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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she’s the ‘happiest’ she’s ever been at 47

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Jada Pinkett Smith recently opened up about how she’s at an amazing spot in her life, both personally and professionally.

The “Red Table Talk” host told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Late Show” that she’s at peace and has found happiness at 47.

“I really thought happiness had a lot to do with pleasure, and I realized that happiness is about peace,” Pinkett Smith explained. “I am the most peaceful I’ve ever been in my life, so I am the happiest.”

JADA PINKETT SMITH CONFESSED SHE FELT ‘DEPLETED’ IN MARRIAGE AND NEEDED TO ‘TAKE TIME OUT FOR ME’

Beside the popularity and success of the Facebook Watch series, Pinkett Smith revealed that it also brought her closer to husband Will Smith.

“What was really important about Will and I doing that show together — two things — first of all was to get rid of the idea that people in the public eye have perfect relationships. We were kind of sick of living up to that,” she said of their image.

“We were kind of sick of living up to that. We were real sick of it, and then second of all really having myself and Will come and talk about our relationship — sometimes you see just women do it alone or you just see a guy do it,” she continued.

The “Girls Trip” star also opened up about how they both played integral roles in their marriage problems and had to own up to that.

JADA PINKETT SMITH REVEALED HER HUSBAND, WILL, FELT ‘ABANDONED’ BY HER EFFORTS TO GAIN MORE INDEPENDENCE

“Us having coming together and taking responsibility for both of our parts and also Will being the successful guy that he is and being willing to share what his pitfalls were in the relationship and in his family, you can’t imagine how many other successful men called and said, ‘Wow, my wife has been saying the same thing for years. Because you said it, it opened my eyes and because you said it, I’m willing to listen,” she said.

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Pinkett Smith added: “I think a lot of times successful men might feel like, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of success in a lot of areas. I know exactly what I’m doing.’ So, a lot of times, you know, you can shut your partner down a little bit.

“That’s one of the blessings of having someone who is full of so much fun and laughter,” she explained. “He keeps high spirits all the time.”

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‘Orgy Island’ to airplanes, Epstein’s assets are up for grabs

While many questions remain about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s worth – how he made his money, and what happens to his assets with his death – details are emerging about his assets, and where the alleged underage sex-trafficking operation took place.

Epstein, 66, died early Saturday in what officials have called an apparent suicide. Foremost among the assets he’s left behind are two private islands in the Caribbean.

The first is the 75-acre Little St. James, which Epstein bought 21 years ago for just under $8 million. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and comprising five buildings and some 70 employees, Epstein gave the periphery of the stone home its own facelift after moving in – razing the natural greenery and installing palm trees that sway in the breeze alongside two American flags.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP, File)

On Tuesday, the quiet property – lawyers list it as now worth $63.8 million – could be glimpsed in drone video footage showing the FBI and NYPD raiding the home and seizing computers.

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According to permit records obtained by NBC News, while his high-powered lawyers in Florida were at work on a plea deal over charges around a decade ago, Epstein was seeking to have the interiors embellished with the likes of a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.

In 2016 – some eight years after he entered into the sweetheart plea deal with limited jail time and registered as a sex offender – Epstein upgraded with a second island, this one adding 165 acres at a cost of $18 million. Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources late last year for illegal construction, per the New York Post, work went on throughout this year.

Think amphitheaters and underwater offices, along with an odd blue-and-white-striped temple with a golden dome. Some reports asserted it was a music studio, while others allude to more sinister intent. Its value: $22.5 million.

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Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (REUTERS/Marco Bello, File)

While Epstein is said to have referred to his parcels of paradise as extensions of his own identity – “Little St. Jeff’ and “Big St. Jeff” – the islands have in recent years been tagged with less-flattering and more ominous Internet monikers: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island” and “Island of Sin,” to name a few.

But his property portfolio extended far beyond his personal parcels in the sea.

The financier also owned a luxe Beaux Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – worth $56 million – and a 10,000-acre property in New Mexico he dubbed the “Zorro Ranch,” previously owned by former Gov. Bruce King, with its own airport hangar, a stunning 27,000 square-foot pink-hued mansion and a price tag of $17.2 million.

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Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Stanley, N.M. (REUTERS/Drone Base, File)

In addition, there’s the El Brillo Way abode in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly brimming with massage tables, nude photographs and an assortment of toys valued at $12.4 million. Then, too, there’s the Avenue Foch, Paris, apartment in he shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, listed at $8.7 million.

Epstein had been returning from his Parisian digs to New York when the FBI arrested him on July 6 at a New Jersey airport, charging him wth the sex trafficking of minors.

