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There Aren’t Enough Babies.The Whole World Is Alarmed(I'm not).

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he world is at a startling demographic milestone. Sometime soon, the global fertility rate will drop below the point needed to keep population constant. It may have already happened.

Fertility is falling almost everywhere, for women across all levels of income, education and labor-force participation. The falling birthrates come with huge implications for the way people live, how economies grow and the standings of the world’s superpowers.

In high-income nations, fertility fell below replacement in the 1970s, and took a leg down during the pandemic. It’s dropping in developing countries, too. India surpassed China as the most populous country last year, yet its fertility is now below replacement.

Fertility is below replacement in India even though the country is still poor and many women don’t work—factors that usually sustain fertility.
Urbanization and the internet have given even women in traditional male-dominated villages a glimpse of societies where fewer children and a higher quality of life are the norm.

“The demographic winter is coming,” said Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, an economist specializing in demographics at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Finder of Hunter's laptop and Trump's personal lawyer is on the run.

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If you’ve seen former New York City Mayor and one time Donald Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, you may want call authorities in Arizona. Giuliani has seemingly vanished after his indictment in Arizona for election interference. He owns a condo in Palm Beach County.
Authorities say they’ve been trying to serve Giuliani with the indictment for several weeks, but have yet to find him. He is required to appear in court, in Arizona, within the next several days. An arrest warrant could be issued if he does not appear.

Rudolph W. Giuliani, according to the Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, owns a condo at 315 South Lake Drive in West Palm Beach. It was purchased in February of 2010 for $1.4M. He was apparently last seen in that area before disappearing.

If you see Rudy Giuliani, the Arizona Attorney General’s office can be reached at 602-542-5025. There’s also a tip submission area on their website which is
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MURDER LEGAL IN TEXAS: Republican Gov Pardons White Supremists Who Murdered BLM Protester

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More than a year after a Travis County jury convicted Daniel Perry of murdering a protester in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott pardoned the former U.S. Army sergeant on Thursday shortly after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended a full pardon.

A Texas state district court judge sentenced Perry in May 2023 to 25 years in prison for shooting and killing U.S. Air Force veteran Garrett Foster during a 2020 demonstration protesting police brutality against people of color.

One day after a jury convicted Perry, Abbott directed the parole board to review the former U.S. Army sergeant’s case.

“Among the voluminous files reviewed by the Board, they considered information provided by the Travis County District Attorney, the full investigative report on Daniel Perry, plus a review of all the testimony provided at trial,” Abbott said in a statement announcing the proclamation that absolved Perry. “Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney.”

Abbott approved the board’s recommendation, which included restoration of Perry’s firearm rights.

“The members of the Board of Pardons and Paroles delved into the intricacies of Perry’s case. The investigative efforts encompassed a meticulous review of pertinent documents, from police reports to court records, witness statements, and interviews with individuals linked to the case,” the pardon board wrote in a Thursday statement.

Perry was driving for Uber at the time he encountered protesters a few blocks from the Capitol in downtown Austin. He stopped his car and honked at protesters as they walked through the street. Seconds later, he drove his car into the crowd, Austin police said.
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Trump trial

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Ok so this one's pretty great.
Cohen testified that CNBC pays a tech firm named Red Finch for polling. That tech firm accepts money to alter the results on their polls. Trump was polling poorly in a CNBC popularity poll conducted by Red Finch, and so in return for cash, Red Finch offered to "create an algorithm" and give trump a significant boost in the popularity poll. The end result of the poll is Trump was stated to be the 9th most popular businessman of the century. After seeing the results of this poll, CNBC no longer wanted to publish it, and thus, trump no longer wanted to pay for the agreement. Cohen then got salty and stole cash from trump and paid himself a bonus as well as his friend at Red Finch
Michael Cohen admits to stealing from Trump Organization

On redirect examination, Michael Cohen provided some background on the $30,000 he said he stole from the Trump Organization by overcharging them for work he did with Red Finch.

