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Patagonia CEO: Companies should join us in boycotting Facebook

(CNN Business)In the wake of the revelations in the Facebook Papers, Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert on Thursday called for companies to join the brand in pressuring Facebook to fix its platforms.

"We believe Facebook has a responsibility to make sure its products do no harm, and until they do, Patagonia will continue to withhold our advertising," Gellert said in a statement to CNN. "We encourage other businesses to join us in pushing Facebook to prioritize people and planet over profit."
In the summer of 2020, Patagonia joined a growing list of companies pulling ads from Facebook (FB) platforms as part of an advertiser boycott.
"Patagonia stopped all paid advertising on Facebook platforms in June 2020 because they spread hate speech and misinformation about climate change and our democracy. We continue to stand by that boycott 16 months later," Gellert said.


Denver airport security officers to go on strike Nov. 2

DENVER (KDVR) — Security officers contracted to work at Denver International Airport plan to go on strike Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The security officers work for High-risk Security Services, or HSS, and have been fighting for higher pay and better working conditions.
The union representing the workers, Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions, announced the strike Thursday in a press release.

The union said the workers reached a “breakdown” of negotiations after HSS’s “refusal to come up with one single penny” for its members.

Labor shortage leaves union workers feeling more emboldened

Union members also plan to strike on Tuesday at Denver’s Webb Municipal Building, where HSS workers provide security. It’s also a voting location, and Tuesday is Election Day.
“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you or the voters,” the union said in a release.

The union said on Oct. 13 that 95% of its members voted in favor of the strike.

Airport security workers were in contract negotiations when Denver airport janitors staged a one-day strike on Oct. 1.


Longmont Shooting: USPS Mail Carrier Fatally Shot In Front Of Mailboxes

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Longmont police say a United States Postal Service mail carrier was shot and killed Wednesday in a neighborhood near Heatherhill Street and Renaissance Drive. Police responded to the scene, located in the southwestern part of the city, at around 12:30 p.m.

Police say the USPS employee was shot in front of some mailboxes. Investigators say a male suspect was seen running away. That suspect was reportedly last wearing dark clothing, a hooded sweatshirt and a blue mask.

Officers used a police canine to look for the suspect, but they were not successful.

Jeff Satur, deputy chief of police services with longmont police, says the suspect approached the employee and shot them multiple times. the employee died at the scene.

Police say they are searching the area and conducting neighborhood canvasses. Police issued a reverse 911 to residents and say they have not caught the suspect. Satur says police think the suspect is no longer in the area.

Police anticipated being in the area for multiple hours as part of their investigation.

David Rupert, communications manager of USPS in Colorado, says the shooting has impacted the federal agency deeply.

“You see us in your neighborhoods. we see your children grow up,” said Rupert. “We become part of your family, too.”

Grief counselors are now helping other employees. Rupert says this is an isolated incident, but had few other details about the situation.

Michael Dougherty, Boulder county’s district attorney, urged the public to talk to police if they know something about the crime or know where the suspect is.


Covid's partisan pattern is growing more extreme.

Since Delta began circulating widely in the U.S., Covid has exacted a horrific death toll on red America: In counties where Donald Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote, the virus has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people since the end of June, according to Charles Gaba, a health care analyst. In counties where Trump won less than 32 percent of the vote, the number is about 10 out of 100,000.
With the death count rising, at least a few republicans appear to be worried about what their party and its allies have sown.
In an article this month for breitbart, the right-wing website formerly run by Steve Bannon, John Nolte argued that the partisan gap in vaccination rates was part of a liberal plot. liberals like Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Fauci and Howard Stern have tried so hard to persuade people to get vaccinated, because they know that republican voters will do the opposite of whatever they say, Nolte wrote.

His argument is certainly bizarre, given that democratic politicians have been imploring all americans to get vaccinated and many republican politicians have not. but nolte did offer a glimpse at a creeping political fear among some republicans. “right now, a countless number of trump supporters believe they are owning the left by refusing to take a lifesaving vaccine,” nolte wrote. “in a country where elections are decided on razor-thin margins, does it not benefit one side if their opponents simply drop dead?”


Britney Spears' father files to end court conservatorship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ father filed Tuesday to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life and money for 13 years.

James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court.

“As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”

Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move.

Britney Spears attorney Matthew Rosengart said in an email the filing “represents another legal victory for Britney Spears — a massive one — as well as vindication for Ms. Spears.”

James Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the conservatorship from both his daughter and the public.

A petition from Britney Spears’ attorney to remove him was to be heard at the next hearing in the case on Sept. 29.


Stainless Steel Fragments Found in Moderna Vaccine Shots

The Japanese government has said that a batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been tainted by stainless steel.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced Wednesday that following an investigation by the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, a fragment of manufacturing equipment had been found in the vaccine, the Kyodo news agency reported.

The agency said that with stainless steel being a common substance used for artificial valves of the heart, it was unlikely that the contamination posed any medical risk.

A batch of Moderna was suspended in Kanagawa Prefecture after a pharmacist had discovered black particles in one vial of the vaccine, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Last week, Japan suspended the use of about 1.63 million Moderna doses due to contamination in part of a supply batch, Reuters reported. Kyodo did not specify in which batch stainless steel had been found. Newsweek has contacted Takeda for comment.

After last week's suspension, Moderna said there were no safety or efficacy issues around the vaccine and no other incident has been reported in other countries.

Aurora Police Officer: 'I Am Leaving Colorado For ... Less Communism'

Aurora Police Officer: 'I Am Leaving Colorado For ... Less Communism'
Author: Brian Maass
May 20, 2021 at 11:16 am

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Aurora police officer, Daniel Bertelson, sent a department-wide email this month as he announced his retirement, offering some barbs and harsh assessments of the current climate for law enforcement.

“I am leaving Colorado for palm trees and less communism,” wrote Bertelson, who spent 16 years with the Aurora Police Department.

“Try to ignore the politicians and media,” he wrote to his colleagues. “They know nothing of this profession or honor; they’re self-serving con artists, well-dressed pimps and prostitutes at best."


As the war against police rages on in an environment where you can literally do no right,
I pray for the safety, success and happiness of each of you.”

“Never forget,” wrote Bertelson, “you are all capable of incredible things in and out of law enforcement, never lose faith in yourself.”


Caitlyn Jenner: My rich friends are leaving CA because they don't want to look at homeless people.


'My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control'

‘My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control’; Officer Talley’s dad speaks on King Soopers shooting
by: Dara Bitler
BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — Homer Talley, the father of officer Eric Talley, who was killed in the line of duty during a shooting at King Soopers on Monday, spoke with TMZ about his stance on guns.
Officer Talley’s father said his son was a staunch 2nd Amendment guy and he believes his son would hate to see his death used to promote gun control, according to TMZ.
His father also said Talley was a strong advocate for gun rights, and had an AR-15 he often used for target practice. He said he has seen the debate erupt over reforming gun laws, and although this tragedy cost him his son, he doesn’t blame gun access and doesn’t think Eric would either, according to TMZ.
Talley told TMZ, “My son would have been deeply offended to know his death would be used to promote gun control. Before he was an officer, he enjoyed shooting.”
FOX31 spoke to Talley’s father hours after he was identified as the fallen officer in the shooting.
“He was a man of heart who loved his job,” Homer Talley said. He described Talley as someone who loved his family as he leaves behind seven children ranging in age from 7 years old to 20 years old.

Arvada gun shop says it sold firearm to suspect in Boulder King Soopers shooting after background ch

Arvada gun shop says it sold firearm to suspect in Boulder King Soopers shooting after background check
Boulder's Police chief says a semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 purchased in Arvada was used in the grocery store attack that left 10 people dead.


“We are absolutely shocked by what happened and our hearts are broken for the victims and families that are left behind,” John Mark Eagleton, owners of Eagles Nest Armory, said in a statement first reported by 9News. “Ensuring every sale that occurs at our shop is lawful, has always been and will always remain the highest priority for our business.”

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, lived not far from the Eagles Nest Armory. The Colorado Sun called the store on Wednesday to ask if it had ever sold Alissa a weapon and a person who answered the phone said they weren’t commenting “at this time.”

Eagleton on Friday did not say when his store sold a gun to Alissa.

Police say Alissa purchased an AR-556 firearm six days before the shooting. The gun is a smaller version of the popular AR-15 rifle.

On Friday morning Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said a semi-automatic Ruger AR-556 was used in the Boulder shooting and that it was purchased legally in Arvada. It is not clear whether the weapon the suspect purchased at the Eagles Nest Armory is the one used in the attack. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, when directly asked Friday if the AR-556 used the attack was purchased at Eagles Nest, declined to say.

“We have and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement as their investigation continues,” Eagleton said in his written statement

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