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On court documents, Epstein listed his official residence as the Virgin Islands – possibly to avoid routine check-ins with officials in New York and Florida, given his status as a registered sex offender, as established by his 2008 plea deal. A year earlier, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He subsequently spent just over a year behind bars, with provisions to leave for work, and avoided federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Manhattan, seen last month. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, File)

Court filings from his lawyers showed that the convicted sex offender – often dubbed a billionaire – listed assets to the tune of little more than half that. In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties.

There was no mention on the court documents of two Gulfstream jets he was said to have owned, or of the 200-seat Boeing 727-200, which earned the nickname “Lolita Express” – in reference to the famed Vladimir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged professor who seduces and sexually assaults a 12-year-old girl.

What fate awaits the Epstein empire of things?

While federal prosecutors had endeavored to seize the assets after his arrest as part of the criminal probe, that’s now over; the criminal proceeding cannot be leveled against the deceased.

“The federal government can’t likely take anything from him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime and can’t be tried now that he’s dead. He enjoys the presumption of innocence forever because he can’t defend himself in a criminal trial,” criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “He is most certainly, however, subject to civil actions aimed squarely at slicing up the assets in his estate.”

Indeed, the civil suits will now look to Epstein’s estate. Already, a decade ago, more than a dozen women reached undisclosed settlements against him in Florida.

But the renewed endeavor to claim his riches is likely to be fraught with complications and could drag on for many years, legal experts have said. It remained unclear whether he left a will, and the only known relatives of Epstein – who never married and had no known children – were his New York-based brother, Mark, a niece and a nephew.

“The personal representative and/or executor is in a tricky position in light of the various creditors and plaintiffs who have a financial interest in the estate. The individual handling the estate could face personal liability if he/she doesn’t manage the estate properly,” explained Doug Richards, of the Denver-based law firm Richards Carrington.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s waterfront Palm Beach home at the end of an ungated, palm tree-lined street. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

Several legal experts also underscored that the estate could run into monetary woes of its own; depending on how the civil litigation plays out.

“Depending on the outcome, the plaintiffs will have legal rights to portions of the estate,” California attorney Arash Hashemi speculated. “It is always a possibility … they would have to pay off debts and taxes first.”

Moreover, given Epstein’s global presence, it’s not yet clear how many others good he possessed that haven’t yet been documented.

“Usually high-net-worth individuals, like Epstein, have complicated estate plans to avoid things like probable and estate taxes and gift taxes,” Slaten explained. “The administrators of the Epstein estate are now on notice that there are likely many civil suits pending, so it will be interesting to see if they feel they are obligated to not dispose of assets pursuant to the terms of the trust (assuming there is one) until ordered by a court.”

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It’s the only justice they can get. And they deserve it,” Lisa Bloom, the high-profile attorney who is representing a number of Epstein accusers, tweeted this week. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

There’s also a website that surfaced this week – EpsteinHeirs.com

“If you believe you may have given birth to a child fathered by the late JEFFREY EPSTEIN who recently committed suicide, or that he may have been your biological father, please contact us immediately, without delay!!” a notice on the site read.

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Operated by Morse Genealogical Services, the firm claimed to be using court-qualified experts and appointed investigators to “locate missing heirs and persons” – and it came as little surprise to legal experts.

“It’s really a race to the courthouse at this point. Whoever gets a judgment first will be first in line to take from the assets. (But) the most equitable way to divide the estate is on a pro-rata basis depending on the size of any civil awards,” Slaten added. “And there are likely to be many, many civil actions. Some will be meritorious and some will not.

“I have faith in the judicial system to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

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Dad ‘interrogates’ daughter’s date through doorbell camera

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Technology is making it easier for dads to intimidate men trying to date their daughters.

A father in Massachusetts used his video doorbell to “meet” a man at the door who was taking his daughter on a date. This allowed the dad, who was at work at the time, to check out the guy before his daughter could get to the door.

The footage was uploaded to Instagram by the girl’s brother, who is named Pedro Lugo (just like his father). He captioned the post, “Here’s the video of my sister’s date picking her up and my dad answering the doorbell and just watch them ‘meet’ each other for the first time.”

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The footage begins with the father using the doorbell’s speaker to ask who’s at the door and then introduce himself. He then brags to his daughter’s date, Jared, that “I get to see your face, but you don’t get to see mine.”

The dad then questions Jared about their plans, which include dinner and a movie. He also asks what time they’ll be coming home, to which Jared responds, “Probably before 11.”

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Lugo responds, “Oh, I heard 10:30. OK, that’s good.”

