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Reports: Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Federal Russia Probe
Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
Reuters confirmed, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that Mueller convened a grand jury.
The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in connection with a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer.
Trump Jr. attended the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. It was not clear whether those subpoenas were issued by the grand jury Mueller impaneled.
A loved-up teenage couple who found internet fame after sharing a video of her family gifting him a car for Christmas have been hit with vile, racist abuse.
Madison Duke and Chris Hunter found internet fame on Twitter this week after she posted a video of him being given the car by her parents in Dallas, Texas.
It has been viewed more than 1.4million times since it was uploaded on Saturday.
But among comments of praise for the high schoolers are abhorrent messages of hate.
The shocked teenagers shared details of those comments with their new followers on Tuesday.
The pair vowed not to let it sink the good mood they have put in since the video took off...
A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.
The music video of the song "I Have Issues" was released last month and sparked immediate controversy because of its sexually suggestive scenes. In the video, Shyma Ahmed, a 21-year-old artist who is known by the name Shyma, is seen cavorting in a bra before a group of wide-eyed smiling men. On a chalkboard behind her is written "class #69." In a subsequent scene, she slowly eats a banana.
Egypt state media outlets report that the singer and the director of the music video, Mohamed Gamal, were arrested on November 18 after the video's release. They were also ordered to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately $560).
Both are expected to appeal the verdict.
Since taking power in 2014, the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has blocked critical voices from TV and print, and scrubbed digital content, according to Amnesty International.
Though the government crackdown has mainly targeted news and human rights reporting, it has drawn in entertainers -- in 2011, comedian Bassem Youssef canceled his widely popular political satire show on Egyptian TV, citing safety concerns for himself and his family.
The legal reasons used to block web sites and content has been ambiguous, Amnesty says. Several Egyptian laws can be used to censor the media and the internet, on the grounds of national security, the group says.
Days before her arrest, Ahmed shared her thoughts on Facebook.
"My apologizes to all people who watched the video and did not like it because they think it's inappropriate," read the post. "I did not expect such a harsh backlash from people."
"As a singer, I only sung the song and I do not have any knowledge and understanding in direction and many other things."
A tool created by Google engineers to automate the writing of machine learning algorithms has outperformed developers in the creation of efficient machine learning systems for some tasks.
The AutoML (automated machine learning) tool was announced earlier this year by Google representatives. Its creation was motivated by the widespread skills shortage associated with coding, particularly for machine learning applications. The Google team built a machine learning system capable of rapidly creating, testing and refining machine learning architectures.
“One way we hope to make AI more accessible is by simplifying the creation of machine learning models called neural networks,” wrote Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, in a blog post.
“Today, designing neural nets is extremely time intensive, and requires an expertise that limits its use to a smaller community of scientists and engineers. That’s why we’ve created an approach called AutoML, showing that it’s possible for neural nets to design neural nets.”
The AutoML approach allows for a “controller neural net” to put forward a suggestion of a basic architecture for a new machine learning algorithm, which can be subsequently trained to perform a highly specialised task. The algorithm’s performance is evaluated and this feedback is used to improve the next attempt.
After repeating these simulations thousands of times, the controller is well-informed about which architectures are likely to perform better at this task. This entire process is automated and takes a matter of hours.
Within just five months, Google has reported that AutoML has begun to generate machine learning algorithms which outperform those written by the developers themselves. An AutoML-generated algorithm proved capable of learning to recognise and categorise images – an extremely complex task – reached a record 82 per cent accuracy.
Even in complex tasks, the AutoML code outperformed code written by developers: in a task in which the system had to mark the location of various objects within an image, the developers’ machine learning software achieved 39 per cent accuracy, while the AutoML software achieved 43 per cent.
Once well-honed enough such that it could be used for practical applications, tools like AutoML could be incorporated into machines of the near future, allowing them to update themselves regularly and even create new programs to solve specific problems.
While machines outperforming humans in highly-skilled jobs remains a fantasy, the success of AutoML demonstrates the slight edge that artificially intelligent systems can have over humans in performing tedious tasks: in this case, the ability of AutoML to rapidly run through thousands of possible architectures would otherwise take months of work for a developer, whose time could be put to better use on more creative tasks.
