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Lawyers Argue Elon Musk Won’t Get a Fair Trial in California

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Lawyers Argue Elon Musk Won't Get a Fair Trial in California

Elon Musk has asked a US federal judge to move a shareholder lawsuit trial out of San Francisco to Texas, claiming that negative media coverage has biased potential jurors against him.

Instead, Musk’s lawyers argue in a late Friday filing that the trial should be moved to the federal court in the western district of Texas, less than two weeks before it was scheduled to begin on Jan. 17. This district includes Austin, the state capital, where Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, will relocate in late 2021.

If a move is not possible, Musk’s lawyers want the trial delayed until the negative publicity surrounding Musk’s purchase of Twitter has subsided.

“The local media has saturated this district with biased and negative stories about Mr. Musk for the last several months,” attorney Alex Spiro wrote in a court filing. According to Spiro, those items have personally blamed Musk for recent layoffs at Twitter and have charged that the job cuts may have violated laws.

The shareholder lawsuit stems from Musk’s tweets in August 2018, when he stated that he had enough financing to take Tesla private at $420 per share, causing significant volatility in Tesla’s share price. The attorneys for the shareholders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last spring, Judge Edward Chen ruled in favor of the shareholders, ruling that Musk’s tweets were false and reckless.

According to his attorneys’ filing, Twitter has laid off approximately 1,000 people in the San Francisco area since he purchased the company in late October.

“A substantial portion of the jury pool… is likely to hold a personal and material bias against Mr. Musk as a result of recent layoffs at one of his companies,” the filing stated.

According to the filing, Musk has also been chastised by San Francisco’s mayor and other local officials for the job cuts.

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Liberal Media Trying to Destroy Elon Musk

The political left and mainstream media are outraged that Elon Musk has taken a significant stake in Twitter and are attempting to destroy him, according to conservative radio host Mark Levin.

According to Levin, Musk is a rare member of the corporate elite who appears to be anti-censorship and anti-woke, making him a target for the press. The host stated that if Musk is able to truly restore Twitter’s status as a free-speech platform, he will personally return to it.

“Twitter didn’t ban me; I banned them,” he said on “The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One,” noting that he suspended his own account in January 2021 “in protest of Twitter’s fascism.”

“I hope [Musk] can have a significant positive impact there,” Levin added.

Levin claimed that several media outlets used Musk’s purchase of 9% of Twitter stock to attack him and demonstrate hypocrisy in what they held against him in comparison to other executives who politically aligned with their bias.

“So CNBC covers it this way: ‘Elon Musk Thumbs His Nose at the SEC Again with Twitter Stake,'” he said, referring to one headline.

“[The media] have a long history of attempting to destroy him – he’s another guy like Donald Trump who comes in as his own man – his own independent thinker, whether you agree with everything or not,” Levin added.

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Musk Comes to Aide of Ukraine

The host credited Elon Musk with personally intervening to help Ukrainians under attack by the Kremlin, citing the satellite communication technology he provided to the besieged country.

“He set up a parallel system,” Levin said, adding that Musk likely enraged critics further by tweeting that free speech is a fundamental tenet of democracy.

“This man should be saluted – this man should be celebrated,” he continued, adding that Musk is wealthy enough to enter high society: “He could be the fifth-generation Rockefeller.”

“But, as you can see, he broke the 10-day rule,” the host said, mocking CNBC’s reporting.

Levin went on to say that while President Biden continues to push for a transition from fossil fuels to green energy powered vehicles, Musk has been excluded from White House meetings with automakers.

He noted that this has occurred despite the fact that Musk’s Tesla is currently the most visible electric vehicle manufacturer. He claims that Biden politicized such meetings and likely froze Musk out because Tesla does not have unionization.

“Of course, when it comes to electric vehicles, Biden does not invite him to the meetings; instead, he invites GM, Ford, and others, because Elon Musk is a non-union worker. We can’t have that, of course “He stated.

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THAILAND: Rescue Dig Saves Toddler Trapped In Well For One Night

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BANGKOK, Thailand — A 19-month-old girl fell into a dry artesian well shaft at a cassava farm in northern Thailand 18 hours before she was saved. It took rescuers all night to get her out.

Rescuers clapped and cheered as the toddler, the daughter of Myanmar migrant workers, was pulled from the 15-meter (49-foot)-deep well shaft and placed on a stretcher that carried her to an ambulance waiting nearby.

“You guys did an excellent job. “We did it!” exclaimed one rescuer as his colleagues wept and hugged each other in Tak province’s Phop Phra district.

While her parents were working at the plantation, the child fell into the hole late Monday afternoon.

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Rescuers In Thailand Were On The Scene Quickly

The deep pit, dug by the landowner to be an artesian well, was left uncovered after it failed to reach groundwater, according to Phop Phra district chief Sanya Phetset on Tuesday.

According to local media, the first rescuers on the scene shouted down the hole and heard the child cry back. After lowering a camera into the hole to assess the situation, a tube was snaked to provide oxygen.

Using backhoes and other excavation tools, rescuers dug a 30-centimeter-wide trench alongside the pit overnight.

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The Child Is Now Safe And Sound

“At first, it appeared to be a simple operation because it appeared to be loose dirt, but once we started digging, we discovered rock, which made it difficult because excavators cannot dig through it,” Sanya explained.

He explained that the operation was risky because the digging could collapse the well’s sides onto the child.

After being carried to safety, the toddler was immediately taken to Phop Phra Hospital in Thailand.

