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    [–] Gasol suffered a volar plate fracture to his left pinkie finger Twoweekswithpay 7 points ago in lakers

    Yeah, I look back fondly on just a few months ago when we were wondering how they were gonna fit THT in the lineup, along with all the other players.

    Now, I’m glad he has been one of our most durable players because we sometimes struggle just to get the minimum number of players healthy to finish a game... Sigh... 😔

    I look forward to when we’re healthy again. Gonna be a wild...

    [–] U.S. Treasury: Paul Manafort Associate Provided Russian Government with ‘Sensitive Information’ from Trump Campaign Twoweekswithpay 41 points ago in politics

    Reports on 2016 election interference from both Mueller’s team and the Senate Intelligence Committee alleged that Manafort had shared information from the Trump campaign with Kilimnik, including internal polling data, but neither report was able to conclude what had been done with that information. That missing link has since been filled, according to the U.S. Intelligence Community.

    “During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy,” the press release stated.

    Tell me how the Russia Investigation was a hoax again? Sure seems like evidence of collision/conspiracy to me! 🤨🤷🏽‍♂️😡

    [–] Maxine Waters erupts at Jim Jordan and tells him to 'respect the chair and shut your mouth' during COVID-19 hearing Twoweekswithpay 1 points ago in politics

    "I'd like my question answered!" Jordan shouted as Waters said she was reclaiming her speaking time.

    "Mr. Chairman, I don't want you to answer my question, the American people want Dr. Fauci to answer the question," he said, as Waters cut him off.

    "Your time expired, sir," the California lawmaker said. "You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth."

    Clyburn then stepped in, saying, "Don't worry about this. We're going to handle this."

    Glad she set his phony pandering straight! 🙄

    Funny, though, how Jim Jordan advocates for the truth and personal liberties, except when it comes to allegations of sexual abuse. Where were you back then, Jim??? 🤨😒😡

    [–] Biden administration confirms Russian agent shared 2016 Trump polling data as part of election interference efforts Twoweekswithpay 30 points ago in politics

    The Treasury Department news release on Thursday was the first time the US government ever revealed that Kilimnik provided these internal Trump campaign insights to Russian intelligence.

    The Mueller report said it "did not identify evidence of a connection between Manafort's sharing polling data and Russia's interference in the election," but also said they had limited access to the truth because they couldn't interview Kilimnik and Manafort lied about the data transfers.

    For the life of me, I’ll never understand how this revelation wasn’t seen as a bigger deal! This was the missing link of conspiracy/collusion. What else did we need?!?! 🤨🤦🏽‍♂️😡

    [–] Florida House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Women Student-Athletes and Allowing for ‘Genital Inspections’ Twoweekswithpay 55 points ago in politics

    The GOP-led Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 70-44 along party lines to pass HB 1475, which would ban transgender female athletes from competing on women’s athletic teams in both high school and college while subjecting some students-athletes to “genital inspections” before they can play. [...]

    According to the legislation, disputes regarding a student’s sex under the law would be resolved with a “health examination and consent form” verifying the student’s biological sex.

    “The health care provider may verify the student’s biological sex as part of a routine sports physical examination by relying only on one or more of the following: 1. The student’s reproductive anatomy; 2. The student’s genetic makeup; or 3. The student’s normal endogenously produced testosterone levels,” the text of the five-page bill reads.

    Ummm...what?! Here they are against vaccine passports (on an issue that affects hundreds of millions of people) because it evokes memories of Nazi Germany, and yet, they are for this?! For an issue that affects such a limited amount of people?! 🤨

    The GQP is out of control...😡

    [–] How much is 1 upvote worth karma Twoweekswithpay 2 points ago in karma

    Seems like the algorithm has just changed to basically be [karma = upvotes/2] for both link and comment karma.

    Anyone noticed this, as well?

    [–] Matt Gaetz's ally and accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg made 150 Venmo payments to dozens of women and a 17-year-old girl, report says Twoweekswithpay 33 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in politics

    Greenberg, who was indicted on 33 counts last year, including one related to sex trafficking, paid the 17-year-old $300 in a June 2017 payment labeled "Food," according to The Daily Beast.

    Gaetz, a Republican of Florida, sent a Venmo payment to Greenberg nearly a year later that was intended for the same person, according to The Daily Beast. [...]

    The new documents also showed a $300 payment Gaetz made to Greenberg in November 2018 that was simply labeled with the "love hotel emoji." The Daily Beast also confirmed Greenberg booked a single night at a hotel for the same date.

    Love Hotel Emoji 🏩....Could he be any more obvious?!?! 🤨🤦🏽‍♂️

    These guys thought they were above the law for a long time. Now, the law seems to be striking back!