I need to know where to stay and what is a good place to eat and where not to go.
seems like i keep ending up in the wrong place in charlotte due to family issues.
and also what radio stations to listen to....more on this later
It's not just the price of bitcoin that's gone through the roof this week, the price of another cryptocurrency – litecoin – has rocketed too.
Over the past three days the price of litecoin increased 395%, from $9.7 on 25th November to $48 at 12:00 GMT today, according to dc-charts.com, which is based on data from the exchange BTC-e.
Since then, the price has dipped to a still-respectable $42.7 which, for reference, is what 0.04 BTC would cost you at the moment, according to the CoinDesk BPI.
There are currently just over 23,424,790 litecoins in circulation, so the recent price increase has brought the market cap of litecoins to over $1bn.
Litecoin was created by Charles Lee, brother of BTC China's CEO Bobby Lee, as an alternative to bitcoin. It's based on the Bitcoin protocol, but it differs in that it can still be efficiently mined using consumer-grade hardware. Bitcoins, however, are now largely mined by ASIC machines that have been purpose built to do just that.
That's not to say that such machines won't be created to do the same for litecoin. In fact, Lee thinks there's a strong possibility of this happening.
"Currently, some think that Litecoin is more fair because there’s no Litecoin ASIC but it may just be a matter of time,” he told CoinDesk in an earlier interview.
Another positive feature about litecoin is that transactions are confirmed faster than they are with bitcoin (around 2.5mins compared with around 8mins).
Cause of the spike
Members of reddit's litecoin forum have been discussing why they think the price of litecoin has increased so dramatically over the past few days.
One forum member believes the sudden interest in litecoin was caused by a tweet by political pundit and financial broadcaster Max Keiser, speculating that the price of the digital currency would increase to $50.
Litecoin ($12) is up more than 100% since we recommended it last week. We are sticking to our $50 interim target.— Max Keiser (@maxkeiser) November 25, 2013
Others believe the spike was caused by low exchange rates between bitcoin and litecoin, so people have been using their BTC riches to buy cheap LTC.
Another argument is that people feel they have somewhat missed the boat when it comes to bitcoin. They saw people become millionaires on the few dollars they spent on BTC, so they've now invested in LTC just in case history repeats itself.
Regardless of the cause, litecoin's price increase is impressive, and Lee hopes this will continue.
“Litecoin is two years behind bitcoin in terms of our adoption, so it’s interesting to look into the future,” he said.
“If we don’t screw it up, litecoin will follow on the coattails of bitcoin. There will be more merchant adoption, and it will become less speculative and more useful," he concluded.
It seems like the majority people I encountered is dealing with something. Studies even show its rising
Why do y’all think more people in this day and age are getting depressed?
Alright yall this is a spinoff from the Tax Implications thread that was started by @JonnyRoccIT . I made this thread to help out anybody who has general questions about getting started or going forward, legal matters in business, financing/banks/credit, how to find information, building websites, structure, taxation, business plans/proposals, investing, motivation - anything that has to do with running a business please ask the question here and me or @pralims will answer you promptly.
Anything that has to do with even supplying apps or anything for that matter that can help someone, anybody, somewhere do something easier or better will be greatly appreciated.
To kick things off I have put the topics in spoilers to make the O/P organized and easier to browse for mobile users.
Business Entity/Legal Structures
The simplest structure is the sole proprietorship, which usually involves just one individual who owns and operates the enterprise. If you intend to work alone, this structure may be the way to go. The tax aspects of a sole proprietorship are appealing because the expenses and your income from the business are included on your personal income tax return, Form 1040. Your profits and losses are recorded on a form called Schedule C, which is filed with your 1040. The "bottom-line amount" from Schedule C is then transferred to your personal tax return. This is especially attractive because business losses you suffer may offset the income you have earned from your other sources.
As a sole proprietor, you must also file a Schedule SE with Form 1040. You use Schedule SE to calculate how much self-employment tax you owe. In addition to paying annual self-employment taxes, you must make estimated tax payments if you expect to owe at least $1,000 in federal taxes for the year after deducting your withholding and credits, and your withholding will be less than the smaller of:
1) 90 percent of the tax to be shown on your current year tax return or
2) 100 percent of your previous year's tax liability.
