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President Trump, the first lady and his son Barron Trump showed up in the White House Rose Garden today for the annual presidential turkey pardoning on Tuesday.

The pardoning of the two giant birds is a tradition dating back more than sixty years. The birds get pardoned and then spend the rest of their lives on a turkey farm. Today’s birds were named “Drumstick” and “Wing Bone.” Trump began the proceedings by thanking the gathered crowd for being there and saying the birds will be “very happy.”

But Trump could not help himself when discussing the pardoning of his predecessor, Barack Obama. The turkeys Trump will pardon today will go live with the two former turkeys Obama pardoned last year. While announcing this, Trump slipped in a shot at Obama, saying with a big smile that he has been “active in overturning” his legacy, and that the White House Counsel had to intervene in Trump’s decision to “revoke” the Obama pardons.

They will join Tater and Tot. Tater and Tot are two Turkeys pardoned by President Obama. I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House Counsel that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot be revoked. We’re not going to revoke them. Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.


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  • woodenshoes1948 says:

    ok be it so easy on the former turkeys BUT serve JUSTICE to the criminals…and…DRAIN THE SWAMP! We thank GOD for our good President Trump. Happy Thanksgiving USA!

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    Billionaire Leon Black Accused of Raping Woman in Jeffrey Epstein’s NYC Home: Suit



    A struggling single mom filed suit against Leon Black Monday, alleging the billionaire raped her in Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse two decades ago, new court papers show.

    Cheri Pierson claims the dead pedophile arranged for her and Black, 71, to meet at his Upper East Side mansion, where the legendary investor and former head of Apollo Global Management assaulted her, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

    “She recalls desperately yelling and screaming” and she “tried to kick” but “he was too strong,” the suit states, describing the alleged 2002 incident.

    Black’s lawyer Susan Estrich said in a statement that Pierson’s claims are “categorically false” and part of her efforts to “extort money from Mr. Black by threatening to destroy his reputation.”

    Pierson — who says she was introduced to Epstein in 2000 by his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and an unnamed Ukrainian woman — came forward publicly for the first time in the suit, filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act.

    When she was roped into Epstein’s orbit, Pierson was a single mom trying to start a skincare line and struggling to make ends meet. She was paid around $300 for each of roughly five massages she gave to Epstein at the East 71st Street townhouse — where he would masturbate and ask her to perform oral sex on him, which she always refused, the suit claims.

    Pierson then stopped seeing Epstein as he “was not happy” that she wouldn’t go further with him. But then in 2002, she called him “in desperate need for money,” the filing states.

    The well-connected financier had a messenger bring her a card with $300 and the message “compliments of Jeffrey Epstein.” Shortly after, Epstein called Pierson saying he wanted to introduce someone who could help her — and set up a meeting with Black, the suit claims.

    Black showed up in a business suit and seemed very familiar with Epstein’s home, taking Pierson up to the massage room and having $300 ready for her, the lawsuit alleges.

    The hulking 6-foot-four, 300-pound Black allegedly undressed and insisted on giving her oral sex, which he did violently while holding her upside down with her legs over his shoulders, according to the suit, which notes Pierson was much slighter, weighing 125 pounds and being 5 feet 8 inches tall.

    During the alleged rape, Black bit her causing “excruciating pain,” the court papers claim.

    After, when they both were outside, the former MOMA chairman told her, “Black, my name is Leo Black,” before hopping in a town car and leaving, the lawsuit alleges.

    Pierson says she had horrible vaginal swelling, tearing and bleeding that she had to recover from over the next several weeks. She was in pain and had difficulty urinating because of it, the suit claims.

    Black reached out to her several times after, and she met up with him on two occasions – the first time she left soon after out of fear and devastation and on the second, he gave her $5,000 cash when they met at the bar of the St. Regis Hotel, the suit alleges.

    Black called her soon after, saying he wanted to see her again and when Pierson asked why, he responded, “I just gave you $5,000!” according to the lawsuit.

    Pierson claims Black had become involved with women who Epstein had previously been with when they were underage, the suit says.

    But when the women got older, “Epstein simply passed some of these women on to Black, and likely other men,” the filing states.

    “Black, thereafter, became involved sexually with these women, at least several of whom had been with Epstein for years while underage.”

    Pierson, who now lives in Virginia, is suing Black for sexual assault and other claims. Her suit also names Epstein’s estate, which she accuses of negligence. She is seeking unspecified damages.

    Pierson was able to bring the case under the recently enacted Adult Survivors Act which allows adult victims of sexual abuse to file suit during a one-year period – regardless of whether the alleged incidents occurred outside of the statute of limitations.

    “Thanks to the passage of the Adult Survivor’s Act, survivors of sexual violence like our client Ms. Pierson can seek the justice they deserve no matter how many years ago their trauma was suffered,” Pierson’s lawyer Jeanne Christensen said in a statement.

    “We look forward to holding Black and Epstein’s estate accountable for their appalling unlawful conduct as alleged in the complaint by our client.”

    Pierson’s accusations first surfaced in Russian model Guzel Ganieva’s own lawsuit in which Ganieva claims Black was sexually violent toward her for years. Pierson was not named in that suit, rather the incident was described as happening to a “Jane Doe.”

    Black has vehemently denied Ganieva’s claims.

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    Maricopa County Responds to AG’s Letter on Election Problems



    Thomas Liddy, Maricopa County’s chief civil division attorney, responded Sunday to a letter from Arizona’s outgoing Attorney General Mark Brnovich ordering county officials to submit a report on its handling of the 2022 election.

    Maricopa County, one of the most populous counties in the nation, had notable problems during the November 8 election, including printer and tabulation machine-related issues in at least 70 of the county’s 223 polling locations.

