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Old 10-20-2020, 07:44 PM   #4561
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Wow. Just read a news flash over on CNN concerning how TP has a bank account in China? No wondering now, thanks to investigative reporting provided by The New York Times. Wow. Just wow.


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Pope calls for civil unions for same-sex couples, in major departure from Vatican doctrine

Oct. 21, 2020, 10:07 AM EDT
By Henry Austin
Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples in a documentary that aired in Rome on Wednesday, in a major departure from the position held by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.

“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” the Pontiff said in “Francesco,” a documentary about his life, according to the Catholic News Agency. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”
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Francis becomes first pope to endorse same-sex civil unions
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Former Blue Bell Creameries CEO faces charges in connection with alleged listeria contamination coverup.

A Texas grand jury charged Paul Kruse, Blue Bell Creameries' former CEO and president, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with an alleged cover-up of the company's 2015 listeria outbreak, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.


© Jamie Squire/Getty Images OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: Blue Bell Ice Cream is seen on shelves of an
Overland Park grocery store prior to being removed on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas.
Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a Listeria contamination. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Kruse, who served as the company's CEO and president from 2004 to 2017, was charged with seven counts of wire fraud and conspiracy for an alleged scheme to cover up what the company knew about the listeria contamination in Blue Bell products, according to the Department of Justice.

"We firmly believe the charges will be dismissed because they are untimely," said Chris Flood, who represents Kruse. "We look forward to a jury hearing what really happened in 2015 and Blue Bell's response to the unfortunate events."

Blue Bell said it would be inappropriate for the company to comment on Kruse's legal situation since he is no longer with the company.

According to the indictment, Kruse allegedly directed employees to remove potentially contaminated products from store freezers without notifying retailers or consumers of the real reason. Kruse instructed employees to tell customers who asked about the removed items that there was an "unspecified issue with a manufacturing machine," the indictment alleges.

Blue Bell did not issue an immediate recall of the products nor did the company inform customers about the listeria contamination, according to the indictment.

"US consumers rely on food producers and suppliers to ensure the safety of the nation's food supply.The charges announced today show that if an individual violates food safety rules or conceals relevant information, we will seek to hold them accountable," said Judy McMeekin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, in a news release."We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who jeopardize public health."

The ice cream was linked to 10 listeria cases in four states and resulted in three deaths in Kansas. In May, the company pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for distributing adulterated food products and agreed to pay $19.3 million in fines for shipping contaminated ice cream during the 2015 listeria outbreak. The company shut down all its plants in 2015 cleanings and updates, according to the news release.

Listeriosis is a potentially fatal infection caused by the germ listeria, which is found in soil, water, raw milk and some animals like poultry and cattle. Unlike many other germs, it can grow in the cold temperature of a refrigerator or in a food processing plant.


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Banksy’s Show Me the Monet sells for almost $10-million at auction

Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for £7.6-million (US$9.8-million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.

Show Me the Monet sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday evening, surpassing its upper pre-sale estimate of £5-million.

In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet’s image of water lilies in his garden at Giverny.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said the work was one of the “strongest and most iconic” Banksy works to appear at auction.

Banksy, whose real name has never been officially confirmed, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world’s best-known artists.

But what if future generations think it's dumb as dirt and badly painted. Then what? No refunds after 30 days without sales slip.

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I came across an Op-Ed, over on CNN, which asks the question:
Who won the debate?
It's a quick read. Several individuals wrote op-eds addressing the idea of who won the final debate. I like what one of the contributors submitted:

Paul Callan: The last debate may have propelled Biden to the presidency.


Despite his chronic case of malignant narcissism, President Donald Trump demonstrated occasional flashes of dignified "presidential" behavior last night. Trump, however, struggled to hold the reasonable tone like a patient gasping for air in an ICU. His opponents may observe that the ability to lie in a dignified manner does not really confer presidential dignity.

Throughout the evening the Trumpian narcissism leaked through in claims like his belief that he is the best president for African Americans since Abraham Lincoln. His passive response to Covid-19 was graphically demonstrated when the wives joined their husbands for a photo op at debate's end. Biden immediately put his mask back on as his already masked wife, Jill Biden, approached. An also masked First Lady Melania Trump then joined her defiantly unmasked husband for a photo which neatly summed up the differences between the candidates on the surging pandemic.

