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Footprints

Fed up: Musk frustrated with California laws, will move both SpaceX and X headquarters to Texas

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© Getty Images / Kevork DjansezianElon Musk, CEO of SpaceX
Elon Musk said on Tuesday he is moving the headquarters of two more of his companies - social media platform X and rocket company SpaceX - to Texas from California, citing a new gender-identity law there as the "last straw."

With these steps, the billionaire, who last week endorsed Republican Donald Trump for U.S. president, will have relocated Tesla and most of the businesses he controls or heads to Texas.

The world's richest man, he changed his own residence in 2021 from California to Texas, where there is no state income tax on individuals.

A new California law that forbids school districts from requiring teachers to notify parents when a child changes gender identity or sexual orientation helped spur Tuesday's announcement, Musk said.

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AK47

Trump shooter frequented gaming site that features presidential assassination game

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© AFP handout/SteamTrump shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks used gaming platform Steam, which featured the presidential assassination game Mr. President. There is no evidence he played the game.
Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, also had a Discord account

Trump shooter Thomas Crooks posted an ominous comment that appeared to foreshadow his attack on the former president on the gaming platform Steam - which features an assassination game.

Crooks, 20, wrote in a post earlier this month, "July 13 will be my premiere, watch as it unfolds."

The chilling details were disclosed late Wednesday to senators in an all-member briefing.

Investigators also said they discovered internet searches on his laptop for Trump, President Biden, the Democratic National Convention and the July 13 Trump rally.

AK47

Message Thomas Matthew Crooks posted on gaming site revealed

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© Rebecca Droke/AFP/Jim Vondruska/Getty ImagesThomas Matthew Crooks opened fire from a rooftop while Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. He wrote on a gaming platform that "July 13 will be my premiere," according to reports.
The FBI said Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, wrote the message on an online gaming platform

Thomas Matthew Crooks apparently teased an attack online days before he climbed onto a roof and opened fire at a Pennsylvania campaign rally, killing one and injuring others, including former President Donald Trump, Fox News has learned.

Secret Service and FBI officials told U.S. senators during an all-members briefing on Wednesday, July 17, that Crooks, 20, wrote a threatening message on the gaming platform "Steam" days before the attempted assassination in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13, Fox News' Jacqui Heinrich reported.

According to the officials, Crooks allegedly wrote: "July 13 will be my premiere, watch as it unfolds."

"Steam" is a popular platform where tens of millions of gamers purchase games and communicate. The discovery was made as investigators continue to review Crooks' technological devices, including his cell phones and laptop.

Comment: Though the reporting is likely accurate, and Crooks perhaps did do all these things, isn't a bit too convenient, this building of a profile that fits the 'disaffected young loner"?

Spoofing an online profile is child's play for even the most run of the mill 4chan types out there. How much easier is it for an intelligence professional?


Bullseye

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson backs down from plan to remove statue of George Washington from City Hal

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Chicago Mayor Brandon and the statue of George Washington in the City Hall
On Monday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced plans to remove a statue of George Washington from a hallway outside the mayor's office in City Hall.


Comment: Is the societal spasm of destroying historic symbols of the past finally coming to an end? Good or bad, they are the reminders of where we came from. "Those who forget the past", etc.


Star of David

Canadian journalist survives Israeli assassination attempt

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© screenshotLaith Marouf, senior consultant for the Community Media Advocacy Center in Canada
Canadian citizen and journalist, Laith Marouf, along with Hadi Hotait, were reporting for Free Palestine TV (FPTV) in the south of Lebanon, when the Israeli military attempted to assassinate them.

Laith Marouf described the attack to SCF's Steven Sahiounie
"The Israeli military have been targeting media workers in Gaza and Lebanon, and even in the West Bank. We can remember before October 7 they assassinated Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank."

"And, now over 160 journalists have been martyred in Gaza, and of course here in Lebanon the Israelis have assassinated four journalists in the south. The enemy is vicious and they do not like people that do journalism work, because that brings the truth to the world. This is especially true for those who write in English."

"We were alone, and nobody was around us when we were targeted. Thank God the shells fell 200 meters away from us. There was a short cement fence which partially protected us, and the wind was blowing away from us, so the white phosphorus that fell in the first shell did not injure us, thank God."
According to Hotait, he and Marouf were near an open field taking photos when the shell landed on the edge of a house near them. Hotait told The Canada Files that this was obviously a targeted assassination attempt because there were no weapons or military assets in the area. Israel has a long history of killing journalists.

