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Woman visits ATM to withdraw $20. Bank tells her she has a negative balance of $1B.

Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo by Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Julia Yonkowski of Largo, Florida, visited an ATM on Saturday to withdraw the small sum when she found herself agog over her what she believed was her balance: nearly $1 billion.

According to WFLA-TV, Yonkowski said that her bank balance showed $999,985,855.94.Yonkowski told the station, “Oh, my God, I was horrified.

I know most people would think they won the lottery, but I was horrified.

When I put in for the $20, the machine came back and said we’ll give you the $20 but that’ll cause an overdraft and you will be charged and I said, ‘Oh just forget it.'”

Physicist to Tucker Carlson: Climate change is ‘fiction of the media,’ not an ‘existential threat’

physicist Steven Koonin,
physicist Steven Koonin, 

The theoretical physicist and engineering professor is currently the director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.

“The warmest temperatures have not gone up in the last 60 years,” Koonin said.

Koonin scoffed at Biden administration officials such as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and jet-setting climate czar John Kerry, saying they mindlessly parrot the term “existential threat” when discussing the climate even though they don’t understand what they’re talking about.

“I don’t think the science says what … Secretary Pete thinks it says,” he said. “In fact, I can guarantee you he’s never read the science.”

The physicist also berated the scientific community for not pushing back at clueless politicians and media that are promoting climate alarmism.

Allowing these lies to metastasize in the public consciousness causes unnecessary panic and erodes the credibility of legitimate environmental scientists who don’t endorse this mass hysteria.

Suspect reportedly attempts to rob Papa John’s restaurant — but armed pizza delivery driver with concealed carry permit stops him dead

Photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images
Photo by Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

According to WDTN-TV, two suspects wearing masks entered a New Carlisle, Ohio, pizza restaurant just before closing time on Sunday. One of the suspects was reportedly armed with a knife, while the second was said to be carrying a crowbar.

“They came running in with weapons and tried to rob us,” an unnamed employee who was there during the incident told WHIO-TV. “They had weapons, the one had a big crowbar and the other one looked like a knife, and they were sprinting toward us.”

The delivery driver, who reportedly has a concealed carry permit, opened fire on the suspects, striking one, according to WHIO. The other fled from the scene on foot as employees called authorities.

4 times as many troops and vets died by suicide than combat in post 9/11 era, study says

Image for military suicide awareness. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)
Image for military suicide awareness. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

The Costs of War Project’s study found that while suicide rates among the general public have been on the rise for the past 20 years, suicide rates among the military and veteran community continue to outpace the U.S. national average.

The study concludes, “At least four times as many service members and war veterans of post-9/11 conflicts have died of suicide than ever died in combat.”

By the numbers, the study found an estimated 30,177 active duty service members and war veterans of the post 9/11 wars have died by suicide, compared to the 7,057 killed in U.S. military operations collectively known as the “Global War on Terror.”

“This marks a failure by the military and U.S. society to manage the mental health cost of our current conflicts,” the Costs of War Project said.

Nearly 4,000 women suffer period problems after receiving CCP Virus vaccine

A woman receives the CCP Virus vaccine in Bakersfield, Calif., on April 27, 2021,
A woman receives the CCP Virus vaccine in Bakersfield, Calif., on April 27, 2021. (23 ABC News | KERO Screenshot via TheBL/YouTube)

Authorities acknowledge the vaccines carry some risk of patients experiencing adverse side-effects.

“MHRA is closely monitoring reports of menstrual disorders (period problems) and unexpected vaginal bleeding following vaccination against COVID-19 in the United Kingdom,” the agency said on its website.

“A range of menstrual disorders have been reported after all three of the COVID-19 vaccines including heavier than usual periods, delayed periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding.”

However, “independent experts” from the Commission on Human Medicines’s COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group, and Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group, are still not convinced the CCP Virus vaccine is to blame for period problems.

Dangerous pathogens and bacteria found on used children’s face masks, Florida University report

(University of Vermont Health Network/Screenshot via TheBL/video)
(University of Vermont Health Network/Screenshot via TheBL/video)

Concerned parents in Gainesville, Florida, sent six masks to the University of Florida’s Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center to be analyzed for contaminants.

