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  1. The simple truth of the matter is that people are putting weed, cannabis, and CBD oil in just about everything. A few weeks ago I was live-streaming some radio station from a good distance away (the station I listen to in Canada?) and there was an advertisement on where a CBD shop was advertising its wares. I remember that the offerings included CBD - based pet products and a number of other things.
  2. Speaking as a former branch finance clerk? Under the old system, it was possible for someone to be flagged as being "exempt" from the requirement to tithe. I never had to put it through to make someone exempt, but the tithing settlement reporting window for the MLS computer software the church was using back then had that as one of the four options (full, partial, non, exempt). So... it's entirely possible that this could be a moot point here...
  3. The people with Midnight's Edge are (in)famous for the fact that they generally have their receipts in order when they go to make a statement. If they say there's smoke, get a bucket of water ready just in case.
  4. Follow-up to a video I posted earlier and a continuation of the discussion about Disney: Kamran Pasha is a Hollywood insider - turned - whistleblower, and has proven fairly reliable like the rest of the Midnight's Edge crew. Based on both his knowledge of the industry and information he has received from contacts within Disney, he suspects that the current Bob was a patsy. In short, he believes that Disney got itself involved in cryptocurrency, got hammered when FTX (that cryptocurrency group) collapsed, and is now in such a bad way that the company as a whole could easily be in danger. Thus, the chief financial officer and the board conspired to oust current Bob for some nebulous reason, bring previous Bob back, and prepare the company for sale to or merger with a financially stronger company - like Apple - to cover the losses and fix the books.
  5. Charmander -> Charmeleon -> Charizard My youngest nephew is big into Pokemon, so I've been trying to bone up on everything. He's special needs, and it's one of the few things that really has his interest.
  6. Consider the original 1985 movie. Maverick was living under the shadow of his father, an absolute professional who was thrown under the bus to cover up the fact that a legally dodgy mission had gone wrong. This pressure, combined with his not having a father in his life for most of his formative years, helped contribute to the irresponsible and aggressive behavior he displayed in the original. This is why he was given a reputation as being "dangerous" even compared to other fighter pilots who played as hard as they worked and why Goose was the only person willing to fly with him on a regular basis. This mix of aggression and irresponsibility collided with Iceman's aggression and irresponsibility to create the fatal accident that killed Goose. Yes, in real life the F-14 did have an issue where under certain circumstances the engines could potentially stall. This is what killed Lt. Kara Hultgreen, the Navy's first female combat aviator; she used a prohibited banking maneuver to try and correct after overshooting her aircraft carrier, causing her engines to stall and her plane (ironically, one of the two planes involved in the incident that inspired the first movie) to hit the ocean. Maverick wasn't the victim of his own irresponsibility. It was his best friend. And oh by the way, he's now slowly realizing that Cougar suffered because of him as well. The shock of everything finally hitting him has left him devastated to the point that he's on the edge of handing in his resignation. Sundown, Iceman, and most of the other pilots are content with this turn of events, seeing him as a liability. ...Only for Wolfman, Charlie, and Jester to recognize the inherent good still left inside of Maverick and, in their own way, call him out for his actions while encouraging him to rise above. This, combined with him learning the truth about his father, turns him into an actual professional like his father was, to the point that he specifically requests Merlin to be his back-seater as an apology for what happened with Cougar. By the time he's done, even Iceman has begun to respect him again. In short, the original movie is a redemption tale with a military setting. Yes, most people back then went nuts for the action scenes and the soundtrack, but there was something real at the core of it. This is why it's lasted where other movies of a similar nature started becoming forgotten (like the "Iron Eagle" franchise...).
  7. People can say what they want about Midnight's Edge, but they have receipts for everything they discuss and are even more credible than many mainstream entertainment publications.
  8. Information is confused, but it seems that Bob Iger has been invited to come back as his replacement. Ultimately though, it's all a mess it seems.
  9. Story: Governor Greg Abbot of Texas has sent 10+ M113 armored transports to the Texas / Mexico border, likely for anti-cartel purposes as the armor and .50 machine guns they have are far more than what the average cartel soldier will have. Story becoming a story: Many media outlets and pundits are referring to these vehicles as "tanks" or "tank-like vehicles", generating outrage and confusion among people who don't know the difference between a main battle tank and an armored transport. So yeah, instead of talking about the news story, people are talking about the botched handling of the news story.
  10. I'm hearing different things as to what's going on and why. There is, however, a general pattern to the reports I've been hearing - 1. Twitter employees were using much of their official on-the-clock time to indulge in various luxuries and perks provided by the company instead of actually working. 2. Musk tried to require everyone to actually *work* when they were at work, possibly including some employees doing weekends on a rotating schedule 3. No one seems quite certain about what a work week under Musk would be like beyond 1 and 2, but the prospect of "less time on wine tasting, more time on selling ad space to wine producers" was purportedly enough to begin causing employees to walk out in protest. 4. As these employees started to walk out, they pressured other employees to join them.
