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Gas Prices to Rise After Pipeline Company Hack?

Posted on May 10, 2021

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US pipeline company hacked, halts operations after cyberattack

WASHINGTON — A U.S. energy company says a cyberattack forced it to temporarily halt all operations on a major pipeline that delivers roughly 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.

Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems. The company transports gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil from refineries primarily located on the Gulf Coast through pipelines running from Texas to New Jersey.

ABC News

Seems like kind of a big deal. I heard some sort of expert on this subject opining about how this forced shutdown will not affect fuel prices. LOL. Have you ever heard of anything that didn't affect gas prices?

More – US passes emergency waiver over fuel pipeline cyber-attack

It was Russian hackers, by the way. I'm not kidding.

If you still think Russia doesn't deserve massive sanctions, nothing will convince your dumb ass.


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6 victims in shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In a “senseless act of violence” early Sunday morning, a man drove to a birthday party at a mobile home, walked inside and started shooting, killing six people and himself, according to police.

Police said it appeared the shooter was the boyfriend of one of the female victims. Friends, family, and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate, when the shooting occurred. The children were not injured and are now with relatives, police said.

9 News

Those kids will never be right.


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Debris from Chinese rocket re-enters Earth's atmosphere over Indian Ocean

A huge piece of space junk made an uncontrolled re-entry back into Earth's atmosphere Saturday night. The remnants of a Chinese rocket re-entered the atmosphere and crashed into the Indian Ocean north of Maldives, according to the 18th Space Control Squadron.

According to the U.S. Space Force, the remnants re-entered the atmosphere at 10:15 p.m. ET over the Arabian Peninsula. It was unknown if the debris impacted land or water.

China's space agency said the rocket re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 p.m. ET, but also pinpointed the landing area just north of the Maldives. The Chinese space agency said most of the rocket was destroyed during re-entry.

CBS News

Earlier, supposed experts had predicted what was left of the rocket after most of it burned up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere would splash down in the Pacific Ocean.

Meh, it hit water. A big body of water, in fact. I'd say the experts were “close enough.” Or–missed by fucking miles.


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Melinda Gates Reportedly Meeting With Divorce Lawyers Since 2019

The split between Bill and Melinda Gates didn’t exactly come out of nowhere. Melinda Gates had been meeting with divorce lawyers since at least 2019, reports the Wall Street Journal. Although the couple hasn’t publicly said what led to the split, sources tell the paper that Melinda Gates was concerned about her husband’s association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Slate

Hold up. It get freakier.

Records reviewed by the Journal showed Gates and her lawyers held numerous calls in October 2019, which just happened to be when the New York Times reported Gates met numerous times with Epstein. The connection between the two billionaires raised plenty of eyebrows in part because Bill Gates started the relationship after Epstein had been convicted of sex crimes. Melinda Gates had already expressed concerns about Epstein years earlier, telling her husband that she was uncomfortable with him in 2013. The Daily Beast had already reported those concerns, claiming Melinda Gates told friends she was uncomfortable around Epstein and didn’t want anything to do with him.

Slate

Why, Bill, why?

You had a pretty good legacy going there, helping millions of people through your foundation (with your wife, of course).

And then to blow it all on a relationship with a convicted sex offender? Sheesh.

I'm beginning to think that “smart people” may not be so smart.


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The “Big Lie,” Arizona GOP recount, and death threats

More than six months after his defeat in the November election, former President Trump is still claiming victory, calling the election “the big lie,” despite several recounts and dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits that say otherwise.

Although every state has certified its results, the Republican-controlled state Senate in Arizona has undertaken a full hand recount and audit of the ballots and voting machines in Maricopa, the state's largest county, a move that has been frequently praised by the former president. President Biden won the county, a longtime Republican stronghold, by 45,109 votes, and he won the state by 10,457 votes. At the same time, Democrats also picked up a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona. 

By subpoena, the state Senate took possession of 2.1 million ballots and nearly 400 election machines and turned them over to be audited by companies that include one whose CEO promoted debunked election fraud theories after the election. The majority-Republican county board of supervisors vehemently objected to the action and pointed to the multiple audits of ballots and machines that Arizona had already completed that had found no issues.

CBS News

Meanwhile, Arizona's top election official, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, has been getting death threats and is under law enforcement protection.

What a shitshow Arizona is.


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Kentucky Derby winner under scrutiny after positive post-race test

US (horse) racing has been plunged into another high-profile medication scandal after Medina Spirit returned a post-race blood sample above the permitted threshold for the anti-inflammatory drug betamethasone after his win in the Kentucky Derby, which his trainer Bob Baffert labelled “the biggest gut-punch I've had”.

Baffert was immediately suspended from being able to make entries at Churchill Downs “given the seriousness of the alleged offence” and, in a statement, the racecourse added it “will not tolerate” failure to comply with rules and medication protocols.

Racing Post

I can't help but think of Lance Armstrong right now.


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