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Auschwitz Concentration Camp Christmas Ornaments Removed by Amazon

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The holiday season can be a sensitive time for many people who regard it as a sacred part of their religious and cultural traditions. Christmas, in particular, tends to bring up a lot of controversy for the religious and non-religious alike. Some people get upset at being greeted with “Merry Christmas” while others believe that saying “happy holidays” is some kind of attack on their Christian heritage. Meanwhile, nativity scenes erected outside of churches and schools have often been vandalized.

People who come from a Jewish background are also often targets of hate crimes and discrimination during the holiday season. Needless to say, the holiday season is an emotionally tumultuous time for much of society, regardless of what traditions you practice, or if you don’t celebrate any of them at all.

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The latest controversy this holiday season happened when Amazon, a world leader in online retail, was forced to remove offensive Christmas ornaments from their online store. The controversial ornaments depicted images of Auschwitz concentration camps.

Auschwitz was a complex of concentration and death camps located in occupied Poland and operated by the German Nazis under the rule of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Millions of Jewish people were forced to live and work in concentration camps and statistics say almost six million were killed by the Nazis of which, nearly one million died in Auschwitz. The complex is now a memorial and museum visited by just over two million people to date.

The Auschwitz Memorial faculty described some of the items being sold by Amazon as “disturbing and disrespectful” according to a CNN news report. The items in question, which are no longer available, include various Christmas tree ornaments, a mouse pad and bottle opener showing pictures of the Nazi death camps.

One of the images showed the train tracks leading into the entrance of Auschwitz, by which millions of Jews were carted into the camp by force to meet their ultimate demise by way of torture and hard-kill methods such as gas chambers and firing squads. Some scenes from inside the camps were even depicted in some of this merchandise.

Amazon had removed the items being sold by third parties after officials from the Auschwitz Memorial brought it to their attention via Twitter. A later Tweet from Auschwitz Memorial officials confirmed that the items in question were removed from the marketplace but that other similar items had been identified.

After the initial post was made, officials from the Auschwitz Memorial began to notice other items being sold with pictures of the concentration camps on them. However, at the time of publishing, all of these other items also appear to have been removed from sale by Amazon.

Most of the products offered by the same sellers feature pictures from popular war-related tourism sites around the world. For example, one of the companies that was selling a Christmas tree ornament bearing an image of a freight train entering Auschwitz, continues to sell an ornament featuring a picture of the Genbaku Dome over the Hiroshima bomb site in Japan. The seller contends that this is simply merchandise showing different pivotal moments in history, but critics believe that it is making light out of a genocide, and making a profit as well.

One Amazon spokesperson was quoted by CNN Business as saying, “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account. The products in question have been removed.”

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Amazon was forced to take similar actions in the past, after products on their website cause controversy. Earlier this year, they were forced to remove numerous items citing complaints that they were offensive to the Muslim community.

Last March, some anti-vaccination documentaries were taken down from Amazon Prime after a CNN business report. Amazon also pulled books that were said to encourage the curing of children’s’ autism using bleach.

In 2015, Amazon supposedly banned Confederate-flag themed merchandise after harsh criticism from the public, although a report from July of last year states that white supremacist and Nazi-related merchandise continues to be available on the site.

While Amazon itself has been at the center of much criticism over its own practices and treatment of their employees, it seems the global retail and video streaming giant is quick to respond to complaints about content on their streaming service and items for sale in their marketplace.

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Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote

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Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.

80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.

Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.

During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.

Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.

She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.

When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

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Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.

Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.

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Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.

According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.

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FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii

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The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.

Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.

Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.

Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.

“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.

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They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.

“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”

About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.

She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.

“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.

She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.

“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”

FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”

Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”

The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.

The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.

One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.

Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.

The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).

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Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.

Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.

Police said that they don’t have any suspects.

On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”

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In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.

During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”

McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.

 

According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.

Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,”  an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”

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