The federal government permits you to pay estimated taxes in four equal amounts throughout the year on the 15th of April, June, September and January. With a sole proprietorship, your business earnings are taxed only once, unlike other business structures. Another big plus is that you will have complete control over your business--you make all the decisions. There are a few disadvantages to consider, however. Selecting the sole proprietorship business structure means you are personally responsible for your company's liabilities. As a result, you are placing your assets at risk, and they could be seized to satisfy a business debt or a legal claim filed against you.Raising money for a sole proprietorship can also be difficult. Banks and other financing sources may be reluctant to make business loans to sole proprietorships. In most cases, you will have to depend on your financing sources, such as savings,
home equity or family loans.
If your business will be owned and operated by several individuals, you'll want to take a look at structuring your business as a partnership. Partnerships come in two varieties: general partnerships and limited partnerships. In a general partnership, the partners manage the company and assume responsibility for the partnership's debts and other obligations. A limited partnership has both general and limited partners. The general partners own and operate the business and assume liability for the partnership, while the limited partners serve as investors only; they have no control over the company and are not subject to the same liabilities as the general partners.
Unless you expect to have many passive investors, limited partnerships are generally not the best choice for a new business because of all the required filings and administrative complexities. If you have two or more partners who want to be actively involved, a general partnership would be much easier to form.
One of the major advantages of a partnership is the tax treatment it enjoys. A partnership does not pay tax on its income but "passes through" any profits or losses to the individual partners. At tax time, the partnership must file a tax return (Form 1065) that reports its income and loss to the IRS. In addition, each partner reports his or her share of income and loss on Schedule K-1 of Form 1065.
Personal liability is a major concern if you use a general partnership to structure your business. Like sole proprietors, general partners are personally liable for the partnership's obligations and debts. Each general partner can act on behalf of the partnership, take out loans and make decisions that will affect and be binding on all the partners (if the partnership agreement permits). Keep in mind that partnerships are also more expensive to establish than sole proprietorships because they require more legal and accounting services.
The other portion is in the next post
As for what state is best to incorporate in, it really depends on what type of business you're trying to build. Please PM me and I may be able to assist you.
For motivation give these books a read:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Feel free to post if yall can contribute, anything is plenty.
Yep, ladies and gents there are people who suggest that having autism is a culture like being Chinese.
I'll let this idiot speak for herself
There's a reason I call myself an autistic, rather than utilizing person first language, and said reason has nothing to do with laziness. It has everything to do with the fact that autism is an integral part of who I am. Autism is not a disease, a disorder, or something holding me prisoner in a shell. Autism is a culture, a lifestyle, and a way of being. We don't try to cure people of being Chinese, because that is unethical and impossible. Nor do we refer to said people as "having Chinese tendencies," because that sounds stupid and we recognize that someone's nationality is part of WHO THEY ARE.
Autism doesn't yet get the respect as a culture that it deserves. People don't realize that autism shades into personality and is crucial to us remaining who we truly are. Because autism was woefully under-identified in the past, we are a relatively new disability culture. We are learning from the Deaf culture, and in many ways our struggles can be seen as similar. Like the Deaf, we autistics have a communication barrier with the majority of society, and people are always trying to cure both conditions. The former does not make the latter any more heinous. Autism, like Deafness, is a valid counterculture. To cure us would be to stamp out our whole way of life, and this is NOT good medical practice or the like-it is genocide born of xenophobia-a fear of outsiders. In many ways we spectrumites are the ultimate outsiders, but that DOES NOT make our way of being less worthwhile. This is why I and most other adults on the spectrum are anti-cure.
Allow me to make something perfectly clear: anti-cure DOES NOT MEAN anti-progress. Quite the contrary, I am strongly in favor of teaching spectrum kids the skills they'll need to live independently. This does not mean making them more typical, however; this means teaching practical ways around the challenges and also teaching the children to advocate for themselves so they can get their own needs met. The focus should not be on achieving normalcy, but instead on learning to live happily and productively AS AUTISTICS. The practical upshot of the above is this: kids shouldn't be running from therapy to therapy to doctor to therapy in an effort to train and medicate autism out of them to render them Indistinguishable From Peers.
