News from Around the Web for Feb 14, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 The Great Inflation Keeps Not Stopping - Jeffrey Tucker for The Epoch Times

The following probably will not shock you. Still, it contradicts everything you have been promised for months. Make that for years. Once again, inflation numbers for last month (January 2024) are awful, coming in way above the target at 3.1 percent per annum. It would have been much worse without sudden declines in fuel oil. Food away from home is up 5.1 percent, and transportation is 9.5 percent year over year...

#9 The Artist Holding Valuable Art Hostage to Protect Julian Assange - Nadia Beard for The New Yorker
Using a thirty-two-ton Swiss bank safe, Andrei Molodkin says he will destroy works by Picasso, Rembrandt, and Warhol if the WikiLeaks founder dies in prison. On February 20 and 21, 2024, Assange will face a court hearing on what may be his final bid to appeal the United States’ order to extradite him. On the day the hearing begins, two video cameras in Cauterets, one fitted in a corner of the safe and one outside it, will begin live streaming on YouTube. In the event that Assange should die in prison, a remote-control button will be activated to set off the chemical reaction, and the contents of the safe will disintegrate. Only if Assange is released as a free man, Molodkin said, will the art be returned to its owners. Molodkin believes that Assange’s extradition to the United States and incarceration there would put his life “in great danger.” “Assange is a red line,” he said...

#8 Man Arrested in Jackie Robinson Statue Theft, Kansas Police Say - Cara Tabachnick for CBS News

A man has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 25 theft of a Jackie Robinson statue from McAdams Park in Wichita, Kansas, police announced in a news conference on Tuesday. Ricky Alderete, 45, has been charged with felony theft and making false information, police said. Detectives conducted 100 interviews while investigating the theft to find out who –and why– the crime was committed, police said. League 42, the nonprofit organization that put up the bronze Jackie Robinson statue at the park in 2021, was initially concerned the statute –one of only four of the famed athlete in the nation– was stolen and vandalized in a racially motivated hate crime...

#7 Key US Government Body Says it Might Have been Breached, with Thousands of Employees AffectedSead Fadilpašić for Tech Radar

Thousands of US government employees may have had their private data stolen in a breach that happened within a third-party contractor. Sometime during January 2024, CGI Federal, an IT services provider mostly focused on cybersecurity, suffered a data breach in which threat actors stole sensitive data belonging to about 6,600 employees of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Reuters reports The GAO is a non-partisan government agency that provides auditing, evaluative, and investigative services for the US Congress. It is described as “the supreme audit institution of the federal government of the United States.”

#6 Former FedEx Driver Serves Just 6 Days in the Slammer for Stealing Guns From His Delivery Truck and Selling Them - Cortney Weil for Blaze Media

A federal judge in Massachusetts seemed to go easy on a former FedEx driver who admitted to stealing guns from his truck and then selling them. The judge sentenced the driver to time served: a whole six days. Frank P. O'Toole, a 40-year-old man from Middleborough, about 40 miles south of Boston, apparently had keen insight into the packages he was entrusted with delivering for his old employer FedEx. Between October 2021 and June 2022, O'Toole stole three firearms — two rifles and one shotgun — from packages that had been sent from out of state and were intended for a federal firearm licensee, a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office...

#5 Marjorie Taylor Greene Rips ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: HBO Show Depicts Trump Supporters as ‘Racists and Red Necks’ -  Judy Kurtz for The Hill 

Rep, Marjorie Taylor Greene is blasting a politically charged episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” saying it “lied” and painted conservatives in her state and supporters of former President Trump as “racists and rednecks.” “I watched this week’s episode of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ and it was a glaring reminder of why most Georgians resent Republicans in our state for inviting the nasty commies from California, the Hollywood elites, into our state by dishing out Hollywood tax credits,” Greene said in a Tuesday post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

#4 Democrats Win Another Special Election and 4 More Takeaways From New York's House Race - Tal Axelrod for ABC News

Former Rep. Tom Suozzi will win back his old House seat in Tuesday's special election in New York's 3rd Congressional District, ABC News projects -- extending his party's largely winning record in such races and further whittling down Republicans' tiny majority in the chamber. Suozzi dispatched with Republican nominee Mazi Pilip to earn the seat, which encompasses parts of Long Island. Their race was widely seen as offering the year's first notable clues about how voters, particularly in the suburbs and in swing areas, are feeling about key political issues and about President Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats heading into November's general election.

#3 Catherine Herridge Fired As Mass Layoffs Hit CBS - Nicole Silviero for The Daily Caller

Paramount Global laid off CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, who previously worked at Fox News, along with hundreds of other staffers Tuesday. The mass layoffs resulted in about 800 jobs being slashed, according to the New York Post. Sources said Herridge, the award-winning journalist involved in a First Amendment legal fight, reportedly clashed with CBS News president Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews. Herridge left Fox News in 2019 after 23 years to work as an investigative correspondent at CBS News, saying the offer was too good to pass up. She had previously received a prestigious award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society...

#2 Notorious Race Faker Rachel Dolezal Now an Elementary School Teacher — While Raking in Thousands on OnlyFans - Melissa Koenig for The New York Post

Infamous race faker and former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal is reportedly now working as a teacher at an Arizona elementary school — while also potentially raking in thousands of dollars a month as a racy OnlyFans model. Photos posted online show Dolezal working with children at the Sunrise Drive Elementary School, where she is listed under her new name of Nkechi Diallo as an after-school teacher, according to records obtained by Outkick. She is reportedly making $19 an hour in her teaching job while also selling content on OnlyFans for $9.99 a month.

#1 House Impeaches Alejandro Mayorkas in Historic Vote, Punishing DHS Chief Over Handling of U.S.-Mexico Border - Caitlin Yilek for CBS News

The House voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border, with Republicans issuing the chamber's harshest constitutional punishment against a Cabinet secretary for just the second time in U.S. history. The vote on two articles of impeachment was 214 in favor to 213 opposed, with three Republicans voting with all Democrats against impeachment. Two Republicans and two Democrats were absent. Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the vote holds Mayorkas accountable and called on the Senate "to do the right thing and remove Secretary Mayorkas from office following a thorough trial."


And Now for Something Special smiley

History of Valentine’s Day - History.Com Editors

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated every February 14; this year Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday. Across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the meaning and history of Valentine’s Day, from the ancient Roman ritual of Lupercalia that welcomed spring to the card-giving customs of Victorian England....

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