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Laid-off Google employees are learning the hard way that woke corporations don't actually care

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A lagging economy has consequences and when you pair that with a business that fluctuates in a saturated market filled to the brim with a competition that could innovate you right out of the throne in the blink of an eye, you'll learn really fast how caring and familial a faceless corporation can be.

Google spends a lot of time selling itself as a company that cares. It's at the forefront of every woke movement, making it seem like a company that truly makes the effort to be one of the people. Of course, we've seen this kind of thing before...from literally every corporation.

Every corporation wants to present itself as the friend of the family, the helpful neighbor, or the goliath you can rely on. These businesses spend millions and millions of dollars developing marketing campaigns to try to get that idea across.

Comment: Not much sympathy for those newly unemployed:








Mr. Potato

M&M's taking a 'pause' from polarizing spokescandies

M&M candy advertising branding
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M&M's taking a 'pause' from polarizing spokescandies

Comment: Any sane individual would consign this "news" to the humor section, but since ABC has chosen to dignify it, well . . . . .here it is.


After causing outrage by making over the Green M&M and launching a special bag featuring its new Purple character in honor of International Women's Day, M&M'S says it is taking a step back from its candy reps — sort of.

"In the last year, we've made some changes to our beloved spokescandies," the chocolate candy brand said in a statement Monday. "We weren't sure if anyone would even notice. And we definitely didn't think it would break the internet."

The brand added that the changes were so polarizing that "we have decided to take an indefinite pause from the spokescandies." Mars has tapped comedian and actress Maya Rudolph to represent the product instead.

Ambulance

UK: Massive spike in excess deaths sparks calls for an 'urgent investigation'

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© Office for National Statistics
Some 17,381 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the seven days to January 13 – 2,837 above average for the time of year.
MPs have called for an urgent investigation into Britain's soaring death rates as thousands more people than usual are dying each week.

Some 17,381 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the seven days to January 13 - 2,837 above average for the time of year.

This is the highest number of excess deaths since 3,429 in the week to February 12, 2021, when the UK was experiencing its second wave of Covid-19 infections and vaccination had only just begun.

Arrow Down

Your living standards have declined dramatically

supermarket shelves
In the old days, shopping for groceries used to be a joy. By old days, I mean two years ago. Now, it is shocking and miserable. You look at these prices and wonder if you can even afford normal foods we took for granted.

Everyone knows about the egg problem, which is being chalked up to a bird flu, just as Putin was responsible for the gas price and greedy meat processors caused beef prices to soar. Sorry but this is ridiculous. The price of eggs is up dramatically because all the costs associated with making them available to consumers are up.

At first, there was just a shortage because grocery chains resisted price increases. Once they came back to the shelves, the cost dramatically rose. You are going to pay more for the worst eggs than the best egg cost only one year ago. Unless you know someone with chickens or have them yourself, you are stuck with thin shells and light-yellow yokes forever, while paying through the nose for them.

The bottom line is undeniable: in a mere two years, many of the things you loved, healthy food for your families — I'm not talking about the all-carb diet they want us to adopt — has now doubled in price.

Pistol

California rocked by back-to-back deadly shootings

San Mateo County sheriff deputy
© AFP / Glenn Chapman
A San Mateo County sheriff deputy stands guard at the scene of a shooting in Half Moon Bay, California
Seven people were killed in a mass shooting in the town of Half Moon Bay in California on Monday, police have confirmed. The bloodshed comes just two days after a gunman shot 11 people dead during a Lunar New Year celebration in the Los Angeles area.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said he had been visiting the victims of Saturday's Monterey Park attack in hospital when he was told that another shooting had occurred, this time in the northern part of the state. It's been "tragedy upon tragedy," Newsom wrote on Twitter.

The attack in Half Moon Bay, some 48km (30 miles) south of San Francisco, took place at two nearby agricultural enterprises.

Four people were shot dead and one was seriously injured at a mushroom farm, while three more bodies were later discovered at a soil farm, located about a mile away. All of the victims were Chinese-American workers, according to police.

Syringe

FDA to propose yearly COVID vaccines like annual flu shots for Americans

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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed approaching COVID-19 vaccines like the annual flu shot many Americans receive in order to protect against mutations of the virus.

The proposal aims to simplify future vaccination efforts. Under this strategy, most adults and children would get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. They would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they've received or many months it's been since their last booster.

In documents posted online, FDA scientists say many Americans now have "sufficient preexisting immunity" against the coronavirus because of vaccination, infection, or a combination of the two.

That baseline of protection should be enough, the agency says, to move to an annual booster against the latest strains in circulation and make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the yearly flu shot.

The FDA will also ask its panel to vote on whether all vaccines should target the same strains. That step would be needed to make the shots interchangeable, doing away with the current complicated system of primary vaccinations and boosters.

Colosseum

Britain to PAY homes to cut energy usage in bid to prevent blackouts amidst record cold weather

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Heavy frost on the ground at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, one of many areas covered by the yellow weather warning
More than a million households will be paid to cut back their electricity tonight as part of an emergency scheme to prevent blackouts on one of the coldest days of the year.

The National Grid will reward those participating in the Demand Flexibility Service who voluntarily reduce their usage between 5pm and 6pm, preventing the nation's supply from being overstretched.

It is the first time National Grid has implemented its DFS scheme since it was announced last November, the Times reports, as the UK prepares for freezing temperatures this week.

