Thought for the day

"Americans deserve the freedom to choose a life without surveillance and the government regulation that would make that possible. While we continue to believe the sentiment, we fear it may soon be obsolete or irrelevant. We deserve that freedom, but the window to achieve it narrows a little more each day. If we don't act now, with great urgency, it may very well close for good." -- Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson, New York Times

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 Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized to Twitter employees Saturday morning for growing the company too fast, which led to the current moment where new CEO Elon Musk has now laid off roughly half the company.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 09:24

 Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman’s campaign event didn’t “blow over” too well.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 09:23

 Wisconsin’s largest newspaper added a major correction to an article it published about the state’s Republican gubernatorial candidate just days before voters in the Badger State head to the polls. 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 09:22

For the first time, Iran has admitted to suppling Russia with drones. Just a few weeks ago, the brutal regime denied arming Russia with the drones used in the war with Ukraine.

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Posted on: Nov 06 09:22

Moscow considers the decision to increase the readiness of the Norwegian armed forces as an unprecedented step, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

"It would not concern us, but there is an important detail — such an unprecedented step is justified, as it is not difficult to guess, by the actions of Russia, which 'led to the most serious military-political situation in Europe.' No, it were not our actions that led to this, it were your actions. You are the collective West… It was you who destabilized the situation on the European continent," Zakharova told a briefing, commenting on Oslo's actions, Sputnik reported.

The spokeswoman noted that the Russian side will respond to any unfriendly actions of the Norwegian side.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 06 09:08

More than 1,000 Starlink satellite internet terminals for Ukraine's military to boost communication channels on the modern battlefield went dark, reported CNN, citing two sources familiar with the outage. This report comes even though Elon Musk has pledged to continue funding Starlink operations in the war-torn country. 

The outage has affected 1,300 Starlink terminals that Ukraine purchased from a British company earlier this year and used in combat-related operations. Each terminal costs $2,500 per month, with the batch costing $3.25 million per month.

Before the terminals went offline, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense requested their British counterparts pick up the monthly bill several weeks ago, which amassed to a whopping $20 million since the 1,300 terminals were deployed in March. 

But since no one picked up the outstanding bill, the terminals all went dark on Oct. 24, according to one person briefed on the situation. They said this had sparked a "huge problem" for Ukraine's military since the terminals are the primary communication link on the battlefield. 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 06 09:07

A video appearing to show former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being served with a lawsuit has gone viral on social media.

The lawsuit was brought by a group of American lawyers and journalists who have alleged that the CIA, while Pompeo was director of the agency, spied on them during meetings with Wikileaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange while he was sheltering at the Ecuadoran embassy in London in an effort to avoid extradition to the U.S.

The Wikileaks Twitter page shared the video on Wednesday and the clip has so far been viewed over 500,000 times.

"'Michael Richard Pompeo: You've been served!," the caption from Wikileaks read.

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Posted on: Nov 06 09:06

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan accused his successor and opponent, Shehbaz Sharif, of involvement in a plot to kill him after surviving an assassination attempt on November 3.

Speaking to reporters on November 4 while recovering in a hospital from gunshot wounds he sustained during the assassination attempt, Khan said that PM Shehbaz Sharif was involved in a plot that also included Minister for the Interior Rana Sanaullah and a senior military commander.

Shehbaz replaced Khan in the PM position in April after a no-confidence vote by opposition lawmakers alleging corruption and unconstitutional actions.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, PAKISTAN/ INDIA
Posted on: Nov 06 09:05

Russian defense contractors have designed and manufactured a mobile ground launcher for the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, TASS reported on November 4, citing a source close to Russia’s military establishment.

The unnamed source told the Russian news agency that the mobile ground launcher will be a part of a coastal defense missile system that utilizes the missile.

“The prototype of a mobile launcher of a coastal defense missile system, using a Tsirkon hypersonic missile, has already been created. As was the case with the Bastion system, the launcher will carry two missiles,” the source said.

The Tsirkon, which was developed by Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya, is powered by a state-of-the-art scramjet engine that allows it to reach speed as high as Mach 9. The highly-maneuverable hypersonic cruise missile can destroy both naval and land targets. Its range is said to exceed 1,000 kilometers.

The missile is reportedly equipped with a high-precision inertial navigation system along with an advanced active radar seeker.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 06 09:01

American officials told this to their NATO allies in a closed-door meeting in Brussels last month. The new version is designed so that American and European fighter aircrafts and bomber planes may carry the nuclear weapon. The move is part of a policy of replacing older weapons with newer versions at several NATO storage facilities in the continent. The aforementioned meeting took place only days before the Alliance launched its Steadfast Noon annual nuclear exercise, which ended on October 30. On October 26, Moscow in turn held nuclear drills simulating a massive nuclear strike in retaliation for a nuclear attack on the country.

During the Russian exercise, a Yars land-based intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from its launch site at northern Plesetsk. In addition, a nuclear submarine also launched a Sineva ICBM. NATO’s drill in turn involved about 60 aircraft, including the American long-range B-52 bombers, and figther jets that can carry nuclear weapons.