Autistic children ARE STILL CHILDREN, and the over-intensive programming just isn't age appropriate. All kids deserve time to just be kids, and so many spectrum children don't get that. I also think that the only time medication is appropriate is when it makes the person who takes it more comfortable-it should NOT be to make the parent's life easier. In fact, that is my criteria for most all interventions-if a special diet makes some children more comfortable, then it is right for that child. If occupational therapy lessens painful sensory issues, that's GREAT, sign me up too. If chelation makes a kid miserable but at least they are too tired to get into anything because of the stress on their body, that is NOT cool. Kids have lost kidneys to chelation, and I am against anything that dangerous. Kids are kids, autism or not, and I don't know any parents who would willingly put their typical children at that kind of risk. Autism is a culture. It's as much a part of me as my freckles, my Slavic ancestry, my tumbling obsession, and my whacky sense of humor. It makes me different, but it has shaped who I am, and who many of my friends are, and I wouldn't
This is poisonous thinking.
In an unorthodox move, lawyers for the city of Chicago are seeking to sue the estate of a teen shot to death by a police officer two years ago, alleging he was responsible for the death of a bystander the officer accidentally killed as well.
In a motion filed Thursday, the lawyers sought a Cook County judge’s approval to bring a lawsuit blaming Quintonio LeGrier, 19, for the shooting that also killed 55-year-old Bettie Jones.
The proposed suit rests largely on allegations that LeGrier tried to hit Officer Robert Rialmo with an aluminum baseball bat before the officer opened fire, killing both the teenager and Jones, a neighbor standing nearby.
If successful, the suit could shift some of the city’s potentially hefty financial liability for the death of an innocent woman onto LeGrier’s estate.
It is only the latest twist in the litigation over the shooting on the day after Christmas 2015.
In addition to suits by survivors of both LeGrier and Jones, Rialmo filed an unusual lawsuit against the Police Department that alleges in part that he was inadequately trained. The officer is also suing LeGrier’s estate, blaming him for a shooting that Rialmo says caused him emotional trauma.
Now the city is echoing that litigation with its own suit against LeGrier’s estate.
Attorney Basileios Foutris, who represents the LeGrier family, said the teen’s estate currently contains no assets — though lawsuits against the city in fatal police shootings can reap substantial damages.
Foutris called the city’s move a “sick” and “twisted” attempt to shirk liability and said Rialmo should never have been on the street.
“It’s not enough to kill people,” he said. “Now you gotta go ahead and sue them.”
Rialmo’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, said the city’s suit backs up his contention that Rialmo fired in self-defense because of LeGrier’s actions. The officer was justified in shooting the bat-wielding teen, Brodsky said, even if that led to Jones’ death.
An attorney representing the city, Matthew Hurd, could not be reached for comment, while Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the city’s Law Department, declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.
The shooting garnered wide attention as it killed a bystander and was the first fatal Chicago police shooting following the court-ordered release of video of an officer shooting teen Laquan McDonald 16 times. The video’s release sparked calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation and heated protests fueled by long-standing complaints about the department’s treatment of minorities. Efforts to overhaul the department continue more than two years after the video’s emergence.
About 4:30 a.m on the day after Christmas 2015, Rialmo and his partner responded to 911 calls about a domestic disturbance at a West Side apartment where LeGrier was staying with his father.
LeGrier had behaved erratically as a student at Northern Illinois University and had altercations with other students and run-ins with police, records show.
LeGrier’s mental health has become an issue in the litigation that has followed his death, and the city’s proposed lawsuit alleges he “failed to take prescribed medication to control his mental illness.”
Jones, who lived downstairs at the home in the 4700 block of West Erie Street, answered the door and pointed the cops to the second-floor apartment. LeGrier then came down the stairs with a baseball bat, according to an analysis released in February by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office, which declined to bring charges against Rialmo in the incident.
The police started to back up onto the front landing as the teen came toward them with the bat raised over his head, prosecutors wrote. As Rialmo backed down the stairs, he fired, according to prosecutors. He shot eight times, hitting LeGrier six times. Jones had been standing behind him and was shot once in the chest, prosecutors wrote.