  11. I just remembered something. Late last year / early this year, I projected that professional wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling would purchase rival promotion Impact! Wrestling, noting that a crossover story arc between the two had very similar vibes to what was going on between the World Wrestling Federation and Extreme Championship Wrestling before the former bought the latter. Well, in April, All Elite Wrestling did, indeed, purchase... Ring of Honor, a third wrestling promotion. Turns out that the TV deal Impact! has going with AXS Television was enough to keep them going during the Covid lockdown, but Ring of Honor's finances were primarily structured around in-person attendance for their various shows (tickets, merchandise, et cetra) rather than their TV deal (only an hour a week and only on Sinclair Broadcasting - owned stations) and so the lockdown left them teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
  12. The "Red Wave" predictions were based on then-current voting patterns, which presumed the usual apathy among under-30s. This time they actually bothered to come out and vote.
  13. Voice actor Kevin Conroy (long-running voice of Batman in animation and video games) also just passed away.
  14. You also have to consider that people have to *want* to be helped, and some people who are victims of substance abuse, poor mental illness, or so forth either don't want to be helped out of their plight or don't even realize they're in a bad way to begin with. That's a big part of the problem.
  15. I'm known locally as someone who gives to various charities in the lead-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, to the point that the workers at some stores that routinely do collections anticipate my arrival. One place that does collections is the local multi-screen movie theater, where if what you bring in meets certain criteria you'll get a reward. Right now, for example, if you bring in 4 canned items of 12 ounces or larger it's either a free $10 gift card to the arcade or a free small popcorn. I've gotten enough canned pasta from the store for myself, both parents, and a family friend who will come with us to "Black Panther" is able to bring in a bag of four cans apiece. My parents and I will claim gift cards that we can use when my brother brings his family up for Thanksgiving, as there isn't a lot for them to do up here compared to where they live. Is it really charity if I know I'm getting a reward? Hardly, especially since that reward doesn't cost the theater that much (and they likely get a tax break for it anyway). But that's still canned goods for a local food pantry, and given the often low number of individuals who do donate (the collection bin is kept up front next to a display, so you can see when it is or isn't full) this is likely what it takes to get most people to open their wallets anyway.
  16. 4-Chan is a *lot* more complicated than this. The forum likes to brag that the collective mass of users represents "Weaponized Autism", in that once they set their minds to something they can get significant results. The trade-off, however, is that 4-Chan allows itself to be the internet's last remaining "Wild West", with limited moderation and no real breaks to discourage users from engaging in what would typically be regarded as anti-social behavior. In some instances, 4-Chan has been motivated to use this power for good. For example, there are numerous reports of users coming together in order to track down criminals and pass the information they've gathered on to law enforcement. They've also used this power to cause considerable mischief, such as finding the various hiding sights for Shia LeBeouf's "He Will Not Divide Us" flags and live performance areas. And as I noted before, they'll sometimes conduct what they regard as "sting" operations in the belief that they're exposing flaws or problems within a system. The problem though is that 4-Chan also has a significant reputation for hooliganism due to the same "target acquired" mindset, leading to a lot of users engaging in inexcusable trolling and other behaviors that themselves occasionally rise to criminal levels. Most long-time internet users who are aware of 4-Chan treat it as the internet's version of Mos Eisley from "Star Wars", giving the forums a wide berth and carefully evaluating any and all reports regarding the forums.
  17. Allegations are starting to surface that individual Twitter employees were soliciting and receiving bribes to give the blue checkmarks to individuals who didn't otherwise meet the previous requirements, and an investigation is purportedly ongoing.
  18. A few years ago, members of controversial internet forum 4-Chan came to question whether or not a number of media outlets that identified as politically progressive were actually doing their due diligence or if they were just reporting whatever came their way as truth. To this end, they decided to test matters by fabricating a story - the use of the "OK" hand gesture as a white power signal - and feeding it to several of these outlets to see who would take the bait. The Root, an outlet that focuses on producing content for black audiences, grabbed it hook, line, and sinker. Once they ran their piece on the story, other outlets picked up on it and ran it as well, seemingly no one questioning the story or what was happening. By the time anyone at 4-Chan publicly revealed what had taken place, *actual* white power groups had adopted the symbol.
  19. It's the philosophies of men at work. Many people who identify as culturally and politically "progressive" consider religion a hurdle to be overcome, a wall that needs to be broken down, because old-time religion serves as a check on what these people want to do. So rather than ask "why?" old-time religion is opposed to something, they just assume that the opposition is borne of evil intention.
  20. They weren't at their usual spot this past Sunday, so either they've been told to knock it off or they've moved to a different part of town.
  21. Carano's firing was under such dodgy circumstances that there were questions as to whether or not she had grounds for a "wrongful termination" lawsuit. When someone asked about that during a public meeting of investors, the Disney representative got a rather unmistakable look of shock that seemed to indicate they knew they had to answer very, very carefully or else bad things would happen to them. So yes, her firing did have an impact on Disney that extended for months beyond what happened, this above people losing interest in Disney Star Wars again once she and Baby Yoda were written off.