Megaphone

Bangladesh rocked by massive university 'anti-quota' protests, 6 dead, hundreds injured

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© REUTERSIndia advises its nationals in Bangladesh to stay indoors amid massive anti-quota protests.
The Indian government on Thursday issued an advisory to its nationals in Bangladesh where a massive anti-quota protest killed six and injured hundreds. India has asked the Indian community members and students residing in Bangladesh to stay indoors and avoid non-essential travel in view of the massive nationwide anti-quota stir that has rocked the country, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police.

At the centre of the protests are the demands to reform the country's quota system for the civil service positions that the protesters claim benefits some specific groups including descendants of those who participated in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The Bangladeshi quota system reserves 30 per cent of jobs for family members of the freedom fighters.

Comment: The number of dead is now reported to be nearer 17 people.

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Gold Bar

Sen. Bob Menendez faces decades in prison as he's convicted of sprawling gold bar bribery scheme

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© REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSen. Robert Menendez was found guilty of accepting bribes.
He's a newly minted felon.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was found guilty Tuesday of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using his powerful post to enrich and protect three businessmen and the Egyptian and Qatari governments.

The three-term Democrat, wearing a blue suit and pink tie, sat with his head bowed and kept a poker face while the jury forewoman read the word "guilty" 16 times, convicting him of each count that he faced.

The bombshell verdict was delivered in Manhattan federal court after about 12½ hours of deliberations spread over three days. It capped a nine-week trial that revealed how the senator leveraged his position to cater to the whims of men who showered him and his wife with 1-kilogram gold bars, cash and gifts including a Mercedes-Benz convertible.

"This wasn't politics as usual," US Attorney for the Southern District Damian Williams told reporters outside court Tuesday. "This was politics for profit."

Jurors heard how Menendez's cluttered Englewood Cliffs house was teeming with gold bars and cash when FBI agents raided it in June 2022.

Photos revealed at trial showed 13 gold bars worth $150,000 found inside Menendez's bedroom, and $486,471 in cash spread out all over the house — including wads of bills totaling $14,500 stuffed into a pair of well-worn Timberland work boots.

Comment: Hoarding cash isn't just a Cuban thing. It's also a corrupt politician thing.


Blue Planet

China surpasses America in per capita protein consumption, a key indicator for health

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© EPAThe Chinese diet has become more animal protein-oriented in parallel with the growth of China’s economy, a researcher said. Photo: EPAThe Chinese diet has become more animal protein-oriented in parallel with the growth of China’s economy, a researcher said.
Data from the United Nations shows that China has surpassed the US in the amount of daily dietary protein available to its population - an important indicator of a modern quality of life, and one that some commentators and politicians in the West thought would be impossible to achieve.

According to the latest data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), China overtook the US in 2021, reaching a daily supply of 124.61 grams (4.39oz) of protein per capita.

In the same year, Americans had access to 124.33 grams (4.38oz). For comparison, Japan's daily protein supply per capita was 91.99 grams (3.24oz).


Comment: It is interesting that Japan is renowned for the health and longevity of its peoples. So clearly there's more to it than quantity.

Given the many adulterations in the US food supply, from industrial farming to high levels of processing, it would be reasonable to assume that, overall, the quality of the protein Americans are consuming is likely to be inferior to the average Chinese, too: Ground-up chicken waste and excreta fed to cattle may be behind bird flu outbreak in US cows


Comment: By a great many metrics, living standards in the West are deteriorating, and fast. And, with food shortages looming, a clean and robust food supply chain is more important than ever before:


NPC

Jack Black cancels Australian tour after bandmate wishes Trump dead, social media filled with outrage and calls for deportation

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© Kevin Winter/GettyJack Black and Kyle Gass
Weeks after musician and actor Jack Black appeared at Joe Biden's Hollywood fundraiser to tell people "democracy is at stake," he's canceled the rest of his Australian tour after bandmate Kyle Gass said on Sunday that his birthday wish would be "don't miss Trump next time."


Comment: Unfortunately Trump Derangement Syndrome particularly plagues the entertainment industry.


Dominoes

Elon Musk moving X and SpaceX HQs to Texas after California's Newsom signs student gender identity law: 'Final straw'

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Billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday he will shift the headquarters of privately held SpaceX and social media site X to Texas from California — calling Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to sign a new student gender identity law "the final straw."

The law, signed Monday, blocks school districts from requiring teachers to notify parents about changes in a student's gender identity or sexual orientation without the child's permission. It also requires the state's Department of Education to create resources for families of LGBTQ+ students from seventh grade through high school.

"This is the final straw," Musk wrote on X. "Because of this law and the many others that preceded it, attacking both families and companies, SpaceX will now move its HQ from Hawthorne, California, to Starbase, Texas."