Rialmo recently stipulated in court that he knew Jones was standing close by when he fired, though Brodsky said the officer was nonetheless justified in firing in self-defense. Rialmo has said he feared for his life after LeGrier swung the bat at him
Rialmo’s proximity to LeGrier during the shooting is at issue in the litigation. A witness said in a sworn deposition that Rialmo was on the sidewalk when he fired, and attorneys for the Jones and LeGrier families have said physical evidence backs up that testimony. But Rialmo said in a deposition that he fired his first shot from the porch, putting him closer to the teen at that critical moment.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates shootings by Chicago police, has yet to rule on whether the shooting was justified under department policy.
The city’s proposed lawsuit blames LeGrier for “negligent acts and/or omissions” including that he failed to follow police commands, advanced on officers, swung the bat at police and failed to take medication to control his mental illness.
“We deny categorically that he did anything that justified him being shot,” Foutris, the LeGrier family lawyer, said.
People blamed 2016 for taking alot of loved celebs. Im not sure if it actually took more than usual but social media seemed to with the "2016 aint shit" tagline.
With the new year lets play a game.
List 3 celebs u think will die in 2017 and 1 additional wild card (a healthy younger celeb)
Then lets revisit in December and see who could tell the future
Bonus points if u can predict how they die
Colin Kaepernick explains protest of national anthem
SANTA CLARA, Ca. -- Forty Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly and knowingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
The 49ers issued this statement: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."
By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.
However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.
Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.
Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.
"This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."
Kaepernick said that he has thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that "I felt that I needed to understand the situation better."
He said that he has discussed his feelings with his family and, after months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the U.S., decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people. Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings.
Kaepernick's Twitter feed is filled with civil rights Tweets and messages.
The former Super Bowl starting quarterback's decision to go public comes while he is fighting for his football life with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011. He lost his starting job last season after being one of the most promising players in the NFL during his run under former coach Jim Harbaugh.
Over the past few months, his relationship with management has turned sour. He requested a trade last spring, which never came to fruition. He also has spent most of the offseason rehabilitating from operations to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, his hand and knee. That left him unable to fully compete with Blaine Gabbert for months and now, just weeks before the regular season starts, has him seemingly in a bind to regain his starting job.
He made his preseason debut against the Packers and played for the second quarter, completing two of six passes for 14 yards. He looked as rusty as you'd expect from someone who has not played since last November.
Following the game and without any knowledge of Kaepernick's non-football behavior, coach Chip Kelly said that there has never been any discussion about cutting Kaepernick.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
The husband of a woman fatally shot in her home in June is being held without bond in her murder, reports CBS affiliate WPEC.
Euri Jenkins, 31, is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Makeva Jenkins.
The station reports that Euri Jenkins initially told investigators a masked gunman stormed into their home in June and shot and killed Makeva, an entrepreneur, just steps from their children. The family made emotional pleas for clues to help solve the case.
Euri Jenkins' attorney told the station he's shocked to be sitting in jail and that he's innocent.
A judge reportedly ordered Jenkins to have no contact with the family of his slain wife.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Jenkins was 33, and mother to a 1-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 13-year-old.
WPEC reported in June that just hours before her murder, Jenkins posted a reflection of sorts on Facebook, celebrating her life's success and ability to go from homelessness to becoming a business owner. Jenkins managed the Prime Enterprise Group, which creates business plans and marketing strategies for entrepreneurs and small businesses, according to the Palm Beach Post.
"We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 to reaching my six figure mark in 2015 to now making multi six figures. No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it growing my business," Jenkins wrote.
Euri Jenkins is one of two suspects held in the killing of Makeva. 20-year-old Joevan Joseph has been in jail since his arrest in August
Don’t get caught up in the hype that LaVar Ball and Big Baller Brand have racked up millions of dollars in sales of Lonzo Ball’s signature shoe. Even at $495 each.
The sneakerheads at Nice Kicks did some legwork to refute the rumors that Ball’s ZO2 Prime had sold 5,000 pairs in as little as four hours after its initial release. Like most internet rumors, that turned out to be bunk. Matt Halfhill over at Nice Kicks explained in a post how they figured out the number is much, much lower.
