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for the week ending 17 September 2023

 Marxist California Democrat Mayor Doesn't Believe
Police Have 'Any Effect' On Crime

(Fox News) — The mayor of Burbank, California, who recently made headlines for being spanked by a drag queen at a Democratic fundraiser, spoke to Fox News Digital about his "abolitionist" and "Marxist" ideology in an interview with FOX News Digital.

Mayor Konstantine Anthony is currently running for Los Angeles County Supervisor where a big issue on the ballot is policing reform.

Anthony not only supports defunding the police and restricting officers' use of force in hostile scenarios along with other stringent measures, but also wants to work to create a future without police and prisons.

When asked, "Do you support abolishing the police?" He replied, "Yes, I'm a full abolitionist," meaning he supports a "policeless state."

"I don't believe police have any effect on crime… The instigators of crime are poverty, mental health, economic issues, drug addiction, the family or locale that you live in," he said.

"The fundamental understanding of how we convict, catch, chase crime and criminology, and treat people in jails and prisons and all of that is flawed," he continued.
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A Popular OTC Decongestant Might Soon Be
Pulled From Shelves For Being Useless

(Gizmodo) — A common ingredient in over-the-counter cold and cough medicines might not be long for this world. The Food and Drug Administration is about to decide whether oral phenylephrine should remain in OTC nasal decongestant drugs. Outside experts will deliberate the topic and offer their recommendations this week, but FDA scientists have already argued that oral phenylephrine is practically worthless.

This week, the FDA is hosting an advisory committee meeting on nonprescription drugs, with one of the topics being whether oral phenylephrine should be pulled from the market as a nasal decongestant. The ingredient is found in many cold and allergy medicine brands, such as Sudafed PE and certain formulations of Nyquil. The specific change being debated is whether phenylephrine should lose its current designation of being “Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective,” or GRASE. In advance of this meeting, the agency’s own researchers detailed their conclusions in a report released last Thursday.

This same question was debated in 2007. Though there was some evidence back then that oral phenylephrine might be ineffective, the advisory committee and FDA were ultimately convinced otherwise by the overall data as well as the arguments made by cold medicine makers, so the drug stayed put. [BTW: Read the comments here for mixed reviews. I use it and it has worked for me for years.
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AOC Lists Fiancé As Her 'spouse' On House Forms – But Office Says She's Not Married In Likely Breach Of Rules
(NY Post) — Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has listed her fiancé, Riley Roberts, as her “spouse” in disclosure forms filed this year – but her office says the two have never been “legally married,” a likely breach of House ethics rules.

The Bronx and Queens lawmaker referred to Roberts as her “spouse” while describing their travels to Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Italy, according to legal filings to the House Ethics Committee first reported Wednesday by the Washington Free Beacon.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), 33, flew to the Far East in January on a trip sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and to South America in August for a visit sponsored by liberal billionaire George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society.

Roberts paid his own way on both trips, both trip sponsors confirmed to the Free Beacon.
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Disney 'is in talks' To Sell ABC Network And Local TV Stations To Broadcaster Nextstar, Which Owns NewsStation

(Reuters) — Disney has held exploratory talks about selling ABC Network and regional TV stations to Nexstar Media Group, the local station operator that owns NewsNation, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

The discussions come after Disney CEO Bob Iger said in July that the company could sell some of its traditional TV assets, which have struggled for years due to the rise of streaming services.

Two sources confirmed the talks to Reuters, with one saying that Nexstar's interest is preliminary and may not lead to any deal.

Disney's ABC comprises a national television network and eight regional stations. It also has affiliation agreements with about 240 local television stations reaching almost all US television households.
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French Regulators Ban Sales of iPhone Model
Over Radiation Concerns

(Epoch Times) — Regulators in France on Sept. 12 ordered tech giant Apple to pause sales of one of its iPhones in the country amid concerns it emits too much electromagnetic radiation.

France's National Frequency Agency (ANFR) notified Apple of its decision to ban sales of the iPhone 12 after conducting tests that showed that the smartphone's specific absorption rate (SAR) was slightly above the legal limit, Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications Jean-Noel Barrot told Le Parisien.

That means the iPhones, which have been sold by Apple since 2020, were emitting more electromagnetic waves susceptible to be absorbed by the body than legally permitted.

In a press release, the regulator said 141 cellphones were recently tested by an accredited laboratory, allowing them to ensure the SAR values comply with European regulations.
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Bill Gates' Foundation Trust Making Bud Light Bet
Is A 'mistake,' Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Says

(Fox Business) — Despite Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch's recent struggles, billionaire investor Bill Gates has poured nearly $100 million into the beer maker.

A former executive of the brand warned simply, it is a "mistake."

"Bill Gates is definitely making a mistake," former Anheuser-Busch executive Anson Frericks said. "Earlier this year, he already made a $900 million mistake when he invested into one of Anheuser-Busch's largest rivals, Heineken. He did that earlier this year. And since that investment, Heineken's down about 10%, whereas the broader markets are up 10%."

"So if I was looking for advice on investing to software companies, tech companies, I might go to Bill Gates. But if you're looking at the beer industry, he doesn't have a great track record of investing in winners at this point," he added Wednesday on "Cavuto: Coast to Coast."
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Long-Lost ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Model Up For Auction With Starting Price Of $400,000

(CNN) — A long-lost model of an X-wing fighter used in the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie is up for auction, with a starting price of $400,000.
X-Wing Fighter
Used in the filming of the final battle in “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” as the Rebel Alliance fight the Empire above the Death Star, the model “represents the pinnacle of Star Wars artifacts to ever reach the market,” Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions said.

The top two wings of the fighter are both painted with a single red stripe, identifying it as the squadron’s “Red Leader.”

The model is part of a collection that belonged to the late Greg Jein, an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated miniature-maker known for his work on “Star Trek” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and will be auctioned on October 14-15. 
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Webb Telescope Discovers Methane,
Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Of K2-18 b

(NASA) — A new investigation with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope into K2-18 b, an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth, has revealed the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbon dioxide. Webb’s discovery adds to recent studies suggesting that K2-18 b could be a Hycean exoplanet, one which has the potential to possess a hydrogen-rich atmosphere and a water ocean-covered surface.

The first insight into the atmospheric properties of this habitable-zone exoplanet came from observations with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which prompted further studies that have since changed our understanding of the system.

K2-18 b orbits the cool dwarf star K2-18 in the habitable zone and lies 120 light-years from Earth in the constellation Leo. Exoplanets such as K2-18 b, which have sizes between those of Earth and Neptune, are unlike anything in our solar system. This lack of equivalent nearby planets means that these ‘sub-Neptunes’ are poorly understood, and the nature of their atmospheres is a matter of active debate among astronomers.
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We've Been Misreading A Major Law Of Physics
For The Past 300 Years

(Science Alert) — When Isaac Newton inscribed onto parchment his now-famed laws of motion in 1687, he could have only hoped we'd be discussing them three centuries later.

Writing in Latin, Newton outlined three universal principles describing how the motion of objects is governed in our Universe, which have been translated, transcribed, discussed and debated at length.

But according to a philosopher of language and mathematics, we might have been interpreting Newton's precise wording of his first law of motion slightly wrong all along.

Virginia Tech philosopher Daniel Hoek wanted to "set the record straight" after discovering what he describes as a "clumsy mistranslation" in the original 1729 English translation of Newton's Latin Principia.

Based on this translation, countless academics and teachers have since interpreted Newton's first law of inertia to mean an object will continue moving in a straight line or remain at rest unless an outside force intervenes.
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