  22. When Episode 7 came out, there was such a flood of merchandise that retailers were stuck with a large quantity of unsold material once the movie was over. Had Kathleen Kennedy kept to "every other year" like we had with the Prequels, the inventory would have worked its way out of the system. Instead, she rammed Rogue One through, meaning that licensees and retailers had to shift to carrying that as well. I say "had" as licensees have to pay money to get those licenses, and so they're going to milk them as much as possible to pay for them. Thus, we had Episode 7 and Rogue One product on the shelves together. Well, Rogue One's ending nuked merchandise and toy sales, causing those items to start rotting on shelves as well. Then Episode 8 came out, and you had *all three toy lines* on the shelves together at the same time, something that is a very horrific thing from a trade perspective. Not only did Episode 8 prove to be a flop in regards to merchandise sales, the Rey and Rose figures infamously lingered on shelves long after the rest of the figures from their cases sold out. It was depressingly common for dozens of these figures to be left on the shelves, and it's become a punch line how these are often the only two Star Wars figures left at close-out and discount retailers. Then the Solo movie came out, which was yet another disaster. Cue 3 or even 4 lines' worth of merchandise on the shelves next to each other. By the time Episode 9 came out, licensees were surrendering their licenses because there was no longer any money to be made for all of the unsold product already on shelves. Even major companies like Hasbro only produced the bare minimum of Episode 9 material, instead focusing on Prequel, Original Trilogy, and Expanded Universe. Star Wars merchandise was *not viable* for over a year after this as retailers struggled to get rid of what they already had and licensees surveyed the damage done by all of the unsold overstock product. It took Baby Yoda for people to demand Star Wars product again, and once he was written out and Gina Carano fired merch sales slipped again.
  23. When it comes to "woke", the simple truth of the matter is that there have been some pretty spectacular flame-outs over the last few years. The Disney-era "Star Wars" toys and merchandise being dismal flops for several years. The 2016 "Ghostbusters" movie being functionally dead on arrival while the 2019 film was a hit. "Bros" being an instant financial disaster. Widespread audience rejections for a number of recent streaming shows that heavily pushed "progressive" politics. The rise of Comicsgate as an indie movement pushing back against mainstream US publishers Et cetra Everyday people are starting to vote with their wallets when it comes to what they do and don't want to engage with in the media, and the elites who are pushing this "progressive" material are losing their minds about it because they can't understand why the proletariat aren't falling into ranks to obey their commands. Thus, they're doubling down on efforts to coerce people into doing what they, the elite, want.
  24. Word is that Twitter will now be charging $20 a month for people to retain their "blue checkmark" verification, something that has a lot of people upset. ...Particularly people who are "internet famous" or something to that effect but didn't successfully monetize that fame...
  25. Take a look at the attached image below. This is the cover for a subscriber-exclusive issue of a licensed "G. I. Joe" comic done by IDW Publishing a few years ago. Yes, subscriber-exclusive, as in "it should be a premium product to make someone want to have an active subscription". Instead, most everyone I've shown it to has quickly picked out the numerous art mistakes in the image, including the left-hand character's left leg being at an unnatural angle, the middle figure's right calf facing the wrong way, the the right-hand figure's belt pouches being visible over her parka. Quite a few people with actual military service time (this being G. I. Joe) noted that the left-hand character was visibly obese to the point that they questioned how she would realistically pass a physical fitness evaluation of the kind that members of a special forces unit would have to periodically undergo. There's also, to put it bluntly, an ugliness to the overall design. Detail is sparse, but done with heavy lines when it is done. This makes the whole thing uncomfortably dark and grim-looking, especially with the expressions on the faces of the middle and right-hand figures. That the shading is off isn't helping matters any, as the shadows are coming from inconsistent angles as to suggest multiple light sources. By any stretch of the imagination, this artwork should have been rejected. Instead, not only was it accepted by editorial, anyone who dared to comment on it risked being accused of bigotry, especially since the left-hand figure is Pacific Islander. ...Never mind the fact that the original version of the character, as released by Hasbro in 1990, was a buff, bald white guy. Writer Aubrey Sitterson would later admit that he was not a fan of the franchise and so had no respect for it when he was put on the book, and as a result the original Hasbro-official version of the character, an anti-tank trooper named "Salvo" who realistically would be ripped given the heavy weaponry he carries, offended him; in his own words, he felt that the character design had an "alt-right vibe" which he needed to "re-contextualize" for the modern day. Thus, he remade the character into an obese female racial minority, the exact opposite of the original design. Sitterson was already on thin ice with Hasbro as it was for insensitive remarks he'd made about 9/11, and so they ordered IDW to "re-contextualize" Sitterson out into the unemployment line for this admission. But the incident illustrates an ongoing concern within the US comic book industry, that modern writers and artists working for the mainstream publishers seem to be increasingly offended by characters who are designed to meet traditional norms of health, beauty, and fitness and as a result take any opportunity possible to make them anything but these traditional norms. Basically, they insist on making everything ugly in appearance, and what they can't they make ugly through inferior and unprofessional artwork and writing.