    [–] U.S. Poised to Impose Russia Sanctions Over Election, SolarWinds Twoweekswithpay 26 points ago in politics

    As part of the moves, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, the U.S. plans to sanction about a dozen individuals, including government and intelligence officials, and roughly 20 entities, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter was sensitive. The U.S. is also expected to expel as many as 10 Russian officials and diplomats from the country, the person said. [...]

    Those facing the next round of sanctions include individuals and entities blamed by the U.S. for enabling the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll farm that used a coordinated operation on social media in an effort to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

    Actions in response to the malicious SolarWinds cyber activity will target about half a dozen entities linked to Russian security services, according to one of the people. Those measures are also expected to be announced as early as Thursday. The U.S. is also poised to name the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service as the perpetrator of the campaign, the person said.

    Nice to see our President stand up to Putin, instead of being his puppet... 🤨😤

    [–] Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old Twoweekswithpay 58 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in politics

    Gaetz made only one previously unreported transaction in the newly obtained documents: a payment from the Florida congressman to the former Seminole County tax commissioner for $300 on November 1, 2018, with the love hotel emoji (“🏩”) in the memo field. The Daily Beast was unable to tie that transaction directly to any woman, but confirmed that Greenberg booked one night for that date at The Alfond Inn, a luxury hotel in Winter Park, Florida.

    Really, Matt Gaetz? The Love Hotel 🏩 emoji?!?! These guys are really demented. 🤨

    Seems like it might be more appropriate to soon use these police emojis (🚓🚔👮🏽‍♂️) instead...

    [–] Rep. Liz Cheney tells Fox News she would not support Trump if he were the 2024 GOP nominee Twoweekswithpay 37 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in politics

    "If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?" Cavuto asked Cheney.

    "I would not," Cheney said.

    She also called his actions on January 6th as the "gravest violation of an oath of office by any president in American history."

    Well, unlike John Boehner & Nikki Haley, who talk out of both sides of their mouth, glad there is at least someone in that party that doesn’t cower to Trump. She seems to be the only one left... 🤨😒🤦🏽‍♂️

    [–] [Yaron Weitzman, The Ringer] The NBA’s GM Kingmaker | Owners looking to change the fates of their billion-dollar basketball franchises are increasingly turning to one former English Premier League executive who lives in the Connecticut suburbs for help Twoweekswithpay 2 points ago in nba

    Oh, wow! That sucks. Sorry about that...

    That “Wizards Way” seems straight out of the “Spurs Way” playbook that Forde helped crib from the Spurs, as described in the article. Since Forde is well-versed in “pitch decks,” I bet seeing one from Sheppard seemed revolutionary to Ted Leonsis. Sounds like, if that happened, he has no idea how to apply it, though...🤨🤦🏽‍♂️

    Hope it turns out better for you guys soon. DC deserves a rockin’ basketball team!

    [–] NBA GMs say injury spate tied to 'brutal' schedule Twoweekswithpay 134 points ago in nba

    Speaking of COVID, thought this anecdote was interesting regarding the testing:

    "There's no rest and recovery anymore with the COVID protocols," said the veteran NBA head athletic trainer, who added, "The travel, combined with the morning testing, is unlike anything we've ever seen."

    The veteran athletic training staffer said, "[The players] walk down to the testing room like they're 900-year-old men."'

    No telling how this affected the players. The off-season retrospectives should be pretty enlightening...

    [–] NBA GMs say injury spate tied to 'brutal' schedule Twoweekswithpay 2 points ago in nba

    The compressed schedule (& injuries/rest games) definitely seems to be affecting competitiveness:

    Numerous team executives and health officials also correlate the lack of competitive games to the abbreviated schedule. Per ESPN Stats and Information, more than half the games played this season (52.6%) have been decided by double digits, the highest rate since 1971-72. Several officials across the league have also voiced concern about the lingering effects from consecutive seasons with compressed and unusually short offseasons.

    [–] Gynecologist Exiled From China Says 80 Sterilizations Per Day Forced on Uyghurs Twoweekswithpay 8 points ago in worldnews

    "On some days there were about 80 surgeries to carry out forced sterilizations," Gülgine, 47, said in an interview with The Sankei Shimbun, according to Japan Forward.

    Gülgine was a gynecologist in China's autonomous Xinjiang region, which is largely popular by the Uyghur Muslim minority. The doctor, who left China for Istanbul in 2011, admitted her own role in the sterilization procedures at a hospital in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. [...]

    In the interview, which took place in Turkey, Gülgine showed intrauterine devices (IUDs) and said "these devices were inserted into women's wombs" as a method of forced infertility. The doctor-in-exile said she believes that China started the sterilization campaign in order to maintain the Uyghur population an official minority.

    Awful... The more we find out, the worse it gets. 😡