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As Tensions Grow in Gaza, Israel is Ramping up its Military Machinery

With six Palestinian inmates on the loose, no truce seems to be in sight. Will there ever be peace?

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With six Palestinian inmates on the loose, no truce seems to be in sight. Will there ever be peace?

Early on Monday morning, after a third consecutive night of fighting, an Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip while Palestinian militants launched rockets into Israel. 

The outbreak happened shortly before Israel’s prime minister Naftali Bennett’s departure to Egypt in an effort to create a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas following the 11-day war last May. 

Egypt has played a vital role in the cease-fire of both nations back in May to maintain a level of diplomacy and to achieve comprehensive peace. However, in recent weeks those efforts came to a pause as further tensions were ignited when six Palestinian inmates escaped a maximum security Israeli prison last Monday. Since then, four of the inmates have been recaptured. 

The Israeli military reported three rocket launches late Sunday and early this Monday. At least two of them were obstructed by its rocket defenses. 

In retaliation, Israel attacked several Hamas targets. No casualties have been reported on either side. 

Due to ongoing unrest in the region it appears that Israeli military is ramping up its machinery for greater security from any outside threat. 

An Israel defense contractor unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot that can patrol battle zones, track infiltrators, strike targets close by and carry injured soldiers and supplies in and out of battle. The Israeli drone vehicle will be showcased in this week’s Defense and Security System International arms trade show in London and will be one of the latest addition to the world of drone technology, which is rapidly reshaping the modern battlefield. 

Currently the Israeli military is using a smaller vehicle called the Jaguar to patrol the border with the Gaza Strip after the territory was seized by the militant group Hamas. 

Some argue that these robots allow armies to protect their soldiers, while others are fearful of leaving human life-or-death decisions in the hands of machines. 

Since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007 they have fought four wars and further smaller rounds of fighting. In 2014 peace talks between Israel and Palestine collapsed and prospects for reviving them looks meager. 

Nonetheless, on Sunday Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid expressed the need for a different approach to end the fighting with Hamas. In discussions with the United States and other countries, the idea is to have international investment in Gaza’s infrastructure in exchange for pressure on Hamas to stop the military buildup and maintain a sense of calm. 

Though this idea has been floating around for a while, action hadn’t been taken due to the ongoing tension, distrust and bitterness between the two nations. 

Lapid is to replace Bennett in 2023 due to a rotation agreement. We will have to see if some form of peace can happen after all! 

Yasmine Tanres is a multi-media and lingual British host with Spanish and Chinese origins based in Los Angeles.  


YASMINE TANRES is an award-winning television host and multi-media journalist based in Los Angeles. Originally from London, Yasmine is British with Spanish, Indonesian and Chinese heritage, has worked across Asia and Europe, and is proficient in Spanish, French and German. Her broad cultural perspective provides unique relatability to her reporting on social issues, climate change, lifestyle trends and pop culture. Buoyed by confidence and radiating sincerity, Yasmine elicits unexpected candor from her interviewees. Yasmine has worked across various digital platforms, including as an Entertainment Reporter on Fab TV and PopFuzion TV, interviewing an array of notable celebrities including Clive Owen, Seth Rogen, Emeli Sandé, Jason Mraz among others. Yasmine is the Lead News Anchor and Producer at Long Beach Local News. She started her career as a multimedia journalist at London360, the U.K.’s first youth-led news show partnered with the BBC, where she produced, self-shot, and edited content presenting compelling events of London’s diverse communities. Yasmine co-created, produced and hosted Talking TED Talks, a live video streaming podcast on Afterbuzz TV where she interviewed the speakers and affiliated experts on the myriad of topics explored in popular TED Talks. In recognition of her work, Yasmine has been prominently featured as an influential emerging journalist by Vents Magazine, Model Citizen and The Asian Today. When Yasmine isn’t out in the field, you can find her teaching or practicing yoga, engaging with her College Alumni group through charitable causes, or simply frolicking on sun-filled adventures with friends and family.

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Why No One Is Truly Opposed to Dumb COVID Rules

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A staffer holds up a sign to advise fans of the mandatory mask rule in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee and Colorado Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Animals,

Let’s face it. We all work in customer service. If you sell car insurance, you better be ready to provide speedy payment to your clients when a tree falls onto their Prius.

And if you’re a doctor who wants to keep his patients, you’d better treat them with respect. That means short waiting room times and pretending that their questions (“Does this rash mean I have cancer”) aren’t as crazy as they sound.

Then there are professionals in 100% service-based industries like marketing, law, and — GASP – government. For them, customer service is arguably the most important part of the job.

In these industries, clients don’t really understand what you do for them, so appearing to be responsive, empathetic, and on-top of things is half the job.

Which brings us to Joe Biden’s COVID speech on Thursday, where he laid out his “Winter Plan” to stop COVID’s seasonal spike that happens whenever the weather gets cold.

