Authorities say that a 7-year-old Florida boy likely saved the lives of his father and his younger sister after the three were swept out and stranded in a river by dangerous currents.
What are the details?
According to a Monday CNN report, 7-year-old Chase and his father and sister were on the family’s boat on the St. John’s River in Jacksonville when the incident happened.
The father, Steven Poust, told WKXT-TV that the children were swimming when 4-year-old Abigail, who was wearing a life jacket, was swept away by a strong current. Chase, Steven said, immediately let go of the boat and tried to swim after his sister to keep her from drifting further down the river. He, too, became stuck, and Steven was forced to jump in to help them both.
As Steven swam toward his 4-year-old daughter, he directed Chase — who was not wearing a life jacket — to swim to shore for help.
It took the boy an entire hour to fight to shore, authorities said.
He told WKXT that he alternated floating on his back and doggie-paddling in order to preserve his strength, and when he finally reached land, he ran to a nearby home for help.
"I felt really scared," Chase told the station. "The current was going the opposite way of going to the boat and the shore so it was very hard to swim that way."
By that time, the current reportedly had dragged Steven and 4-year-old Abigail about a mile and a half to two miles away from the family’s boat.
Steven said that he told both of his children that he loves them because he "wasn’t sure" what the outcome would be.
"I tried to stick with both of them," he said. "I wore myself out. She drifted away from me."
Eric Prosswimmer, a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, said during a news conference on the dramatic rescue that the department used "every resource" to assist in the rescue.
"We had every resource we could have possibly had coming quickly and we’re happy to say all three have been recovered, and all three are doing well," he explained. "We couldn’t ask for a better outcome."
Prosswimmer noted that neither Chase nor his father were required to wear a life vest, as the state law applies only to children aged 6 years and under for a vessel under 26 feet.
LOS ANGELES, California — A gas station in Los Angeles sold fuel for nearly $6 per gallon on Memorial Day weekend, as fuel prices continued to soar across the nation.
The Mobil station across from the Beverly Center shopping mall, near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, was selling regular unleaded gasoline for $5.29 and 9/10 per gallon on Monday evening, and “Super Plus” for $5.99 and 9/10 — self serve, without assistance or a car wash.
Those prices were unusually high, even for Los Angeles, where many stations charged between $4 and $5 per gallon over the holiday weekend, and the average is currently about $4.22 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.
GasBuddy.com also notes that there are also stations in parts of the L.A. metropolitan area that are still selling fuel for less than $4 per gallon. But some stations are nearing the $6 per gallon mark, driven by high demand, supply shocks, state taxes, and growing market speculation about reduced future supply.
The Biden administration has tried to soothe public anger over gas prices, claiming — incorrectly — last week that Americans are paying less for gas today than the average for the past 15 years.
But President Joe Biden’s first acts in office were to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and suspend new oil and gas activity on federal lands, signaling that the U.S. was abandoning the strategy of energy independence championed under President Donald Trump.
Moreover, while the recent hacking of the Colonial Pipeline did not affect California directly, it created concern across the nation about supply shortages.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has also declared that the state will phase out gas-powered vehicles (and, hence, gas stations) in favor of electric vehicles, banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035.
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Belgian Olympic weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen, who was born a woman, is blasting the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing a transgender athlete born a man to compete as a woman in the coming world games in Tokyo.
The IOC has approved transgender New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard who “transitioned” from male to female in 2012. Hubbard was on track to compete at a previous Olympics until suffering an injury.
But Belgian Olympian Vanbellinghen is not at all happy with the decision, calling Hubbard’s inclusion a “bad joke.”
“I understand that for sports authorities nothing is as simple as following your common sense and that there are a lot of impracticalities when studying such a rare phenomenon, but for athletes, the whole thing feels like a bad joke,” Vanbellinghen said, according to InsideTheGames.
“Life-changing opportunities are missed for some athletes – medals and Olympic qualifications – and we are powerless,” the female weightlifter added.
“Of course, this debate is taking place in a broader context of discrimination against transgender people, and that is why the question is never free of ideology,” she said. “However, the extreme nature of this particular situation really demonstrates the need to set up a stricter legal framework for transgender inclusion in sports, and especially elite sports.”
