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Alex Jones mocks the verdict ordering him to pay nearly $1 billion to Sandy Hook victims’ families

Nicholas Carlson October 13, 2022
Hello, Insiders. Last night Alex Jones mocked the verdict ordering him to pay nearly $1 billion to Sandy Hook victims’ families: “Do these people actually think they’re getting any of this money?” So can he actually get out of it?

In short, it would be enormously hard — but not literally impossible. He may appeal the jury’s decision, but that is unlikely to work. He could declare bankruptcy and try to start over, but it would be difficult to convince a court to write off the debt. All that’s to say, Jones is a serial comeback kid, but this may be a bind from which he cannot escape.

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Did you “quiet quit” at work? Watch out. Experts are warning that people who’ve been coasting on the job could be the first to be laid off during a recession. 


Insider’s Aki Ito first highlighted the trend of “coasting culture” back in March. Her essay about the rise and fall of hustle culture — and how workers are deciding to take it easy at work instead of leaving their jobs — sparked the viral debate about “quiet quitting.”


Because employees had the security of a hot job market for the past several months, they’ve been able to get away with dialing back at work — or, as some workers argue, acting their wage. But now, as recession fears loom, experts say those who coast may be the first to get the boot.


“In good times, employers are looking at their disengaged workforce and trying to figure out how to engage it,” one expert told us. “In bad times, they’re looking at their disengaged workforce and trying to figure out which part to let go of.”


Read the full story here.

And for a full breakdown of the trend, check out: What “quiet quitting” is actually about.

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The rise and fall of Russian oligarchs. They didn’t have much trouble buying up yachts, jets, and mansions — that is, if they didn’t end up in prison, exiled, or mysteriously dead. But the war in Ukraine has turned the world against members of this opulent uber-class. Where did all the money come from, and is there still a chance of them holding on to it?
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