    Liddy conceded in the letter that the county had issues on Election Day, but claimed not a single voter was disenfranchised, writing that “every lawful voter was still able to cast his or her ballot.”

    “No voter was disenfranchised because of the difficulty the County experienced with some of its printers,” Liddy claimed. “Every voter was provided a ballot by which he or she could record their votes, and all such ballots cast by lawful voters were tabulated, whether in the vote center or at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center.”

    “The printing issues, leading to precinct-based tabulators being unable to tabulate some of the votes cast, was regrettable,” the attorney added. “But it did not violate the uniformity statutes, and any suggestion that it did is unfounded.”

    The day after Liddy’s letter was sent to the AG’s office, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors approved the canvass of the 2022 general election after taking on comments from the public, which included upset voters and poll observers.

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and her team have previously raised issue with Liddy.

    The letter from Brnovich’s office said there is evidence, including first-hand witness accounts, of “statutory violations” in the contest, which Katie Hobbs oversees as secretary of state. Hobbs, a Democrat, is the projected winner of the Arizona gubernatorial contest against Lake.

    Lake last week filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County officials, similarly alleging election law violations. The Republican is also demanding records related to the Election Day printer issues.

    “The filing today was basically just a way for the courts to pressure Maricopa County into giving us public records we have been asking for,” Lake said Wednesday.

    The candidate blasted county officials over the treatment of “Election Day voters,” which included those printer issues and “three-hour lines.”

    “We cannot allow an election like this to stand,” Lake asserted.

    The Republican National Committee (RNC) and Arizona attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh a day earlier filed a lawsuit in State Superior Court in Maricopa County against election officials, alleging “a host of errors and inaccuracies” during the 2022 election process, The Daily Wire reported.

    “Pervasive errors by our election officials resulted in the disenfranchisement of countless Arizonans who had their voices silenced,” Hamadeh said in a statement. “Arizonans deserve to have an election system that is transparent and fair and right now we have neither. Today’s challenge is the only way to provide accountability and restore confidence in our broken election system.”

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    Here’s Where the Warnock–Walker Race Stands After Early Voting Starts in Georgia Runoff



    More than 180,000 voters have cast their ballots during early voting in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Republican candidate Herschel Walker, according to state election data.

    About 69,297 Georgians turned out to vote on Nov. 26, the first day of early voting in the state after several courts ruled against a state order that had previously blocked voting on that day. A day later, on Nov. 27, another 87,168 people voted in the runoff, according to Gabriel Sterling, a top state election official.

    “So far 181,711 Georgians have cast their votes in the December 6 Runoff. We expect solid turnout for the 5 days of Early Voting today. Make a plan for your vote, be it this week, by absentee by mail, or on Election Day,” Sterling wrote on Twitter on Nov. 28.

    The Georgia Secretary of State’s office noted on Nov. 28 that under state law, any Georgia voter who’s registered to vote by Nov. 7 can cast a ballot in the runoff. That’s regardless of their previous voting history, and the voter didn’t need to have voted in the Nov. 8 General Election in order to cast a ballot in the runoff, according to an emailed statement.

    “Wait times have been short statewide, but some metro area Early Voting locations will have longer lines on higher turnout days such as the first day of Early Voting and the last few days of Early Voting,” the release added. “Most metro counties offer more than one early voting location and wait times are often shorter at other locations in the county. Some counties are reporting their wait times in real time so that voters can choose the location with the shortest wait.”

    The Georgia Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of Democrats and Warnock’s campaign in allowing early voting to start on Nov. 26. Officials in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office had attempted to implement a rule to prevent early voting on that day while Republicans filed a petition with the state Supreme Court to keep that rule intact.

    The Dec. 6 runoff is being held because neither candidate was able to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Following the Nov. 8 contest, Warnock led Walker by about 37,000 votes out of 4 million ballots cast, data shows.

    A third-party candidate, Chase Oliver, got approximately 80,000 votes, or 2.1 percent. Because Warnock and Walker were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Oliver was excluded from the runoff.

    What It Means

    Democrats already were guaranteed to retain a majority in the Senate after Nevada Republican candidate Adam Laxalt conceded to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) on Nov. 15 after more than a week of counting ballots, giving them 50 seats, plus Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie-breaker.

    A victory by Warnock would boost the Democrats to 51 seats, giving them a majority of members on all committees and allowing the party to advance President Joe Biden’s nominees more quickly.

    “Fifty is better than 49, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters last week.

    A Walker win would also give national Republicans a boost, having seen their standing in the state of Georgia erode toward Democrats over the last few years. A Warnock victory could indicate that Democrats are making inroads in places where they have had difficulties gaining traction in the past.

    Democrats will face a daunting task in holding onto their Senate majority in the 2024 elections, when they’ll be defending 21 seats to the Republicans’ 10. Two of those seats are in GOP-leaning states West Virginia and Montana. Another five are in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Arizona, all of which will be in play during the presidential election, and given the chamber’s narrow divide, the Georgia seat could be a needed bulwark for either party.

    Warnock was elected to the Senate in early 2021 to fill the remaining two years of Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term after he resigned at the end of 2019 for health reasons.

    During that election, which also was settled by a runoff, Warnock defeated then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who was named to the seat after Isakson stepped down. That same runoff also saw Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) prevail over former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

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    ‘Go To War’: Musk Targets Apple, Claiming It Canceled Ads, Threatened to Boot Twitter from App Store



    Twitter CEO Elon Musk signaled Monday that he might be preparing to “go to war” with Apple after the company has largely stopped advertising on Twitter and has reportedly threatened to boot the social media platform from its App Store.

    Musk specifically called out Apple CEO Tim Cook in a series of tweets where he also raised the issue of censorship.

