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TikTok will pay $92 million to settle class-action data harvesting lawsuit

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It allegedly collected a ton of personally identifiable info on users as young as six years old.

TikTok has agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits, many from minors, alleging it amassed users' personal data without consent and sold it to advertisers, reports NPR.

The proposed settlement, described as one of the "largest privacy-related payouts in history," includes 89 million US users, some as young as six years old. According to lawyers involved in the suit, TikTok quietly collected a mountain of personally identifiable information on account holders, including biometric data such as their ethnicity, gender, and age. And even information from draft videos that were not shared publicly on the platform.

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Former US Olympic coach Geddert commits suicide after facing sexual abuse charges (UPDATE)

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Ex-US Olympic coach John Geddert faced 24 charges for allegations of sexually and physically abusing his former female gymnasts. The charges were announced earlier in the day by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office.

Former US gymnastics coach John Geddert has committed suicide hours after sex abuse charges against him were announced, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement on Thursday.

"My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life. This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved", the Attorney General stated.

Comment: Comment: UPDATE: Apparently, Geddert had a connection to Larry Nassar, the osteopathic physician/rapist currently serving prison time. From the Washington Examiner:
Geddert, head coach of the 2012 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team and associate of convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, was charged with 14 counts of human trafficking, six counts of human trafficking of a minor, one count of continuing criminal enterprise, one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Two of the crimes pertain to the sexual abuse of a teenager between the ages of 13 and 16, a charging document read.

Geddert's alleged conduct persisted from around 2008 to 2013. The 63-year-old was also said to have lied during the Nassar investigation, which saw dozens of women, some of whom were as young as 12 during the assaults, come forward to accuse the former Michigan State osteopathic physician of rape. Nassar was convicted and sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for his crimes.

"On or about September 27, 2016, John Geddert after being informed by Sam Miller MSUPD that the officer was conducting a criminal investigation, did knowingly and willfully make a statement or statements to the officer that he or she knew was false or misleading," according to the charging document.

Geddert allegedly lied and said Nassar had a limited role as the team physician, adding that he "never heard anyone complain" about his treatments and that "he was not aware" his athletes were "receiving any kind of intervaginal treatments."

Nessel said, "Geddert sold his reputation as an Olympic-level coach and promised to unsuspecting parents that he could turn his students into world-class athletes." She added that he "subjected multiple young women to an environment of continued abuse, in which he also neglected advice of medical doctors — except that provided by Larry Nassar."

"The Attorney General's office alleges that Geddert's treatment of young gymnasts constitutes human trafficking as he reportedly subjected his athletes to forced labor or services under extreme conditions that contributed to them suffering injuries and harm," Nessel said in a statement. "Geddert then neglected those injuries that were reported to him by the victims and used coercion, intimidation, threats and physical force to get them to perform to the standard he expected."

Nessel thanked "survivors" for "coming forward" and said the charges stemmed from "a great deal of hard work" coming from her office.

"These allegations focus around multiple acts of verbal, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by the defendant against multiple young women. I am grateful for these survivors coming forward to cooperate with our investigation and for bravely sharing their stories," Nessel said.

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Stock Up

GameStop short-sellers have lost $1.9 billion in just 2 days amid the stock's latest spike

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Nearly one month after GameStop's leap to record highs, Reddit traders are boosting the meme stock all over again. And just like in the January rally, short-sellers are hurting big.

Investors selling GameStop short - betting the stock price would decline - posted $664 million in mark-to-market losses as shares of the gaming retailer rocketed 104% into the close, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners. The stock's 84% intraday gain fueled another $1.19 billion in losses, bringing the two-day total to more than $1.85 billion.

To be sure, the losses pale in comparison to those fueled by the January surge. GameStop shorts are down $10.75 billion year-to-date on their bearish bets, according to S3. The sum includes Thursday's intraday rally.

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Your kids would be better off feral than going to schools that make them anti-American racists

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State-sponsored instruction that makes your child a dogmatic racist relativist is not worth any benefit you feel schools give in return. Not a single one. Being Mowgli would be better.

To obtain or keep teaching licenses, Illinois now requires all K-12 teachers to indoctrinate their students in critical race theory, destructive lies about sex and gender, and other leftist mind poison. The rules clearly communicate that in Illinois public schools are no longer places to learn, but places children will be lied to, manipulated, and warehoused as wards of a corrupt and malevolent state. And this kind of schooling is spreading nationwide.

Every decent parent, family, and church should refuse to allow this kind of instruction to be inflicted upon the children in their care, and assume personal responsibility for securing their genuine education outside such anti-public schools. Those who do not are abdicating their sacred duty to teach their children to love and know the truth.

