse's home address in Antioch, Illinois, but Rittenhouse actually resides at an undisclosed "safe house," according to court documents and Twitter posts by Free Kyle USA. That organization claims the Kenosha prosecutors were already aware of the fact that Rittenhouse was residing at an undisclosed location for his safety.
 

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Twitter's adult content problem [article link]

An anti-porn organization with religious ties has filed a lawsuit against Twitter alleging the social media website benefited “from a sex trafficking venture.” The lawsuit utilizes SESTA-FOSTA’s Section 230 exceptions and could theoretically force Twitter to purge sex workers and adult content creators, adult industry experts warn.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) filed the federal lawsuit, along with two law firms, the Haba Law Firm and the Matiasic Firm, against Twitter on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of an anonymous minor who alleges Twitter knowingly refused to pull sexually explicit images of him posted on the platform without consent. The images were originally catfished from him by strangers on Snapchat who pretended to be his age, adult industry news site XBIZ reports.

NCOSE's lawsuit relies on SESTA-FOSTA, the anti-sex trafficking law that led to the widespread deplatforming of sex workers across websites such as Reddit and Craigslist. SESTA-FOSTA ended internet services' immunity for civil action lawsuits arising from sex trafficking.

XBIZ notes that NCOSE is "the oldest and most powerful of the lobbies currently attempting to ban all sexual expression online" and that the "pro-censorship group was founded by clergymen in 1962." NCOSE has previously targeted queer adult video games on Steam and copies of Cosmopolitan in Walmart.

Here's why it matters: Even if NCOSE's lawsuit does not pressure Twitter to ban adult material, other attacks on Section 230 protections could deplatform sex workers and adult content creators in the near future, such as Congress' Stop Internet Sexual Exploitation Act. While SISEA died in committee at the end of the 117th Congress, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the bill's co-sponsor, has expressed interest in reintroducing SISEA later this year.

Will be praying for NCOSE successful in attempts to ban.

 

Lamkins

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“Equality” Act

Where disagreeing becomes discrimination. Very alarming.

WASHINGTON – The Equality Act is expected to advance in Congress this week. It's a controversial bill designed to overhaul the nation's civil rights laws to include LGBT Americans, but many worry it will trample on the rights of women and people of faith.

Under the Equality Act, disagreement is considered discrimination. It includes gay marriage, biological males competing in women's sports, and doctors performing procedures - like gender reassignments - that go against their conscience........
 

messaggera

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Sexual activity use to be a private manner between two consenting adults, and not to be aired around in public.
But pride made sexual orientation everyone's business - even if individuals do not want to hear about private manners, or debauchery.

Preference of sexual partners becoming a civil right?
How far is society going to go?

Christians are already losing freedoms, all while extreme secular progressive goals thrive in society.
 

stugatz

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Preference of sexual partners becoming a civil right?
How far is society going to go?
Easy, it'll become mandatory for all churches to marry gay people - maybe the Supreme Court will even back it up.

Then, to use this as a cudgel, activists who are probably not really intending on getting married will go fishing for a conservative church that says no to them. Boom, local scandal, congregants will be afraid to go there and get ID'd & doxxed. It'll be like the bakery thing on steroids.

(As a traditionalist Catholic, like 99% of the congregants at my last church were VERY conservative, SSPX members often attended, some even were close to being pro-Sedevacantism. Despite this, our young adult group did get the occasional lefty - they usually stopped attending after a social or two.)
 

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"So far the collaborative campaign to get the Mexican government to reverse its policy does not appear to be working.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has given farmers until 2024 to stop using glyphosate. On 31 December, the country published a “final decree” calling not only for the end of the use of glyphosate but also a phase-out of the planting and consumption of genetically engineered corn, which farmers often spray with glyphosate, a practice that often leaves residues of the pesticide in finished food products."

Such a corrupt campaign and product.
 

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Praying for the victims and many more who are sexual abused.

Boy Scouts propose more than $300 million, Norman Rockwell paintings to settle sex abuse claims [article]
85,000 sex abuse claims by former scouts.


The massive response exceeded all expectations and prompted plaintiffs’ lawyers to predict that the number of claims and the total payouts to settle them would easily eclipse those in the sex abuse scandal that engulfed the U.S. Catholic Church more than a decade ago.

Hundreds of lawsuits against the organization came in the wake of the Los Angeles Times’ publication in 2012 of internal Scout records involving about 5,000 men on a blacklist known as the “perversion files,” a closely guarded trove of documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others dating back a century.
 
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