His daughter, Grace, eventually arrives. While she doesn’t seem all that surprised about the situation, she does give her dad a hard time. Whenever he mentions them being home by 10:30, she pushes back and says “11.”

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The video ends with the father calling his son to tell him to take a picture of Jared’s license plate. According to the younger Lugo, his father was just joking. He also says that Jared “loved every minute of it,” and that his dad is a “big prankster.”

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40 percent of children have connected with a stranger online, shocking survey reveals

Forty percent of American children have connected with a stranger online, according to a new survey of fourth- through eighth-graders.

In the survey, which was conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton, researchers wanted to determine where kids use the internet without adult supervision, whether they’ve been taught the basics of internet safety, which websites and apps they visit or use, and what their interactions with strangers were like.

Of the 40 percent, the study found that more than half revealed their phone number to a stranger, one-fifth spoke with a stranger over the phone and 11 percent went as far as to meet a stranger in their own home, the stranger’s home, a park, mall or restaurant.

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A new survey indicates that many children are interacting with strangers online. (iStock)

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“Most parents do not frequently monitor their children’s activity on social media sites including Facebook,” the survey states in its conclusion. “They are aware that their children sometimes use the internet in ways they don’t approve, but don’t always hold their children (especially younger ones) accountable for that behavior.”

The researchers recommend that parents be given more tools explaining how to monitor their kids’ digital behavior. They also say that teachers and school administrators should play a role in educating young children about the proper use of the internet.

“Organizations interested in the field must continue to develop strategies to reduce online risk and keep children safe,” the report states. “While these dangers have been documented in the past, perhaps they need to be made more resonant for today’s parents and children.”

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According to the survey, the most popular social media sites used by children are Instagram, Snapchat and Vine, with smaller numbers using Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Steve King hit for pondering whether civilization would have survived without rape and incest

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is facing a new backlash over his comments Wednesday questioning whether humanity would exist anymore if not for rape and incest throughout history.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

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King’s comments came as he was arguing against exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation in Congress. The Iowa Republican contends that just because the circumstances surrounding conception were bad that does mean that the result isn’t a human being.

“It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” he said.

King — who has a well-documented history of making provocative, far-right statements — was almost immediately criticized by lawmakers and politicians.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a 2020 presidential primary candidate, was quick to tell King what she thought of him, tweeting: “[Steve King] You are a disgrace. Resign.”

Another 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, plugged the man challenging King for his seat in 2020, J.D. Scholten, in his tweet regarding King’s comments.

“My friend [J.D. Scholten] is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress,” O’Rourke tweeted.

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Earlier this year, the Iowa congressman was stripped of committee assignments and faced condemnation for telling the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

“I think I was pretty clear, and our entire House leadership was very clear last week,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-ranking House Republican, said at the time. “His comments were abhorrent. They were racist. We, under the guidance of Leader McCarthy, stripped him of his committee assignments. And I think there’s simply no place for that language in any of our national discourse.”

In November of last year, King drew a strong rebuke from the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee after comments relating to white nationalists and supremacists.

King had publicly endorsed a white nationalist candidate for mayor in Toronto. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist “14 words” slogan, according to the Toronto Star.

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King also has drawn criticism for posts on Twitter, such as in 2017 when he wrote that “culture and demographics are our destiny” and said we “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

And last September, King came under renewed scrutiny after traveling to Austria and giving an interview in which he said, “If we don’t defend Western Civilization, then we will become subjugated by the people who are the enemies of faith, the enemies of justice.”

In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some undocumented immigrants, “they aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents — for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

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Chinese tech giant apologizes for saying typhoon killed 99 million people

China’s largest video streaming giant, Tencent Video, apologized Wednesday for saying Typhoon Lekima killed everyone in Shandong, a province which has about 99 million people.

The blunder was contained in a push notification that Tencent Video sent to its subscribers on Monday, BBC reported.

“Typhoon Lekima has left the entire province (of Shandong) dead, seven people are missing,” said the push notification, citing the Shandong Emergency Response Office.

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Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in Yongjia county in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.  (Chinatopix Via AP)

The actual death toll from the typhoon in Shandong is five and nationwide it’s 56, according to official reports. Typhoon Lekima slammed eastern China on Saturday before it charged north over the weekend.

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The typhoon has forced around two million people to leave their homes and halted more than 1,000 flights, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

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Tencent Video issued an apology on the Chinese social media platform “Weibo” and promised to review its editorial practices.

According to a May financial report, Tencent Video had 89 million subscribers.

