"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." -- James Madison
Twitter erupted Sunday afternoon after left-wing comedian Kathy Griffin was suspended for violating the platform’s terms of service about impersonating other people.
New Twitter CEO Elon Musk warned that moving forward, accounts would be permanently banned without warning if they attempted to impersonate other accounts.
“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted. “Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.”
Comedian Kathy Griffin reportedly logged back into Twitter Sunday evening after being banned from the platform earlier in the day for impersonating new Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Musk notified users that they would no longer be able to impersonate other accounts moving forward since the company was moving to implement a new program Monday that would allow anyone to receive a verified account for a monthly fee.
Griffin’s account was temporarily restricted after she impersonated Musk by changing her profile photo to his photo and her user name to “Elon Musk,” even though her handle remained as “@kathygriffin.”
Is there a more preposterous notion warbled across this troubled nation than the campaign mantra that “Joe Biden,” and the claque concealed behind him, are defending our democracy? What could be more self-evidently untrue?
Is censorship and abridging the First Amendment democratic? They haven’t been trying to finesse their ongoing assault on free speech. They abhor diversity of opinion, especially when it conflicts with their obvious efforts to wreck the country. Is siccing the dogs of the FBI and jailing their opponents outside due process of law democratic? Is ballot fraud democratic? Forced “vaccination”? I could go on (and often do), but you know exactly what they are doing: lying incessantly about everything, shoving lunatic narratives down your throat, turning reality inside-out and upside-down, and blowing up what’s left of American culture and economic life.
If what they’re doing is obvious, why they’re doing it isn’t. I have only two theories: Either 1) the Party of Chaos is acting in the interests of sinister forces outside our polity; or 2) They’re so far gone ethically and so deep in criminality carried out by so many persons and agencies in their service, that everything you see them do now is some attempt to cover-up their crimes or distract from their discovery.
Republican Ron DeSantis seems to be on easy street this election.
His face shows up in newspapers, and his name makes headlines nationwide. Even people that don’t get into politics know who Ron DeSantis is. The Republican has over a 10-point lead on his opponent, but he’s gained a few local critics as the midterms approach.
Fox News reports, “While DeSantis is sailing toward re-election, the most prominent newspapers in the Sunshine State have all endorsed Crist, signaling the media is out of touch with Florida voters.”
President Joe Biden’s attempt to demonize Republicans in last week’s address aimed at rallying Democrats was one more in a series of campaign mistakes, according to many Democrats themselves.
In his address, Biden said, “extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections but elections being held now and into the future,” according to the White House.
“The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party — which is a minority of that party, as I said earlier, but is its driving force — is trying to succeed where they failed in 2020 to suppress the rights of voters and subvert the electoral system itself,” he said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence laid out his forecast for the midterms Monday, telling Daily Caller Editorial Director Vince Coglianese that Americans will vote for “common sense American values,” and predicting that Republican governors will be elected in key states, including New York.
What’s gotten into California? All major newspapers in the state have done something remarkable: They endorsed Republican Lanhee Chen for controller, a highly influential role of chief fiscal officer for the state.
On the eve of a midterm election that has pollsters predicting that the GOP will take leadership of Congress, Politico has published an article telling readers that there are threats to the upcoming election's integrity, including from anonymous "hackers," that "could spark chaos, confusion and unrest that last long after the polls close."
According to Politico, "The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked. Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote."
Webmaster addition: So, the idea is that when Democrats win, the election is honest beyond all doubt, but when Democrats lose, it has to be due to fraud! Suuuuuuure.
The chief financial officer of Tyson Foods was arrested early Sunday after police said he entered a random woman’s home and fell asleep in her bed.
John R. Tyson is also the son of the company’s chairman, John H. Tyson, and the great-grandson of Tyson Foods founder John W. Tyson. The younger Tyson was found sleeping in the woman’s bed at around 2:05 a.m. local time on Sunday.
