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PayPal has reversed its decision to withhold Consortium News‘ funds after a backlash from social media, news outlets and CN donors.

PayPal sent Consortium News an email on Tuesday night saying: “Your PayPal funds are now eligible for withdrawal.” CN immediately withdrew the funds. PayPal gave no reasons for its reversal, as it had given no reasons for its initial action. The account remains shut down, though it appears no longer permanently, as PayPal is asking CN to take steps to restore it without saying what those steps are.

PayPal initially said it had slapped a “permanent limitation” on Consortium News, adding explicitly: “You can’t use PayPal anymore. … We noticed activity in your account that’s inconsistent with our User Agreement and we no longer offer you PayPal services. … Because of potential risk exposure, we’ve permanently limited your account. You’ll no longer be able to use the account for any transactions.”

Among “restricted activities” in the User Agreement is a ban on providing “false, inaccurate or misleading information” to PayPal, other PayPal customers “or third parties.” Given the political climate it is reasonable to conclude that PayPal was reacting to Consortium News’ coverage of the war in Ukraine, which is not in line with the dominant narrative that is being increasingly enforced. If true, PayPal was allegedly seeking to limit Consortium News’ free speech by depriving it of one of its main vehicles for funding.

A PayPal customer service agent had told CN that its funds could be kept for six months until a determination was made about what to do with them. “If there was a violation .. it is possible” CN‘s balance of $9,348.14 could be kept as “damages” to PayPal. That would mean awarding itself damages in a completely secret process.

PayPal apparently has also lifted the “permanent limitation” on CN‘s account. According to its User Agreement, PayPal says there are no steps that can be taken to reverse the permanent ban.


As I mentioned on a thread this past week, I got anxious and actually, miffed, that Paypal tried to tell me my account needed to be updated and I needed to hand over personal information. I didn’t know if it was a phish or scam. I’ve been avoiding Paypal for awhile now, but I wrote to them and said I did not want to be their customer for wanting more personal information from me.









Theirs a good chance that the USA wont be around in its current form, USSC wont mean shit. The world faces an uncertain future with all its major problems that really need to be solved and seem to be pushed to the back table by the PTB. Thier mindset of profits at any cost will doom us all..



The Biden administration has reawarded a massive $10 billion federal contract to Amazon, even as the president is facing mounting pressure to fulfill his promise to halt such contracts to companies that refuse to remain neutral in union elections. The contract decision came as Amazon responded to its workers’ first successful union drive by busting the organizing drive that followed.

At issue is Joe Biden’s 2020 promise to “ensure federal contracts only go to employers who sign neutrality agreements committing not to run anti-union campaigns.”

Amid revelations of Amazon’s aggressive efforts to shut down a union drive among its workers, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) last month sent a letter to Biden asking him “to fulfill that promise . . . to make sure that federal dollars do not flow into the hands of unscrupulous employers who engage in union-busting, participate in wage theft, or violate labor law.”

A day later, Nextgov reported that Biden’s National Security Agency (NSA) ratified a $10 billion cloud computing contract for Amazon, which hired the brother of Biden’s top aide as a lobbyist days after the 2020 presidential election. The contract for the company’s web services division is code-named “Wild and Stormy,” and is distinct from another massive Pentagon cloud contract on which Amazon is also currently bidding.

A few days after Amazon received the NSA contract, the Amazon Labor Union lost its second union election bid by a two to one margin at another Staten Island warehouse, after Amazon mounted a furious campaign to halt the organizing drive.

In effect, while Amazon was doubling down on its union busting, the Biden administration was delivering a massive federal contract to the company, signaling to Amazon executives that he is so far not interested in fulfilling his pledge to use the government’s purchasing power to be “the most pro-union president.”

Meanwhile in Congress, lawmakers are advancing legislation that could give Amazon new tax breaks and give $10 billion to company founder Jeff Bezos’s space company. Most Democratic senators also voted Wednesday to reject a measure from Sanders demanding that tech companies that receive government subsidies remain neutral in union elections.



It’s no secret that Sen. Bernie Sanders is a critic of Amazon.com, so it hardly came as a shock when the Vermont independent used his position as Senate Budget Committee chair to hold a hearing yesterday that was critical of the giant online retailer.

Indeed, the point of the hearing was to help Sanders make the case for one of his labor goals: The progressive senator wants the government to curtail federal contracts to companies accused of unfair labor practices. (Jeff Bezos was invited to testify. To no one’s surprise, he declined.)

It was, to be sure, a lively hearing, featuring testimony from, among others, Chris Smalls, a former Amazon worker who now leads a grassroots organization called the Amazon Labor Union. But as CNBC reported, one of Sanders’ colleagues slammed the fact that the hearing was held at all.

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the hearing topic “radical” and criticized Sanders for singling out Amazon. “This is an effort to get an outcome you want, using the United States Senate as your vehicle,” Graham said. “This is very dangerous. You can have oversight hearings all you like, but you’ve determined Amazon is a piece of crap company. That’s your political bias.”

Right off the bat, let’s note how curious it was to hear Graham complain about Sanders using his position as a “vehicle” to get a policy outcome he wants. The problem isn’t that the criticism was wrong, so much as it was reductive.

Of course Sanders was using his position as a “vehicle” to get a policy outcome he wants. That’s what senators do. It’s effectively written into the job description and the point of becoming a senator in the first place.

But let’s also not miss the forest for the trees. It’s not unreasonable to say that Sanders was singling out Amazon over its controversial labor practices, which Graham considers a “dangerous” use of a public office. The follow-up question, however, is one the South Carolinian did not address: Is it also “dangerous” when Republicans single out corporate giants for entirely different reasons?

