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Buhbye! Walmart stops advertising on X, adding to growing list of companies

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Musk invited advertisers to leave if they don't like the way he runs the X platform
Retail giant follows Apple, Disney and IBM in halting ads on X

Walmart no longer advertises on X, adding to the list of companies that have halted ads on the social media platform owned by Elon Musk.

A spokesperson for the retail giant on Friday confirmed to FOX Business in a statement, "We aren't advertising on X as we've found other platforms to better reach our customers."

The news was first reported by Reuters.

A person familiar with the situation told FOX Business that Walmart's decision to stop advertising on X was not made overnight, but was rather a gradual progression away from the platform over quite some time.

Comment: If it's a good product desired by customers, it will succeed. If not it will fail. He said he will do his best, but is prepared for both outcomes. Musk has put his faith in the market like a true capitalist. Not too far off reality: Child grooming content on X drops by 83% after Disney pulls ads

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Private jets headed to Cop28 global warming conference "literally frozen on runway"

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While world leaders spoke at a 'global warming' conference in Dubai, located in the heart of the Arabian Desert, discussing the usual: banning gas stoves, cow farts, and petrol-powered vehicles, a powerful snowstorm grounded all flights at Munich Airport in Germany.

"Private jets in Munich on the way to Dubai global warming conference are literally frozen on the runway, which has turned into a glacier," said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist and former NOAA chief scientist.

Comment: Every now and then Mother Nature hands us a giggle.


Press advocates say Gaza war is deadliest conflict for journalists in over 30 years

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Journalists, relatives and friends pray over the bodies of journalists Sari Mansour and Hassouna Esleem after they were killed in an Israeli bombardment at Bureij camp in the central Gaza Strip on Nov. 19.
"This might be the last video I post," Ayat Khaddoura, a Palestinian journalist and podcaster, said in a post on Instagram Oct. 13.

It was one of many videos Khaddoura had been sharing with her hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, talking about living under Israeli bombardment and trying to survive with limited water and electricity.

On Nov. 6, in a video she called her "last message to the world," she said: "We used to have big dreams, but now our dream is only to be killed in one piece so people know who we are." A week later, she was dead. An Israeli airstrike on her home in northern Gaza killed her.

2017: 2018: 2019: 2021: 2023:


Study finds children with liberal parents more likely to suffer mental health problems

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Children who grow up in politically liberal households are more likely to suffer mental health problems than their conservative peers, according to a new study.

An Institute for Family Studies-Gallup report found that "political ideology is one of the strongest predictors" of which caregiving styles a parent adopts, and conservative parents are associated with the best mental health outcomes for their children.

"Conservative and very conservative parents are the most likely to adopt the parenting practices associated with adolescent mental health," study author Jonathan Rothwell, who is also the principal economist at Gallup and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote . "Liberal parents score the lowest, even worse than very liberal parents, largely because they are the least likely to successfully discipline their children."



Notorious mobster stunned by latest Hunter Biden allegations: 'Mind-blowing'

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Ex-Gambino underboss Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano sounds off on 'Jesse Watters Primetime' as first family scrutiny mounts.
Former Gambino underboss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano spoke out to FOX News following the latest bombshell report in the Biden family influence peddling investigation.

Gravano appeared on Jesse Watters Primetime on Thursday after a bank investigator tasked with detecting money laundering flagged "unusual" and "erratic" activity in regard to several large-sum wire transfers to accounts belonging to Hunter Biden.

A Bank Secrecy Act manager for one institution said the payments therein didn't appear to match with "any services rendered" by Owasco P.C., an entity controlled by the current first son.

"That's bank lingo for 'bribe'," host Jesse Watters claimed prior to introducing Gravano.

Watters added that the bank investigator finished his report by saying activity on the account appears "unusual and with no current business purpose and may require reevaluation of the bank's relationship with the customer," which the host said is "bank lingo for 'the Chinese are bribing the [then]-vice president's family and we should tell them to bank somewhere else'."


Indigenous community in Ecuador wins legal fight to reclaim ancestral land after more than 80 years

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Siekopai Nation indigenous people demonstrated outside the National Court of Justice
Quito, Ecuador • August 24, 2021
An indigenous community has won a court battle to regain ownership over its ancestral homeland in the Ecuadorian Amazon, more than 80 years after they were displaced because of war.

An Ecuadorian appeals court backed the Siekopai nation's claim over Pë'këya, a biodiverse territory in northeast Ecuador along the border with Peru, according to a court ruling provided to CNN by Amazon Frontline, a nonprofit organization working with indigenous people to defend their land rights.