“She is now safe. “She’s a little tired, but nothing serious,” Sanya explained.

SOURCE – (AP)

 

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Pope Francis Clarifies his Remarks on Homosexuality and Sin

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Pope Francis has clarified his recent remarks about homosexuality and sin, stating that he was referring to official Catholic moral teaching, which states that any sexual act other than marriage is a sin.

In a Friday note, Francis emphasized that even black-and-white teaching is subject to circumstances that may eliminate the sin.

Francis made the remarks in an interview with The Associated Press on January 24, stating that laws criminalizing homosexuality are “unjust” and that “being homosexual is not a crime.”

As he often does, Francis then imagined a conversation with someone who brought up the issue of the church’s official teaching, which states that homosexual acts are sinful or “intrinsically disordered.”

“All right, but first, let’s distinguish between a sin and a crime,” Francis said in the fictitious conversation. “It is also a sin not to be charitable to one another.”

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Pope asked for Clarification.

LGBTQ advocates hailed his comments calling for decriminalizing homosexuality as a watershed moment that would help end harassment and violence against LGBTQ people. However, his use of the word “sin” raised questions about whether he believed that simply being gay was a sin in and of itself.

The Reverand James Martin, an American priest who runs the Outreach ministry for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States, asked Francis for clarification and published the pope’s handwritten response late Friday on the Outreach website.

In his note, Francis reiterated that homosexuality “is not a crime” and that he was trying “to emphasize that criminalization is neither good nor just.”

“When I said it is a sin, I was simply referring to Catholic moral teaching, which states that every sexual act other than marriage is a sin,” Francis wrote in Spanish, emphasizing the final phrase.

However, in a nod to his case-by-case approach to pastoral ministry, Francis noted that even teaching is subject to the circumstances, “which may decrease or eliminate the fault.”

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Sex is a Sin, as is Any Sexual Act

He admitted he could have been more specific in his comments to the AP. However, he stated that he was using “natural and conversational language” in the interview, which did not necessitate precise definitions.

“As you can see, I was generally repeating something. ‘Sex is a sin, as is any sexual act outside of the bonds of holy marriage,’ I should have said. This is to speak of ‘the matter’ of sexual sin, but we all know that Catholic morality considers not only the matter but also freedom and intention, and this for all types of sin,” he said.

According to Human Dignity Trust, which works to end such laws, 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalize same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty. According to experts, even when laws are not enforced, they contribute to harassment, stigma, and violence against LGBTQ people.

According to Catholic teaching, marriage is a lifelong bond between a man and a woman. It restricts intercourse with married couples and prohibits artificial contraception.

During his decade-long pontificate, Francis has upheld that teaching while prioritizing outreach to LGBTQ people.

Pope Francis has emphasized a more merciful approach to applying church doctrine, preferring to accompany rather than judge people.

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US General Tells His Officers to Prepare for War with China in 2025

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US General Tells His Officers to Prepare for War with China in 2025

In an internal memo, a four-star general in the United States Air Force stated that the US and China risk going to war in two years and advised officers under his command to prepare, including with target practice.

According to NBC, General Mike Minihan, head of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, believes the fight will take place in 2025 but hopes he is wrong. He claimed that presidential elections in the United States and Taiwan in 2024 would allow China to take action against Taiwan.

According to NBC, a Defense Department official stated that the remarks do not represent the Pentagon’s position on China. According to an Air Mobility Command spokesperson, the memo is part of the command’s effort to prepare for conflict if deterrence fails.

The administration of President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed concern about China’s military buildup and what the US perceives to be a more aggressive Chinese stance toward Taiwan.

According to the administration’s national security strategy, China is the only US competitor “with the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do so.”

China has slammed the latest US defense spending bill, which allows up to $10 billion in weapons sales to Taiwan, for exaggerating the China threat and meddling in its internal affairs.

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Blinken Conerned Over Taiwan and China

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern about Beijing’s intentions regarding Taiwan as he prepares for a rare visit to Beijing, China.

When asked if the temperature had cooled with China during a visit to the University of Chicago, Blinken replied, “I think so because when you’re talking and engaging, it tends to have that effect.”

“The rest of the world anticipates that we will manage this relationship responsibly. “They understand that how we manage it will also impact them,” he said.

According to Taipei Times, Blinken will visit Beijing from February 5 to 6, marking the first US secretary of state visit to the rising Asian power since October 2018.

The trip was decided after US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping () met in November in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss wide-ranging disagreements between the world’s two largest economies.

Blinken, on the other hand, expressed concern about Taiwan, citing Beijing’s growing efforts to isolate the country and major military exercises conducted near it in August.

“What we’ve seen over the last few years is, I believe, China deciding that it was no longer comfortable with the status quo, a status quo that had prevailed for decades and had been successful in terms of our countries’ relationship and managing what a difficult situation is,” he said.

“What we say to China is that — they say this is a sovereign issue for us; we respond that this is an interest to the United States and countries all over the world,” Blinken said, referring to Taiwan’s dominance in semiconductors, which is critical to the global economy.

Any disruption of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait would be disastrous for the global economy, he said, adding that 50 percent of container ships operating around the world pass through the Taiwan Strait and that Taiwan manufactures 70 percent of higher-end computer chips.

Blinken was in Chicago for a trip that included a stop at the city’s historic Ukrainian community to discuss the response to Russia’s invasion.

By: Geoff Thomas

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