Surgical Robot “Spirals Out Of Control”, Kills Man As Docs Sipped Lattes

Authored by Ethan Huff via,

In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table.

According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as notbeing in “an organised fashion.”

A situation that can only be described as total chaos, with human surgeons, doctors, and nurses having to scream at each other in order to overcome the “tinny” sound coming from the robot as they were trying to control it, the attempted surgery ended up being nothing short of a complete failure. And in the end, retired music teacher and conductor, Stephen Pettitt, the guinea pig patient in this medical experiment, ultimately lost his life.

Lead surgeon admits that he was ill-prepared to operate the surgical robot, having skipped multiple training sessions

During a hearing that followed this catastrophe, lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair admitted that he lacked proper experience in controlling and using the surgical robot, stating that he was “running before he could walk.” In other words, it was truly a case of medical negligence and malpractice on steroids.

As later revealed by the U.K.’s Daily Mail Online, Nair not only missed a critical training session in Paris that would have taught him how to properly use the surgical robot, but he also wasn’t present for another training sessions that later took place at his own hospital, claiming that he was busy with another surgery at the time.

While supervisory experts were supposed to have been present for this surgery-gone-wrong, which should have prevented this type of nightmare from ever even occurring, they, too, were reportedly missing when things started to hit the fan.

Overseeing proctors were sipping lattes while surgical robot punctured patient’s aortic septum, splashing blood all over robot camera…

According to Thasee Pillay, Nair’s assisting surgeon, these overseeing proctors had apparently “gone to the coffee shop” right in the middle of the procedure, which prevented them from being able to take the reins once it became clear that Pettitt’s life was at risk from the surgical robot going rogue. Pillay also stated that he had no idea that these overseers were planning on not staying throughout the entirety of the surgery.

“I had no idea of their timescale and that they were not staying for the duration,” he’s quoted as saying.

“The proctors leaving was a crucial moment. The loss of that vital assistance was a major blow at a critical time.”

At one point during the botched surgery, the surgical robot actually punctured Pettitt’s intra aortic septum, resulting in so much blood being splattered on its camera that doctors could no longer see what the robot was doing.

Nair stated during the follow-up hearing that he couldn’t effectively communicate with Pillay via the robot’s microphone system as this was happening because the sound was largely inaudible.

“We were not far apart, but Mr. Nair’s voice comes through a microphone and it is tinny,” he stated. “The acoustics were not very good.”

“There were times when I raised my voice. One was when the sutures were not being placed in an organised fashion and were criss-crossed.”

After the surgical robot improperly installed the stitches, they had to be removed and replaced by the real-life doctors who were still present, extending the surgical time and further putting Pettitt’s life at risk.

Nair later admitted that he never even informed Pettitt that there was an increased risk of complications or death from this test procedure, which represents the first time that a surgical robot has ever been used to try to perform a mitral valve repair.

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New Report Warns Retailers Could See Weak Holiday Sales 

A sugar high – from debt-fueled tax cuts – is expected to wear off in the near term, contracting economic growth coupled with a deepening trade war, could lead to the next financial crisis.

One looming threat to President Trump’s booming economy besides tariffs, is the consumer, as their revolving credit, i.e., credit card, debt has recently hit all-time highs, during a period of rising interest rates, could create a squeeze, thus reducing their ability to buy things they do not need nor can afford during this upcoming holiday season.

According to a new report from Lipper Alpha Insights, Refinitiv Same Store Sales Index shows a 3.9% average for the first half of 2018.

However, there is a reason to believe that consumer spending is starting to stall from the previous two quarters (Q3 and Q2) as consumer debt servicing payments increase.

For Q4 2018, the Refinitiv Same-Store Sales Index is expected to print around 3.0%, well below the 4.9% from Q2, a sign that the consumer might have topped out before the holiday rush. 

President Trump’s deepening trade war with China has been a significant concern for retailers, and are increasingly being mentioned on earnings calls. Retailers started reporting Q3 2018 earnings last month, and more than 25 of them have warned about tariffs.

Refinitiv shows that retailers are much more bearish this year compared to last year for Q4, as some have mentioned consumer weakness and trade wars could produce a weak holiday season.

To date, there are nine negative retail EPS preannouncements and only one positive.

Exhibit 1: The Refinitiv Same Store Sales Index: 2017 -2018

Exhibit 2: The Refinitiv Same Store Sales Sector Indices:  2016 -2018

…And earlier today, core retail sales rose only 0.3% MoM (below expectations). 