These exercises took place amid Kremlin’s accusations and warnings that US-backed Ukraine’s plans to stage a provocation by detonating a “dirty bomb” to blame Russia, a claim that should be taken seriously, given Kiev’s record.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Nov 06 08:56

The Conservative leader says the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows why the UK must go “further and faster” to secure cleaner, cheaper and safer sources of power. Ahead of a major international summit, the PM has condemned the Kremlin’s “contemptible manipulation of energy prices”.

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 06 08:55

Something is hugely wrong and it appears something wicked is truly in the works.  Cars with loudspeakers are driving all through Kherson, warning citizens they must evacuate the city "BY November 7."

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 06 08:54

On the eve of the 2022 mid-term elections here, these words penned by Yeats as Europe reeled in the aftermath of that fratricidal bloodletting misnamed the Great War (1914-18), a time of broken lives and empires that benefited principally Bolsheviks and bankers (perhaps only two sides of the same shekel), have an eerie echo today. For the moment, it is less bloody now than that earlier conflict, but the upheaval within and across countries and societies is even greater in many respects. It helps not at all that the same people (I speak generically) who control the financial and information centers of power, and thus the political process in many countries, are simultaneously the primary source of funding and encouragement for the worst disruptors of those same societies. Throughout the West, the best are largely bereft of focus and lack a coherent response to what seems to be an unending, insensate assault by the worst within: the resurgent, insurgent Left.

Details differ in some respects in each country. But I am primarily concerned here with what has happened to the United States, and why, and what choices are open to those of us who wish to salvage something from the shipwreck it has become. In “Deconstructing the ‘Woke World’,” I laid out the elements in the U.S. which came together to dominate the Democrat Party and its political agenda, and what it meant for Americans in general terms. Here I will go into that crucible in some detail, looking at what the Left – within the general framework of the Democrat Party – has wrought to date; where we misjudged and missed the best opportunity to deal with it relatively painlessly; and what our prospects are in the coming months.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:52

MintPress study has found that hundreds of former agents of the notorious Israeli spying organization, Unit 8200, have attained positions of influence in many of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon.

The Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Unit 8200 is infamous for surveilling the indigenous Palestinian population, amassing kompromat on individuals for the purposes of blackmail and extortion. Spying on the world’s rich and famous, Unit 8200 hit the headlines last year, after the Pegasus scandal broke. Former Unit 8200 officers designed and implemented software that spied on tens of thousands of politicians and likely aided in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, ISRAEL
Posted on: Nov 06 08:48

A campaign is currently underway by left-wing organizations and politicians to demand that Twitter, now owned by Elon Musk, continue its practice of censoring hate speech and other "objectionable" postings.

letter sent to Twitter's top 20 advertisers, signed by 40 activist organizations, including the NAACP, the Center for American Progress, GLAAD and the Global Project Against Hate and extremism, contained the following veiled threat:

"We, the undersigned organizations call on you to notify Musk and publicly commit that you will cease all advertising on Twitter globally if he follows through on his plans to undermine brand safety and community standards, including gutting content moderation."

This means that Musk must not roll back what Twitter has on the books now, and commit to enforcing the existing rules. In other words, Twitter advertisers have been asked to boycott Twitter unless it continues to censor.

Decades ago, during the height of McCarthyism, it was the hard right that demanded censorship, while the left insisted that the marketplace of ideas should be left open to all forms of speech.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 06 08:46

Twitter is flooded with tweets showing what appears to be China's first public ground viewing of the People's Liberation Army Air Force's stealth fighter jet. 

State-owned media outlet China Daily reported, "this is the time for J-20s, one of the world's most advanced fighter jets, to appear in front of the public on the ground" at the 14th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Guangdong province's Zhuhai on Saturday afternoon. 

Tags: CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:46

Fast forward four days, and both CNN and the New York Times have gone scorched earth on Biden, in what appears to be a' coordinated effort' to distance mainstream Democrats against a President who's become an increasing liability with batshit crazy comments, obvious confusion, and several recent sniffings.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 06 08:44

According to the United States Elections Projectat least 32 million people had cast their ballots as of November 2 for the midterm elections.

Of those, as Statista's Anna Fleck reportsroughly 13 million people voted in person nationwide, while more than 17 million returned their ballot by mail.

Infographic: 2022 Midterms: How Many Americans Have Voted Early? | Statista

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 06 08:42

Evidence that the CDC’s mask guideline policies for school children were motivated by political polling rather than science was revealed in the third batch of damning documents obtained by America First Legal (AFL) through litigation against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:42

Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua, a prominent history and African-American studies professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is under fire after using racist slurs to describe Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker. While the racist attack has drawn criticism on conservative sites, there has been no opposing statement or protest at the university. The media has also been largely quiet. The contrast to past controversies involving conservative faculty members again raises the concern over a double standard applied by colleges and universities as well as the media. Thus far, the response to the use of racist slurs or tropes against Republicans has been the familiar sound of crickets.