Basically, Halfhill ordered a pair a few hours before Chad Johnson ordered a pair and posted his confirmation email on social media. By Halfhill’s count, just 34 total transactions on the entire Big Baller Brand site had occured between those two orders, and that could have been for shirts, hats, and anything else there that isn’t a pair of very expensive shoes.
When another Nice Kicks staffer ordered a pair of shorts the next day, the transaction number simply didn’t account for thousands of shoe orders—there were just 328 individual purchases.
Out of the 328 transactions that happened on BigBallerBrand.com in the first 24 hours that the shoes were offered for sale, we tracked that a total of just 263 pairs of sneakers had sold in both signed and unsigned versions of the ZO2 Prime.
While we have no access to sales receipts, transactions or traffic data, we have been monitoring the inventory levels of the footwear listed on BigBallerBrand.com. After noting the initial product levels at the start and deducting the current units sold, we can confidently say that 210 pairs of unsigned ZO2 Primes had sold (103 pairs in size 8.5 alone), along with 53 autographed ZO2 Primes.
While it’s tough to confirm anything here from a secondary source and incredibly unlikely the Balls are going to talk down rumors of big sales, the logic used by Nice Kicks here makes sense. And then there’s the big sales numbers that don’t match the actual sales thus far.
Not accounting for shipping or sales tax (that doesn’t appear to be properly applied to transactions anyways), the total revenue for footwear in the first 24 hours was $157,685, based on the numbers sold for signed, unsigned, and the larger sizes that are priced at an extra $200.
While $157,685 is an incredible amount of sales in one day, it is far from the $2.5 million that numerous outlets have reported today online.
It’s an interesting look at the reality of the shoe business, an industry the Balls are now going it alone in. Though opting not to sign with a major shoe company is clearly not a decision to take lightly, the Balls seemed forced to do so. Talks with Nike blew up and the pursuit of growing Big Baller Brand as a whole was sidetracked by talk of top tier price points. LaVar Ball wanted to package his three sons into a single billion-dollar shoe contract, and the companies that dominate the industry wanted nothing to do with it.
While the initial release on Thursday created a huge amount of Internet buzz—both good and bad—it didn’t immediately translate into massive sales. Like Stephon Marbury warned, it’s very difficult to grow a brand on your own. It’s easy to LaVar Ball to get people talking about him, his sons and their very expensive shoes, but actually convincing people to buy them takes a lot more than calling them “premium” and walking away.
New video of controversial arrest released
PASADENA, Calif. -- Body cam and bystander footage of a chaotic arrest in Pasadena has riled civil rights groups like the NAACP, who called the officers' actions "reprehensible" and "inhumane," CBS Los Angeles reports.
Six body cam and patrol car videos released Friday by the City of Pasadena show two unnamed police officers attempting to subdue Christopher Ballew at an Altadena gas station in November. According to police, they stopped Ballew after they witnessed the 21-year-old commit "multiple traffic violations," Pasadena Now reported.
The incident took a violent turn, police say, when Ballew allegedly refused to comply and attempted to grab a baton from one of the officers.
Additional video recorded by a bystander shows one officer hitting Ballew in the right leg repeatedly while he was face-down on the ground. The other officer can be seen punching Ballew several times before slamming his head into the pavement.
Ballew was ultimately taken to the hospital and arrested on $50,000 bail for "assault on a peace officer as well as several unspecified misdemeanors," the paper reported.
Ballew told Pasadena Now he suffered a broken leg as a result of the incident.
Pasadena officials say the officers' actions were within department policy, though the incident is still under review.
City of Pasadena Spokesman William Boyer told CBS Los Angeles Ballew was initially stopped because the car he was driving was missing a front license plate and its windows were illegally tinted.
"Currently, the whole incident is under review, so there is no timeline for how long that will take. There is no conclusion right now," Boyer said.
Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell said "while the City is not obligated or required to release such the recordings, […] I believe doing so is in the best interest of the City and that of the public," the paper reported.
The L.A. district attorney's office said last week it would not prosecute Ballew on any charges stemming from the altercation.
Ballew's family said he was not speaking to reporters when CBS Los Angeles reached out for comment Friday.
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