    “Apple has mostly stopped advertising on Twitter. Do they hate free speech in America?” Musk asked. “What’s going on here @tim_cook?”

    “Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” Musk added.

    Musk then posted a poll, which he has used in the past to make decisions about what he will do at the company, asking, “Apple should publish all censorship actions it has taken that affect its customers[?]”

    Musk highlighted an account that claimed to have been silenced by Apple and asked, “Who else has Apple censored?”

    Musk also renewed his criticisms of the fees that Apple charges app developers, “Did you know Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store?”

    Musk stated back in May that “Apple’s store is like having a 30% tax on the Internet.”

    “Definitely not ok,” he said. “Literally 10 times higher than it should be.”

    Musk also shared a meme suggesting he would rather “Go To War” with Apple than “Pay 30%.”

    In 2018, Cook said at an event in New York City that tech companies have a moral obligation to ban certain people and certain types of content from social media and technology platforms, going so far as to suggest that not banning them is “a sin.”

    “We only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division, and violence: You have no place on our platforms,” Cook said. “You have no home here.”

    “If we can’t be clear on moral questions like these, then we’ve got big problems,” Cook continued. “I believe the most sacred thing that each of us is given is our judgment, our morality, our own innate desire to separate right from wrong. Choosing to set that responsibility aside at a moment of trial is a sin.”

    Musk said Friday that he would start creating smartphones if Apple and Google remove Twitter from their app stores, which would be highly damaging to Twitter.

    Musk’s remarks came in response to a tweet from political commentator Liz Wheeler, who wrote: “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone.”

    “Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android,” she said. “The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?”

    Musk responded, “I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

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    Musk Releasing Files on How Twitter Suppressed Free Speech



    Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Monday that he will soon be releasing files on how the social media platform has engaged in suppressing free speech.

    “The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself,” Musk tweeted. “The public deserves to know what really happened.”

    Musk responded to a user earlier this month who tweeted, “Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency.”

    “This is necessary to restore public trust,” Musk replied.

    The New York Post first reported messages from Biden’s laptop in October 2020, weeks before a presidential election. Social media giants, including Twitter, cracked down on the story to prevent its spread. Current and former national security officials claimed at the time that the Biden story was likely Russian disinformation and a veiled attempt from Moscow to intervene in U.S. elections.

    Media outlets such as The Washington Examiner, CBS News, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have confirmed the laptop’s contents and messages, in part regarding foreign business deals Hunter Biden worked on in Ukraine, China, and elsewhere.

    Twitter initially banned the Post’s story on the social media platform. Users were blocked from posting the link to the story or direct messaging it to other users. Twitter also locked the Post’s account for weeks, saying that the Post’s story violated Twitter’s rules against “hacked materials” despite lacking evidence that the materials were obtained through hacking.

    Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted that Twitter made a mistake in taking action against the Post over its Biden laptop story.

    “We were called here today because of an enforcement decision we made against the New York Post based on a policy we created in 2018 to prevent Twitter from being used to spread hacked materials. This resulted in us blocking people from sharing a New York Post article publicly or privately,” Dorsey said in November 2020 testimony to Congress. “We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread. Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”

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    Warning from US Embassy Hints at Communist Country’s Next Move



    The U.S. embassy in China released a statement Monday morning calling on U.S. citizens in the country to “keep a 14-day supply of medications, bottled water, and food for yourself and any members of your household.”

    “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) authorities have expanded COVID-19 prevention restrictions and control measures as outbreaks occur. These measures may include residential quarantines, mass testing, closures, transportation disruptions, lockdowns, and possible family separation. Ambassador Burns and other Mission officials have regularly raised our concerns on many of these issues directly with senior PRC officials and will continue to do so,” the statement reads.

    David Tafuri, a former State Department official and foreign policy adviser to the Obama campaign, says the State Department is trying to get ahead of the situation and prevent citizens from being caught up in a tense situation inside China.

    “I think this is a message to U.S. citizens in China that the State Department believes the combination of further anti-COVID measures and a potential crackdown on protesters by China could result in further lockdowns and travel bans that could put U.S. citizens at risk for arrest if they leave their homes,” Tafuri said.

    Tumultuous protests broke out in several Chinese cities over the country’s “zero-COVID” policy and a deadly fire in a high-rise building that cost 10 people their lives.

    The building, located in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, had been in partial lockdown for nearly two months.

    Miles Yu, a senior fellow and director of the China Center at Hudson Institute, told Fox News Digital that the burning death of 10 people was a trigger for social uprisings, making them different from previous ones in the country.

    “The previous [protests] are mostly people from the lower part of the social stratification — that is, the migrant workers. They are the social dispossessed. This time primarily is led by what you might call middle-class people who own properties,” said Yu. He added that the recent protests “have a much broader base on the society.”

    Tafuri says that “it’s very rare for there to be protests in mainland China over human rights, so this is worth watching to see if it catches on and results in sustained civil disobedience and demands for China to improve human rights.”

    Videos posted online showed police attacking and carrying away some protesters, but there seems to be no immediate response from President Xi Jinping or the Chinese Communist Party.

    Tafuri predicts that the demonstration might result in some minor concessions by the CCP, but “ultimately, China is a police state with more than sufficient means and resources to put down these protests. My guess is that they will crack down on them before they let them spread further.”

    Yu warns that “it could be dangerous because it could give the protesters a false sense of triumph and so on … also it [could] lead the Chinese government to gather its strength and marshal means or assets.”

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    Biden’s Non-Binary Drag Queen Nuclear Official Charged with Theft



    One of the first openly “gender-fluid” Biden administration employees was reportedly charged with a felony last month after allegedly stealing a woman’s suitcase from the baggage claim area at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

    Sam Brinton, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the U.S. Department of Energy, allegedly removed a luggage tag from a navy blue Vera Bradley suitcase bag, dropped it into his handbag, and “then left the area at a quick pace” on September 16, 2022, according to a criminal complaint reported by Alpha News.

    Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport authorities confirmed to The Daily Wire an investigation involving Sam Brinton is underway.

    Brinton, who has caused a stir among Americans for his role in the federal government for dressing in drag and boasting online about his puppy role-play fetish, reportedly flew into MSP with American Airlines just before 4:30 p.m. from Washington, D.C., According to the complaint, Brinton traveled without a checked bag, indicating he had no purpose of claiming a bag after landing.

    The complaint alleges Brinton left the airport in an Uber and checked into the InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront hotel with the blue bag.

    Briton returned to MSP two days later, on September 18, and flew back to Washington, D.C., with the same bag.

    Records and video surveillance showed the suitcase belonged to a female passenger who flew into the MSP on a Delta flight from New Orleans. According to a report, she notified law enforcement that her bag and the contents inside — valued at around $2,325 — had gone missing in the baggage claim area on the same day Brinton allegedly took the luggage.

    Nearly three weeks later, the criminal complaint alleges that video surveillance footage from Dulles International Airport in Virginia captured Brinton returning from Europe with the bag on October 9.

    Authorities contacted Brinton that same day, asking if he “took anything that did not belong” to him.

    “Not that I know of,” Brinton allegedly responded but later admitted he took the bag that had clothes inside belonging to him.

    “If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual. That was my clothes when I opened the bag,” he told police, according to the complaint.

    He allegedly called authorities two hours later and apologized for not being “completely honest,” adding he took the bag thinking it was his in a state of exhaustion. The complaint also alleges Brinton realized it wasn’t his bag after opening it up at the hotel, at which point he “got nervous” and “didn’t know what to do.”

    Briton allegedly told authorities he removed the clothes from the suitcase in the hotel room and returned to D.C. with the bag because it would have been “weirder” if he had left the bag at the hotel. However, authorities said no clothing was recovered from the hotel room.

    Brinton is scheduled to appear in court on December 19 in Hennepin County.

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    Just Coincidence? Now Another Sinister Twist in Scandal Plaguing Balenciaga



    More photographs from an axed Balenciaga campaign are being questioned today over the prominence of a book which celebrates a Belgian artist whose work includes depictions of castrated toddlers.

    Two photos from the brand’s now canceled Spring ’23 ad campaign feature French actress Isabelle Huppert posing in a Manhattan office with a stack of books behind her.

    Among the books is one that celebrates the Belgian painter Michael Borremans. Borremans’ work is varied but frequently features children. His 2017/2018 series, Fire from the Sun, shows a group of toddlers, some of them with blood staining their skin, in sinister composition.

    In some of the images, the toddlers appear castrated.

    Balenciaga has not commented on the Borremans book or how it made it into its Spring ’23 campaign.

    There are other distinct similarities between Borremans’ work and some of Balenciaga’s past designs – namely Kim’s look at the 2021 Met Gala, where she appeared with black fabric covering her face.

    The images which feature the book of his work were swiftly pulled from the fashion brand’s website this week after the BDSM teddy bears controversy.

    Those images showed young child models holding the bears – which are in fact fluffy handbags – posing around glassware.

    In a statement on Monday, the brand apologized for the bears campaign again, and took full responsibility of it.

    ‘We would like to address the controversies surrounding our recent ad campaigns. We strongly condemn child abuse; it was never our intent to include it in our narrative.

    ‘The two separate ad campaigns in questions reflect a series of grievous errors for which Balenciaga takes responsibility.

    ‘The first campaign, the gift collection campaign, featured children with plush bear bags dressed in what some have labelled BDMS-inspired outfits. Our plush bear bags and the gift collection should not have been featured with children.

    ‘This was a wrong choice by Balenciaga, combined with our failure in assessing and validating images. The responsibility for this lies with Balenciaga alone,’ it said.

    But the fashion house claims another controversial prop that made its way onto the set – a printout of a SCOTUS ruling on child porn – was the fault of design production company North Six.

    ‘The second, separate campaign for Spring 2023, which was meant to replicate a business office environment, included a photo with a page in the background from a supreme court ruling which confirms as illegal and not protected by freedom of speech the promotion of child pornography.

    ‘All the items included in this shooting were provided by third parties that confirmed in writing that these props were fake office documents.

    They turned out to be real legal papers most likely coming from the filming of a television drama.

    ‘The inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga has filed a complaint.

    ‘We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently.’

    Balenciaga’s attorneys filed a notice of summons against North Six and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins last week, alleging they are responsible.

    Des Jardins’ agent said he is being made out to be a scapegoat, and that multiple Balenciaga staffers were on-set at the time of the shoot.

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    FULL LIST: 50 Big Companies Who Stopped Advertising on Twitter



    In recent weeks, 50 of the top 100 advertisers have either announced or simply stopped advertising on Twitter.

    These advertisers have accounted for nearly $2 billion in spending on the platform since 2020, and over $750 million in advertising in 2022 alone.

    There are an additional seven advertisers which appear to be slowing the rate of their advertising on the platform to almost nothing.

    Since 2020, these seven advertisers have accounted for over $255 million in spending on Twitter, and nearly $118 million in advertising in 2022.