Everything looked great in the report except furniture and home furnishings -0.3%, and food service and retail places -0.2%. 

Finally, the YoY Control Group Retail Sales printed 4.5% – the weakest since April, and perhaps gives some credibility to Refinitiv’s claim that retailers could expect a weak holiday season.  

The data above shows that consumers might not be able to save the economy, expected to enter a slowdown in early 2019.

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“Perfect Storm” Sparks California Air Quality Crisis

Via Cliff Mass Weather and Climate blog,

The Air Quality Health Crisis from the California Wildfires

The smoke from the California wildfires near Paradise, CA is producing the greatest air quality health crisis in the modern history of California.   Schools, universities, and sports events are being cancelled.

Although the terrible loss of life directly caused by wildfires in and near Paradise should not be minimized in any way, the health impacts of smoke will be profound, with millions of people being exposed to high concentrations of wood smoke. 

Hospitalizations will surely increase and some increase mortality of vulnerable populations should be expected.

MODIS satellite imagery on Thursday at noon.  Dense smoke filled the central valley of CA and moved directly over the Bay Area.

For me, it is also personal.  My son, a healthy young man of 27 living in San Francisco, is greatly feeling that smoke as is his similarly aged co-workers and friends.  If young, healthy individuals are being sickened, can you image the impacts of those that are vulnerable?

The current air quality conditions around the Bay area are pretty extreme (see below), with much of San Francisco and neighboring areas in the very unhealthy range (200-300).   Looking at data around the world, it appears that San Francisco now has worse air quality than any major metropolitan area in the world, worse than even Beijing and Mumbai.

But what really stands out is the longevity of this poor air quality event– extending 7-9 days now for many central CA locations.    From my perusal of the air quality data of the Bay Area Air Quality Agency and other sources, this event is unprecedented in the 20 year period of data available.

The meteorological set up that has produced this air quality disaster started with strong offshore-directed “Diablo” winds driven by a large difference in pressure between the western interior (high pressure over Nevada) and the coast (lower pressure or trough)….see weather map below for the morning of November 8th. These strong winds initiated the fires and thus the smoke.

This was followed by a the building of high pressure aloft over the region (see upper level map for November 13th below)

and the development of modest high pressure over the intermountain west and a weak offshore pressure difference that produced light offshore flow, which moved westward through the Bay Area.  So there is no way for clean, Pacific area to reach the Bay Area in this pattern, and smoke from the Camp fires is continuously draining into the Bay Area.

But it is worse than that.  With high pressure aloft, there is sinking air in the middle troposphere (the lowest layer of the atmosphere that extends from the surface to roughly 30,000 ft), and that sinking aloft contributes to the development of a low-level inversion (temps warming with height)…something demonstrated by the radiosonde (balloon-lofted weather station) at Oakland yesterday morning.   Inversions acts as barriers to vertical motion of air.  The smoke is being held to a layer near the surface.

In short, we have had the “perfect storm” for dense smoke over the Bay Area and unfortunately this pattern is not going to shift in a radical way until next Tuesday.

But there is something positive to report.  The NOAA HRRR smoke system shows bad conditions today, but substantial improvement on Saturday as a weak push of marine air comes into San Francisco and the coast.  My son will be pleased.

Forecast of near-surface smoke at 5 PM today.

Some improvement on the coast and part of San Francisco Saturday at 4 PM.   

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California Democrat Threatens “Nukes” If Americans Don’t Hand Over Their Guns

Well that escalated quickly…

Just days after taking back the House, a Democratic Congressmen has proposed outlawing “military-style semi-automatic assault weapons” and forcing existing owners to sell their weapons or face prosecution.

In a USA Today op-ed entitled “Ban assault weapons, buy them back, go after resisters,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued Thursday that prior proposals to ban assault weapons “would leave millions of assault weapons in our communities for decades to come.”

Swalwell proposes that the government should offer up to $1,000 for every weapon covered by a new ban, estimating that it would take $15 billion to buy back roughly 15 million weapons – and “criminally prosecute any who choose to defy [the buyback] by keeping their weapons.”

As NBC News reports, this is a major departure from prior gun control proposals that typically exempt existing firearms; as in the past, Democrats and gun safety groups have carefully resisted proposals that could be interpreted as ‘gun confiscation’, a concept gun rights groups have often invoked as part of a slippery slope argument against more modest proposals like universal background checks.