Five masks were worn by children aged 6 to 11 for five to eight hours at school, and one mask was worn by an adult.

Three were surgical, two were cotton, and one was a polyester gaiter among the six covers. The control samples were new masks and a t-shirt that had been worn at school.

Rational Ground reports that parasites, fungus, and bacteria were discovered in five of the masks. One was found to have a virus that may infect cattle and deer and produce a deadly systemic illness.

Woman, 19, shot dead by officer during Juneteenth parade after she opened fire on him from her car, leaving the cop sobbing on the floor afterwards

Police say Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint, fired the first shots at the officer, who was controlling traffic, before he returned fire and fatally wounded her.

Cell phone video of the confrontation posted online shows the officer slumping to the floor after the shooting and appearing to cry as he is attended to by colleagues.

Witnesses told FOX 2 Detroit that the officer had no choice but to open fire after the woman drove up and shot at him.

The officer, meanwhile, can be seen on his knees, seemingly weeping as another officer comes to comfort him.

Female mob TWERK on ambulance as it tries to get through Juneteenth crowd to reach injured and dying shooting victims in Oakland

The ambulance was stopped in its tracks by the crowd which was said to be around 1,000-strong as people gathered to celebrate Juneteenth after it was declared a federal holiday. 

As the ambulance arrived at the scene, the revelers continued to party, with no apparent regard for the seriousness of the situation that just occurred nearby. 

Video footage of the incident has gone viral on Twitter, showing Juneteenth partiers not only ignoring the Oakland shooting, but using the ambulance as a vehicle for them to use for their own enjoyment. 

Six male victims ranging in age from 16 to 27 and one 21-year-old female suffered gunshot wounds, and a 22-year-old San Francisco resident died.

As LAPD loses officers, number of people shot increases by 40%

Stefanie Dazio / AP
Stefanie Dazio / AP

The city recorded more than 1,300 people shot, either fatally or nonfatally in 2020, an increase of nearly 40% from 2019. But in the first six months of 2021 alone, the number of people who were shot increased by 60% compared to the same time period last year.

The last time homicides were as high as they are citywide was in 2008.

The loss of nearly 600 officers since 2019 was due in part to a government hiring freeze instituted last year, and because the city chose to cut the LAPD’s budget by $150 million in response to activists’ demands to “defund the police.”


As NY DAs drop charges against rioters, NYPD watchdog concludes 39 officers deserve punishment for response to BLM riots last year

Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In the report released Monday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board concluded that 14 officers — including a captain and a sergeant — should face criminal charges for their behavior, while the remaining 25 should face disciplinary penalties ranging from 1 to 10 days.

Complaints leveled against the officers leading to recommended discipline included force, abuse of authority, offensive language, discourtesy, and untruthful statement.

The report comes as New York City district attorneys have dropped hundreds of charges against rioters and looters in recent months, angering businesses in the city that were ravaged as part of the protests.

In the meantime, the district attorneys are reportedly prioritizing a probe into the Trump Organization on allegations of tax, loan, and insurance fraud.

Chicago Dyke March Promo Features Woman Burning Israeli and American Flags

Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash/file
Sharon McCutcheon via Unsplash/file

The image posted on the organizer’s Instagram page in a promotional ad showed the cartoon woman waving the burning flags atop a car that is also aflame.

Instagram removed the post for violating its regulation against “hate speech or symbols,” and warned that it would delete the group’s account, the Algemeiner reported.

The group then responded by calling followers to capture a screenshot of the post, “and share to prevent any attempts by Z1ON1ST and Instagram to censor our account.”

The Dyke March posted another post with images of a yellow and orange flames superimposed on the two flags.

According to the report, a third post asked if readers were “tired of social media censorship” and announced that the design “will be printed and wearable on this years (sic) t-shirts.”

16 Shot, 7 Fatally, on Monday Alone in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago

Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

NBC 5 reported that fatalities began at 9:45 a.m. when a 67-year-old man was shot dead in a road rage incident.

