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22 year old "van life" youtuber missing after trip with boyfriend

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$2 million in stolen merchandise and $65k in cash seized in retail theft bust in California

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Four people were arrested and close to $2 million in merchandise stolen from dozens of Southern California stores was seized in a bust on an organized crime ring last month.

California Highway Patrol reported Monday that security with TJX Companies Inc. – the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods — discovered that their stores across Southern California were being repeatedly hit by a group of shoplifters and contacted the CHP Border Division’s Organized Retail Crime Taskforce.

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Debunking the Pro-Trump Right’s Claims About the Jan. 6 Riot

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In the eight months since a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, some Republicans have tried to build a case — belied by the facts — that the vast federal investigation of the riot has been essentially unfair, its targets the victims of political persecution.

The people charged in the Jan. 6 attack are “being persecuted so unfairly,” former President Donald J. Trump said in a statement on Thursday.

That sentiment is the organizing principle behind the rally scheduled in Washington on Saturday, billed as “Justice for J6.” According to the permit application submitted by the organizers, a group called Look Ahead America, the event is meant to “bring awareness and attention to the unjust and unethical treatment of nonviolent Jan. 6 political prisoners.”

The rally is the latest effort in the right’s continuing attempt to rewrite the history of the mob attack on Congress, which prosecutors say led to as many as 1,000 assaults against the police and sought to disrupt certification of President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Here is what the facts say about assertions from those seeking to promote a false narrative about Jan. 6.
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In final video before death, unvaccinated Tik-Tok user begs people to get vaccinated

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Megan Blankenbiller used some of her final words to plead with others to get vaccinated – to not make the same mistake she did.

"I shouldn't have waited," she said between breaths in her final video, which was posted from a hospital room on August 15.

"Go get it. Don't wait. Go get it. Because hopefully if you get it then you won't end up in the hospital like me," she said to her thousands of followers.

The video has been viewed more than a million times.

Blankenbiller said she was not anti-vax. However, like many people, she was still doing research and was nervous about the new vaccines.

"I was scared, and I wanted me and my family to all do it at the same time. And as I'm sure you guys know, it's hard to get everyone to agree on something if people feel differently," she said.

Blankenbiller, who appeared to struggle to catch her breath, said not having gotten vaccinated "was a mistake."

The video was posted a little more than a week before Blankenbiller died. Her sister Cristina Blankenbiller confirmed her death in a Facebook post, according to NBC.
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Democrats getting a taste of their own medicine: Based Texas man shoots Biden voters

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An apparently unhinged Texas man allegedly attacked a couple — killing the wife and shooting her husband — because they were Biden voters, according to a report.

Joseph Angel Alvarez, 38, who ranted in emails about satanic rituals and abortion, claimed he targeted Georgette and Daniel Kauffman in part because of the Biden flag in their yard and a “doll of Trump” hanging there, local television station KDBC reported.

Georgette Kauffman’s body was found inside her garage, a criminal complaint revealed.

Daniel Kauffman told KDBC he was shot at five times, but managed to crawl out of his home and to a neighbor’s house for help.

Alvarez allegedly targeted the couple on November 14, 2020, shortly after the U.S. presidential election, at their home in El Paso.

Alvarez was arrested Sept. 8, nearly a year later, KWTX reported Friday.

Investigators uncovered emails allegedly sent by Alvarez in which he stated his extremist religious beliefs and identified “pro-choice” advocates as the “Jewish Satanist Party” and claimed abortions were “Jewish child sacrifice.”

An email allegedly sent by Alvarez to the 902D Military Intelligence group included claims he targeted the Kaufmann’s home near Memorial Park because they voted for Biden and had a Biden “flag and a doll of Trump hanging.”
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Top military general took secret action to prevent Trump from using nuclear weapons, book says

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Jesus Christ.
>General Mark Milley was 'certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election,' reporters write in Peril

>The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, took top-secret actions to prevent former President Donald Trump from using nuclear weapons, a new book claims.

>General Milley took it upon himself, just two days after the 6 January Capitol riot, to limit Mr Trump's ability to order a military strike.

>Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, both of The Washington Post, report in their new book Peril that General Milley was thoroughly disturbed by the attack on the Capitol and that he "was certain that Trump had gone into a serious mental decline in the aftermath of the election, with Trump now all but manic, screaming at officials and constructing his own alternate reality about endless election conspiracies".

>Woodward and Costa also write that Gen Milley was worried that Mr Trump may "go rogue," CNN reported.

