Thought for the day

"The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" -- George Orwell, 1984

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Elon Musk had a demand.

On Oct. 28, hours after completing his $44 billion buyout of Twitter the night before, Mr. Musk gathered several human-resource executives in a "war room" in the company's offices in San Francisco. Prepare for widespread layoffs, he told them, six people with knowledge of the discussion said. Twitter's work force needed to be slashed immediately [...]

The scope of layoffs was a moving target. Twitter managers were initially told to cut 25 percent of the work force, three people said. But Tesla engineers who reviewed Twitter's code proposed deeper cuts to the engineering teams. Executives overseeing other parts of Twitter were told to expand their layoff lists.

Twitter executives also suggested assessing the lists for diversity and inclusion issues so the cuts would not hit people of color disproportionately and to avoid legal trouble. Mr. Musk's team brushed aside the suggestion, two people said.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 12 09:23

The UK and the EU will boycott Russia’s delegation at the Bali summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) next week, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Citing EU officials, the newspaper reported on Friday that London and Brussels plan to stage walkouts when Russian delegates speak.

"The UK is not keen on coordinating with the EU on foreign policy in general but on this issue, we have the same objective and are mutually reinforcing our efforts," Daily Telegraph cited a spokesman from the EU’s foreign affairs service as saying. The newspaper noted that at the summit, the UK and the EU would urge Russia to de-escalate the Ukrainian conflict.

That said, the EU is going to make clear that any peace talks should be on terms acceptable to Kiev. However, Europe thinks that any call to de-escalation addressed to Russia might not be reflected in the summit’s final statement due to Moscow’s and Beijing’s positions. The EU official described Russian-Chinese cooperation as a "no-limit friendship."

Tags: EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 12 09:20

Webmaster addition: This is a clip from the film "Pentagon Wars". Based on the real-life development of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, it shows how so many defense projects get out of control.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:17

The US controls about 750 bases in at least 80 countries worldwide and spends more on its military than the next 10 countries combined.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:17

The anonymous team of hackers known as  “Joker DPR”, which has recently hacked military command and control programs used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), including the advanced US DELTA program, claimed another cyber victory over the Ukrainian and NATO military.

On November 11, they leaked secret documents of NATO commanders to the AFU and US, Canadian, British forces. The documents include the daily data on the location and manoeuvres of Russian forces and military equipment in different regions, including in Russia and in Crimea back in summer.

You can read the full document HERE

The publication of the secret documents was hackers’ response to the ongoing attempts of the Kiev regime to deny the fact that their military coordination and command programs were hacked. The hackers provided the secret NATO documents with the following message:

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 12 09:16

 Cryptocurrency exchange platform FTX experienced a liquidity crisis that led to the company’s bankruptcy and erased the fortune of Sam Bankman-Fried, its young billionaire founder.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:12

 Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) are introducing legislation that would prohibit TikTok in the United States.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:11

 Young voters came out to vote in this year’s midterm elections in the second largest percentage in at least thirty years.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:10

 Election night did not deliver the overwhelming victory Republicans had hoped for on a national level, but on a local level — in school board races — conservatives picked up a wave of wins across the country.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:10

Believe it or not, California thinks it has a solution to the homelessness problem that can be solved with additional taxation! Go figure.

A new measure in Los Angeles, called Measure ULA, is set to generate $900 million in taxes that will then be used for housing subsidies and tenant protections. The tax is essentially a levy on all property sales of more than $5 million, according to Bloomberg.

This "mansion tax", if it passes, will look to "speed new construction and deliver a way out of the city’s spiraling homelessness crisis", according to Bloomberg. It could generate some $900 million per year to provide infrastructure like affordable homes and tools like counsel for tenants in eviction courts. 

Laura Raymond, director of the nonprofit Alliance for Community Transit–Los Angeles, told Bloomberg: “This would be the biggest investment in tenant protections in the history of LA."

Tags: ECONOMY, TAXES
Posted on: Nov 12 09:09

 One of the top officials in the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, is reportedly retiring from the agency at the end of the month.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:09

The FBI should only have 14 days, not 66 years, to produce information from Seth Rich’s laptop computer, a lawyer argued in a new court filing.