And sure enough Swalwell’s egotistical over-reach – going full “Australia” – prompted anger across social media. But it was one particular thread that caught our eye…

John Cardillo, ‘America Talks Live’ host on Newsmax, tweeted in response:Make no mistake, Democrats want to eradicate the Second Amendment, ban and seize all guns, and have all power rest with the state. These people are dangerously obsessed with power.”

Which prompted a further response from Joe Biggs, a combat vet,So basically @RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your fucking mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power.”

To which Rep. Swalwell decided to reply – in a not tyrannical-sounding way at all… And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.”

“So our government would nuke its own country in order to take guns? Wow,” Biggs responded.

“Don’t be so dramatic. You claiming you need a gun to protect yourself against the government is ludicrous. But you seem like a reasonable person. If an assault weapons ban happens, I’m sure you’ll follow law,Swalwell tweeted back.

And after the furor exploded, Swalwell quickly resorted to the “it was sarcasm” excuse.

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Now the question is – who will Twitter ban? The conservative-leaning 2nd Amendment-protector raising his ‘social media’ above the pulpit; or the liberal politician who is threatening to unleash nukes on domestic soil in order to ensure the citizenry follow his demands and hand over their means of defense?

To be continued…

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EU Threatens UK Access To ‘Security Database’ As May Struggles To Sell Brexit Deal

As Theresa May struggles to shove her ‘best Brexit deal possible’ down the throats of Tory lawmakers, across the English Channel, May’s European colleagues are refining their own approach to the ‘hard sell’. After chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Thursday that the deal negotiations couldn’t be reopened, Barnier took his threatening rhetoric one step further on Friday by warning that the UK could find itself cut off from European resources for combating serious security threats like terrorism.

According to the Financial Times, Barnier said during a meeting with ambassadors from the EU’s 27 non-UK members earlier this week that the negotiations over the UK’s desire to maintain access to the bloc’s internal security database would be “difficult”. A framework for these negotiations is expected to be included in the seven-page political statement that will sit alongside the formal 500-plus-page Brexit treaty, and serve as a foundation for negotiations during the transition. The political statement will effectively mark a starting point in negotiations surrounding everything from fisheries access to security to data protection to finance.


Barnier’s made his threat as Scottish MPs warned that they would resist any attempt to remain a part of the Common Fisheries Policy, which sets quotas for each type of fish that EU fishermen are allowed to catch. Security cooperation has emerged as  key sticking point in the negotiations; Barnier has said that no other country outside the Schengen free trade area receives the level of cooperation that the UK has demanded. Access to the security database has emerged as one of the “two serious problems” overshadowing negotiations over the text of the political statement, the other being access to EU markets.

Mr Barnier dismissed the UK’s demand to maintain access to the EU’s internal security system, including its passenger name recognition database, Europol and Eurojust. He said no other country outside the Schengen free travel area enjoyed such a level of access. “The UK does not accept all the consequences of its status as a third country”, Mr Barnier said, according to the note.

Diplomats said they expected a tough negotiation over the future relationship text, as EU governments seek to protect their key economic interests. These include future access to fishing waters for the likes of France, and demands that the UK cannot undercut EU standards for governments including Denmark and the Netherlands.

The political statement is expected to be finalized during negotiations on Saturday and Sunday. The statement is expected to be the key issue in negotiations ahead of the special UK-EU Brexit summit on Nov. 25, which could still be canceled if May cannot secure support for her deal. But by threatening the UK’s access to information that could potentially help prevent terrorist attacks Barnier has made his position clear: The EU has already “bent over backwards” to accommodate the UK. Now, the Tories need to ‘get on with it’ and take the deal, or risk very serious real-world blowback. 

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Rep. Eric Swalwell Thinks Gun Confiscation Will Work Out Fine Because Government Has Nukes

What does it take to get a U.S. House member to (sarcastically! sarcastically, he insists) very publicly threaten to nuke American citizens who want to defend their constitutional rights under the Second Amendment?

Nothing more than pushing back on Twitter against that congressman, Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.)’s proposal from earlier this year to fully ban and buy back every one of what he wants to designate as “assault weapons” with the added bonus of “criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it.”