Cha-Jua wrote in The News-Gazette Walker is “incompetent, subliterate and coonish.”

Recently, Walker was subjected to a racist attack on MSNBC by regular guest (and writer for Above the Law and the Nation) Elie Mystal. MSNBC never apologized to Walker or affirmed its opposition to such racist commentary.

The column was an attack on Black Republicans who Cha-Jua refers to as “MAGA Black White supremacists.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:41

 On Friday, Twitter owner Elon Musk reportedly cut 3,700 Twitter employees, or over half of the company’s workforce globally, to rein in Twitter’s costs, according to the Verge.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:41

Elon Musk revealed that Twitter is seeing a massive drop in revenue due to advertisers leaving.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:40

University of Illinois Professor Sundiata Cha-Jua lashed out at Black Republicans  in a disgusting column in The News-Gazette. Cha-Jua calls Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker “coonish” and “subliterate” and suggests that Black Republicans are actually “MAGA Black White supremacists.”

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:39

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Miss United States of America pageant, protecting women in pageant competitions. A male, who identifies as Anita Green, sued the organization in 2019 when his application to compete was denied based on gender identity.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 06 08:39

In September, the Associated Press reported that, according to a study from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “Math and reading scores for America’s 9-year-olds fell dramatically during the first two years of the pandemic … Reading scores saw their largest decrease in 30 years, while math scores had their first decrease in the history of the testing regimen behind the study.”

On October 24, data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called the “nation’s report card,” shed more light on the abysmal declines. According to the AP, “Across the country, math scores saw their largest decreases ever. Reading scores dropped to 1992 levels. Nearly four in 10 eighth graders failed to grasp basic math concepts. Not a single state saw a notable improvement in their average test scores, with some simply treading water at best.”

“It is a serious wakeup call for us all,” Peggy Carr of the NCES told AP reporter Collin Binkley.

“In NAEP, when we experience a 1- or 2-point decline, we’re talking about it as a significant impact on a student’s achievement. In math, we experienced an 8-point decline—historic for this assessment.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, EDUCATION
Posted on: Nov 06 08:39

U.S. Space Force's robotic X-37B space plane keeps extending its flight-duration record, orbiting around the Earth for 900 days, according to Space.com

The reusable space plane designed and built by Boeing is flying its sixth mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-6 or OTV-6, which was initially launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on May 17, 2020. It remains unclear when the top-secret mission will end. 

On Jul. 7, Boeing Space tweeted the X-37 "has set another endurance record — as it has on every mission since it first launched in 2010." 

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 06 08:38

The White House has authorized employing strategic assets in South Korea more frequently. The announcement comes as Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington conduct unprecedented aerial war games. At a news conference with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup, Lee stated Austin pledged to set up deployments of nuclear-capable weapons. He said the US promised, "to effectively respond to any DPRK provocation by employing US strategic assets to the level equivalent to constant deployment through increasing the frequency and intensity of strategic asset deployment in and around the Korean Peninsula."

Austin expressed the deployments would not be permanent but rotate in and out. "No new deployment of strategic assets on a permanent basis, but you’ll see assets move in and out on a routine basis," the defense chief said.

Tags: KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Nov 06 08:35

In the second half of the podcast, the pair discuss MacLeod’s latest findings on Israeli military surveillance organization Unit 8200. In a new investigation, MacLeod found that hundreds of former Unit 8200 agents have been appointed to influential positions in some of the biggest and most influential Silicon Valley tech and communications companies. This includes Google, Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. There, they oversee much of these companies’ development and security.

This is an alarming finding because, as is well-documented, Unit 8200 has carried out massive spying operations on Palestinian citizens, compiling sensitive information such as medical records and sexual histories, and used it to blackmail and extort them. Its graduates are also responsible for designing many of the most controversial and invasive hacking tools ever created, including the infamous Pegasus spyware that was used to eavesdrop on tens of thousands of politicians, journalists and activists across the world.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 06 08:34

With Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Transjordan all having expressed an intention to invade Palestine when Britain left – and having been actively encouraged in this regard by British intelligence – Zionist guerrillas began mounting an offensive, not merely to neutralize Arab fighters, but capture territory, destroying houses and civilian infrastructure along the way, to prevent displaced residents from returning.

In order to augment the latter component of this effort, ensure Zionist seizure of Arab villages and towns was permanent, facilitate easier conquest of further areas, and hinder the progress of advancing Arab armies, these militias began poisoning wells with bacteria to create local epidemics of typhoid, dysentery, malaria and other diseases, in direct violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which strictly prohibits “the use of bacteriological methods of warfare.”

As we shall see, the Zionists were suitably emboldened by the clandestine operation’s success that they eventually attempted to expand their poisoning campaign to invading Arab armies’ home soil.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WMD
Posted on: Nov 06 08:31