    Full list:

    Abbott Laboratories
    Allstate Corporation
    AMC Networks
    American Express Company
    Big Heart Petcare
    BlackRock, Inc.
    BlueTriton Brands, Inc.
    Boston Beer Company
    CA Lottery (California State Lottery)
    CenturyLink (Lumen Technologies, Inc.)
    Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.*
    Citigroup, Inc.
    Discover Financial Services
    First National Realty Partners
    Heineken N.V.
    Hewlett-Packard (HP)
    Hilton Worldwide
    Inspire Brands, Inc.
    Kellogg Company
    Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
    LinkedIn Corporation
    MailChimp (The Rocket Science Group)
    Marriott International, Inc.
    Mars Petcare
    Mars, Incorporated
    Merck & Co. (Merck Sharp & Dohme MSD)*
    Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.)
    MoneyWise (Wise Publishing, Inc.)
    Novartis AG*
    Pernod Ricard
    The Coca-Cola Company
    The Kraft Heinz Company
    Tire Rack
    Wells Fargo
    Whole Foods Market IP
    Yum! Brands

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    New Mexico Judge Found Dead Along with Husband, Several Pets



    A Village of Los Ranchos, New Mexico judge was found dead in her home on Friday in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.

    Deputies with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check at a home on Ranchitos Road in Albuquerque after a friend of Eric Pinkerton’s reported a troubling message.

    When deputies arrived, the department said on Twitter, they located and confirmed two adults were dead inside the home, one of whom was 63-year-old Pinkerton.

    Los Ranchos Municipal Judge Diane Albert, 65, was also deceased along with several animals.

    Police said Pinkerton is believed to have shot his wife Albert and several animals before turning the gun on himself.

    The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to questions seeking additional information about the incident.

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    Idaho Police Reveal New Info on Tips Since Four Students Brutally Slain



    Moscow, Idaho, police are grappling with an influx of callers who are concerned for their safety as the investigation into the quadruple homicide involving four local university students extends into its third week.

    As of Sunday, Moscow Police Department has seen an uptick in calls from people reporting “unusual circumstances” or requesting welfare checks on loved ones in the weeks since four University of Idaho students were discovered murdered on November 13. Police have received 78 calls for unusual circumstances and 36 requests that police perform a welfare check – up from the 70 and 18, respectively, they received during October as a whole, the department said in a Sunday press release.

    Police are also sounding the alarm on a trend in which the callers are notifying their friends or family before phoning officers to respond, authorities said.

    “We understand there is a sense of fear within our community,” police said. “For life-safety and emergencies, we want to remind our community to call 9-1-1 before notifying family or friends.”

    University of Idaho students Ethan Chapin, 20; Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and 21-year-old Madison Mogen were stabbed several times and killed in the early morning hours of November 13, officials have said. Police have not identified any suspects and have not recovered a murder weapon.

    Similar to the trend police described on Sunday, the quartet’s concerned friends called other people to the home before notifying police.

    Moscow Police received a call shortly before noon on Nov. 13 for a report of an “unconscious person” at the King Road home, but several people had gathered at the crime scene by the time police arrived, officials said.

    According to police, the 911 call “originated from inside the residence,” and came from one of the surviving roommates’ cell phones. Police said multiple people spoke to the dispatcher before officers arrived.

    Investigators have determined all four were likely stabbed in their sleep sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., after they had returned home from a night out. Some of the victims appeared to have tried to defend themselves.

    All four victims are believed to have been killed using a single “fix-blade knife,” police said.

    Two other roommates were inside the home, on the bottom floor, at the time of the murders, but were uninjured.

    Officials have called the attack “targeted,” but have not said who was the intended victim.

    Police said Sunday they had received more than 488 “digital media submissions” via the FBI portal.

    Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills said investigators had collected 103 pieces of evidence from the crime scene, and took an estimated 4,000 photos as of Wednesday.

    “We’ve conducted multiple 3D scans of the residence, and we have hundreds of hours used by technicians and investigators, including our forensics teams and detectives from multiple agencies,” Wills continued.

    He added that investigators had processed “over a thousand tips and conducted 150 interviews.”

    Meanwhile, officials said late Tuesday that investigators had received information that Goncalves could have had a stalker. Investigators “looked extensively” into those reports, and “have pursued hundreds of pieces of information” related to the stalker tip.

    As of Wednesday, they had been unable to confirm the information or identify a stalker. Moscow Police Captain Roger Lanier added that police learned while conducting interviews that Goncalves “had made some comments about a stalker.”

    “And we have followed up looking at specific time frames and specific areas of town,” he continued. “So far, we have not been able to corroborate it. But we’re not done looking into that piece of information.”

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    PHOTOS: Jill Biden Unveils 2022 White House Holiday Theme and Decorations



    First lady Jill Biden unveiled a first look at the White House’s annual holiday decorations on Monday, revealing this year’s theme as “We the People.”

    Biden posted photos of the decorations on her Twitter account Monday morning, showcasing a number of Christmas trees donned with lights and ornaments. In all, the decor includes more than 83,600 lights, 25 wreaths, and 77 Christmas trees placed throughout the White House by 150 volunteers.

    “As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values — a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity — endure each season,” the first lady tweeted. “Room by room, visitors will be reminded of what brings us together during the holidays, and throughout the year.”

    The White House released a media preview on Monday, giving a sneak peek into the holiday transformation that is expected to be seen by more than 50,000 visitors. Visitors entering the east entrance of the White House are welcomed by bells and red cardinals, signifying “the presence of lost loved ones,” according to the White House.

    As visitors enter the White House, they are first greeted by Christmas trees that are adorned with mirrored Gold Star ornaments with the names of fallen service members inscribed on them.

    “The Gold Star trees honor the heroic men and women of our Nation’s military who have laid down their lives for our country, those who are Missing in Action, and the families who carry on their legacies,” the White House said.

    Next, tours are guided through the East Colonnade, where people can see winter trees, woodland animals, and glowing lanterns — a scene that is meant to evoke peace and tranquility similar to that felt after the first snowfall of the season. Visitors then enter the library, which is filled with books, trees, and wreaths. Also on display is a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was donated to the White House in 1985.