Bizarro Earth

US: Triple murder suspect confesses to killing neighbor and cooking her heart


A triple murder suspect has confessed, saying he killed a neighbor first and cut her heart out to eat at home, the OSBI reported.

"He took the heart back to 214 West Minnesota, Chickasha," an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation told a judge in a request for a search warrant.

"He cooked the heart with potatoes to feed to his family to release the demons," the agent wrote.

Comment: See also: Man who killed wife 'in act of great violence' jailed for just five years in UK, judge felt lockdown affected his mental state

And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Journey Into Darkness: Inside the Criminal Mind

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Covid-19 pandemic pushed French economy into worst recession since World War II

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Coronavirus-related economic and social restrictions led to a "historic" drop of 8.2 percent in French GDP in 2020, data by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) shows.

Previously, the institute assumed that the decline would be 8.3 percent.

It said in a report, issued on Friday, that "On average in 2020, the economic activity unprecedentedly fell, by −8.2 percent after +1.5 percent in 2019."

According to the report, in the fourth quarter of last year, the country's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 1.4 percent, while preliminary data indicated a decline of 1.3 percent.

Comment: GDP growth in 2019 notwithstanding, Macron's neoliberal policies, following Holland's failure at leadership, were already driving France's economy into the ground. Now, under the egregious Covid restrictions, France is further seeing a decline in quality of life among most of its population.


Black Magic

Eco fascism strikes France with 'no meat' school dinners enforced in Lyon - Politicians have developed a taste for crazy restrictions

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Not content with controlling people's lives with curfews and lockdowns, politicians in France are now extending their reach, with the mayor of Lyon banning meat in schools. It's time for an end to this heavy-handed state meddling.

A year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is growing weary of the restrictions of debatable effectiveness that have impeded daily life. In France, citizens have had to contend with a 6pm nightly curfew since the beginning of the year that forces people to go straight home after their workday, even as the Sun shines outside and temperatures reach 20C this week in Paris. With curfew butting right up against the typical workday end time of 6pm, people cram into public transport on weekday afternoons and into grocery stores on weekends.

Comment: It gets worse, because the children's health will undoubtedly suffer yet another case of adult-driven ideological possession. It's worth noting that France's eating habits are famous in Europe for being beneficial to health. So much so that in the 80's, and pondered regularly by researchers, the catchphrase known as the 'French paradox' was born. Because, contrary to warped, worldwide government dietary guidelines, despite the French eating larger quantities of saturated fat, they actually had some of the lowest rates of heart disease and obesity in Europe.

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Piggy Bank

BLM group discloses $90M in donations last year - but angry local chapters say they are not being given any of it

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BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, pictured, said the foundation is focused on a 'need to reinvest into black communities'
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation has revealed its finances for the first time, noting that the group raked in $90million in donations last year.

The nonprofit has shared its financial snapshot exclusively with The Associated Press amid accusations from local chapters that they are not being given any of the money.

But the fight is far from over for the foundation, widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement, with only one BLM group in Denver having signed a multi-year agreement with the national association to receive funds.

The foundation is now building infrastructure to catch up to the speed of its funding and plans to use its endowment to become known for more than protests after Black Americans die at the hands of police or vigilantes.

'We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,' reads an impact report the foundation shared with the AP before releasing it.

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Israel adopts law allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared

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Israeli vaccination program underway
Israel's parliament passed a law Wednesday allowing the government to share the identities of people not vaccinated against the coronavirus with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation.

The measure, which passed with 30 votes for and 13 against, gives local governments, the director general of the education ministry and some in the welfare ministry the right to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of unvaccinated citizens.

The objective of the measure -- valid for three months or until the Covid-19 pandemic is declared over -- is "to enable these bodies to encourage people to vaccinate by personally addressing them", a parliament statement said.

Comment: This is not a simple statement.

Israel, a country of nine million people, has administered the two recommended jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus to roughly a third of its population.

Comment: "Is privacy more important than life itself?" Those who 'see' would say so!

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California Collapsing

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Bidwell Bar Bridge • Bear Fire • Oroville, CA • September 9, 2020
California now fulfills Fyodor Dostoyevsky's nightmare vision in his prophetic masterpiece "The Possessed" as to what unlimited liberalism must inevitably create - if not stopped in its tracks and rolled back.

Where California goes today, the rest of the United States and much of the Western world goes tomorrow. But what we are now seeing in America's most populous state is the complete internal collapse of the entire liberal progressive civilization and the society that has most frantically tried to fulfill it

For well over a hundred years, California, the self-styled "Golden State" has trail-blazed the future of America especially through the two famously American industries of aerospace and motion pictures. Telecommunications, computers and Artificial Intelligence are now led from Silicon Valley and the state has dominated the national politics of the United States too.

Comment: The collapse of society won't magically stop at the California border. What we think and do matters on a scale barely imaginable.