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This frustration is a common sentiment. While official statistics report a modest 5% increase in food outside the home, many consumers, like this individual, perceive a more significant rise, possibly around 20%. It’s not just about the cost; there’s concern about diminishing quality in both food and service. The gap between official figures and lived experiences prompts skepticism about the accuracy of government CPI claims.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:58

Godzilla Minus One: They’re SALTY That YouTubers LIKED It?!

Posted on: Dec 05 07:56

Four of the gold bars Sen. Bob Menendez stashed at his home were previously stolen from the businessman accused of bribing the New Jersey Democrat, according to a report. 

The serial numbers on some of the gold found by the FBI during a June 2022 raid of Menendez’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ, home match identifiers that Fred Daibes reported to police after a 2013 armed robbery, according to NBC News

Robbers made off with $500,000 in cash and 22 gold bars from Daibes’ Edgewater, NJ, home during the 2013 heist, the outlet reports.

Police later nabbed four suspects and recovered the stolen gold. 

The matching serial numbers indicate that authorities have now directly linked at least some of the gold found in Menendez’s home to Daibes, a New Jersey real estate developer and Menendez fundraiser.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:55

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to face the resumption of his long-running trial on numerous corruption charges, after a pause due to the war in Gaza.

A court in Jerusalem is set to start hearing the case, which is focused on several corruption charges against Netanyahu, on Monday, according to reports in the Israeli media. The trial was paused on an emergency order from the country’s justice minister following Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7.

Netanyahu has been charged with fraud, bribery and breach of trust in three cases filed in 2019, known as Case 1000, 2000 and 4000.

In Case 1000, the prime minister, along with his wife Sara, is accused of receiving gifts, including champagne and cigars, from prominent Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire businessman James Packer in return for political favours.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:54

The world's largest options market says it is investigating reports of unusual trading activity before last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

The Chicago Board Options Exchange declined to discuss the investigation.

But an independent check of publicly available options trading records shows unidentified investors placed exceptionally high numbers of put options - bets that prices would fall - on the stocks of United and American, the two airlines targeted in the attacks. There was no such trend involving other carriers.

Tags: 911
Posted on: Dec 05 07:54

Did Hamas Make Billions Betting Against Israeli Shares Before October 7 Massacre?
Giant gambles against Israel on the markets in Tel Aviv and Wall Street days before Hamas’ attack made billions. Somebody seems to have known about the plan in advance

The story is unfortunately pay-walled and I have yet to find an archive version of it. An archived version is now available.

We know that Batteridge’s law of headlines says:

Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.

It was thereby not Hamas which profited from unusual short positions but likely someone else.

The Haaretz story is based on a very recent study by two law professors with experience in market regulations from New York University and Columbia University.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:43

The parents of a 9-year-old boy accused by a Deadspin writer of wearing blackface during a Kansas City Chiefs football game threatened to sue the outlet and demanded a retraction and apology, NewsNation reported.

What's the background?

The writer of the article, Carron J. Phillips, used a photo for his Deadspin piece showing only half of Holden Armenta's face, which was black. Problem is, the other half of Holden's face was red — one of the Chiefs' team colors:

Posted on: Dec 05 07:41

"Following an alert in the north of the country, an anti-tank missile was detected on an IDF vehicle in the Beit Hillel area. As a result, the vehicle was damaged. Several IDF soldiers were moderately injured as a result of shrapnel," the IDF said in a statement. Wrote in the statement. "In addition, several launches were detected in the Har Dov area. Some of them fell in Lebanese territory. IDF forces attack the sources of fire with artillery fire."

Posted on: Dec 05 07:22

 Tony Curtis Looking Suave In a Velvet Jacket

A peek behind the curtain of history can tell us a lot about the stars and celebrities we think we know so much about. Viewing photographs of the events reveals just how decadent the world's most famous club really was.


Studio 54 was a club where the famous and the infamous would mingle randomly and lines of would-be dancers would beg to get in. What happened behind the walls of this historic New York City club? How long did the parties last, and what did stars like Mick Jagger, Jamie Lee Curtis and a very young Drew Barrymore do in these all-night ragers?


Take a closer look, as these new colorful rare photos and stories delve deeper into the history than you'll think you know, telling the real stories and hidden secrets of Studio 54.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:20

In a significant move to curb illegal immigration, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced on Sunday that he would sign a bill into law criminalizing unauthorized entry into the state.

