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Hawaii police tell holidaymakers to bring valuables in to the ocean with them
Waikiki convenience stores sell waterproof pouches that can hold a phone and other items

Honolulu police have suggested beachgoers to bring valuables with them into the ocean in a waterproof bag.

The force attracted a lot of attention on social media after they issued the warning to those holidaying in Hawaii.

“For those enjoying the beach, don’t leave valuables unattended on the sand. Instead, use a waterproof bag that you can take into the water with you,” The Honolulu Police Department said.


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Trump’s billionaire donors are telling the rest of us to go eat cake
Inside a multimillion-dollar residence, barricaded from the masses by police for six city blocks in San Francisco, tech leaders met earlier this month to voice their support and open their wallets for former President Trump.

As one attendee who flipped political allegiance pointed out, he witnessed “how ‘the apparatus’ — media and other governmental institutions — went against [Trump].” Therefore, as a member of the newly persecuted, he was forced to switch teams.

That poor guy and all of those poor mightily wealthy people, forced to flip their allegiance on a dime (billions of them).


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Courtney Stodden flushes five-carat engagement ring from ex-fiancé Chris Sheng down the toilet

Courtney Stodden has said goodbye to a past relationship by flushing their diamond engagement ring from ex-fiancé Chris Sheng down the toilet.

In a video obtained by TMZ, the 29-year-old TV personality – who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns – filmed themself in the bathroom. “Just doing a little last-minute spring cleaning before summer,” Stodden said, before grabbing the massive diamond ring from their jewelry box.

“I guess diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend after all,” the Celebrity Big Brother star said, showing a close up of the five-carat engagement ring. Stodden panned the camera over to the toilet, where they then tossed the ring into the bowl.

The model then flushed the toilet and filmed the ring going all the way down the drain. “Toodaloo,” said Stodden, as they waved goodbye to the diamond sparker. “Onto the next chapter.”

According to TMZ, Stodden was gifted the five-carat engagement ring by their ex, Chris Sheng. The 44-year-old filmmaker proposed in 2021, but called off their engagement in July 2023 as sources told TMZ that “jealousy and insecurities” ultimately played a role in their breakup.

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General Discussion / No illegal crossings allowed, no jobs?
« on: June 18, 2024, 02:08:16 PM »
Border patrol agent tells CNN he has to allow illegal border crossings or lose his job

A Border Patrol agent told CNN that he feels pressured to allow illegal border crossings or risk receiving a complaint and even losing his job. "Our hands are tied," the anonymous border agent told a reporter in a segment Wednesday. "If I don't allow them to cross, they call and complain, now I'm in trouble."

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General Discussion / This name can't be good for Minneapolis?
« on: June 18, 2024, 02:06:14 PM »
Once nicknamed ‘Murderapolis,’ the city that became the center of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement is grappling with heightened violent crime

After the police murder of George Floyd in May of 2020, Minneapolis became a worldwide symbol of the police brutality long endured disproportiona tely by Black people. In a kind of Newtonian response, the city became the epicenter of the culturally seismic “Defund the Police” movement.

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..like Trump:

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Social Media Mocks Trump Adviser's Attempt To Defend His Milwaukee Insult

One of Donald Trump’s top advisers attempted to defend the former president for reportedly calling Milwaukee “a horrible city,” but he didn’t find a very receptive audience.

On Thursday, journalist Jake Sherman reported on X, formerly Twitter, that Trump told various House and Senate Republicans that “Milwaukee, where we are having our convention, is a horrible city.”

Although various GOP officials tried to justify, spin or deny the comments, nobody could agree on the proper response. Some claimed Trump was referring to the city’s crime rate, while others made seeming reference to fraudulent claims that Trump had won the state of Wisconsin in 2020.

Trump adviser Steven Cheung, meanwhile, opted for denial, saying that Sherman’s reporting was “wrong” and “total bullshit.”


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California's Democratic leaders clash with businesses over curbing retail theft. Here's what to know

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With retail theft increasing, California Democratic leadership is clashing with a coalition of law enforcement and business groups in a fierce political fight over how to crack down on the problem. State lawmakers are trying to preserve progressive policies and stay away from putting more people behind bars.

The two most likely paths under consideration this year are a ballot initiative to create harsher penalties for repeat offenders, and a legislative package aimed at making it easier to go after professional crime rings.

Leaders behind the two efforts have accused one another of misleading voters and being unwilling to work toward a compromise.

How did we get here?

Both sides agree on the need to crack down, especially on large-scale thefts in which groups of people brazenly rush into stores and take goods in plain sight.

At the center of the escalating political fight is Proposition 47, a progressive ballot measure passed by voters in 2014 that reduced certain theft and drug possession offenses from felonies to misdemeanors — in part to mitigate overcrowding in jails and prisons. That includes nonviolent property crimes such as thefts under $950.