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., on Aug. 10, 2022. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

After a U.S. judge ordered the FBI to produce the information, the bureau said that it should not be required to hand it over because of exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). And if the bureau still had to produce the information, government lawyers said it should have 66 years because it needs to review the information and redact certain information.

Ty Clevenger, the attorney representing Brian Huddleston, the Texas man who sued the FBI over the information, disagreed.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Nov 12 09:08

Cameras at the vote counting facility in a Nevada county still counting midterm election votes stopped broadcasting overnight, officials said on Nov. 10.

Election officials sort mail-in ballots at the Washoe County Registrar of Voters Office in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 8, 2022. (Trevor Bexon/Getty Images)

The livestream computer application that provides the feeds “lost connection with” the cameras at 11:24 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Bethany Drysdale, a spokesperson for Washoe County.

All staff members left for the night about an hour before the issue and none returned until 7 a.m. on Thursday morning, county officials said.

The connection was restored just before 8 a.m. on Nov. 10.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 12 09:07

Measures like GDP are commonly used to understand the overall wealth and size of the economy. However, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley details below, while looking at economic output on an annual basis is useful, there are other metrics to consider when evaluating the wealth of a nation.

Household wealth statistics reveal which country’s citizens are accruing the highest level of money and assets worldwide.

This visual utilizes data from Credit Suisse’s annual Global Wealth Report to break down the latest estimates for household wealth by country.

Tags: CUBA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 12 09:06

It did not take long for anti-gun activists in the media to make the claim gun control is a winning issue for Democrats, but only if the glaring problems with that picture are ignored.

Abortion, record inflation, large amounts of crime, concerns about democracy, and even climate change and healthcare ranked of higher concern for voters than gun policy according to NBC. Additionally, the New York Times reported last month only 1% of likely voters thought guns were the most important problem. No doubt, if guns were the only issue on the ballot, there would be very different results. The fact is, there were too many factors in play for pundits to make the claim people want more gun control. But there were many glaring cases in which pro-gun elected officials were rewarded for strong pro-gun actions.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:06

Did you know that the internet you’re familiar with is only 10% of the total data that makes up the World Wide Web?

As Visual Capitalist's Carmen Ang details below, the rest of the web is hidden from plain sight, and requires special access to view. It’s known as the Deep Web, and nestled far down in the depths of it is a dark, sometimes dangerous place, known as the darknet, or Dark Web.

This graphic by Enrique Mendoza provides us a glimpse at this shrouded part of the internet, showing us some of the common items that are sold on there, and how much they typically cost.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
Posted on: Nov 12 09:04

A new study reveals corporate America disproportionately targets Black and Hispanic consumers with junk food, such as candy, sugary drinks, snacks, and fast food, more than any other race. 

The Rudd Center for Food and Policy Health at the University of Connecticut found Black youth and adults were subjected to 21% more junk food ads than their white counterparts. Researchers said corporate America boosted their advertising budgets on Spanish-speaking television stations as a total proportion of their ad budget.

As the advertising industry drastically changes, companies are embracing celebrities and influencers to promote their products on television and social media. Researchers said advertisers hired celebrities from Black and Hispanic communities to encourage young people of color to purchase junk food. 

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 12 09:04

As the world moves towards net-zero emissions, sustainable and affordable power sources are urgently needed by humanity.

As Visual Capitalist's Bruno Venditti details below, one of the most promising technologies, fusion, has attracted the attention of governments and private companies like Chevron and Google. In fact, Bloomberg Intelligence has estimated that the fusion market may eventually be valued at $40 trillion.

In this infographic sponsored by General Fusion, we discuss the benefits of fusion as a clean energy source.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 12 09:03

 A new study of nationwide hospital databases found that at least 1,130 adolescents between 2016 and 2019 received “gender-affirming” chest surgeries in the U.S.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:03

In the old Marxist regimes, anything that displeased the regime was said to be contrary to “the revolution.” For example, in the Soviet Union, national leaders spoke regularly of how the nation was in the process of “a revolutionary transformation” toward a future idealized communist society. Many years after the actual revolution and coup d’état in Russia following the collapse of tsarist rule, the word “revolution” had “positive connotations and was considered a source of legitimacy in official ideology.”

