Massachusetts lobster diver survives being swallowed by whale: ‘I was completely inside’
‘I was completely inside (the whale); it was completely black,’ he said.
A commercial lobster diver says he was swallowed whole by a whale off the Massachusetts coast Friday but made it out alive with only minor injuries following the life and death encounter.
Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, was released hours later from a Cape Cod hospital following his scary encounter with a humpback whale. He told WBZ-TV he was 45 feet deep in the waters off Provincetown when the attack occurred.
He initially thought the whale was a shark but realized he was wrong when he didn’t feel any teeth or pain.
TEXAS HOSPITAL EMPLOYESS SUE EMPLOYER OVER VACCINE REQUIREMENTS
117 Employees File Lawsuit Against Texas Hospital for Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine
More than 100 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital filed a lawsuit against their employer for allegedly requiring all staff members to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in order to keep their jobs.
Saying the COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and they don’t want to be “guinea pigs,” the 117 employees argued in court that it’s unlawful for their employers to require them to take the shots.
“Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition for continued employment,” their lawsuit (pdf) states. They wrote that the hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate “requires the employee to subject themselves to medical experimentation as a prerequisite to feeding their families.”
They took issue receiving “experimental COVID-19 mRNA” vaccines such as ones made by Pfizer and Moderna.
‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ Coming Into Homes on PBS ‘Let’s Learn’ TV Series
Drag queen story hours have been cropping up in community libraries in recent years like this one in 2017 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo)
Parents need to be aware “Drag Queen Story Hour” is returning, and this time it’s not just at local libraries – instead, it could be coming into your own home.
The Daily Wire reports the New York City Department of Education and the public media company The WNET Group are partnering together for a new education television program called “Let’s Learn,” which is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8.
One of the latest episodes of the program features a drag queen named Little Miss Hot Mess as the host. The drag queen reads and dances to a book he wrote titled “The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish,” which is a play on the classic nursery rhyme “The Wheels on the Bus.”
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Texas AG Slams Police Department After Video Shows Officer Allegedly Allowing BLM to Block Traffic
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation after a video shot in Plano appeared to show a police officer allowing Black Lives Matter protesters and apparently armed Antifa-type agitators to block traffic before the officer reprimanded a driver who got out and confronted them.
“I instructed one of my top deputies to contact the Plano Police Chief to get more details. What he heard paints an even worse picture that the video alone depicts,” Paxton, a Republican, said in a statement on Monday.
The video went viral after OAN’s Jack Posobiec posted it via his Twitter account this week. It shows a man wearing a blue shirt telling the agitators to get out of the road before an officer tells him to get back away from the screaming protesters. He also is heard telling the officer, “Get these [expletive] people out of the way!”
Paxton’s statement asserted that Chief Ed Drain allegedly told the state attorney general’s office several different versions of what unfolded, including details about a weapon that an agitator was allegedly brandishing.
“First, the chief told my deputy that while the weapon drawn wasn’t a pistol, it was, in fact, a ‘pepper ball gun.’ In a separate conversation, the chief claimed it was a ‘Taser,'” the attorney general said. “In a recent Facebook post, the Department is now saying it was [an] ‘electronic control device.'”
He added, “Whatever it was, the police declined to pursue the leftist who brandished the weapon, and no charges are being pressed against him.”
Paxton then accused Drain of being “anxious to excuse the rioters” and said the chief allegedly told him that the police department has “to negotiate with these people.”
During the summer, some people apparently have been finding dryer sheets stuck inside their mailboxes. Fortunately, the reason for this is actually pretty straightforward and is based on the mailman not wanting to get stung.
A postal worker took to Reddit to inform people of the truth behind the dryer sheets. Posting under the name Istrx13, the user explained that the dryer sheets are used to keep wasps away.
“I can’t tell you how many times, especially during this part of the year, where I’ve opened up a box to see a little nest with three-to-five Yellowjackets just chillin,” he wrote. “If I’m really unlucky, they will have made their nest at the very back of the box so I wind up sticking my hand in not knowing they are there. We all know how temperamental these little insects are and merely existing in their presence is enough to piss them off. Last year alone I was stung 10 times on 10 separate occasions.”
A postal worker took to Reddit to inform people of the truth behind the dryer sheets and how they may help with certain insects. (iStock)
His post continued, “So please, if you one day randomly see a dryer sheet at the back of your mailbox, just know that your carrier more than likely put it there to deter these Satanic creatures from building their home in it.”
A gay campground announces they will ban trans men so they can manage the “atmosphere.”
A yet to-be-opened private campground in Michigan for gay men announced this weekend that it was banning trans men from taking part in the community.
Bryan Quinn, co-founder of Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground in Orleans, MI, wrote an announcement in the Facebook group for the organization. “Camp Boomerang is a private, membership-only RV park/campground that allows only ‘guys’. A ‘guy,’ in terms of this discussion, is defined as a person with a penis, [who] presents himself as male and has a state-issued ID that says ‘male’,” wrote Quinn.
