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$22 Billion In Cargo Now Stuck Off Coast Of California, Just Rotting Away…


Empty Shelves Joe.

Via Freight Waves:

There was fleeting hope that Southern California port congestion had turned the corner. The number of container ships waiting offshore dipped to the low 60s and high 50s from a record high of 73 on Sept. 19, trans-Pacific spot rates plateaued, the Biden administration unveiled aspirations for 24/7 port ops, and electricity shortages curbed Chinese factory output.

The reality is that the port congestion crisis in Southern California is not getting any better.

The time ships are stuck waiting offshore continues to lengthen. There are simply too many vessels arriving with too much cargo for terminals, trucks, trains and warehouses to handle.

The number of ships at anchor or in holding patterns is once again nearing record territory. According to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, 70 container ships were waiting off Los Angeles and Long Beach on Monday. There were 67 on Tuesday, not including general cargo ships that are loaded with boxes.


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Taliban Behead Female Volleyball Player…


Via India Today:

Taliban militants allegedly beheaded a member of the Afghan junior women’s national volleyball team, a coach told the Persian Independent.

In an interview, coach Suraya Afzali (name changed) said a woman player named Mahjabin Hakimi was killed by the Taliban earlier in October, but nobody learnt about the gruesome murder as the insurgents had threatened her family not to talk about it.

Mahjabin played for the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club before the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani government, and was one of the club’s star players. Then, a few days ago, pictures of what seemed to be her severed head and bloodied neck turned up on social media.

The coach of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team said that only two of the team’s players was able to escape from the country before the Taliban wrested complete control in August. Mahjabin Hakimi was among the many other unfortunate women sportspersons who were left behind.

‘Donald Trump’s Website HACKED’ By ‘Turkish Snd Muslim Hacktivist’ Warning ‘Do Not Be Like Those Who Forgot Allah’

GOP Senator Says Trump Could Lose The Nomination If He Runs in 2024 Since Republicans Lost The White House, House, And Senate During His Presidency

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana).
Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/AFP via Getty Images
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy said if voters are thinking about winning in 2024, Trump might lose the primary.
  • “Elections are about winning,” he said, adding the GOP lost the House, Senate, and White House under Trump.
  • Cassidy was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict in Trump’s impeachment trial.


CALAVERAS COUNTY, Calif. — An intruder was shot and killed by a homeowner after deputies said he broke into the same house twice in two days.

Don’t telegraph your intentions.
Kinda reminds me of my ex – when she realized there was no way I was not going to divorce her, she got really pissed and vengeful (traits which were one of the reasons I was leaving) and would threaten me with shit, then acted surprised when it didn’t work because I took measures to protect myself.

Allison Williams Is Leaving ESPN Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate, Says “I am So Morally And Ethically Not Aligned With This.”



In addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection¹, I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this. And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals, and ultimately I need to put them first.”


Disney, ESPN’s parent company, is one of many large corporations requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which has led to more than 722,000 deaths in the United States. As ESPN PR’s Mike Soltys shared in the first link there (an Aug. 2 Bristol Press piece on the Disney mandate, which was set to kick in this month), ESPN actually put in an earlier mandate of Aug. 1 for the people working live events for them. That included sideline reporters like Allison Williams.

Williams shared on Twitter last month that she wasn’t on the sidelines for ESPN’s college football coverage due to that mandate for live events staffers. With the wider corporate mandate now kicking in, unvaccinated employees have now had to make a further choice. Some, like Sage Steele, have grudgingly gotten a vaccine after previously bashing it. Others, like Williams, are choosing to leave the company instead. Williams revealed that decision in a five-minute video posted to her Instagram page Friday:

A full transcription of Williams’ comments follows. End notes reflect unsourced statements Williams makes that do not align with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines, with those guidelines based on peer-reviewed scientific research. Links to specific information on those claims are available after the transcription. For now, though, here’s a transcription of what Williams said:

“So I know I’ve been a bit mum since releasing the statement I put out a few months ago on my decision to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I just want to give everyone an update on my situation with ESPN. A great producer once told me ‘Don’t bury the lede.’ So I have been denied my request for accommodation by ESPN and the Walt Disney Company, and effective next week I will be separated from the company.”


Do Dogs Miss Us When We Are Gone? A “Talking” Dog Offers Insights


The viral dog, who communicates with a series of buttons, is very curious where her friends are off to



Any dog owner knows how hard it is to leave their pup for an extended period of time. We wonder: Do they miss us when we’re gone? Do they know how long we’ve been gone for? Or even worse, do they think we’ve abandoned them?

The way humans are excitedly greeted by their dogs upon return — and the way many whine when we leave — suggests they recognize our absence, and mourn it. However, it’s hard to know what is really going on in a dog’s brain — perhaps they just miss the food we give them? — partly because we can’t really communicate with them.

Well, most of them. Alexis Devine is the human parent of Bunny the “talking” dog. Bunny, a sheepadoodle, has been trained to communicate using a sound board with large buttons keyed to different words. By pressing them in sequence, Bunny can relay basic sentences and sentiments — “Bunny sad,” or “where mom,” for instance. Though there is debate over the extent to which she understands language, most animal behavior researchers and laypersons alike agree that she is positively communicating and seems to understand what she says and hears back. Devine shares videos of Bunny “talking” on her social media accounts, giving the internet a glimpse into what it might be like to have a casual conversation with Fido.


Recently the beloved sheepadoodle has been concerning herself with the absence of people and animals in her life. And to answer the question about animals missing us when they are gone: if they are anything like Bunny, it would seem that yes, they are very curious about where we go when we leave.