    After being guided through a number of other rooms, visitors are also taken through the State Dining Room with the theme “We the Children” — signifying the importance of the next generation when it comes to the future of the country’s leadership. The room also features the 2022 gingerbread White House, decorated in the semblance of the White House and accompanied by a sugar cookie replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

    The White House also unveiled a “new addition” to its holiday decor this year: a wooden menorah that was previously removed from the White House during Truman-era renovations.

    As a grand finale, the White House’s Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are decorated with metal ribbons that include the names of all the 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, as well as the years each entered the Union.

    The first lady is scheduled to speak about the significance of the decorations during an event at noon on Monday, and she’ll be joined by National Guard members as part of her “Joining Forces” initiative to support military families.

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    12-Year-Old Boy Killed, 5 Injured in Shooting Near Atlanta Train Station



    A 12-year-old boy was killed and at least five others were injured as a result of a dispute that led to a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia around 8 pm Saturday night.

    The Atlanta Police Department told 11Alive that night that one person was killed at the scene, and five others were taken to the hospital. The shooting reportedly involved all teenagers, and took place on Market Street in the Atlantic Station area, an upscale Atlanta neighborhood and outdoor shopping district. One witness told the outlet that they heard around 30 gunshots.

    On Sunday, Mayor Andre Dickens made the heartbreaking announcement that the victim was a 12-year-old boy. Zyion Charles was later identified by the Fulton County Medical Examiner, reported 11Alive.

    According to Fox 5 there were at least two shooters.

    Dickens also said that some of the other teens involved in the shooting, including one who was said to be in critical condition, are students of Atlanta Public Schools.

    Police told reporters that a large group of teens were escorted off of the Atlantic Station property by personnel along with off-duty officers for “unruly behavior” and “curfew violations.”

    According to Atlantic Station’s website, there is “a 3:00 pm curfew [that] is strictly enforced” for anyone under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or guardian. In addition, the site states that “juvenile groups of 4+ will be dispersed.”

    Once the group was removed from the property, an argument broke out, which unfortunately led to gunfire down Market Street. According to police, multiple shooters haven’t been ruled out in the investigation. Chief Darin Schierbaum also on Sunday said that everyone involved in the incident knew each other.

    A resident was able to record footage of the aftermath of the shooting from their apartment window, showing the heavy police presence below.

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    White House’s Short-Lived Former ‘disinformation Czar’ Registers as a Foreign Agent



    The White House’s former “disinformation czar” has recently registered as a foreign agent for a nonprofit based in the United Kingdom.

    Registration documents viewed by Fox News Digital show that Nina Jankowicz is now working for “Centre for Information Resilience.”

    According to its website, CIR is an “independent, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to countering disinformation, exposing human rights abuses, and combating online behavior harmful to women and minorities.”

    Founded by U.K. citizen Adam Rutland and dual U.K.-U.S. national Ross Burley, the organization says it conducts research, digital investigations, strategic communications, building the capacity of local partners, and collaborating with media to “amplify the impact” of its work.

    According to registration documents, CIR is financed “in part by grants from the U.K. government, including the Foreign Commonwealth, and Development Office.”

    Among Jankowicz’s responsibilities, the documents say, will be supervising research, executing business strategy, overseeing the establishment of CIR’s research, communicating with the media, and briefing individuals and officials about the organization’s research.

    Fox News Digital has reached out to Jankowicz for comment and additional details regarding her new role.

    Earlier this year, Jankowicz was appointed to head the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, a position that was ultimately short-lived.

    Critics questioned Jankowicz’s ability to be impartial, pointing to her past positions on social media posts, including casting doubt on the legitimacy of The New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election. That reporting has since been corroborated by several news organizations.

    DHS ultimately put the disinformation board on pause and Jankowicz resigned.

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    READ IT: Portland Clothing Store Closes, Leaving Epic Note On Doors



    The owners of a Portland, Oregon, clothing store have closed the shop, blaming “unrelenting criminal behavior” in a note left on the door that also warned the far-left city is “in peril.”

    Rains PDX has been burglarized 15 times in the last year and a half, its owner, Marcy Landolfo, told KATU.com. Damages from the break-ins, looted inventory, and the lawless environment of what may be America’s most liberal city prompted them to give up. Her insurance policy won’t even cover losses at this point, she said.

    “Our city is in peril,” Landolfo wrote in a note affixed to the locked door. “Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.”

    Portland has seen a huge crime spike over the last few years and its downtown has not recovered since city officials allowed protesters to run amok in the summer of 2020. In addition to criminals, homeless people and drug addicts camp out on sidewalks and in other public spaces.

    Landolfo told KATU.com merchants can’t survive the city’s lawless climate.

    “It’s just too much with the losses that are not covered by insurance, the damages, everything. It’s just not sustainable,” Landolfo said. “The products that are being targeted are the very expensive winter products and I just felt like the minute I get those in the store they’re going to get stolen.”

    Last month, beleaguered Mayor Ted Wheeler pledged to offer Business Repair Grants to help business owners fix damage from break-ins. But Landolfo said the offer was too little, and too late.

    “Paying for glass that’s great, but that is so surface and does nothing for the root cause of the problem, so it’s never going to change,” she said.

    Last week, acclaimed Salt & Straw ice cream shop said it was considering bailing on the city, citing rampant crime, drug use and homelessness.

    “We would consider all options,” co-founder Kim Malek told Oregon Live. ‘We don’t have concrete plans. But our intention is to be at the table working with the city and county to find a solution and not move. Portland is part of the soul of our company. We love this city. This is about having a safe place for our team to work.”