Quinn continued on to say in the initial post that this is one of the reasons that Camp Boomerang is a private entity, so the group can define men as they see fit. “We understand this statement, unfortunately, may not make everyone happy, but feel it needs to be clarified. It is our hope that everyone who visits Camp Boomerang enjoys a comfortable, safe, non-confrontational environment going forward.
“Being a ‘private membership only’ entity allows us the ability to build a like-minded atmosphere. We don’t mean for this to come off as a ‘like it or leave it’ attitude, but we feel it’s necessary for everyone to know exactly what our vision is for Camp Boomerang,” Quinn concluded.
Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear Shannon Stevens was treated with first aid kit after incident in which bear face was seen at at toilet seat level
An Alaska woman had the scare of a lifetime when using an outhouse in the backcountry and she was attacked by a bear, from below.
“I got out there and sat down on the toilet and immediately something bit my butt right as I sat down,” Shannon Stevens told the Associated Press. “I jumped up and I screamed when it happened.”
Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wilderness on 13 February to stay at his yurt, located about 20 miles north-west of Haines, in south-east Alaska.
Her brother heard the screaming and went out to the outhouse, about 150ft (46 meters) away from the yurt. There, he found Shannon tending to her wound. They at first thought she had been bitten by a squirrel or a mink, or something small.
Erik had brought his headlamp with him to see what it was.
“I opened the toilet seat and there’s just a bear face just right there at the level of the toilet seat, just looking right back up through the hole, right at me,” he said.
Bill Gates: Rich Countries Should Be Eating 100% Synthetic Beef
BILL GATES ENDORSES SYNTHETIC BEEF
Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has called upon the rich nations of the world to switch over to synthetic beef to better combat climate change.
Speaking with MIT Technology Review about his new book “How to Avoid Climate Disaster,” Gates discussed his views on improving the “food sector,” and lamented that the political scene may keep first-world nations from going fully synthetic in the beef department.
“Do you think plant-based and lab-grown meats could be the full solution to the protein problem globally, even in poor nations? Or do you think it’s going to be some fraction because of the things you’re talking about, the cultural love of a hamburger and the way livestock is so central to economies around the world?” asked the interviewer.
“For Africa and other poor countries, we’ll have to use animal genetics to dramatically raise the amount of beef per emissions for them. Weirdly, the US livestock, because they’re so productive, the emissions per pound of beef are dramatically less than emissions per pound in Africa,” said Gates. “And as part of the [Bill and Melinda Gates] Foundation’s work, we’re taking the benefit of the African livestock, which means they can survive in heat, and crossing in the monstrous productivity both on the meat side and the milk side of the elite US beef lines.”
“So no, I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat,” he added. “I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand. So for meat in the middle-income-and-above countries, I do think it’s possible. But it’s one of those ones where, wow, you have to track it every year and see, and the politics [are challenging]. There are all these bills that say it’s got to be called, basically, lab garbage to be sold. They don’t want us to use the beef label.”
DAWG SAYS: EVERYTHING HE SAYS GETS STRANGER AND STRANGER, HE IS NOT A DOCTOR OR A SCIENTIST, JUST A GUY WHO HAS MAJOR INVESTMENTS IN CERTAIN THINGS.
Removing a condom without consent could lead to civil damages under California bill
A California Democrat this week introduced legislation to penalize anyone found guilty of “stealthing,” or the sexual act of removing or damaging a condom without a partner’s consent.
California’s civil code already includes sexual battery, or the “intent to cause a harmful or offensive contact” as a punishable violation.
Under Assembly Bill 453, the law would expand to include those who intentionally cause “contact between a penis, from which a condom has been removed, and the intimate part of another who did not verbally consent to the condom being removed.”
The change would allow a victim to pursue a civil lawsuit, but it would not lead to jail time.
It’s a legal amendment Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, has pursued for five years. Stealthing, Garcia has argued, is a sneaky offense that burdens victims with enduring physical and emotional harm.
GEORGIA STATE BAR REQUESTS AN ATTORNEY HAVE PSYCH EXAM
Lawyer Lin Wood Asked to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation by State Bar
GEORGIA STATE BAR REQUESTS AN ATTORNEY HAVE PSYCH EXAM
Lin Wood, a lawyer who filed third-party lawsuits on behalf of former President Donald Trump’s election challenges, said he would not undergo a mental health evaluation requested by an attorney licensing organization.
The move to refuse the evaluation would potentially put his law license at risk.
Wood wrote on Telegram on Thursday that the State Bar of Georgia informed him that he would have to submit an evaluation to keep his license to practice law.
“I have done nothing wrong. I have only exercised my right of free speech,” Wood wrote in his post. “I will not allow the State Bar to persecute me for doing so and thereby violate my Constitutional rights.”
Wood added that if “the State Bar of Georgia formally requests that I submit to a mental health examination in order to maintain my license to practice law, I will respectfully decline to do so,” according to the post. “I am of sound mind and I have not violated any rule of professional conduct.”
The longtime defamation lawyer noted that “I have always tried my imperfect best to use my license to practice law to do good for others—to pursue truth to achieve justice.”
Wood, who represented a number of high-profile figures in defamation lawsuits, then furthermore said the move by the Georgia State Bar is politically motivated.