Devine recently filmed Bunny asking her questions about Uni, Devine’s lost cat who has been gone for nearly four months. As Devine told Salon, prior to Uni’s absence, Bunny didn’t “talk” much about Uni.

“It was maybe like two months before he went missing that she had finally finally used the buttons, ‘Uni family together,’ which was a huge accomplishment because they had had such a tenuous and challenging relationship,” Devine said. “And then, last week, it was just heartbreaking, she pressed ‘cat bye,’ and I just about burst into tears. My little heart couldn’t handle it.”

It’s not the first time Bunny has appeared to wonder about some one or some animal while they’re gone. A couple months earlier, Devine’s partner Johnny was at work. “Where dad bye?” Bunny asked.


Georgia Election Official Takes The Fight To Trump

Trump’s election nemesis refuses to shut up and take the former president’s abuse.

Donald Trump never wastes an opportunity to attack Georgia’s top statewide Republican officeholders for failing to help him overturn the 2020 election results in the key swing state.

Brad Raffensperger is the only one who refuses to shut up and take it.

Raffensperger, who has borne the brunt of Trump’s wrath as the top election official in the state, is running a damn-the-torpedoes reelection campaign that directly confronts the former president — even though it could cost him the GOP nomination.

In a party where Trump’s enemies tend to see their political careers abruptly ended, Raffensperger’s approach is being closely watched by Republicans within the state and outside.

The last internal poll I saw said that 87 percent of Republican primary voters felt like the election was stolen,” said former Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.). “With those kinds of numbers, I don’t see Brad getting through the primary.”

If Raffensperger isn’t Trump’s top GOP nemesis, he’s close to it. The Georgia secretary of state refused Trump’s requests to alter the state’s vote count and feuded with the former president over Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. At one point, Raffensperger’s office secretly recorded Trump trying to persuade the secretary of state to “find” votes to make him the winner — a potential crime by Trump that local prosecutors are now investigating.

As a result, Trump has showered him with criticism for nearly a year, going so far as to call Raffensperger an “enemy of the people.”

Trump‘s obsession with Raffensperger shows no sign of fading. In July, the former president sent him a letter asking yet again to decertify the results of the 2020 election. As recently as two weeks ago, during a Georgia rally, Trump called Raffensperger “incompetent and strange.“


Senate Judiciary Probe Of Trump’s 2020 Machinations ( a plot or scheme to do something illegal ) Zeroes In On Pennsylvania House Republican


The new report indicates Rep. Scott Perry took a direct role in attempting to help Trump install loyalists in the Justice Department.

Rep. Scott Perry


A Senate Democratic report released Thursday places Rep. Scott Perry at the center of efforts to help former President Donald Trump overturn the 2020 election results, urging other congressional investigators to further probe his involvement in the runup to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In the last weeks of Trump’s administration, according to the new Senate Judiciary Committee majority report, the former president asked Richard Donoghue — then the Justice Department’s second-in-command — for his cell number so lawmakers concerned about the election could call him. Perry (R-Pa.) was one of the lawmakers who ended up with the principal associate deputy attorney general’s phone number.

The report details that Perry contacted Donoghue on Dec. 27, saying Trump himself had suggested the call, and raised false election claims. Perry told Donoghue, the report states, that there were “things going on in Pennsylvania” with regard to ballot-counting that he found improper.

Perry also recommended to Donoghue that Jeffrey Clark, then the head of the Justice Department’s civil division, should become more involved in DOJ’s handling of the 2020 election. Trump later considered Clark as a replacement for the acting attorney general, seeing Clark as more sympathetic to claims of voter fraud that have proven baseless.

Donoghue, for his part, told the congressman he could send along information about the election administration process but added that the department had not found outcome-altering levels of fraud.

The episode is one of many findings detailed in the nearly 400-page interim report from the Judiciary Committee on its eight-month-long investigation into Trump’s attempts to push DOJ to interfere in the 2020 election.

The report indicates that the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hardline conservatives with close ties to Trump, took an active role in helping the president strategize about ways to undercut Joe Biden’s victory. But the report indicates that Perry, more than other House Republicans, took a direct role in attempting to help Trump install loyalists in the Justice Department who would assist in undermining the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory.

Perry’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on the congressman’s presence in the Senate Judiciary report.

Senate Judiciary Democrats recommend that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack home in on Perry, as well as two other key figures: Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano and Trump campaign attorney Cleta Mitchell.

“These ties warrant further investigation to better place Trump’s efforts to enlist DOJ in his efforts to overturn the presidential election in context with the January 6 insurrection,” the Judiciary report concludes. “Because the events of January 6 are outside the immediate purview of the Committee’s investigation, this report is being made available to the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, as well as the public, to assist their investigation.”

The Jan. 6 select panel has indicated it is interested in pursuing testimony and evidence that Republican lawmakers might have about Trump’s role in stoking the attack on the Capitol. But it’s rare for lawmakers to turn their investigative powers on their own colleagues and is likely to create significant hurdles for investigators as they enter this uncharted terrain.

More broadly, the Senate report confirms the intense effort by Trump to enlist his Justice Department to pressure state and local officials to override the election results. Details of the effort are still being unearthed, with Judiciary continuing its work alongside other congressional panels, but Thursday’s report outlines how often Trump flirted with replacing key officials who supervised election-related investigations.

“Today’s report shows the American people just how close we came to a constitutional crisis. Thanks to a number of upstanding Americans in the Department of Justice, Donald Trump was unable to bend the Department to his will,” said Judiciary Chair Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois in a statement.