In what was one of the best candidate debates in recent political history, Biden demonstrated the confidence and experience to rescue the nation from the trauma of Trump. The President's attempt to paint Biden as a wild-eyed, corrupt socialist had fallen flat and the debate may well be remembered as the event which propelled Biden to the presidency.

Paul Callan is a CNN legal analyst, a former New York homicide prosecutor and counsel to the New York law firm of Edelman & Edelman PC, focusing on wrongful conviction and civil rights cases.
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Sophie Lewis Sat, October 24, 2020, 8:15 AM PDT

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are demanding that an anti-Trump group removes billboards in Manhattan's Times Square that feature their images alongside criticism of the White House's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Lincoln Project.

The group of longtime Republican strategists, who prominently oppose the re-election of President Trump, said the billboards highlight Ivanka Trump and Kushner's "indifference" to the suffering of Americans who have lost their lives due to "their reckless mismanagement" of the pandemic.

One billboard shows Trump, a senior advisor to the president, smiling and gesturing to statistics showing that over 33,000 New Yorkers and over 221,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. The photo appears to be taken from a tweet she sent in July to promote Goya beans. A second billboard features Kushner, who is also a White House advisor, next to body bags and a quote that Vanity Fair reported he said during a meeting in March: "[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that's their problem." Kushner allegedly made the statement during a March 21 White House meeting with a private-sector group about the nation's pandemic response. The Vanity Fair article claims Kushner criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo for failing to procure enough Personal Protective Equipment for his state.

In a letter tweeted by The Lincoln Project on Friday night, attorney Mark Kasowitz, who has worked for the president in the past, called the billboards "false, malicious and defamatory." He claims Trump "never made any such gesture" and Kushner "never made any such statement." "If these billboards are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages," he wrote.

Kasowitz's law firm did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.

In a subsequent statement, The Lincoln Project said the billboards would not be taken down, calling the outrage "comical." "While we truly enjoy living rent-free in their heads, their empty threats will not be taken any more seriously than we take Ivanka and Jared," the statement said. "Jared and Ivanka have always been entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people. We plan on showing them the same level of respect." "We consider it important that in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, people are continuously reminded of the cruelty, audacity and staggering lack of empathy the Trumps and Kushner have displayed towards the American people," it added.

The Lincoln Project did not immediately respond to CBS News' request for comment.

Jared and Ivanka have always been entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people. We plan on showing them the same level of respect.

There were more than 83,000 confirmed coronavirus cases reported Friday, marking a new record high for a single day in the U.S. The latest surge is pushing the number of infections to more than 8.4 million and increasing the death toll past 223,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Default ‘Peddle Your Scare Tactics Elsewhere,’ Lincoln Project Lawyers Shoot Back at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner...

Legal threats from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner aimed at the Lincoln Project’s Time Square billboards that associates them with the Trump administration’s failed COVID-19 response isn’t scaring the anti-Trump organization one bit.

“Please peddle your scare tactics elsewhere. The Lincoln Project will not be intimidated by such empty bluster,” attorney Matthew Sanderson wrote in a lengthy response to Trump and Kushner’s lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz.

The billboards on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway in the heart of Times Square feature the president’s daughter and son-in-law, with one of Ivanka Trump smiling and gesturing towards the national and New York state numbers of COVID-19 deaths, and the other of Kushner smiling alongside a quote that reads “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem.”

The Lincoln Project — a political action committee formed by Republicans whose goal is to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump — posted the letter from Kasowitz Friday evening, calling it, “Nuts!” and quickly responded with a statement, saying in part, “Jared and Ivanka have always been entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people. We plan on showing them the same level of respect.”

But Sanderson’s comments went further in a three-page response to Kasowitz Saturday night, saying that Trump and Kushner are “public officials” and have been such “since President Trump, in a gross act of nepotism, awarded” them White House positions in 2017.

“Americans have the right to discuss and criticize their public officials freely,” Sanderson wrote. “Public officials have periodically tried, as Kr. Kushner and Ms. Trump do here, to evade accountability and muzzle dissent by threatening or filing defamation lawsuits against critics. Fortunately, substantial constitutional protections are afforded to those who speak out about public officials.”

Sanderson goes on to point out that the Lincoln Project’s billboards are, “in any event, are entirely accurate.”
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