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Giant ‘human-sized’ monster penguin remains discovered in New Zealand

Scientists have identified a new species of giant penguin from fossils discovered in New Zealand.

The extinct penguin lived in the Paleocene Epoch between 66 million and 56 million years ago, according to the Canterbury Museum.

Taller than the modern Emperor Penguin, the penguins, named Crossvallia waiparensis, stood about 5 feet and weighed up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds).

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The fossils were discovered by amateur paleontologist Leigh Love at the Waipara Greensand fossil site in North Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island in 2018. Canterbury Museum curators Paul Scofield, Vanesa De Pietri, and Gerald Mayr, of Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, studied the bones and found that they belonged to a previously unknown penguin species.

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This illustration provided by the Canterbury Museum shows the approximate height of a giant penguin, a “crossvallia waiparensis,” next to a human being. (Canterbury Museum via AP)

Scofield said the leg bones indicated the monster penguin’s feet may have played a bigger role in swimming than is the case with penguins today.

He said that following the extinction of dinosaurs, marine reptiles and gigantic fish, it seemed there was an evolutionary opportunity for penguins to thrive and grow in size.

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“The oceans were ripe for the picking with the lack of mega predators,” Scofield said, according to the Associated Press. “It looks like what was going on was that penguins were just starting to exploit that niche.”

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Dr. Paul Scofield, senior curator for natural history at Canterbury Museum, holds the fossil, a tibiotarsus, top, next to a similar bone of an Emperor Penguin in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The findings were published this week in “Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.”

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Dr. Paul Scofield, senior curator for natural history at Canterbury Museum, holds the fossil, a tibiotarsus, left, next to a similar bone of an Emperor Penguin in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The huge penguin is just the latest remarkable prehistoric animal to be discovered by scientists in New Zealand. Nineteen million-year-old fossils of a giant parrot dubbed ‘Squawkzilla,’ for example, were found in Central Otago.

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Daniel Turner: Teen Vogue advocates for back to school climate activism – Here’s what it isn’t telling kids

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Back to school is big business, with Americans spending an estimated $60 billion on the latest technology, clothes, books and other items as school resumes. Just about everyone peddling a product is capitalizing on this lucrative period, including those selling political ideologies.

Teen Vogue, an overtly liberal fashion magazine for girls, recently advocated for back to school “direct action” on climate change. On the to-do list: recycling programs, classroom walk-outs, confronting professors, and of course, plastic straw bans.

Scholarly pursuits aren’t paramount on this “back to school” list. For example, there was no mention of studying physics to calculate the newtons in a thrust or the amps in a current. This knowledge makes quotidian realities like airplanes and electricity seem less like magic and more like science. Not “consensus” science. Actual science.

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Speaking of science, Teen Vogue didn’t demand greater earth science education. Students need to study real “climate change,” not the political movement, but the continual cycle that has put fossil fuels under our feet.

What are rare-earth elements? Are they essential to green technology? Can we mine enough to meet the mandates of the Green New Deal?

A solid history curriculum fosters intelligent discussion of the justice aspect of Teen Vogue’s desired activism. Here’s an example: extreme poverty has decreased worldwide from 40 percent in 1980 to 8 percent currently. Why?

Here’s another: The Industrial Revolution was a catalyst to increased human rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights: discuss.

How can Teen Vogue encourage green activism without the requisite knowledge?

Green activism isn’t about physics, earth science or history. It’s about politics, sure, but most of all it is a big business. Billions of dollars in grants are awarded to climate change studies and activists.

Nonprofits raise fortunes pledging to battle climate change. It helped former Vice President Al Gore, a leading climate change prophet, make a very handsome $300 million profit.

Big business needs customers, so ensuring the next generation is obsessed with climate change is smart marketing. But if Teen Vogue really believed in climate change, it would be honest with its audience and lay out real “direct action” plans. Problem is, these actions are not going to be popular with young people.

For example, recycling may feel good, but facts prove it wastes energy and money, and does nothing for the planet. Here’s more: straws are only 4 percent of our plastic waste, and less than 1 percent of ocean pollution comes from America. Plastic straw bans, like recycling, are ineffective, even though these actions may feel morally satisfying.

If Teen Vogue wants readers to lower their emissions, the magazine should call on them to stop streaming videos. Sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime use more energy per household than two refrigerators. Also, readers should cancel all gaming sites (which 72 percent of teens frequent) and music platforms. Sorry kids, it’s for the planet.

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Here’s more: electric scooters aren’t green, and in fact, they are worse for the environment than cars. Know what else is terrible for the planet? Pets.

Good luck selling that message: love the Earth, get rid of your pet.

