GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jurors said Friday they have reached a verdict on some counts in the case against four men accused of plotting to kidnap and hurt Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but are locked on others. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker announced the development just before 11 a.m. Friday and encouraged jurors in federal court in downtown Grand Rapids to keep deliberating in hopes of reaching a unanimous verdict. "It is not unusual to come back somewhere along the line of deliberations and say 'we tried, but couldn’t get there,'" the judge said. "At least not on everything." The tr...
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According to a report from the Guardian, a longtime safety-consultant for the Royal Dutch Shell abruptly quit and then launched an attack on the company while urging others tied to the oil and gas field to "walk away while there’s still time."
As part of her accusations against the energy behemoth, Caroline Dennett alleges the company has a "disregard for climate change risks” among other charges made in a letter to the company's executives.
The report notes that Dennett, who works for independent agency Clout, also posted a video where she makes her case against Shell, adding, "I can no longer work for a company that ignores all the alarms and dismisses the risks of climate change and ecological collapse. Because, contrary to Shell’s public expressions around net zero, they are not winding down on oil and gas, but planning to explore and extract much more.”
According to the Guardian's Alex Lawson, "Shell was a 'major client' of Dennett’s business, which specializes in evaluating safety procedures in high-risk industries including oil and gas production. She began working with Shell in the aftermath of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, which rocked the industry," adding, "She urged Shell’s executives to 'look in the mirror and ask themselves if they really believe their vision for more oil and gas extraction secures a safe future for humanity'."
Her highly public breakup with Shell comes at an awkward time, with Lawson reporting, "Her announcement comes on the eve of Shell’s AGM in London on Tuesday. Its plans to reduce emissions will be discussed at the meeting where the Dutch activist group Follow This will push for the company’s policies to be more consistent with the Paris climate accord. Shell’s board has told investors to reject the group’s resolution that asks it to set more stringent climate goals."
Asked for comment about her accusation, a Shell spokesperson replied, "Be in no doubt, we are determined to deliver on our global strategy to be a net zero company by 2050 and thousands of our people are working hard to achieve this. We’re already investing billions of dollars in low-carbon energy, although the world will still need oil and gas for decades to come in sectors that can’t be easily decarbonized.”
You can watch Dennett's video below via YouTube:
Safety Consultant Quits Shell Over Climate & Ecological Harms youtu.be
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against two men on Arizona's death row who complained they received inadequate legal defense, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor denounced the decision as "perverse" and "illogical."
The court ruled 6-3 along ideological lines that David Martinez Ramirez and Barry Jones, who were convicted in separate cases, cannot raise evidence of ineffective counsel during a federal appeal because they didn't present it in state court, where they also allege they received ineffective representation during that appeal.
"This decision is perverse," Sotomayor wrote in her dissent. "It is illogical: It makes no sense to excuse a habeas petitioner’s counsel’s failure to raise a claim altogether because of ineffective assistance in postconviction proceedings ... but to fault the same petitioner for that postconviction counsel’s failure to develop evidence in support of the trial-ineffectiveness claim."
Justice Clarence Thomas, however, argued in his majority opinion that a federal court hearing evidence that a death row inmate might be innocent was an insult to state authority.
"Such intervention is also an affront to the State and its citizens who returned a verdict of guilt after considering the evidence before them," Thomas wrote. "Federal courts, years later, lack the competence and authority to relitigate a State’s criminal case."
During a speech at the ReAwaken America tour, which was described in the press as the "the start of QAnon 2.0," the Houston doctor who infamously pushed hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for Covid and said that "demons" are the cause of most illnesses, now says she's not entirely sure that President Joe Biden and other public figures are even alive.
"Until we start realizing we are dealing with creatures that are not human -- you keep thinking people like [Nancy Pelosi] and Biden are human, I don't know where their human selves are, but the Bible says the Devil will deceive the people of this world to create these images," Dr. Stella Immanuel said.
"The Devil will deceive them that if you die, you're gonna live forever," she continued. "That we'll clone you and download your brain to the internet of things and then we're gonna upload your brain back into that clone and you live forever -- it's a deception."
According to Immanuel, even Bill Gates was "deceived" by this promise of eternal life.
Immanuel first gained notoriety in 2020 when then-President Donald Trump promoted her work despite the fact that she had a documented track record of espousing theories about demons impregnating human women during their sleep and about physicians using "alien DNA" to treat their patients.
Watch the video below, via Right Wing Watch:
Right-wing anti-vaccine "expert" Stella Immanuel claims that Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Bill Gates and others are dead and have had their brains downloaded to the internet while their bodies have been replaced by demonic clones. pic.twitter.com/WcC5TWbp2j
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