The Chicago Sun-Times noted that the next fatality occurred about 3:40 p.m., when a 23-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting in a vehicle in East Garland Park.

The Times pointed out that two people, an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, were shot dead in Woodlawn Park at about 5:40 p.m. Both victims sustained gunshot wounds to the head and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Breitbart News explained that 49 people were shot, five fatally, over Father’s Day weekend in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago.

Politics:

Josh Hawley Attacks Teachings Of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Critical Race Theory In Senate Floor Speech

On the Senate floor, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) criticized critical race theory and the teachings of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, and claimed that many nominees of President Biden are believers in the ideology,

Washington Post Hit Piece on Leading Critical Race Theory Opponent Chris Rufo Falls Apart After He Fights Back

In an update posted Monday, Rufo noted that his campaign to get the Post to correct their reporting had met with some success, although there were still some notable areas where they wouldn’t budge:

The more outspoken you become on an issue, the more you elevate your profile. But, of course, along with that comes more scrutiny and criticism. There is nothing inherently wrong with that.

But as we’ve previously reported, the intent behind these stories is critical.

There is no question the mainstream media has become so bothered by the anti-CRT movement success that they’ve taken to using predictable tried and true tactics against conservatives.

Such tactics include falsely proclaiming opponents are racists, alleging it’s an Astroturf campaign rather than one first started at the grassroots level, and smearing prominent voices as liars and Trump stooges.

Op-Ed: Texas, as a sovereign state, has the right to defend its own borders; here’s what needs to happen now

Seven immigrants and an alleged human trafficker apprehended in La Salle County, Texas,
Seven immigrants and an alleged human trafficker apprehended in La Salle County, Texas, April 24, 2021. Photo courtesy of the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office

This crisis can quickly be resolved if the Biden administration actually enforced those immigration laws established by Congress, which he is legally obligated to faithfully execute under Article II, section 3, of the U.S. Constitution.

Not only is the Biden administration failing to enforce federal immigration laws, the administration itself is violating the actual laws that Congress passed that require the executive branch to detain and remove certain aliens, without exception.

As the Texas governor, Abbott has the sovereign authority to enforce the borders of Texas.

The state of Texas, as a sovereign political entity, has the inherent authority to enforce its own borders and protect its citizens.

Bill on Pritzker’s desk aims to promote LGBTQ people on corporate boards

Illinois State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago.
Illinois State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago.Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool

Senate Bill 1730 was able to pass through both houses on its way to the governor’s desk but was met with opposition from some of the other lawmakers.

State Sen. Neil Anderson, R-Moline, opposed SB 1730. He said while this bill is not a mandate and is being used to collect data, that there might be people who do not feel comfortable revealing their sexual orientation in a business setting.

“How do we not know that the LGBTQ community isn’t already properly represented but they just don’t want to talk about it because they feel it is not important in a business setting?” Anderson said.

If Pritzker signs SB 1730, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

Candace Owens: US government is engaged in criminality

Commentary/Opinion:
Candace’ host reacts to spike in crime in major cities on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Tucker: This is America, not a ‘third-world hell hole’

Commentary/Opinion:
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host says rise in crime can be blamed on bad leadership across the country.

World News:

How Multilateral Organizations Became Proxies of China’s Communist Party—Cleo Paskal | CLIP

India’s second wave of COVID-19 has prompted growing questions and suspicions of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) involvement, following a deadly border clash last year.

In this episode, we sit down with Cleo Paskal, an expert on the Chinese Communist Party and its Indo-Pacific strategy, to understand how the CCP systematically exploits the weaknesses of its adversaries.

In the Chinese communist playbook, anything can be weaponized, from using apps like TikTok to subtly influence the minds of America’s youth to depriving people of life-saving treatment if they don’t toe the Communist Party line, Paskal says. Cleo Paskal is an associate fellow at Chatham House.

