Showing posts from September, 2023

Last red envelopes sent; Netflix terminates DVD rental service September 29, 2023

Netflix terminated DVD rental service with final shipments on Friday, September 29, 2023 after beginning service with a shipment of a Beetlejuice DVD on March 10, 1998. Netflix called it the "End of an era." FOX Business on X: "Netflix officially terminates DVD rental service with final mailings: 'End of an era'" / X Netflix officially terminates DVD rental service with final mailings: 'End of an era' — FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 30, 2023 Netflix DVD - The Final Season - About Netflix Thanks for Watching - About Netflix Long Live the Red Envelope Era | Farewell to DVDs | Netflix - YouTube

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signs deal with Lockheed Martin for 96 American AH-64E Apache attack helicopters

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a deal with the US firm Lockheed Martin in Mesa, Arizona on Monday, September related to the purchase 96 Apache attack helicopters. Poland will also develop a center that services key helicopter parts in Bydgoszcz, northern Poland. A Polish government Boeing 737 (PLF130) was visible traveling east from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on the aircraft tracking website on Monday evening about 6:30 p.m. CT. Polish defence minister signs offset deal with Lockheed Martin – The First News First Polish Apache Offset OK’d Ahead Of 96-Aircraft Order | Aviation Week Network -- Poland intends to independently maintain and repair AH-64E Apache attack helicopters of the Polish Air Force

Dmitri Medvedev warns of potential conflict between Russia and NATO after US Abrams tanks delivered to Ukraine

Russia’s former president and Putin’s staunch ally, Dmitri Medvedev on Tuesday threatened NATO following the delivery of US Abrams tanks to Ukraine that arrived Monday, September 25, 2023. Medvedev highlighted the delivery of US M1A1 Abrams to Ukraine as a reason for potential conflict between Russia and NATO.  ATACMS - a missile capable of hitting targets 190 miles away which is compatible with HIMARS, was also cited as a reason for potential conflict. - Putin ally Medvedev warns Russia 'ready' for direct conflict with 'fascist bloc' NATO | Russia Ukraine Crisis Putin's right-hand man issues chilling WW3 warning over 'direct NATO conflict’ | World | News | Kremlin says U.S. Abrams tanks, ATACMS missiles for Ukraine can't change battlefield situation | Reuters M142 HIMARS - Wikipedia ATACMS - Google Search

Data Colada examines scientific studies for fraud; Retraction Watch tracks scientifiec studies that have been retracted

Data Pina Colada aims to examine published studies for evidence of fraud. Ironically, authors of studies that have been retracted are suing the authors of Data Colada -- Uri Simonsohn, Leif Nelson and Joe Simmons. Also, Retraction Watch tracks scientific study retractions as "a window in the scientific process." Wall Street - Data Colada - Thinking about evidence and vice versa Data Colada - Thinking about evidence and vice versa Retraction Watch – Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

EU lifts Ukraine agricultural ban, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia continue ban

Poland will not suspend a European Union ban on Ukrainian agricultural products imposed by Brussels earlier in 2003, designed to protect European farmers. Ukraine filled a lawsuit against Poland, Hungary and Slovakia -- countries that support the ban. EU lifts bans on Ukrainian grain but Poland and Hungary move to impose unilateral restrictions | Euronews Ukraine will sue Poland, Hungary and Slovakia over agricultural bans – POLITICO Newseek: Poland Issues Warning to Zelensky After UN Comments Zelensky urges unity in dramatic UN address | CNN EU lifts bans on Ukrainian grain but Poland and Hungary vow to keep restrictions in place - YouTube The use of veto power requires reform, and this can be a key reform in the UN – address by the President of Ukraine at the UN Security Council meeting — Official website of the President of Ukraine WATCH LIVE: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy addresses the 2023 United Nations General Assembly - YouTube Poland agricultural ban Ukraine - Google Search

Donald Trump describes Howard Stern as 'broken weirdo' who 'went woke'