Comment: The British establishment has been acclimatising citizens to the looming threat of blackouts for many months now: UK's National Grid sparks panic by warning of imminent blackouts but then cancels






Health

US military to probe rash of blood cancer diagnoses in officers working at nuclear missile base

nuclear silo

ICBM silo
Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are "indications" the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of the officers has died.

All of the officers, known as missileers, were assigned as many as 25 years ago to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to a vast field of 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos. The nine officers were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a January briefing by U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Daniel Sebeck.

Missileers ride caged elevators deep underground into a small operations bunker encased in a thick wall of concrete and steel. They remain there sometimes for days, ready to turn the launch keys if ordered to by the president.

"There are indications of a possible association between cancer and missile combat crew service at Malmstrom AFB," Sebeck said in slides presented to his Space Force unit this month. The "disproportionate number of missileers presenting with cancer, specifically lymphoma" was concerning, he said.

Megaphone

Alanis Morissette claims music industry is run by pedophiles: 'They're ALL child rapists'

Alanis Morissette

Singer Alanis Morissette
Singer Alanis Morissette has blown the whistle on how the music industry is literally "run by pedophiles" in an explosive new video.

In a documentary called 'Jagged,' which premieres Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival, 47-year-old Morissette claims that the entertainment industry is run by elite pedophiles who routinely rape and abuse children.

According to Morissette, she was forced to have sex with multiple men in the entertainment industry when she was just a teenager.

"It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part," Morissette said. "I would always say I was consenting, and then I'd be reminded like 'Hey, you were 15, you're not consenting at 15.' Now I'm like, 'Oh yeah, they're all pedophiles. It's all statutory rape."

Comment: She's not the only musician who has spoken up about the ugly side of the music business. Previously, the ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones came forward detailing her experiences in Hollywood, saying that the band was basically a "prostitution ring" for record executives to pimp out.


Dollar Gold

And the grift goes on: Architect of divisive CRT theory charges up to $100k for speeches

Kimberlé Crenshaw CRT critical race theory
© Getty/The Women's March
CRT creator Kimberlé Crenshaw pockets nearly half a million dollars a year from her law professor jobs - also charges up to $100,000 for public speeches
Kimberlé Crenshaw also runs a school for teachers about how they can incorporate theory she created in 1989 into their lessons - and pulls in $435k from two prestigious academic positions

When Kimberlé Crenshaw first unveiled critical race theory to a small group of fellow academics in 1989, little did she know that over 30 years later it would pit parents against teachers across America.

Prof Crenshaw, 63, also can't have known just how much she would stand to gain financially and professionally from her theory and its toxic effect.

It turned her into a superstar of academia and activism. Now she earns at least $450,000 a year from teaching positions at UCLA and Columbia and up to $100,000 from delivering speeches - not to mention possible income from her own think tank and podcast.

The divisive theory, through which America's history is seen as racist, centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation's institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society. It has turned schools into battlegrounds as outraged parents fight to stop their children being indoctrinated, while the GOP has legislated against it.

Comment: Kimberlé Crenshaw is of that class of ponerizing influences called 'spellbinders', who with flawed but appealing rhetoric, lure in those who's sense of reality has been damaged.

Ponerology (pgs 147-8):
Spellbinders are generally the carriers of various pathological factors, e.g., paranoid characteropathy and, more often, psychopathy.Individuals with malformations of their personalities frequently play similar roles, although the social scale of influence remains small (family or neighborhood) and does not cross certain boundaries of decency. Spellbinders are characterized by pathological egotism, mostly of the secondary type, i.e., not directly rooted in childhood. Such a person is forced by some internal causes to make an early choice between two possibilities: the first is forcing other people to think and experience things in a manner similar to his own; the second is a feeling of being lonely and different, a pathological misfit in social
life. Sometimes the choice is either snake-charming or suicide'

Triumphant repression of deeply disturbing self-critical associations from the field of consciousness gradually gives rise to the phenomena of conversive thinking, paralogistics, paramoralisms, and the use of reversive blockades. These stream so profusely from the mind and mouth of the spellbinder that they flood and enslave the average person's mind. Everything becomes subordinated to the spellbinder's over-compensatory conviction that they are exceptional, sometimes even messianic.

This mission requires an ideology which is at least partly true and whose value is supposedly superior. However, if we analyze the exact functions of such an ideology in the spellbinder's personality, we perceive that it is a means of self-charming, useful for
repressing those tormenting self-critical associations into the subconscious. The ideology's instrumental role in influencing other people serves above all the spellbinder himself.

These spellbinders are not wrong when, extrapolating from past experience, they believe they will always find converts to their ideology. It is only when it turns out that their influence extends to only a limited minority, while most people's attitude to their activities remains critical or painfully disturbed, that they feel shock and disappointment (or even paramoral indignation). The spellbinder is thus confronted with a choice: either withdraw back into his void or strengthen his position by improving the effectiveness of his activities.

The spellbinder places on a high moral plane anyone who has succumbed to his influence and incorporated the experiential manner he imposes. He showers such people with attention and property, if possible. Critics are met with "moral" outrage. It can even be proclaimed that the compliant minority is in fact the moral majority (e.g., the Bolsheviks),186 since it professes the best ideology and honors a leader whose qualities are above average.

In a healthy society, the activities of spellbinders meet with criticism tinged with mocking humor and a sense of their pathology
effective enough to stifle them quickly. However, when they are preceded by conditions operating destructively upon common sense and social order — such as social injustice, cultural backwardness, the power of privileged but mentally primitive groups, or intellectually limited autocratic rulers sometimes manifesting pathological traits — spellbinders' activities find fertile ground and can lead entire societies into large-scale human tragedy.