It has made it harder to arrest and punish people who shoplift, law enforcement said. Researchers told lawmakers there’s no evidence linking the proposition to increased violent crime rates.

How are the two solutions different?

A coalition of district attorneys and businesses, mostly funded by big box retailers, is pushing for an initiative to bring harsh penalties for shoplifting and drug offenses. It would make theft of any amount a felony if the person already has two theft convictions.

Possession of fentanyl would also become a felony, and those with multiple drug charges would be ordered to get treatment.

The ballot measure would still need to be certified by the Secretary of State before it could be placed on the ballot later this month.

California's Democratic leadership, backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, wants to keep the tough-on-crime measure off the November ballot. They worry the ballot measure's proposal would disproportiona tely criminalize low-income people and those with substance use issues rather than target ringleaders who hire large groups of people to steal goods for them to resell online.

Instead, lawmakers are fast-tracking a legislative package of 14 bills that would go after organized online reseller schemes and auto thieves, and provide funding for drug addiction counselors. These proposals could become laws as early as this month.

Do the efforts conflict?

If voters approve the tough-on-crime ballot initiative, Democratic leaders plan to void most measures in their own legislative package, citing potential conflicts.

Lawmakers were short on details about how the two paths conflict earlier this week. Later, they said they fear if both efforts succeed, law enforcement would be able to stack penalties and send more people to jails, leading to mass incarceration and overcrowded jails.

About a third of the measures in the package pose possible legal conflicts with the proposals in the ballot initiative, according to lawmakers.

The ballot initiative campaign accused lawmakers of holding the proposals hostage to break up the coalition. Local district attorneys who backed the ballot campaign said both efforts could work together, with the ballot measure overriding the legislative package in case of legal conflicts.

What happens next?

Backers of the ballot initiative said they're still open to working with Democratic leadership but will only consider any solutions that involve rolling back Proposition 47.

“We still stand ready to sit down with anybody in leadership to talk about the measure, but I don’t want to compromise,” Greg Totten, a retired district attorney and a leader of the ballot initiative campaign, said during a news conference this week.

Newsom and Democratic leaders have until June 27 to negotiate to get the initiative off the ballot. Meanwhile, lawmakers have plans to deliver the legislative package to Newsom's desk by next week for signing, despite growing concerns from moderate Democrats.

“When you look at the package that we put together, it’s very comprehensive and it addresses a number of details in the existing framework of the law,” Assemblymember Rick Zbur, author of a retail theft bill, told reporters. “It was never intended to be something that was stacked on to a ballot measure that removed the underpinnings of the basic law that we were trying to reform.”

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Waffle House is increasing base pay in the U.S., starting at $3 per hour

After five years of planning, Waffle House says it is raising the base salary of its workers—to $3 per hour. The company will set the new floor for base pay this month, gradually increasing it to a minimum of $5.25 per hour by June 2026, CEO Joe Rogers III announced in a video to employees.

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Trump Angrily Demanded Mike Johnson Help Overturn Conviction: Report

Donald Trump may be the first American president convicted of a felony, but he has no plans to let his conviction stand — and he’s enlisting congressional Republicans to help him undermine the case.

According to a report from Politico, shortly after his May 31 conviction, an enraged Trump called House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and treated him to an expletive-filled rant about the verdict.

“We have to overturn this,” Trump reportedly said between f-bombs.

Johnson — already in a tenuous position with certain hardline members of his party — has attempted to stave off efforts for his removal by positioning himself as a close ally to the former president. Johnson was one of a slew of House Republicans who made the pilgrimage to Manhattan to lambast the trial on Trump’s behalf, and the newly reported phone call likely set the tone for Johnson’s public statements in the aftermath of the verdict.

The House speaker told Fox News shortly after the conviction that he believed “the Supreme Court should step in” on the matter of Trump’s criminal verdict. “I think that the justices on the court — I know many of them personally — I think they are deeply concerned about that, as we are. So I think they’ll set this straight,” Johnson said. “This will be overturned, guys, there’s no question about it; it’s just going to take some time to do it.”

As previously reported by Rolling Stone, Trump has lobbied House Republicans to pass a law that would effectively shield presidents — both current and former — from nonfederal prosecutions. Last year, Rep. Russell Fry (R-S.C.) introduced the No More Political Prosecutions Act of 2023, a law that would allow presidents and vice presidents to move state or civil cases against them to federal court. Johnson is one of the primary co-sponsors of the bill.

“I think it’s common sense that you can’t have the president sitting in the Oval Office worried about whether some lawyer or some local DA somewhere is going to go after him,” the speaker told Politico in May.