"Red Finch is a technology company that I had asked to assist in a CNBC poll, and the poll was regarding the most famous businessmen in, like, the last century," Cohen said, speaking to the jury. "Mr. Trump's name was on that list and at the beginning of this poll he was polling toward the very bottom. It upset him, so he had me come to his office and he provided me with a sheet of paper

"I reached out to Red Finch who told me he was able to create an algorithm to ensure that Mr. Trump would rise and rise significantly in this poll. We talked about what number Mr. Trump wanted to finish," Cohen said.

Eventually Trump came in No. 9 but he declined to pay Red Finch because CNBC didn't bother following through with the poll, Cohen said. Cohen ended up paying them -- in a brown paper bag in cash, he said.
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Average American Democarat Woman Force to Walk!!!

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This is worse than Roe v Wade being overturned.

Plus-size travel influencer who wants free extra seats for fat fliers says airport worker refused to push her up jet bridge in wheelchair because of her size - and forced her into walk that left her wheezing for oxygen

A plus-size travel influencer has claimed she was discriminated against by an airport employee who refused to push her in a wheelchair because of her weight.

Jaelynn Chaney, 27, recounted her experience with a wheelchair assistant on a jet bridge after a recent landing at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.

'My ordeal at SeaTac Airport will shock you,' Chaney, of Vancouver in Washington, said in a TikTok. Chaney, who can walk, then detailed how she requested wheelchair assistance on a recent flight - as she always does.

However, Chaney claims that when she tried to deplane the aircraft, the employee assigned to help assist her started to walk away when she realized she was supposed to help the plus-size woman and not one of the smaller passengers.

The travel influencer said that as the employee walked away with the wheelchair she was making comments about her size. Chaney - who has previously demanded free extra seats for fat fliers subsidized by slimmer passengers -

says the ordeal left her gasping for air.
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Criticism of a member's "fake eyelashes" and another's intelligence. A question about discussing a member's "bleach blond, bad-built butch body."

A House Oversight Committee meeting Thursday night devolved into chaos amid personal attacks and partisan bickering in a rare evening session that was supposed to center on a resolution recommending Attorney General Merrick Garland be held in contempt of Congress.

The already tense hearing was derailed when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., responded to a question from Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, by saying, “I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading.”

Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, immediately moved to strike Greene's words from the record and make her apologize to Crockett.

"That is absolutely unacceptable," Ocasio-Cortez said over cross talk. "How dare you attack the physical appearance of another person?"

Greene taunted Ocasio-Cortez, asking, "Are your feelings hurt?"

"Oh, girl? Baby girl," Ocasio-Cortez shot back. "Don't even play."

Greene attacked a second member just minutes after she criticized Crockett, asserting that Ocasio-Cortez did not have "enough intelligence" for a debate.

Greene had asked Ocasio-Cortez, "Why don't you debate me?"

Ocasio-Cortez responded that she thought "it's pretty self-evident."

"You don't have enough intelligence," Greene said as members of Congress audibly groaned at her attack.

Greene agreed to strike her comments toward Crockett but vehemently refused to apologize for the evening's attacks, declaring, “You will never get an apology out of me.”
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi killed in helicopter crash

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DUBAI, May 20 (Reuters) - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hardliner long seen as a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was killed in a helicopter crash in mountainous terrain near the Azerbaijan border, officials and state media said on Monday.
The charred wreckage of the helicopter which crashed on Sunday carrying Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was found early on Monday after an overnight search in blizzard conditions.
"President Raisi, the foreign minister and all the passengers in the helicopter were killed in the crash," a senior Iranian official told Reuters, asking not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Raisi's death was later confirmed in a statement on social media by Vice President Mohsen Mansouri and on state television.
State TV reported that images from the site showed the aircraft slammed into a mountain peak, although there was no official word on the cause of the crash.
State news agency IRNA said Raisi was flying in a U.S.-made Bell 212 helicopter.
Raisi, 63, was elected president in 2021, and since taking office has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who holds ultimate power with a final say on foreign policy and Iran's nuclear programme, had earlier sought to reassure Iranians, saying there would be no disruption to state affairs.
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White People Don't Season Dey Dead Black Teens

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Experts reveal the extra-hot sauces that could trigger a heart teen dies after eating super spicy tortilla chip

The super spicy condiments in your kitchen cupboard could cause agonizing ulcers and stomach ruptures — as well as potentially fatal heart attacks, experts have told

Doctors say that, for those who are vulnerable, some extra hot sauces on grocery store shelves contain dangerous levels of capsaicin, the chilli pepper extract that causes the heat.

