By Sam Nussey TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on Wednesday launched a search for eight people to join him as the first private passenger on a trip around the moon with Elon Musk's SpaceX. He had originally planned to invite artists for the weeklong voyage slated for 2023. The rejigged project will "give more people from around the globe the chance to join this journey. If you see yourself as an artist, then you are an artist," Maezawa said. The first stage of the application process runs to March 14. The entrepreneur, who sold his online fashion business Zozo Inc to SoftB...
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's claim that his blog is a 'place to speak freely' — since people can't even comment on it
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel cracked up over former President Donald Trump's new "social media platform" that he's been promising since being kicked off of Facebook and Twitter. Trump, who launched Tuesday, revealed his "free speech platform" that is nothing more than a blog where people can't even comment or reply.
Kimmel began by talking about Facebook's board deciding to punt back to Facebook whether Trump should continue to be banned from their website for organizing an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on their platform. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) posted a tweet attacking the platform, closing it with "mark my words!" She then deleted the tweet moments later.
"Nothing says 'mark my words!' like immediately deleting those words," Kimmel mocked.
" Trump calls this a platform, but it's really just a website that he calls 'a place to speak freely and safely,'" continued Kimmel. "There's only one problem, the site doesn't allow any replies or comments or likes. The only person speaking freely or even at all, is him. Finally, he can speak freely and safely with himself on his new -- I'm not 100 percent sure but I think he just started a blog, really, is all he did."
He then turned to mock Eric Trump, who complained on Fox News' Sean Hannity that the price of wood is now too expensive because of President Joe Biden. The price of wood has gone up because of shutdowns during COVID. Now that markets have stabilized and the country is coming back, some are questioning whether the continued high prices of lumber are opportunistic price gougers. Alabama Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall is encouraging his state to be on the lookout, said WBRC. Canadian officials are already launching investigations into price gouging, Timmins Today reported.
In the end, all it proves to Kimmel is that Eric Trump can't get wood.
See the opener below:
'How many people die after watching Tucker Carlson': Fox News host blasted after implying the COVID vaccine kills 30 daily
Tucker Carlson has spent the better part of the past several months questioning the safety of the coronavirus vaccine. Instead of proclaiming that the vaccine is unsafe or whatever conspiracy de jour making its way through Facebook, Carlson asks what John Oliver called "bad-faith questions."
It happened again Wednesday night, when the Fox News host asked how many people have been killed by the vaccine. The information is available on the CDC's website, but Carlson didn't mention that.
He used numbers of people who have died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine to imply that the people who got the vaccine died from the vaccine. Just as one person asked: how many people died after watching Tucker Carlson's show? Does that mean Tucker Carlson's show is killing people?
Hi @TuckerCarlson. So, you’re spreading dangerous and deadly lies about Covid vaccines on your show nightly. But I… https://t.co/xoXRjVL6YP— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1620263950.0
For example, allergic reactions to the vaccine happen in 2-5 people per million. That's why people are asked to stay for at least 30 minutes after getting the vaccine, so if someone has a reaction they can be treated.
"Fortunately, vaccination providers have medicines available to effectively and immediately treat patients who experience anaphylaxis following vaccination. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and allergic reactions," the CDC says.
The blood clots in the J&J vaccine happened to 23 women out of 8.4 million thus far.
"For all women, this is a rare adverse event. For women 50 years and older and men of all ages, this adverse event is even more rare," the CDC said.
Thus far, 4,178 (0.0017%) people have died after they've had their COVID vaccine. Just because someone died after the vaccine doesn't mean that the vaccine killed them, as Carlson implied.
"CDC and FDA physicians review each case report of death as soon as notified and CDC requests medical records to further assess reports. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines," said the CDC report. They indicated that this included the J&J blood clot issue.
Here's what actually happened: The death rate, especially in high-risk populations, dropped precipitously. Like, i… https://t.co/US6Y0pw8gy— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig Spencer MD MPH)1620265564.0
Carlson hasn't questioned what the mortality rate is among those who got COVID-19 while asking about the vaccine, and compared the two numbers. That data can be found at the CDC as well.