Because the last time I checked, GOP officials — both in Florida and Washington, D.C. — seemed awfully eager to go after Disney for expressing an opinion the party didn’t like. A week ago, nine of Graham’s Republican colleagues also sought to punish Citibank for an employee health care policy the GOP senators disapproved of.

Indeed, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio last year used his position to also condemn Amazon — not over labor practices but because the Floridian perceived the company as being “allies of the left in the culture war.”

Why is it “dangerous” for a progressive senator to use his office to pressure a corporate giant, but fine for Republican policymakers to do the same thing?





Another not surprising from GQP crazy Fla.

Retirees with guns: Kings Point dog walker shot by golf-cart vigilante in condo caper

Years ago, some cars in suburban Delray Beach used to display the bumper sticker, “Pray for me, I drive by Kings Point.”

The barb addressed the perception that many of the senior-citizen drivers who went in and out of that sprawling condo complex south of Atlantic Avenue and west of Jog Road were dangerous drivers.

The old bumper sticker may have to be revised.

“Pray for me. I walk a dog at Kings Point,” would be a suitable new warning message.

The proliferation of guns in Florida, where about 2.5 million people are licensed to carry concealed handguns, put lethal firepower in the hands of an apparent dog-poop vigilante at Kings Point.

Dog walk turns to running from bullets
Kings Pointer Robert Levine, 74, fired five shots at an unfamiliar fellow condo resident, Herbert Merritt, 64, while he was walking his dog near the 15th hole of the golf course at Kings Point early one evening last month, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Levine, driving a golf cart, pulled up to Merritt, and confronted him about walking his dog too close to the golf course, according to the arrest report.

The verbal confrontation took a potentially life-and-death turn when Levine pointed a handgun at Merritt, who then ran, as Levine pursued him around a tree in the cart while shooting at the fleeing dog owner, the arrest report said.

One of the shots hit Merritt in the left ankle, wounding him and dropping him to the ground. Levine wasn’t done, according to the report. An eyewitness told deputies that the golfer kicked Merritt in the head, then went to golf cart, pulled out a club and began hitting the fallen dog owner with a club, while still holding the handgun in his other hand.

A judge who deemed Levine a threat to himself and others issued a risk-protection order this week, prohibiting him from possessing firearms and ammunition for a year.

Shooter’s lawyer says gunfire was lawful
Levine, who has been charged with attempted murder, has hired a lawyer who says that the official version of events is wrong. And that Levine, who has no criminal record, acted in “a lawful manner.”

I smell a stand-your-grass dog-poop case on the horizon.

If nothing else, the shooting of the dog walker ought to serve as a fresh reminder to just how needlessly dangerous Florida has become through the proliferation of guns and the encouragement of Floridians to arm themselves against theoretical troublemakers — who in many cases turn out to be the gun owners themselves.

A 74-year-old member of Kings Point Golf and Country Club allegedly shot a man for walking his dog near the golf course.

Kings Point ought to be a safe place. It has guarded entrances, a roving private police force and a Palm Beach County sheriff’s substation directly across the street on Atlantic Avenue.

If you read a story about “shots” at Kings Point, it’s way more likely to be about vaccinations than gun-wielding intruders from the outside world.

Traveling around Kings Point with a loaded gun strikes me as going way out of your way to look for trouble. Carrying a loaded gun is especially dangerous in retirement communities, where the general level of crankiness among residents is high, and contentious arguments abound — and have been known to blossom over next to nothing.

If a dog-walking gripe rates a handgun, does that mean feeding the Muscovy ducks warrants an AR-15 response?

It wasn’t like this in the past.

I remember covering a potentially violent altercation at a Royal Palm Beach condo clubhouse about 20 years ago. It was a fight over the use of a communal coffee maker.

When a board member made himself a cup of Maxwell House decaffeinated instant coffee in the clubhouse, he was confronted by another board member for not making the coffee in his own unit.

“There has to be a certain order,” the rules enforcer told me. “We don’t want anybody making coffee and leaving the electricity on.”

The verbal dustup over the instant coffee escalated instantly when the coffee drinker brandished his cane and slammed it on the table.

And he was drinking decaf!

Police were called because the rules enforcer said she felt threatened by the man’s aggressive cane choreography. Ah, the good old days. When condo disputes were, at worst, escalated by canes.

And things are bound to be getting worse in the near future.

Open carry in Florida glorifies guns
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a man who rarely fails to embrace a bad idea, recently said he will push Florida to be an open-carry state, meaning that legal gun owners will be able to openly display their firearms, without training, registration or government licensing.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to the sight of retirees going around as if they’re characters in some “High Noon” remake when they can barely back their cars out of the Publix parking space in less than five tries.

Just the thought of holster-strapped codgers at a sharp-elbows, all-you-can-eat buffet line ought to make you consider body armor for dining out.

Or to put it another way: This could turn the Golden Corral into the O.K. Corral.

“I know what you’re thinking. Did you take five or six pieces of the brisket? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track of who ate what.

“But being that this is the most powerful handgun at the pickleball luncheon, you’ve got to ask yourself as you look at that full plate in your hands, ‘Am I really that hungry? Well, are you, punk?’”



Caucus99 is playing Marcia Ball this evening, perfect timing for Jazz Fest in NOLA. Thought I’d play a couple of her performances as well. The song above is called “We Fell Hard.”


“Down the Road ” by Marcia Ball


Bernie has endorsed Allam.