>The book says Gen Milley told his top staffers: "You never know what a president's trigger point is."

>The top military leader reportedly hosted a secret meeting in his office at the Pentagon on 8 January to review the process for initiating military action, including the launching of nuclear weapons.

>Gen Milley told the officials in charge of the Pentagon's war room - the National Military Command Center - not to follow any orders unless he was involved.

>According to Peril, Gen Milley told the officials: "No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure."
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Moderna is better than Pfizer or Astra-Zeneca or J&J vaccines

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In a study released last week, the CDC found that Moderna was significantly more effective against hospitalizations and emergency department or urgent care encounters than the Pfizer or J&J vaccines.

It raises questions about whether the two vaccines should be treated the same way policy-wise.

"There have been sort of signals from enough separate sources that start to paint a picture that may reflect a real biological phenomenon — a real difference. I’m starting to believe that there’s something underlying it," said Natalie Dean, an Emery professor who specializes in vaccine study design.

The large CDC study that found a significant difference in the vaccines' effectiveness found that Moderna's was higher across all ages.

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Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Oregon Hospitals Postpone Surgeries And Cancer Care

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It's a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That's what many doctors are telling their patients and the public as hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have been forced to postpone some treatments of other medical conditions.

Charlie Callagan's scheduled bone-marrow transplant was postponed. Now he's waiting for a new surgery date, hunkered down at his home in Merlin, a small Rogue Valley town in southern Oregon.

Though he looks perfectly healthy, sitting in the smoky summer air on his outdoor deck, Callagan, 72, has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer of the bone marrow.

"It affects the immune system; it affects the bones," he says. "I had a PET scan that described my bones as looking 'kind of swiss cheese-like.'"

Callagan is a retired National Parks ranger. Fifty years ago, he served in Vietnam. This spring, doctors identified his cancer as one of those linked to exposure to Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the war.

In recent years, Callagan has consulted maps showing hot spots where Agent Orange was sprayed in Vietnam.

"It turns out the airbase I was in was surrounded," he says. "They sprayed all over."

A few weeks ago, Callagan was driving to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland for a bone marrow transplant, a major procedure that requires intensive follow-up tests and monitoring for complications.

But during the drive, Callagan got a call from his doctor.

"They're like, 'We were told this morning that we have to cancel the surgeries we had planned,'" he says.

Callagan's surgery was postponed until further notice because the hospital was full. That's the story at many hospitals in Oregon where they've been flooded with COVID-19 patients.
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Biden and Pelosi: Rules for thee, but none for me!

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>I'm losing my patience with you commoners. Go get your fucking shot, plebes!"

Members of Congress and Their Staff Are Exempt From Biden's Vaccine Mandate
By Darragh Roche On 9/10/21 at 11:02 AM EDT

President Joe Biden's new vaccine mandates for federal employees don't apply to members of Congress or those who work for Congress or the federal court system. Biden issued two executive orders on Thursday requiring vaccination against COVID for federal workers and contractors who work for the federal government. He also asked the Department of Labor to issue an emergency order requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis. However, Biden's order on federal workers applies to employees of the executive branch. The House of Representatives and the Senate belong to the separate legislative branch, and the courts to the judicial branch of the federal government.
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Why Biden Is Taking The Rare Step Of Sharing Nuclear Submarine Tech With Australia

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In a rare step, President Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States plans to share its nuclear-powered submarine technology with Australia as part of a new defense partnership with that country and the United Kingdom.

The announcement comes as Biden tries to refocus U.S. national security and economic policy on the threat posed by China. In recent years, tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea — a major shipping lane with oil and natural gas resources — have escalated, with China building military outposts on several small reclaimed islands.

Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked about shared values and the need to secure peace and stability in the region as they appeared together, virtually, to make the announcement.

But none of them uttered the name of China, even as the United States and other regional partners have stepped up their military presence in the region, and the United States works toward reorienting its military posture toward the Indo-Pacific.

"We need to be able to address both the current strategic environment in the region and how it may evolve, because the future of each of our nations and indeed the world depends on a free and open Indo-Pacific, enduring and flourishing in the years ahead," Biden said.

It's about nuclear propulsion, not nuclear weapons
The three countries now launch an 18-month effort to determine how best to share the nuclear submarine propulsion technology, which will allow the Australian navy's submarines to travel faster and farther, with more stealth.

The leaders emphasized that the nuclear-powered submarines would be conventionally armed.
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