Trump will visit the Capitol on Thursday to talk to Republican lawmakers about his plans for a second term in office. It will be Trump’s first time in Congress since the Jan. 6 insurrection, and Johnson was asked on Wednesday if he plans to speak with the former president about not fomenting another attack and committing to respecting the peaceful transfer of power. “Of course, he respects that,” Johnson replied, “and we all do.”

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Fleeing Dodge Charger Driver Outraged Police Pitted Him

Apparently, some people aren’t clear on how things work in Arkansas. If you plan on running from police in that state, expect that at some point a trooper will get involved and end the pursuit both quickly and brutally. How people don’t know this by now is beyond us, but this guy in his V6 Dodge Charger apparently thought they would go light on him.

The trooper was sitting on the side of the highway monitoring traffic speeds when he spotted the Mopar whizzing down the road like a bat out of hell. Immediately he gave chase, turning on his lights and sirens. Instead of just pulling over and taking the ticket, the Charger driver instead took off.

Weaving through the slower traffic, the guy hit 130 mph. He faked getting off at an exit and pulled other tricks in an obvious attempt to get away. In other words, it’s not like he just didn’t notice a cop was on his tail.

Maybe he’s the last person on the planet to learn that Arkansas State Police lets its troopers PIT fleeing suspects at their own discretion? We guess it’s possible he had no idea, but he learns this fact fast. Right before the PIT, the guy was waving one finger out of the window – no, not that finger, his index finger for some weird reason.

After he got pitted, the guy was furious about the damage done to his beautiful, rare, totally collectable V6 Charger. Yes, these people exist in real life. They’re probably the same ones who believe a Nissan Versa will one day command a high price on the market.

But the best part is how his girlfriend sits in the passenger seat looking mildly amused while filming everything with her phone. Maybe she’s one of those cop auditors?

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Man sues Apple for $6.3 million after wife discovers deleted iMessage chats

A man in England is suing Apple for $6.3 million with Rosenblatt. He wants a class-action lawsuit over iCloud for Messages to prevent misunderstandi ngs like his divorce.


A man in England is suing Apple for $6.3 million, blaming the iPhone maker for his costly divorce. First reported by UK-based publication, The Times, the anonymous individual claims that his wife discovered his infidelity with sex workers through their shared iMac, where his iMessages remained despite being deleted from his iPhone. Unaware that Apple’s sync feature keeps messages across devices with the same Apple ID, he was caught off-guard when his wife stumbled upon the evidence and subsequently filed for divorce.
The man has reportedly called upon London-based law firm Rosenblatt to take legal action against the iPhone maker.

The lawsuit centers on the argument that iMessage’s functionality lacks clarity regarding message deletion across devices. The man believes that had the discovery been less shocking, there might have been a chance to salvage the marriage. He argues that for his wife "it was a very brutal way of finding out. My thoughts are that if I had been able to talk to her rationally and she had not had such a brutal realisation of it, I might still be married."
"If you are told a message is deleted you are entitled to believe it's deleted," the man told The Times. "If the message had said: These messages are deleted on this device,' that would have been a clue," Richard added. "These messages are deleted on this device only" would have been a much clearer indicator,” he continued.

He is now seeking legal action to hold Apple accountable and is considering a class-action lawsuit to represent others who may have faced similar situations due to technological misunderstandi ngs. He wants to establish a class-action lawsuit for other men who don't know how to work their phones.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘Shaolin’ Was Barred from Release Until 2103. How Is a Group Now Selling It for $1?

How is it possible? One possibility is that Pleasr, which bought the album from federal prosecutors after Shkreli forfeited it as part of his 2017 securities fraud convictions, was never subject to those same crazy restrictions in the first place.



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General Discussion / GOP hypocrite?
« on: June 17, 2024, 01:20:50 AM »
GOP Lawmaker Grilled On Why Abortion Was 'Best Choice' For His Girlfriend, But Not Others

GOP Lawmaker Grilled On Why Abortion Was 'Best Choice' For His Girlfriend, But Not Others. Colorado's Richard Holtorf, who has voted against abortion rights in office, said he once provided money to a girlfriend amid her own procedure

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Bill Belichick, 72, is dating 24-year-old former cheerleader Jordon Hudson




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Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen fight to draw in bizarre boxing exhibition
Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen had no intention of hurting each other when they stepped in the ring for a boxing match Saturday in Brazil.

In a combat sports trilogy bout between the pair, Silva and Sonnen lightly sparred for five, two-minute rounds of exhibition boxing in front of a private audience at Spaten Fight Night in Sao Paulo.

Both men did land some clean head shots, with Silva bloodying the nose of Sonnen toward the end of the fight, but there was never threat of a knockdown or knockout.

With no finish and no judges in place, the bout between UFC Hall of Famer and former longtime UFC middleweight champion Silva and Sonnen ended in a draw.


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