15-year-old commits suicide hours after being blackmailed by scammer on Facebook

A 15-year-old in upstate New York committed suicide just hours after someone he was communicating with on Facebook threatened to release embarrassing photos of him unless he paid thousands of dollars.

The harrowing story unfolded in Potsdam, New York, a town northeast of Syracuse.

Riley K. Basford, a sophomore at Potsdam High School, reportedly began an online interaction with someone on Facebook before he committed suicide on March 30.

His family said the state police informed them of the interactions after they investigated the contents of Basford’s cellphone.

Basford was apparently the victim of an extortion scheme that culminated with a demand for money. Police said that the other party obtained embarrassing photographs from Basford, who thought he was in a relationship, and then threatened to release them to his friends, family and on social media.

His family said he had just started a new job as a dishwasher and likely panicked because he didn’t have the amount they were demanding: $3,500.

“He couldn’t reason out what was happening to him and it was happening so fast,” his mother said to the Watertown Daily Times. “They put him into such a panic that he went out of his mind.”

His family said that the blackmail messages came on a normal and uneventful day. Basford went to get braces, got a milkshake, spoke to his uncle, and fed the family’s cows.

“He was normal and happy,” said his stepmother Melissa Marion.

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Dave Chappelle Says Celebrities Left ‘Dirty Notes’ For Trump Staffers

In 2017, White House Trump staffers lamented a series of nasty notes that were allegedly left behind when they replaced the Obama-era people. At the time, it was believed by some that former Obama staffers left the notes, but comedian Dave Chappelle claims the notes came from celebrities who were visiting the people’s house during Obama’s last days.


Speaking with Naomi Campbell on the “No Filter” YouTube series, Chappelle said he saw celebrities writing all sorts of “crazy s**t.”“Remember when the Trump administration moved in, they said the Obama staff left dirty notes for us in all the drawers and all the cabinets?” Chappelle said. “I saw this happening. I’m not going to say who did it, but it was celebrities [was] writing all this crazy s**t and putting them all over there. I saw them doing it, so when I saw it on the news, I laughed real hard.”

According to Fox News, former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said every office was loaded with Obama books and notes about how badly they would fail.

“We came into the White House. I’ll tell you something, every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes left behind that said ‘you will fail,’ ‘you aren’t going to make it,’” Grisham said.“At the time, we saw it as kind of a prank and something that always happened. We were so busy trying to learn where the bathrooms were and how to turn on the lights, it wasn’t that big of a deal,” she added.

Former Obama staffers, however, claimed they never resorted to such hijinx.

“I actually left an iPhone charger if anybody’s seen it, but no, nobody left unimaginative notes written at a sixth-grade level,” tweeted former Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan.

“I mean, if they read the ‘how to do your job’ memos and briefing books we actually left, they’d at least know how to write a coherent speech, vet their appointees, and maybe fewer of them would be indicted or heading to jail,” he added.

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Famed Producer Scott Rudin Accused Of Bullying, Abuse: ‘Every Day Was Exhausting And Horrific’

Academy Award-winning producer Scott Rudin (“The Social Network,” “No Country for Old Men”) has a reputation for allegedly abusing people in the workplace.


In a lengthy expose in The Hollywood Reporter (THR), several of Rudin’s former staffers alleged that the producer, who already had a reputation for being hot-tempered, would regularly engage in verbally and physically abusive behavior in the office. One particularly nasty incident involved him allegedly smashing an Apple computer over an assistant’s hand, sending him to the emergency room.“At about 4:15 p.m. — more than 10 hours into a typical Rudin day that began at 6 and never wrapped before 8 — the Oscar-winning producer was enraged that one of his assistants failed to get him a seat on a sold-out flight,” reported THR. “In a fit of fury, he allegedly smashed an Apple computer monitor on the assistant’s hand. The screen shattered, leaving the young man bleeding and in need of immediate medical attention. One person in the office at the time described the incident as sounding like a car crash: a cacophonous collision of metal, glass and limb. The wounded assistant headed to the emergency room, and Rudin called his lawyer, according to another staffer there that Halloween afternoon. Everyone else huddled in the conference room, shaken. No one stayed until 8 p.m., with most of the staff heading over to a Times Square bar for a therapeutic drink.”

The alleged victim declined to comment on the story, but several former staffers claimed to have witnessed the horrific event.

As THR noted, Rudin’s alleged abuse has apparently been known in Hollywood circles for several years, though no Weinstein-style reckoning has come:

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Patagonia Donates $1 Million To ‘Defending Democracy,’ Dana Loesch Fires Back. ‘Patagonia Has 13 Factories In China’

On Tuesday, the clothing company Patagonia announced that they were donating $1 million to groups working to “defend our democracy.”