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lurking in the background of Biden’s speech was the omicron variant, which some experts fear will bring new dangers to our shores.

The president proposed several interventions to dampen omicron and COVID’s winter spike, but if we’re being honest, his speech was really just a customer service exercise. It was President Joe Biden attempting to convince his clients – voters – that he’s responsive, empathetic, and on top of things.

As The Washington Post reported: “The president’s plan includes campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, more stringent testing for international travelers and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people.”

So basically… more of the same, plus an annoying COVID test if you travel internationally.

That doesn’t sound like much news at all.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By now, we know that COVID policies like mandatory masking and compulsory testing aren’t going to deliver great results, especially in an increasingly vaccinated America. Deep down, most of us probably agree that these policies are more about creating the appearance that our leaders are on top of things than actually yielding compelling public health benefits.

But is there another way for Joe Biden? Should he just sit in the White House and do nothing, as his critics in the Republican Party demand?

And would President Ron DeSantis or President Nikki Haley really act differently, if given the chance? Would they want to be on the hook personally for preventable death, even if it meant burdening Americans with dumb masking and testing rules that cut against their small government philosophy?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The national debate surrounding COVID boils down to risk. The president and many others believe that added COVID mandates, as onerous as they may be, are worth it because they’ll save lives. Critics see it the other way. They believe that continuing to disrupt American life is causing greater damage to the economy and the nation’s social fabric than whatever the public health benefits these mandates may hold.

Both arguments are true. And that’s why it stinks to be the president.

Joe Biden’s bully pulpit has enormous power when it comes to shaping the world’s opinion about any given issue. Unfortunately, the virus isn’t listening.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg.

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Queen Nicki Leaves No Crumbs After Hosting the RHOP Reunion| The Tea

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Plus, Kanye’s Heartbreak, Celebrity Illness shockers and Jen Shah’s legal woes just got worse.

On this episode of “The Tea” Ashley, Blake and Brie dive into celebrity illness and heartbreak. To share, or not to share, that is the question. 

Keep reading and watch the episode below for fresh takes on the latest entertainment and celebrity news shot live from the Erupt studio in Hollywood.

RIP Virgil Abloh

On Sunday November 28, the fashion and entertainment community lost designer and fashion visionary Virgil Abloh.

He was the first African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton and founded the renowned culture and streetwear brand Off-White.

Abloh kept his 2-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart, hidden from most. He was 41.

“The Tea” hosts discuss Abloh’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret like some stars including Chadwick Boseman and Robin Williams, versus stars who choose to share their battles publicly, like Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kanye Wants His Family Back

Kanye West, who was a close friend to Virgil Abloh, took to social media over the weekend expressing his intention to bring his family back together. Saying that doing so would influence millions of other families to reconcile too.

As reported in earlier episodes of The Tea, there is speculation Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, is currently dating comedian Pete Davidson.

Could Kimye 2.0 be in our future? The Tea hosts discuss.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jen Shah’s Right-Hand Man Pleads Guilty

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah along with her personal assistant Stuart Smith were charged with fraud back in March.

Initially, Smith gave a not guilty plea but recently flipped his plea to guilty.

Shah still maintains her innocence.

(Bravo TV)

Nicki Hosts RHOP Reunion

Nicki Minaj took over Andy Cohen’s chair to host episode 4 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion and we are here for it!

Nicki didn’t hold back and asked all the questions we’ve been dying to know. On top of that, no housewife was spared. 

They all got the smoke-equally.

Could celebrity reunion hosts bring new life to the housewives’ franchise? 

The hosts discuss who we’d love to see host next.

Watch The Tea get spilled here:

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The Omicron “Scary-iant” & Football Funny Money | Political Drinking Games

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Animals,  

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has just intersected with the most wonderful time of the week. 

By that I mean, it’s time to put a little Christmas spirit into Erupt’s political drinking games. 

On offer this week: 

  • The world has a new COVID variant. Congratulations, omicron! 
  • Twitter has a new CEO. Will he be as powerful as his predecessor, Jack Dorsey? 
  • CNN cancels Chris Cuomo (“suspends”) for using his anchorman powers to help embattled brother, Andrew 
  • The USA and EU cancel South Africa in COVID panic 
  • Trump’s top advisor sets a date with Congress to snitch on the Boss 
  • The NFL and College football continue to spend ridiculous amounts of money on truly ridiculous things.  
  • The term “Happy Holidays” gets put to rest. 

AND… A VERY SPECIAL GUEST JOINS: 

Curt Mills, contributing editor at The American Conservative and also a writer for Un-Herd. We’ll see how this silk-stocking Washington, D.C., columnist holds up in our chamber of pain.  

WATCH THIS WEEK’S POLITICAL DRINKING GAMES:

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg. 

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