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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

About half a million customers of the Australian fund UniSuper were locked out of their accounts for a week

Parking lots full of Tesla vehicles are becoming impossible to ignore as the electric automaker seemingly can't sell enough cars and trucks to match its rate of production. According to its own figures, the electric automaker produced 46,561 more vehicles than it delivered to customers during the first quarter of 2024. Where are all these cars going? Parking lots at its factories, malls and airports. read more

Monday, May 13, 2024

Gaza counter-protesters at UCLA took part in anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-vaccine events across southern California, researchers say.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

The bill, the More Opportunities for Moms to Succeed Act (MOMS Act), would mandate the creation of a federal website called Pregnancy.gov, which Britt calls a "clearinghouse of relevant resources available for pregnant and postpartum women, and women parenting young children." read more

Friday, May 10, 2024

Nicole Shanahan, the ex-wife of Google's Sergey Brin poured divorce money into Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s campaign and became his running mate, with potentially cataclysmic consequences.



Chemical endangerment of a child. The Alabama law, passed in 2006, was intended to target those who expose children to toxic chemicals, or worse, explosions, while manufacturing methamphetamine in ad-hoc home labs.

In Etowah County, in 2013, the sheriff, the district attorney, and the head of the local child-welfare agency held a press conference to announce they intended to aggressively enforce that 2006 law. Instead of going after the manufacturers of meth, though, they planned to target pregnant women who used virtually any substance they deemed harmful to a developing fetus.

"If a baby is born with a controlled-substance dependency, the mother is going to jail," then-Sheriff Todd Entrekin said at the time. Police weren't required to establish that a child was born with a chemical dependency, though--or even that a fetus experienced any harm--a drug test, a confession, or just an accusation of substance use during pregnancy was enough to arrest women for a first offense that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. One public defender would later call these "unwinnable cases."

Over the following decade, Etowah County imprisoned hundreds of mothers--some of whom were detained, before trial, for the rest of their pregnancies, inside one of the most brutal and inhumane prisons in the country, denied access to prenatal care and adequate nutrition, they say--in the name of protecting their children from harm.

Etowah County officials didn't come up with this idea themselves. They borrowed it from a district attorney who began testing the limits of the chemical-endangerment law years earlier in a different part of the state. Steve Marshall's theory--which essentially treats the uterus as a home meth lab, and the fetus a living child--was appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. In 2013, the justices declared the term "child" included embryos at any stage of development, marking the first time a state Supreme Court anywhere in the United States recognized that embryos and fetuses had legal rights before the point of viability.

In the past two decades, Alabama has become the undisputed champion of arresting pregnant women for actions that wouldn't be considered crimes if they weren't pregnant: 649 arrests between 2006 and 2022, almost as many arrests as documented in all other states combined, according to advocacy group Pregnancy Justice, which collected the statistics. Across the U.S., the vast majority of women arrested on these charges were too poor to afford a lawyer, and a quarter of cases were based on the use of a legal substance, like prescription medication.

The plan was for Alito and/or Thomas to delay certification long enough for the matter to be turned over to the states:

Mueller, She Wrote

Remember when John Eastman admitted his proposals to nullify the 2020 election would lose at SCOTUS 7-2?

The 2 were Thomas (atop the 11th circuit where they filed a lawsuit in Georgia) and Alito (atop the 5th circuit where they filed a lawsuit in Texas).

That's according to under-oath testimony from Pence's lawyer.

But McConnell and Pelosi screwed up that plan by certifyng the election with Mike Pence present later that night after the insurrectionists were cleared out:

Ron Filipkowski

This new interview by Powell is interesting. It suggests that the purpose of the insurrection was to DELAY the electoral college certification to give Alito time to intervene on this legal challenge. But, Powell says they didn't anticipate Pelosi reconvening Congress that day.

Mr. Alito can speak for himself, and he did, in an email to the NYT, I think. He didn't mention "children waiting at the bus stop in Jan 21". Shannon Bream isn't miquoting him, because she didn't quote him. Did she misrepresent what he said? Possibly. It was roughly paraphrased. It was a series of rapid fire tweets, not an article. Apparently Shannon is a friend of the family and yes, there is bias here on her part. I think she was trying to help him out, but it is an important distinction they are her words, not necessarily his. He didn't say anything about "children waiting at the bus stop in Jan 21" in his email.
Nevertheless, it is a bit irrelevant, kids were expected to return to school soon. Many people would be upset about a sign that said F&*K Biden near a children's busstop, regardless of whether school is in session.

You have no evidence that Bream composed a series of rapid fire tweets. She could have spent 30 minutes composing the tweets in paragraph form before posting them:

"I spoke directly with Justice #Alito about the flag story in the NYT. In addition to what's in the story, he told me a neighbor on their street had a 'F--- Trump' sign that was within 50 feet of where children await the school bus in Jan 21. Mrs. Alito brought this up with the neighbor," posted Shannon Bream on X.

"According to Justice Alito, things escalated and the neighbor put up a sign personally addressing Mrs. Alito and blaming her for the Jan 6th attacks," Bream continued. "Justice Alito says he and his wife were walking in the neighborhood and there were words between Mrs. Alito and a male at the home with the sign. Alito says the man engaged in vulgar language, 'including the c-word'. Following that exchange, Mrs. Alito was distraught and hung the flag upside down 'for a short time'. Justice Alito says some neighbors on his street are 'very political' and acknowledges it was a very heated time in January 2021."


Many people wouldn't like F--k Biden/Trump signs displayed in their neighborhood. Ditto chanting F--k Biden at a football games.

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