Apparently feeling a bit threatened by this proposal to go after him and millions of other Americans for possessing an individually owned tool of self-defense and recreation, today this was tweeted by a Joe Biggs today:

Rep. Swalwell, willing to make sure the war against any possible American citizen resistance over gun confiscation doesn’t fall into the endless quagmire of so many other guerrilla wars of the past century, reminds the citizen that while the government as represented by him wants your guns, it has something far stronger it would be perfectly happy to use if you complain:

Just a little chilling, isn’t it, that mafia-like “reminder that we can and will kill you” followed by “thus I’m sure we can talk it out.” Swalwell followed up with a bunch of “well, he started it!” posts and insists he was being sarcastic. But that mindset, including its delusional belief that the American military would rather mass murder its own citizens than allow them to continue to enjoy Second Amendment rights as applied to an arbitrary and, as a matter of public policy, rather unimportant set of weapons, reveals why it’s so difficult for America’s gun owners and those who support their rights to stay calm when politicians talk about their own vision of “common sense gun control.”

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Does Any Of This Make Sense?

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Does any of this make sense? No. But it’s so darn profitable to the oligarchy, it’s difficult to escape debt-serfdom and tax-donkey servitude.

We rarely ask “does this make any sense?” of things that are widely accepted as beneficial— or if not beneficial, “the way it is,” i.e. it can’t be changed by non-elite (i.e. the bottom 99.5%) efforts.

Of the vast array of things that don’t make sense, let’s start with borrowing from future income to spend more today. This is of course the entire foundation of consumer economies such as the U.S.: the number of households which buy a car or house with cash is near-zero, unless 1) they just sold a bubble-valuation house and paid off their mortgage in escrow or 2) they earned wealth via fiscal prudence, i.e. the avoidance of debt and the exultation of saving.

Debt has this peculiar characteristic: it has to be paid back with interest.Depending on the rate of interest and the length of the loan, this translates into a mind-numbing reality: borrowing $100 can cost $200 once interest is factored in.

One might reckon that people would be cautious about paying two or three times more for something by using debt rather than cash. But consumer economies are based not just on debt, but on TINA (there is no alternative) and on the timeless seduction of getting something now and paying for it later.

College students are frightened by scary stories of permanent impoverishment and social degradation if they don’t borrow a small fortune to buy a diploma (never mind if you actually learn anything remotely useful or wise; you’re not buying an education, you’re buying an accreditation of your ability to grind through a bureaucratic system without any unhealthy questioning if “higher education” actually makes any sense. Hint: it doesn’t, unless you’re skimming wealth off the poor students.)

The higher education debt scam is classic TINA: there is no alternative to borrowing a small fortune to buy a (mostly worthless) diploma, unless you favor living in a cardboard box the rest of your life.

TINA drives the trillion-dollar deficits of the US government as well: the entrenched self-serving interests feeding at the public trough would quickly ramp the political pain to 11 if their share suffered any cuts, and so There Is No Alternative to funding every parasitic, predatory cartel with its maw in the public trough (healthcare, higher education, banking, national defense, etc.)

Tragically, for a lot of low-income working poor households, there really isn’t any alternative to high-interest debt. When the tire on the gets-me-to-work vehicle blows, the expense has to be financed, either at the tire shop or with a credit card.

Equally tragically, fiscal prudence, i.e. the avoidance of debt and the exultation of saving, is not taught in our educational system. As those of us who work in construction know, many blue-collar tradescraft folks earn good pay, but they mis-spend it on needless consumption or over-borrow to buy stuff they could easily live without.

I could list dozens of personal histories of earned wealth squandered on painfully frivolous consumption or “investments” that never seem to actually increase the owner’s wealth.

What’s not taught in our educational system–perhaps because it would undermine Consumption Funded by Debt?) –is opportunity cost: when you buy the $100 item and end up paying $200 or $300 because the purchase was funded by debt, the opportunity cost is: what else could you have done with the money squandered on interest, penalties, late fees etc.?

This opportunity cost separates those with decent earnings and little productive wealth and those who earned the same income but acquired real wealth. The flip side of debt (paying interest) is earning interest on savings/ capital. Those with capital can earn a return on their capital while those with only debt are debt-serfs, devoting much of their future earnings to the repayment of debt with interest. (Late fees and other charges can triple the cost of the initial purchase in short order.)

Pre-easy-credit, people couldn’t borrow money for the simple reason they were poor credit risks. Credit has always existed, but it was generally linked to collateral and / or a transaction that would soon settle the debt in cash, for example, a loan extended by a wholesaler who will get paid off once the end-customer pays.

With public debt, the collateral is the tax-donkey’s obligation to pay taxes, and with private-sector debt, the borrower’s future income. If the tax-donkey closes down his/her business and sells his/her house, the obligation to pay taxes vanishes into thin air (after the tax-donkey pays the transfer taxes, of course, and any capital gains on the sale of the house.)