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Tim O'Brien asked a probing question: If Carlson is spending so much time asking questions about the vaccine, shouldn't his viewers know if he has been vaccinated or not?
Has Tucker Carlson been vaccinated? Given his unending skepticism about vaccines, a guest should ask him or he sho… https://t.co/Snf6Kv6XZ2— Tim O'Brien (@Tim O'Brien)1620269344.0
See other comments below:
Tonight, @TuckerCarlson falsely claimed thousands of Americans have died after getting the COVID vaccine. This is… https://t.co/bWN38UVY90— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1620271201.0
@TuckerCarlson This is WAY beyond irresponsible, even for your lame ass show. Even though you say you won't specula… https://t.co/ZUeCRE8UVd— D (@D)1620271360.0
@Craig_A_Spencer @TuckerCarlson Has Tucker had the vaccine?— TH (@TH)1620270809.0
@jrzyjrnyman1 @Craig_A_Spencer @HNTurtledove @TuckerCarlson I’ll wager he knocked over an elderly woman in order to receive HIS vaccine.— Patricia G (@Patricia G)1620270928.0
@WalshFreedom I don’t even understand why he’s doing this. There’s no obvious political motive. No one really stand… https://t.co/LLgZC4quDH— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy)1620259816.0
@TmitchsomeWorth @ParkerMolloy @WalshFreedom Given how the FDA shut down the JJ vaccine after 15 people were sicken… https://t.co/eVvZ6altqj— Mike Alexander (@Mike Alexander)1620271216.0
@WalshFreedom @TuckerCarlson I know how many died with Covid . And I am a long hauler on oxygen now because of your… https://t.co/WsVWuEytmH— Mimsey LASANDRA (@Mimsey LASANDRA)1620271270.0
Can Dr. Fauci please go on Tucker Carlson unedited so he can end Tucker’s lying anti-vaccine nonsense?!— Tommy Campbell (@Tommy Campbell)1620270302.0
You-@TuckerCarlson- lie and propagandize about #vaccines while 1000s die weekly, in viral epidemic which has killed… https://t.co/7mms4BTW1I— SFDukie (@SFDukie)1620270707.0
You just know this chicken-little got a vaccine before the rest of us, right? Tucker Carlson Makes BS Claim ‘30 Pe… https://t.co/QyP8A7oNs9— (((Mamie))) (@(((Mamie))))1620270710.0
Do we know how many people died after watching @TuckerCarlson's show? Because Americans deserve to know if his show… https://t.co/01Uiyri732— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young))))1620271287.0
A Zoom discussion about the University of Texas alma mater song being racist turned dark when a masked man appeared in the discussion, loaded and then brandished a gun.
The song, "The Eyes of Texas" has ties to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, making its debut at a minstrel show. University of Texas School of Journalism Director Kathleen McElroy wrote an editorial in the Austin American-Statesman last year noting that the song has been interpreted as embracing "UT's devotion to The Lost Cause, the revisionist mythology of the antebellum South."
According to NBC News, organizers thought that Martinez must have seen the man with the gun because they put professor pinned onscreen.
"A screenshot provided to NBC News late Tuesday shows a man wearing a beanie, with a bandanna covering much of his face and only his eyes showing. He is holding the firearm with both hands in front of his chest," said the report.
University police said that they are investigating and wouldn't comment.
Martinez alerted university police, who said they are investigating but would not comment further.
The group that hosted the discussion, The Orange Jackets, is a group that focuses on service and includes UT Austin veterans and celebrities, so it isn't exclusive to existing students.
"I think this kind of violence made me realize that this isn't just an argument between students about a song," said Orange Jackets' director Irene Ameena. "It's traumatizing to see someone loading a gun in front of you."
The gun was described as a KelTec KSG 12-gauge shotgun.
"It's certainly frightening to see someone with a tactical shotgun when you're just talking about a song," Professor Martinez told NBC. "I guess to many people it's a symbol of Texas or things they value. But at the same time, we are just talking, so it's shocking to see anyone wearing a mask and brandishing a weapon in a threatening manner."
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