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    World’s Largest Active Volcano in Hawaii Starts Erupting for the First Time in Decades



    Lava has started to flow from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, after it erupted for the first time in 38 years Sunday night.

    The eruption began in the summit caldera of Mauna Loa late at around 11.30pm, but started overflowing early Monday morning — though experts say it remains confined to the Northeast rift zone, away from the town of Hilo.

    Still, any strong winds could carry volcanic gas, fine ash and thin fibers known as Pele’s hair downwind to the South Kona shore.

    ‘Surface flows have come out of the caldera in past eruptions — that’s not uncommon,’ the United States Geological Survey tweeted. ‘It’s magma going into the rift zones that is the real concern, because that can develop into a serious situation much more rapidly.’

    Over a dozen earthquakes of more than 2.5 magnitude have already struck the region, according to the USGS, with one measuring 4.2 in magnitude. Residents are also advised that periods of snow and freezing fog may occur.

    Some South Kona residents have already begun to voluntarily evacuate, though no evacuation orders are in place yet. Shelters are also being set up as a precaution.

    The eruption comes as native Hawaiians celebrate Lā Kūʻokoʻa, a former national holiday commemorating the signing of the Anglo-Franco Proclamation of 1843, which officially recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii’s independence and sovereignty from Great Britain and France.

    The volcano’s lava rivers have historically flowed into different communities including Hilo, which has 45,248 residents, and Kukio – a billionaire’s paradise which has blossomed over the last 38 years and now counts some of the world’s richest people among residents.

    In a statement, the NWS said: ‘At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities.

    ‘Winds may carry volcanic gas and possibly fine ash and Pele’s hair downwind.

    ‘Residents at risk from Mauna Loa lava flows should review preparedness and refer to Hawai‘i County Civil Defense information for further guidance.

    ‘Based on past events, the early stages of a Mauna Loa eruption can be very dynamic and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly.’

    The last time the volcano erupted, inmates at the 200-bed minimum security Kulani Correctional Facility – which is at the foot of the volcano – were evacuated.

    The lava rivers came within two miles of the prison.

    A guard at the prison told DailyMail.com on Monday morning that they had not yet received an evacuation order, and that they couldn’t even see the lava from their side of the volcano.

    ‘We’re staying put for now,’ the guard said.

    He confirmed there are currently 93 inmates at the facility.

    The flow of the lava remains unpredictable.

    ‘If the eruption remains in Moku‘āweoweo, lava flows will most likely be confined within the caldera walls.

    ‘However, if the eruptive vents migrate outside its walls, lava flows may move rapidly downslope,’ The National Weather Service in Honolulu said in a warning this morning.

    The NWS is warning residents with respiratory illness to stay indoors.

    ‘People with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors to avoid inhaling the ash particles and anyone outside should cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth.

    ‘Possible harm to crops and animals. Minor equipment and infrastructure damage. Reduced visibility. Widespread clean-up may be necessary.’

    Residents awoke in the middle of the night to a bright orange sky. Many shared their photos and videos on Twitter, with some as far as Kona – on the coast – able to see the magma burning.

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    IRS Warns Americans Over $600 Threshold to Report Venmo, PayPal Payments



    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning American taxpayers that they need to report any transactions that use “third-party” facilitators like Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, and Cash App that are at least $600 in value.

    On Tuesday, the IRS shared tips advising U.S. businesses that make $600 or more annually from payments received through “third-party” networks to file a tax form known as Form 1099-K.

    “Taxpayers should report the income they earned, including from part-time work, side jobs or the sale of goods,” IRS stated on its website.

    “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 lowered the reporting threshold for third-party networks that process payments for those doing business.”

    It can be recalled the Biden regime required U.S. banks to turn over to the IRS the bank account information for all accounts holding more than $600.

    “Prior to 2022, Form 1099-K was issued for third-party payment network transactions only if the total number of transactions exceeded 200 for the year and the aggregate amount of these transactions exceeded $20,000. Now a single transaction exceeding $600 can trigger a 1099-K,” IRS added.

    “The lower information reporting threshold and the summary of income on Form 1099-K enables taxpayers to more easily track the amounts received. Remember, money received through third-party payment applications from friends and relatives as personal gifts or reimbursements for personal expenses is not taxable. Those who receive a 1099-K reflecting income they didn’t earn should call the issuer. The IRS cannot correct it.”

    New York Post reported:

    When Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, it included a provision that reduced the reporting threshold to a single transaction over $600.

    The Biden administration hopes that by reducing the threshold, the measure will crack down on Americans evading taxes by not reporting the full extent of their gross income.

    The proposal was offered as a way to help pay for a $3.5 trillion social spending bill that would invest in climate programs, child care and education.

    Tommy Lucas, an Orlando, Fla.-based certified financial planner, told CNBC that filers must include any sum that is reported on Form 1099-K as part of their business income.

    Failure to do so could trigger an audit since the IRS obtains a copy of Form 1099-K directly from the third-party payment facilitator.

    But the provision has been met with pushback from sites like Etsy and eBay, who joined with smaller retailers to create the “Coalition for 1099-K Fairness,” which they say is aimed at protecting “casual online sellers and microbusinesses from unfair tax and privacy burdens.”

    Earlier this year, Biden signed the Democrats’ sweeping economic package that would allocate billions of taxpayer dollars to facilitate the expansion of the Internal Revenue Service’s workforce.

    The IRS would receive $80 billion if H.R. 5376, the $750 billion “Inflation Reduction Act” passes the House and lands on Biden’s desk. The funding would mark a 600 percent increase from 2021 when the bureau received $12.6 billion.

    The reconciliation package would also double the current IRS workforce by hiring an additional 87,000 employees to the bureau’s staff of 78,661 employees. At 165,661 employees, the IRS is poised to become larger than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI and Border Patrol combined total employees of 158,779.