“So the State Bar can do what it wants to do for political purposes or to further its agenda. I will litigate the issue if necessary for 16 years as I did for Richard whether I win it lose. I will not be intimidated by the State Bar’s tactics. I will not allow a state organization to control my free speech outside the courtroom,” Wood continued.
State Bar of Georgia Chief Operating Officer Sarah Coole told Reuters that Wood was asked by the organization to undergo the evaluation.
Earlier in January, a Delaware state judge blocked Wood from representing Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor. The judge made a reference to Wood’s claims about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Separately, Wood was fired by Kentucky teenager Nick Sandmann, who was defended by Wood.
“I have ended my lawyer-client relationship with Mr. Wood and no longer wish to be represented by him in the above-captioned action,” Sandmann said in affidavits submitted in court this month.
DAWG SAYS: FIRST I HEARD OF A BAR ASSOCIATION WANTING OR DEMANDING A MENTAL EXAM FOR A MEMBER TO KEEP THEIR LICENSE.
SACRAMENTO OFFERS HOMELESS PARKING ONE NIGHT A WEEK
City Hall Garage opens for ‘safe parking’
Thursday night for those living in their vehicles
The Sacramento City Hall Garage will open up Thursday for those living in their vehicles to park for the night.
In a release, the city said the garage on 1000 I Street will be open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. “for the foreseeable future.” It will also have restrooms available.
Those looking to park in the City Hall Garage should use the 10th Street entrance between I and J streets.
For vehicles that exceed the garage’s height limit of 6 feet 10 inches, overnight parking spots have been made available on 11th Street.
An earlier release from the city said there will also be another garage with bathrooms that will be used for “safe parking” but details about the second site have not been announced.
Advocates say the move to open warming centers for those experiencing homelessness in Sacramento comes far too late. At least two people have died in the cold since Tuesday’s major storm brought strong winds and pounding rain to the city.
DAWG SAYS: SEEMS LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN A TOKEN GESTURE FOR ONLY ONE NIGHT A WEEK.
Email to ICE officers reveals chaos after Biden halted deportations
On Joe Biden‘s first day in office, the Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping directive calling for a 100-day pause in deportations.
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” has since obtained an internal email sent Thursday to ICE officers in Texas that shows how the order was enacted.
“As of midnight tonight, stop all removals,” the email reads. “This includes Mexican bus runs, charter flights and commercial removals (until further notice) … all cases are to be considered [no significant likelihood of removal in foreseeable future].”
The email goes on to say: “Release them all, immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer.”
The official who sent the email noted that he was just “the messenger” explaining the directive. In other words, It wasn’t his idea. It was Joe Biden’s.
Now, this email was news to us. The memorandum from the Biden administration to halt deportations did not call for people here illegally to be released from detention. So we made some calls, and we learned that the Department of Homeland Security is currently hammering out how to enact the memorandum. It does not specifically call for the instant release of all migrants in detention.
DOMINION VOTING SAYS MORE DEFAMATION LAWSUIT COMING
Dominion Voting warns Fox News, Sean Hannity, other conservative outlets that defamation lawsuits are imminent
Dominion Voting Systems has warned Fox News, major Fox personalities, other conservative media outlets, radio host Rush Limbaugh and conservative lawyers that defamation litigation against them is “imminent.”
Dominion has been the target of baseless conspiracy theories by President Donald Trump and his allies about the election that he lost to Joe Biden.
Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, Rush Limbaugh, Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, Rudy Giuliani, Newsmax, OAN and Epoch Times also were sent letters by Dominion.
DominionLawsuits are coming
Dominion Voting Systems, one of the targets of President Donald Trump‘s conspiracy theories about the election that he lost, has warned Fox News, major Fox personalities, other conservative media outlets, radio host Rush Limbaugh and conservative lawyers that defamation litigation against them is “imminent.”
The voting machine company this week has sent 21 letters to the White House, Fox News, its hosts Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, the news outlets Newsmax, One America News Network, Epoch Times and others demanding they stop making defamatory claims about Dominion and that they preserve any documents they have relating to the firm.
“We write to provide formal notice that litigation regarding these issues is imminent,” Dominion’s lawyers Thomas Clare and Megan Meier wrote to Fox News Media General Counsel Lily Fu Claffee in one of the letters, which were provided to CNBC.
In their letters to individual news hosts, including Bartiromo, a former CNBC employee, the lawyers demanded that they “cease and desist making defamatory claims against Dominion,” saying that they had “featured and continue to feature the proponents of this misinformation campaign against” the company.
DAWGS SAYS: JUST MY HUMBLE OPINION, A SUIT HAS BEEN FILED ALREADY AGAINST DONALD TRUMP.
DOMINION WILL HAVE THE BURDEN OF PROOF AS THE PLAINTIFF, AND THEIR REPUTATION WILL BE THE FOREFRONT ISSUE AND ALL INFORMATION AVAILABLE WILL BE BROUGHT OUT BY THE RESPONDENTS, AND THAT COULD BE LENGTHY.
REMEMBER ANY DEFENSE TO A DEFAMATION ACCUSATION IS THE TRUTH IF IT REALLY HAPPENED.