“Revolutionary” became a synonym for “a thing we like,” and it’s no surprise that 1952 Soviet legal manual lists “counterrevolutionary” activities as among the “political crimes … deemed generally dangerous crimes against the order of the state.” Moreover, in the early 1950s, when Mao Zedong launched new efforts to consolidate Communist power, he called the effort a “campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries.” Other regimes adopted similar practices as well. Fidel Castro’s regime frequently launched investigations and campaigns against “antirevolutionary” dissidents and Ethiopia’s Marxist governments in the 1970s described domestic opponents as guilty of “anti-revolutionary crimes.”

Anything that was deemed “counterrevolutionary” or “antirevolutionary” was assumed to be an awful thing that was a threat to the reliably vague notion of progress toward the fulfillment of the alleged revolution. The vagueness of the term was, of course, an advantage from the point of view of the regime. Consequently, to be a counterrevolutionary required nothing more than to be guilty of thought crime by subscribing to heterodox views on the current ruling party.

Thus, to be a counterrevolutionary was simply to be opposed to the regime, regardless of one’s actual ideological views. This is why communist Emma Goldman (a bona fide revolutionary) could be denounced as “antirevolutionary” for expressing doubts about the virtues of the Soviet regime. One’s support for actual revolution was irrelevant, and “antirevolutionary” could simply be defined or redefined as whatever the regime found objectionable at any given time.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 12 09:02

Some Oregon Sheriffs are refusing to enforce new gun control laws that ban high-capacity magazines and require permitting systems in order to purchase firearms.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:01

University of Chicago student Daniel Schmidt confronted Liz Cheney this week during her appearance at the university.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:01

About $2billion of customer funds have vanished from collapsed crypto exchange FTX, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried secretly transferred $10 billion of customer funds from FTX to the trading company Alameda Research, which is run by his girlfriend Caroline Ellison, Reuters reports.

A large portion of that total has since disappeared, they said. One source put the missing amount at about $1.7 billion. The other said the gap was between $1 billion and $2 billion.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 12 09:00

Due to a technical error, the Democrat candidate for Jerome’s House seat in Idaho was initially thought to have won. After it was corrected, the seat in the House was declared for a Republican candidate.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 09:00

The battle for control of the Senate was being fought in Nevada on Friday night, as the Republican challenger's lead narrowed to just 826 votes - with more votes expected to arrive at counting centers on Saturday.

Under Nevada law, votes postmarked on Election Day - Tuesday - can still be counted if they arrive four days later, on Saturday.

With 94 percent of the ballots counted in Nevada, Adam Laxalt, a former co-chair of Donald Trump's Nevada campaign, had 48.5 percent of the vote.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 12 09:00

Former President Trump has filed a lawsuit to dismiss the subpoena issued by the House Jan. 6 Committee on Friday evening, which demands his appearance for a deposition on Monday, Politico reported.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 12 08:59

Disney looks set to become the next major corporation to freeze hiring and cut job after a second straight quarter losing over $1billion.

The news comes after a quarter where, despite their subscription gains, the company continues to lose in the streaming market, nearly doubling their fall year-on-year to $1.47 billion. 

Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed the memo to Disney's division leaders, saying the company is instituting a targeted hiring freeze and anticipates 'some small staff reductions' as it looks to manage costs.

Tags: ECONOMY, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Nov 12 08:59

Former President Donald Trump on Friday night blasted election officials in Arizona as yet another of his candidates lost a Senate race and Republican keep up their accusations that his medaling could have cost them control of the upper chamber.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 12 08:59

Former President Donald Trump is suing the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block a subpoena requiring him to testify.

The suit contends that, while former presidents have voluntarily agreed to provide testimony or documents in response to congressional subpoenas in the past, 'no president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.'

'Long-held precedent and practice maintain that separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a President to testify before it,' Trump attorney David A. Warrington said in a statement announcing Trump's intentions.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 12 08:58

The sudden collapse of crypto exchange "FTX" and its Bankruptcy filing today, has revealed that FTX presently suffers from $10-$50 BILLION in liabilities with almost ZERO assets . . . and among those liabilities, are "investments" made by . . . . UKRAINE . . . .

At this early hour, it __appears__ that tens-of-billions in American "Military Aid" to Ukraine, which was allegedly to be used to fight Russia, was cash that Ukraine DID NOT use to fight Russia, but instead invested into FTX!

And, as you might guess from the Bankruptcy filing . . . . it now seems that all the money . . . is gone.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 12 08:49