Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

U.S. retailer Walmart Inc. on Monday made a deal with Paramount Global to deliver the Paramount+ streaming service to the subscribers of its membership program in a bid to improve the competition with Amazon.com Inc.

Members of Walmart+ will access Paramount's "essential" plan, which costs $4.99 per month and includes commercials. It also offers a $9.99-per-month service without ads.

As consumers are grappling with inflation, trying to cut down on non-essential spending, Disney served its fans another tough pill to swallow. The company announced that it’s raising the prices of Disney+ and Hulu later this year. The move comes as part of a broader restructuring of its streaming options, as Disney is simultaneously launching an ad-supported tier, which will keep the $7.99 price tag of the current ads-free subscription.

The companies of mega-rich celebrities, including billionaires Kanye West and Jay-Z, received millions in government PPP loans – and in virtually every case the A-listers have been let off the hook for paying back the full amount.

For the first time, DailyMail.com can reveal the exact amounts that these wealthy companies got through the Payment Protection Program, which was set up for desperate businesses hit by the Covid pandemic.

Renowned Hollywood actor Jon Voight took to social media to weigh in on the FBI’s raid on former president Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, condemning the law enforcement agency’s questionable actions and slamming the “Democrat fools” for spreading lies about the 45th president of the United States.

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According to a report from The Daily Wire, Disney will re-release old films in hopes of making up cash lost on recent box office flops like Lightyear —a film that only made $51 million dollars over its three-day opening weekend. For comparison, 2019’s Toy Story 4 made $121 million on its opening weekend.

From The Daily Wire:

The shooting death of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” last year was an accident, New Mexico’s Office of Medical Investigator determined.

The medical investigator’s report, which was completed following an autopsy and a review of police reports, was made public Monday by the Santé Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Prosecutors have yet to determine if any charges should be filed in the case as they review the latest reports, including from the FBI on the revolver and ammunition that were collected after the shooting.

Alec Baldwin's lawyer says the FBI report that claims the actor pulled the trigger on the gun he used to accidentally shoot dead Halyna Hutchins, insisting again that the faulty weapon fired on its own. 

The FBI report emerged last week and claims for the first time that Baldwin had to have pulled the trigger in order to fatally wound Hutchins, the 42-year-old cinematographer of his Western movie Rust. 

The Italian screen legend Gina Lollobrigida has said she is running in general elections next month because she is “fed up with quarrelling politicians”.

Lollobrigida, who turned 95 in July, is endeavouring to become a senator with the Sovereign and Popular Italy party (ISP), a new Eurosceptic, anti-Mario-Draghi political alliance that opposes sending arms to Ukraine and “warmongering Atlanticism”.