Unlike cutting class or harassing teachers, the actions I’ve outlined logically result from the junk science that is the foundation of the current climate change movement.

So, if you don’t do any of them, does that mean you don’t believe? No worries, neither do climate change activists. Last December 30,000 green activists flew to a conference in Poland. Next year 30,000 more will fly to Scotland. All to demand action on climate change.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants action on climate change. He owns multiple homes.

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Recently leading green warriors like Prince Harry and Leonardo DiCaprio gathered in a Sicilian resort, arriving on 114 private planes and several diesel-guzzling mega yachts. The message? We need action on climate change.

I’ll cut my footprint when you cut yours.

These hypocrites don’t champion actions that stem from their beliefs. That’s too hard, so Teen Vogue calls for school boycotts. Ask teens which they would rather do to save the Earth: stop streaming Netflix or walk out of class?

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We know the answer, and it’s not very brave. But as the current de facto leader on green activism, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  D-N.Y., once said: it’s better to be morally right than factually correct.

We must hope that despite the prevalent liberal activism encouraging nonsensical “back to school” activism there are still young people who will study physics, earth science, and history. Educated in the richness of real facts and truths, these teens will find all they need to make the world a truly better place.

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MSNBC roasted for booking Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa Manigault-Newman on same show

MSNBC managed to bring cable news critics from both sides of the aisle together on Tuesday when it announced that Anthony Scaramucci and Omarosa Manigault-Newman would be guests in the same hour.

The liberal network announced that the Trump staffers-turned-foes would appear Friday on “Hardball” and the booking was quickly mocked. As of Wednesday afternoon, the tweet promoting the upcoming episode had over 4,600 comments, compared to only 851 likes — which is what the kids refer to as being ratioed.

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Mediaite’s Ken Meyers, who covered the backlash, wrote that a “common argument among Manigault’s and Scaramucci’s critics is that both individuals are publicity seekers who’ve looked for ways to stay in the limelight ever since their departures from the Trump Administration.”

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Critics aren’t excited to watch Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Anthony Scaramucci on MSNBC.

“Observers also frequently question whether either of them ever provides real insight into the issues of the day,” Meyers added.

“Every one of us should be forced to watch every last second of this so we can truly comprehend what we have done. We did this,” The Blaze’s Jason Howerton wrote.

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski simply responded, “No thanks.”

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Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien responded, “journalism is failing you,” while The Washington Post’s Dan Zak pondered if “you ever think about death.”

Author Jaime Primak asked if everyone else was “dead” and thousands of others mocked “Hardball” for the booking.

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Connecticut kids provide police with sketches of ‘bad guy’ suspect in car crash: ‘I don’t know how to drive’

A man who fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Connecticut on Tuesday may not be on the lam for long after police were lucky enough to find a trio of witnesses who gave authorities detailed drawings of what they saw…and they used crayons.

Investigators responded to the scene of a crash on Berlin Turnpike involving a motorcycle and another vehicle only to discover that the man who’d been riding the bike had jumped a guardrail and taken off into the woods as cops approached, according to the Berlin Police Department.

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The suspect involved in the crash appeared to look like this, according to one of the witnesses at the scene. (Berlin Police Department)

Officers were unable to locate the suspect — but three (young) witnesses swiftly stepped in to give the long arm of the law a hand, offering up their “artistic interpretations” of what they saw after the collision, the police said.

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In one of several detailed drawings published by police on Facebook on Wednesday, the motorcycle rider is labeled as a “bad guy.” The artist helpfully notes — using words and directional arrows — where the man’s “hands,” “shorts,” “shoes,” “hat,” and “shorts” are, in addition to the presence of “blood” covering what appears to be half of his face.

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After the crash, police said the suspect fled the scene over a guardrail and into the woods. (Berlin Police Department)

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Police thanked Myla, Joyce and Julian for providing police with suspect drawings. (Berlin Police Department)

Another sketch shows the man, pictured next to what appears to be a motorcycle, with his face half-covered in “blood,” with the red substance getting the drawing’s only label. The sketch also includes the caption: “I don’t know how to drive.”

On the original piece of art, that phrase is not in quotation marks, so it wasn’t immediately clear if the words were a direct quote, a paraphrase or just an observation about the man’s skills on the road.

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The sketches, intended to help police, were drawn by Myla, Joyce and Julian — whom police thank “for their investigative assistance.” Cops didn’t further identify the budding sketch artists.

Police encourage anyone who might recognize the suspect in the drawings to contact the department at 860-828-7082. The blood covering half of his face may be a giveaway as to his identity.

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