The debtor who has no collateral other than his/her future income has a trick card to play: bankruptcy. Since there’s no real-world asset for the lender to repossess (or in the case of used cars, the repo’d vehicle is typically worth less than the outstanding loan), the borrower can stiff the lender.

But since the lenders own the political machinery, bankruptcy will cost you. In the case of student loan debt, it’s not easy to get out from underneath student loan debt. In the case of credit card debt default, the lenders will cut the defaulted borrower off from access to credit: it’s cold turkey withdrawal from credit, Baby. TINA no longer matters; there’s no credit available except from loan sharks, and their rates guarantee poverty (or very unfortunate “accidents”.)

Does any of this make sense? No. But it’s so darn profitable to the oligarchy, it’s difficult to escape debt-serfdom and tax-donkey servitude. Interestingly, when there really is no alternative, people tend to get creative / innovative. But when easy credit is available, they default to taking the easy way out, which is to borrow from future earnings without questioning the opportunity cost of debt-serfdom and tax-donkey servitude.

Remember: every dollar of debt is an expense to the borrower but a source of income to the lender. Keep that in mind as you study these charts of student loan debt and federal debt:

Future income devoted to paying interest is money that can’t be invested productively. On a national scale, that guarantees falling productivity, soaring wealth inequality and eventually, widespread impoverishment.

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Watch How The Brutal Saudi Hit Job Unfolded: NY Times Reconstructs Khashoggi Murder

It’s been almost a month since Saudi Arabia belatedly admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd. By October 19 the kingdom had finally conceded as much, but only as part of a statement which dubiously claimed he was killed during a brawl with 15 rogue Saudi operators — a clear attempt to shield Riyadh and crown prince MbS from any culpability in the crime. 

But Turkish media and government officials released a slow methodical drip of information which poked holes in the official Saudi version, confirming it was actually a state-sanctioned execution and dismemberment. 

And now the New York Times has taken everything known, including damning CCTV footage and other evidence, and produced a carefully detailed chronological sequence and reconstruction of events, down to the very layout of the consulate and room Khashoggi was in when he died. 

The New York Times released its 8-minute video reconstruction and analysis of how the murder and conspiracy to hide the evidence was carried out.

The story has held the constant attention of the world for the past month-and-a-half. Notoriously, among the men that arrived in Turkey just before the killing included a group that had served as part of MbS’ security detail, as well as an autopsy expert armed with a bone saw — himself with longtime ties the regime. 

Underscoring the outrageous and seeming Hollywood movie nature of the whole bizarre plot, the Saudis even brought in a body double to give the appearance that Khashoggi had exited the consulate that fateful day of his own volition and in perfect health. The Times video utilizes the established and known chronology of events to pull together the various threads of the narrative. This comes after Turkish media recently signaled the audio recording may soon be leaked and revealed to the world. 

Meanwhile on Friday a funeral was held in Istanbul in front of an empty marble slab where Khashoggi’s body would have been. Memorial prayers were also conducted in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 

Funeral in Istanbul on Friday for Jamal Khashoggi with an empty marble slab representing his missing and presumed destroyed body. 

Early this month top Turkish officials said that they believe Khashoggi’s body was dissolved in acid after being cut up. At the time presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, said the “only logical conclusion”, was that the team of killers destroyed the body “to leave no trace behind”.

Last week, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah revealed that a second team of Saudis were sent into Turkey nine days after the October 2nd slaying to dispose of the body and destroy any evidence. The report said the team included eleven officials to clean up the scene amidst grown international outrage and demands for an on-site investigation. Among the clean-up and evidence disposal crew was a chemist and toxicologist, according to the report. 

Likely the leaked audio death tape is the next big bombshell to come out of the consistent pattern of information drips the Turks appear to have engineered to inflict maximum humiliation on Saudi Arabia. Given recent talk of Western sanctions and a potential US weapons ban on Riyadh now proposed in the Senate, it appears to be working. 

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Clemson Invites Students To “Create Your Own Gender”

Authored by Stone Washington via Campus Reform,

Have you ever considered creating your own gender? Clemson University students explored this phenomenon by embarking on a “Create Your Own Gender Adventure” workshop on Wednesday.

Clemson’s Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center hosted the event, which featured Lara Americo, a transgender activist and founder of Comic Girl Coffee, which is an “anti-capitalist space that uses the non-profit model to support community building,” according to its website.