" The real Howard Stern is a weak, pathetic, and disloyal guy, who lost his friends and MUCH of his audience. Until just recently, I haven't heard his name mentioned in years. I did his show many times in the good old days, and then he went woke, and nobody cares about him any longer. I don't know what they (really!) pay him, but it shouldn't be much. His influence is gone, and without that, he's NOTHING – Just a broken weirdo, unattractive both inside and out, trying like hell to be relevant!" -- Donald J. Trump on (September 23, 2023, 1:57 AM) Truth Social

Target website outage reported Sunday, September 24, 2023

Several reports indicate an outage at beginning about 11:04 a.m. Sunday, September 24, 2023. At times the website did not load.  The outage may have been resolved by about 12:20 p.m. CT. Target : Expect More. Pay Less. down? Current outages and problems | Downdetector

Sen. Bob Menendez, wife Nadine, Wael Hana, Jose Uribe, Fred Daibes charged with bribery offenses connected to government of Egypt

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James Smith, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced that an Indictment was unsealed this morning charging U.S. Senator ROBERT MENENDEZ, his wife Nadine Menendez, a/k/a “Nadine Arslanian,” and three New Jersey businessmen, Wael Hana, a/k/a “Will Hana,” Jose Uribe, and Fred Daibes, with participating in a years-long bribery scheme.  The Indictment alleges that Menendez and his wife, Nadine Menendez, accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes from Hana, Uribe, and Daibes in exchange for Menendez's agreement to use his official position to protect and enrich them and to benefit the Government of Egypt.   CNBC - Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wife charged with bribery Who is Nadine Arslanian? 5 things to know about indicted wife of Sen. Robert Menendez. - Southern District of New York | U.S. Senat

Caitlyn Jenner: Didn't intend to shade Kim Kardashian with 'calculated her way to fame' comment

Maybe not a publicity stunt, but maybe it is; or maybe it is just an insignificant comment, or even a compliment. Page Six - Caitlyn Jenner: Kim Kardashian 'calculated' fame Page Six - Where Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian stand after 'calculated' remark I Am Cait - Wikipedia

Rupert Murdoch officially stepping down from Fox Corp and News Corp in November 2023

Fox Corp. announced today, September 21, 2023 that Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as chairman of the board of Fox Corp. and News Corp. , and will be appointed chairman emeritus of each company.  Lachlan Murdoch is set to become sole chairman of New Corp. and continue as Fox Corp. executive chair and CEO. K. Rupert Murdoch to be Appointed Chairman Emeritus of Fox Corporation and News Corp - foxcorporation CNBC - Rupert Murdoch steps down as chairman of Fox and News Corp. Rupert Murdoch - Wikipedia Lachlan Murdoch - Wikipedia Fox Corporation - Wikipedia News Corporation - Wikipedia

Incurable dog disease, Brucella Canis, increasing in UK; transmissible to human

Brucella canis is a Gram-negative bacterium in the family Brucellaceae that causes brucellosis in dogs and other canids (domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jackals). Brucella canis is passed through contact with fluids from the mucous membranes of the genitals (semen and vaginal discharge), eyes, and oronasal cavities -- via sexual activity, daily grooming and social interactions. Dogs in kennels that are affected by Brucella canis are usually euthanized for the protection of other dogs and humans. Brucella canis cases reported in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with a known origin, more than half came from Romania. The increase in cases have been attributed to an increase in dog imports from Eastern Europe. Brucella Canis, Incurable Dog Disease, Spreads To Humans In UK An incurable dog disease is on the rise. Now three people have it | Tech News | Metro News HAIRS risk assessment: Brucella canis - GOV.UK Brucella canis - Wikipedia

Southern California "Tesla road rage guy" sentenced to 5 years in prison

Nathaniel Walter Radimak, age 36, who's been dubbed the "Tesla road rage guy" on social media, was sentenced Monday to 5 years in prison. Video shows Radimak attacking other motorist with a pipe, and he was accused of attacking at lest 10 women in Los Angeles County. Suspect in series of SoCal road rage attacks sentenced to 5 years in prison - ABC7 Los Angeles Suspect dubbed "Tesla road rage guy" sentenced to 5 years in prison - YouTube Nathaniel Walter Radimak - Google Search