    The most controversial component of the program, arguably, is stepping up IRS enforcement, with 87,000 new agents being added to the force. This stepped-up enforcement, we were told, would be affecting big corporations and those making over $400,000 — although in practice, that’s never how it works.

    What will the 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service agents that the Democrats’ new tax and spending bill aims to hire mean for you?

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    “Thousands Without Power After Plane Crashes Into Powerline, 2 Onboard Stuck “



    A small plane crashed into power lines in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Sunday night, leaving tens of thousands of electric customers without power, according to reports.

    Fox station WTTG in Washington, D.C. said the plane crashed into the power lines at about 6:15 p.m. in the Montgomery Village section of Gaithersburg.

    Chief Spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Pete Piringer, said on Twitter that the small plane was suspended about 100 feet in the air with two people onboard.

    Both occupants were uninjured, the post stated, and rescue crews were on the scene.

    Piringer also reported widespread power outages because of the crash.

    Pepco reported about 85,000 customers were without power because of the plane crash.

    Electric crews are assessing the damage, a tweet from the power company read, and they are working closely with county fire and EMS crews.

    “We are awaiting clearance to the scene before crews can begin work to stabilize the electric infrastructure and begin restoring service,” Pepco said.

    The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash and the number of people on board the small plane Sunday evening:


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    ‘Put America Last’: Biden Gives Chevron Greenlight to Start Pumping Oil in Venezuela Again



    Democrat President Joe Biden faced backlash over the weekend after his administration announced it would allow Chevron to resume pumping oil in socialist Venezuela.

    The move from the leftist Biden administration reversed restrictions that the Trump administration had put on companies in an effort to oust socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro.

    “On November 26th, the Unitary Platform and the Maduro regime announced the resumption of talks in Mexico City; a humanitarian agreement focused on education, health, food security, flood response, and electricity programs that will benefit the Venezuelan people; and agreement on the continuation of talks focused on the 2024 elections,” the Treasury Department said in a statement. “Following this announcement and consistent with U.S. government policy, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela General License (GL) 41, authorizing Chevron Corporation to resume limited natural resource extraction operations in Venezuela.”

    The statement said that the move by the administration to “provide targeted sanctions relief” was based on the Venezuelan government’s recent actions to help its people and “support the restoration of democracy.”

    The sanctions relief that the administration is providing to Venezuela will last six months, at which point it could be revoked or amended.

    Venezuela’s economy was wrecked by its “state-run economic model” that “wasted the world’s largest oil reserves,” CNBC reported in 2019. The report added that inflation in the country had reached a peak of nearly 10 million percent that year since 2018, which left many unable to feed themselves.

    The move by the Biden administration to ease sanctions on Venezuela comes as the administration has been hostile to issuing new drilling permits in the U.S., which has invited intense criticism.

    Former White House Economic Adviser Stephen Moore said Sunday that the move by the administration makes no sense and puts America last.

    “I literally almost fell out of my chair reading this headline that says we’re going to allow, you know, Chevron to do drilling in Venezuela,” Moore told Fox News. “This is the same administration that won’t allow us to do drilling here in the United States, not in Texas, not in Oklahoma, not in Alaska, not in West Virginia. But we can pump oil from Venezuela. It makes absolutely no sense. It’s put America last energy policy.”

    “And by the way, when Trump left office and I helped Trump on energy policy, our whole policy was to make America totally energy independent so we wouldn’t have to rely on countries like Venezuela and Iran and Russia,” he added. “And so somebody explain this one to me because it makes no sense.”

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    Crypto Founder Tiantian Kullander Unexpectedly Dead at 30



    The finance world has been rocked by the sudden and unexpected death of a young crypto founder at the age of just 30.

    Tiantian Kullander, the co-founder of Hong Kong-based digital asset company Amber Group, died in his sleep on November 23, with the news confirmed on the company’s website “with the deepest sadness and a heavy heart”.

    Kullander, known affectionately as “TT,” launched Amber in 2017 with a group of finance insiders, including former Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley workers.

    Before that, he worked as a trader at both finance giants, and in 2019 earned a coveted spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes the most talented ​​emerging entrepreneurs and leaders.

    Earlier this year, the start-up reached a staggering $3 billion valuation after scoring a $200 million funding round.

    Earlier this month, it was revealed the company was in the process of raising around $100 million, with the firm describing him as “instrumental to the founding of Amber and a pillar of our success.”

    “He put his heart and soul into the company, in every stage of its growth. He led by example with his intellect, generosity, humility, diligence and creativity,” the company statement reads.

    “TT was a respected thought leader and widely recognized as a pioneer for the industry. His depth of knowledge, his willingness to collaborate and his desire to always help others benefited countless start-ups and individuals.

    “His insights and creativity inspired many projects, people and communities.”

    The statement added that besides co-founding Amber and “building it into a multi-billion fintech unicorn,” TT also sat on the Board of Fnatic – one of the world’s most successful e-sports organizations – and founded KeeperDAO – the first on-chain liquidity underwriter.

    “We lost a great partner and a true friend in TT and words cannot express our sorrow at this time,” the statement continues.

    “TT’s legacy will live on and we will work even harder to make Amber the category-defining leader of our industry, as this was TT’s ambition and dream.

    “TT was a devoted husband, a loving father and a fierce friend. His passing is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

    The finance sector has flocked to pay tribute to Kullander, with many insiders taking to social media to express their shock and sadness at his passing.

    Arthur Cheong, founding partner of DeFiance Capital, was one of many to honor Kullander online, posting on Twitter that the “industry lost a young, bright and most importantly, a good soul.”

    Kullander is survived by his wife and young son.

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