Hamas threatens Israel over Qatari-aid; Iran scolds US-EU & rejects JCPOA+ TV7 Israel News 22.06.21

1) The Islamist Hamas organization is threatening to escalate violence against Israel unless it immediately transfers funds, which are donated monthly by Qatar to the Gaza Strip.

2) Israel’s pledge to the United States to observe a policy of “no surprises” between the two allies has infuriated Jerusalem’s opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu – who vocally rebuked the pledge as a threat to country’s national security.

3) Despite Washington’s demand to so-called “lengthen and strengthen” the nuclear agreement with Tehran after a joint-return to compliance; Iran’s newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi asserted that negotiating the Islamic Republic’s regional activities and missile program is out-of-the-question.

SpaceX Says Starlink Will Support Global Coverage by September

A satellite streaking through orbit.
A satellite streaking through orbit.Nicole Ruegsegger / iStock

Elon Musk’s Starlink aims to reach full operational capacities on a global scale by September, and then seek regulatory approvals, according to a Tuesday statement from company President Gwynne Shotwell, in an initial report from Reuters.

This is a very bold claim, so prospective Starlink users worldwide should probably manage their expectations, since working through regulatory authorities for every relevant country could at times bring local rollout to a crawl.

Beyond terrestrial concerns of optimizing global internet service, there is also the possibility that SpaceX’s growing constellation might one day serve as proof to an alien intelligence that on Earth, life found a way.  

The May study, published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, suggests that the massive constellation of LEO-stationed satellites could be a dead giveaway of intelligent life on Earth.

US seizes Iran’s state TV website, two other Iran-linked media websites

(Blondinrikard Fröberg/Flickr)
(Blondinrikard Fröberg/Flickr)

Currently, the websites for Press TV, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) Al-Alam TV channel and the Yemeni Al-Masirah TV — which is operated by the Iran-linked Yemeni Houthi movement — all have a Department of Justice disclaimer image announcing the website seizures.

This is not the first time the DOJ has seized websites linked to Iran.

In November, the department announced the siezure of 29 websites linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. 

The exact reason behind these latest Iranian website seizures is unclear.

EU opens probe into Google’s adtech services

Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The probe will focus on the multi-layered market of display advertising and whether the search giant restricted access to user data for rivals while using it to its own profit. Google is present throughout the entire “adtech” supply chain — collecting data, selling advertising space and acting as an online advertising intermediary.

“We are concerned that Google has made it harder for rival online advertising services to compete in the so-called ad tech stack,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The Commission will investigate a broad range of Google practices related to its display advertising, including obligations to use certain Google products such as “Display & Video 360,” Google Ad Manager, but also Google’s Privacy Sandbox and restrictions placed by the U.S. tech giant on the ability of third parties to access data.

“Google is present at almost all levels of the supply chain for online display advertising,” Vestager said. “We will also be looking at Google’s policies on user tracking to make sure they are in line with fair competition.“

Commentary/Opinion:

Morgan Freeman Silences Don Lemon by Calling BS on Blaming Racism | DM CLIPS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks about Morgan Freeman calling BS on Don Lemon’s blaming wealth inequality on racism.

Dave shares a vintage clip of Don Lemon before he developed a paranoia about racism.

Morgan Freeman leaves him speechless as he destroys the “blame racism” narrative.

America’s SHAME is GONE: How the woke left HIJACKED ‘Juneteenth’

Texans have been celebrating Juneteenth undisturbed for years now.

But Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of former American slaves, recently was hijacked by the woke left.

Some chose to celebrate the new national holiday by twerking against an ambulance, both preventing EMTs from tending to gunshot victims and also proving America’s shame is nearly nonexistent today.

But, maybe even worse, the left now is trying to pit Juneteenth against what is perhaps our nation’s greatest day of unification: the Fourth of July.

Capitalism Myths: Part 2

So many myths about capitalism! In this video, we debunk 4 more myths.

Economist Dan Mitchell helps me set the record straight on how: Even without government’s safety rules, free markets make us safer.

“Robber barons” neither robbed, nor were barons. Automation won’t take away everyone’s jobs.

Capitalism is the system that leaves the most people free to make their OWN choices.