Hunter Biden indicted by special counsel David Weiss on felony gun charges related to narcotic use

 Hunter Biden has been indicted on three counts connected to possession or transfer of possession of a gun while using narcotics or lying about using narcotics. Two counts involve Biden allegedly completing a transaction form that certified he wasn't using narcotics when he was. The third count alleges that he possessed a firearm while using a narcotic. The maximum penalty could be 10 years for making a false statement on a Firearm Transaction Record.  The indictment alleges that on or about October 12, 2018 in the district of Delaware, the defendant Robert Hunter Biden in connection with the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver firearm knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive that dealer with respect to a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale of the firearm. According to the indictment Robert Hunter Biden provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, na

Winner of largest lottery prize in history buys $47 million mansion in Los Angeles

Edwin Castro, winner of a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot ($997.6 million cash option/$628.5 million after federal tax withholdings) in November 2022, has purchased his third home since winning. $47 million mega-mansion in Los Angeles $25.5 million home in Hollywood Hills $4 home in Altadena, California Edwin Castro $2 billion Powerball winner buys third home for $47M Edwin Castro - Google Images Search

United Auto Workers (UAW) set to strike Friday if negotiations fail

 UAW President Shawn Fain on Wednesday evening, September 13, 2023, announced plans for those targeted strikes at any auto manufacturer that fails to reach a labor deal with the union before contracts expire at 11:59 pm Thursday. All 145,000 United Auto Workers at the companies are not expected to strike on Friday.  UAW could target key plants as negotiators rush to avoid GM, Ford and Stellantis walkouts | CNN Business The UAW unveils a major plan if talks with Big 3 automakers fail : NPR Shawn Fain - Google Search

Convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante scaled a gap between two walls when he escaped Chester County Prison in Pennsylvania

Danelo Cavalcante (aka Danilo Souza Cavalcante) escaped from prison at 8:51 a.m. August 31, 2023 by "crab walking" up a gap between two walls. He then pushed through razor wire, and ran across a prison roof and scaled more razor wire. Cavalcante was captured on September 13, 2023, after a 14-day manhunt by police Manhunt for a murderer: Timeline - YouTube Escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante planned to flee to Canada, says cops almost stepped on him during manhunt - ABC News Danelo Cavalcante manhunt: How border agents finally captured escaped killer alive after 14-day jailbreak | Fox News Escaped Pennsylvania killer taken into custody after he was subdued by a police dog | CNN Danelo Cavalcante - Google Image Search

Hurricane Lee heads toward northeast United States, Canadian Maritimes as Category 2 storm with a large wind field

Hurricane Lee (Category 2), which formed from a Tropical Depression on September 5, 2023, is a strong Cape Verde hurricane (previously Category 5) is progressing across the Atlantic Ocean toward the United States.  New England and the Canadian Maritimes are also bracing for impacts from Hurricane Lee, including a huge wind field, damaging surge waves, and flooding. Friday morning about 7:00 a.m., Hurricane Lee was about 310 miles southwest of Bermuda, progressing northward over the Western Atlantic. Boston is under a Tropical Storm Watch with a variety of watches east of New York city to Caribou, Maine. In Canada, The Canadian Maritimes including the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island located near the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of St. Lawrence are in the path of severe weather.  Hurricane Lee is the thirteenth named storm, the fourth hurricane, and the third major hurricane of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.  Hurricane Lee originated from a tropical wave

Mitt Romney announced he will not run for re-election as Utah Senator

 Mitt Romney Press Release to Utahns: "I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders. They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in." "While I’m not running for re-election, I’m not retiring from the fight. I’ll be your United States Senator until January 2025. I will keep working on these and other issues and I will advance our state’s numerous priorities. I look forward to working with you and with folks across our state and nation in that endeavor." A good share of commenters on his announcement expressed pleasure that Romney was leaving Romney Releases Message to Utahns on Senate Reelection Plans - Mitt Romney Romney urges Biden to retire - POLITICO Newsweek: Who Will Succeed Mitt Romney? Four Likely Candidates Romney: Biden, Trump should both ‘stand aside’ in 2024 | The Hill