The Siekopai were displaced during the Peru-Ecuador war in the 1940s.

Last September, the community, which has only about 800 members, filed a lawsuit against the Ecuadorian state, claiming it was violating their right to ancestral property, Amazon Frontline said.

In its ruling on Friday, the Provincial Court of Sucumbios gave Ecuador's Ministry of Environment 45 days to deliver a property title to the Siekopai people for more than 104,000 acres of land, court documents show.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Pfizer, alleges pharma giant lied about COVID vaccine efficacy

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Paxton's office accused Pfizer of 'unlawfully misrepresenting the effectiveness of the company's COVID-19 vaccine'

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing Pfizer, alleging that the pharmaceutical giant lied about the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine.

In a press release obtained by Fox News Digital, Paxton's office accused Pfizer of "unlawfully misrepresenting the effectiveness of the company's COVID-19 vaccine and attempting to censor public discussion of the product."

Paxton said Pfizer's claim that its vaccine possessed 95% efficacy against infection was "highly misleading."

Comment: That Pfizer can make such a hypocrisy-stuffed statement is astonishing. May Paxton's filing be the first of a flood of lawsuits. Read the full document:


The new 'Chinese disease' panic is upon us

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Lockdown due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreaks in Beijing on May 10, 2022
News has been spreading throughout the media about a "disease outbreak" in China.

For many, this brings back bad memories. The illness, described as a form of pneumonia, has reportedly gone widespread very quickly, triggering comparisons to how the Covid-19 pandemic emerged. As with the coronavirus, it was not long before there followed accusations of a government cover-up of the extent of the spread.

Cases of the same illness occurring outside of China have been the target of media attention, such as those in Denmark and the US, as has the World Health Organization's request for more information and Beijing's response.


Japan approves world's first 'self-amplifying mRNA' Covid vaccine - with no safety or efficacy data

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It's up to you in Japan
After years of injecting themselves with foreign-made mRNA injections, patriotic Japanese Covidians will finally get the chance to put some domestically made lipid nanoparticles into their bloodstreams. From NHK World:
A Japanese Health Ministry panel has said a coronavirus vaccine developed by Daiichi Sankyo can be used for inoculations in Japan. It would be the first Japanese-made Covid shot available for practical use.
Would you be surprised to know that the majority of the panel still wears masks?
The panel of experts held a meeting on Monday. The experts said they confirmed the vaccine's effectiveness, and that they have no serious concerns over its safety.
Banzai! Unfortunately, the article doesn't give any details of the effectiveness the experts apparently confirmed. Fortunately, Daiichi-Sankyo previously put out a press release joyously announcing that the primary endpoint had been reached in the Phase Three trial of their Covid vaccine (DS-5670). So...did DS-5670 reach 95% effectiveness like Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna did?
The primary endpoints of the booster vaccination trial were the geometric mean blood neutralising antibody titer and immune response against SARS-CoV-2 (Omicron BA.5 subvariant) four weeks after the investigational vaccination. Results on the endpoints in the DS-5670 group were higher than those in the control group (Omicron-adapted bivalent vaccine approved in Japan), statistically demonstrating non-inferiority of DS-5670.
In other words, DS-5670 produced more antibodies against BA.5 than the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna bivalent jab, neither of which has ever been shown to be effective. How many more? Dunno yet.
Detailed results from the booster vaccination trial will be presented at academic conferences and in publications.
You may be thinking, "Hang on. Are you telling me that Japan just approved a completely new Covid jab based on unpublished antibody titers?" Yep, that's exactly what I'm telling you.

Comment: The threat within: Doing the job nature won't.

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Will the Irish become a minority in Ireland by 2060?

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Project Ireland 2040
Recent events in Ireland, when an Algerian man with Irish citizenship stabbed several people including two children which led to riots, suggest that there may be concern in some sections of Irish society at the current levels of immigration. But the Irish are lucky. Their Government has already told them how many migrants they, as signatories to the UN Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration, expect to import over the next 17 years.

In 2019, the Irish Government published a national planning strategy called 'Project Ireland 2040'. The document states:
The aim of Project Ireland 2040 is to construct an improved Ireland for all of us. By 2040, there will be approximately one million additional people living here in Ireland. This population growth will require hundreds of thousands of new jobs, new homes, heightened cultural and social amenities, enhanced regional connectivity and improved environmental sustainability. Project Ireland 2040 sets out to deliver these.