The house belonged to a college-age woman, who called the police after finding Tyson sleeping in her bed when she arrived home. An officer arrived at the scene and found Tyson’s clothes on the floor and was able to identify him by an ID found in his wallet. According to the preliminary report, the officer tried to wake Tyson, who briefly sat up, but he was verbally unresponsive and attempted to go back to sleep.
The officer said Tyson’s breath smelled of intoxicants.
The U.S. dollar sank on Monday against the euro and sterling supported by a risk on sentiment and a rally in the European stocks market.
A survey showed on Monday that investor morale in the euro zone improved in November, the first time it rose in three months, reflecting hopes that recent warmer temperatures and falling energy prices will prevent gas rationing on the continent this winter.
In the meantime, the pan European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5% with traders pointing out that investors are still betting China will ease its COVID restrictions, despite officials saying they do not plan an imminent reopening.
British businesses fear a gloomy Christmas ahead, as almost half of households plan to cut festive spending due to the soaring cost of living and sales are already falling sharply in inflation-adjusted terms.
Payments processor Barclaycard said 48% of people it surveyed over Oct. 21-24 plan to spend less this Christmas, with 59% intending to buy less generous gifts and 42% cutting back on socialising.
The British Retail Consortium said spending at major stores in October was 1.6% higher than a year earlier, slowing from 2.2% in September and representing a big fall in the volume of purchases once inflation was taken into account.
They are running out of painkillers, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen, often used to treat aches and pains, such as those that come with the flu.
Breitbart reports, “Canada’s Association of Medical Assistance in Dying Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) chose the most awkward moment to roll out a webinar for healthcare professionals. The webinar advises them to offer assisted suicide to suffering patients.”
Webmaster addition: So much for "First of all, do no harm!"
Two Russian Navy ships have finally left the Mediterranean after sitting idle for 9 months due to Turkey’s ban on the transfer of warships to the Black Sea amid the Ukraine war, one regional source with information told Middle East Eye.
The Ukraine-based Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies reported on Sunday that the Russian missile cruiser Varyag, the flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet, and Admiral Tributs, a large anti-submarine ship, left the Mediterranean Sea on 21 October through the Suez Canal.
Both ships had originally arrived in the Mediterranean Sea on 2 February, a couple of weeks short of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On Monday, the Russian defence ministry confirmed in an official statement that the detachment, consisting of Varyag and Admiral Tributs, passed the Strait of Malacca and entered the South China Sea, “making an inter-fleet transition from the Mediterranean Sea to a permanent deployment point in Vladivostok”.
Zhou Bo, a senior fellow at Tsinghua University’s Centre for International Security and Strategy, said it was possible the communication channels could be reopened, but it would depend on the interaction and political atmosphere between the two countries.
A Mexican anti-corruption authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into the state attorney's office of Morelos, after a top official accused prosecutors there of covering up the killing of a young woman found on a highway last week.
Hours earlier, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum accused Morelos' state attorney's office of covering up the killing of 27-year-old Ariadna Lopez, after it ruled out evidence of violence and said she had died of alcohol intoxication.
An investigation by Mexico City prosecutors later concluded Lopez had died of multiple force trauma, and revealed security footage showing a man who claimed to be Lopez's friend carrying a body from a Mexico City apartment after she disappeared on Oct. 30.
Journalists and activists have reported online surveillance and censorship while covering the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.
Reporters covering the environmental conference have complained of vital sites being blocked and having to sign up for a dubious application to enter the summit.
"It's highly likely that our communications are being monitored by intelligence, and it's likely that whatever we communicate digitally, someone will have access to it," said one journalist at the summit, speaking to The New Arab on condition of anonymity.
Anyone seeking open access to the internet while at the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh is finding key information sources unavailable.
Over 500 websites are blocked by the Sisi regime through a decree issued by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, which enacts the government's censorship policies, some of the most stringent in the world.
Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and independent Egyptian outlet Mada Masr sites are all unavailable in Egypt.