“Actions speak louder than words,” Patagonia tweeted. “We’re donating $1 million to groups working to defend our democracy and your right to vote. Join us in taking 3 important actions.”

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4-3-2-1: Is The Countdown To Our “Point Of No Return” About To Come To An End?

Do you feel like we are on the verge of a major tipping point?  If so, you are definitely not alone.  I felt like the first few months of this year would be a time of relative stability, but now I believe that global events will really start to heat up again in a major way.  Interestingly, Saturday was the only day when the calendar will read 4/3/21 for the next 100 years.  I don’t know if that means anything or not, but a lot of people on social media were commenting that 4-3-2-1 sounds an awful lot like some sort of a countdown.  Perhaps it is just a coincidence that we crossed that date at such a critical time in our history, but without a doubt I do believe that we are rapidly approaching our “point of no return”.

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden’s Ex Claims He Began Affair with Dead Brother Beau’s Wife Hallie Before His Brother Died!

In a report out tonight from FOX News on Hunter Biden, Hunter declares in his upcoming book that he – began a relationship with his late brother’s widow when she was at her ‘neediest,’ he at his ‘lowest’.  What he doesn’t share is that this relationship reportedly occurred when his brother was still alive and sick with cancer. 

FOX News reported today on Hunter’s upcoming book.  We should have known it was fiction.  FOX reports:

In Hunter Biden’s forthcoming tell-all book, the president’s son describes how his relationship with his late brother’s widow had been borne out of desperation.

After the funeral of his brother Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, Hunter said he’d began spending a lot of time at the home of Hallie Biden, to help with the kids in Beau’s absence. He said he slept most nights on a Murphy bed in the den and took the kids to school in the morning.

But it wasn’t until Hunter finished a stint at Grace Grove rehab center in Sedona, Arizona that he and Hallie began a relationship, according to Hunter.

“Feeling physically and mentally purged, I phoned Hallie and asked if she would come to Arizona to pick me up. I wanted her to accompany me on the trip back,” Hunter wrote in “Beautiful Things.” ” I didn’t trust myself to make it home without backsliding — without taking a detour into the pit I fell into on my way there.”

“She flew out the next day. I was at my lowest, she was at her neediest, and we clung to each other with abandon. We talked at length about how much we had come to rely on each other, how our health and well-being seemed dependent on the love we’d grown to share,” he continued.

“There’s no question about the unseen force in the middle of it all: Beau,” Hunter wrote, adding that they’d come to think they could keep Beau alive by being together, “that by loving each other we somehow could love him back into existence.”

“By the time we returned to Delaware at the end of the week, we were no longer just two people bound by shared grief. We were a couple,” the president’s son said.

But like everything with the Bidens, it appears this too was a lie.  A BIG LIE.

According to text messages found on Hunter’s laptop, Hunter was engaged in an affair with his dead brother’s wife before his brother died!

In a long text message Hunter wrote to his child, he shares the story.  Hunters begins by sharing his thoughts about his father’s actions related to the family sounding a bit like the mafia:

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Tulsa’s Cancer Treatment Centers Of America Hospital To Close

“Despite working tirelessly to overcome significant patient access and insurance limitations that inexplicably restrict patient care options and prevent patient choice in this market, CTCA Tulsa will close operations as of June 1, 2021,” the hospital said in a news release.

“CTCA has been proud to serve the community and cancer patients from our location in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the past 30 years,” said Dana Haynie, President of CTCA Tulsa, in a statement. “Our top priorities during this transition will be to provide a seamless transition of our patients’ care and ensure our 400 employees are provided with resources and support as they navigate this difficult time as well.”

CTCA has operated in Tulsa since 1990. Haynie told the Tulsa World that they will work to assist patients in finding continuing treatment at an out-of-state CTCA facility or with local providers.

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SEC filing points to Fidelity on creating a bitcoin ETF

by Thetaos

I think this is big enough news to warrant a post even if it deals with bitcoin as it deals with one of the largest brokerages in the world and also would allow people with normal investments accounts (IRAs) to gain easy exposure to bitcoin.

Take a look at the following filing


FD Funds Management LLC the sponsor of the fund; Fidelity Service Company, Inc. serving as administrator. FD Funds Management LLC lists the Address as Fidelity’s headquarters in Boston.

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New York Will Officially Begin Requiring ‘Vaccine Passports’ On April 2

New Yorkers will be required to show “vaccine passports” – proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine – in order to return re-enter society.

The New York Post reported that the “Excelsior Pass” would officially launch on April 2, following an announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on Friday.“Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app,” said a press release about the program. “Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”

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