For people with an enlarged heart and congenital heart defects, it can be 'like putting a bomb in your stomach,' according to Dr Allan Capin, an urgent care physician at the Cleveland Clinic.

At high levels, doctors told that capsaicin causes an intense pain response that constricts blood vessels, raises blood pressure, and increases heart rate. This leads the heart to strain and can result in a heart attack.

The warnings follow the shock death of Massachusetts teenager Harris Wolobah, 14, who suffered a fatal heart attack after eating the alleged spiciest chip in the world, as part of a social media challenge.

An investigation found that the 10th grader suffered an underlying heart condition that was exacerbated by the large dose of capsaicin.

The chip responsible, from snack brand Paqui, has since been pulled from shelves.

Experts noted that while it's rare to die from high levels of capsaicin, it's not impossible. Now, they have warned that other products available to buy could have a similarly disasterous effect.

In addition to Paqui's chip, several brands of hot sauce containing capsaicin have marketed themselves as the 'hottest in the world,' which could spell trouble for those with heart issues.
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No Really:Students Graduation had an AI Speaker.

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Students Show Up to Graduation, Find Commencement Speaker Is an AI Robot
Frank Landymore
Thu, May 16, 2024 at 5:01 PM EDT
2 min read

Platitudes Galore
You'd hope that universities would celebrate their students' graduation with a memorable ceremony. But for the graduating class at D'Youville University last weekend, their commencement was arguably one to forget.

With Daft Punk's "Robot Rock" blasting the auditorium, the institution brought a humanoid AI-powered robot on stage to address the over 2,000 bright-eyed youths in attendance.

The corny choice of walk-up song was perhaps the sole endearing element of its appearance. Dressed in a D'Youville hoodie and with its brain exposed, Sophia, as the robot's called, spun-off generic advice in dry, synthetically-inflected tones. It did not give a scripted speech, but answered questions from the emcee. The whole charade drew "mixed reactions" from the crowd, The New York Times reports — with many students feeling downright insulted.

"Congratulations to all the graduating students," Sophia intoned, at one point brandishing a creepy, full-toothed grin.
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Donald Trump Brutally Mocked By Joe Biden's Team For Almost Falling On Stage At A Rally

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President Joe Biden's campaign team has trolled Donald Trump after he was caught wobbling embarrassingly while on the stage at a Minnesota rally.

The team took to X, where they shared a clip of the incident. They described the former president as "feeble" and mocked him for going on a tirade about the quality of the stage.

As part of Trump's campaign to promote his re-election bid, the former president recently held a rally in Minnesota.

During his speech, Trump encountered a moment of awkwardness when the podium he grasped tilted, causing the billionaire mogul to wobble embarrassingly on stage.

Angered by the incident, Trump then called out the event organizers for putting up what seemed to be a defective setup.

"You know this is the worst platform, who put this stage up?" he said. "The freaking place is falling down."

A clip of the incident was then shared on X(formerly Twitter) by Biden-Harris HQ and captioned with a statement that trolled Trump.

It read, "A feeble Trump nearly falls down on stage after he leans on his podium too hard and then goes on an angry rant, calling his event workers "crappy."

In the comment section, social media users joined in on the fun, taking shots at Trump for "embarrassing" himself and alleging that the event organizers were underpaid.

One person wrote, "They couldn't get a regular contractor to build it because they knew he wouldn't pay them! Lol." While a second individual commented, "You get what you don't pay for."

Another person quoted the video: "He can't be even a little bit embarrassed or laugh at himself. Unease means lash out at others and direct spotlight away for a moment. It's a tiny example of how his ego drives everything."

Someone else remarked, "You know if you name call the people who do the hard work often enough, you are soon left with no one willing to do the hard work, Orange arse."
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