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Looting Flash Mobs Turn Deadly as Security Guard Shot Dead

When will it end?!

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Despite what The Hallmark Channel would like you to believe about the holiday season, it is far more often true that the weeks in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day bring out the worst in us.

You see, the holidays are extremely stressful when it comes down to it.  There are immense social and familial pressures to succeed, and to do so in a spectacular fashion.  The purse strings tighten in one aspect of our lives to afford something special in other aspects, and this shuffling can cause a great deal of tumult.  For those already living paycheck to paycheck, these expectations can be absolutely heartbreaking.

And, with the Biden administration’s unwillingness to get inflation under control, some are even turning to flash mobs of crime in an attempt to offset these stressors.

In suburban Minneapolis, a large group of at least 30 people targeted a Best Buy in Burnsville, while a group of 10-12 people, including juveniles, targeted another Best Buy in Maplewood. No one has been arrested in connection to the incidents as of Saturday and there are no estimates on how much merchandise was stolen.

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“Across the board, retailers are getting more concerned with this growing trend. … It is definitely a tough problem to solve, given the organized nature and number of people involved in many of the incidents,” Chris Walton, a former Target executive who co-leads retail blog and podcast Omni Talk, said of the incidents, according to Star Tribune.

This week, one of these herd-looting incidents turned deadly.

The most tragic incident unfolded in California, when an Oakland security guard was fatally shot during an armed robbery while protecting a news crew covering a previous smash-and-grab theft.

“It is with the deepest sadness that I let you know security guard Kevin Nishita has passed away,” said Mark Neerman, vice president of news and news director at KPIX. “He died protecting one of our own, a colleague reporting on the very violence that took his life. I know you join me in sending condolences to his family and in sending thanks to Kevin for standing up for us all.”

Compounding the issue are lackadaisical corporate policies on theft that have forbidden store employees from confronting shoplifters, with larger companies simply comparing the cost of the lost merchandise against the cost of a settlement to those employees who may be injured, (or worse), during such incidents.

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Putin Threatens to Station Russian Military 90 Miles from United States

The chess game continues.

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Cold War 2?  The first shadows of World War 3?  Whatever it is, this latest conflict between Russia and The United States could be getting a little close to home for that latter population.

The issue at hand is Ukraine.  Russia looks to be in the last calm moments before an imminent invasion, and the rest of the world is warning against it.  The United States, as per the usual, is the loudest voice in the crowd, forcefully and repeatedly telling Vladimir Putin that if he lays a finger on Ukraine, there will be Hell to pay.

But, not to be outdone of course, Vladimir Putin has now threatened to move Russian troops into position to act on US soil.

 Following recent threats of a potential military deployment to Cuba earlier this month, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the “strategic partnership” and further coordination of “actions in the international arena” with Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel in a call disclosed Monday by the Kremlin.

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In a tweet, Díaz-Canel said the two leaders held a “cordial and fruitful telephone conversation” about “the current international situation” and the development of “future links in different spheres.”

News of the conversation comes amid rising fears of a Russian military action in Ukraine. NATO said Monday it was putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe while President Joe Biden was reportedly considering sending troops to the region.

Cuba and Venezuela were dragged into the drama surrounding the conflict earlier this month after Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told a Russian television station that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” potential military deployments to the two Latin American nations.

The White House appeared resolute in their stance against the move.

“I’m not going to respond to bluster in the public commentary,” Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters at the time. “If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively.”

Putin has also threatened, through a well-known media mouthpiece, that those opposing his taking of Ukraine could find themselves turned to “radioactive dust”.

Cold War 2?  The first shadows of World War 3?  Whatever it is, this latest conflict between Russia and The United States could be getting a little close to home for that latter population. The issue at hand is Ukraine.  Russia looks to be in the last calm moments before an imminent invasion, and the rest of the world is warning against it.  The United States, as per the usual, is the loudest voice in the crowd, forcefully and repeatedly telling Vladimir Putin that if he lays a finger on Ukraine, there will be Hell to pay. But, not to be outdone of course, Vladimir Putin has now threatened to move Russian troops into position to act on US soil.  Following recent threats of a potential military deployment to Cuba earlier this month, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the “strategic partnership” and further coordination of “actions in the international arena” with Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel in a call disclosed Monday by the Kremlin. In a tweet, Díaz-Canel said the two leaders held a “cordial and fruitful telephone conversation” about “the current international situation” and the development of “future links in different spheres.” News of the conversation comes amid rising fears of a Russian military action in Ukraine. NATO said Monday it was putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe while President Joe Biden was reportedly considering sending troops to the region. Cuba and Venezuela were dragged into the drama surrounding the conflict earlier this month after Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told a Russian television station that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” potential military deployments to the two Latin American nations. The White House appeared resolute in their stance against the move. “I’m not going to respond to bluster in the…

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Canuck Folk Rocker Wants Spotify to Take Action Against Joe Rogan’s 1A Rights

“It’s Joe Rogan or me!”

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Americans sure do love to argue.  They always have. It started when we were back-talking the British about tea in Boston Harbor, and we installed a heavy amount of contention in our own Congress by design.

But the sort of pedantic and stunting arguments that have dominated the political landscape of late have been wildly underwhelming.

Take, for instance, the non-controversy over Joe Rogan’s COVID19 discussions.  The left has labeled his two-way talks “misinformation” on more than one occasion, often out of context.  Spotify has largely stood by Rogan and his 1st Amendment rights, however.

But now, one of Canada’s folk rock legends has an ultimatum for the platform:  It’s Joe Rogan or me.

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Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims.

And then, in an insulting bit of “here is what you should do” speculation:

“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

As of this writing, no official word on the removal of Young’s music from the service has been given.

Americans sure do love to argue.  They always have. It started when we were back-talking the British about tea in Boston Harbor, and we installed a heavy amount of contention in our own Congress by design. But the sort of pedantic and stunting arguments that have dominated the political landscape of late have been wildly underwhelming. Take, for instance, the non-controversy over Joe Rogan’s COVID19 discussions.  The left has labeled his two-way talks “misinformation” on more than one occasion, often out of context.  Spotify has largely stood by Rogan and his 1st Amendment rights, however. But now, one of Canada’s folk rock legends has an ultimatum for the platform:  It’s Joe Rogan or me. Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.” “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims. And then, in an insulting bit of “here is what you should do” speculation: “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform,…

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