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BlueWaveNeverEnd's Journal
BlueWaveNeverEnd's Journal
June 18, 2024

Australia shelled out more than $100 million of taxpayer money for Furiosa in tax rebates.

Australian authorities likely shelled out more than $100 million of taxpayer money for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga — an example of how the country’s tax rebates can spiral out of control, a Brisbane-based media professor argued.

The film — which had a $220 million budget, making it the most expensive movie ever made in Australia — received taxpayer funding through tax rebates aimed at luring productions to boost Australia’s economy.

Lawmakers are debating whether to approve unlimited 30% rebates on local spending for productions filmed there.

But “uncapped location offsets are risky,” Amanda Lotz wrote in Nikkei, and the provision doesn’t require the use of local talent. “This will not deliver Australian stories and will likely make it harder to tell such stories as local producers compete with deep Hollywood pockets.”


June 17, 2024

Trump is lionizing Jan. 6 rioters as 'warriors.' Could the dog whistle be any louder?

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says the rioters who assaulted police officers in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot are “warriors.” That’s not just wrong; it’s dangerous.


For months, Trump has called defendants like them “hostages” and “political prisoners,” as if they were being held unfairly by a repressive regime — a grotesque lie meant to attack the judicial system Trump wants to destroy.

But recently he gave the Jan. 6 attackers a more heroic title.

“Those J6 warriors — they were warriors,” the former president said at a rally in Las Vegas. “But they were really, more than anything else, they’re victims of what happened. All they were doing is protesting a rigged election.”

That’s quite a promotion. “Warriors” is a word Americans generally apply to members of the armed forces, not militants who attack police officers with bear spray.


June 16, 2024

mass shooting at water park. Michigan


As many as 10 people were shot at a Michigan water park Saturday afternoon, with the suspected gunman reported contained a short time later.

The shooting erupted about 5 p.m. at a “splash pad” in Richmond Hills, about 25 miles north of Detroit, when the gunman drove up, got out of a vehicle, opened fire with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun, reloaded, fired, and then reloaded a second time, firing 28 shots and leaving three bullet magazines at the scene, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a news conference, The Detroit News reported.

The victims were transported to at least four area hospitals, but their conditions were unknown, Sheriff Bouchard said. He added that at least one of them was an 8-year-old child, local media reported.

June 15, 2024

'It's unbearable': in ever-hotter US cities, air conditioning is no longer enough

‘It’s unbearable’: in ever-hotter US cities, air conditioning is no longer enough
Record-breaking temperatures in the last few years shatter the myth that air conditioning alone will keep people safe

Gloria Gellot, 79, takes a careful seat in a kitchen chair in front of her only air-conditioning unit, massaging her knees. She’s hung a sheet in the doorway to keep the cool air in the kitchen, and drawn shades to keep the sun – already blazing in May – out of her second-floor New Orleans apartment. Her home was badly damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021, and heat radiates from the gutted walls.

“All the heat’s up here,” she says. “I don’t have to go out in the sun. I get a suntan inside.”

Gellot’s sweltering apartment is not just uncomfortable; it’s dangerous. Extreme heat was linked to some 11,000 deaths and 120,000 emergency room visits last year. Heat injuries don’t just happen in sun-soaked fields – older adults like Gellot who live alone and cannot escape stifling, poorly insulated units are among the most at risk.

Conventional wisdom and public policy have long operated on the assumption that, no matter how bad the heat gets, air conditioning will be enough to keep people safe. But the last few years of record-breaking temperatures are shattering that myth.


Storm-battered homes like Gellot’s lack proper insulation. Power grids stumble and fail during periods of high demand. And many cooling systems are simply not powerful enough to contend with the worsening heat. Some experts have begun to warn of the looming threat of a “Heat Katrina” – a mass-casualty heat event. A study published last year that modeled heatwave-related blackouts in different cities showed that a two-day blackout in Phoenix could lead to the deaths of more than 12,000 people.
June 15, 2024

Procession held for L.A. County firefighter killed in explosion near Palmdale (53 miles to downtown LA coroner)

A procession is being held Friday night for a Los Angeles County firefighter who was killed in a vehicle explosion while battling a fire near Palmdale.

The firefighter killed was identified as Andrew Pontious, 52, from Upland. He was a 19-year veteran of the department. He was assigned to a four-person engine and worked in the Palmdale area.

“He was a wonderful man,” said Anthony Marrone, L.A. County Fire Department Chief. “He was married, he’s a father and it’s just such a tragedy.”

June 15, 2024

'the (low) price mitigates the risk", Buyers buying coastal homes that are at risk of falling into water

summary. 2 million dollar home loses it's frontage due to NorEastner storm. sold for $600,000.. buyer says "price mitigates the risk".

June 15, 2024

Dem candidate arrested for faking racist posts against himself... from accounts booked with his credit card.

Taral Patel, a Fort Bend County candidate, is charged for allegedly making a fake social media account and posting racist comments about himself.

Authorities say Taral Patel also used the fake account to make racist comments under his own Facebook posts. He was arrested earlier this week on a third-degree felony charge of online impersonation and a misdemeanor charge of misrepresentation of identity.

Patel won the Democratic primary for the seat in March. He's set to run against incumbent Republican Andy Meyers in November.

Patel could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Last fall, Patel sent out a press release saying he had been the target of racist comments on social media. But at least three of those comments came from a social media account that Patel himself created, investigators allege in court records.

The username on those three comments was concealed in Patel’s press release. But Meyers tracked down the comments and found that they were posted by a user named “Antonio Scalywag.”

The commissioner recognized the account as someone who had previously attacked him on social media. Meyers had hired a private investigator, who could not locate anyone in the county with that name.


Investigators also found that Patel used the fake Facebook account to attack Abrahim Javed, another candidate in the Democratic primary. Javed was the runner-up in the primary, with about 28% of the votes.

Patel previously served as chief of staff for KP George, who has endorsed him. On Thursday, George released a statement, though he did not name Patel directly.


Limited details have been released, but the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office reports Patel is held on a $20,000 bond for the felony and a $2,500 bond for the misdemeanor. He will appear before a magistrate on Thursday morning if he does not post bond.


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