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 4, empowers police officers across all agencies to arrest migrants entering the state illegally. This announcement comes amidst the escalating crisis at the U.S. southern border, which has seen an unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants, largely attributed to President Biden's open border policies.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:18

A Fulton County judge has handed down lenient sentences consisting of $500 fines and no jail time for two rioters involved in the burning down of an Atlanta Wendy’s after an Atlanta Police officer shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in 2020.

Chisom Kingston and Natalie White, the two convicted, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson and two counts of first-degree arson.

They have been sentenced to five years of probation, a $500 fine, and are required to complete 150 hours of community service.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:17

Thousands of people gathered late Saturday night with hostages released by Hamas and demanded the immediate release of hostages still in Gaza.


"I come to thank you because without you I wouldn't be here. Now we have to get my (son) Sasha and everyone back," said freed hostage Yelena Trupanov, 50, during the event in Tel Aviv.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

As I’ve been saying for some time, the rampant corruption of America’s rigged elections is even more comically obvious in 2023 — than it was in 2021 and 2020.

Just look at last week’s news from Pennsylvania, where a county official has resigned over the “failures” of the elections he supervised!

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, often celebrated as the hometown of President Biden, the sentiments of local residents tell a story that contrasts sharply with the narrative presented by the administration. Interviews conducted on the streets uncovered deep-seated feelings of disillusionment and discontent for the Biden administration.

“He praises here, but I don’t, I don’t think he actually, like grew up here,” one Scranton resident said.

It’s not just Republicans expressing their disappointment; Democrats are joining the chorus too. “I’m a registered Democrat, but I’m not happy,” said another person.

“I think he’s the worst president we ever had to be honest with you… this economy sucks,” the last interviewee said.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

One of the most fascinating ways to explore Toronto's past is through this remarkable collection of photographs that capture everyday life in the city in the 1960s.


These images, captured by gcosserat on Flickr, offer a unique glimpse into a bygone era, showcasing the people, places, and moments that defined the city during this transformative decade.


In the early 1960s, Toronto's skyline consisted of a collection of buildings painted in sepia tones, including banks, hotels, and church spiers.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:16

Ex-Capitol Police Officer, as recently promised, has released the first tranche of twelve hours of J6 police scanner audio as Capitol Police discussed mobilizing to address the threat of extremists who have laid siege to the Congress during the 2020 election certification.

“Here we go… Episode 1,” Johnson posted on X on Sunday. “The mainstream media is telling you that J6 was an insurrection.”

“Please tell me if the actions of Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman were heroic and proper,” he added. “To give so some context Pittman’s call sign is Unit 2 and she is sitting on a dias in the USCP Commander Center where she can hear the radio traffic and she has a 360 degree view of the outside of the Capitol.”

“She can also see the actives inside the Capitol where there is a camera,” he continued. “Chief Steven A Sund was on the phone trying to obtain approval for the National Guard’s assistance and assistance from other law enforcement agencies. I was on the ground trying to de-escalate the situation specially asking Pittman for help. My call sign was 405J-John.”

Posted on: Dec 05 07:15

Axios reports that new homeowners may not turn a profit for over a decade, creating a dire situation. Trapped in a cycle of debt and depreciation, they face a challenging housing market. Advocates urge government intervention to regulate and make housing more affordable and sustainable.

Posted on: Dec 05 07:03

Things aren't always as they seem. This collection of photographs will show you a view of history – its people, places, and events – that offers a different perspective than what we see in our history books. You will see famous people before they were stars, the final moments of some people’s lives, fads and trends of the past, and some intriguing slices of life in days gone by. History is full of fascinating little tidbits that make for wonderful stories. All we need to do to find them is to change our perspective.


Posted on: Dec 05 07:01

The former general registrar of Prince William County, Virginia, Michele White, was arrested in September 2022 on two felonies and a misdemeanor relating to the 2020 election:  election officer neglect duty (24.2-10001), Election officer corrupt conduct (24.2-1001) and False statement on required form (24.2-1016).

In a “surprising twist”, however, both felony counts were dropped, leaving only the misdemeanor count of “neglect of duty by an election officer.”

Posted on: Dec 05 07:00

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Monday pointed a finger at Iran when discussing the attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea at the hands of Houthi rebels. 

On Sunday, ballistic missiles fired by the Houthis struck three commercial ships, while the American warship, the USS Carney, downed three drones that were headed in its direction. 

Sullivan echoed that it remained unclear whether the Carney was the intended target of the three unmanned aerial vehicles but said the incident 'is truly a source of global concerns and a threat to international peace and stability.' 