French ANFR orders halt to Apple iPhone 12 sales for breach of European Union radiation exposure limits; Apple disputes

France's Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR) told Apple on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 to halt iPhone12 sales in France after tests concluded the Apple iPhone 12's Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) or radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body was higher than legally allowed. The European standard for SAR is 4.0 watts per kilogram. ANFR reported accredited labs discovered SAR at 5.74 watts per kilogram during tests simulating when the Apple iPhone 12 was held in the hand or carried in a pants pocket. yahoo!news: Apple disputes French findings, says iPhone 12 meets radiation rules France orders Apple to pull iPhone 12 off shelves for high radiation levels | CNN Business Apple disputes French findings, says iPhone 12 meets radiation rules | Reuters Apple ordered to stop selling iPhone 12 in France over too-high levels of electromagnetic radiation | Euronews France halts iPhone 12 sales over radiation levels - BBC News Legal - RF Exposure iPhone 12 Pro Max - Apple Legal - RF Expos

VIDEO: Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) escorted out of "Beetlejuice" musical in Buell Theatre, Denver

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was one of two people escorted out of Buell Theatre on Sunday night, September 10, 2023. The pair or a group in the area was collectively accused of vaping, using a cellphone, singing along, and recording the show while being disruptive. A surveillance video published on YouTube embedded in a Colorado Sun article that claims the video shows Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) being escorted out with a male companion at theatre. They appear to be removed from the seventh row from the stage near an aisle. The video does not show Boebert vaping, but appears to show a male with a vaping device seated to her left. Colorado Sun: Lauren Boebert escorted from "Beetlejuice" performance in Denver Lauren Boebert is escorted from Beetlejuice performance in Denver - YouTube YouTube Channel: Jesse Aaron Paul - YouTube Surveillance video: Boebert escorted from 'Beetlejuice' performance in Denver -  YouTube 9

Trump Privately Encouraging GOP Lawmakers to Impeach Biden

Former President Donald Trump dined Sunday night, September 10, 2023 with political ally, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. at his private club in Bedminster, New Jersey.  Greene, who has introduced articles of impeachment against Biden, told Jonathan Swan of The New York Times that she told Trump she wanted the impeachment inquiry to be “long and excruciatingly painful for Joe Biden.” yahoo!news: Trump Has Been Privately Encouraging GOP Lawmakers to Impeach Biden The Guardian: Trump lobbying key Republicans over attempt to impeach Joe Biden | Donald Trump | The Guardian NEW: Donald Trump Behind MAGA Republican Impeachment Push - Democrats

Alaska congresswoman's husband Eugene Peltola, Jr killed in plane crash

The husband of U.S. Preresentative Mary Sattler Peltola was killed in a plane crash in St. Mary's, Alaska Wednesday morning, September 13, 2023. WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola's husband killed in plane crash NTSB Newsroom on X: "NTSB is investigating the crash of a Piper PA 18-150 Super Cub near St. Mary’s, Alaska." / X NTSB Newsroom on X: "NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy will hold a virtual media availability today at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the investigation of the St. Mary’s, Alaska plane crash. Media wishing to attend should RSVP to" / X

Newport, Rhode Island wedding party fight with police caught on video

Six people arrested in Newport, Rhode Island after a wedding party disturbance and fight with police  around 1:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2023. Party-goer attempts to kick police officer in the groin. One woman knocked unconscious during the disturbance. NEW YORK POST: Unhinged wedding party turns into all-out brawl with cops in wild video COMMENT:

Air Canada reviewing claim that two female passengers were booted from aircraft after complaining there was vomit in their seats

Two female passengers were threatened with a security escort and being placed on a 'no fly list' after they complained that the seat and seatbelt were wet, and that there was visible vomit in the area after an inadequate cleaning before passengers boarded an Air Canada flight scheduled to depart Las Vegas for Montreal on August 26, 2023. Air Canada apologized and is reviewing the incident. AP: Air Canada apologizes for booting passengers who complained that their seats were smeared with vomit | AP News