Americo campaigns for greater rights for the LGBTQ community through TEDX, the ACLU, and 

“We create gender every day whether we realize it or not,” claims the event description. “When we wake up, with clothes and mannerisms, we perform and create gender.”

“Gender!” Americo exclaimed at the event. “It takes so much energy, so we need to eat, we need to sustain ourselves so we can keep up this performance that we put on every single day.”

Five students and four adults attended Americo’s presentation, sitting at tables surrounding the activist. Americo mixed and matched clothes from a pile to model “new genders.” The transgender activist selected two volunteers to pick out a shirt, pants, makeup, and accessories to assemble various outfits, while the audience attempted to guess what type of gender each piece of clothing represented.

“As soon as you wake up, think about all the things you do to prepare to walk outside of the house. You have all these clothes, all these products that you bought, all these different things that you use to create your identity and by default you use to create your gender expression: your blend of masculinity and femininity,” Americo explained.

“So, we’re gonna do it right now. We’re gonna create something. Are there only two genders? Is it just male and female? Or are genders infinite…and can we create infinite genders based on our emotions and our feelings for today?”

Americo dressed in a variety of clothes to mix and match styles, including fox-covered tights, cargo pants, pink cat ears, and a loose-fitting striped shirt. The activist dressed an audience volunteer up in a variety of “different gendered” clothing, including a woman’s suit jacket, a colored skirt, and a pair of men’s camouflage pants. 

The group laughed and joked as the volunteer had difficulty fitting all of the clothes together for review. 

“This is the complicated gender,” a student joked. “This is gender as a math problem, no shade to the math professor.”

In a Q&A session, Americo described growing up with a father who encouraged going into the military, and later MMA fighting. It was the trouble of living “authentically”; the way that felt most emotionally comfortable, that conflicted with Americo’s masculine upbringing and eventually drove America to alter associate with femininity, while becoming an advocate for the LGBTQ community.

“We don’t realize how much energy it takes to stay within the binaries”, Americo states, “If you’re born with a penis and you wanna shave your legs and wear lipstick every day, who cares? As long as you’re contributing to society and being a good friend and family member. And it’s impossible to do that when you can’t be yourself,” Americo explained.

“So the purpose of this is to demonstrate the absurdity of gender roles and gender stereotypes.”

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Gillum’s Dramatic Decision To Un-Concede Didn’t Work Out As He Expected

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum may regret his decision to un-concede to his GOP opponent Ron DeSantis, after the final tally netted Gillum just one additional vote

Last week Gillum took his previous concession to DeSantis off the table, announcing “I am replacing my words of concession in an unapologetic call that we count every vote,” after DeSantis led by just .41% of the vote, or around 33,600 votes out of more than 8 million votes cast.

“The margin was 0.41 percent out of more than 8 million votes cast, outside the 0.25 percent threshold needed for a manual recount,” reports the Sun-Sentinel. The former Tallahassee mayor stopped short of filing a lawsuit to try and force the recount to continue, however despite picking up just one vote – Gillum still hasn’t conceded despite what appears to be an insurmountable lead by DeSantis.

“A vote denied is justice denied — the State of Florida must count every legally cast vote,” Gillum continued. “As today’s unofficial reports and recent court proceedings make clear, there are tens of thousands of votes that have yet to be counted. We plan to do all we can to ensure that every voice is heard in this process.”

In other Florida recount news, the Republican Governor Rick Scott’s lead over incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) grew by nearly 1,000 votes following a machine recount – a difference of around 12,000 votes, or enough to trigger a manual recount. 

Scott has urged Nelson to give up.

“Our state needs to move forward,” Scott said. “We need to put this election behind us, and it is time for Bill Nelson to respect the will of the voters and graciously bring this process to an end rather than proceed with yet another count of the votes – which will yield the same result, and bring more embarrassment to the state that we both love and have served.”

2 minute woman?

Meanwhile on Thursday Broward County submitted the results of its recount two minutes after the state’s 3pm deadline, voiding the results of its machine recount. Rick Scott says that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes intentionally delayed the results so that the would be invalidated, after it was revealed that Scott would have seen a net gain of 779 votes if Snipes had submitted the results on time

“Basically, I just worked my ass off for nothing,” said Broward County election planning and development director Joseph D’Alessandro. 

“We uploaded to the state two minutes late so the state has chosen not to use our machine recount results,” said D’Alessandro, adding “They are going to use our first unofficial results as our second unofficial results.”

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