Vanbellinghen added, “I do believe that everyone should have access to sports, but not at the expense of others.”
Others agree with Vanbellinghen. Mark House, an attorney who has assisted U.S. weightlifting with legal issues, said he also disagrees with the IOC’s decision to allow Hubbard to compete as a woman in Tokyo.
House told InsideTheGames that he agrees with the many fans on social media who have criticized Hubbard’s inclusion in the female categories.
“I admit to being one of them, not because of any outrage at how Hubbard qualified – there is nothing wrong with that – but because her participation will seriously diminish the chances of having a rational discussion about transgender policies. She should not take her opportunity,” he admitted.
“If an American or a Briton is displaced by Hubbard on the podium in Tokyo, it will spotlight transgender policy, at least in the western world, to a far greater degree,” he said, adding, “The question then becomes: Is Laurel Hubbard the person advocates want to be the face of transgender policy?”
“The question is rhetorical because the answer is obviously ‘no,’” he concluded.
On Memorial Day afternoon, CNN looked down their noses at the public, reporting on a poll that found most of the American people are are way too overconfident at spotting fake news.
As usual, they offered no humility about all the fake news that they spread about the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians and other pseudo-scandals. Instead, they mocked people who watch OAN and Fox News.
CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy appeared as a guest on CNN Newsroom to discuss the findings of a recent survey claiming that about 75 percent of Americans "overestimate their ability" to spot fake news. Host Victor Blackwell set up the segment: "As many as three in four Americans overestimate their ability to discern whether a headline is real or false on social media or across the internet broadly. That’s according to a new study from the University of Utah and Washington University in St. Louis."
Darcy did not give specifics of any of the questions that were asked to test the knowledge of survey participants. Even online, CNN offered no link to how this study was done. But he still mocked consumers of conservative news sources as much less in touch with reality.
After recalling that 90 percent of respondents believed themselves to be above average in their ability to evaluate news credibility, contradicting the study’s conclusions, Darcy concluded by suggesting that OAN and Fox viewers had more difficulty with the test:
This really just highlights this news literacy problem that we have in this country where people are consuming misinformation, conspiracy theories, things that are just not true. And they don’t know it. In fact, they think they are better than other people at identifying that kind of false information. It’s something we really don’t talk enough about. We kind of laugh off, you know, I think, some of these conspiracy theories because they’re so delusional and obviously not true, but for the people who are watching a channel like OAN or even Fox, they very much believe it.
Blackwell then injected: "They’re designed to appear credible. They’re designed to look like they are real news. In fact, they are not. Oliver Darcy, thanks so much."
It is noteworthy that a recent study found that consumers of liberal news sources like CNN — which misinforms viewers on a variety issues — were less able to give accurate answers to questions about current events than Fox viewers.
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May 31, 2021
3:41 p.m. Eastern
VICTOR BLACKWELL: As many as three in four Americans overestimate their ability to discern whether a headline is real or false on social media or across the internet broadly. That’s according to a new study from the University of Utah and Washington University in St. Louis. Let’s bring in CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy for more. People are really bad, and they just don’t know how bad they are. Is that what we’re learning from this?
OLIVER DARCY: That is, Victor. It’s actually a really revealing study that’s come out. People are just overconfident in their ability to detect false news. And so researchers asked participants, you know, "How well do you think you can identify false news?" And 90 percent of participants — they said that they are above average in identifying false news. But when researchers compared that number to the actual data from the study after they take the survey about, you know, their knowledge on current events and compare it to the actual data, people place themselves, on average, about 22 percentile higher than they scored on this test.
And so, Victor, this really just highlights this news literacy problem that we have in this country where people are consuming misinformation, conspiracy theories, things that are just not true. And they don’t know it. In fact, they think they are better than other people at identifying that kind of false information. It’s something we really don’t talk enough about. We kind of laugh off, you know, I think, some of these conspiracy theories because they’re so delusional and obviously not true, but for the people who are watching a channel like OAN or even Fox, they very much believe it.
BLACKWELL: They’re designed to appear credible. They’re designed to look like they are real news. In fact, they are not. Oliver Darcy, thanks so much.