'We will continue as we move forward to consult very closely with allies and partners to determine and take all appropriate responses,' Sullivan said. 

Posted on: Dec 05 06:59

A California lake could be sitting on top of the world's largest 'white gold' mine.

The Salton Sea in southern California has been swarmed by companies large and small looking for cost-effective ways to extract lithium that is dissolved in scalding hot brine water that flows beneath the lake's southern point.

But a new study funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) found the basin has even more lithium - dubbed white gold because of its soft, silvery-white look - than previously estimated.

It found there could be 18 million tons of extractable metal - enough to meet the US's demand for the valuable metal for decades.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has previously described the Salton Sea as the Saudi Arabia of lithium mining. 

Posted on: Dec 05 06:59

In the midst of the American Civil War, a tumultuous period that left an indelible mark on the nation, the practice of photographing soldiers and fighters in the studio emerged as a poignant intersection of history and art.


These studio portraits, taken during the pioneering era of photography, serve as lasting evidence of the lives, experiences, and roles of the people who participated in this historic conflict.


The mid-19th century marked a significant moment in the development of photography.


The daguerreotype, introduced in 1839, was the earliest photographic process, but it required subjects to sit still for several minutes, resulting in a single, unique image on a polished metal plate.


As photographic techniques advanced, the ambrotype and tintype processes allowed faster and more economical portraiture.


Soldiers cherished these pictures as symbols of affection for their families and loved ones. Encased in ornate holders, these images provided comfort and connection to their homes during the hardships of war.


In many instances, they decorated themselves with items representative of their trade, held weapons, or displayed cherished souvenirs, revealing unique aspects of their experiences and background.


Preserved in archives, museums, and private collections, these images connect us to the faces and stories of those who lived through one of the most transformative periods in American history.

Posted on: Dec 05 06:59

Hundreds have gathered at a Christian church after the pastor was replaced with an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot for the service.

The Friday sermon at St. Paul’s Church in Fürth, Germany, was delivered by the AI chatbot ChatGPT.

The chatbot replaced the human pastor and was presented as a black man with a beard on a large screen above the altar of the evangelical church in Bavaria.

Claiming to be a steward of God, the AI chatbot told the packed congregation not to fear death, according to the Associated Press.

“Dear friends, it is an honor for me to stand here and preach to you as the first artificial intelligence at this year’s convention of Protestants in Germany,” the AI avatar said.

Webmaster addition: No more lawsuits about molested children!

Posted on: Dec 05 06:58

 Welcome to our extensive gallery showcasing the diverse range of Republican elected officials who are lending their support to Donald Trump for the 2024 presidency. From seasoned GOP veterans like Lindsey Graham to rising stars like Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, this wide-ranging list reflects the dynamic spectrum of voices within the Republican Party who stand firmly with the former president.


As you peruse this collection, you'll see the breadth of support and the unity that Trump's candidacy has inspired within the party. Whether you're a devoted Trump supporter, a keen observer, or someone who wants to stay informed about the evolving political landscape, we invite you to explore the profiles of these elected officials who have made their voices heard.


Our gallery not only highlights their support but also provides insight into their perspective and reasons for standing with Trump. We encourage you to engage with the content and learn more about the individuals who are shaping the political discussion leading up to the 2024 presidential election.

Posted on: Dec 05 06:57


Newsletter #52 of The Wheatley School Alumni Association, which is operated by Arthur Engoron, has revealed that once again, New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron may have committed multiple acts of misconduct in violation of The New York State Unified Court System’s Judicial conduct, specifically Section 100.4 while overseeing President Trump’s civil fraud trial.

The Letitia Peekaboo James witch hunt officially commenced in March of 2019. The Communist New York Attorney General opened the sham proceedings by serving multiple subpoenas and discovery requests upon the Trump family, President Trump, and many others. By August 2020, The Attorney General convinced Judge Engoron to compel the Trump parties to comply with her deposition demands.

By September of 2020, Judge Engoron ordered Eric Trump to sit for a deposition no later than October 7, 2020. Eric Trump complied with Engoron’s order and was deposed on October 5, 2020.

Justice Engoron was preparing and compiling information for the latest issue of his newsletter between the dates of October 2, 2020 through November 8, 2020. During this timeframe, Justice Engoron was also actively participating in the Trump witch hunt, while simultaneously communicating with an extremely biased, and anti-Trump federal prosecutor who is also linked to a witness in the Trump case.

Posted on: Dec 05 06:57